Getting There & Getting About

International Airports

Internal Transport

There are a number of internal flights operating in Vietnam, with daily services between Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, Hué and Nha Trang. Other cities such as Buon Ma Thuot, Phu Quoc, Pleiku, Dalat and Qui Nhon are also served.

There is also a good network of boats operating between Vietnam's ports, with hydrofoils from Ho Chi Minh City to Vung Tau and from Haiphong to Cat Ba and Mong Cai, and express boats from Rach Gia to Phu Quoc.

Vietnam has a good, but limited railway. The main rail route connects Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City and the journey can take between 30 and 40 hours. There are also services from Hanoi to Dong Dang, Haiphong and Lao Cai. Although some services may have air conditioning, facilities still fall short of international standards.

The road network in Vietnam is reasonable, although the condition of the roads can vary from atrocious to good. Whilst in theory traffic drives on the right, in practice Vietnamese drivers tend to take the most direct path avoiding the many motorbikes, bicycles, and animals wandering across the road. The main north to south route is Highway 1 connecting Hanoi with Ho Chi Minh City. Self-drive car hire is non-existent, although chauffeur-driven cars may be hired from travel companies.

Visitors may also use buses for long-distance travel, with routes including inter-province services from Ho Chi Minh City. There are also local bus services in Ho Chi Minh City and in Hanoi.

Taxis, motorbikes and cyclos (cycle rickshaw) may be used to travel within the cities. Although tips are not expected, they are always welcome.