HO CHI MINH CITY, Sept. 14 (Xinhua) -- Tickets for trains in Vietnam will be sold online from Oct. 1 and printed by passengers themselves, the Vietnam Railways Corporation said on Wednesday.
Passengers will board trains without having to go to stations to receive tickets, the corporation said, noting that the new move will help minimize long queues and subsequent overcrowding at stations, especially during the traditional lunar new year, a home-going rush.
Besides buying tickets via certain websites, passengers can buy them at automatic kiosks at many train stations nationwide, including Hanoi, Saigon, Da Nang, Lao Cai, Hai Phong, Hue, Nha Trang and Binh Thuan.
Vietnam served 7.2 million train passengers in the first eight months of this year, down 17.2 percent against the same period last year, said the country's General Statistics Office. Meanwhile, its railway sector transported 3.4 million tons of cargoes, down 24.6 percent.