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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Steven Toan

Adventure day in Trang An & Mua caves

Toan is a fantastic guide with a real knowledge and passion - an asset to the 'with locals' team

We decided to pre-book a private day tour with a local guide for our day trip to Trang An and the Mua Caves as we didn't want to go with a regular coach crowd, preferring a more personal touch and we were not disappointed

We were greeted at our hotel in Hanoi by our guide Toan who was immediately welcoming and wasted no time in telling us what lay ahead for the day. Toan spoke excellent English so conversation flowed easily

On route to the caves we enjoyed a comfortable private car journey with air con and water provisions, chatting comfortably with Toan about the history of the areas we were travelling through. Toan even bought a flask of Vietnam green tea to share with us

We arrived at the caves in good time (before the masses) and enjoyed 2 hill hikes and a tour of the surrounding caves before lunch, it was only when we were heading back to the car to leave that we noticed how much busier it was becoming - so great timing!

Toan took us to a local village restaurant for lunch so we could try some of the local delicacies.... including mountain goat!! Even if food adventure is not for you the atmosphere is well worth soaking up. Toan was in his element and loved sharing his local culture with us

Following lunch we headed to Trang An for a bamboo boat ride ..... with Toans local knowledge we were able to observe how busy the Trang An tourist spot was and quickly move to a quieter spot just outside of the village where we could enjoy a more peaceful boat ride - this was a pure hidden gem and so tranquil .... also the spot where Kong Skull Island was filmed so a great photo opp for us!!

Following our boat ride it was time to start the 2hour journey back to our hotel, we felt we had such a fulfilled day with Toan and the private tour made it all the more personal for us. Toan is a mind of information and knowledge and it is lovely to see him so passionate and caring about what he does

We 100% recommend both Toan and this tour during your trip to Hanoi

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Fleur Thanh

Visit the Tea Growing Province with Local Students

We had such a lovely day with Thanh! The students we met were so eager to practice their English and great to have a chat with. You learn about local life and about the tea and the proces in a fun and interactive way. If you can, go there in the weekend so a lot of students can join! Thank you so much.

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Julia Brian

A Taste of Hanoi - Food Adventure by Foot

We had three Tours with Brian! All of them were great but the "Culinarian Highlight Tour Hanoi" was the best of best. Brian really takes care about the places, restaurants and bars he is choosing. In just one evening you get phantastig insights in restaurants and places you would never find yourself on a short trip to Hanoi. He has a lots of experience and information he loves to share.

Besides that Brian helped us to organize the transportation from the norther Vietnam-Laos Boarder point to Hanoi for a 37 people group! That was quite a challenge but Brian found a solid solution on a fair budget. Thanks a lot for your help Brian, otherwise we proably would have gone stuck on our way...

We highly recommend Brian as a tourguide and for all organisation of individual or group Travel in Vietnam (and around the world because he not only knows Vietnam like his own pocket).