Transport Hanoi to move around the city

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In Hanoi there is a developed network of city buses, but the subway is, unfortunately, no. You can also travel by taxi, special tourist buses and electric vehicles, and even rickshaws. However, it should be borne in mind that tourist transport here is very expensive, especially if you do not haggle.

You can also rent a Bicycle, motorbike or car, but traffic in the city is very chaotic, almost no one follows the rules. Therefore, we would extremely recommend to move behind the wheel yourself.

In most cases in order to explore the city and its main attractions, enough to walk around the old town (tourist area near the lake of the returned sword), and several remote sites reached by taxi or city buses.

Next read more about all the ways to move around Hanoi:


Пешая прогулка по Ханою The sidewalk in Hanoi

The historic city centre and the area of the lake of the Returned sword is not very big, and if you have enough time, all of it can be explored on foot. But for this it is advisable to stay near the lake, so you don't have to get here.

However, walking through the narrow streets of the historic district very uncomfortable and even dangerous. Motorcycles here are not only on roads but on the sidewalks. And drivers feel full-fledged owners and no respect for pedestrians, driving tourists strolling the sidewalks. The sidewalks are used as Parking place, which you have to constantly go on the roadway, where, incidentally, the last band of the motorcyclists used for movement on the opposite, so you need to look at both. In the evening does not hurt to reflective stickers on clothing and shoes.


Городское такси в Ханое City taxi in Hanoi

In Hanoi there are several official taxi companies, and the price of their trip by and large do not differ, they all operate on the counters. The most well-known and proven: oshevenskaya company Mailinh (Mailing), Hanoi Group Taxi, taxi G7. The price of the trip, the first cheaper, the second is more expensive. Sample prices are: for land and the first 600 meters way from 12 000 VND for every additional kilometer, from 8,000 VND. These prices are on a label on the Board or on the side window of the car. Overall the trip within the old city of Hanoi should cost no more than 25 000 dongs (approximately 66.35 RUB, see Vietnam currency and the exchange rate). There are cheaper small cars Kia, in which the fare for the first kilometer costs 6 000 VND.

Much safer and cheaper to use a car order in Hanoi through the application Grab. In General we recommend to use this app when ever you can. This is the analogue of the European Uber, but Uber in Vietnam was not working. Payment is made to the driver at the end of the trip in cash strictly at the price that is displayed in the application, and no more.

To use Grab need Internet, which you can purchase a local SIM card with Internet package. But even if you don't, Grab it anyway you can use: you can connect to free WiFi networks at the airport in Hanoi, hotels, cafes, and from there to place order, only need to remember the amount to pay.

Before using a taxi, you should know the tricks you may encounter. It is a refusal to go on the counter offer inflated fixed prices, rigged or broken in the way the counters are circular routes, charges for toll roads, or just the requirement to pay more than you agreed to. For example, instead of 15 "fifteen", may require the 50 "fifty". Ideally, you should record the contract price of the trip on paper and show it to the driver, he confirmed it. There have been cases when the taxi crossed the border, and blocked clients Central locking in the car until they pay the required amount.

Read more about taxi in Hanoi and how to use it here...

Motorcycle taxis and Bicycle taxi

Велорикша в Ханое Bicycle taxi in Hanoi

If you are traveling without a companion and large bags, you can use very quick and very extreme form of travel – a motorcycle taxi (most likely a scooter). Find motorcycle taxis (known as Xe Om) you will be able at every step. Rather, search is not necessary, you will constantly offering it.

If you decide to use this mode of transport, you should be sure to agree a price in advance, and even better to write the price on paper and show the driver to be sure that you each other correctly understood. Do not forget to bargain: the average price for a ten minute journey is no more than 15 000VND. Also motorcycle taxis can be booked through the app Grab (see above in the section on taxis) that is much cheaper than landing in the street. Don't settle for the driver to expect you to ship it back then he will probably charge you for waiting a disproportionate amount.

When driving watch out for your bags and pockets, as among drivers enough thieves.

Popular exotic species movement on a Bicycle taxi (pedicab) can be very expensive, if you do not agree on the price beforehand. The real price of a trip to the local is a penny, but with you for a trip to three meters and a few photos may require $10.

