The best way to travel the 1,725km distance from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi is by flight. This plane journey takes a little over 2 hours and fares start at $29. Although you can also travel by train or bus, these options are not really advisable as they will take at least 36 hours.
We highly recommend booking a flight for this route. While the train or bus will cost you more than a day, it only takes about two hours to fly from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi.
The flight from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi is one of the most popular routes, which means there are also many flight options. Jetstar, Vietjet Air, Vietnam Airlines and Bamboo Airways all offer a good number of flights.
Note that flights get more expensive when you book at the last moment. That’s why we recommend you to book your tickets in advance.
Fares start at 670,000 VND ($28.50) and it takes about 2 hours to reach Hanoi.
Once you arrive in Hanoi, you’ll need to arrange transport to the city center. You can choose from 3 options: public bus, shuttle bus, or taxi. Travel time is 1-1.5 hours and fares range between $0.50 to $15.50.
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!
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.
For many travellers, Halong Bay is one of the highlights of Vietnam. The stunning landscape and breathtaking views over the limestone rocks look almost unreal!
To experience Halong Bay in the best way, you can book a boat cruise departing from Hanoi. Organized tours departing from Hanoi are often cheaper than tours sold by agencies in Halong Bay and another advantage is that you don't need to organize your transport to get there.
We recommend to book your boat tour online to get the best prices and be certain that you book with a trusted company. I already spoke to many travellers who booked boat trips from a random agency on the street and were very disappointed by the service and conditions of this boat.
See here our recommendtion of well-rated boat cruises