Traveling through Vietphái nam by overnight trains is a chất lượng experience khổng lồ have. They’re comfortable, safe, và an affordable way to travel throughout the country’s vast distance. Due to the “slow travel,” using the train is a sustainable travel option versus taking a plane or oto. Plus, you’ll also get an insider view on how locals use the trains as a major khung of transportation in Vietnam

We had the opportunity lớn take an overnight train from Ho Chi Minc City (Saigon/HCMC) to Nha Trang. The distance between Ho Chi Minh City khổng lồ Nha Trang is 430 kilometers (267 miles) away & takes about 9 hours one-way. We went the comfortable route và booked the sleeper train for our round-trip. What we loved about our sleeper train was that we had a bed, pillow, và blanket for us lớn stretch our legs and get some rest.

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While taking the train is easy, we’ve sầu put together this Vietnam overnight train travel guide so you know what khổng lồ expect on a nighttime train ride from HCMC to lớn Nha Trang. We hope this guide will help your planning go smoother. 

How to Book Your Vietnam giới Overnight Train Tickets

To get the best seats on the train, you must reserve sầu tickets in advance. There are two options lớn book your tickets: 

1. Visit the train station & buy the ticket in person.

2. Buy them online.

Visit the Vietphái nam Railway official site khổng lồ reserve your seats. The site is available in English. You can also consider using travel agencies if there are difficulties with booking the tickets.

Note: During the Tet holiday season (Vietnamese New Year), many locals return khổng lồ their hometown & take the train. If you plan to lớn travel throughout Vietphái mạnh during that time, you must reserve sầu your seat months ahead of time. According to lớn the booking site, tickets were available for sale during the Tet holiday starting in October. 


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Riding Vietnam’s overnight train is an exciting way khổng lồ travel.


Things to Know When Reserving Your Overnight Train Tickets

1. Figure out your starting và ending location.

We started in Ho Chi Minc City’s Hoa Hung Railway Station station in District 3 & it’s one of the main hubs to lớn travel throughout South Vietnam, Central Vietnam, or even up North. (You can take a train from Ho Chi Minch City to Hanoi, yet it’ll take 33 hours one-way).

When booking online, find the search function on the left side. Add the starting (ie: Saigon) and ending location (ie: Nha Trang), dates of travel, and whether the travel is a one-way or round trip

2. Determine your seating arrangements.

As you can see from the booking trang web, the fares vary depending on the seating arrangement & the time of departure. The choices are:

Hard seats with air conditioning – Seat arrangements are 2 seats on each side. These are the cheaper seats. From Ho Chi Minh City lớn Nha Trang, the cost starts at 190,000 VND ($8.đôi mươi USD) per seat.Soft seats with air conditioning – Seat arrangements are 2 seats on each side. From Ho Chi Minch City to lớn Nha Trang, the cost starts at 369,000 VND ($15.90) per seat. Sleeper train cars with 6 beds with air conditioning – There are three beds on each side. Depending on the time of departure, the 6-beds are reserved for longer train durations such as Ho Chi Minch City to lớn Hanoi. Sleeper train cars with 4 beds with air conditioning – There are two beds on each side. These are the more expensive seats. From Ho Chi Minch City khổng lồ Nha Trang, the cost starts at 690,000 VND ($29.60). We spent 1,311,000 VND ($56.30) per person for a round-trip ticket in October 20trăng tròn. Our Recommendation: Sleeper Train with 4 Beds

If you have the budget, we recommend that you pick the night train arrangements that have 4 beds versus 6 beds. This accommodation would be perfect for those traveling in a group. 

Each of the cars has an individual bed, pillow, blanket, water bottle, và a sliding door for privacy. The beds are a thichồng foam mattress & are comfortable. It looks like the bedding is changed at the final destination. When we arrived at our room, the blanket was folded and the pillowcase smelled clean. 

The individual cars have sầu an air conditioning unit, lights, và PA speakers. The temperature for the AC unit cannot be changed so it does get cold in the room. You can wrap yourself with the blanket or wear a jacket. The person sitting on the top bunk (upper berth) usually controls the lights và speakers và turns them off once the train departs. 

