Hanoi Railway Station has two parts: Part A and Part B. The more impressive station building is in Part A. The terminal in Part A has a distinctive modernist architectural design feature, which was added at the original building in 1976. The central part of the building had been bombed during the Vietnam War leaving only the wings of the original building intact, and what was built in place of the damaged central section is modern, bold and striking.
Main entrance to Hanoi Train Station
Trains running on the reunification line towards Saigon depart from, and arrive at, the station in Part A. Trains to Lao Cai, near Sapa, depart from the less grand station building in Part B.
About Hanoi Train Station
Hanoi Railway Station is locally centrally in Hanoi, only 2 km away from Hanoi’s lively Old Quarter area. There are lots of shops and restaurants within easy walking distance of the Railway Station. This is a part modern, part antique train station with elements of the original building opened in 1902 alongside modern innovations such as automated ticket barriers and electronic display screens. The upstairs area in the centre of the terminal in Part A is in a different architectural style which is reminiscent of the type of modernist architecture associated with the Soviet Union during the 1960s.
Train arriving into Hanoi Railway Station
Like Saigon Railway Station, the system at Hanoi Railway Station is that passengers wait inside the terminal building until just a few minutes before the train is scheduled to arrive. Passengers then pass through electronic ticket barriers before they can access the station. The train station has several different waiting areas. The idea is the passengers wait in the nearest waiting area to the platform from which their train will depart.
There are three train lines operating out of Hanoi Railway Station:
Hanoi to Saigon Line
Hanoi to Sapa Line
Hanoi to Hai Phong Line.
Facilitiesat Hanoi Train Station
There is a wider range of facilities in the main terminal building, Part A, than there is terminal building for trains to Lao Cai, Part B, although outside both buildings there always several private food vendors who have set up temporary stalls serving mostly great food at inexpensive prices.
Upstairs waiting area at Hanoi Railway Station
The Part A terminal building is divided into sections each serving a different departure gate: three downstairs and an arrival/departure gate upstairs. The consequence of this segmentation is that the inside of the station feels like a maze with ticket counters, toilets and shops located in both wings of the lower level of the building.
Buying Tickets at the Station
As you go through the main entrance of Hanoi Railway Station you will find ticket counters in both wings of the station building, just pass through one of the connecting corridors to access one the banks of ticket counters.
Ticket counter at Hanoi Railway Station
During busy periods a queuing system is sometimes in operation, which involves collecting a ticket with a number when you enter the ticket hall and waiting until that number is called before approaching a ticket counter. You can book trains in advance at these ticket counters and they accept US Dollars as well as VND. Be aware that if you try to book an overnight train on the day of travel you may not be able to secure a sleeper berth. If you want a sleeper berth it makes sense to book in advance.
Buy Train Tickets Online
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Location of Hanoi Railway Station
Train Times to Saigon
There are 4 daily train services from Hanoi to Saigon.