Getting around in Vietnam

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Updated 2022-02-24 19:21

During your stay in Vietnam, you will certainly have to move around to go to work and to explore during your free time. There are various means of transportation in the country for all types of travel. Different types of transport exist for short and long distance trips.

Plane

Vietnam has several international terminals and a number of domestic airports through which thousands of travelers transit every day. Air ticket prices are reasonable, especially via local budget airlines, for both domestic and international trips. Businessmen mostly use domestic flights to travel from one province to another.

Useful links:

Vietnam Airlines
Fly Vietnam
VietjetAir
Jet Star

Train

Traveling by train can be more time-consuming but is a low-cost and enjoyable option for the adventurous traveler. The railway system is safe, efficient, and connected to many destinations. Vietnamese trains offer various levels of comfort, and ticket prices are based both on this, distance to travel, and how far in advance you book.

Tip

Pack your own food for the train, as well as earplugs and something to do to pass the time.

Useful link:

Vietnam - Vietnam Railway

Bus

The different Vietnamese provinces are served by various bus companies. Traveling by bus is one of the cheapest means of transport in the country due to their relatively low speed. Despite this, a number of buses are aimed specifically at the foreign traveler and these vehicles are usually modern and comfortable. One of the most well-known Vietnamese bus companies is Phuong Hoang Buses.

Long-distance buses typically include reclining seats, a bottle of water, and blanket for each traveler, and some disco lights if you are lucky!

Taxi and motor taxi

You will find many taxi companies in Vietnam that utilise both vehicles and motorbikes! Motorcycle taxis (xe om) are a great choice if you want to move around more rapidly in the cities. It is cheaper than a regular taxi, especially when you are in a hurry.

In general, the taxi driver starts the meter as soon as you are on board. You will need to pay the amount shown on the meter at the end of the journey. The price of the trip usually cannot be negotiated in advance.

Tip

You are advised to look out for tampered meters and only stick with reputable companies, such as Mai Linh Taxi or ABC Taxi. Global brands such as Grab and Uber are in operation in the major Vietnamese cities.

A more traditional and ecological means of transport, especially if you are in Vietnam as a tourist, is to travel by rickshaw. You will mainly find these in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Hoi An, and Hue.

Rent a car

As with most other countries, renting a car will normally involve disclosing proof of your identity and a valid international driving license. However, renting a car with a local driver is a useful alternative.

Useful links:

Rental Car Group
Vietnam Car
Vietnam airport transfer
Saigon Car Rent

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