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Getting from Hanoi Airport to City

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How to get from Hanoi Airport to City

To reach Hanoi, Vietnam, from the Noi Bai International Airport (HAN), you can take a taxi, or pick one of the several public buses that service the airport. Metered taxis are available outside the Arrivals hall of Terminal 1 and of Terminal 2, and taxi fare is estimated to cost around €12-€14 (300,000-350,000 VND). A convenient and safe alternative is to pre-book a transfer with one of Welcome Pickups’ professional, English speaking drivers. Several public bus lines run from the Hanoi airport to the city, including an express bus. Bus 86 is a comfortable express line from the airport to city; fare costs €1.37 (35,000 VND) and the trip takes around an hour. The bus lines 7, 17, and 90 also go from the airport to the city, with the trip taking around 1 to 1.5 hours; fare costs €0.35 (9,000 VND).

Comparison of the options

Bus €0.70 60min 05:00–22:30
Taxi €12 30min 24/7

How to get from Hanoi airport to city by bus

There are several public buses that stop at Noi Bai International Airport and can take you to the city, namely the express 86 bus and the 7, 17, and 90 buses. The 86 bus is an express line that picks up at both airport terminals and goes to the Hanoi Train Station. Passengers of the 86 bus can enjoy free Wi-Fi and air-conditioning during their trip. The fare for the 86 bus costs €1.37 (35,000 VND), the bus picks up at the airport every 25-30 minutes, and the journey takes around an hour. The 7, 17, and 90 bus fare costs €0.35 (9,000 VND), the buses stop every 15-30 minutes, and the trip takes around 1 to 1.5 hours, depending on traffic. The 7 and 17 buses only pick up from Terminal 1; the 90 bus stops at both terminals. The 7 bus line ends at the Kim Ma bus station, the 17 bus line ends at the Long Bien station, and the 90 bus line goes to Kim Ma and Nhat Tan Bridge.

How much is the bus from Hanoi airport to city?

The express 86 bus costs €1.37 (35,000 VND). The 7, 17, and 90 buses cost €0.35 (9,000 VND). The bus fare is collected on the bus.



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 am to 22:58 pm. The 7, 17, and 90 buses run between 05:00 am and 22:30 pm.

Where do I get it from?

Buses 7 and 17 only stop at Terminal 1; the express 86 and 90 buses stop at both terminals. The bus stops are located outside of the terminal exits.


Taking the public bus is the cheapest way to reach the city from Hanoi airport. Seats are limited on the buses, and often it can be crowded, requiring that you stand during the journey and making it difficult if you have luggage.

Editor’s Note

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

Useful Tips

Look up your destination and the bus stops before making your journey to find the best possible route to your destination. You can also show the address of the destination to the driver, and he will direct you to the best stop.
Especially if the bus is crowded, be sure to keep your valuables guarded.
Based on bus etiquette, board the bus at the front, and exit the bus in the back.

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How to get from Hanoi airport to city by taxi

Taking a taxi is the fastest way to reach Hanoi from the Noi Bai International Airport. All taxis are metered, with fare determined by the time and distance to your destination. Fare from the Hanoi airport to the city is estimated to cost €12-€14 (300,000-350,000 VND), and the journey takes 30 minutes to an hour depending on traffic. Several different taxi companies operate from the airport; be sure to take a trusted taxi service to avoid potential scams. Taxis are located just outside the Arrivals halls of Terminal 1 and Terminal 2.

Taxi fare from Hanoi airport to city

All taxis are metered, so cost is determined by the distance and the time it takes to reach your destination. To reach the city from the Hanoi airport, fare is estimated to cost €12-€14 (300,000-350,000 VND). Unfortunately, some taxi drivers try to take advantage of foreigners by taking a longer route to the destination or by having a fast running meter – be sure to only hire a taxi from a trusted company.


A taxi is the fastest way of reaching the city from the Hanoi airport and can bring you and your luggage directly to your accommodation, making it the most convenient means of transportation.

Editor’s Note

Unfortunately, some taxi drivers are dubious and may try to charge you extra by taking a less direct route or by having a meter that runs fast. Be sure to take a taxi from a trusted company, and you may want to double check the driver’s route with your GPS.

Useful Tips

You can also ask to confirm the price estimate with your driver before committing to the journey.

Frequently asked questions

Does Uber operate in Hanoi?

Uber does not operate in Hanoi, however, the ride-share service Grab does. You can download the Grab app to request a lift from the airport to your destination.

How far is the Hanoi airport from the city?

Hanoi is 28 km away from the airport. By car, the journey takes 30 minutes to an hour; by bus it takes 1-1.5 hours to reach the city.

What is the safest way to reach Hanoi from the airport?

Taking a taxi from a trusted company or scheduling a transfer with Welcome Pickups is the safest way to reach the city. The express 86 bus is also a safe way to travel.

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