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Ho Chi Minh City (formerly known as Saigon) is the business and financial hub of Vietnam, with a prominent history going back hundreds of years. The city has recovered in the 30 years since then, with the current population is about over 7 million. While Hanoi is the center of government, Ho Chi Minh City is the nation’s economic heart. Ho Chi Minh City is about 1160 km (on air) and 1630 km (on land) away from Hanoi. With the development of transportation, traveling from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City has never been easier, especially, they are two of the biggest cities in Vietnam.

hanoi to ho chi minhSource: tourdulich.com

However, it is sometimes a difficult thing to choose one suitable vehicle to go. This article gives you all the available transport options to travel from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City. From all of that information, we hope that you could concern about the pros & cons of each type and make your own best decisions.

I. GETTING FROM HANOI TO HO CHI MINH CITY BY AIRPLANE – THE FASTEST WAY 

1. How to catch Taxi to Noi Bai International Airport

hanoi to ho chi minhSource: wikipedia.org

It is easy to get a taxi to travel from Hanoi’s center to Noi Bai International Airport. You can call to any taxi brands for you to book one. In the easiest way, you may catch any taxi drivers that you see on the street. They will very happy to accept bringing you to the Airport. Normally, the price will be about VND 200,000-250,000 depending on the taxi and types of vehicle. However, you can deal with the driver to have a better price. Most taxi drivers can speak English and they are also very friendly so you can communicate with them easily. The standard of most of the cab is good because they are usually taken care of by their owners.

2.  The contact information of some taxi brands in Hanoi

Taxi Provider Phone Number Type of vehicle Price Approximate Price
Mai Linh taxi (+84) 243 833 3333 5 seats Open door: VND 10,000
The First 30 km: VND 13,600
From km 31th: VND 11,000
VND 210,000
8 seats Open door: VND 11,000
The First 30 km: VND 14,600
From km 31th: VND 12,000
VND 300,000
Group taxi (+84) 243 853 5353 4 seats Open door: VND 10,000
The First 30 km: VND 13,900
From km 31th: VND 11,000
VND 200,000
Ba Sao taxi (+84) 243 636 3636 4 seats Open door: VND 7,000
The First 30 km: VND 11,000
From km 31th: VND 9,000
VND 175,000
VinaSun taxi (+84) 243 827 2727 4 seats Open door: VND 10,000
The First 30 km: VND 13,600
From km 31th: VND 11,000
VND 195,000
Van Xuan taxi (+84) 243 822 2888 4 seats Open door: VND 8,000
The First 30 km: VND 10,000
From km 31th: VND 8,000
VND 170,000
Morning taxi (+84) 243 652 5252 4 seats Open door: VND 8,000
The First 30 km: VND 11,000
From km 31th: VND 9,000
VND 175,000
ABC taxi (+84) 243 719 1919 4 seats Open door: VND 8,00
The First 30 km: VND 11,000
From km 31th: VND 9,000
VND 175,000
My Dinh taxi (+84) 243 833 388 4 seats Open door: VND 8,000
The First 30 km: VND 10,000
From km 31th: VND 9,000
VND 160,000
Thang Long taxi (+84) 243 628 2828 4 seats Open door: VND 9,000
The First 30 km: VND 11,000
From km 31th: VND 9,000
VND 175,000
Grab Car 4 seats VND 10,000/km VND 180,000

3. How to book a flight ticket

Hanoi to Ho Chi MinhSource: skift.com

There are a lot of flights every day from Hanoi to Tan Son Nhat International Airport. You can choose anytime you want to go because the numbers of Hanoi-Ho Chi Minh flights in one day is so many. The airlines that service Hanoi to Tan Son Nhat International Airport is:

Airline Brand Website Phone Number Fanpage Address/email
Vietnam Airline vietnamairline.com (+84) 190 011 00 VietnamAirlines No.200 Nguyen Son, Bo Đe Ward, Long Bien District, Hanoi.
Jetstar Pacific jetstar.com (+84) 190 015 50 JetstarVN ykienkhachhang@jetstarpacific.com.vn
Vietjet Air vietjetair (+84) 190 018 86 Vietjetvietnam No.302/3 Kim Ma Str, Ngoc Khanh Ward, Ba Đinh District, Hanoi

More additional information:

