Getting around Hanoi
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.
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.
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.
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.