Coach stations start selling tickets for Tet
By Van Nam – The Saigon Times Daily
HCMC – Mien Dong Coach Station in HCMC’s Binh Thanh District started on Thursday to sell tickets for passengers who want to return to their hometowns in central and northern provinces for Lunar New Year holidays, or Tet.
The station will mobilize a total of 16,000 inter-provincial coaches to meet the traditionally strong demand for travel ahead of Tet, Thua said.
As observed by the Daily on Thursday morning at the station, the prices of tickets to the central and northern provinces between January 19 and January 24, or a week prior to Tet which falls on January 26, have increased 60% from normal days. For example, a single ticket for HCMC-Quang Nam route sells for VND330,000 and that for HCMC-Ha Tinh service VND450,000.
Meanwhile, Mien Tay Coach Station, west of the city, will start selling tickets to the southern Mekong Delta provinces on January 5.
Le Cong Tam, head of the operation office of the station, told the Daily on Thursday that the demand for travel before and during Tet this year would grow 5% over last year and that some 55,000 people would travel to the delta a day via the station.
He said the station would mobilize an additional 200 buses and coaches from transport companies in the city to meet the high travel needs.
“We guarantee passengers can book tickets at the station’s office at 395 Kinh Duong Vuong Street, An Lac Ward, Binh Tan District,” Tam said.
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