Hanoi Airports

Hanoi is one of Asia’s most exotic and graceful cities. Visiting the capital city is like stepping back in time, with its grand old boulevards, French colonial buildings, and ancient old temples. Yet, things are changing fast. In the midst of all its timeless appeal, the capital city is also a 21st-century metropolis, surrounded by modern buildings and dominating skyscrapers. It’s definitely worth planning a trip to Hanoi now before it becomes dominated by modern developments.

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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.

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Getting To and From Noi Bai Airport

The Noi Bai International Airport is located at the Soc Son District of Hanoi, about 28 miles north of the city. Some of the country’s major airlines operate their own minibuses. The minibus leaves every 30 to 45 minutes from 4 AM to 9 PM going to Hanoi downtown and vice versa. You don’t need to fly with the airlines that operate the bus to be able to ride it.

Public buses are also available for travelers that go to the center of Hanoi. Bus #86 connects the airport arrivals to the bus station at the city center. You’ll find the bus stop on the right side, just after you get out of the airport terminal. It should take about an hour to arrive at the city center’s bus station. If you’re going to the western side of Hanoi, you should take Bus #7. On the other hand, if you’re heading to the northeast side of the Old Quarter, take Bus #17.

Another option is to take a taxi. You’ll find taxi stands outside of the airport’s arrival terminals. After you exit the terminal, simply walk towards the first island and you’ll find several taxis on a queue. While taking the taxi is the most convenient and comfortable option, it’s also the most expensive.

If taking the bus or taxi is not an option for you, get in touch with a local guide in Hanoi who can pick you up at the airport and take you to your hotel in the city center. It’s safe, fast, convenient and comfortable.

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