Transportation in Vietnam

Transportation in Vietnam is various and developed. From air, and road to water, transportation in the country can meet the demand of tourists’ travel. It is easy for both local people and tourists travel from one place to others in Vietnam.

Before starting your adventure of Vietnam exploration, maybe you should think about the most efficient ways to do so – you probably don’t want to spend the most of your trip in transportation vehicles, even though the shape of the country may require that. To make the transporting part a bit easier for you, we’ve prepared top 10 facts about transportation in Vietnam for you to get informed.

5 Things you should know about Transportation in Vietnam

1. The most efficient way to get from one large city to another is to have a flight.

Some of the best domestic airway companies are the state airway corporation named Vietnam Airlines, and two low-cost ones – Vietjet Air and Jetstar Pacific. You can easily book a ticket online.

Vietnam Airlines:
  • Contact Center for calls within Vietnam (24/7): 1900 1100
  • For Lotusmiles members: 1900 1800
  • For calls from outside Vietnam (24/7): +84. 24 38320320
Vietjet Air:
  • Booking center: 1900 1886
Jestar Pacific:
  • Booking center: 1900 1550
  • For calls from outside Vietnam: +84 8 35473550

2. If you want to travel cheaply but have an overwhelming experience while observing the picturesque landscapes of Vietnam, a train is a perfect option for you.

Transportation in Vietnam
However, you should have in mind that Vietnamese trains are not too fast. The North – South Express Railway, the national train route under the Vietnam Railways Corporation, starts from Ha Noi to Ho Chi Minh City. This route is also called Reunification Express. Three main stations of Vietnam train are located in Hanoi, Hue, and Ho Chi Minh City. All of these train stations are well-equipped and increasingly modernized with free Wi-Fi and other services

Three main stations of Vietnam train
Ho Chi Minh City Station: 01 Nguyen Thong Str., District 3, HCM city
Hue Station: 02 Bui Thi Xuan Str., Hue City
Ha Noi Station: 120 Le Duan Str., Hoan Kiem District, Ha Noi

3. Interprovincial bus are also a pretty cheap and definitely more convenient traveling solution when compared to trains

For short routes to get in cities, or get around a particular area, public transport in Vietnam is a great choice. Every province in Vietnam has buses to take tourists from this place to others. In Hanoi, there are My Dinh Bus Station and Giap Bat Station. In Ho Chi Minh City, Mien Tay and Mien Dong Bus Station are two major bus stations.
Some well-known names of these Interprovincial bus: Phương Trang, Mai Linh, Hoang Long...
Avoid keeping an interprovincial bus along the way. This is for your own safety (the buses can drive around as long until they have enough passengers. This can take hours!)
There are NO toilets on the bus. So make sure you use the bathroom before you get on the bus, and go to the toilet when the bus makes a stop

4. For short routes to get in cities, or get around a particular area, Local bus - Taxi and Motorbike (Xe ôm) in Vietnam are a great choice

  • Local bus: Local buses are most prominent in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and some famous tourist attractions. Vietnam bus in these cities is publicly used for both local tourists and foreign ones. The ticket price is very cheap. Even though the quality of service is not very high, traveling by bus is one of the interesting ways to understand more about local people and life in a city.
  • Taxi: Recently, taxi in Vietnam becomes widespread and convenient in Vietnam, especially in big cities and urban areas. There are two main types of taxi in Vietnam: taxi of reputable corporations (“official”) and taxi of individual drivers. There are really only 2 reputable cab companies: Mai Linh and Vinasun
    “Official” taxi refers to the taxi corporations who have high and consistent quality at a reasonable price. They are credible, safe, apparent in calculating fee and somehow cheaper.
  • Motorbike (Xe ôm): Motorbike is a popular traveling option in Vietnam and there are numerous places where you can get it.
    Xe ôm drivers are often found sitting on their bikes idly as they wait for a foreigner in need of a lift. However, it’s important to note that these aren’t always going to give you the best rate; thankfully, there’s an even better option.
Taxi in Vietnam: Mai Linh Taxi - Vinasun Taxi
Ride-hailing app in Vietnam: Grab - GoViet - Fastgo - Vato - Be

5. If you have a higher budget you can rent a car

Renting a car in Vietnam has its advantages – you don’t depend on public transportation and you can make the traveling schedule on your own.
However self-drive rental cars are unavailable in Vietnam, which is a blessing given traffic conditions, but cars with drivers are popular and plentiful.