Airline Brand Price (one way/ person) Luggage instant Luggage price (buying before reservations time) Pros and Cons
Vietnam Airline VND 4,000,000 – 6,500,000
+Academy seat: VND 15,000,000
+20 kg check-in baggage
+7 kg carry-on
VND 80,000/kg -Many flight/day
-Less Delayed  flights than others
-Good service, good quality
-Comfortable
-High price
Jetstar Pacific VND 1,700,000- 1,800,000 +7 kg carry-on +15 kg: VND 270,000
+20 kg: VND 330,000
+25 kg: VND 440,000
+30 kg: VND 550,000
+35 kg: VND 660,000
+40 kg: VND 770,000
-Cheap price
-A lot of ticket price big sales
-Pretty stewards and stewardesses
-Good quality, various meals during flight
-Usually delayed
-Smaller airplanes, low- quality seats
Vietjet Air VND 1,500,000- 1,700,000 +7 kg carry-on +15 kg: VND 143,000
+20 kg: VND 165,000
+25 kg: VND 220,000
+30 kg: VND 330,000
-Cheap price
-A lot of ticket price big sales
-Pretty stewards and stewardesses
-Good quality, various meals during flight
-Usually delayed
-Small airplanes, low- quality seats

4. How to go to Ho Chi Minh City center from Tan Son Nhat International Airport

Hanoi to Ho Chi MinhSource: vietnam-guide.com

One advantage of traveling to Ho Chi Minh City by airplane is that Tan Son Nhat International Airport is just 8 km far away from the center. You can easily to catch a taxi or book a 4 seats car to move to your hotel with the price of VND 80,000 – 100,000. There are also some bus routes to bring customer from the airport to the center with only VND 30,000.

Currently, in Ho Chi Minh City, there are about more than 12,000 cabs and it is the biggest number of cabs in all over Vietnam’s cities.

Taxi providers Phone Number Types of vehicle Approximate price from the airport to the center Waiting Price
MaiLinh Taxi (+84) 283 838 3838 4 seats VND 110,000 VND 45,000/hour
5 seats VND 120,000
7 seats VND 170,000
Vina Taxi (+84) 283 811 1111 5 seats VND 122,000 VND 45,000/hour
7 seats VND 160,000
VinaSun Taxi (+84) 243 827 2727 5 seats VND 115,000 VND 45,000/hour
7 seats VND 160,000
Sai Gon Airport Taxi (+84) 283 811 8118 5 seats VND 135,000 VND 45,000/hour
7 seats VND 180,000
Hoang Long Taxi (+84) 283 868 6868 5 seats VND 115,000 VND 30,000/hour
7 seats VND 155,000
Gas SaiGon Petrolimex Taxi (+84) 283 512 1212 5 seats VND 118,000 VND 60,000/hour
7 seats VND 150,000

5. What are the pros and cons of getting from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City by airplane

Hanoi to Ho Chi MInhSource: waytogo.cebupacificair.com

Nowadays, Airplane is one of the most convenient and comfortable ways to move from place to place, especially the far distance like Hanoi-Ho Chi Minh. Another reason makes airline becomes everyone’s favorite transportation is its speed. An airplane can shorten your trip and allow you to have the best physical fitness. It takes about 2 hours to travel from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City by airplane and 60 minutes to transfer.

On the other hand, there are many cases that flights will be delayed for a period of time, or worse, they are delayed without warning. There are a lot of Hanoi-Ho Chi Minh flights in one day. Thus, the rate that you have a delayed flight is also higher than others. Your schedule will be affected slightly so please arrange everything carefully and prepare mentality for this situation. However, the advantages of using airline still outweigh the disadvantages.

II. GETTING FROM HANOI TO HO CHI MINH CITY BY TRAIN – AN INTERESTING EXPERIENCE

1. How to book a train ticket from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City

hanoi to ho chi minhSource: vietnamgreattours.com

It is very easy to book a train ticket at this moment. You can purchase the train ticket at 12go.asia, duongsatvietnam.com or dailyvetauhoa.com.
On the other hand, you can go to Hanoi Station in no.120 Le Duan Street, Dong Da District to buy one. Procedure to buy tickets is extremely simple, you just need to present your ID or passport to sales staff. Directly payment by cash or through credit card are both acceptable, there will be a lot of the signs for you to buy tickets quickly. Debit/Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, JCB only or you can pay through PayPal in 12go.asia.

