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localtrainVietnam's train system extends to most destinations of interest to a first-time visitor in Vietnam and it's safe, comfortable, not too expensive, and allows you to see the countryside at a leisurely pace.

Except the central highlands and the Mekong delta, this rail network serves a large portion of the country, with the main routes being the north-south train from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City, and from Hanoi to the northwest and northeast. Besides, there are local trains which do not make the complete journey, but just cover part of the route.

Travel between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City

Vietnam's Reunification Express trains go between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City and stop at various railway stations along the coast, such as Hue, Danang, Hai Phong, Nha Trang and so forth. These trains take 36 hours to finish their itinerary, by far the most popular for both foreign tourists and Vietnamese travellers.

The two major kinds of trains are the: SE (SE1-SE6) and TN (TN3-TN10). SE trains are better, equipped with modern air-conditioned cars, larger windows, and restaurant or buffet car as well. SE trains service around 20 stations, into which most major coastal stops are covered. The stations include Hanoi, Hue, Da Nang (for Hoi An), Dieu Tri (for Qui Nhon), Nha Trang, Thap Cham, Muong Man (for Phan Thiet) and Ho Chi Minh City.

Depending on the class of train and number of stops and at a maximum speed of around 70 km per hour and, rough trip durations are:

Hanoi to Hue:  13 hours
Hue to Da Nang:  2.5 hours
Da Nang to Nha Trang:  9.5 hours
Nha Trang to Ho Chi Minh City:  8 hours

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