How to travel around Vietnam

Travelling around Vietnam is pretty easy these days, you’re likely to have a few options available for the tourist routes at least and there are also a number of national airports too.

Hội An famous bridge, Dan & Fani's trip to Vietnam | Buy My Morning

How to travel around Vietnam

The options you have are ultimately down to the amount of time you have in the country and how quickly you want to move between locations. 

An example of a short itinerary in Vietnam could be HanoiHa Long BayHoi AnHo Chi Minh

  • Hanoi is the capital with a major international airport, 
  • Ho Chi Minh is the largest city (by population) in Vietnam and also has a major international airport. 
  • Ha Long Bay is a 3-hour drive from Hanoi (if you’re heading for a boat cruise)
  • Hoi An is about a 45-minute taxi ride from Da Nang airport.

When you have more time, you may consider looking at the bus services, trains or grabbing a motorbike and taking the journey as a road tour or at your own pace. With these options, you’ll be able to capture more scenery on route, but spend some time reading reviews for these to make sure it’s the right option for you all.

If you are just looking for where to search for tickets, then we recommend 12go.asia is one of the main websites that we have used for transport bookings.

Airports & Flying internally in Vietnam

Vietnamese airspace is busy these days with regular flights across the country nationally and internationally. 

VietJet, Air Asia and Vietnam Airways make up the bulk of the flights internally, with many of the flights below $20 (if you book in advance). We are personally heavy users of SkyScanner and really recommend these as to help you plan your flights.

Train network and travelling by railways across Vietnam

Next time we visit Vietnam we really want to do more commuting on the rail network, and we really recommend you check this out as an option when you are visiting Vietnam. 

12go.asia is one of the main websites that we have used for transport bookings, making the process simple to obtain your tickets.

Getting around by Bus in Vietnam

With the increase in internal flights across Vietnam, we’re not sure bus services will save you lots of money, but you will get an incredible view of the landscape as you get out of the main cities and tourist hubs.

We recommend taking a look good look at reviews for buses between specific locations, making sure it’s for you and the duration includes the stops (and isn’t just what Google Maps estimates).

12go.asia is one of the main websites that we have used for transport bookings, making the process simple to obtain your tickets.