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Getting from Hanoi Airport to the City Centre

Hanoi, one of the most ancient capital cities in the world is located on the banks of the Red River in Vietnam. It is a very popular destination amongst travellers for its healthy street food, breathtaking scenery, unique museums, well-preserved colonial buildings and ancient pagodas.

So when landing to Noi Bai International Airport (HAN), you have 2 transportation options to get to downtown Hanoi; you can take a taxi or private transfer or take one of the public buses that service the airport. Taking a Hanoi airport taxi or private transfer is a great way to get around as they are inexpensive and offer 24/7 door-to-door services. Alternatively, you can take one of the several bus lines that run from the airport to the city.

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Comparison of the options

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Taxi €10 40min 24/7
Bus €0.70 60min 05:00–22:30

How to get from Hanoi airport to the city centre by taxi

Taking a taxi is the fastest and most reliable way to reach downtown Hanoi from Noi Bai International Airport. Several taxi companies operate to-and-from HAN airport with a travel time of under 40 minutes, depending on traffic conditions.

Taxi fare from Hanoi airport to the city centre

Hanoi cabs calculate their fares using a taximeter, based on time and distance travelled to your Hanoi hotel. A one-way taxi ride to the centre of Hanoi costs around €10 (245,559 VND).
Bear in mind that some taxi drivers take advantage of foreigners by taking a longer route or by using a fast-running meter; for these reasons, make sure you get into a trusted taxi company.


€10 (245,559 VND)

Trip Duration

40 min

*Rates do not vary depending on the time of day

Value for Money

Taxis are available 24/7 at Hanoi International Airport

Where do I get it from?

The official taxi ranks at Noi Bai airport are located on the first floor outside terminals 1 and 2 Arrivals hall.


Taking a Hanoi airport taxi is definitely the fastest way to reach the city centre. Not only do they provide reliable 24/7 door-to-door services from HAN airport to your hotel, but they are also inexpensive and you can be sure that your luggage and travel partners are safe and taken care of.

Nevertheless, if you prefer to travel at a fixed rate fare with an English-speaking driver, then it is recommended to pre-book your private transfer online.

Editor’s Note

Unfortunately, some taxi drivers are dubious and may try and charge you extra by taking a longer route, or use faster running meters. It is essential to use a trusted taxi company and follow your route on a GPS.

Useful Tips

You can ask to confirm the price estimate with your driver before committing to the journey.
Please note that taxis in Hanoi do not have different fares for day or night trips.
Taxi drivers in Vietnam do not expect tips. However, as prices are low, many travellers round off the total amount and tell the driver to keep the change if they are friendly.

How to get from Hanoi airport to the city centre by bus

Several public buses run between Noi Bai International Airport and Hanoi city centre. Firstly, the No. 86 bus, an express bus line that departs from both airport terminals and ends at Hanoi Train Station taking 1 hour to reach. Alternatively, buses No. 7, 17, and 90 take 1 hour 30 minutes to get to downtown. The bus terminal No. 7 is at Kim Ma Bus Station, the bus terminal for bus No. 17 is at Long Bien Station, and the terminal for bus No. 90 is at Kim Ma and Nhat Tan Bridge.

How much is a bus ticket from Hanoi airport to downtown?

A one-way ticket on Express bus No. 86 costs €1.37 (35,000 VND), the other three bus fares cost €0.35 (9,000 VND). You can purchase your tickets directly on the bus in cash.



Trip Duration

1-1.5 hours

There’s a waiting time of 15-30 minutes.

Value for Money

The 86 bus is available from 06:18 to 22:58. Buses No. 7, 17, and 90 run between 05:00 and 22:30.

Where do I get it from?

Bus stops for No. 7 and 17 are only outside terminal 1, and Express bus No. 86 and bus No. 90 are located outside both Hanoi airport terminals.


Taking either one of the airport’s public buses is the most cost-savvy travel option to downtown Hanoi. However, seats are limited on the buses, and they can often get very crowded. Moreover, buses No. 7, 17, and 90 require that you stand during the journey, which can be difficult with your luggage. Going further, if you arrive at the airport during the night, you will have to take a taxi to Hanoi city centre.

Editor’s Note

Airport shuttle buses are also available from the airport to the city centre. Certain airlines run shuttle buses only for their passengers, while other airport shuttles are open to all travellers.

Useful Tips

It is essential to see where your final destination is before taking the bus to choose which bus is best suited to you. You can also ask your driver, and they will steer you in the right direction.
Be sure to keep your valuables close to you, especially if the bus is crowded.
In Vietnam, you should board the bus at the front and exit at the back.

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If you feel more relaxed knowing that somebody is waiting for you, you may as well book a Welcome Pickups transfer. As soon as you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by your driver. He will be waiting for you at the terminal of your arrival with a sign that has your name on it. Your driver will help you out with your luggage and together you will make your way to the vehicle. While he is driving you to your accommodation, the driver can give you some tips and recommendations on what to do during your holidays in Hanoi. Our drivers are hand-picked and speak fluent English. No need to worry about miscommunication issues that you may face with the local taxi drivers regarding your destination. Relax and enjoy your ride.

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Frequently asked questions

How far is Hanoi airport from the city?

Hanoi city centre is located 28 km away from Noi Bai International Airport. It takes around 40 minutes to reach by car or by taxi.

How much is a taxi from Hanoi airport to city centre?

The average price for a Hanoi airport taxi to downtown Hanoi costs around €10 (245,559 VND). There is no price difference whether you travel by day or by night.

How to get from Nai Bai airport to city center?

There are 2 transportation options when travelling from HAN airport to downtown Hanoi; you can take a taxi or private transfer or take one of the airport’s public bus lines

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