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From Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh by train

06:00
HNO Hanoi
16:10
SGO Ho Chi Minh City
1d 10h 10m
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16:10
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HNO Hanoi
16:10
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1d 10h 10m
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09:00
HNO Hanoi
18:38
SGO Ho Chi Minh City
1d 9h 38m
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09:00
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18:38
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1d 9h 38m
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09:00
HNO Hanoi
18:38
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1d 9h 38m
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14:30
HNO Hanoi
02:47
SGO Ho Chi Minh City
1d 12h 17m
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14:30
HNO Hanoi
02:47
SGO Ho Chi Minh City
1d 12h 17m
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14:30
HNO Hanoi
02:47
SGO Ho Chi Minh City
1d 12h 17m
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19:30
HNO Hanoi
04:45
SGO Ho Chi Minh City
1d 9h 15m
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19:30
HNO Hanoi
04:45
SGO Ho Chi Minh City
1d 9h 15m
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19:30
HNO Hanoi
04:45
SGO Ho Chi Minh City
1d 9h 15m
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22:20
HNO Hanoi
05:45
SGO Ho Chi Minh City
1d 7h 25m
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22:20
HNO Hanoi
05:45
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1d 7h 25m
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HNO Hanoi
05:45
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1d 7h 25m
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HNO Hanoi
05:45
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1d 7h 25m
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From Giap Bat to Ho Chi Minh by train

14:45
GBA Giap Bat, Hanoi
02:47
SGO Ho Chi Minh City
1d 12h 2m
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14:45
GBA Giap Bat, Hanoi
02:47
SGO Ho Chi Minh City
1d 12h 2m
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14:45
GBA Giap Bat, Hanoi
02:47
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1d 12h 2m
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Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh Schedule

Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Vietnam Railways Class II Sleeper AC 06:00 – 16:10VND 1,548k
Vietnam Railways Class II Sleeper AC 09:00 – 18:38VND 1,548k
Vietnam Railways VIP Sleeper 14:30 – 02:47VND 1,673k
Vietnam Railways Class II AC 19:30 – 04:45VND 1,232k
Vietnam Railways Class II Sleeper AC 22:20 – 05:45VND 1,573k

How to get from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City

To get from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City your main choices are a direct and connecting flight; a train; and a bus.

Overland travel by train or bus is painfully long but is considered by many one of the most outstanding travel experiences in Asia.

Train

Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City are connected by Reunification Express Trains. There are four such trains travelling from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City on a daily bases: two depart in the morning and two – in the evening.

Departure times of Hanoi–Ho Chi Minh City trains are 6 am, 9 am, 7.30 pm, and 10.20 pm.

These trains feature four types of seats/berths: non air-conditioned hard seats; AC soft seats, AC hard berths organized six per compartment and also air-conditioned soft berth, four per compartment.

Bus

The bus route from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City is the longest bus route in the country and in the SEA. It is served by several bus companies which offer at least four departures every day.

All buses serving this route are air-conditioned and feature soft reclining seats and/or berths. There are ordinary buses with 40 seats and plusher and more comfortable 24-seaters. In general, the majority of buses to HCMC are sleeper buses with berths.

How far is it from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City?

  • The driving distance from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City is about 1750 km.
  • The length of the North-South express railway between the two cities is 1726 km.
  • Flying direct is only 1140 km.

How long does it take to get from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City?

The fastest time is guaranteed by direct flights. Duration of air travel between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh is two hours 10 minutes in media.

Connecting flights will take you not less than four hours, more likely five.

The epic Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh train that follows the famous Reunification line needs between 32 and 35 hours to complete its journey.

Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh travel time if you opt for a bus is even longer – between 36 and 38 hours.

How much does it cost to get from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City?

Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh tickets are affordable considering the distance you have to cover no matter what means of transport you opt for.

Train

Prices for railway tickets in an air-conditioned class start from around USD65 for soft seats and go up to USD85-USD90 for hard berth and soft berth respectively.

There are luxury trains on this route, too. For a VIP sleeper on a Violette Express train that sleeps four expect to pay about USD150.

Bus

Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh bus tickets cost slightly cheaper than Vietnam Railways train tickets.

The cheapest trips start from USD40-USD45 with USD65-USD75 being the highest tag for bus ticket prices from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City.

Plane

Flying is not the most expensive choice on this route. Prices for air tickets start from USD50. There are almost always a lot of options to buy for USD60-USD70. Airfare for economy class tickets seldom exceeds USD120.

Online booking is available for buying air, train, and bus tickets.

Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh Timetable

Find below Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City timetable to help you choose bus, train, and plane departures.

