Thousands of migrant workers in HCM City are worried about transport ticket shortages as the biggest festival of the year approaches. (Photo: thanhnien.vn)

HCM City (VNA) - Thousands of migrant workers in Ho Chi Minh City are worried about transport ticket shortages as the biggest festival of the year approaches.

A survey conducted at the Eastern Region bus station shows that almost all buses with beds from HCM City to provinces in the Mekong Delta, Northern and Central regions were fully booked.

Nguyen Hoang Huy, deputy director of the bus station, told the Thanh Nien (Young People) newspaper that the total number of tickets during the Tet (Vietnamese New Year) Holiday registered by transport enterprises was 170,000. Only 70,000 tickets are still available.
However, major transporters such as Phuong Trang, Chin Nghia or Thuan Thao are hiring or mobilising more buses from the Western Region bus station to satisfy rising demand.

Tien, a worker from the northern province of Nam Dinh, told the newspaper that he struggled to buy tickets to travel home.

“All buses with beds are fully booked, so we had to pay a fare of more than 1 million VND (44 USD) for a seat ticket. How can my child sit still for more than a day?” he said.

According to Saigon Railway Transport Company Limited (Saigon Railways), available tickets are mostly for trains departing before February 8 (December 23 on the lunar calendar), on February 14 (December 29 on the lunar calendar) and after the Tet Holiday, including more than 7,600 tickets from HCM City to Bien Hoà Station in Dong Nai province, Nha Trang Station in Khanh Hoa province and Hanoi Station.

For the return route from Hanoi to Central and Southern provinces, there are nearly 49,000 available tickets from February 19 to March 3 (January 4 to 16 on the lunar calendar). The number of tickets is subject to fluctuation as some passengers may return or change tickets.

Jetstar Pacific said that their flights from HCM City to the central cities of Vinh, Thanh Hoa or Tuy Hoa and northern city of Hai Phong near Tet and return flights after the holiday were about to fill up. Meanwhile, as there are several flights from HCM City to Da Nang city and Hanoi, some tickets are still available.
However, ticket prices remain high, ranging from 3.4 million VND (150 USD) for night flights to 3.6 million VND (160 USD) for day flights from HCM City to Hanoi on February 10 (December 25 on the lunar calendar).

According to Vietjet Air, during Tet, they will provide 1,500 domestic flights with 324,000 seats, an increase of more than 38 percent in comparison to the same period last year. Additional flights are for routes from HCM City to major cities including Hanoi, Hai Phong, Vinh and Tuy Hoa.

In December, 2017, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc asked the Ministry of Transport to collaborate with relevant ministries, agencies and localities to tighten traffic safety during Tet, especially focusing on setting up detailed plans and measures for organising transport vehicle systems and selling tickets on online booking sites to best serve passengers.-VNA