Hanoi transportation - getting here

The great majority of visitors to Hanoi arrive by plane at Noi Bai Airport, around an hour’s drive north of the city centre. This international airport has regular connections with Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Bangkok and several other Asian cities. The modern terminal is easy to negotiate and getting into the city centre is relatively painless as long as you don’t get caught by the taxi drivers’ scams (see Hanoi airport guide).

However, Vietnam’s borders with China and Laos are open to international travellers, so many people arrive in the city by bus or train. Hanoi’s train station is located about a kilometre west of the city centre on Le Duan. Trains arrive here from the northeastern border with China near Lang Son, from the northwestern border with China near Lao Cai, and from all points south in Vietnam, including Ho Chi Minh City.


The ancient Vietnamese train system stretches south to Saigon or to the mystical delights of China to the north with a wide range of different classes and schedules including sleepers...more


There are a few different long distance bus terminals around town which can get confusing so check out our complete guide to local bus departures and the ‘open tour’ tourist services as well...more


Most travellers arrive into town via Hanoi Airport and we have got all the tips about transport and how much to pay for getting to the city centre and your hotel by taxi or bus...more

Getting around

There are lots of different options for getting around Hanoi from walking around the wondrous sights to traditional Vietnamese rickshaws which can come beautifully decorated...more

Hanoi transport guide - getting around Vietnam's historic capital

There are four long-distance bus stations in Hanoi, all located a few kilometres from the centre of the city, which means you’ll need to take a xe om (motorbike taxi) or regular taxi to your hotel.

Giap Bat bus station, on Giai Phong to the south of town, serves most places to the south, while Gia Lam bus station, to the southeast of the centre, serves destinations to the northeast such as Ha Long City, Haiphong and Lang Son.

Luong Yen bus station, just southeast of the city centre, serves routes north to Ha Giang and Cao Bang, as well as Cat Ba Island on the edge of Ha Long Bay. Finally, the newest is My Dinh, located about 10kms west of the centre, which also serves several destinations in the north.

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