Insider Tip: Choose the bed on the lower level (lower berth) as it’ll be easier lớn leave sầu the room. 

The beds vì chưng not have sầu a ladder, unlượt thích a typical bunk bed or even on sleeper buses. There is a foot step against the wall. It’s in an awkward position since the person on the top bunk will need to step on the lower bed and the foot step to get to the bed. Therefore, elderly people or those with leg injuries should not book the top bunk. If you’re on the bottom bunk, hopefully, you aren’t too picky with having someone step on your bed!

As with the luggage, there is storage underneath the bottom bunk. This would be enough space if you have sầu a rolling luggage. If you’re on the top bunk, then there is storage at the foot of the bed. Otherwise, you may consider traveling light with a duffel bag or backpaông chồng.


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We’re ready to ride the overnight train from Ho Chi Minh to Nha Trang!


3. Once you’ve chosen your seating arrangements và then proceed with the check-out for payment. 

You will need lớn complete your full name, passport number, và email address. 

Payment is currently available with credit cards and banking with Vietphái mạnh banks. Or, you can pay later at the stations or ticket agency of Vietnam giới Railways. If this is an issue, you can ask your Vietnamese friends for help.

4. Print a copy of your ticket since you’ll need it for boarding.

The customer service agent will scan the QR code on the ticket at the entrance gate.

What khổng lồ Do on the Night of your Train Departure

1. Bring a copy of your ticket & your passport.

2. Arrive sầu at the train station at least 30 minutes before departure.

Depending on your starting location, it’s recommended lớn arrive sầu at the train station early. Grab a seat in the seating area or buy food & drinks at the local marts. If the train arrives early, you’re welcome khổng lồ enter the train carriage to lớn relax before departure.


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This is the main waiting area at Ho Chi Minc City’s Hoa Hung Railway Station.


3. Use the bathroom at the train station.

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We recommend that you use the nhà vệ sinh before you board the train. The toilets on the train are smelly. 

What to Pachồng on your Overnight Train Ride

If you’re planning khổng lồ get some rest or are a light sleeper, it’s recommended that you bring the following items:

Earplugs and eye cover – While most people will be considerate of noise in the middle of the night, the outside train noise may bother you. Noise-canceling headphones – You may need these if you need music or a podcast to drown out the outside noise.Portable charger – While the sleeper trains have sầu electrical outlets, it may be broken. Light snacks và water – You may get hungry during your oto ride. Toilet paper or tissue – Always have sầu an emergency toilet paper or tissue stash when traveling throughout Vietphái mạnh. Many places don’t offer nhà wc paper. Mask – Due to lớn the current travel situation, it’s recommended to lớn wear a mask on the train. 

Other Helpful Tips with Ho Chi Minc City to lớn Nha Trang Overnight Train

Ho Chi Minh City’s train station has a Lotteria and convenience stores to lớn buy snacks & drinks.Due khổng lồ the evening departure, there won’t be much of a view once you leave Ho Chi Minch City area. However, you’ll see the rolling hills when you wake up và arrive sầu in Nha Trang.When we took the train from Ho Chi Minc to lớn Nha Trang, we noticed that the overhead speakers did not mention the names of the upcoming train stops. This may be an issue if you plan khổng lồ stop at the smaller station. On our return trip, the overhead speakers announced the station names in Vietnamese as we arrived closer to Ho Chi Minc. Nha Trang’s train station is within the đô thị so it’ll take about five minutes by oto to get to lớn the main street, Tran Phu, & Nha Trang Beach area. Once you arrive at Nha Trang, there will be swarms of xe taxi drivers waiting to lớn give sầu rides. You can also pre-arrange a car with your accommodation or use the Grab tiện ích khổng lồ Điện thoại tư vấn a car. Related: Check out other helpful apps lớn use during your Vietphái nam travels

Would we ride Vietnam’s trains at night again? Yes, we would! It’s a comfortable ride, even though we didn’t get much sleep. It’s a cheap way lớn travel if you have sầu more time in your Vietphái nam itinerary & a way khổng lồ save the cost on a night in a hotel room.