Getting around Vietnam is surprisingly easy. Public transport goes everywhere, and there is plenty of moto-taxis that are happy to take you to the places that public transport won’t get to.
The fastest way to get around the country of course if by air. There are many domestic airports all over the country and you can fly in from major cities. You can get cheap flights within the country through VietJet Air and Vietnam Airlines. For the best deals head directly on the airline’s website.
If you are going to get a bus for a long distance get deluxe buses to travel long distances throughout Vietnam.
We recommend the Mai Linh Express. They are reliable, comfortable and punctual when it comes to leaving on time.
Unfortunately, the roads aren’t comfortable and reliable. Parts of your trip may be bumpy.
Taking the train is a great way to get around the country. They are great for overnight journeys as the trains have bed cabins.
In Vietnam, there are a lot of roads works on the roads and these projects last for years, so trains can be the best way to go.
A great overnight journey on the train is from Hanoi to Sapa (8 – 9 hrs) or Hanoi to Hue (11 – 16 hrs). A great day train journey is from Da Nang to Hue (sit on the right) or reverse (sit on the left).
To save all the stress of organizing everything, get someone else to do it for you. There are tour companies that provide transport from Hanoi to Hoi An or all the way to HCMC.
You can book a tour or a hop-on, hop-off bus and stop where you want along the way.
Buy your own motorbike and ride the length of the country. Or you can choose one area and explore Northern Vietnam or South Vietnam. We think it is the best way to see Vietnam if you have the time.
Taxi, Tuk Tuk Or Mototaxi
When you are in the cities and town catching a taxi, tuk-tuk or mototaxi can be the best way to get around. For taxi companies, look for the biggest and most reputable companies as you can be ripped off.
For the tuk-tuks, ask your accommodation the average price to your destination so you can agree on a price with the driver. We recommend Uber and Grab (car or motorbike) which you can use an app and get the price.