Train times & tickets – Thap Cham to Sai Gon

By train takes around 6 to 8 hours to travel 313 km from Thap Cham to Sai Gon (also known as Ho Chi Ming City. Passengers on this route have the option of either travelling during the daytime or taking one of the overnight trains.


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Times from Thap Cham to Sai Gon 


There are 9 direct trains a day from Thap Cham to Sai Gon.

Train Thap Cham Sai Gon
SE7 10:13 16:10
SE5 12:43 18:38
SNT5 14:48 21:45
SE9 20:10 02:47
HNT7 20:35 02:57
SNT1 21:50 04:00
SE21 22:20 05:20
SE3 22:46 04:45
SNT3 23:28 07:00

  • The fastest train is Train #SE5 departing from Thap Cham at 12:43 and scheduled to arrive 5 hours 55 minutes later at 18:38.
  • The slowest train is Train #SNT3 which departs at 23:28 is scheduled to arrive the next day in Sai Gon 7 hours 32 minutes later at 07:00.

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Location of Sai Gon Train Station



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Travel in Sai Gon


Other than walking and renting a bicycle or motorbike (potentially hazardous options) there are three main ways you can travel around in Sai Gon:

  • Bus: This is the cheapest way to around the city. Bus journeys in the city centre cost 3,000 to 10,000 VND ($0.13 to $0.44 USD). Bus #49 runs from the International Airport in Sai Gon to a station near the popular Pham Ngu Lao Road, takes 30 minutes and costs 40,000 VND ($1.75 USD). City buses in Sai Gon are white with a green strip at the bottom. Bus routes are shown on the front of each bus stating the start and finish point of the journey.
  • Motorbike Taxi: The next cheapest way to travel around Sai Gon is to take a motorbike taxi, referred to locally as a ‘moto’ or ‘xe om’. Trips around the city centre should cost 20,000 to 50,000 VND ($0.87 to $2.18) depending on how far you go, how good your negotiating skills are and how honest the driver is. Expect to be ripped off until you work out what the prices should be and how to bargain with drivers.
  • Taxi: The most expensive way to travel around Sai Gon is by private taxi. Licensed taxi use a meter. Be aware that Sai Gon is notorious for its unlicensed taxis with either no meter or (even worse) a rigged meter. Taxis from the Pham Ngu Lao Road often charge a flat fee of 200,000 VND ($ 8.70 USD) for the journey to the airport.
City Hall in Saigon

City Hall in Saigon

Another interesting option for local travel is to take a hydrofoil ferry to Vung Tau. Vung Tau is coastal area south of Sai Gon which is a popular destination for Vietnamese people to visit and spend a day on the beach. By hydrofoil the journey takes 90 minutes. The ferry service travels along the Song Sai Gon river before crossing a short stretch of open sea to reach the peninsula upon which Vung Tau is located. Its a pleasant scenic trip although bear in mind that for the last/first section of the journey from Sai Gon to Vung Tau this small river boat becomes very unstable in the open ocean if the weather is windy or the swell is large. The journey is not dangerous but it can be unpleasant, particularly if you are prone to getting seasick.

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