Saigon Railway Station, Ho Chi Minh City

Saigon Railway Station, Ho Chi Minh City or Ga Sai Gon is the last station on the North – South Railway – the priciple railway line serving Vietnam. While Ho Chi Minh City is the biggest city in Vietnam, the railway station is known as the most important and largest railway station in the country.

General information about Saigon Railway Station

Location: 1 Nguyen Thong Street, Ward 9, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City. The bus station is bordered by Highway 13, Nguyen Xi, Dinh Bo Linh Streets. CLICK HERE to see the location of the railway station on Google Maps. The bus station is about 3 km from Ben Thanh Market – the city center.

Owner: Vietnam Railway; Land area: 40,000 m2.

Saigon Railway Station, Ho Chi Minh City

Overview

Passing through the main gate, passengers enter a spacious yard in which there are a bus stop, taxi parking, motorbike parking. If you take a bus to the railway station, it will drop you at the bus stop in the yard. If you take a taxi to the railway station, the taxi usually drops you off at the main entrance of the main building. If you have just arrived in the railway station and would like to go to other parts of the city, you can easily catch a bus or a taxi in the yard.

The buildings including the main building where to buy tickets, search for tickets, train schedules, print boarding passes, wait for the train, buy some foods, drinks and commodities, enjoy a massage, find information about public buses and motorbike taxis. Other buildings function as Saigon Railway Transport Operation Office and Goods Transport Department. ATM machines are available so that passengers can withdraw VND cash.

Facilities of the railway station include internet, phone chargers, escalator, order printers, machines for searching for tickets, train schedules, printing boarding passes, air conditioners, ATM machines. There are restaurants fast foods and and Vietnamese foods, stalls selling cheap foods and drinks including Vietnamese bread, Baozi, coffee, convenience stores.

Main Gate

Saigon Railway Station, Ho Chi Minh City

The main gate of the railway station is rather simple, it is made of metal (steel or iron), with a signboard read GA SÀI GÒN and flags in different colors.

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Bus Station

Bus station with shelter Saigon Railway Station, Ho Chi Minh City

The bus station has shelters that protect customers from the rain and the strong sun. The zigzag yellow line marks the position of the buses when they stop for picking up or dropping off passengers. Some boards provide information about public bus routes. The bus routes include Bus No. 07: Saigon Railway Station – Cho Lon Bus Station (Saigon China Town, District 5), Bus No. 149: Saigon Railway Station – 23/9 Park Bus Station (Saigon Backpacker Area, District 1).

Saigon Railway Station, Ho Chi Minh City

Two Japanese bicycle travelers wait for a bus at the bus station at Ga Sai Gon.

Motorbike parking

Motorbike parking at Saigon Railway Station, Ho Chi Minh City

The motorbike parking is very spacious, it has a line of green trees and canvas roofs that protecting the vehicles from sun heat. Passengers are allowed to park their motorbikes here overnight.

Taxi parking

Taxi parking at Saigon Railway Station, Ho Chi Minh City

Lots of taxi drivers who are in uniforms park their taxis and wait for customers. Vinasun and Mai Linh dominate the taxi parking. The taxi fares are around VND 17,000 per kilometer.

Main Building of Saigon Railway Station

The main building has a cubic shape and a modern aluminum and glass facade.

Saigon Railway Station

The main building of Ga Sai Gon looked from the main gate.

Saigon Railway Station

The main building looked from the motorbike parking.

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The main entrance to the main building of Saigon Railway Station.

The main entrance to the main building.

The main entrance to the main building of Saigon Railway Station.

The main entrance to the main building.

A drink and food stall next to the main entrance to the main building of Saigon Railway Station.

A drink and food stall on the right to the main entrance to the main building. At this stall, passengers can order Vietnamese coffee, soft drinks, milk, tea, Steamed wheat bun, snacks, etc. They arrange plastic chairs and tables, umbrellas.

A drink and food stall next to the main entrance to the main building

Another drink and food stall on the left to the main entrance to the main building.

Motorbike taxis at Saigon Railway Station.

