1. Overview of train from Ho Chi Minh city to Hoi An

Ho Chi Minh City is the largest economic center in Vietnam and also a prominent tourist destination in southern Vietnam, while Hoi An, Quang Nam province, is a famous city in central Vietnam. When mentioning Quang Nam, people often immediately think of Hoi An, located on the banks of the Thu Bon River. Not only “popular” with domestic tourists, Hoi An ancient town is also an ideal destination for foreign tourists.

There are many means of transportation to bring tourists to Hoi An, such as planes, cars, motorbikes, and high-quality tourist cars, but perhaps the most attractive and interesting is traveling to Hoi An by train. However, there is currently no railway station in Hoi An. Most visitors arriving in Hoi An by train must stop at Da Nang or Tam Ky stations. From the station Da Nang, visitors can take a bus, rent a private car, or take a taxi to Hoi An city.

2. Why should you try the experience of traveling by train from Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An?

Cheap ticket price: Compared to plane tickets, train tickets from Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An are much cheaper. Train tickets may vary in price between seat types and time frames, but they are still economical.

Be proactive about time: Trains are more frequent than planes. Furthermore, taking the train does not require arriving 2-3 hours in advance, like flying, so visitors can be proactive.

Admire the beautiful scenery on the way: You will be able to enjoy the majestic mountain scenery when traveling by train.

3. Times and schedules for trains from Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An

The distance from Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An is about 948 km. Hoi An is about 30 km from Da Nang city. Travel time by train from Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An is about 15 to 20 hours.

To start the journey from Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An, you will first move to Saigon Station and take the train to Da Nang Station. Train routes from Saigon station to Da Nang station include trains with the following codes: SE2, SE4, SE6, SE8, SE10, and SE22. Then, from Da Nang station, you will take a bus, taxi, or private rental car to Hoi An Ancient Town for about 45 minutes.

    • Saigon Station Address: 1 Nguyen Thong, Ward 9, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City Da Nang 
    • Station Address: 791 Hai Phong Street, Tam Thuan Ward, Thanh Khe District, Da Nang City.
  • Train timetable from Saigon station to Da Nang
Train nameSaigon StationNang StationTotal travel time
SE806:00 a.m22:49 p.m16 Hours 49 minutes
SE609:00 a.m02:08 a.m17 Hours 8 minutes
SE2211:50 a.m06:15 a.m18 Hours 25 minutes
SE1014:40 p.m09:48 a.m19 Hours 8 minutes
SE419:45 p.m12:29 p.m16 Hours 44 minutes
SE221:55 p.m13:35 p.m15 Hours 40 minutes

4. Information about train tickets

4.1 Types of train tickets

There are two types of train tickets: regular train tickets and 5-star train tickets, meeting the needs of all customers. Regular train tickets have different types of seats: extra seats, hard seats, and sleeping seats which will help you save more money. 

Meanwhile, 5-star train tickets provide a more luxurious travel experience, with 56-seat train carriages and 4 and 6 bed sleeper train carriages. The Seat train carriage is equipped with amenities similar to airplane seats, helping travelers relax comfortably throughout the journey. Sleeper train carriage are equipped with air conditioning and a number of other classy amenities. Therefore, 5-star train tickets are chosen by more tourists than regular tickets.

4.2 Cost to train from Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An

Train ticket prices from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Nang range from 12.21 USD – 89.50 USD/person depending on when you book the ticket.

For detailed train ticket prices from Saigon to Da Nang, you can refer to:

Seat typeCodeTicket price (USD)
Located in compartment 4 with T1 air conditioningAnLT140.8138.3241.5440.0742.31
Located in compartment 4 with T1 air conditioningAnLT1v41.0139.7542.9641.49943.73
Located in compartment 4 with T2 air conditioningAnLT238.0435.6036.9436.813.87
Located in compartment 4 with T2 air conditioningAnLT2v39.4637.0238.3638.2441.29
Located in compartment 6 with T1 air conditioningBnLT137.5535.2736.4136.8539.24
Located in compartment 6 with T2 air conditioningBnLT234.6632.5531.5734.0034.45
Located in compartment 6 with T3 air conditioningBnLT330.0228.2326.1229.4831.97
Air-conditioned Hard seatNCL18.8020.5018.45
Hard seatNC15.4616.13
Extra seatGP12.6117.35
Air-conditioned soft seatsNML24.2522.8225.2223.8227.04
Air-conditioned soft seatsNMLV24.6523.2324.5624.2327.45


