Hanoi to Da Nang: Plane vs Train

Decided to fly from Hanoi to Da Nang after spending 2 hours trying to buy a sleeper train ticket. Credit card kept getting rejected. Travel guides say the lack of competition on domestic routes means high airfares. Wondered how high and then checked.

Train takes about 16-17 hours. Price for a ‘soft sleeper’, if purchased at the railroad station, is about $36. Only way to buy ahead of time is through an agent. Average price is about $60. Jet takes 1h 15min, cost 1,820,000 VND, which is about $86. Why. Didn’t. I. Check. Air. Fare. First?

I these days of shocking charges for overweight baggage, it was shocking to see Vietnam Airlines charges $2 per kilo or a little less than a dollar a pound. Kinda makes me want to check an overweight bag just to watch people’s faces when I get to the punch line. I follow the one bag carry-on philosophy so never have to worry about baggage charges.


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