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Train tickets for Tet available from October 15
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Train tickets for Tet available from October 15

Le Anh

HCMC – Vietnam Railways Corporation (VNR) will start selling train tickets for the upcoming Lunar New Year holiday, or Tet, from October 15 through many channels.

According to Saigon Railway Transport JSC, a member of VNR, unlike last year, this year’s tickets will be offered at the same time via the website, at Saigon Railway Station, over the hotline 19001520 and at ticket selling agencies.

Customers buying tickets at the railway station will have to send messages for ordinal numbers a day earlier. Passengers travelling in groups can register for train tickets between October 5 and 14.

During Tet, 15 pairs of Thong Nhat trains will be operated while 24 local trains will run from Saigon to Quy Nhon, Nha Trang and Phan Thiet between February 2 and March 4 next year. The number of trains during Tet holiday this year is 1.5 times higher than last year’s period thanks to 30 new train carriages.

Passengers who want to change dates of departure or return tickets for Tet services will have to pay a fee equivalent to 10-30% of the prices of the tickets they have booked.

Customers should provide correct ID card or passport numbers as usual. The railway sector will also offer sub-seats at a price of 80% of fares of ordinary-seat tickets to meet the high demand of passengers.

Do Quang Van, branch director of Saigon Railway Transport JSC, said customers buying tickets online must pay for their tickets within 24 hours after bookings are made at railway stations, ticket agents and post offices, or via online payment services of banks.

Le Quoc Trung, deputy director of Saigon Railway Transport JSC, said the sector would provide 300,000 tickets during Tet, up 10,000 tickets against last year’s season, including 130,000 before Tet and 170,000 after Tet.

The prices of sleeper tickets for trains running on South-North route will increase by 3-5% but down 30% for North-South train tickets. The railway sector will offer a variety of ticket prices with the highest of VND2.3 million for trains running from HCMC to Hanoi.

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