Hanoi, Vietnam

Getting In


By Plane

Most visitors to Northern Vietnam arrive at the Noi Bai International Airport, located about 35 km (45-60 minutes) north of Hanoi. The airport might seem relatively small (compared to the airports at Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang) considering Hanoi's importance as the country's capital, but this might benefit travellers by making the airport easy to navigate. Furthermore, there is no need to arrive hours in advance because the limited waiting space is one reason why non-travellers are discouraged from entering the airport.
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Flights to Noi Bai Airport
Vietnam Airlines offers the most number of flights to Noi Bai Airport including flights from Bangkok, Beijing, Pusan, Hong Kong, JakartaKuala Lumpur, Luang Prabang, Nagoya, Osaka, Shanghai, Siem Reap, Singapore, Taipei, Tokyo, Vientiane and Yangon. Flights from Europe by Vietnam Airlines include Frankfurt, London, Moscow and Paris. 

Direct flights from other airlines are mainly from the region including Malaysian Airlines and AirAsia (Kuala Lumpur), Cebu Air (Manila), China Airlines (Taipei), Dragonair (Hong Kong), Japan Airlines (Tokyo), Jetstar Asia and Tiger Airways (Singapore) and Korean Air (Seoul). There are no direct flights from North America and the only regular flight by a European airline is Aeroflot flying from Moscow.

Noi Bai Airport by Luu Ly

Taxis from the Airport
Taxis can be hired from Noi Bai Airport to Hanoi and there are fixed price taxis right outside the exit offering fares for around USD16. These are provided by various taxi companies and are slightly more expensive than the tout taxis but you pre-pay for the trip, so there are no hassles about the fare. Some drivers may insist to take you to a hotel of their choice to collect a commission, but if you are specific about your destination they usually give in. To be sure, have the address of your destination. 

Non fixed-price taxi agents will quote prices ranging USD15-30. Be sure you have a price agreement with the agent and taxi driver before getting into the car, as the price quoted by the agent may not be what the driver is expecting. The prevailing rate is around 330,000 dong. There are a few official looking tourist information booths inside the arrival hall, offering rides into the city for USD25-35. If you have already booked a hotel, some hotels will dispatch a driver upon request and put the fare to your room bill.

Taxi stand at Noi Bai Airport by Dragfyre

Buses from the Airport
Public buses from the airport operate from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Bus No. 7 goes to the Daewoo Hotel (in the western part of Hanoi) and Bus No. 17 to Long Bien (a few blocks from Hoan Kiem Lake - destination for most tourists). Prices are 4,000 dong for Bus No. 7 and 5,000 dong for Bus No. 17. To catch the buses, go to the second floor of the terminal, proceed outside and walk to the end of the ramp on the left. Note that baggage is not permitted aboard the buses.

Shuttle Buses from the Airport
Shuttle-buses from Noi Bai Airport to Hanoi stop at the Vietnam Airlines Office on 1 Quang Trung - a bit south of the Old Quarter but plentiful with taxis and motorbikes. The cost is USD2 or 40,000 dong for foreigners (insurance reason) and 35,000 dong for Vietnamese (including Vietnamese-Americans). The rate is indicated on the sticker fixed to the bus.

Private Cars from the Airport
A private car is better than the public bus or taxi and cost USD25 -30 one way from the airport to the city center. Besides booking at the airport, private cars are also available by booking online.sense.

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