Livitrans Express

Company Information

Livitrans Express was launched in 2007, connecting Vietnam's capital city, Hanoi, with Lao Cai, the gateway to the incredibly popular town of Sapa. Based in Hanoi, Livitrans Express runs private carriages on routes managed by Vietnam Railways and is one of the most popular operators for tourists looking to head north from Hanoi.

Routes served by Livitrans Express Train

Previously, Livitrans Express offered just one route but this service has since been expanded to cover three major routes throughout the country.

Hanoi–Lao Cai (Sapa)

Firstly, there is one train per day leaving Hanoi for Lao Cai at 21.30, arriving in the town at 05.25, so anyone looking to head to Sapa from there should arrive in the early morning. The journey to Lao Cai takes around eight hours and costs VND835,000 for a berth in a four-bed VIP sleeper carriage. The return journey is priced the same but leaves Lao Cai at 20.35, arriving in Hanoi at around 04.45.

Hanoi–Hue–Da Nang

A newer addition to the Livitrans Express schedule is the Hanoi – HueDa Nang route, which takes around 16 hours in total. There are two departures from Hanoi each day, at 19.30 and 22.00. The 19.30 departure arrives in Hue at 08.50 the next morning (13 hours) and arrives in Da Nang at about 11.25 (16 hours after leaving Hanoi). If you depart from Hanoi at 22.00, you'll reach Hue and Da Nang at 10.35 and 14.00 respectively. Tickets are priced at VND1,700,000 to Hue and VND2,000,000 to Da Nang.

If you're leaving Da Nang to head back to Hanoi, you have two options. Trains depart Da Nang at 12.45 and 14.13, taking around 3 hours to get to Hue and 16 hours to reach Hanoi. Prices are the same regardless of the direction you're travelling in.

Ho Chi Minh City–Nha Trang

You can also book tickets with Livitrans Express to travel between Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) and the beach resort of Nha Trang. There is one train each evening, leaving HCMC at 20.30 (arrives in Nha Trang at 05.30) and departing Nha Trang at 19.10, which is scheduled to arrive in HCMC at 03.24. The journey takes around nine hours in either direction and costs VND1,100,000.

Pros

If you're travelling on the Hanoi – Da Nang route then you will be pleased with the well-scheduled arrival times, which minimises any hassle caused by arriving late at night or early in the morning, when it can be difficult to find accommodation.

There are also charging ports in all the carriages so you can ensure that your phone is fully charged in case you need to contact someone when you arrive, or to use your map to find your hotel.

All the carriages offered by Livitrans Express are four-bed VIP sleepers, so you know that you will be travelling in greater comfort than if you booked with another operator.

Cons

It can be worth getting to the station early, especially if you're boarding at the start of the route, as sometimes the carriages can be overbooked. Don't worry, you'll still get onto the train you booked but if you turn up just before the train departs then you may find someone in your seat and will have the hassle of trying to explain the problem to a guard. It's best to just get there in plenty of time.

The other major issue is that the cleanliness of the carriages isn't always up to the standard you might expect, especially as you're paying a little more than if your purchased a ticket with Vietnam Railways. The toilets on these carriages are western toilets but, again, they are not always as clean as you'd like.

Keep in mind

All the carriages on services with Livitrans Express are air-conditioned VIP sleepers so the beds are about as comfortable as it gets on an overnight train in Vietnam.

This company is primarily aimed at foreign tourists, so you are paying a bit of a premium for this service.

Also, if you're travelling between Hue and Da Nang it is probably not worth the extra cost to pay for a sleeper for just three hours, if this is the case then you should look at other operators as Livitrans Express doesn't offer seats, only sleeper berths.

Travellers reviews

The biggest complaint is the cleanliness of the toilets, unfortunately, this is likely to be the case on the vast majority of train services across the country. Livitrans Express carriages are part of a train managed by Vietnam Railways and the cleanliness on the standard carriages elsewhere in the train is likely to be just as much, if not more, of an issue.

