Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Sixteen transport companies have announced increases in bus ticket prices of between 10 and 60 per cent, depending on the route, during the upcoming Tết (Lunar New Year) holiday.
The main reasons given for the increase at peak times one week before Tết was rising petrol prices and a large number of passengers travelling one-way. Transport companies must therefore adjust ticket prices to offset costs incurred, an official from Tuấn Việt Transport Ltd Co said.
Director of Giáp Bát Bus Station, Nguyễn Tất Thành said the increase in prices would mainly affect journeys over 500km.
At Giáp Bát Bus Station, four transport companies registered to increase bus ticket prices by between 20 to 61 per cent, depending on the period of travel.
From January 31 to February 15, for those traveling from Hà Nội’s Giáp Bát Bus Station to the central city of Đà Nẵng, fares will jump from VNĐ380,000 (US$17) to VNĐ610,000 ($27).
Since January 18 to 23, for those travelling from Hà Nội to HCM City’s Miền Đông Bus Station, prices will rise from VNĐ860,000 to VNĐ1.2 million.
The companies were Thuận Phát Transport and Tourism Joint Stock Company, Vinamotor Investment Joint Stock Company, Trường Khoa Tourism Joint Stock Company and Hải Vân Tourism Service and Transport Ltd Co.
At Nước Ngầm Bus Station, ticket prices for longer routes increased by between 30 and 60 per cent.
Hoàng Long transport company announced that tickets on the route from Hà Nội to HCM City increased from VNĐ950,000 to VNĐ1,330,000.
For short routes, from Hà Nội to northern provinces, the ticket prices remain unchanged.
At Mỹ Đình Bus Station, nine companies confirmed that fare prices would increase by a maximum of 18 per cent during Tết.
Tuấn Việt Ltd Co, providing buses for Mỹ Đình-Nghệ An Province’s Đô Lương route, said the price on this route would rise from VNĐ170,000 to 200,000.
Other transport suppliers confirmed fare increase of 12-13 per cent.
Director of Nước Ngầm Bus Station’s management board, Nguyễn Văn Lập said the increase in fare prices must be controlled by stations’ management boards and be allowed by State’s relevant agencies. A MTV-Hà Nội Bus Station Ltd Co official warned transport enterprises to consider the increase of fare prices, and not to set them too high so as to avoid negative reactions from passengers. — VNS