Saigon Golden Train

Company Information

Saigon Golden Train is a great option for travellers in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) who are interested in enjoying some beach time at the popular seaside city of Nha Trang.

These carriages are attached to the Vietnam Railways SNT1 and SNT2 trains that connect HCMC and Nha Trang and each can accommodate up to 50 passengers. Do bear in mind that Saigon Golden Train is a popular choice along this route so it is worth booking in advance if possible, especially during busy periods such as Tet.

Routes served by Saigon Golden Train

Ho Chi Minh City–Nha Trang

There is one departure each day in both directions, with the journey typically lasting just over nine hours.

The train departs HCMC at 20.30 every evening, arriving in Nha Trang for 05.30, and costs VND1,340,000 for a space in a four-berth cabin. The cost is also the same if you're travelling in the opposite direction with the train departing Nha Trang at 20.05 and scheduled to arrive in HCMC at 05.25.

Pros

The carriages operated by Saigon Golden Train are typically of a higher quality that the standard Vietnam Railways carriages. Indeed, the difference in quality between carriages managed by Vietnam Railways and private operators on this route is more noticeable than on other routes such as Hanoi – Sapa.

The cabins onboard are more comfortable so you may find the higher price a worthwhile investment if it means that you can enjoy a better sleep.

As well as the food and drink vendors who wander up and down trains across the country, there is also an onboard restaurant open to customers of Saigon Golden Train, ideal if you want a slightly more substantial meal.

Cons

Unfortunately, Saigon Golden Train only offers one departure each day which may not fit into your schedule. It is also possible to visit Nha Trang from HCMC, or vice versa, travelling with Vietnam Railways where you can purchase slightly cheaper tickets and there are more departures each day so greater flexibility.

Also, if you're travelling on a tight budget then you may consider Saigon Golden Train too expensive for you. If this is the case then don't worry, Vietnam Railways is also a good way to travel and you've got a higher chance of making friends with the locals!

Keep in mind

It is worth noting that, unlike many other private operators on trains throughout Vietnam, Saigon Golden Train only offers four-berth carriages rather than private two-berth compartments.

Travellers reviews

Travellers who picked Saigon Golden Train for this trip are usually impressed with the quality and the comfort offered in the cabins. Unlike on some other routes around the country, the difference in quality between these and the standard Vietnam Railways cabins is more obvious and you may feel as though you're getting greater value for money.

However, if you're on a strict budget you may rather take your chances in the cheaper Vietnam Railways cabins. This is a view shared by some customers who believe that the difference in price is too large to justify choosing Saigon Golden Train. It really does just come down to a matter of personal choice.

Another issue that is made by reviewers of Saigon Golden Train is the cleanliness of the bathrooms onboard the trains. Cabins do not have individual bathrooms so you will have to share with other Saigon Golden Train customers and they can quickly become dirty with a large number of passengers using them. Unfortunately, this is an issue with train travel across the country in general. If it's any consolation, the bathrooms in the standard Vietnam Railways carriages are likely to be even worse! Just be sure to bring some toilet paper and hand sanitizer with you…

Buy Saigon Golden Train Tickets

Train VIP Sleeper
20:30
Train VIP Sleeper 4x
19:30, 20:30, 23:15
Train VIP Sleeper
19:00
Train VIP Sleeper 4x
19:00, 20:05

Saigon Golden Train Company Reviews

3.5
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99.3% of 436 travelers were presumably happy with Saigon Golden Train as they left good or no review

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Cheap, Fast, Good - but you can usually pick only two of them!
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Make your choice! Please remember that while we are closely monitoring the services, we are still an agency marketplace. That means we focus on ticketing services and route availability & coverage rather than on the factual seat reclining angle you will get on the bus today.

Jun 29, 2018
train #SNT1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Saigon Golden Train
★★★★★
clean train
Jun 2, 2018
train #SNT2 VIP Sleeper 4x, Saigon Golden Train
★★★★☆
The mattress was very hard and the a/c was absolutely freezing. Bring warm clothes.
May 9, 2018
train #SNT1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Saigon Golden Train
★★★★☆
Cabin was comfortable. Toilet was clean at the beginning of the trip, but not towards the end and the cabin was slightly mouldy. Those are the only complaints. Loved the song when entering HCMC!
Mar 30, 2018
train #SNT2 VIP Sleeper 4x, Saigon Golden Train
★★★☆☆
The cabin we had was fine, for 4 people. It was clean and tidy. The bedding was clean. The wash area and the toilet were also clean. The beds were very hard and uncomfortable. The journey itself was very bumpy and the train was noisy on the track so we got very little sleep. Booking through 12go.asia was easy and straightforward.
Mar 9, 2018
train #SNT2 VIP Sleeper 4x, Saigon Golden Train
★★★☆☆
+ Generally comfortable. Easily accessible toilet and sink. Good lighting, air conditioning and charging facilities. - However, bed sheets weren't clean at all. The pillow case was especially alarming. Information at HCMC train station could've been better as it was really hard to get hold of our tickets.
Feb 3, 2018
train #SNT1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Saigon Golden Train
★★★★☆
Very good service from 12Go Asia. The train trip itself was good. We arrived in Saigon earlier than we expected - 4am instead of 5:25. The beds in soft class are still quite hard, but everything else was good.
Dec 29, 2017
train #SNT1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Saigon Golden Train
★★★★☆
Trip was comfortable, and was actually an hour early, which is impressive, a little bit cold, as you can't turn off the Aircon. Happy with trip
Oct 10, 2017
train #SNT1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Saigon Golden Train
★★★★☆
easy to book and to pick up tickets. it was nice to travel with a group of 4 so we had the whole cabin to ourselves. Saigon Golden Train SNT1 was not quite as clean and nice as expected, however we still enjoyed our trip! we would do it again!
Oct 4, 2017
train #SNT1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Saigon Golden Train
★★★☆☆
Not as good as advertised. I found the Vietnam Railways 1st class sleepers much better
Aug 28, 2017
train #SNT2 VIP Sleeper 4x, Saigon Golden Train
★★★★☆
Good service
Aug 18, 2017
train #SNT2 VIP Sleeper 4x, Saigon Golden Train
★★★☆☆
Booking and ticket collection were seamless. My only complaints would be the freezing cold air conditioning through the night and sheets were not clean, which I had expected on the normal service- however on the Golden Train which is 3x price, I would expect clean sheets.
Aug 7, 2017
train #SNT1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Saigon Golden Train
★★★★☆
Train and cabin was great on SNT1. We have travelled slowly from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh all on train and this was the best leg by far. Cabin very clean and new, toilets very good throughout journey. Only negative was I am certain we booked on later train and we only realised at last minute that confirmed booking was made on earlier train, whilst confirmation still showed later arrival. Arrived HCM with 7 and 9 year old at 4am with no accommodation. If booking online I recommend double checking your ticket after confirmation comes through.
12Go response:

Dear Simon Dante Gardini

Thank you very much for your feedback and we apologize for the inconvenience. There is only one departure per day for the Saigon Golden Train tickets that you purchased and so we are pretty sure that you got the correct tickets, however it is unusual for a train to arrive nearly an hour and half early and we are contacting them to see what happened here. Hope the rest of your trip goes smoothly!

Saigon Golden Train Stations

Nha Trang Ho Chi Minh City