Scam free, cheap but a bit difficult to comprehend at first, buses in Hanoi are relatively fast and comfortable. Pick up a map with printed bus lines at the Trang Tien street (the book street by the Opera house) or download a map via the link below and spend a few minutes to identify the over 60 bus lines, find your bus stop, wait for the bus, pay VND5,000 or 7,000 and off you go!
You should note the following points:
- Selecting travel time to avoid overcrowding and long wait. The appropriate time is from 5-6am, 8-11am and 1-5pm.
- Do not carry a lot of valuable belongings with you. In case you do, put them inside your bag and hold in the front. If the bus is too crowded, choose taxi or other means of transport for safety.
- Make sure to inform the conductor where you want to get off. As most conductors cannot speak English, you should write down the exact address or name of street you want to get off or ask some young people on the bus to help.
- If you get on the wrong bus, show the bus conductor the address you want to go on the map and ask him to show you where to get off and catch the right bus. You may ask a youngster to help you to translate as well. Most young Vietnamese can speak English quite well.
Buses from the airport
Public buses to the city centre from Noi Bai airport take about 1.5 hours.
BUS FROM THE AIRPORT
- Bus #07 crosses the Thang Long bridge and goes to Cau Giay bus stop on the western part of Hanoi
- Bus #17 crosses the Chuong Duong bridge and goes close to the Old quarter, to Long Bien (just a few blocks from Hoan Kiem Lake – the destination of most tourists).
- To catch buses 7 or 17, exit on the arrivals level and keep walking right past the taxis and minibuses, past the coaches and to the buses which are at the end of the car park. However, baggage is not permitted aboard the buses, so you may need to pay for the baggage as well.
We hope the above information is useful for your trip in Hanoi and wish you a fabulous time!
Written by Nhột