There are about 5-6 trains every day of Vietnam Railways from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City (or called Reunification Express train). There is also a luxury tourist train called Violette Train with the double price.
Some information about the ticket price:

Kind of ticket Price (include taxes and fees) Condition
1st Class Sleeper VND 1,577,000 – Air conditioner
– Main meal
– W/c
2nd Class Sleeper AC VND 1,577,000
2nd Class AC seats only VND 1,004,000
VIP Sleeper 4x VND 3,390,000

2. What are the advantages of getting from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh by train

First of all, it is very easy for you to go to the Hanoi Station if your accommodation in the center of Hanoi. Second, the Hanoi-Ho Chi Minh railway belongs to North-South Railway (or Unity Railway)-the longest railway in Vietnam. Traveling from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh by train will take you about 35 hours. A train travels along the length of the country and the scenes you are going to see from the window of your cabin and the people you are going to meet en route will definitely enrich your impressions about Vietnam. You are going to see impressive scenery while traveling, and the way between Hue and Da Nang is especially picturesque with mountainous vistas and marine unfolding in front of your eyes as the train runs along the sea coast.

On the other hand, traveling by train is very safe, the rate of serious accidents caused by train is the lowest among all of transportation. Moreover, the number of casualties in those accidents is always a little so you can be assured.

Saigon railway station is in District 3, Ho Chi Minh City, about 1 km from the city center. Thus, you can easily to catch a taxi or a bus to go to your destination in the city after the train stops.

3. What are disadvantages of traveling from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City by train

hanoi to ho chi minhSource: gahanoi.com.vn

Traveling by trains in Vietnam is an interesting experience, but not so fast. Transfering from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City is taking 35 hours. It is too long if you want to compare with 2 hours of using airlane. In addition, the ticket price is also high. It is almost as expensive as the normal airplane ticket, however, train ticket has never had some big sale-off like the airplane. Another disadvantage of railway transport is its inflexibility. Its routes and timings cannot be tailored to a single individual. Last but not the least, toilets, bathrooms and other public areas on trains can often be dirty or non-functional. Moreover, on holiday vacation, the traveling need of people is very high, so the volume of booking train ticket is huge. You should make your decision as soon as possible and book one ticket for your own.

III. GETTING FROM HANOI TO HO CHI MINH BY SLEEPER BUS – AN COMFORTABLE WAY

1. How to catch a sleeper bus from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh

hanoi to ho chi minhSource: sleeperbusvietnam.com

The distance from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City is about 1,600 km. There are more than 10 high-quality bus lines run on Hanoi-Ho Chi Minh route which belong to many bus providers like Hoang Long, Mai Linh, Tam Hong, Tuan Duyen, etc. Hanoi-Ho Chi Minh sleeper buses start from Nuoc Ngam Station or Yen Nghia Station. The earliest bus starts at 02:40 AM, the latest departure is at 23:00 PM. The journey time by sleeper bus takes about 39 hours. Bus fare to Hanoi-Ho Chi Minh journey is the average of VND 700,000 per ticket. The cheapest fare is VND 600,000/ticket, the highest fare is VND 800,000/ticket. To purchase the online ticket, please click here.

Some information about Hanoi-Ho Chi Minh route

  •  Distance: About 1600 km
  • Travel time: 37 hours
  • Average ticket price: VND 700,000 – Number of buses/day: 12 buses
  • Number of bus providers: 12 providers

2. What are the advantages of sleeper bus

The sleeping bus is also known as the tourist bus. It is usually a small high-quality bus including which have from 40 to 45 seats. There three break which is about 1 hour per break for the passengers to have a meal in the restaurant that is familiar with bus providers. Furthermore, it also includes some advanced services such as wifi, water, air conditional, DVD, blankets, and pillows on the bus.

3. Some Information about sleeper buses from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh:

Sleeper Bus Provider Booking address Price Departure time Starting Address Ending Address
Hoang Long HoangLong VND 620,000 + Addition fare: VND 130,000 (meal) 07:00 AM
13:00 PM
19:30 PM
21:30 PM
Nuoc Ngam Station, Hoang Mai District, Ha Noi Mien Dong Station, No.292 Dinh Bo Linh, 26 Ward, Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City.
Tam Hong Tam Hong VND 750,000 + Addition fare: VND 100,000 (meal) 17:00 PM

 

Nuoc Ngam Station, Hoang Mai District, Ha Noi Mien Dong Station, No.292 Dinh Bo Linh, 26 Ward, Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City
Mai Linh Mai Linh VND 775,000 11:00 AM
17:00 PM
Nuoc Ngam Station, Hoang Mai District, Ha Noi Mien Dong Station, No.292 Dinh Bo Linh, 26 Ward, Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City
Tuan Duyen Tuan Duyen VND 800,000 7:00 AM Yen Nghia Station, Ha Dong District, Ha Noi Mien Dong Station, No.292 Dinh Bo Linh, 26 Ward, Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City

4. What are the disadvantages of sleeper bus

Traveling from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh by sleeping bus has some problem. First of all, it takes you one and a half day to move and it is not a good choice for whom want to have a short trip. When you feel hungry or thirsty, it extremely hard to find some food or drink on this bus so remember to prepare some fruits or snacks for your travel. Second, the area in the bus is very narrow, you must stay in your bed almost all the traveling time. It is not so comfortable and you really need a good health to deal with it. Last but not the least, you can not take a leak easily. There is one toilet in the sleeping bus, however, it serves 45 people at the same time so you will feel very terrible if you have some problem with your stomach.

