Information from Saigon Railways reveals that ticket fare for crowded trains on 2012 Tet Holiday is projected to rise by 10%, and by 19 to 39 percent on rush periods. The increase is supposed to compensate the rise in fuel cost and enhanced services, as well as to encourage people to travel on less crowded trains at less-rushing time.
The new pricing plan is applied from 8 January 2012 to 13 February 2012 (15 December 2011 to 22 January 2012 on Lunar Calendar). Rush period’s fare is implemented from 14 January 2012 for even trains (Ho Chi Minh City - Hanoi trains such as SE 2, SE4, SE6) travelling before Tet Holiday, and from 26 January to 3 February 2012 for odd trains (Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh City trains such as SE1, SE3, SE5) operating after Tet Holiday.
Besides pushing up price of crowded trains, Saigon Railways commences new campaign to reduce fare of train routes with fewer passengers. Accordingly, ticket from Hanoi to Saigon is discounted by 79% for trains before Tet Holiday, and ticket fare for route from Saigon to Hanoi after this occasion is down to a half of original price.
Travelling by trains is one of the most popular interprovincial transportations to Vietnamese, especially on special occasions like Tet Holiday, when people from cities such as Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi return to their hometowns. Therefore, railway tickets on Tet Holiday do not often meet the demand of passengers in not only Ho Chi Minh City but other regions in Vietnam as well.