Easily Moving From Hanoi Airport to the Old Quarter

Traveling to Vietnam, visitors cannot ignore a destination in Hanoi which is famous for the bustling Asia life with ancient atmosphere - Hanoi Old Quarter. Since imperial time, this area focuses on small-scale manufacturing and commercial activities. The Old Quarter is not too wide, but the streets here are interwoven together like the chessboard. No matter how tired we are, it is pretty hard to walk all of the streets.

So, in this article, I will give you how to move from Hanoi airport to old quarter in some comprehensive ways which you can choose to match your need.

1. Taxi / Uber car / Grab car

Taxi, of course, will be the fastest and most convenient way since they can pick you up at your place and lead you to exact address you require. However, to avoid scam (taxi drivers may drive the longer way than it should be), I recommend some famous taxi brands such as Mai Linh Taxi (Green color), Taxi Group (White color)

Uber, Grab (which you might already know) with more reasonable price than the taxi. With your application, you can easy to point the exact destination and know about the cost.

*Note: Almost Taxi/Uber car/Grab car drivers in Vietnam cannot speak English, so you may have some trouble when communicating with them. To avoid any unexpected situation, you should write down the address and show them; or always have the hotel number to get help from staffs of the hotel, just in case, they may become your reluctant translator 🙂

2. Airline Bus: Vietjet Air Bus

Currently, there are three Airlines in Vietnam offering this service with a very reasonable price. However, in this article I only mention Vietjet Air since this option is the most convenient and popular.

- Ticket: 30,000 VND ~ 1.5$ per person, one way.

- Time: All day

- Frequency: 30min

* Note: You do not need to book the ticket in advance, and you can pay cash (VND - Vietnamese currency) in the van.

Where to find?: 1st Floor, Domestic Terminal (T1)

+ If you are in International Terminal (T2), you need to move to Domestic Terminal by a free Shuffle Bus of the airport

Where to find?: Go outside on the 1st Floor, and Shuffle Bus is available every 5 minutes at Pillar 17.

It takes around 4-5 minutes to move to Domestic Terminal and drop you at the place which you can easily find a sign "BUS STOP" and a Vietjet Air Bus with red and yellow sticker (as below picture) will park very near there.

+ If you are in Domestic Terminal (T1), directly go outside on the 1st Floor and find a sign stated "BUS STOP" and as I mentioned above, a Vietjet Air Bus will park near there.

Drop station to the Old Quarter:

The last station: Cong Vien Thong Nhat (which is 2km far from the Old Quarter)

Many taxi branches will be available here but please note that you should use the taxi which I mentioned above.

 I recommend you call Uber car or Grab car for saving cost and avoid scam.

3. Public Bus

3.1 Bus No.86 (Highly Recommended)

To encourage tourists to visit Vietnam, Public Bus No.86 was officially launched by the Government, and I also recommend this option for you because of its convenience.

If you arrive Hanoi airport between 6:30 am and 23:30 pm, this will be the best choice for you. Unlike Vietjet Bus, you don’t need to move to Domestic Terminal to catc, Bus No.86 can be easily found at International Terminal. Detailed information as the following:

- Ticket: 30,000 VND ~1.5$ per person, one way.

- Time: From 6:30 am to 23:30 pm

- Frequency: 25-30 min

* Note: No need to book in advance, Pay by cash on the bus (Vietnamese currency)

- Where to find: 1st Floor International Terminal, Arrivals A1-A2

- Drop station to the Old Quarter:

You can choose among these three stations (also three last stations in the route)

(7) Hanoi Opera House (Nhà Hát Lớn Hà Nội)

(8) Melia Hotel (Khách sạn Melia)

(9) Hanoi Railway Station (Ga Hà Nội)

3.2. Bus No.17

This is the cheapest option, but you will really take time with it. I will recommend this choice if you really want to save cost for your trips.

-Price: 9,000 VND ~ 0.3$ per person, one way, only accept VND (Vietnamese currency)

 Time: From 5:10 am to 22:00 pm

- Frequency: 10-15 min

* Note: No need to book in advance, Pay by cash on the bus (Vietnamese currency)

- Where to find: 1st Floor, Domestic Terminal (T1)

+ If you are in International Terminal (T2), you need to move to Domestic Terminal by a free Shuffle Bus of the airport

Where to find: Go outside on the 1st Floor, and Shuffle Bus is available every 5 minutes at Pillar 17.

It takes around 4-5 minutes to move to Domestic Terminal and drop you at the place which you can easily find a sign "BUS STOP"

+ If you are in Domestic Terminal (T1), directly go outside on the 1st Floor and find a sign stated "BUS STOP".

- Drop station to the Old Quarter:

 The last station: Long Bien Bus Station 

From here you can catch a Taxi/Uber/Grab

Those information might be enough for you to get a suitable option for you. Either traveling by taxi or bus, transportation fee in Vietnam is not so expensive but you must keep in mind some notes as I mentioned in each option. Hope you will have a good memory in Vietnam and in the Hanoi Old Quarter!

Cheers,

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