IV. GETTING FROM HANOI TO HO CHI MINH CITY BY MOTORBIKE – AN ADVENTUROUS WAY

hanoi to ho chi minhSource: otoxemay.vn

1. What are the advantages of traveling motorbike from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh

hanoi to ho chi minhSoure: mytour.vn

Motorbikes are very common in Vietnam, you can see them in anywhere, anytime in here. So that, the road is also built for serving the travel demand that suitable for motorbikes. Traveling by motorbike is very easy and comfortable. There is no need to wait for a bus or other traveling source in an emergency. Motorbikes have powerful engines that allow them to reach very high speed on motorways. They are also smaller than cars, so they don’t need to spend a lot of time in traffic jams.

But, most importantly, riding a bike is very exciting. Having a tour with a motorbike is much more flexible than doing tours by cars, buses, airplanes or trains…. You can go fast or slow as long as you want, you can stop anywhere, take some pictures, do memorable things with friends. You need to know that doing motorcycle tours in Vietnam offers something totally different from a regular bus and car tours can offer. Traveling by motorbike is not just a journey – it’s an adventure. The fact that not many people own this machine gives bikers a feeling of uniqueness and affinity with a subculture

2. What are the disadvantages of traveling motorbike from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh

The main disadvantage of driving a motorcycle is that you are not safe. That is the reason why many drivers do not notice motorcycles.  A biker is not protected by seatbelts nor airbags like the car owners are. An accident, especially if it happens at great speed, results in throwing the biker in the air with great force. Accidents involving bike riders are often fatal. In other words, bikers need to be very careful when driving.

Another disadvantage is the fact that a motorbike will not shelter the traveler from rain or sun, nor will it keep him or her cool or warm. It is easy to catch a cold if you are traveling in this way. One of the disadvantages of driving a motorcycle is that you have limited luggage space. Although you can place some baggage on your bike, a car is certainly a better option if you want to take a lot of thing with you. With bikes, you can only take the most important things. Certainly traveling on a motorbike is exciting and fun. Still, bikers need to face many difficulties that this mean of transport present.

3. How to rent the motorbike in Hanoi

It’s not difficult for you to rent a motorbike. There are a lot of motorbikes renting store in all over Hanoi. Many of them are available in the Old Quarter and West Lake area. The owners are very enthusiastic and affable. Most of them do not know English, however, they can fully understand what you want. They will also give you some suggestions of which one is suitable for your driving experience and aim or just due to your body size.

There are many kinds of the motorbike. After having chosen the one will accompany you, the owner will ask you for the photocopy of your passport, the deposit, and the renting fee. Some owners may require you for the original passport. However, it’s recommended to try to make a deal with them. Some motorbike rental shops:

Name Phone Number Price Address Website
Vietmotorbikes (+84) 166 647 8888 VND 100,000-1,000,000/day No 55, Trinh Cong Son Str, Tay Ho Dist, Hanoi VietMotorbikes
James Hanoi Motorbike (+84) 915 010 817 VND 100,000-600,000/day No 289 Ngoc Thuy Str, Long Bien Dist, Hanoi JamesHanoiMotorbike
Phung Motorbike (+84) 965 936 677 VND 300,000-700,000/day No 13 Ngo Huyen Str, Hoan Kiem Dist, Hanoi Phung Motorbike
Hanoi motorbike rental and sales (+84) 983 182 368 VND 40,000-1,000,000/day No 14, Hang Chinh Str, Hoan Kiem Dist, Hanoi Hanoi Motorbike

4. Some tips you need to notice when driving a motorbike from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh

If you want to travel from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City, there are a lot of things to know. One of the most important things, if you want to stay alive, is that you slow down on big busy roundabouts and intersections. The best advice for driving in Vietnam is following what people around you are doing. Do not try to be the first person through an intersection, and do not be the only motorbike on a highway with transport trucks. Just do not make you be the only person doing anything.

