Airports in Hanoi
Vietnam’s capital welcomes its flying visitors at the Noi Bai Airport, which is the only airport in Hanoi. Located 40 minutes away from the city center, the Noi Bai Airport is one of the main gateways to Vietnam. It is the major hub for Vietnam Airlines and the country’s low-cost carriers, Jetstar Pacific and Vietjet. Although it is the largest airport in the country, it handles fewer passengers as compared to the Tan Son Nhat Airport in Ho Chi Minh City.
Noi Bai Airport has two terminals, which connects the northern areas of Vietnam to flights going to Europe and most of the major airports in Asia. Currently, there are no direct flights from the United States to Noi Bai airport. Until a finalized air service agreement is signed between the US and Vietnam, travelers coming from the United States will have to fly through Asian hubs such as Bangkok, Singapore, and Hong Kong.
The two terminals at the Hanoi airport serve two types of flights, domestic and international. Terminal one, which is the oldest terminal, serves mostly domestic flights while terminal two, which opened in 2014, serves international flights. The two terminals are about half a mile away from each other. If you have a connecting flight at the Hanoi airport, you should consider the time it takes to travel between the two terminals. There’s a free shuttle bus that regularly ferries passengers between the two terminals.