Livitrans
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LIVITRANS is a legal entity established by Vietnamese Authorities based in Hanoi, Vietnam. With more than 10 years of operation, LIVITRANS always feel confidential to be a best accompany to all partners. LIVITRANS focuses on supplying transportation service on luxury train with lines: Hanoi – Sapa (Lao Cai province) – Hanoi Hanoi – Hue – Hanoi Hanoi – Da nang – Hanoi We do hope to have a close co-operation with any potential partner in the near future with our mutual benefit. For more information, please visit our above-mentioned Website or send us an E-mail. We are very sorry in case this E-mail causes any inconvenience to you. Your faithfully, Nguyen Hong Que (Mrs.) Vice president
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Dana S
4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
We paid a pretty penny for a 2 cabin sleeper train from Hanoi to Sapa after reading great reviews. When we boarded, we were initially placed in a 4 bed cabin, sharing with another couple. After questioning it, we were moved to a 2 bed cabin on a much lower quality carrier (Laman Express) and were told that Liberians was overbooked, despite us booking 5-6 months in advance
Written 20 November 2023
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Susan C
Melbourne, Australia810 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
We decided to go with NewLivitrans Express because we wanted to be able to book three months ahead for our trip from Da Nang to Hanoi. We booked the 13:54 train arriving at 05:45 the next day so we would get good views from Da Nang to Hue and could then sleep after that. We did this knowing that we could have waited and booked directly with Vietnamese Railway when they made tickets available one to two weeks beforehand and that would have been cheaper and provided much the same service. What we hadn't realised when we booked was that we were travelling on the eve of Independence Day which is a long weekend in Vietnam so it was probably very good we booked far ahead and it was probably far busier than usual.

Our booking with 12Go for the NewLivitrans Express train trip from Da Nang to Hanoi was for two berths in a four berth suit. You make your reservation then get your tickets through them about two weeks before the trip. The original instructions said to go to Coach 12 or else Coach 10 but our tickets ended up being for Coach 8. We would have liked two lower berths but we ended up having berths on top of each other. When we got our tickets we also got an email that said our departure time had changed to just over an hour later.

At the Da Nang train station the computerized check-in machine didn't recognize our voucher but staff were able to find them. They also confirmed that our departure time had not changed and the train was still expected to go at the original time and, thankfully, I had decided to come to Da Nang train station in time to catch the earlier departure so we were fine. When we booked the four berth room we were not worried about sharing but we had not realised that this could mean we might be sharing with a baby which was an oversight of ours. The baby's parents really wanted to get him to sleep and so they wanted the curtains closed even at 2pm in the afternoon. We wanted to see the views and wanted them open. There was no discussion because of language difficulties so we ended up with the curtain on our side open and their side shut. This did impact the viewing of the supposedly scenic landscape between Da Nang and Hue. Our berths (and not the corridor) did face the sea side with the views (I had been worried about that) but the views were not as good as I had expected from all the hype.

Fortunately for us and for the poor parents we were given an unexpected option to upgrade to a two berth room in the same carriage at Hue as some people had only wanted the Da Nang to Hue section. It ended up a very pleasant trip for us and we slept quite well for the rest of the trip to Hanoi. We'd gotten a few simple snacks with our first booking and was able to order a meal. The toilets at the ends of the carriage were fine though only one had toilet paper. There was hot water dispensers to make up noodle snacks.

If I was to do this train trip again I probably would still travel with Livitrans because they allow for early bookings despite the extra cost. I would travel from Da Nang to Hue probably earlier in the day and then stop at Hue and see the sights there which we missed and maybe even stay overnight. Maybe just get the ordinary seats for that section as I think this might still let you see the views though I am not sure. Then after visiting Hue take the sleeper train to Hanoi starting later at night so you can get in later. If you are traveling as a couple try to book a two berth room if you can.

