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Flying takes 4 or 5 hours out of your sightseeing day in getting to a remote airport, checking in, taking the flight itself, collecting your bags and getting back into the city centre. Hoi An has no station, but it's just 30km by bus or taxi from Danang.There are also trains from Hanoi to Haiphong (for Halong Bay) and Hanoi to Lao Cai (for Sapa).Trains between Hanoi & Saigon are sometimes referred to as the Reunification Express by guide books and tourist agencies, although there are now a whole range of trains on this route and no single train officially carries this name.The line was completed by the French in 1936, and trains linked Hanoi to Saigon until 1954, when Vietnam was divided into north and south and the railway was cut.If an or arrival in Saigon or Hanoi seems uncomfortably early, remember that in SE Asia it's usual to rise earlier than most westerners do, and you'll find plenty of taxis available at this time.It's not like arriving in a western city that early, so don't worry!Note that at busy times, for example Tet & high summer, these Livitrans & Violette cars may run in trains SE5/SE6 rather than SE1/SE2, so check when booking.
These have 4-berth air-con soft sleepers of the same sort as the best refurbished regular Vietnamese Railways ones, but with upgraded on-board service and (of course) significantly higher fares, see the photos, information & advice below.And if you're good at people watching you'll get insights on board the train, too - the real Vietnam is as much inside as outside the train.The most magical part of a Hanoi to Saigon train journey is the world-class scenic section between Hu and Danang.Over the last decade the Hanoi-Saigon train service has steadily improved with more trains & newer rolling stock.Here are the principal services, there are additional trains at peak times such as the Tet holiday period in late January or February. Click here for interactive map of train, bus, ferry routes in Southeast Asia All these trains run every day except trains SE7 & SE8 which only run at busy periods.
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