Getting to and around Vietnam
2020 sees many changes in the way we travel from one country to another and within the country. Our freshly updated guide will give you the latest insights into getting into and around Vietnam, covering all topics from air, train, bus to cruise. Vietnam's S-shaped dimension and long coastal line mean many different ways can be used to explore the destination. You can take a combination of flights, train ride and bus; both public and private, to get a taste of different dynamics within the country. Browse our guide below for more, or if you have a question about transfer, feel free to contact us.
Air travel in Vietnam has been more efficient, cost- and time- saving than ever before. The country is well served by a network of 22 airports, with maximum flight time around 2 hours. At the moment, there are 5 airlines that cover domestic route: Vietnam Airlines; Vietjet Air; Bamboo Air; Jetstar Pacific and VASCO - both of the latter a subsidiary of Vietnam Airlines.
Once the main mode of travel that connects different regions of Vietnam, rail trip is now seen as a favourite leisure activity for many locals and foreigners. The train system in Vietnam dates back to the mid-20th century and slowly improving in terms of speed and sleeper carriage. Nonetheless it offers a perfect way for sightseeing especially in the Central part of Vietnam.
A widely popular and inexpensive mode of travel, buses cover all provinces and cities of Vietnam. Though it may be difficult to get used to the local bus system, you may also take advantage of tourist bus which operates between travel destinations, with better conditions and less crowd.
Driving sounds tempting, especially in a country like Vietnam where you will crisscross the rice paddy fields, before being sided by white sand beach on the one hand and breathtaking mountain on the other. It may be difficult, however, to navigate the busy and chaotic streets of urban areas and North-South highways.
Motorcycle is not only the cheapest but also the most widely used way to discover Vietnam. Hopping on a motorbike riding through countryside trails and urban roads and you’re more likely to feel to be part of it. A motorbike trip requires much energy and endurance, which will eventually be a rewarding experience that you may never forget.
With a network of 13 international border checkpoints, multiple provinces in Vietnam enable overland travel to/from neighboring countries namely China, Laos, and Cambodia. Make sure you have a valid passport and visa, unless you are exempted from one, before getting into Vietnam.
Vietnam’s waterway tourism is booming. Embark on a cruise is the best option to approach inshore destinations such as Halong Bay and Mekong Delta. A voyage is always slower and gentler than other types of land transportation. More often than not it is the best way to experience a destination.
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There are non-stop flights from Sydney to Hanoi, the flight time is about 09 hours, 50 minutes.