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Cost of Hanoi-Lao Cai train tickets

  • ngg18

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    I'm wondering if anyone knows the current price of a soft sleeper ticket from Hanoi-Lai Cai on the SP3 train. I have looked at a few websites but they just seem to quote prices for tourist train cars. Does anyone know a reliable website to book train tickets?

    Thanks in advance

    #1 Posted: 9/12/2009 - 16:33

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  • sdl68

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    I paid 28 dollars USD each way last month. I was on LiviTrans train. People I talked too paid anywhere between 24-32 dollars or so. Going rate is around 30usd one way.

    Book your train with your GH in Sapa and they will take care of the transfers to and from Lao Cai. I dont think I paid anything extra for that but if I did It wasnt more than a few dollars.

    #2 Posted: 12/12/2009 - 06:49

  • ngg18

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    Thanks for your reply. However the price you quotes is for LiviTrans. I know about the existence of several such 'tourists trains'. What I am really after is how much does it cost on the normal standard non tourist train, say the SP3 train. Does anyone know?

    #3 Posted: 12/12/2009 - 09:58

  • trashout

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    Posted from within Vietnam.

    How much does the train cost?
    One way per person (000 dong):

    Hanoi to Lao Cai (294 km)


    300 (£9, $17)Soft sleeper

    234 (£7, $14) Hard sleeper (air con)

    175 (£5, $10)Hard sleeper


    168 (£5, $10)Soft seat (air con)


    113 (£4, $7) Soft seat


    98 (£3, $6)Hard seat


    http://www.seat61.com/Vietnam.htm#Hanoi%20-%20Lao%20Cai

    hope you don't pay more...

    #4 Posted: 18/12/2009 - 13:07

  • daawgon

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    I don't believe you'll be able to book that ahead as travel agents only want to sell the private carriages. Just go down to the Hanoi Ga and get those tickets.

    #5 Posted: 18/12/2009 - 13:27

  • ngg18

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    Thanks for the replies and info. I did have a look at seat61 but I wasn't sure how up to date it is.

    Ideally what I want to do is fly from Can Tho up to Hanoi in the afternoon and then take the night train to Lao Cai without staying a night in Hanoi. I don't know if it is possible to get soft sleeper tickets on the day (only a few hours before departure). It would be best I think if I could somehow book the tickets in advance.

    Any idea??? I appreciate any help.

    #6 Posted: 18/12/2009 - 13:45

  • trashout

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    Posted from within Vietnam.

    i was today at the main railway station; tran quay cap street. it was very easy to book a seat right there without any prebooking. all the agencies take a big commission. i payed for a soft seat with air con: 156000 dong.
    as is it low season right now i think it will be no stress to book for the same day. but maybee not the seat you like to have. so try to be flexible.... :)

    #7 Posted: 18/12/2009 - 23:41

  • prisonbreak

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    17th December, 2009
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    anybody has the timetable of the train from lao cai to hanoi ?
    I looked at their website in the english version and can t find anything
    thanks

    #8 Posted: 20/12/2009 - 16:56

  • lauracorter

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    Posted from within Vietnam.

    I think the SP3 train with $18 to $20 are not existed nowaday. You should contact with some website about the train in Vietnam before you want to book them.
    I think you should book the tourist train when you travel to Sapa because these train is safe and good service than SP train.
    Good luck to you!

    #9 Posted: 29/8/2012 - 04:49

  • daawgon

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    Since you'll be down south, I understand you can buy tickets for any state train at the major train stations such as the Saigon Ga. You will get far more service (and far more understandable) service from a private agent. Buying online for the state train - I seriously doubt it unless you go through a private agent with a website.

    #10 Posted: 29/8/2012 - 11:18

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  • zuzainy

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    24th December, 2012
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    Posted from within Vietnam.

    Hi,
    When you travel by train to Sapa ? it is very busy to buy the train ticket from Hanoi to Sapa at the weekend and the Tet holidays. Check your calendar and see how to avoid the periods. It is easy to buy a 6 berth cabin, soft sleepr ticket to Sapa right at the train station 120 Le Duan street, Hanoi. In our experience, you may contact a train ticket agent Vietnam to get your ticket waiting for you at your hotel. You can search Vietnam train ticket agent then contact them easily

    #11 Posted: 24/12/2012 - 21:19

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