From my local point of views: Hanoi Airport is modern, clean safety in Vietnam. In order to avoid potential scams, free hassle and confusing navigation how to get Old Quarter to meet any budget and comfortable ride to your hotel address. I sorted out some means of transportation from/to Hanoi airport to Old Quarter with reliable transfers which best option is good for you.
Hanoi Airport to Old Quarter distance
Old Quarter of Hanoi is the main tourist district area on the lake side of Hoan Kiem Lake, French town, this area is one of the busiest in Hanoi, and is a commercial hub backed with all sorts of bars, cafes, hotels and tourists. It is the number 1 place to stay if your are a tourist in Hanoi. Meaning that you have hotel reservation in Old Quarter before planing a trip to Vietnam.
The distance from Hanoi Airport to the Old Quarter is 26km on Google Maps, and takes some 36 minutes till one hour to drive up traffic jam or rush hour. There are no toll roads and the roads are great. Here are a few options to for Hanoi Airport transfers to Old Quarter that may help you to find your own way
I listed all kinds of transports from Hanoi airport to Old Quarter from low cost to comfortable drive.
You will see color of local bus station, some 10 minutes walking from airport to bus stop nearby with airport local bus direction sign board
the Number 86 bus from Hanoi Airport to Old Quarter costs 30,000 Vietnamese Dong, or about $1.30 per person. The ride takes about 1 hour, and is more comfortable than the public bus number 17
This bus stops at several locations in the Old Quarter. Instructions to catch the Hanoi Airport Bus to Old Quarter:
Public bus is cheapest option but more crowded and day time working only, if your flight arriving late at night, it is impossible to catch any bus. Also it takes more time as the bus will stop on the way to pick up local passengers. If you want to experience this local transporting, search for the public bus number 17 or 86 which runs from Noi Bai Airport to Long Bien Station. Don’t walk away if you miss the catch; the next one comes in the next 20 minutes. It should take about 40 minutes to an hour depends on the traffic jam to get to town. You can walk to your hotel from here with not much of confusions. The fare is 9000 VND – 30.000 VND per person (0.5 $) – (1.5$). However, you will have to pay for your luggage if it excesses the regular size.
- Find the bus stop outside the arrivals area, when you reach the roadway.
- Get the Number 86 bus to Hanoi Old Quarter
- When you get off the bus and may take a regular taxi to your hotel.
Shuttle bus or service vans operated by the airline companies will cost around 40.000 VND (2$) for one way. There are three of them:
- Jetstar Pacific: if your flight with this air company, you can catch its vans depart shortly after the arrival. You can reserve and pay before boarding.
- Vietnam Airlines: from Terminal 1 arrival, the bus leaves every 30 to 40 minutes.
- Vietjet Air: you must book a seat via their official website and catch the bus at Terminal 1.
- These shuttle buses will stop around accessible ways to Hanoi Old Quarter. Whereas, minivans can drop you off your hotel if you show the address to the driver
Using Grab Taxi and have the app downloaded on your device. The airport should have free internet available so that you can summon a car with ease
**Tips: if you already have a SIM card with a number, great. But if you don’t, leave the message in the app chat about your position (the pillar number), remember the car number and keep track with GPS navigation on the app to see if your car is coming. Grab fare should appear on the application. It ranges averagely from 250.000 ($12) and may rise in rush hours or traffic jams or sometimes driver is not available. So need more time to search for it some lucky and some not
There are many Taxi company offering pickup outside Noi Bai Airport, however some is good some is fake. That is how you should go with reputation brand name taxi such as Mai Linh Taxi, Taxi Group or Airport Taxi.
