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Quang Ngai

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Train

Quang Ngai is an express stop on the main train line. The station is located at the edge of town at the end of Hung Vuong St. Hours: 07:00 to 11:00 and 13:30 to 16:30. The cheapest seats for the SE trains is a soft seat, but the TN's have hard seats. There are slight variations in the price depending on which type of train you catch. The SE trains are faster and a bit more expensive: Hanoi, soft seat, 376,000, 1st Class Sleeper, 560,000. Saigon, soft seat, 324,000 dong, 1st class sleeper, 483,000. The TN trains are slower and cheaper, and offer a bargain-basement hard-seat option: Hanoi, hard seat, 258,000 dong, 1st Class Aircon Sleeper, 520,000 dong. Saigon, hard seat, 222,000, 1st Class Sleeper, 448,000.

Please see the Vietnam Railways website for detailed timetable information.

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Bus

There are five or six companies operating out of the Quang Ngai bus station. They were totally uncooperative when it came to giving out specific information about the bus schedule, but their persistent theme was, If you want to go anywhere but Saigon, go to QuiNhon or Da Nang first. Qui Nhon buses leave regularly between 05:00 and 08:00 in the morning, Da Nang buses between 05:00 and 14:00.

The problem is, the bus station is far from the highway and isn't a regular stop for most routes. If you're not staying near the bus station, we recommend catching a local bus along Highway 1A to Da Nang or Qui Nhon.

Here are some sample rates, though the price you'll pay will vary depending on which company you go through and how nice the bus is. We found that the buses along the Highway try to overcharge foreigners, so use these rates as a guide only.

Buon Ma Thuot: 118,000
Da Nang: 50,000
Gai Lai: 77,000
Hanoi: 135,000
Kon Tum: 90,00
Qui Nhon: 35,000
Saigon: 190,000

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