|Hanoi bus station on the road from Noi Bai airport to center|
I'm really glad to see you've arrived in Vietnam or looking for some useful information for your journey to go to our beautiful Vietnam.
The first place where you will put your foot in our country is Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi capital or Tan Son Nhat airport in Ho Chi Minh city. If you've arrived at Noi Bai airport, a place is away about 27km from the center of Hanoi capital to the north, and the first thing that you need to do is to do how to move from this airport to the center of Hanoi, where you have booked a hotel room.
Well, look a certain means of transport. At the entrance of the airport, there are many taxies always waiting you (these are already licensed taxi companies operating in the area outside the airport terminal, however, as in this article, I've tried to show you that, please beware of scam taxi driver)
|Hanoi airport transportation|
To move from Hanoi airport (read more and check the images) to the city center (Hanoi Old Quarter), you can catch a quality cab or brand taxi. You can find the best taxies in this article: How to get from Hanoi airport to Hoan Kiem [←]. And I also recommend that you should call for a taxi to move quickly and safely, but if you want to save money then I recommend you should choose a mini bus or public bus to move from the airport to the city center.
So what kind of bus should you choose and how much is the ticket?
There are two types of buses from Noi Bai International Airport (exactly name of Hanoi airport) to the city center. The first type is the public bus (for all the people of Hanoi, especially students and its ticket price is very cheap). The other type is the mini buses, only for the passengers from the airport to downtown or from center to the airport.
Local public bus
Local bus No. 7 with route from Noi Bai airport to Cau Giay district. Its fare is 7,000 VND (0.3 USD) for a person and running from 5 AM to 9 PM
|Hanoi airport bus 17|
Local bus No. 17 with route from Noi Bai airport to Long Bien bridge (near by city center): 7,000 VND (0.3 USD) running from 5 AM to 8 PM
But I recommend you should choose this one: high quality bus No. 86 with route from Noi Bai airport to Hoan Kiem Lake (in the city center). It runs through Hanoi Central Train Station (in Le Duan street). It cost 30,000 VND ( ~ 1.4 USD), and opening hours is 5 AM from Hanoi Train Staion or 6.20 AM from Noi Bai Airport and then closing hours at 9.40 PM from Hanoi Train Station or 10.50 PM from Noi Bai airport
|The ticket price of Hanoi airport bus 86|
If you can't caught the bus No. 86, I think you can take a mini bus and I usually choose this one. The mini bus just runs when full. It is the own transport of airline tickets agents or airline companies for their passengers.
|Tourists on the High quality bus 86 in Hanoi|
Here the route of the mini bus: from Noi Bai airport to Vietnam Airlines Office in (Quang Trung street, city center and near Hoan Kiem Lake), it cost 40,000 VND (~ 1.9 USD) or from Noi Bai airport to Viet Jet Air Office in Tran Nhan Tong street (next Thien Quang Lake - Hanoi Central Train Station and near Quang Trung street). From here, you can walk to Hanoi Old Quarter with about 1-1,5km.
|Hanoi airport bus shutte of Vietnam Airlines|
Bus route of Vietjet Air: It will pick you up at Vietnam Thanh Transport Company in Hanoi airport to the National Circus Theatre at 67-69 Tran Nhan Tong Street, Hai Ba Trung District, Hanoi. Ticket price: 40,000 VND/person. Bus route: Noi Bai airport – Thang Long Bridge – Hoang Quoc Viet – Dao Tan – Nguyen Thai Hoc – Quang Trung – Tran Nhan Tong.
Bus route of Jetstar: You can buy a bus tickets on the plane for the route from Noi Bai International Airport to Hanoi center. Buses depart 30 minutes after landing and parking area is outside the lobby E, Noi Bai airport. Here is its route: Noi Bai – Thang Long Bridge – Pham Van Dong – Hoang Quoc Viet – Nguyen Van Huyen – Dao Tan – Ngoc Khanh Bus Station.
If you want to caught a taxi, it cost from 350,000 - 400,000 VND (about 16.5 -19 USD). Among of many taxi brands, I think "Taxi Noi Bai" is the best choice with a fixed price to you.
You can see many "Taxi Noi Bai" in the entrance of the airport terminal.