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Train Ticket Reservation

Posted by Tukee on 14/1/2012 at 06:29

I found this 3rd party reservation site while still away from Vietnam: http://www.vietnam-trains.com/.

I 'm quite paranoid about this because I have once made an accommodation booking years ago to Hosteling International in Mexico City, but when I arrived at the hostel, they say they were not aware of the arrangement and my name was not in the guest listing. I was ripped-off by just about $2 only.

Anybody tried this before or is it legit? Here, they were asking for my credit card number and the payment for the whole fare.

Thanks

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Posted by daawgon on 14/1/2012 at 08:17

I wouldn't risk it. If you need tickets anytime around Tet, there will be no seats anyway. At other times, you can get tickets from a local travel agent or hotel very easily at the last minute.

What kind of ticket are you buying? Vietnamese trains are somewhat complicated, and an inexperienced traveler should be aware of the options available. Long distance with certain types of fares can be really very bad (been there, done that already!)

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Posted by Tukee on 14/1/2012 at 15:02

I reckon the same thing, leaning on your side but then I have to wait from the mouths of those with actual experience with this reservation site.

What keeps me is that they need me to pay immediately the whole fare without checking the train company if there are still available seats. What if they come back with negative result?

I'm taking the soft seats for Hue quoted at US$50. There is an extra charge totalling to US62.50 (20% peak seasonal adjustment + credit card charge of US$2.50).

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Posted by caseyprich on 14/1/2012 at 22:58

Posted from within Vietnam.

I used http://www.trainticketdeliver.com/ and had a great experience - so far, I've got the ticket in my hand that was delivered to my hotel yesterday. I actually got bumped out of my original reservation because the central government decided more cheap tickets had to be reserved for locals around Tet (can't blame them). However, this company upgraded me to the next class free of charge. Highly recommended, don't remember the cost of my ticket off the top of my head (paid for it a month ago) but I calculated it out as very reasonable with a small service fee.

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Posted by blackrose on 5/7/2012 at 21:40

Posted from within Vietnam.

Hello , when traveling by train in Vietnam prepare to note the following:
Order tickets before boarding the train. You can book online for long or at each station.
Note departure time noted on the ticket.
Keep your ticket stubs carefully to the end of the trip.
If you are foreign tourists, you should go with tour guide to be able to make the procedures.
When booking tickets please make sure online are available from authorized agents of the local railway ticket Vietnam. I usually book online train through this website Vietnam Railways .
Wish you an enjoyable trip in Vietnam by train , good luck.

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Posted by Susan_eyoung on 6/7/2012 at 21:40

Posted from within Vietnam.

I think you should book the train ticket before you arrive Vietnam to avoid your plan can be changed. You can book it online through tuntravel.com. I booked with them, paid-in-advance and received the ticket when I am in the hotel. It is easy. They are professional and my trip went smoothly. Thanks for their support. I will use their services for the next trip.

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Posted by alenathai181 on 7/7/2012 at 02:43

If you travel in Vietnam on july and Aug by train you should pre book for this is high season for students have university & college exam so it is very difficult to get ticket.
When you make prepay ask hotel or any office you book service to reconfirm your paid

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Posted by robjones on 17/7/2012 at 06:08

When in Vietnam i booked tickets through travel agencies and at the train stations myself. Was a little cheaper at the stations but not by a huge amount, normally saved around $5 each time. Cant see any need to book online in advance if you have a few days in each city before leaving as that should be early enough to ensure you get a seat.

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Posted by robjones on 17/7/2012 at 06:24

When in Vietnam i booked tickets through travel agencies and at the train stations myself. Was a little cheaper at the stations but not by a huge amount, normally saved around $5 each time. Cant see any need to book online in advance if you have a few days in each city before leaving as that should be early enough to ensure you get a seat.

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