#4 BEST WAYS TO TRAVEL FROM HO CHI MINH CITY TO HANOI

The distance from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi is over 1720km and you have the choice of moving by plane, by train, by bus or by motorbike. Traveling by plane is the fastest way while traveling by train or motorbike is an interesting experience. 

Table Contents
  • I - Flights from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi
  • II - Traveling from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi by bus
  • III - Traveling from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi by train
  • IV - Traveling from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi by motorbike
Jan 27
Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi
Source: David Emrich
Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) are well-known as the two key economic development cities in Vietnam. These are also the best places for traveling which attract tourists by its beautiful sceneries, cultural - historical sites and unique cuisine. With a distance of over 1720km and advanced transportation system, traveling from Saigon to Hanoi is way more convenient by direct flights, sleeping buses, trains or even by riding a motorbike. For each mode of transportation, you can refer to the most suitable itinerary, vehicle and related information will be detailed in the article below.

I - Flights from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi

Flights from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi
Source: Eva Darron
Flying time from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi is estimated around 2 hours/way (excludes check-in/out time as well as transferring time to the airport). On average, there are about 600 flights from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi per week operated by the most reputable airlines companies such as:
- Vietnam Airlines: average ticket price is  1.030.000 VNĐ/way (~  44,82$)
- VietJet Air:  average ticket price is 1.019.000VNĐ/way (~ 43,92$)
- Pacific Airlines:  average ticket price is  690.000VNĐ/way  (~ 29,74$)
- Bamboo Airways:  average ticket price is 1.480.000VNĐ/way (~ 63,79$).
For more detailed information about flight times, fares, seats, ... please visit the official website of each respective airline company.
In general, the advantages of taking a flight are: Flexible flight time with high flight frequency, high safety and traveling time-saving. However, the cost of taking a direct flight is a bit higher than the other means of transportation like sleeping bus or night train.
Note: Traffic congestion during rush hours in Ho Chi Minh City may affect your flight schedule. Please be ready at the airport at least 1h before departure time. 

II - Traveling from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi by bus

Currently, the travel by sleeping bus from the North to the South has been much more convenient and faster with the establishment of many highways. The average travel time is about 31 hours. Some sleeping bus companies that you can contact for booking are:
Mr. Ba's agency - 42 seats sleeping bus 
- Frequency: 03 trips / day, 
- Departure time: 13:00 - 7:30 - 21:30. 
- Ticket price: 700,000 VND /person / way (~ 30.17$).
- Pick-up place: Gate 3, Western Bus Station, No. 292 Dinh Bo Linh Street, An Lac Ward, Binh Tan District, Ho Chi Minh City.
- Drop-off place: Front gate of Nuoc Ngam bus station, No. 1, Ngoc Hoi Street, Hoang Liet Ward, Hoang Mai District, Hanoi

Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi by bus
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Hoang Long agency - 39 seats sleeping bus: 
- Frequency: 02 trips / day, 
- Departure time from 7:00am to 11:00am 
- Ticket price 750,000 VND / bed / person / way (~ 32.32 $)
- Pick-up place: Ticket gate number 73, Western Bus Station, No. 292 Dinh Bo Linh Street, An Lac Ward, Binh Tan District, Ho Chi Minh City.
- Drop-off place: Front gate of Nuoc Ngam bus station, No. 1, Ngoc Hoi Street, Hoang Liet Ward, Hoang Mai District, Hanoi.
Tin Nghia agency - 42 seats sleeping bus: 
- Frequency: 08 trips / day, 
- Departure time: 18h00 - 9h00 - 21h00 - 13h00 - 15h30 - 18h30 - 11h30 - 21h30.
- Ticket price 700,000 VND / bed / person / way (~ 30.17 $).
- Pick-up place: Gate 3, Western Bus Station, No. 292 Dinh Bo Linh Street, An Lac Ward, Binh Tan District, Ho Chi Minh City.
- Drop-off place: Front gate of Nuoc Ngam bus station, No. 1, Ngoc Hoi Street, Hoang Liet Ward, Hoang Mai District, Hanoi
The advantages of going by bus from Saigon to Hanoi: Flexible departure time, you also have the opportunity to admire the scenery along the coastal NH1A road, each stop can be an interesting experience for you.
However, traveling by this way is quite time consuming (about 2 days ~ 48h) that can affect your health on the long way lying on the bus.  

