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.
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 Building of Saigon Railway Station
The main building has a cubic shape and a modern aluminum and glass facade.
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Saigon Railway Transport Operation Office
Goods Transport Department
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.