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Night train from Hanoi to Hue, Vietnam

Night Train Hanoi to Hue Vietnam
To be completely honest, in hindsight, I would rather have flown from Hanoi to Hue (it would have cost us about the same, and saved time).

Ok, now that that’s done. Here’s the details about our overnight train.

We left Hanoi at 7:30 pm for the 12 hour trip to Hue (which they just tell you is 12 hours, but its nearly always closer to 14).
Night Train Hanoi to Hue Vietnam
We booked two beds in a 4 berth sleeper cabin. Our tickets cost us US$40 each. The cabin was nothing fancy.

In comparison to the night train we took in Thailand, I would say that overall, the Thai trains are better. The beds are bigger and more comfortable (and cleaner). The overhead storage space for your luggage is actually big enough to hold something. And the beds had curtains for privacy, where the Vietnam train did not.
Night Train Hanoi to Hue Vietnam
But, where the Vietnamese trains win (hands down) is the bathrooms. They were much better than the toilets on the train in Thailand (those were just holes open to the tracks below that you stood over). The Vietnam train toilets were actually toilets.

And they offered a bit of reading entertainment as well.
Night Train Hanoi to Hue Vietnam
I didn’t sleep well on this train partially because there were no station signs posted, and no announcements were made for what station we were pulling into. So, it was all a guessing game. But we got there, safe and sound.

4 thoughts on “Night train from Hanoi to Hue, Vietnam

  1. woonks

    Hi. I’m now in Hanoi.
    We flew in from Hue. Upon landing, it was raining in Hanoi. We were cold and unprepared for the chilly wind. We sat in the shuttle minibus and wasted 1 hour as the driver was waiting for more passengers. We got down and changed bus-we took Jetstar Pacific airport bus. Wikitravel has not updated this bus service.Anyway, Halong Bay trip was good.Beautiful.

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