Trip overview for Hanoi Airport (Noi Bai)
To make trip planning super easy and fast, we created a step-by-step guide to find the best options by shuttle bus, public bus and taxi.
To start with, use the slider to compare the different options:
- Hanoi Airport
- 1h 15min
- Hanoi City Center
- Hanoi Airport
- 1h 30min
- Hanoi City Center
- Hanoi Airport
- 1 hour
- Hanoi City Center
How to get from and to Hanoi Airport (Noi Bai)
Hanoi Airport is the second largest Airport in Vietnam with 40 airlines operating from this airport. The largest airlines are Vietnam Airlines and Vietjet Air which fly to 42 different destinations. For an overview of all flights leaving from Hanoi Airport see this Hanoi flight map.
We recommend to take a shuttle bus to Hanoi and continue by taxi (Grab) or walk to your accommodation from the drop off point. Shuttle buses have more convenient stops and are likely to drop you off within walking distance from your accommodation.
Another option is to take the public bus and start off your Vietnam trip by traveling like a local. You can find the public bus on the right side of the terminal exit. The bus reaches the drop-off point in about 1 hour. From there you can take another bus or taxi to your accommodation.
When you travel with a group from 3 persons we recommend to take a taxi since you will hardly save any money by taking a bus. You can flag a taxi at the airport, use Grab or book one online with Klook.
Your options at a glance
|Shuttle Bus||1h 15 min||40.000 VND (€1,50)||No online tickets|
|Public Bus||1h 30 min||5.000 VND (€0,20)||No online tickets|
|Taxi||1 hour||200.000-350.000 VND (€7-€13)||Book a taxi|
Are you a fast decision maker? Simply use the links above to book your tickets!
If you haven’t found your best transport option yet, no problem. This was just the intro. Below we share our step-by-step guide of how to get from Hanoi Airport to the center and vice versa.
Airport shuttle from/to Hanoi Airport
Duration: 1h 15min
Costs: 40.000 VND (€1,50)
You can choose between several shuttle buses which depart just outside of the arrival terminal. There are shuttle buses leaving every 30-45 minutes and most of them cost 40.000 VND (€1,50). The shuttle bus you take does not have to be the same as your airline. Except with Jetstar where you need to check with the company first.
You can check this map to see the drop off points of the shuttle and public buses.
Traveling from Hanoi to the airport? Check the schedules of the airlines first to make sure they will pick you up at the right time.
Vietjet Air Shuttle
When you stay in Old Quarter, ask the driver to drop you off at “Nguyen Thai Hoc” or “Quang Trung Street” (near Hoan Kiem Lake).
Route: Nội Bài airport – Thăng Long Bridge – Hoàng Quốc Việt – Đào Tấn – Nguyễn Thái Học – Quang Trung – Trần Nhân Tông.
Pickup in Hanoi from “69 Tran Nhan Tong street”, next to Central Circus Theater.
Vietnam Airlines Shuttle Bus
Ask the bus driver to drop you off along the road when you are close to your accommodation. End station is “1 Quang Trung street” (near Hoan Kiem lake).
Pickup in Hanoi from “1 Quang Trung street“, 200m south of Hoan Kiem Lake.
In case you didn’t fly with Jetstar you have to ask at the airport if you can use their shuttle service but usually, this is not a problem.
End station and pick up station is “206 Tran Quang Khai” (close to Hoan Kiem lake).
Public Bus from/to Hanoi Airport
Duration: 1h 30min
Costs: 5.000 VND (€0,20)
From the airport, there are two public buses leaving every 20 minutes from 5am to 10pm. You will find the bus stop on the right side of the terminal exit and the bus takes about one hour to the end station in Hanoi. From there it is a 20-30 minute walk or bus ride to the Old Quarter.
Bus 7 to Kim Ma bus station
Drop-off /pick-up at Kim Ma bus station.
Bus 7 will bring you to Kim Ma bus station, from where it is about a 30-minute walk or a 20-minute bus ride to the Old Quarter. From Kim Ma bus station you can take a taxi or one of the several buses which drop you off next to the Old Quarter for 7.000 VND (€0,30). One of the options to Old Q is changing to bus 18 and asking the driver to get off at Phùng Hưng 167 or 115 (7.000 VND, €0,30).
Bus 17 to Long Bien bus station
Drop-off /pick-up at Long Bien bus station.
Bus 17 brings you to Long Bien bus station, from where you can walk in 20 minutes to Old Quarter or take a short taxi ride to your accommodation. This way you avoid the airport fees for taxis and only have to pay for a short taxi ride.
Taxi from/to Hanoi Airport
Duration: 1 hour
Costs: 200.000-350.000 VND (€7-€13)
When you flag down a cab from the airport, expect to pay around 300.000-350.000 VND (€7-€13) to the city center.
Traveling from the center to the airport is cheaper and only costs around 200.000-250.000 VND.
Booking with Grab
We advise checking Grab for the best rates (200.000-250.000 VND). When I arrived with my flight around 1am in the morning, I managed to take a Uber to the old quarter (Jan, 2017). Update: Uber made an agreement with Grab so you can only use Grab from May 2018.
To order a Grab taxi you will need an internet connection. One option is to use the free airport wi-fi to order your Grab, but this connection does not always reach as far as the pick-up point of the taxi. A better option is to buy a local SIM card at the airport. The savings of taking a Grab taxi already make up for the costs of the SIM card!
Be aware that local taxi drivers are not a big fan of these services. For this reason, ignore or don’t tell other taxi drivers that you ordered a Grab from the Airport to the center. Since drop-offs are generally accepted, it will be easier to order a Grab from the city center to the Airport.
Booking with Klook
Another option is to book your transfer from/to Hanoi Airport online with the fast-growing travel platform Klook. Expect to pay €12 for the trip from the airport to the city center and €9 when going to the airport. See the button below for more info or to make your booking.
My favourite places to stay in Hanoi
Looking for a room in the middle of the Old Quarter? Ancient Lane Hotel offers very clean rooms nicely decorated with ancient attributes. The hosts Thuy and Tuan will make sure you'll have a great stay!
Double room from: €26
Just landed in Hanoi? In this hotel, you will get the best night of sleep you had since ages. The friendly staff will give you a warm welcome and serve a wonderful breakfast buffet the next morning! Located in the middle of the center, but completely isolated from all the noise.
Double rooms with city view from: €38
Visiting Halong Bay
Halong Bay and Cat Ba are one of the highlights of Vietnam. From both locations, you can make beautiful boatrips and cruise through the beautiful landscape filled with karst mountains.
You can opt to travel to Halong Bay independent. but also book an organised tour including transport from Hanoi. We recommend to book a boat cruise incl. transport from Hanoi as you will have more choice and tours are often cheaper in Hanoi than tours sold by agencies in Halong Bay.
Tours sell as cheap as €31 for a day-trip and €117 for a 2D1N cruise.
See here our 2 favourite tours from to Halong Bay:
*Both tours include free pick-up and drop-off in Hanoi.
If you have a few extra days to spend, you can also visit Lan Ha Bay from Cat Ba. But if you are short in time, Halong Bay is definitely a better option.
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