How to get from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi?
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.
Recommended transport option
|Flight||2h 05 min||670,000 VND ($29)||Check flights|
Taking the train from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi will take about 36 hours. Such a long journey will be exhausting, which is why we don’t recommend the train for this route.
A few bus companies operate this route, but the journey will take about 37 hours. Sitting on a bus for 12 hours is a pity, but 37 hours is just unbearable!
Itinerary from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi
- Ho Chi Minh
- 2h 05min
Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi by Flight
Duration: 2h 05min
Cost: 670,000 VND ($29)
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 ($29) 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.
If you need any more information, check out your options at Hanoi Airport (Noi Bai).
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: $28
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: $42
Visiting Halong Bay
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
*Both tours include free pick-up and drop-off in Hanoi.
Want to have a broader choice of tours? Check out Halongbaytours for more boat cruises around Halong Bay and Lan Ha Bay (Cat Ba).
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