A one–way ticket from HCMC to Ha Noi is 400,000 dong, however, students are able to purchase one at a reduced fare of 360,000 dong for a hard bench.
Passengers concerned about the quality of services offered in low-fare trains TN1 and TN2.
The railway industry has recently put into operation two new, low-fare trains (the TN1 and TN2) running between Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.
Mr. Nguyen Van Binh, Head of the trading and marketing department of the Vietnam Railway Corporation told the Sai Gon Giai Phong that the services offered on trains TN1 and TN2 are similar to those of the Thong Nhat trains of the same class, where passengers are provided with hygienic food and drinks as well as newspapers and magazines free of charge.
As to passenger concerns about the timing of the trains, Mr. Binh said that the departure and arrival of the trains will abide by the posted schedule. Any delays affecting departure or arrival times would be due to technical problems and would not be related to the low ticket price.
Tickets for the two trains are available in railroad stations and passengers can book them at anytime. However, in peak seasons, customers are advised to make reservations in advance in the event that tickets for their desired class are sold out.
Total travel time for the route is approximately 41 hours with 26 stops being made between the two cities. Both trains depart daily from Ha Noi and Ho Chi Minh City at 10:50 a.m. Each train has 13 cars, of which 10 are for passengers with a total capacity of 762.
A one–way ticket from Ho Chi Minh City to Ha Noi is 400,000 dong, including 3 meals a day, however, students are able to purchase one at a reduced fare of 360,000 dong for a hard bench. Elderly people, war invalids, mothers of martyrs and contributors to the revolution will be entitled to a discount of between 5% and 90%.