Vietnam trains and types of carriages

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Train routes in Vietnam, not so much. All of them can be easily counted on the fingers. However, on the same routes trains different levels of comfort, speed and with different types of cars (seats in cars). Here is a quick overview of the types of trains in the trains of Vietnam for practical use. The following symbols are used on the websites for booking tickets for trains Vietnam ( , or, and if you buy tickets directly at the ticket offices at railway stations.

To view a detailed schedule and if you want to book a train or bus in Vietnam can through the search form:

🔍 Search

💲 Pay the ticket online

Will receive an itinerary receipt by email

🚌 Arrive to departure

When searching for tickets on buses and trains for pay attention to the ranking of tickets/carriers (marked with asterisks on a five-point scale) and the reviews of actual users who traveled on this route. Selecting carriers with the highest rated according to user reviews, you will protect yourself from possible problems during the trip.

Types of seats in trains of Vietnam

  • Soft sleeper/4 berths soft sleeper cabin. This four-seat coupe, almost the same as in our best Russian trains. Excellent air-conditioned cars with good service. One or two toilet at either end of the car. In the compartment there are lamps, sockets for appliances and a table. Also the carriage has a hot water (boiling water that you can use to make tea, soup, etc.) and cold drinking. Of course, tickets for these seats are the most expensive.
  • Hard Sleeper/hard sleeper 6 berths cabin. Virtually the same as Soft sleeper, only the compartment for 6 people. If in a compartment for 4 only two beds vertically, there are three. Tickets are cheaper here stand for mere pennies, so if you are traveling with a big company and want to go into the compartment, make sense to buy such places no. Save the crumbs, and to go not so conveniently. Although in General the cars and service do not differ from Soft sleeper.
  • A/c soft seats. It's a soft chair in an air-conditioned car, the type of aircraft. They are quite well laid out and even sleep, although for a good sleep during long trips is not the best option. I do not recommend such places for long trips, tired. Are tickets for Soft seat is almost two times cheaper than the Soft sleeper.
  • A/c, hard seats. This air-conditioned cars with simple wooden benches, as in our trains. Mainly used for short commuter journeys by local residents. If you want to get acquainted with local people and flavor, and can ride again in this car, but on trips more than a couple hours is not worth to think.
  • Ordinary hard seats. It is an ordinary (not air conditioned) cars with wooden benches. Here, in General, everything is obvious.
  • Special cars and Trains Livitrans Golden. On some routes it is possible to meet brand cars and Trains Livitrans Golden. This luxury carriages with four-seat coupe specially for foreigners. They are a bit more expensive Soft sleeper, but much more comfortable.

Types of trains

Trains of different types are composed of different types of wagons.

  • SE1, SE2, SE3, SE4 cars soft sleeper, hard sleeper, soft seats.
  • SE5, SE6 cars, hard sleeper, soft seats, a/c, hard seat, ordinary hard seats.
  • SE7, SE8 cars soft sleeper, hard sleeper, soft seats.
  • SE19, SE20 cars soft sleeper, hard sleeper, soft seats, a/c, hard seat, ordinary hard seats
  • TN1, TN2 cars, hard sleeper, ordinary hard seats
  • SNT1, SNT2 soft sleeper, hard sleeper, soft seats

How to read a ticket?

Information and a sample ticket in the original taken from the site

Билет на поезд во Вьетнаме

Frequently used Vietnamese words...

Ngòi or Ghé = seat.

Năm or Giuòng = regiment.

Mèm = soft class

Cúng = hard class.

Dièu Hòa (ÐH) = air-conditioned.

Toa = the car.


Ga = station.

Giò tau = time train. Giá Vé = cost tickets.

T1, T2, T3 = 1 Tang, Tang 2, Tang 3 = lower, middle, top shelf.

K6 = 6-berth compartments.

K4 = 4-seater coupe. K='khoang' = coupe.

Toan vé = Full price

The schedule of buses and trains in Vietnam

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