Travel options in Hanoi

It's fairly easy to get around in Hanoi. Most of the attractions are in close proximity to each other and some of the famous restaurants and shopping districts are a walking distance away. Most locals travel in Hanoi on a motorbike. But aside from motorbikes, there are also buses, taxis, and other transportation methods that you can take when traveling in the city.

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Getting around Hanoi

Plane

When you travel to Hanoi by plane, you will land at Noi Bai International Airport, about 40 min. drive away from the city center. The airport has two terminals, serving domestic and international flights. It's the major domestic hub for the country's air network. Vietnam Airlines and Jetstar connect Hanoi to some other major airports in Vietnam. Travelers exiting the airport can take the minibus, public bus, taxi or private car to their hotel in the downtown area of Hanoi.

Bus

Hanoi is served by local buses. These buses are often painted in red, white and yellow, and operate through regular routes within the city center. Most of the bus routes include a stop at the city's famous attractions, such as the Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi Train Station and the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Taking the bus is the cheapest way to travel in Hanoi.

Taxi

You can easily take a taxi anywhere on the streets of Hanoi. It's also possible to request one from your hotel. These taxis are fitted with reliable meters and can take you to anywhere in the city. Taking the taxi is the most convenient and comfortable way to travel in Hanoi but the only problem is that not all of the drivers can speak English.

Motorcycle Taxis

Dubbed as the motorbike city of Asia, the most common method to get around in Hanoi is on a motorcycle taxi. These are motorbikes driven by locals known as "Xe Om". You'll find them in most parts of the city, especially in the nearby hotels and tourist attractions. It's the fastest way to travel in Hanoi, passing through small alleys and roaring through the busy traffic. However, unlike the regular taxi, these motorcycles are not fitted with a meter so you need to negotiate the price before you hop into one. Just make sure you wear your helmet and hold on to the handlebars tightly as it zooms through the busy streets.

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Additional Options to Travel in Hanoi

Cyclo

Cyclos are Hanoi's version of a rickshaw. It's fairly inexpensive and a great way to navigate the busy streets of Hanoi. On this transportation, passengers have to sit in the front while the driver cycles behind. Some travelers think that this is a single person ride but it can actually manage to fit two passengers. Cyclo is ideal for exploring short distances and only if you're not in a hurry.

Train

You may have to use the train at some point when you travel to Hanoi, especially if you plan to travel north towards Sapa or down the coast. Hanoi's train station is divided into two stations and the main station is located at Le Duan Street, less than 2 kilometers away from the Old Quarter.

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