Hanoi

Get there

															

By Air

Noi Bai International Airport is 45km from the centre of Hanoi. Many airlines operate to and from this airport and come from nearby countries such as South Korea, China, Russia, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore and Hong Kong. Recommended companies for excellent budget prices include AirAsia and Nok Air. If taking a domestic flight, JetStar Pacific and VietJet Air are very good. From the airport, take express bus 86 or a taxi to get to the city centre. Be aware that buses stop running before the last flights, so make sure to book a private taxi or airport transfer if arriving late.  

By Train

Hanoi’s train station is located close to the centre of Hoan Kiem on Le Duan Street. Be aware that there are two stations: Station A and Station B. The good news is that they are next to each other. Buy your tickets as early as possible and be prepared to fight your way to the front. The Vietnamese are the not the most aware of what ‘queuing’ is. Sleeper tickets sell out the fastest and earliest. It is better to buy your tickets at a train station or online rather than through a travel agent; they are known to increase the ticket prices significantly. Internally, Hanoi can be reached from Ho Chi Minh City, Nha Trang, Hue, Sapa and Lao Cai. Internationally, you can arrive from Beijing in China.  

By Bus

It is possible to arrive in Hanoi via Vientiane and Savvanakhet in Laos. Be careful and ask around for which company is best; there are many ‘cowboy’ buses along this route which are inclined to run scams. You can also arrive in Hanoi from Nanning in China. If arriving from within Vietnam, there are many bus routes to choose from that begin and end here. Buses come from Hue, Hoi An, Nha Trang, Dalat, Mui Ne, Ho Chi Minh City and many other cities in Vietnam. Locals buses are more than happy to pick travellers up on the side of the road too, almost anywhere. If one happens to be stuck in the middle of nowhere, there’s a good chance a bus can be easily flagged down. Tickets can be bought at the bus stations, at travel agents or via your accommodation.
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Last updated on the 25 October 2017
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