III - Traveling from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi by train

Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi by train
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North-South railway was put into use from 1936 to present with a total length of 1,726km from Saigon train station - Hanoi train station. Travel time is about 33 hours/ trip. There will be 4 daily trains: SE8 - 6:00; SE6 - 8:40 am; SE4 - 19:25; SE2 - 21:55.
Pick up place: Saigon Railway Station, No. 1, Nguyen Thong Street, Ward 9, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City.
Drop off place: Hanoi Railway Station, No. 120, Le Duan Street, Van Mieu Ward, Dong Da District, Hanoi City. 
Train ticket fares:
- Air-conditioned hard seat: 642,000 VND /person / way
- Bed with air conditioner: 974,000 VND /person/ way - in a cabin of 6 beds (~ $ 41.98);
- Bed with air conditioner: 1,286,000 VND/ person/way - in a cabin of 4 bead (~ $ 55.43)
For further detailed information on fares, departure time, kinds of seats, please visit the official website https://dsvn.vn/ or or contact via hotline: 024 3 942 972.
Advantages: Traveling by train from Saigon to Hanoi is an interesting experience for international tourists, especially for those coming to Vietnam for the first time. Along the way, you can also see the beautiful scenes of Vietnam from South to North.
Disadvantage: Long travel time, quite noisy and lack of private space. 

IV - Traveling from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi by motorbike

Traveling by motorbike on a long distance of 1,719km, with bad road conditions in Vietnam is a challenge for any tourists. The recommended average speed is 40 - 50km/h and it takes 4-5 days to reach Hanoi by this way. 

Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi by motorbike
Source: Motoculturel
Motorbike rental price is around:
Automatic transmission & Manual transmission: 100,000 - 250,000 VND/ day (~ $ 4.3 - 10.77)
Motorcycle 400,000 - 500,000 VND/ day (~ 17.24 - 21.55 $) 
Some rental agencies provide motorbike rental services in Ho Chi Minh City (drop off services in Hanoi)
Style Motorbikes: This agency has door-to-door delivery service. You can contact the store staff to be able to return the motorbike and get back documents, and deposit in Hanoi campus at the address: 16/70 Thach Cau, Long Bien District, Hanoi.
- Add: 42/24 Tran Dinh Xu Street, Co Giang Ward, District 1. 
- Contact: +84 28 6683 3796. 
Saigon Motorcycles: This agency comes with driver services
- Add: 36 Quoc Huong street, Thao Dien ward, district 2.
- Contact +84 906 849 000. 
Dragon Bikes: You can send the motorbike to Ho Chi Minh City by train from Hanoi, if the motorbike doesn't have any problems, you will receive your deposit back within 1 hour.
- Add: No. 182 / 5A, De Tham Street, Cau Ong Lanh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. 
- Contact +84 90 982 32 80. 
Advantage: You can take the initiative in travel schedules and time. At the same time you can stop on the way from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi to explore the natural scenery, as well as experience travel.
Disadvantage: Traveling this way is quite time-consuming, potentially dangerous and requires good health of the driver. Moreover, the procedure for renting and returning the motorbike in this case is relatively complicated
Note: Renting and using a motorbike in Vietnam require an international driving license or according to Vietnamese regulations, valid passport / temporary residence card, confirmation of deposit and contract with the motorbike rental party. Please carefully consult with the motorbike rental services’s staff to know more about the process of returning the motorbike, receiving documents and deposit back in case you have other schedules after arriving in Hanoi and do not want to use a motorbike.
In general, it can be seen that in all types of getting from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi has its own advantages and disadvantages. Traveling by plane is recommended as the fastest way as well as the most convenient and comfortable choice for travelers. 
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