Guide to transport in Vietnam

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Guide to transport in Vietnam

Transportation in Vietnam is improving rapidly in terms of both quantity and quality.

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BY AIRLINES

International flights to Vietnam: There are currently many airlines operating flights to Vietnam. The main ports of entry for air travel are Tan Son Nhat Airport (SGN) in Ho Chi Minh City or Noi Bai Airport (HAN) in Hanoi. The number of direct routes from Australia, Europe and North America to Vietnam are still very limited and most flights departing from these regions to Vietnam involve a transit in Hongkong, Bangkok, Seoul, Tokyo or Singapore. 

  • From Australia: Daily flights from Sydney, Canberra or Melbourne to Ho Chi Minh City connect in Taipei, Kuala Lumpur, Darwin or Bangkok.  Flights from Wellington or Auckland have stopovers in Kuala Lumpur.  Quantas and Vietnam Airlines operate direct flights between Ho Chi Minh City and Sydney though the price can be 30% higher compared with other routes. Other airlines that run the route between Vietnam and Oceania include Cathay Pacific, Thai Airways, China Southern, Singapore Airlines, to name a few. 
  • From United State: From New York, Korean Air, Cathay Pacific and American Airlines have daily flights to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, with connection in Seoul and Hongkong respectively. From the West coast, similar routes connect Los Angeles or San Francisco with Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City. 
  • From Canada: The most popular route from Toronto or Vancouver to Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City is one operated by Air Canada or Cathay Pacific, that involve a short transit in Hongkong. The wait time vary between 2 and 5 hours. Korean Air and Japan Airlines also connect Vietnam with major cities in Canada but the transit time can be tedious, between 6 and 12 hours. However, for those who are keen on seeing more of the world, this transit time can be ideal as there are plenty of tours to see Seoul or Tokyo available at the airport.
  • From Europe: There are direct flights between Hanoi and Paris, Frankfurt, and London offered by Vietnam Airlines. Better deals between Europe and Vietnam, however, will involve at least one stop over in Hongkong or Singapore. The best way to search for a price deals is to shop around with both online and off-line travel agency. Read our discounted air travel for further information.
  • From South Africa: There are no direct flights from South Africa to Vietnam, so you have to transit through a number of airports. Fly from Johannesburg to Ho Chi Minh City (JNB-SGN) with Emirates (via Dubai), Qatar Airways (via Doha), Cathay Pacific (via Hong Kong), Singapore Airlines (via SIN) or Turkish Airlines (via Istanbul). Fly from Johannesburg to Hanoi (JNB-HAN) with Cathay Pacific (via Hong Kong), Qatar Airways (via Doha), SAA/DragonAir (via Hong Kong) or Thai Airways (via Bangkok). Johannesburg to Da Nang (JNB-DAD) with Emirates/JetStar Pacific (via Dubai & Ho Chi Minh) or Singapore Airlines (via SIN).
  • From Asia: Vietnam is well connected to other countries in Asia with the support of a complex flight network. Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Hongkong are destinations with most flight deals. From Japan and Korea, there are direct flights to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City departing major ports such as Osaka, Tokyo, Fukuoka, Seoul, Busan.  In case of China, Vietnam Airlines operate flights from Beijing, Shanghai, Guanghou, Kunming to Hanoi. Direct flights from Ho Chi Minh City to China only land in Beijing or Guangzhou. For Taiwan, China Airlines, Eva Air and Vietnam Airlines have daily flight between Hanoi and Taipei or Kaohsiung.

Domestic flights in Vietnam

  • Airlines:
  • Vietnam Airport:
    • Noi Bai International Airport (Ha Noi - HAN)
    • Tan Son Nhat International Airport (Ho Chi Minh City - SGN)
    • Da Nang International Airport (Da Nang - DAD)
    • Can Tho International Airport (Can Tho – VCA)
    • Cat Bi International Airport (Hai Phong - HPH)
    • Cam Ranh International Airport (Nha Trang – CXR)
    • Phu Quoc International Airport (Phu Quoc Island – PQC)
    • Vinh International Airport (Nghe An – VII)
    • Chu Lai International Airport (Quang Nam – VCL)
    • Phu Bai International Airport (Hue City – HUI)
    • Con Dao Airport (Ba Ria Vung Tau – VCS)
    • Phu Cat Airport (Binh Dinh – UIH)
    • Ca Mau Airport (Ca Mau – CAH)
    • Ban Me Thuot Airport ( Dak Lak – BMV)
    • Dien Bien Airport (Dien Bien – DIN)
    • Pleiku Airport (Gia Lai – PXU)
    • Rach Gia Airport (Kien Giang – VKG)
    • Lien Khuong Airport (Da Lat – DLI)
    • Tuy Hoa Airport (Phu Yen – TBB)
    • Dong Hoi Airport (Quang Binh – VDH)
    • Tho Xuan Airport (Thanh Hoa – THD)
RAILWAY

The total length of railway system in Viet Nam is 2,600km, including main train routes:

  • The "Reunification Express Route", from Ha Noi to Ho Chi Minh City, is 1,726km.
  • Ha Noi - Lao Cai
  • Ha Noi - Hai Phong
  • Ha Noi - Quan Trieu
  • Ha Noi - Dong Dang
  • Kep - Uong Bi - Ha Long
  • Kep - Luu Xa

The international  trains from Ha Noi to Beijing (China) via Dong Dang station (Lang Son). When it is more developed, Viet Nam railway network is possibly linked to Cambodia, Thailand and Malaysia railway network via which to Singapore and Laos railways.

How to book your train ticket? It’s very easy to book the ticket via website: http://dsvn.vn

WATERWAY

Quang Ninh

  • Sea ferry: Tuan Chau – Cat Ba Island
  • Contact: Tuan Chau Island, Tel. +84 033 3842134

Hai Phong

  • Hydrofoil boat and Express boat: Hai Phong – Cat Ba Island
  • Contact: Add: 6 Cu Chinh Lan St., Hong Bang Dist. Tel: +84 31 3823 102

Ba Ria Vung Tau

  • Passenger boat: Vung Tau – Con Dao Island
  • Hydrofoil boat: Ho Chi Minh – Vung Tau
  • Contact: 51 Ham Nghi St., Dist.1, Ho Chi Minh City. Tel: +84 83821 5609

Can Tho

  • Express boat: Can Tho - Long Xuyen -Chau Doc (An Giang) - Vinh Xuong border gate(Viet Nam) - Kaosamnor border gate (Cambodge) - Phnom Penh
  • Express boat: Phnom Penh -Kaosamnor border gate (Cambodge) - Vinh Xuong border gate (Viet Nam) - Chau Doc - Long Xuyen (An Giang) - Can Tho
  • Contact: 26 Le Hong Phong Rd., Binh Thuy Dist., Can Tho City. Tel: +84 710 3888 960

Kien Giang

Express boat: Rach Gia – Phu Quoc & Ha Tien – Phu Quoc

Contact: 14 Tu Do Rd., Vinh Thanh., Rach Gia, Ha Tien. Tel: +84 77 3877 742.

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