As it was we enjoyed our train trip instead of another airflight and enjoyed seeing something of the countryside even if I felt the views were less than expected. It was very unlikely that we would encounter people who want to close the curtains at 2pm. I still don't understand the mix up in the departure times communications but haven't checked with Livitrans about what occurred and it didn't affect us anyway.
Written 30 September 2023
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Unalome W.
Bangkok, Thailand1,117 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
I think Levitrans possibly tried their best to accommodate their customers comfortably in the train, but it was the infrastructure of Vietnam railways that is the problem not its agencies. Despite the non-smoking symbol, the train conductor let passengers smoke in the carriages with closed windows. This happened throughout the 16 hours train journey from Hanoi to Danang. The same conductor had his whole family with wife, an elderly and a child to be with him while on duty. The conductor somehow laid down on passenger’s bed before their arrival - and this is not the only one bed but almost every bed possible. No respect, no shame to anyone or anything. The trains are incredibly dirty like its never been properly cleaned.
Written 5 August 2023
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Steve Buckley
London, UK6,320 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
As part of a 22-strong Anglo-Thai Society Regional Tour Group,my wife and myself travelled to Lao Cai last night from Hanoi on the Livitrans Express Train.

We all had prebooked Cabins so the check-in process was straightforward and with very little time we were all in our allocated Cabins. Fortunately, we had booked a 4-Berth Cabin to ourselves which - if affordable - is something to be strongly recommended (ie no other company in a relatively small Cabin and the use of 2 Blankets and Pillows each).

Even so, it proved very difficult to get a good night’s sleepmdue to the train’s movement and the loud blasts of the horn on leaving every station.

As a a result, we all arrived in Lao Cai with different degrees of “Train Lag”!
Written 24 February 2023
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wengkiong
Singapore, Singapore16 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
After reading several bad reviews of overnight trains, I had zero expectations and mentally prepared myself for the worst. Surprisingly, I had a clean and comfortable overnight train ride from Hanoi to Sapa on Livitrans.

I booked the whole deluxe cabin for 4 pax for privacy and comfort, which I could lock from the inside. It came with bananas, snacks, beer and drinks to keep you company through the 6hr journey. When I took off my shoes and socks, I was pleasantly surprised the floor was very clean.

I actually managed to have a deep sleep for 5hrs, probably tired from the Ninh Binh tour the day before, and lulled into sleep by the rhythmic rocking of the train on tracks, on a comfortable bed under a cosy blanket. Sound insulation between cabins was not so good, but I was lucky I had quiet neighbours. In the morning at 5am,I was woken up by staff selling hot coffee for a reasonable price, to wake up the senses. The toilet's cleanliness was acceptable and nothing to complain about.

All in all, I would rate the overnight sleeper train more comfortable than a sleeper bus which I took for my return journey from Sapa to Hanoi. I could not stretch my legs straight in the bus cabin, whereas the train cabin gave me more than enough room. And I could sleep with peace of mind in the train, knowing it will ride safely on fixed tracks. Whereas the bus ride was dependent on bumpy roads and the driver's skills, he had to sound his horn occasionally to warn overtaking cars.

