Vietnam Railways ramps up to haul people home for Tet holiday

The company’s Head of the Carriage Board, Tran Bat said the added trains would make a total of 24 serving the Tet Lunar New Year holiday.

Bat also said more railroad cars would be added to existing trains to meet the demand of increased passengers at select railway stations in the Central region.

With the extra trains and railcars, he said there would be 15 percent more seats available this holiday season.

Some district routes for freight trains would be cancelled for the passenger carriages, he said.


Bat said 15 percent of tickets on the HCMC to Hanoi route would be transferred from Saigon railway station to its counterpart in Hanoi in an effort to ease the queuing at the Saigon station.

“Relatives or friends in Hanoi can buy tickets and send to their beloved in the south by express parcels,” he said.

In addition, the company would set up more provincial sale agencies and conduct transactions via the Internet.

Tickets would be available to buyers in Saigon from Dec. 15, and will be sold in Hanoi one-and-a-half months before the Tet holiday.

Bat said the prices would rise 15 days before Tet, up 10-15 percent if the purchases are made late.

Source: Nguoi Lao Dong – Translated by Luu Thi Hong