Top 9 Means of Transportation in Vietnam

With the open-door policy since 1986, up to now, Vietnam has developed many aspects, including traffic. Vietnam is spending more and more money developing its transportation both in quantity and quality. Transportation in Vietnam now is much more convenient than ever before, which enhances a large number of tourists coming to this pretty country each year. Top 9 means of Transportation in Vietnam include airplane, train, bus, car, taxi, cruise, motorbike / scooter, bicycle and cyclo.

1. Airplane

In the present, Vietnam has a lot of domestic airline routes to different cities such as Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Hai Phong, Khanh Hoa. Therefore, customers can book flights to any places they want with comfortable psychology. The three international gateways consist of Tan Son Nhat, Da Nang, and Hanoi. The national airline named Vietnam Airlines links Vietnam with almost 50 foreign cities while VietJet Air, the second large one can serve 5 international destinations.

If you want to enter Vietnam, you have to have a passport with at least 6 months of validity and a visa, which is normally valid for 1 month. Tourists come from Denmark, South Korea, Japan, Sweden, Norway, and Finland can stay in Vietnam for 15 days without a visa while tourists from Southeast Asia can stay here for 30 days. In order to get better prices, you should book the tickets in advance. However, don’t forget to check the booking conditions carefully before deciding to book that airline.


Departure hall at Tan Son Nhat International Airport.

2. Train

The railway network of Vietnam has a total length is 2,600 kilometers. Plenty of visitors have come to explore this country. The routes vary from provinces to big cities, which carry people to different places with very cheap travel expenses. If you use the train to travel around in Vietnam, you will have to go to the official station to buy tickets. Up to your hoppy or health, You can choose a soft seat, soft sleeper, hard seat, hard sleeper, and 2,4,6 berths cab for everyone in your family.

The services on trains are rather good. Traveling by train, tourists will have an opportunity to watch the beautiful scenery as well as discover unique cultures because the train may go through many types of topography including forests, mountains, valleys, as well as seas.

The national train route is the Reunification Express, which departs in Hanoi and ends in Ho Chi Minh city. The other main train stations are located in Hanoi, Hue, and Ho Chi Minh City. You can save a large amount of time if you go in the evening. However, you should book the tickets in advance in case there is nothing left for you, especially during peak periods for example Tet Holiday and summer vacation.

Saigon Railway Station

Saigon Railway Station.

3. Bus

Normally, Visitors to Vietnam use buses to move places to places because it is suitable for short routes. This means of public transport is the cheapest, which is just about VND 10,000 per ticket inside the city. Although the service on these buses is not very high, it is worth trying if you want to know more about Vietnamese normal life. In case you want to go outside the big city, you will need a long-distance night bus, which has lying seats for you to sleep at night. However, you should book a tour at a prestigious company.

Bus in Vietnam.

Bus in Vietnam.

4. Car

Thanks to a car you can explore further places with your own schedule. However, the car rental price is more expensive than the motorbike rental one, which ranges from 25 to 500$ per day. Although there are lots of kinds of cars for rent, the most common ones are 4-seat and 7-seat. Driving in Vietnam can be challenging, especially for those who are not too skillful. Therefore, the ideal choice for you is hiring a chauffeur from the tour agencies. These drivers are the ones who have lots of experiences, so they can drive you to your intended places in the fastest and safest way.

5. Taxi

Taxi can be found very commonly in big cities as well as in urban areas. There are official and unofficial types of taxis. The former offers customers with good services and reasonable prices while the latter is sometimes vague about the rental price. Some of the most reputable taxi brands you should rent are Mai Linh taxi and Vinasun taxi.

Mai Linh taxi in Vietnam.

Mai Linh taxi in Vietnam.

6. Cruise

Cruise belongs to a popular kind of transportation in Vietnam. It is used to approach offshore islands. In the famous destinations like the Mekong Delta River or Halong Bay, there are a lot of attractive packages of cruises for tourists to choose.

Indochina Junk Cruise in Ho Chi Minh City.

Indochina Junk Cruise in Ho Chi Minh City.

7. Motorbike / Scooter

Motorbikes or scooters the most effective means of transportation in Vietnam to discover every corner of narrow streets. The price for rent is from USD 8 to USD 15 per day. You can rent for as many days as you want, depending on your personal plan. When going out, you remember to wear helmets, should avoid rush-hour time so as not to experience traffic jams. Besides, you must be careful to ride a bike because the traffic here is a little bit crazy.

Saigon Sightseeing Tour by motorbike

Join a Saigon Sightseeing Tour by motorbike to learn more about the local life and unique motorcycle culture.

8. Bicycle

Riding a bicycle is an activity to help you be healthy and relax. In addition, you can be easy to admire the scenery on two sides of the road and the locals working. The bicycle is very simple to use. You can see local people riding it a lot in the countryside. If you’re lucky enough, you will also see charming school girls riding their bikes while wearing Vietnamese traditional Ao dai.

drive bicycle in Vietnam

drive bicycle in Vietnam

9. Cyclo

Cyclo is the final means of road transportation talked about in this writing. You will sit in the small cart in front of the drivers and they will take you around the city to watch beautiful landscapes. In addition, you will not have to care about the traffic because the drivers will take notice of it for you. With all-sided development, transportation in Vietnam is becoming better and better, bringing the most convenient for both domestic people and foreign tourists. Therefore, don’t miss an opportunity to experience one of the most interesting means of transportation in Vietnam.

Cyclo in Vietnam

Cyclo in Vietnam.

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