The Ha Long – Mong Cai Railway is a proposed railway connecting Ha Long City in Quang Ninh Province to Mong Cai on the Vietnam-China border. There is also a proposed Mong Cai-Van Don high-speed railway, which is a shorter route connecting the Van Don economic zone to the border.
The proposal is not one of the priority railways for Vietnam, and it appears to have been postponed or abandoned.
China is building a high-speed railway from Fangchenggang and Dongxing, on the other side of the border of Mong Cai. This railway is also referred to in China as the China-Vietnam high-speed railway.
Van Don is about 50 km from Ha Long City, and there was a proposal for an urban railway (monorail) linking Ha Long to Van Don.
If the railway is built it will be the third railway connection between Vietnam and China (the others being Lao Cai-Hekou and Dong Dang-Pingxiang on the Hanoi-Nanning Railway).
Ha Long – Mong Cai Railway map
[Map of Ha Long – Mong Cai Railway.]
PM calls for expansion of railway links between Vietnam, China – [16/09/23]
“He suggested that the Power China explore cooperation in Vietnam’s priority areas, including infrastructure – one of Vietnam’s three strategic breakthroughs. Specifically, he proposed exploring the possibility of investing in China – Quang Ninh – Hai Phong and Lang Son – Hanoi – Hai Phong railway lines, with the commitment to translating these ideas into concrete actions and achieving tangible results.”
China begins construction of high-speed railway link to Vietnam – [09/08/23]
“The railway between Fangchenggang and Dongxing, in South China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, spans a distance of 46.9 kilometers (km), and has a designed speed of 200 km per hour. Infrastructure is being built with conditions to upgrade the travel speed to 250 km per hour in the future.”
Quang Ninh will have 3 urban railway lines – [27/03/23]
Adjusted master plan of Ha Long city to 2040, vision to 2050 – [30/06/19]
“Exploiting and using Yen Vien – Cai Lan railway, arranging corridors to reserve Ha Long – Mong Cai railway along Ha Long – Van Don – Mong Cai expressways to develop passenger and cargo transport.”
Billion-USD projects make 2019 promising for property market – [04/01/19]
“In the northeast province of Quang Ninh, the Vision Transportation Group (VTG), Hai Dang JSC, and Sunny World Property Development Corp Businesses proposed three large-scale projects with total investment amounting to 10-15 billion USD, in Van Don island, which is targeted to become a special economic zone.
Those include a high-speed railway route linking Mong Cai and Van Don, the Hon Net – Con Ong complex of seaport, industrial and urban areas, and the urban complex in the north of Cai Bau island.
The proposed Van Don – Mong Cai railway will have a length of 100km, connecting Mong Cai border gate with Van Don special economic zone, with the central station located at the North Cai Bau urban complex. It will be used for passengers and improve transportation.”
$15-billion projects proposed for Van Don – [02/05/18]
“The three super projects in Van Don Special Administrative-Economic Zone are Mong Cai-Van Don high-speed railway, Hon Net-Con Ong deep seaport and industrial urban zone, and complex urban area in the north of Cai Bau Island.”
“…the Van Don-Mong Cai high-speed railway project will have the length of 100km, connecting Mong Cai border gate to Van Don special administrative economic zone with the central station located at an urban complex in the north of Cai Bau Island. It will be used for passengers and cargo transportation, as well as strengthen connectivity of transportation and urban infrastructure not only in Van Don but also across provinces.”
Current status and strategy to development Viet Nam railway by 2020, vision to 2050 – [13/06/17]
This report from Vietnam Railway Authority mentions the railway in the section for the national railway network 2020-2030.
“To study the plan on building new routes connecting seaports, industrial parks and tourism”.
Ha Long – Mong Cai 150 km.