Information about motorbike taxis from Saigon Railway Station:
–  to Western Bus Station: VND 80,000;
– To Eastern Bus Station: VND 60,000;
– To Tan Son Nhat Airport: VND 50,000;
– To Western Bus Station: VND 80,000;
– To Cho Lon Bus Station: VND 60,000.

Public bus routes from Saigon Railway Station.

Two popular Public bus routes include:
– Bus No. 07 from Saigon Railway Station to Cho Lon;
– Bus No. 149 from the railway station to 23/9 Park Bus Station which is next to Saigon Backpacker Area in District 1.

Floor plan of Saigon Railway Station, Ho Chi Minh City

Floor plan:
– Ground floor: ticket office, shops, locker room – lost and found, information counter, waiting area, meeting room, 3 entrances from the yard, 1 entrance to trains, internet and phone charger, order printer (sequence number), time table and ticket prices, restrooms, stairs and escalators;
– First floor: ticket office, waiting area, time table and ticket prices, restrooms, deputy director, manager and group tickets, office, stairs and escalators.
– At ticket offices, Number 1: priority and online booking, Number 3: depart in day, Number 2, 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14: tickets, Number 9: group tickets, priority and online bookings, Number 15: change and return tickets.

Ticket searching, train schedule, boarding pass printing at Saigon Railway Station, Ho Chi Minh City

Ticket searching, train schedule, boarding pass printing.

Ticket office Number 1 - Saigon Railway Station, Ho Chi Minh City

Ticket office – Number 1 for online bookings, the disabled and priority.

Saigon Railway Station, Ho Chi Minh City

Ticket office – Number 3 for ticket in day, pritority ticket and ticket to Phan Thiet.

Waiting area with steel stainless benches and modern air conditioners at Saigon Railway Station, Ho Chi Minh City

The waiting area with steel stainless benches and modern air conditioners.

Entry to the trains at Saigon Railway Station, Ho Chi Minh City

Entry to the trains at Saigon Railway Station is closed 5 minutes before depart time.

Lotteria fast food restaurant in the main building of Saigon Railway Station, Ho Chi Minh City

Lotteria fast food restaurant in the main building.

Massage service.

Massage service.

MStore and Circle K convenience stores at Saigon Railway Station, Ho Chi Minh City

MStore and Circle K convenience stores.

Saigon Railway Transport Operation Office

Saigon Railway Transport Operation Office - Saigon Railway Station, Ho Chi Minh City

Saigon Railway Transport Operation Office in a 4-story building.

Goods Transport Department

Goods Transport Department - Saigon Railway Station, Ho Chi Minh City

Goods Transport Department in a 2-story building.

Train Engine

Train engine Tu Luc 141 158 - Saigon Railway Station, Ho Chi Minh City

Train engine Tu Luc 141 158 is surrounded by a fence, green grass, trees, plants and flowers.

History of Saigon Railway Station

The old Saigon Railway Station was built by the French from 1881 to 1885. The station was one of the railway hub of the 71-m Saigon – My Tho Railway. It was located next to the roundabout near Ben Thanh Market. Two routes including 127-m Saigon – Loc Ninh and Saigon – Hanoi, built from 1906 to 1936 contributed to making the transport within Southwestern Vietnam, Southeastern Vietnam and Central Vietnam easier and faster.

The period 1946-1954 witnessed the change of the Vietnam Railway. In 1974, Vietnam Railway had a length of 365 km, Saigon – Bien Hoa was the most regular route.

On 14th November 1975, the new government of Vietnam decided to recover the Vietnam Railway. On 31st December 1976, at the old Saigon Railway Station, Vietnamese people saw of the Union Train (Tàu Thống Nhất) to Hanoi.

In 1978, the old Saigon Railway Station was moved to Binh Trieu Railway Station. The Hoa Hung Goods Station was restored, upgraded and turned into the new Saigon Railway Station. In November 1983, the new Saigon Railway Station officially became operational.

Since 2007, Saigon Railway Station has sold tickets online. Today, passengers can buy train tickets HERE.

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