Renting or buying a motorbike (scooter), bike

Мотобайк в Ханое A motorbike in Hanoi

If you are sure that you "Schumacher on a motorcycle", you can rent a motorcycle or low-power scooter. Find motorcycle rental will not be easy – just stroll down the streets of the old town. Especially a lot of the rentals are on the street Pho Ma May. Rental will cost you $5 a day. But don't overestimate your ability to drive: first, walk the streets, look at the movement (here it is very chaotic and is not subject to any rules), and then decide whether you this. At least if you confidently own two-wheeled transport, there is nothing to think about, to master it in Hanoi. Read additional information about the peculiarities of renting a motorcycle in Vietnam.

Покупка мотоцикла в Ханое Selling a motorbike on the streets of Hanoi

Even in Hanoi you can buy a motorcycle. This kind of travel is often used by experienced travelers, of course not limited to trips to the capital, and going on to Vietnam. Bought the bike then you can go to neighbouring countries, Laos or Cambodia, and it's completely legal and proven method, they are fully re-registration and documents. At the end of the journey it can be sold, including in other countries.

A lot of motorcycles are offered for sale on the street Pho Ma May, but you can find in other places. As a rule, devices with a fully manual transmission and manual clutch, and these are best suited for long distance travel. You can find and automatic and semi-automatic (with manual shifting but no clutch), but for longer trips not worth buying. The cost starts from $ 200 for an old simple camera, but more or less good will have to pay about $ 500. Read more - how to travel in Vietnam, bought a motorcycle.

Also can be rented for $1-$2 a day bike to explore the city on it, but then the old town is still you to leave can't because of the wild traffic.

Car rental

2014 in Vietnam on absolutely legal grounds, you can manage the rented vehicles under international driving permit (IDP), the relevant requirements of the Vienna Convention on road traffic (read more about rent a motorcycle and car in Vietnam). Such issue in Russia, and previously was necessary to obtain a temporary local license, and no other in the country was not recognized. Now you can safely manage with a driver's license issued in Russia. Just remember that an IDP is valid only in conjunction with the national rights, so to take to Vietnam have both rights. To obtain the IDP in the traffic police, their cost is 1600 rubles (1120 in the design of public services through the site.Russia in 2018). To pass the exams to get an IDP is not required.

The price for renting a car remains quite high, from $ 50 per day. The country has opened offices international distributors, and now you can book a car in Vietnam here.

City buses

Городской автобус в Ханое City bus

Convenient and affordable form of transport for the budget traveller – a system of buses. They can get anywhere in the city limits, and even beyond, e.g. to Hanoi airport. In our opinion, is the best and very convenient way to move around the city if you want to move economically.

The buses are clean, comfortable and air-conditioned. The value is fixed throughout the match, but varies on different routes – from 7,000 VND (approximately 18.58 RUB) to 9000. Payment is required in the bus conductor issued the ticket.

There are more than 60 routes, which are easiest to read in the official app Tim Buyt, and it also has a great planitulsa routes. Read more about city buses to Hanoi here...

You can also buy buy a paper map for a 5000 Dong, or use the information on the links:

Electric cars

Электромобиль в Ханое Electric car in Hanoi

A lot of 8-seater buses to electric traction from early morning until late evening run within the tourist area of Hanoiand stop near the attractions and commercial streets. To buy a ticket and of course stopping the electric vehicle at the North-Eastern tip of the lake of the Returned sword, 200 000 or 300 000 depending on the electric car, children up to 3 years free of charge. Buses run without a schedule, and begin movement along the route with the final stop filling.

Tourist bus Hop-on-Hop-off

Туристический автобус, Ханой Tourist bus

Runs on Hanoi tourist bus system, Hop-on-Hop-off, referred to herein as the Hanoi City Tour. It is possible to quickly see the most important sights of Hanoi, though it should be noted that the ticket price too high, and in fact combining Hiking, travel and taxi counter, you can get acquainted with the same attractions even cheaper. However, the Hanoi Hop-on-Hop-off there is one advantage – an audio guide in several languages, including Russian. In addition, there is a special route – night in Hanoi.

Buses run 7 days a week, 365 days a year from 9 to 17 hours with 30 minutes interval and also organized evening tours at 19:00 and 20:15. The last two flights are already in the dark (in Hanoi is getting dark at 6 PM) and do not include stops.

