How to get from Hanoi airport to Old Quarter (city center & Hoan Kiem)

After the plane landed at the Hanoi airport (also called Noi Bai airport), probably your first question will be: How to get from Hanoi airport to the center of Hanoi city or the Hanoi Old Quarter?

From Hanoi airport to the Old Quarter

You do not need to worry, because your question is also what most Vietnamese people want to need when they first arrive Hanoi.

Noi Bai is a name that many people in Vietnam still use to calling the Hanoi airport.

Just as in many other cities in the world, Hanoi airport is located on the outskirts of Hanoi and it is located quite far from the city center. The distance from Hanoi airport to the city center is 30km (if you go follow the old highway: Thang Long - Noi Bai). But now, you can go to the center of Hanoi on the new road from Hanoi airport to West Lake and Hanoi Old Quarter. The distance is just 15km now.

Taxi from Hanoi airport to city center

If you go to Hanoi center from Hanoi airport by taxi, ask the driver to go towards the Nhat Tan bridge which is crossing the Red River - Read more: Hanoi Red River Bridge. If you go this route, the distance from Hanoi airport to Hanoi's Old Quarter is only about 20km. Total of time is 30 minutes if no traffic jams.

From Hanoi airport to city

What means of transport should you use to go to Hanoi center from Hanoi Airport?

In fact, there is not much transport from Hanoi airport to city center. You can just go to Hanoi center or Hanoi Old Quarter or Hoan Kiem district by taxi or bus. These are two common means of transport that Vietnamese people still using present day. How to get a good taxi or bus, please read the newest post on this web: Hanoi airport bus

How much is taxi from Hanoi airport to Old Quarter?

The cost of a taxi ride from Hanoi airport to My Dinh Bus Station is about 13-15$ and from Hanoi airport to the Old Quarter is 8-10$.

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Also, to save more money, you could take the own bus of the airlines in Vietnam as Vietnam Airlines, Jetstar Pacific, VietJetAir... usually run from the gate of the airport to the center of Hanoi.

Two of the places where the Hanoi aiport bus will be parked and paying guests are Tran Nhan Tong street and Quang Trung street (near Thien Quang Lake, Hanoi Train Station and far awat about 900-1,500m from the Old Quarter).

The things you need to note: 

At Noi Bai International Airport (Hanoi airport), there are many different taxi firms. There are many taxi companies are operating illegally, no brand, can be deceiving your money. Read more: Hanoi taxi scams. To more secure and save your money, you should call the taxi firms with branded and have been long time activist in Hanoi airport as Noi Bai Airport Taxi, Mai Linh Hanoi Taxi.- Hanoi weather