|The Vietnam Railways Corporation sold more than 73,000 train tickets this morning, just a day after it opened the sale of tickets for the Tet (Lunar New Year festival) holiday. — Photo www.vov.vn
HA NOI (VNS) — The Vietnam Railways Corporation (VNR) sold more than 73,000 train tickets for the Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday, as of 8am today, just a day after it opened the sale of tickets for holiday, a quick report of the VNR said.
This figure marks a 60 per cent increase in comparison with the same period last year.
Among the 73,135 tickets sold, 33,651 were sold online and 39,484 were sold at the railway station.
Between September 26 and 30, the VNR reserved 20 per cent of the rail tickets for Tet for sale to groups of travellers. More than 3,000 tickets were sold to these groups.
During Tet (which falls on February 8, 2016), five pairs of Thong Nhat trains will run every day. Six additional pairs of Thong Nhat trains, running from HCM City to Ha Noi and vice versa, will be mobilised to handle the high passenger traffic, the VNR said.
Thong Nhat trains are expected to offer 12,000 seats per day during the holiday.
To ensure passenger safety during the trips, groups of employees have been mobilised to answer people's questions relating to rail travel via telephone and at the stations in Ha Noi and HCM City.
On September 1, a new e-ticket system became operational, which allows passengers to choose their seats, and pay for them anytime and from anywhere, without having to buy the tickets at the station.
The new method is aimed at easing overcrowding at train stations, especially ahead of national holidays.
The tickets for trains scheduled to run between January 25 and February 25 next year can be purchased online at www.dsvn.vn, vietnamrailway.vn and vetau.com.vn, or at the train stations of the concerned railway sector. — VNS