Vietnam still remains the train system built in the colonial period more than 100 years ago, the main routes are from the North to the South and from Hanoi to the Northern provinces.
The speed of train is rather slow and takes a lot of time, however, the conditions in the train ensure the comfort for passengers : the trains have toilets, the cabins have 4 berths with soft pads and air-conditioners.
The wagons of the trains from Hanoi to Laocai are managed and traded by the private companies. Therefore the services and train-wagons which 4 berths with soft pads and air-conditioners are better. In each wagon, there are 2 free small bottles for guests… particularly VIP cabins with 2 soft-pad-beds for only 2 guests.
1. Train Hanoi – Laocai (Sapa) – Hanoi
The Orient Express train has the comfortable soft sleepers and is air-conditioned. It's not a specific train or an extraordinary passenger train as Victoria Express but a part of the normal route between Hanoi and Lao Cai. Although this is not a luxury train it has a good form of transportation to get from Hanoi to Sapa. There are the compartment - soft sleepers, AC and clean cabins with 4 berths.
Livitrans Express train is a newly built train connecting Hanoi and Sapa. The train will feature sleeping carriage with 2 berths, 4 berths and 6 berths, a bar, toilets, LCD television sets on board… Passengers will be also offered drinks, confectionery and newspapers for free. With friendly staff and high class services, Livitrans Express Train will surely bring passengers a memorial trip to Sapa.
Pumpkin Express train offers soft sleepers, A/C and clean four-berth cabins. Bread & small bottle of water are supplied in every one for free.
Pumpkin Train offers deluxe cabins in 2 carriages which go with local trains between Hanoi and Lao Cai. The cabins are quite nice following the wooden decorated form make it more cozy & clean.
The Victoria Express train is the best luxury train in conditions of comfort and services from Hanoi to Lao Cai. Victoria Express train offers train tickets only to customers residing in the Victoria Hotel and Resort. We recommend to book its train tickets and room at least 30 days in advance.
* Most of the trains will depart at 09.00 PM in Hanoi Railway Station and you will reach Lao Cai Railway Station at around 05.00 AM. In Lao Cai, the train will depart at around 08.30 PM and you will reach Hanoi at around 04.30 AM.
** The Hanoi - Lao Cai train stops at Lao Cai Railway Station, just 40 km from Sapa; in order to reach Sapa, you will need to travel an hour and a half more through a connecting bus or private car. The bus stops at Sapa's main Post Office, leaving you with some minutes' walk into town. It can also stop at your hotel, depending upon the location of the hotel. Ticket price for connecting buses Lao Cai - Sapa is US$2,5/way.
The tourist bus back to Lao Cai leaves from outside Sapa's church, but usually it can pick you up at your hotel. You can inquire with the staff at your hotels for getting a bus ticket back to Lao Cai Railway Station.
2. Train from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City
Train from Hanoi to Hue
SE1: Departure 19:00 – Arrival 08:00
SE3: Departure 23:00 – Arrival 10:45
SE5: Departure 15.45 – Arrival 06.10
SE7: Departure 06.15 – Arrival 19:10
Train from Da Nang to Nha Trang
SE1: Departure 10:35 – Arrival 20.30
SE3: Departure 13.15 – Arrival 22.10
SE5: Departure 09.00 – Arrival 19.40
SE7: Departure 21.45 – Arrival 07.40
Train from Nha Trang to Ho Chi Minh City
SE1: Departure 20.30 – Arrival 04.10
SE3: Departure 22.10 – Arrival 05.00
SE5: Departure 19.40 – Arrival 04.40
SE7: Departure 07.40 – Arrival 15.10
3. Train from Ho Chi Minh City
Train from Ho Chi Minh City to Nha Trang
SE2: Departure 19.00 – Arrival 02.30
SE4: Departure 23.00 – Arrival 05.35
SE6: Departure 15.45 – Arrival 23.40
SE8: Departure 06.30 – Arrival 13.25
Train from Nha Trang to Da Nang
SE2: Departure 02.30 – Arrival 11.50
SE4: Departure 05.35 – Arrival 14.30
SE6: Departure 23.40 – Arrival 10.20
SE8: Departure 13.25 – Arrival 23.15
Train from Hue to Hanoi
SE2: Departure 14.45 – Arrival 04.00
SE4: Departure 17.10 – Arrival 05.00
SE6: Departure 13.25 – Arrival 04.45
SE8: Departure 02.10 – Arrival 15.30
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