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Offroad Vietnam Motorbike Adventures – Train Tours In Vietnam

Train Tours in Vietnam

Offroad Vietnam Motorbike Adventures - Train Tours In Vietnam. Tulico Train to Sapa With Offroad Vietnam.Booking code: OV13

Below are a few typical train tours we can provide.
– From Hanoi to Lao Cai (then to Kunming in China);
– Hanoi to Lang Son and Dong Dang (then to Nan Ning in China);
– Hanoi to Hai Phong;
– From Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City (mostly Unification Express Trains)

We also offer short train tours from Hanoi to Sapa, Halong Bay and Cat Ba. We take the train to Lao Cai (leaves Hanoi at 22:00 and returns from Lao Cai at 21:00) and Hai Phong (leaves Hanoi at 6:00 and return from Hai Phong at 16:00) and from there we connect with trekking tours in Sapa and cruise in Halong Bay and Cat Ba.

SENDING BIKE(S) ON VIETNAMESE TRAINS

Please note that the station wants all bikes to be empty (fuel), so you can empty your bike(s) or let them do it at the station. In fact, they are more happy with the second option as they can earn some extra money with it.

On Reunification Express Train

It’s very easy. In fact, you don’t need to travel on the same train with the bike(s). In addition, bikes are well protected in a wooden box. Best of all, most of the stations have store houses for bikes. Therefore, you can pick up a few days later (usually 2-4 days). You have to keep the Bill of Loading. Any person who has this bill can pick up the bike(s) with his/her ID card or passport.

Hanoi – Lao Cai Train (For rides up to Sapa)

There are two gates in Hanoi. The main gate is on Le Duan street and the smaller one is on Tran Quy Cap street. In fact, the main gate is the entrance for Reunification Express (South bound) trains while the smaller gate is for all local trains (North bound), including train to Lao Cai. However, you have to travel on the same train as both ends have no store houses. In case you don’t want to travel by train, a small tip can do. You just collect the bike in Lao Cai.

In Hanoi

From Hanoi, the best train to take leaves at 21.15 and you have to be at Tran Quy Cap entrance at 19.15 as they can accept about 20 bikes on the train only. The people at the station will provide you with a form to fill in (in Vietnamese) the bike information. If you don’t understand the form, ask the lady to do it for you and give her some tips (50,000 VND). After completing the form, you have to take the bike to the wagon (or pay someone to do it) and show the man/woman in charge of luggage. The price of the bike shipping is about $15US per bike.

In Lao Cai

When you arrive in Lao Cai, you will have to pick up the bike(s) at the luggage wagon, usually at the end of the train. Take your bike(s) and show your ticket(s) at the exit. Don’t throw the ticket until you get out! Go straight from the exit for about 300m and turn right and you can find a gas station about 50m from the turning.

From Lao Cai, the best train to take leaves at 20.15 and you have to be at Lao Cai station at 16.00. The people at the station will provide you with a form to fill in (in Vietnamese) the bike information. If you don’t understand the form, ask the lady to do it for you and give her some tips (50,000 VND). After completing the form, you have to take the bike to the wagon (or pay someone to do it) and show the man in charge of luggage. The price of the bike shipping is about $15US per bike. You can fill up the bike(s) from vendors in front of the train station, but ask them about the price first as they are likely to charge you much more than you think. Write down the price in VND on a paper to avoid any potential misunderstanding (in USD as they expect!).

Note

– In reality, people at the train stations may say that they don’t accept bikes without central stands (dirt bikes). In this case, smile and offer a small tip (50,000 VN Dongs) and you will get through. Don’t say bad things or trying to complain as this doesn’t help. Surprisingly, the regulations don’t allow bikes without central stands. This explains why they saw a decline in selling train tickets in recent years!

– If you return to Hanoi by train, our office will be closed when you get back. You could either park the bike(s) in front of our office (take the keys with you) or ride to your hotel, get some sleep and return the bike(s) later in the day. We won’t charge an extra day if you return before 10am.

Good luck!

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You come this far but still have specific questions about train tours in Vietnam, then feel free to contact us for more details.

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  1. Janneke metzlar Reply

    Hi,

    We, couple from Holland, would like to take a train to Lao Cai and bring the motors on the train. Than we would like to spend 4 days around North east Vietnam, with the Sunday market in Bac Ha.

    Which itinary do you recommend? We have our motor licence but it has been some time we have been riding a bike.

    Hope to hear from you.

    Kind regards.

    Janneke and Roel Wetters

    • Anh Wu Reply

      Dear Janneke and Roel Wetters. Unfortunately we don’t have your dates so are not able to confirm availability. None of our bikes is good for riding two up because the seat is small and skinny. If you take the train up you can buy tickets for yourselves and the bike(s) at the train station easily. the people there are unfriendly and sadly we won’t assist in this process.

      In 4 days, you can ride to Bac Ha, ha Giang and back to Hanoi but it will be quite long. Spend 1 or 2 days more and you can do a loop via Dong Van and Ba Be lakes.

      For license, you can check updates here.

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