More trains to run on National Day holiday to meet public demand on the North-South railway route later this month (September 2).
The Railway Company of Hanoi will add 18 trains from the capital city to northern mountainous areas and the central region. VNS reports.
There will be four more trains connecting the capital city of Hanoi and Danang City, an additional six Hanoi- Dong Hoi city in Quang Binh Province trains, six more trains from Hanoi to Vinh City, Nghe An Province and two more from Hanoi to Lao Cai.
In the north, ten trains will run per day on each route: Hà Nội-Lào Cai, Hà Nội-Hải Phòng, Hà Nội-Đồng Đăng, Hà Nội-Quán Triều, Yên Viên-Hạ Long.
More carriages will also be added to cope with extra passengers.
The company will reduce train tickets for those who are beneficiaries of social policies, students, members of trade unions and groups consisting of 20 or more passengers.
According to VNS, in the southern regions, the Saigon Railway Company will add 35 trains departing from HCM City to Phan Thiet, Nha Trang, Quy Nhon, Quang Ngai, Danang and vice versa.
They will run between August 29 and September 2 with total seat number of 17,000.
This year’s National Day holiday lasts three days from Saturday, August 31 until Monday, September 2.
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