Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Getting In


By Train

Ho Chi Minh City's Ga Sai Gon (Saigon Train Station) is located at Cach Mang Thang Tam, northwest of the city centre. The station is the largest railway station in Vietnam. The word Saigon instead of Ho Chi Minh City is still used on Vietnam Railway's timetables and tickets. The station is a short taxi or public bus ride away (about 1 km) from the city centre and the main hotel districts. Besides the train station, an official train ticket office is also located in the backpackers district at 275C Pham Ngu Lao.
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Saigon Train Station by Dragfyre

There are trains travelling between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City with five daily departures along the "Reunification Line". Although several of the trains are called "express", all journeys take about 30 to 35 hours. Some travel guides and agents refer to the trains travelling on the route as the "Reunification Express", but in reality none of the trains are named as such. Travelling on the train from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City offers an opportunity to see a cross-section of Vietnam passing through rice fields, jungles, mountains, villages and along the coast.

Waiting area at Saigon Train Station by Dragfyre

The fastest train is SE3 departing from Hanoi at 11:00 p.m. and arriving at 5:00 a.m. two nights later. However, SE5 departing at 3:45 p.m. and arriving at 4:40 a.m. has higher-quality tourist carriages run by the private company Livitrans attached to the train. Tickets cost 1,008,000-1,547,000 dong for standard carriages and double the price for the tourist carriage. The Vietnamese trains are safe, air conditioned, well-maintained, comfortable and reliable. There are also connections between the two cities including Hue, Danang and Nha Trang.

Guide to
Ho Chi Minh City
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