Getting Around in Hanoi, Vietnam


  • Hanoi Bus

    Scam free, cheap but a bit difficult to comprehend at first, the buses in Hanoi are relatively fast and surprisingly comfortable. Pick up a map with printed bus lines at the Trang Tien street (the book street by the Opera house) and spend a few minutes to identify the over 60 bus lines, find your bus stop, wait for the bus, get on and off you go.

    Bus Fares: 5.000, 6.000, 7.000 VND / passenger / single trip

    If you are unfamiliar with the city, make sure to inform the mostly helpful conductor where you want to get off.

    For more information about bus routes, see


  • Hanoi Taxi System

    Number to call when you need a taxi:

    • Taxi CP: +84 4 3826 2626
    • Mai Linh Taxi: +84 4 3861 6161
    • Ha Noi Taxi: +84 4 3853 5353

    Most taxi drivers speak limited English, so it's a good practice to get your hotel to write the name and address of you destination in Vietnamese to show the taxi driver, and get your hotel's business card in case you get lost.

    Warning: Rigged Taxi Meters Be sure to go with an accredited taxi company, either one mentioned above or a company connected with your hotel. Smaller companies and individual operators sometimes rig the meter and charge up to double the price. If you protest, these shifty characters just point to the meter as evidence. If you think you're being overcharged, don't pay, but ask the driver to wait while you get someone from the front desk of your hotel to verify the rate.

  • Motorbike Taxi - Xe om

    Xe om literally means, 'motorbike hug'. Catching a 'xe om' is an easy, affordable and fun way to see the sights of Hanoi. It's better to indicate your destination as you go along or write it down to show the driver. Some xe om drivers will accept US dollars as payment. Inter-District trips should cost around VND50,000, more or less, depending on how far you are going and your negotiating ability with the driver.

    If 'xe om' driver doesn't have a passenger helmet, find another driver. Be sure that your driver is sober and lucid before hopping on back! In Hanoi's Old Quarter you'll be able to hire a xe om easily. In fact, you'll probably be offered a xe om ride before you even go looking for one. Keep small bills in your wallet as most xe om drivers do not carry large amounts of change. When paying for your ride, keep your wallet close; dishonest drivers are not averse to a snatch-and-zoom.


  • Metro

    A part underground Metro is under construction. The first line is due to become operational in 2016. Construction began in 2010.


Distance unit
Metric (km/h)
Traffic system
Right-hand drive



  • The cyclo is a three-wheel bicycle taxi that appeared in Vietnam during the French colonial period after a failed attempt to introduce rickshaws
  • Negotiate a price beforehand and carry exact change to avoid any uncomfortable dealings when the ride is over. Expect to pay in the range of VND40,000 to VND100,000 per hour
  • Cyclo drivers congregate near Hoan Kiem in central Hanoi so you should have nary a problem spotting one. In fact, they'll probably track you down before you know it.

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