Transportation Tips in Hanoi

Hanoi is the political capital of Vietnam and historically has a reputation for being a reserved city. Keeping in mind the prevailing conservative customs, be on your best behaviour and dress modestly.

The liberated spirit of Ho Chi Minh City may not seem far away, but there is a distinct difference in social mores between Vietnam’s two largest cities. When you stroll through Hanoi, make sure to keep your belongings close. Throughout the city, especially in tourist hotspots like the night market in the Old Quarter, pickpockets and professional thieves go to great lengths to unburden you of your possessions. Be mindful of their practiced expertise; do not become an easy target. Although Hanoi is a very safe city by world standards, it pays to keep your radar on.


1. Vietnam Airlines Tickets is the official website of AloTrip International Limited, offering online flights of Vietnam Airlines.

Vietnam domestic flights from or to major attractions namely Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City (Sai Gon), Da Nang, Nha Trang, Da Lat, Phu Quoc, Con Dao.

International flights from main cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh to Indochina, Southeast Asia, Northeast Asia, Australia, Europe, United Stages and vice versa.

International flights from your country to any country via transited points of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh

2. Cyclo

Cyclo in Hanoi

This passenger bicycle is leisurely propelled through Hanoi’s maelstrom of traffic by a cheerful driver on a raised seat behind you. Negotiate a price beforehand and carry exact change to avoid any uncomfortable dealings when the ride is over. Expect to pay in the range of VND40,000 to VND100,000 per hour, but keep in mind that pedalling a cyclo among Hanoi’s blitzkrieg of bikes is challenging work; if your ride costs nearer the upper price scale, don’t fuss too much. And if you can’t find a cyclo in the heart of the capital city, then you’re looking too hard. Don’t worry _ they’ll find you!

Cyclo drivers congregate near Hoan Kiem in central Hanoi so you should have nary a problem spotting one. In fact, they’ll probably track you down before you know it. In theory cyclos are designed to carry one passenger, but two matchstick travellers could probably squeeze aboard. Cyclo rides should cost less than than xe om (motorcycle taxi) trips of equal distance, but be certain to agree on a price before you settle in. A standard central Hanoi sights jaunt is a one-hour excursion around well-known Old Quarter streets including Hang Bac, Ma May and Hang Ma.

3. Motorbikes

Motorbikes in Hanoi

Saigon traffic doesn’t really flow so much as swarms and lurches in waves. You would do well to leave everything you learned about traffic rules and etiquette at the airport departure gate of your home country. Officially, and in theory, you drive on the right side of the road, although in practice that is not always the case. Allow right-of-way to any vehicles larger than your own. Think carefully before riding at night as many motorbikes have broken lights. Certain times of the day are busier than others, especially during morning and evening rush hours when it seems as if the entire population is on the move. Helmets are mandatory for both driver and passenger.

To rent a motorbike you will need to provide a passport, sign a rental agreement or pay in advance. Longer rental periods may require you to leave your passport or a cash deposit equal to the motorbike’s market value. Make certain that your rental motorbike is roadworthy and has functioning brakes, lights, etc. The rental price is dependent on the type of bike. Two main types of motorbike available to rent are twist and go scooters or four-speed motorbikes with semiautomatic gears. It is a good idea to park your motorbike at an attended parking lot to diminish the chance of theft. Just make sure to keep your parking ticket. If you lose it, you will need to verify ownership of the bike, which means contacting your rental place.

4. City Bus Service

Bus in Hanoi

Scam-free, cheap, but a bit challenging to comprehend at first, the buses in Hanoi are relatively fast and surprisingly comfortable. Pick up a map with printed bus lines on Trang Tien, the book street near the Opera house, and spend a few minutes to identify the over 60 bus lines that zigzag through and around the capital city. Find your bus stop, wait for the bus, pay a paltry VND7,000 and off you go. If you are unfamiliar with the city, make sure to tell the mostly helpful conductor where you want to jump off.

There is a city bus that connects Noi Bai International Airport to central Hanoi. Look for buses number 7 and 17. The stop is on the right side of the airport terminal exit. Buses run every 15 to 20 minutes from 5am until 10pm. The journey costs VND7,000 per person and takes approximately one hour. You can purchase and register a monthly ticket card at one of 16 city locations including Long Bien bus terminal, Bach Khoa University and My Dinh and Giap Bat inter-province coach stations.

Source: Citypassguide