HOW TO GET FROM HO CHI MINH TO HANOI


27 Jan 2021

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 - Trains from Saigon to Hanoi
Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi
Source: David Emrich

Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh city (Saigon), well-known as the two biggest cities in Vietnam, are the top places for traveling and working. 

The Saigon to Hanoi distance is over 1720km. And, there are lots of ways to travel between these two cities. In which, taking a flight within 2 hours is the best choice for direct transferring and saving time. Other transports such as train, sleeping buses are much cheaper but it takes much more time (about 35 hours). But it is a good choice for dropping at the top destinations along the country. 

Another experience is riding a motorbike/ motorcycle going through the beautiful roads in the West or East of Vietnam. 

I - Flights from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi

 

Flights from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi
Source: Eva Darron

- Depart from Ho Chi Minh city: Tan Son Nhat airport:

+ Location: Truong Son street, Ward 2, Tan Binh district, Ho Chi Minh city. About 9km from district 1 to the west. 

+ IATA code: SGN

- Arrive to Hanoi: Noi Bai airport:

+ Location: Phu Minh commune, Soc Son district, Hanoi - 25 km from Hanoi center

+ IATA code: HAN

- Flight time: 2 hours

- There are about 600 flights from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi per week.

- One way flight ticket prices: from $30 - 70. For more details about cheap flights. flight time, schedule, luggage & other policies, please access the official websites of airlines.  

The most popular airline companies: Vietnam Airlines, VietJet Air, Jetstar Pacific Airlines, Bamboo Airways. 

- Taxi from Ho Chi Minh city center to Tan Son Nhat airport costs about 150,000 VND ($7) in 20 minutes of transfer. 

- Taxi from Noi Bai airport to Hanoi city center costs about 250,000 VND ($11) in 50 minutes of transfer. 

II - Traveling from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi by bus

 

Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi by bus

Source: Ignat Kushanrev

- Distance: 1600km

- Bus duration: 32  -36 hours 

- Bus ticket prices: $30 - 35

Mr. Ba's sleeping bus: 

- Frequency: 03 trips / day

- Departure time: 1pm, 7:30pm, 9:30pm 

- Ticket price: 700,000 VND / way ($30).

- Pick-up: Gate 3, Mien Dong Bus Station, No.292 Dinh Bo Linh street, An Lac ward, Binh Tan district, Ho Chi Minh City.

- Drop-off: Nuoc Ngam bus station, No.1 Ngoc Hoi street, Hoang Liet ward, Hoang Mai district, Hanoi

 

Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi by train
Source: Kenh14

A popular choice to get from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi by bus) - Source: Kenh14

Hoang Long sleeping bus: 

- Frequency: 02 trips / day

- Departure time: 7am, 11am 

- Ticket price: 750,000 VND / way ($32)

- Pick-up: Gate 73, Mien Dong Bus Station, No.292 Dinh Bo Linh street, An Lac ward, Binh Tan district, Ho Chi Minh City.

- Drop-off: Nuoc Ngam bus station, No.1, Ngoc Hoi street, Hoang Liet ward, Hoang Mai district, Hanoi.

Tin Nghia bus - 42 seats sleeping bus from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi: 

- Frequency: 08 trips / day

- Departure time: 9am, 11:30am, 1pm, 5:30pm, 6pm, 6:30pm, 9:30pm 

- Ticket price: 700,000 VND / way ($30).

- Pick-up: Gate 3, Mien Dong Bus Station, No.292 Dinh Bo Linh street, An Lac ward, Binh Tan district, Ho Chi Minh City.

- Drop-off: Front gate of Nuoc Ngam bus station, No.1 Ngoc Hoi street, Hoang Liet ward, Hoang Mai district, Hanoi.

III - Trains from Saigon to Hanoi

- Traveling time: 33 hours

- Distance: 1726km

- Depart at Saigon railway station: No.1 Nguyen Thong street, Ward 9, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City.

- Arrive to Hanoi railway station: No.120 Le Duan street, Van Mieu Ward, Dong Da District, Hanoi. 

- Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi train cost: $28 - 56 / ticket

- 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.

- Trains from Saigon to Hanoi: 

+ Train SE2: 21:55 - 05:30  (32hr 35min)

+ Train SE4: 19:25 - 08:30 (37hr 5min)

+ Train SE6: 15:20 - 05:21 (38hr 1min)

+ Train SE8: 06:00 - 19:52 (38hr 52min)

Taking trains from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi is a long journey. Booking a soft berth is much more comfortable than a soft seat. A cabin of 4 is a nice tip for better sleep and more privacy. 

It’s highly recommended to divide into 2 shorter trips.You should stop at Da Nang, explore beautiful central destinations such as Da Nang, Hoi An, Hue… before taking another train to Hanoi. 

IV - Getting from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi by motorbike

With a distance of 1720km along the 1A national road, it takes about 4-7 days to get to Hanoi from Ho Chi Minh city by motorbike. It will be one of the best Vietnam travel experiences when self-driving and stopping at some nice cities along the country. 

Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi motorbike routes: There are several routes to ride from easy to classic, and more adventurous. From Ho Chi Minh city: follow the coastline road passing beautiful beach cities such as Ho Chi Minh city, Dalat, Nha Trang, Quy Nhon, Da Nang, Hue, Phong Nha, Ninh Binh and Hanoi. Or follow the west road passing the Central Highland and Ho Chi Minh road, Phong Nha, Ninh Binh and Hanoi. 


Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi by motorbike
The best route from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi - Source: Motoculturel

Motorbike rental fee: 

- Automatic & semi-automatic motorbike: 100,000 - 250,000 VND/ day ($4.3 - 11)

- Manual motorcycle:  400,000 - 500,000 VND/ day ($17 - 22) 

It is highly recommended to rent a manual motorcycle to complete your long journey passing the hard routes and high passes from south to north Vietnam. 

You can rent motorbike Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi at: 

Style motorbikes:

- Office in Saigon: No.42/24 Tran Dinh Xu street, Co Giang ward, District 1

- Office in Hanoi: No.16/70 Thach Cau, Long Bien District, Hanoi.

- Contact: +84 28 6683 3796

Saigon motorcycles:

- Address: No.36 Quoc Huong street, Thao Dien ward, District 2

- Contact +84 906 849 000

Dragon bikes: 

- Address: No.182/5A, De Tham street, Cau Ong Lanh ward, District 

- Contact +84 90 982 32 80

Note: You need to provide an international driving license, valid passport / temporary residence certificate, confirmation of deposit and contract with the motorbike rental party. 

To get from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi, you have a lot of choices. Hope you have a nice trip in Vietnam. 

FAQs:

1 - Is there any cruise from Ho Chi Minh city to Hanoi?

Actually, Hanoi is an inland city, there;s no cruise ships from Saigon to Hanoi. 

2 - Which company offers cheap air ticket from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi?

Compared to Vietnam Airlines and Bamboo Airways, Vietjet Air often is ideal for cheap flights to Hanoi. 

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