Services of Hanoi Travel by rail
There is only one major route from Ho Chi Minh City, via Nha Trang, Danang and Hue, with minor routes to northern towns. Internationally, there is a twice-weekly rail service to Beijing. The main railway station in Hanoi is Ga Hang Co, 120 Le Duan, in the southwest of the city.
You can buy tickets in person at the station, and a useful number is 1080, where English-speaking operators can give information on timetables. For long distances, it’s best to book soft-class sleepers (four people in each cabin) or soft seats for shorter distances. The alternative hard-class sleepers (six people in each cabin) and hard-class seats are uncomfortable and crowded.
The Vietnamese railway company is Duong Sat Vietnam (tel: +84 4 3942 5972; www.vr.com.vn), although it is better to go to the station, at 120 Le Duan, in person to purchase tickets.
From Beijing – 42 hours; Ho Chi Minh City – 29 to 42 hours, depending on the number of stops; Hue – 13 hours; Lao Cai – 9 hours; Hai Phong – 2 hours 30 minutes.