Saigon Da Nang price list of SE2 train

Seat typeCode Ticket price (USD)
Located in compartment 4 with T1 air conditioningAnLT1M42.31
Located in compartment 4 with T1 air conditioningAnLT1Mv43.73
Located in compartment 4 with T2 air conditioningAnLT2M39.30
Located in compartment 4 with T2 air conditioningAnLT2Mv40.72
Located in compartment 2 with air conditioning VIPAnLv2M84.58
Located in compartment 6 with T1 air conditioningBnLT1M39.34
Located in compartment 6 with T2 air conditioningBnLT2M34.45
Located in compartment 6 with T3 air conditioningBnLT3M31.97
Extra seatGP17.35
Air-conditioned soft seatsNML25.29
Air-conditioned soft seatsNML5627.04
Air-conditioned soft seatsNML56V27.45
Air-conditioned soft seatsNMLV25.69


Ticket price includes insurance.

Prices may change according to a number of conditions: ticket purchase time, train passengers, seat location in the carriage, etc.

After arriving in Da Nang Station, you have to move to Hoi An. You can choose from the following means:

  • Bus: from 0.81 USD – 1.02 USD/ way
  • Taxi: from 14.24 USD – 22.38 USD/ way

4.3 Instructions on how to book train tickets to go train from Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An

To buy Saigon-Da Nang train tickets, visitors can buy them directly at the station or book them online. 

Buy at the station: visitors can go directly to the ticket counter at the Saigon station to buy train tickets from Saigon to Da Nang. However, buying tickets directly can easily cause sold-out tickets and run out of desired ticket types on holidays and New Year.

Buy online: this is a popular form of booking tickets that many tourists choose. Book Saigon Da Nang train tickets online conveniently; there is no need to queue, and they can be booked anytime, anywhere. You can book Saigon-Da Nang train tickets online through the official websites of the Vietnam Railway Corporation: https://dsvn.vn/#/ or http://vetau.com.vn 

5. Suggestions for famous tourist destinations in Hoi An that cannot be missed

Coming to Hoi An, visitors will be immersed in new moments hidden within the ancient features of many rows of old tiled houses. With a variety of attractions, from ancient houses, guild halls, temples, beaches, craft villages, etc. Visitors will have many options to visit and explore at the following famous locations: Bridge Pagoda, Lantern Street, Phung Hung ancient house, Tan Ky ancient house, Phuc Kien Assembly Hall, Thanh Ha pottery village, Bay Mau coconut forest, My Son Sanctuary, Cu Lao Cham, etc. 

See more:

YouTube video

You can refer to Metta Voyage’s Hoi An tours through the following links:

Experience Ancient City Secrets on a Hoi An Private Tour 2023

Mindful Retreat In Island Smiles Hoi An

Hoi An Fun Exploring

Amazing 24 Hours Experience on Cham Islands, Hoi An

6. Things to note when booking train tickets

Choose the right time: Hoi An Ancient Town is the ideal place for your vacation. You can visit this place at any time of the year. However, the time when most tourists choose to travel to Hoi An is from February to April, because at this time the weather is very pleasant and cool. You can read more about the best time to visit Hoi An here. 

Find out information about tickets: Before booking train tickets, you should carefully research information about ticket types, ticket classes, seats, and accompanying amenities to ensure the ticket booking suits your needs. Book tickets early to get good prices. 

Prepare necessary documents, and arrive at the station at least 30 minutes in advance to check in.

Do not bring bulky luggage to make moving and sightseeing easier.

7. Conclusion

Hopefully, the information about the train from Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An that Metta Voyage shared above will be useful for your trip. Additionally, if you have any questions or need to schedule upcoming trips, you can contact us immediately.

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