Once you exit the arrivals area, if you look to your left there should be a long line of taxis. Prices are 350,000 to 400,000 Vietnamese Dong, or about $15 to $18. The same rules apply with taxis anywhere
Tips: Avoid the “conversational” people trying to offer you a budget ride with their nameless service, higher chance from Hanoi airport to Old quarter that you will get cheated. Taxi service in the airport often charges a fixed price to town around no less than 350,000 – 400,000VND ($18-$20)
To make sure you are not getting ripped off, contact the taxi operator standing near the taxi team, give him/her your address; he should write down a receipt with money on it. That way you won’t get the driver drive a long distance out of old quarter for the meter to run over the fares you should pay. Remember, you have all the right to haggle if the price is higher than this guide. Another forewarn before you get in the cab is to confirm your destination and price. Don’t listen to any suggestion
Private Car Transfer Hanoi Airport to Old Quarter
The best option after Covid-19 pandemic over, more than this must be the most convenient way to transfer to Hanoi Old Quarter from Hanoi airport, There are companies and tour agencies you can reserve a private car, or you can proceed to any express booth near the way out to book a car
Or another way to have a car picked you up is to contact your hotel in the old quarter before the day you arrive. They should have the pick-up service which you will pay some extra for the convenience. You will get a welcome man holding a placard with your name at the arrival gate, and he will be your driver
This way you can worry-free about scammer and frustration like in the hassle public bus as well as travel all the way to your hotel from Noibai International Airport
Arriving in Hanoi Old Quarter
Most of hotels in Old Quarter or surroundings will give useful list of the things to watch out for in the tourist saturated Old Quarter Hanoi
- Don’t get a street taxi. They are a rip off. Request the hotel to organize a taxi instead.
- Watch out for the shoe shine boys around the corner they’re relentless and charge high prices.
- Watch out in daytime, the crowds are thick and you might lose a wallet to pick-pocketers.
- There is a 24 hour convenience store 100m up the road… yay.
- A map of the best local restaurants, of which there are plenty.
- Always bargain prices down by about one-third, that is the standard markup for tourists and the sellers rarely get offended with this street haggling.
Exploring Old Quarter at the first time arriving
Old Quarter Hanoi is a charming and quaint area. Lining the streets are countless small and normal looking establishments with an old world charm. Browsing these shops are tourists from all corners of the globe
Find the famous Vietnamese Egg Coffee, and maybe a giant Lake Hoan Kiem turtle. Slowly pace you will discovery this vibrant city from local people to foods, shopping, business street life. Truly amazing Asia city is making different to any other cities you visited in the world. Hope you enjoy it all for your next adventure trip.
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Finally I recommend online booking reservation from locals Hanoi Airport to Old Quarter at night or any time pickup via website or arriving time at airport for convenient and safety
When making a booking, you will need to advise us of your flight details and your accommodation details. Your Hanoi Airport transfer to Old Quarter will be confirmed within 24 hours.
Meeting point at Noi Bai airport:
The driver will be waiting at the exit gate, holding a signboard with your name on it. Please keep this hotline number +84369283168 (phone/Whatsapp) in case if you do not see the driver:
a, For international flight
Please head outside the arrival hall to column 8 (Terminal 2).
b, For domestic flight
For domestic flights in Hanoi (flight arrival hall), please head outside arrival hall A/B or lobby E. We will reconfirm your pick up location in advance.
Hotel Pick Up:
Please wait at the hotel lobby. Kindly arrive at least 5 minutes before your scheduled pick-up time
Following chart is reference cost for Hanoi airport to Old Quarter fare, just for example price at the time that can be a bit higher or lower depending local situation demand market.
When you arrive at Noi Bai International Airport, you’ll see your name on our staffs’ hand signboard. Our Hanoi Airport drivers will wait for their passengers at the “Arrivals” area, where other drivers are also waiting with name boards. If you arrive at Noi bai Airport and do not see your name on a board, you or our driver, maybe waiting in the wrong lobby. There are two Arrival lobbies, A and B, and if you cannot find the driver please go to the “Information Desk ” and ring us on : ( +84 ) 369283168 .
Should you tip your driver? It is up to you whether you want to tip the driver or not. If you are happy with the service he gave you can, however, there is no obligation.