Tet bus tickets still available

17-Jan-2019 Intellasia | The Saigon Times | 6:00 AM Print This Post

More than 81,700 bus tickets for the peak Tet travel season have been sold by some 50 coach operators at Mien Dong Coach Station, but some 81,000 tickets remain unsold, Nguyen Hoang Huy, deputy director of the station, said.

The 50 transport firms had earlier registered to sell a combined 163,674 tickets for their Tet services at the station, according to Huy.

Of the total 81,702 coach tickets sold, local transport firm Phuong Trang’s tickets accounted for the largest number of 37,000 for Tet services, mainly departing from HCM City to the central provinces and central highlands provinces.

In addition, transport firms such as Viet Tan Phat, Cuc Tu and Chin Nghia sold over 9,000 tickets each, while others including Binh Tam, Phuoc Thien, Binh Phuong and Co Hai sold some 1,000 coach tickets each for the peak Tet travel season.

Huy said that the period immediately before and after Tet, which starts on February 5, was the peak season for serving passengers. Mien Dong Coach Station is expected to serve some 1,800 vehicles with 55,000 passengers on board on January 31.

Apart from coaches operated by the transport firms active at Mien Dong Coach Station, the station is working with the relevant departments and agencies to increase the number of hired coaches to ensure no passengers are left at the station due to a shortage of vehicles.

Huy noted that the station will tighten control over ticket fares, which were previously registered by coach operators, to avoid a fare spike exceeding the allowed levels. Also, Huy advised passengers to buy tickets at the station, instead of from external vendors.

Coach fares for trips from the station will increase by between 20 percent and 60 percent over regular fares for the upcoming Tet holiday. The fare level will increase incrementally as the departure date gets closer to the holiday.



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