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Country Details

Name: Vietnam (Việt Nam), officially the Socialist Republic of Vietnam
Language: Vietnamese and English, or French among the older generation and those educated in the former South Vietnam
Currency: đồng (₫) (VND)

National Railway System

National Railway Operator

Vietnam Railways

UIC code

Numeric 32; alpha VN


Information is available at the Man in Seat 61.

Journey Planner

'Itinerary information'

Downloadable Timetable


Printed Timetable


Summary timetables are available in some editions of the European Rail Timetable.

Engineering Information

None known


Printed Maps

None known

Web-based Maps


To be updated


Infrastructure Authority

None known

Network Statement

None known


The majority of the network is metre gauge.
The lines from Yên Viên (a container transhipment yard north of Hà Nội) to Thái Nguyên and Đồng Đăng (the border with China) are mixed gauge; only freight trains destined for China use the standard gauge.
The line from Kép to Hạ Long is standard gauge, but is out of use since Covid.


None known

Rule of the road

Almost the entire network is single track.


No source known

Other Railways


Tourist Lines



Hanoi: 13.1km elevated line 2A from Cat Linh to Yen Nghia opened on 6 November 2021. This is part of a proposed 8 line network, the next section planned to open in July 2024 is an 8.1km elevated part of Line 3 from Hanoi central station to Nhon.

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon): Two lines are under construction but neither is yet open. The first will be 19.7 km between District 1's Ben Thanh Market and Thu Duc City's Long Thanh Depot that is stated as opening in the fourth quarter of 2024. Further lines are planned.



Recent and Future Changes

Recent Changes


Future Changes

A Vietnamese and a Laotian company reported in March 2023 that they have the backing of their respective national governments for a study into the construction of a 555 km railway between the port of Vũng Áng and Vientiane, the capital of Laos.

Obscure and Sparse Passenger Services

None known.

Special Notes