The People’s Committee of Hanoi on Friday issued a decision to offer 15 days of free travel on the first metro line, which is expected to be put into service in the near future.
The fare exemption will apply to all passengers on the Cat Linh - Ha Dong urban railway following its commercial inauguration.
After 15 days, the municipal authorities will provide subsidy for public passenger fares on the route.
Students and workers at industrial parks will get a discount of 50 percent for monthly tickets while company employees working outside industrial zones will enjoy a 30 percent discount for group buying.
People with meritorious services, senior citizens, people with disabilities, children under six years old, and poverty-stricken households can enjoy free trips.
Other individual passengers can buy monthly tickets for VND200,000 (US$8.61) or daily tickets for VND30,000 ($1.29), both allowing unlimited travel.
Single trips will cost from VND7,000-15,000 ($0.31-0.65) per person depending on the distance.
Tickets can be paid for with cards or cash.
Card payments will be entitled to a discount of VND500 (2.2 U.S. cents) per single trip.
The Cat Linh – Ha Dong urban railway runs from Cat Linh Station in downtown Dong Da District to Yen Nghia Station in south-western Ha Dong District.
It takes some 20 minutes to travel the distance of 13 kilometers of the entire route.
It is projected to be the first metro line of its kind to be put into operation in Vietnam.