The trains are safe, comfortable and inexpensive, the ideal
way for independent travellers to get around and see Vietnam
at ground level. The train journeys are also an
experience in themselves, and become an integral part of
your visit to Vietnam.
Air-conditioned trains with sleepers and on-board catering
link Hanoi, Hue, Danang, Nha Trang, and Saigon (Ho Chi Minh
City). Hoi An has no station, but it's just 30km by bus or
taxi from Danang. There are also trains from Hanoi to
Haiphong (for Halong Bay) and Hanoi to Lao Cai (for Sapa).
some wonderful scenery from the train between Hanoi and
Saigon. Easily the best section is between Hué and Danang
over the Hai Van Pass, where the train runs along the coast
past bays and islands and through the hills. The train
travels at low speed up the fierce gradients, with an
assisting locomotive at the rear and people sitting on the