The VIP four-bed cabins are ideal if you are travelling in a group of four as you will have a private room. Even if there are three of you, you might want to consider paying for an extra space so you can get a bit more room between you all as well as added privacy.

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Da Nang - Hanoi
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12:41, 12:44, 12:49, 13:53
Da Nang - Nha Trang
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19:50
Hanoi - Dong Hoi
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19:25, 20:00
Hanoi - Hue
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19:25, 20:00
Hanoi - Sapa
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21:35
Ho Chi Minh - Nha Trang
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20:30
Hue - Hanoi
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15:20, 15:31, 16:26
Nha Trang - Da Nang
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19:55, 20:04
Nha Trang - Ho Chi Minh
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20:05
Sapa - Hanoi
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20:55

Livitrans Express Company Reviews

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292 customer reviews
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97.9% of 3,990 travelers were presumably happy with Livitrans Express as they left good or no review
DD
1
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Livitrans Express, Nov 11, 2019
Awful... made me pay for the whole cabin and at my arrival I can’t even get to choose which bed I want to sleep in. The train is noisy and not comfortable at all! They don’t listen to what you want to explain because they simply don’t care! Avoid the train and take a 20-seats bus, it’s cheaper and much more comfortable! For me, never again!!!!
HS
3
train #SNT2 VIP Sleeper 4x, Livitrans Express, Nov 10, 2019
The Staff are very helpful, my friend and I had the 4x vip sleeper to ourselves which made things a lot more comfortable! We both slept on and off, you kind of get use to the swaying and stopping and starting motion, it’s a little noisy so take ear plugs if you’re a light sleeper
JN
3
train #SE22 VIP Sleeper 4x, Livitrans Express, Oct 16, 2019
The service was fine although navigating the stations was an interesting experience. The sleeping couches were not comfortable - very very thin mattress.
HB
4
train #SNT2 VIP Sleeper 4x, Livitrans Express, Sep 26, 2019
Niks speciaals Verschil VIP of 1ste klas is te verwaarlozen
JD
3
train #SE3 VIP Sleeper 4x, Livitrans Express, Jul 10, 2019
Bathrooms were disgusting, my cabin was nice and clean, but one woman was complaining of roaches in hers. It was an ok experience. Train was bumpy so was unable to get a good nights rest, but it could have been worse.
PM
5
train #SE3 VIP Sleeper 4x, Livitrans Express, Jul 5, 2019
Very nice trip. The beds and room were tidy, blankets adequate. Nice free snacks and drinks.. Star of the trip was the scenery- Amazing. Toilet wasn't too scary by the journeys end. Hardest part was the confusion of checkin at Hanoi Train Station. But this was worked out by us and the rest was easy.
MH
2
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Livitrans Express, Jun 6, 2019
Het was niet duidelijk dat ik een man moest zoeken die mij het trein kaartje zou geven. Zeer onduidelijk!! De man was ook niet te herkennen, gewoon paars T-shirt. Met toeval op het laatste moment gevonden. Zeer stressvol
MS
2
train #SP2 VIP Sleeper 4x, Livitrans Express, May 13, 2019
We travelled with Livitrans and on the voucher, there was written that the paper itself is a boarding pass. But the staff did not let us in. Luckily, we asked a lady in the near bistro (she was surprised as we were) and she called someone else who came with our tickets. It was one big chaos! The staff in the trained asked us if we want tea or coffee in the morning, but in the morning, they wanted us to pay for it. For comparison - from Hanoi to Lao Cai, we used Fanxipan Express and the morning refreshment was for free, beds were longer and air condition was fine. Air condition in Livitrans was really cold - people sleeping downstairs had to sleep in jackets and hats!