Conclusion, I would highly recommend taking the overnight sleeper train. If you have the budget, go for the deluxe cabin or even book the whole cabin. It is certainly worth it!
Written 22 September 2022
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Helen M
Edenbridge, UK237 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
I was dreading this as previous reviews had warned of lowering your expectations but I was pleasantly surprised. The train departed and arrived on time, the staff were ok and the bathroom facilities were not as bad as I was lead to believe. Whilst it is far from luxury, I would recommend for an experience and hopefully you also will be pleasantly surprised. We bought a silk sleeping bag before we left as there had been reports of dirty linen, but there was no such thing. WiFi on train and password on the red packet in the food baskets.
Written 8 March 2020
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Mathieu M
Brussels, Belgium10 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
The overall experience was OK: we had a good night of sleep, the cabin was relatively clean and we did not experience any major discomfort (the train was even on time !). However, I noticed multiple stains on the bed sheets, the cabin was too small and the toilet was very dirty (impossible to flush). It is not a luxury tourist train unlike mentioned otherwise on some websites, therefore it is absolutely overpriced considering that Vietnam is poor and wages are very low.
In the end, I think I should have booked a cheaper train through my hostel instead of booking it online (on baolau.com) days before...
Written 30 December 2019
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trigger
11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
We were well amazed at this trip, we were expecting the worst. We had a two bunks, sharing the cabin with a lovely Spanish couple.
It was very clean and tidy. The toilets were fine, by the morning there was no toilet paper but that can happen any where. We were asked if we wanted a coffee ordered for the next morning, and it was good coffee !! We brought some snacks from the local shop as there was only basic stuff in the cabin there is a man who sells some local foods just as you start off.
We were advised to buy silk sleeping bag covers before but we didn't, the linen is clean. If you sleep on the top bunk it got quite cold up there as its close to the A/C
Written 28 August 2019
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Jordi
Sant Cugat del Valles, Spain3 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
In Vietnam, the national railway company operates all trains. In its webpage (dsvn.vn) you can find destinations and prices, but you can not buy tickets using outside Vietnam issued credit cards.
On the other hand, there are several companies (New Livitrans Express for instance) that are foreign tourist oriented agencies. When you buy a ticket to them, in fact, what they do is to buy a ticket to the national railway company for you, so you are assigned a standard cabin, but they provide extra services: they put their own linen in the berths, provide a bottle of water, and some food. For this services they charge more than double of the real ticket cost.
We travelled using New Livitrans Express during August 2019 from Hanoi to Da Nang (17 hours). The cost of the ticket in the national website (dsvn.vn) was 939.000 VND = 41 USD, but we payed to New Livitrans Express 90 USD instead.
For this difference of price we got the following services:
- We were able to pay with non-Vietnamese credit card.
- One employee of New Livitrans Express put their own linen on top of the linen that was already in the cabin.
- One bottle of water, one banana, one small bag of snacks.
- The employee of New Livitrans Express come to the cabin to ask if everything was correct.
For the rest, we used the same train as the people who bought the ticket in the train station, we used the same bathroom and everything was the same, .... except the price that was more than the double.

We used New Livitrans Express just because we didn't know how the system worked. If I have to use again, I'll buy the standard tickets. No need to use these tourists agencies, exaggerated expensive for what they call "additional services".
Written 27 August 2019
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Dear Sirs/Madams, LIVITRANS is a legal entity established by Vietnamese Authorities based in Hanoi, Vietnam. (NOT NEW LIVITRANS. NEW LIVITRANS IS THE FAKE ONE) With more than 10 years of operation, LIVITRANS always feel confidential to be a best accompany to all partners. LIVITRANS focuses on supplying transportation service on luxury train with lines: Hanoi – Sapa (Lao Cai province) – Hanoi Hanoi – Hue – Hanoi Hanoi – Da nang – Hanoi Sai Gon – Nha Trang – Sai Gon And the public price for Livitrans as: Hà Nội - Đà Nẵng (SE3) SE3 : 19h30 – 11h26: 1.550.000vnd = 67usd only but not 90usd as you paid. The price is INCLUDE: - 1 bottle of water - 1 can of coke - snack - Wet tissue - 1 banana - 1 pack of breakfast - Tea be served right after train start. - Private Livitrans clean drap, banket, pillow - Clean cabin and toilet - Livitrans staff
Written 29 August 2019
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tantilizingtrip
London, UK81 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Friends
We booked our tickets through our hotel in Hanoi. It was £55 each going from Hanoi to Da nang. We got the SE2 train. We were in the tourist cabin. We had WiFi in our cabin and we shared with a young man who was charming. At nighttime the conductor of our carriage came in and jumped up onto the empty bed and went to sleep! Sleeping was not easy as the train stops a few times in the night and breaks hard. Also the mattresses are thin so not the best and air con can get cold, bring a jumper. In the morning a lot of people got off at Hue. Scenery thereafter was amazing especially when you are coming into Da nang. The best train journey I’ve been on Regarding the scenery. Beds were clean, only I reckon as it was the start of the journey. Toilet smells- bring wipes and sanitizer for hands. They have a carriage for food and drink. Food - be it at your own peril!
Coming back we was on the 1st class train with Lamen express. Was basic but offered an upgrade by a conductor only if we gave him 700000vnd. We talked him down to 600000vnd. Back handers were happening a lot in our carriage that night. Better mattresses but not clean bedding. Ideal to sleep on top of your own blanket.plus side is there is hot water available. Overall a fun experience and great to meet other travellers.
Written 26 August 2019
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