Remember to watch the traffic lights and look around if the light turns green because sometimes the people still try to pass over the red light in the corner. The average speed limit is around 25-60 km/h, try to maintain it on the road. There will often be animals, hold points to avoid, oil spills from trucks, dirt roads and debris on the road, so you need to be in control at all times. The most important thing is wearing a helmet. For a long journey like from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh, a good quality helmet is vital.

You’ll see a lot of places where you can get fuel and repair your motorbike. But what when there is no mechanic around? Look for people and check if they can help you. Vietnamese are friendly people and want to make you happy. A lot of them are driving a motorbike and know how to fix the problem.

5. What do you need to drive a motorbike from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh?

hanoi to ho chi minhSource: shopdophuot.vn

– Helmet (obviously)
– Money (must be VND)
– Map (or using google map but the battery of your phone is limited so you need to have a very detailed map)
– Drive license (in case you meet the police)
– Jacket (it can be cold)
– Raincoat (sometimes its raining)
– Lock (to prevent robber)
– Sunglasses (also for the dust and little stones)
– Suncream (for when the sun is shining)
– Bungee cords (for securing your backpack to your bike)
– Multitool and ducktape (for quick fixes)
– Plastic or raincoat for your backpack (so everything stays dry and clean)
– Some snack, fast-food and water for a break in the journey

V. HOW TO CHOOSE THE SUITABLE TRANSPORTATION OPTION 

All of these transportations are having their own pros and cons. Nevertheless, choosing the most suitable choice for each person is actually very difficult. Electing the best means not only to take you from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City but also affect a lot to the overall quality of your journal. How to choose a proper one while every transport has its own strengthens and weakness may be difficult than you thought. There are some questions that you need to notice to find the solution. Remember our suggestion cause it will be helpful for you.

1. In which season do you have your trip from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh

hanoi to ho chi minhSource: thegioididong.com

Ho Chi Minh City has been divided into two different seasons: the rainy season from May to November, the dry season from December to April. If you come here in the rainy season, you should bring an umbrella or raincoat when you are out because Ho Chi Minh City is famous for a lots sudden rain. Rain, stop raining and keep raining are the refrain of Ho Chi Minh City on this season. Besides that, Ho Chi Minh City is also flooded with yellow sunshine in the dry season. Due to estimates, there are up to 270 hours of sunshine per month, the average temperature is 27°C, the highest up to 40°C but not too harsh as other places. You can travel to Ho Chi Minh City any time over the year to try the different experiment of each season in here.

2. What is your budget

All journey must require the amount of money and it can’t be denied that money is the main and decisive factor. Nevertheless, the greater or less amount depends on how and what your spending is. In addition, you should take care a lot of your budget to balance the expenses for the whole journey. If you do not have a big budget, the suitable transports for you are the sleeping bus or motorbike. Airplane and train request more money but the service is also better.

3. How much luggage do you bring along

It is also the necessary thing that you need to notice. A small bag will let you fit in any vehicles. If you decide to travel by airplane, you can bring as much as you want, however, the additional price for your baggage is not cheap. Traveling by train or sleeping bus will suitable for 2 or 3 big bags. About driving motorbike, one small bag with 3-4 clothes and personal equipment are enough.

VI. A BRIEF SUMMARY OF ALL VEHICLES TO TRAVEL FROM HANOI TO HO CHI MINH

Duration Price Departure time Convenience & comfort Pros Cons
Airplane 2 hour + 1hour transfer VND1,500,00- 6,000,000 (include taxi fee) Due to the ticket 9/10 +Fast
+Conveniene
+More space for luggage
+High Price
+Delay time
Sleeper bus 37 hours ( 3 times break for meals) VND

600,000-800,00

From 7:00PM – 21:30PM 6.5/10 +Various
+Easy to book
+Advanced services: wifi, water
+Long time travel
+Not convenience
Train 35-37 hours VND 1,000,000 – 3,500,000 (include taxi fee) Due to the ticket 7.5/10 +Easy to book
+Nice view
+Can buy cheap food and drink on the train
+ Time-consuming
+ Not always available
Motorbike 35-37 hours The price due to the number day of your journey base on you 5/10 +Flexible and active
+ Adventurous
+ Time – consuming
+ Inconvenient
+ Risky and dangerous
+ Not allowed to drive without Vietnamese driving license

The above are 4 ways to travel from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh city, which will give you unforgettable experiences when going to Ho Chi Minh. It is a wonderful city waiting for your exploration. Hope you will have a memorable trip to Ho Chi Minh, the biggest city in Vietnam. No matter what you choose, enjoy your time, enjoy your life and remember that “The traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see.”

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