There are many convenient ways to get around and to Hanoi. Here’s what you need to know about your Hanoi transportation options.
It is a long, 45 minute drive from the Hanoi airport to the center of the city. Grab a taxi at the airport and negotiate the price before you leave. There is a toll on the road from the airport to the city. As of 2016, you should still negotiate a fare, but the drivers are much less likely to scam you.
If you wish to go to the airport from the city center using public transit, you must take two buses. First, take bus 9. The stop is behind the Tourist Office near Hoan Kiem Lake. Get off at the last stop at Cầu Giấy. Take bus 7 to Noi Bai airport. On both buses you pay the driver directly.
Hanoi Bus is the biggest public transportation company in Hanoi. Just find Bus Stop signs on the street and board the bus. The driver’s mate will find you and sell you a ticket. Be sure you get on the right bus. Routes are posted on a board.
Hanoi train station is divided in two, and the station where you catch the train to Sapa is on the western side of the tracks. The part of the station where you catch the train south to HCMC is on the eastern side of the tracks. The entrance to the station for Lao Cai trains is on Tran Quy Cap. The ticket office is normally open from 4 to 6 am and 4 to 10 pm. You can buy a train ticket through your hotel or agency, but you can also buy your tickets at the station. When you arrive at the station, walk through the main gate toward the tracks. You will see a counter where you exchange your booking receipt for your boarding pass and bunk assignment. Trains normally leave and arrive on time.
Editor’s Note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about Hanoi transportation.