Trains Hanoi–Ho Chi Minh City
RE train SE1 daily 10.20 pm 31 h 30 m USD64-90

RE train SE3 daily 7.30 pm 33 h 15 m USD65-92

RE train SE5 daily 9.00 am 35 h USD50-90

RE train SE7 daily 6.00 am 34 h USD50-90

Buses Hanoi–Ho Chi Minh City
Hoang Long 1 pm, 8 pm, 9.30 pm 36 hours USD40-65

Mai Linh Express 11 am, 5 pm 37.5 hours USD45-65

Flights Hanoi–Ho Chi Minh City
Vietnam Airlines 6.30 am – 9 pm 2 h 10 m USD60

Jetstar Pacific 8.20 am – 11.35pm 2 h 10 m USD80-120

VietJet Air 5.20 am – 11.35pm 2 h 10 m USD50-60

Best Rated Companies for this Route

Reunification express train is the most popular choice for travelling between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City overland. Different ticket classes allow to choose the level of comfort you are ready to deal with.

For luxury travels, Violette Express train is the most recommended option.

Hoang Long and Mai Linh Express are two of the most reputed bus operators for trips between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh offering several trips per day each with a convenient schedule.

If you decide to fly, choose one of the following full service airlines or budget carriers: Vietnam Airlines, Jetstar Pacific, VietJet Air.

Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City Travel Tips

  • Book your ticket online to ensure your seat either on a bus or train. As shorter segments sell out faster it may be a challenge to book the whole Hanoi–Ho Chi Minh City trip if you wait too long.
  • For a more convenient journey opt for berth classes instead of seat classes on a train.
  • Between trains and buses, it is wiser to choose the former as train journeys in general allow you to travel with more comfort, offer more seat classes to choose from basing on your preferences and budget, feature toilets on board.
  • Both night trains from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City feature luxury Violette Express carriage.
  • For buses, opt for evening departures to arrive in the morning the day after. Morning departures rob you off two full days.
  • Sleeper buses are equipped with berths organized in three rows and two tiers that do not allow you to sit on your berth, only lie.
  • All airlines fly from Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi and land in Tha Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City.
  • If you consider connecting flights, choose Danang as your stopover airport.

Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh destination reviews

3.6
69 customer reviews
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30%
4
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30% of 69 travelers were presumably happy with this destination
GO
5
avia Economy, VietJet Air, May 9, 2019
Fantastic service and great value. Punctual and comfortable
AS
3
avia Economy, VietJet Air, Apr 6, 2019
Check in went well but our flight came in an hour late.
TR
5
train #SE1 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways, Mar 27, 2019
Comfortable , USB port, Air Condition, great food, the time flew I enjoyed myself
MY
3
bus Standard AC, Hoang Long, Mar 25, 2019
The driver was not friendly enough actually. however, another person who joined in this trip helped each others. Overall, it's not too bad.
MM
3
avia Economy, VietJet Air, Feb 17, 2019
Wasn't the fault of the airline of course but we had some bad turbulence during the flight. For the rest it was an okay flight. It left 15 minutes late.
DG
5
train #SE5 Class II AC, Vietnam Railways, Feb 5, 2019
Very good trip. Comfortable seats. Staff were very helpful with my mother who has mobility issues.
AA
2
train #SE9 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways, Jan 18, 2019
Damp and dull room with no window ,and very expensive for what it was very disappointed
SM
5
avia Economy, VietJet Air, Jan 13, 2019
emergency seating with plenty of legroom, calm flight, very nice staff
ST
3
avia Economy, VietJet Air, Dec 18, 2018
Flight was delayed twice, only notified the first time via text message. Arrived at the airport to find it delayed later.
JV
3
train #SE5 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways, Dec 9, 2018
Food was terribly and the drinks where expencive no curtens....
SD
2
train #SE5 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways, Sep 28, 2018
The sheets pillows were clean but that was the only thing that was. The rest of the train was filthy. Take lots of wipes and hand sanitizer with you.
KS
4
train #SE5 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways, Sep 24, 2018
Very comfortable, all in all on time. The service in the restaurant car is a little bit to less, for the foreigner they don’t offer all the food they got, unclear why. But, however, we don’t starved ;-)
JC
3
bus Standard AC, Hoang Long, Sep 9, 2018
Nice to experience the sleeper bus but it would have been better of newer units were used and has wifi onboard.
AR
4
train #SE1 Class II Sleeper AC, Vietnam Railways, Jun 4, 2019
Cabin room for sleep pretty comfort and clean
PB
5
avia Economy, VietJet Air, Nov 18, 2018
Lovely staff
FE
4
avia Economy, VietJet Air, Sep 1, 2018
Short flight, precise on time! Good plane

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