AS
5
train #SE3 VIP Sleeper 4x, Livitrans Express, Apr 24, 2019
I really recommend it. Very comfortable way of transport. Everything was clean and perfect organised.
ST
3
train #SE22 VIP Sleeper 4x, Livitrans Express, Apr 22, 2019
Train ran an hour and a half late, no bottled water supplied, wipes or snacks.....spoilt on first sleeper from saigon to nha trang.
CC
3
train #SNT2 VIP Sleeper 4x, Livitrans Express, Apr 19, 2019
We had a voucher four four people in a 4 person VIP sleeper. I went to the station the day before to try to get the actual tickets with cabin numbers but was told to return a half an hour before the train. We arrived an hour before and were told to wait and then someone ushered us through to the train with just the voucher. He was a helpful employee with no English but he got us to our cabin. The cabin looked fine but the teenage girls with us were freaked out by three different bugs going up the wall. Air con was nice and cold. It is great to leave from city centre in HCMC and arrive into the city centre of Nha Trang. We didn't see much scenery because we went overnight but previously enjoyed good views on longer routes. The toilets were very basic but functional.
MF
2
train #SE22 VIP Sleeper 4x, Livitrans Express, Apr 19, 2019
Sleeper car looked absolutely nothing like the pictures and the cabin was clearly much, much older! However, linen was clean, room was also quite clean and had enough space for all the luggage. Air con was ultra high (which was okay for most, but got a bit too cold overnight). Train left and arrived on time. Was expecting (based on previous reviews)horrible toilets, but they were, actually, very normal!
AI
5
train #SE3 VIP Sleeper 4x, Livitrans Express, Apr 15, 2019
I had a very nice trip on the train. The cabin was very clean and the attention was great. Very comfortable with AC. We left and arrived perfectly on time. Very good experience!
NF
5
train #SE3 VIP Sleeper 4x, Livitrans Express, Apr 8, 2019
Such a good trip, very comfortable and friendly staff Excellent service with free food and snacks
GL
4
train #SE4 VIP Sleeper 4x, Livitrans Express, Apr 3, 2019
Everything was fine but the toilets needed a clean before we got to Hanoi
CM
3
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Livitrans Express, Apr 2, 2019
Difícil encontrar la persona para cambiar el Voucher por los tickets El tren viejo pero prolijo , puntual partida y llegada Te dejan agua y otras cositas en el camarote
EM
2
train #SE22 VIP Sleeper 4x, Livitrans Express, Mar 28, 2019
VIP x 4 sleeper was not as expected. Reasonably clean however loads of bugs everywhere including small cockroaches. 2 free bottles of water but no snacks. Mixed male and female and train ran almost an hour late. My standards were never high to begin with but this was slightly lower than expected. Also train does not just stop at Da Nang but multiple stops. Ensure to ask when you are arriving at your destination and set an alarm to wake you up around that time. It would be easy to miss your stop.
CV
2
train #SE4 VIP Sleeper 4x, Livitrans Express, Mar 26, 2019
Not sure if the fault here lies with 12goasia or livitrans. As per many other reviews on tripadvisor this did not seem to be a livitrans service but a standard vnr train. Whilst I’m not bothered by this and the train was fine it was not as advertised and the communication about how to pick up tickets was awful. Just so people know you exchange the voucher at the desk in Da Nang station for your tickets...
JM
5
train #SE3 VIP Sleeper 4x, Livitrans Express, Mar 23, 2019
great fun, fast friendly reliable service. comfy and clean and complimentary drinks and snacks on arrival waiting for you in your cabin.
RD
2
train #SNT2 VIP Sleeper 4x, Livitrans Express, Mar 17, 2019
As with other reviews, there was no Livitrans ticket place at HCMC. We had to ask platform staff for help. Carriage nothing like pictures and no different from standard despite paying extra. Small bottle of water and a face wipe was all that was provided. AC worked. Bring earplugs!

Livitrans Express Stations

Hanoi Hue Sapa Lao Cai Nha Trang Ho Chi Minh City Dong Hoi Danang Da Nang