What is the most affordable and comfortable way of traveling between Vietnam and China? Maybe it’s international train. Vietnam has two international railway lines linking with China: Hanoi–Nanning and Haiphong–Kunming.
|MR2/T8702 Gia Lam, Hanoi–Nanning|
|Bac Giang (Vietnam)||22:11||22:14|
|Dong Dang (Vietnam)||00:55||02:50||Day2|
Please note: The timetable uses local times.
Soft sleeper carriage on train T8701
Vietnam Railway and China Railway’s official websites do sell domestic train tickets, but not international ones. You can buy international tickets online or offline.
You can buy international train tickets online with a reliable travel agency like Train Spread. Tickets for the Hanoi–Nanning train or vice versa can be booked on our website. After tickets are successfully issued, they will be delivered to your hotel or personal address in China.
Tickets are available for purchase 20 days prior to departure. But you can make reservations on Train Spread before ticket sales begin. Our team of experts will then start the purchase as soon as tickets are available.
Booking tickets online in advance increases the probability of obtaining them, and is a good way of saving you time and hassle. Besides a ticket-booking service, we also provide a consulting service and after-sales support for your train travel.
International tickets can also be brought at designated train stations. Hanoi to Nanning train tickets can be purchased at Gia Lam Railway Station or Hanoi Railway Station. There are international ticket offices in Gia Lam and Hanoi Stations. You can buy tickets from Nanning to Hanoi at the Number 1 window in Nanning Railway Station.
Staff at train stations can barely speak English. You are recommended to write a note with your travel information in Vietnamese or Chinese, including train number, departure date and number of passengers, etc.
Bank cards are not acceptable at train stations. You can pay in Vietnamese Dong or US dollars at Hanoi or Gia Lam Stations. Only Chinese yuan are acceptable at train stations in China.
International tickets often sell out quickly during holidays and peak seasons. So, during those times, it is not recommended to try to buy tickets at a train station.
Children under 12 years of age can buy children’s tickets, at half the full fare.
Soft sleeper on train T8701
Changing or cancelling international train tickets can only be done with the original passports. We are therefore unable to change or cancel international tickets for you after they have been issued. You can make the changes or cancel at the train station yourself.
Please note that train MR2/T8702 departs from Gia Lam Railway Station, not Hanoi Station; although tickets can be purchased at both stations.
Gia Lam Station is in the suburbs of Hanoi, around 5 km from the city center. It takes half an hour by taxi from Hanoi Station to Gia Lam Station. Alternatively you can take bus numbers 11, 40 or 43 to Gia Lam Station.
Another international railway connecting Vietnam with China is the Vietnam–Yunnan Railway from Haiphong to Kunming. Actually, most people prefer to take trains from Hanoi to Kunming, which involves two train trips: Hanoi–Lao Cai and Hekou–Kunming. Lao Cai and Hekou are border cities of Vietnam and China respectively.
|Yen Bai||01:40 the next day||02:20 the next day|
|Bao Ha||03:49 the next day||04:24 the next day|
|Pho Lu||04:31 the next day||05:06 the next day|
|Lao Cai||05:30 arrive the next day||06:05 arrive the next day|
|Stations||Time Table||Time Table||Time Table||Time Table|
|Hekou North||07:00 depart||09:35 depart||11:30 depart||22:55 depart|
|Pingbian||07:50||10:41||12:17||00:10 the next day|
|Mengzi||08:29||11:21||13:11||00:55 the next day|
|Kunming||12:34 arrive||15:45 arrive||17:19 arrive||06:36 the next day, arrive|
There are four ways of buying Vietnamese train tickets.
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