hellow, can anyone tell me how long by train from Hanoi to Saigon, many thanks for any information esp to Mr Plover
If you have the stamina and the supplies and if there are no delays the SE3 will get you there in under 30 hours. The others take 33 to 35 hrs.
It's up to the kind of train you get.
If you get by SE3, SE4, it takes about more than 40hrs. And by the other train, it can take about more than 40hrs.
An extremely long and boring trip all the way down to Saigon - a real waste of your vacation in my opinion!
Agree with Daawgon. Its long, its uncomfortable, and its boring. Are you sure thats how you want to spend 30 hours of your vacation? Check out what flights cost. Especially if you book early the supersaver fares are often the same price, and sometimes even cheaper, than the train.
If you do decide on the train, try to book in the Levitrans carriage for a little better quality.
Livitrans only goes down as far as Danang
Rather than do the whole trip by train, fly from Hanoi to Hue, then train to Danang that way you get to see the most spectacular section of the rail system around Hai Van Pass, then do a side visit to Hoi An ancient town then fly from Danang to Nha Trang. After that do a daylight trip on the train to Saigon enjoying the coastal scenery.
If you go to Youtube and put in a search for ''dirtypierre vietnam trains'' you can view some of the videos I have made of the train journeys in Vietnam.Edited: 12 December 2013, 23:11
The train trip from Hanoi to Danang or Hoian with the acceptable duration is nice, but for the extremely long to Saigon, it is not a good idea. It totally wastes your time and virtually cut off your chance to discover more sites. If you travel on new year vacation, air tickets of Vietnam airline are on big sale, really cheap.
It actually feels pretty quick - you sleep, spend a day relaxing, watching the scenery, reading with your feet up, and knocking back the odd beer, you sleep, and you're there. Centre to centre, with no need to go anywherey near an airport. I saves two nights' hotel bill, too.
It's anything but boring - you're on a real adventure, a 1,070 mile train ride on the famous Reunification Railway, the way the real Vietnamese travel, seeing rural life out of the window with the villages and water buffalo, and real Vietnamese life goes on inside the train as well.
The spectacular part is the cliff-hugging coastal part between Hue and Danang, where the line runs along the cliffs with the South China Sea breaking on the rocks below, then past beaches, and up and over the lush green Hai Van Pass. It's really quite amazing. Windows on the corridor side of both the Livitrans and regular soft sleepers open, so you can get those photo or video shots.
The trains are real Vietnamese trains, so a bit grubby by say, Swiss standards (which I suppose is why some people scurry back to the familiar western-style airlines, western hotels, MacDonalds, etc.), but actually quite comfortable, if you acknowledge that this is SE Asia not western Europe. The air-con is very good, bedding is provided and in soft sleeper the beds are comfy enough, I usually sleep quite well.
Most sleeper compartments have a charging socket for mobiles and cameras, there's small table, toilets (western and squat) and washrooms are at the end of the corridor. And of course there's room to move, stretch out, stand up and walk around, no seat belts here.
Food and refreshments are sold on board, or bring your own - dried noodles are good, sold at most station stalls, and can be made up with the free boiling water from the samovar at the end of each carriage corridor. And bring plenty of beer of course!
And all for about $80 including a soft sleeper. A truly memorable, unique world experience, distinctly Vietnamese.
Or you could fly and miss it all. In a nice clean jet airliner. Just like you have at home. But then why bother going?Edited: 13 December 2013, 17:39
The train however isn't smooth at all and is behind schedule. If you want to spend a day sitting on a train then sure go for it. If the train system was like China which is actually quick, punctual and clean then sure but Vietnamese trains aren't that at all.
There is only 1 charging socket for 4 people so you'll have to fight your bed mates for the right to charge your phone.
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