Tickets can be purchased online at, travel agencies and point of sale on the street near the Hanoi Opera House. Tickets:

  • 4 hours – 300 000 Dong (see Vietnam currency, about 796.25 RUB)
  • 24 hours - 450 000 (about 1194.37 RUB)
  • 48 hours – 650 000 VND (approximately 1725.2 RUB)
  • Night tour – 250 000 VND (approximately 663.54 RUB)

Read more about tourist bus Hanoi here...

Comments / recent posts on the topic on the forum
admin 27 March, 2016

1. currency actually change at any time, best to do it in jewelry stores on the street, Hang Bac, tested personal experience, see
2. Really, especially if you arrive in the morning. If in doubt, you can order in advance on the website sinhcafe, but I wouldn't worry
3. Interesting question :-). In fact, the original passport is not required everywhere and take, sometimes the cost of a photocopy (although the law should be the original registration). I think this is a question the Agency resolved, so don't worry, just stock up on a photocopy. In General, why pay for two day just so the hotel, it is easier to be discharged, to book a room in two days, and leave things at them. So repeatedly done.
4. No problem. If at the minimum, to get from the airport on 17-m the bus (about 0.3$); on the cheap guestlist for two is$ 15; the tour is$ 50 for two. Plus eat, drink a beer and 15$ for two. A total of 80.3$, it is 1792560.99 at today's exchange rate, and if as wrote above, will not be for two more days the guest to take. Well, the upper limit is infinity ;) . While there, in Vietnam at all desire a lot of money to spend does not work, this is not Russia :lol: ...
Costanzia 28 March, 2016
Oh, and what is there to buy profitable?
And that delicious recommend to eat? ...
Victor 29 March, 2016

Thank you very much for your detailed reply!
I forgot to ask one more question about Hanoi Sunday: do local agencies on Sunday - is it possible to buy a tour to Halong Bay that day. But, judging by Your response - you can. Right? ...
admin March 29, 2016
Why, forgot, question 2. Really, there is always work. ...
Victor 5 April 2016

Yes, sorry for the carelessness.
Thank you again! ...
egorbrel May 8, 2016

3. I advise you to take a picture of the passport that was not just xero-, and the electronic copy, which you can show from your phone\tablet.
If You are leaving from Hanoi, why pay to stay in another hotel?
4. We toured the Bay of Ha long 3 days\2 nights (01-02-03 may 3016). The first night on the ship, the second in a Bungalow on a small island in the Bay, where they themselves arrived on Cat BA and spent the night there too. Cost as much as a week in a very decent hotel in Hoi an.
Here Hoane met guys who from Hanoi came to the Cat BA and got a personal tour for the day. Them with Cat BA in the morning and took the evening brought. Paid three times less than we drove across the Bay so as not to overlap with other groups. In addition there was a personal guide and a kayak. In my opinion (after the fact) the night on the ship is absolutely a waste of time, and besides, you can have a front row seat to a very loud karaoke concert. ...
Natalia From 28 December, 2018
Good day!
25 Jan arrive in Hanoi for the first time crossed the Vietnamese border (Visa for Russians is not needed), 2 days in Hanoi. Thence with 27 to February 4 fly to Singapore. Arrival from Singapore 4.02 about 18 hours to fly to Moscow on 5 February at 10.45 am.
Question: to 4 Feb to stay at a hotel in the city will have to do the Vietnamese visa? I do not want. And if you live near the airport also need a Visa? Does most of the transit Lounge where there are sleeping places? No idea how to survive 16 hours of transplantation. What are some ideas that may prompt experts visited Vietnam. We were there for the first time. Thank you. ...
admin December 28, 2018

If you go beyond the international zone at the airport, the visa will have to do no matter next to the airport, or far away. Generally the Hanoi airport is quite comfortable, and you can even sleep on the benches in the ordinary waiting area, there are no handrails. But 16 hours to be there, it's certainly a gesture. In principle, there is the Internet and there are places to charge, you can surf the Internet or work. Biznesses is, here - ...
Greengirl90 28 November, 2019
Tell me , interested in the factory selling hair for Extensions ! There are in Hanoi..? Maybe someone knows where do they look ? ...
admin November 29, 2019

And what does the travel forum? ...