|Railway companies in the south will start selling tickets for Lunar New Year 2019 (falling in early February of 2019) from October 1, 2018.— VNA/VNS Photo|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Railway companies in the south will start selling Lunar New Year 2019 tickets, the biggest and longest holiday of Vietnamese people, on October 1 this year.
The information was announced on Wednesday by Lê Quốc Trung, deputy director of Sài Gòn Railway Transport Company.
On the occasion of Lunar New Year 2019, which falls in early February of 2019, besides sixteen Thống Nhất passenger trains (trains running from North to South and returning), the railway company will put into operation six more trains on the routes: HCM City – Quảng Ngãi, HCM City – Quy Nhơn, HCM City – Nha Trang and HCM City – Phan Thiết.
A number of trains that typically run on less popular routes will temporarily stop during the Tết period and will be mobilised to supplement busy routes, including HCM City – Tam Kỳ, HCM City – Huế, HCM City – Đà Nẵng, HCM City – Diêu Trì, HCM City – Nha Trang and Nha Trang – Huế.
Currently, the railway sector is working with partner companies to speed up the construction of 30 new modern-style train wagons, aiming to replace old ones. As expected, the company will put into use 15 new-style train wagons during the Lunar New Year.
On the upcoming National Day (September 2), in addition to the daily trains, the railway sector plans to increase trains on two-way routes from HCM City to Phan Thiết, Nha Trang, Quy Nhơn and Quảng Ngãi; and from Nha Trang to Huế. The extra trains will only run from August 31 to September 3 and the price of a ticket will reduced by between 10 and 20 per cent, according to the railway company. — VNS