Traveling by train is a good option to see the whole of Vietnam. There is a direct rail from North to South. Together with the development of the railway network, whose quality is progressing day by day, brings comfort and convenience to all passengers which lead them to use the railway more to travel. Besides, traveling by train can help passengers have more time to relax, due to some services on trains: good condition, with the newer trains equipped with modern air conditioned coaches and soft sleeper for the popular overnight routes, meals etc…
Vietnam Railways History
The first line of Vietnam Railways was constructed in 1881 with a length of 71 km linking Sai Gon and My Tho. Then the Trans-Viet line was operated in 1936. Up to now, railways network has made a rapid leap compared with the starting period in term of its scale and operational capacity. Vietnam Railway network consists of 7 main lines linking and passing through over 35 provinces and cities with difficult terrains.
With over 125 years of operation, Vietnam Railways has continually been developed and grown to become a State-owned corporation, operating and maintaining all the infrastructure of the national railway network.
Milestones in VNR Development
– 1881 The first railway line in Vietnam and in Indochina with the length of 71 km between Saigon and My Tho was established
– 1898 “The railway network in Indochina and the railway line accessing into China”. This project was approved by the French Government and Parliament
– 1936 Completion of railway network in Vietnam with total length of 2600 km
– 1946 President Ho Chi Minh sent a letter to Vietnam Railways on 21 October praising the staff for their best services, then the letter date became Vietnam Railways Tradition Day.
– 1955 The Prime Minister promulgated a decision to establish the General Railway Administration.
– 1976 After 36 years of separation, the rail line between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh city was reunified connecting the North and the South of the country, and the Reunification Express was ‘born’.
– 1990 The General Railway Administration was reformed to be the Vietnam Railway Union according to Decision No. 575/QD/TCCB-LD dated April 10, 1990 of Minister of Transport.
– 1999 The railway itineraries from the North to the South and vice versa were shortened from 58 hours (1988) to 32 hours (1999).
– 2000 The 2nd generation passenger cars were first manufactured by VNR. These cars have been fitted with new features and highly valued by the public.
– 2003 Establishment of Vietnam Railways Corporation based on the former Vietnam Railway Union under Decision No. 34/2003 QD-TTg dated March 4, 2003 of the Prime Minister
– 2005 The Law on Railways was approved by the National Assembly. It is the highest legal base for a sustainable development of VNR.