Hanoi, Vietnam

Getting In


By Train

International Trains
There are international train services departing from Beijing and Nanning in China to Hanoi's Ga Lam Station, located about 5 km northeast of Hanoi Railway Station. Departures from Beijing require a change of train when at the Chinese-Vietnamese border (Pingxiang/Dong Dang crossing) but departures from Nanning runs directly to Hanoi. There are no international train services from neighbouring Laos and Cambodia. 
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North-South Railway
The North-South Railway is Vietnam's principal railway travelling between Hanoi in the north and Chi Minh City in the south. The route between the two cities stretches for a total length of 1,726 km (1,072 miles) and accounts for 85% of the passenger traffic on Vietnam Railways. The track travels along the coast of Vietnam with nearly 200 stations along the route and a typical journey takes 41-42 hours. 

An alternative but on the same Hanoi-Ho Chi Minh City route is the Reunification Express trains. However, there is very little "express" about it but the journey is shortened to 30-35 hours, depending on the train service. Unlike the local trains, the Reunification Express only stops at major stations including Vinh, Dong Hoi, Hue, Da Nang, Dieu Tri and Nha Trang.

Hanoi Railway Station by My Work

Other Train Services to Hanoi
There are also train services linking cities in Northern Vietnam with Hanoi, through several lines. These include Hanoi-Lao Cai, Hanoi-Quan Trieu, Hanoi-Dong Dang, Hanoi-Haiphong and Hanoi-Thai Nguyen lines.

Buying a Ticket
Buy your tickets as early as possible, especially since sleeper-tickets can be sold out several days in advance. If you can't get a ticket at the station, try a travel-agent who still might have stocks but the tickets will cost more and some may overcharge.

Saigon Railway Station by Bui Thuy Dao Nguyen

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