Travel in HCM City to be stable ahead of National Day hinh anh 1Passengers get on a coach (Photo: VNA)

Travel in Ho Chi Minh City in the run up to the 70th National Day (September 2) should only increase slightly from normal days, local bus terminals forecast.

They ascribed the almost unchanged passenger volume to the fact that this year’s National Day will fall on a Wednesday and people will have only one day off.

The Mien Tay (Western) Bus Terminal predicts the amount of passengers it will serve to be equal or down 3-5 percent the holiday in 2014, peaking at 43,000 – 45,000 a day on September 1 and 2.

Routes that can expect traveller increases include those from the southern hub to the nearby provinces of Tien Giang, Ben Tre, Tra Vinh and Dong Thap, it said, adding that the terminal still plans to put additional 40-seat buses into use to ensure smooth travel on peak days.

The Mien Dong (Eastern) Bus Terminal also foresees a comparable or slightly reduced clientele ahead of the National Day.

The busiest time will be the afternoon and evening of September 1 while most of the passengers will choose short and medium routes to famous tourist destinations like Vung Tau, Da Lat, Phan Thiet and Nha Trang cities, the facility said.-VNA