Hanoi Airport is the second largest airport in Vietnam with 40 airlines operating from this airport. The biggest 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.
When travelling the 30km distance from Hanoi Airport to Hanoi city centre, you have 3 options: you can take a shuttle bus ($1.80), a public bus ($0.50), or a taxi ($13). Travel time is between 1 to 1.5 hours.
3 ways to get from Hanoi Airport to Hanoi City Centre
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 travelling like a local. You can find the public buses 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 travelling with a group of at least 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.
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You can choose among several shuttle buses that depart just outside of the arrival terminal. There are shuttle buses leaving every 30-45 minutes and most of them cost 40,000 VND ($1.80). 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.
Travelling 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’re staying in the 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.
From the airport, you can choose from 2 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 an hour to the end station in Hanoi. From there, it is a 20-30 minute walk or bus ride to the Old Quarter.
Besides the two regular public buses, there is also an Express bus which stops 1,5km from the Old Quarter. It’s a very convenient and cheap option to travel from and to the airport.
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 will drop you off next to the Old Quarter. 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 (10,000 VND/$0.50).
Bus 17 brings you to Long Bien bus station. From there, the Old Quarter is only 20mins away by foot or you can 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.
If you don’t mind spending $1 more, Express Bus 86 is a quicker option from Hanoi Airport to the Old Quarter. The closest bus stop to the Old Quarter is Long Bien Transpoint station, which is 1.5km away. You can also show your address to the conductor and he will help you get off at the nearest stop. Travel time is around 45mins from the airport.
Express Bus 86 generally receives great reviews from tourists with its big windows, comfortable chairs, and free wi-fi. A seat costs 35,000 VND ($1.50).
Hanoi Airport by Taxi
Duration: 11h 45min Cost 1,150 THB ($38)
When you flag down a cab from the airport, expect to pay around 300,000 VND – 350,000 VND ($13 – $15.50) to the city centre.
Travelling from the centre to the airport is cheaper and only costs around 200,000 VND – 250,000 VND ($9 – $11).
Booking with Grab
We advise checking Grab for the best rates (200,000 VND – 250,000 VND, $9 – $11). When I arrived with my flight around 1:00 in the morning, I managed to take an 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 and you can use it for your entire stay!
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 centre. Since drop-offs are generally accepted, it will be easier to order a Grab from the city centre 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 320,000 VND ($14) for the trip from the airport to the city centre and 265,000 VND ($11.50) when going to the airport. See the button below for more info or to make your booking.
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