I am planing on using a night train to get from HCMC to Nha Trang to save some time and cash. I cannot access the Vietnam Rail website's timetable page. Having been to seat61.co.uk it looks like the best option (time wise)is to use the TN10 train however it is suggested that this train only runs every 2nd night.
Does anyone know if it runs on set nights during the week or if I could find out what dates it runs?
Has anyone used this service and is it clean, reliable, etc... (heard the train is old)?
Would I need to book a ticket in advance?
Any info would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
#1 tayls has been a member since 30/12/2008. Posts: 5
I'd recommend the SE4 over any TN train. It leaves Saigon late (11pmish) and into Nha Trang around 6am. Also, it runs every day.
Buying in advance depends a lot on when you are travelling -- if you do decide to book in advance there's no shortage of Vietnamese travel agents who can assist.
#2 somtam2000 has been a member since 21/1/2004. Location: Indonesia. Posts: 7,800
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I plan to be there in late May/early June. Do you know if the sleeper births book out and if so how far in advance would you need to book?
#3 tayls has been a member since 30/12/2008. Posts: 5
photos of the current time table schedules:-
sleeper buses and trains take about the same time more or less.
trains are some times not always on schedule.
the trains are comfortable enough though not luxury. Toilets are not the cleanest.
During holidays such at TET then getting any transport if pretty much impossible, Outside that generally ok. Weekends can get busy especially the locals go to nha trang etc for a few days.
Flights to Nha TRang go to Cam ran which is 30 minutes drive away.
#4 vietnamrum has been a member since 21/1/2011. Posts: 39
May/June is usually a pretty good time to book a train as the crowds of international tourists lessen with the increase in temperature. The SE4 is the train to get. It's nice to arrive very early in Nha Trang and see people exercising along the waterfront and by May most hotels will be able to give you a room straight away. There is a public holiday at the beginning of May.
I don't think overnight buses are very safe. Vietnamese driving is frightening at the best of times.
#5 violets has been a member since 6/7/2009. Posts: 152