9 Different Modes of Transportation in Vietnam

9 Different Modes of Transportation in Vietnam

Rachel Tran Rachel Tran | Published Oct 24, 2019

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 visitors coming to this nation each year. 

1. Motorbike / Scooter

Motorbikes or scooters can help you discover every corner of narrow streets. The price for rent is between 8 and 15 USD per day. You can rent for as many days as you want, depending on your personal schedule. Just need to remember to wear helmets and check the traffic situation before going out because the traffic here is a little bit crazy. 

2. Bus

Normally, tourists to Vietnam often use this kind of transportation to transfer places to places because it is suitable for short routes. Public transport is the cheapest choice, which is just under 10,000 VND per ticket inside the city. The service on these buses is not very high but it is worth trying if you want to understand 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, booking with a prestigious tour company is highly recommended for you.

3. Car

Cars can help you explore further places with your own schedule. However, car rental price is rather expensive than motorbike rental, which ranges from 25 to 500$ per day. There are many types of cars for rent but the most common ones are 4-seat and 7-seat. 

Driving in Vietnam can be challenging, especially for those not too skillful. In that situation, the ideal option for you is to hire a chauffeur from the tour agencies. These drivers are the ones who have lots of experiences so they can take you to your intended places in the fastest way.

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4. Airplane

Until now, Vietnam has a wide range of domestic airline routes to different cities such as Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Hai Phong, Khanh Hoa and so on. Therefore, customers can book flights to any places they want with a decent of comfort. 

The three international gateways include 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 largest one can serve 5 international destinations.  

If you want to enter Vietnam, you need 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.

To get better prices, you should book the tickets in advance. But don’t forget to check the booking conditions carefully before deciding to book that airline. 

5. Train

The railway network of Vietnam is 2,600 kilometers of total length. It is used by lots of visitors coming to explore this nation. The routes vary from provinces to big cities, carrying people to different places with such cheap travel expenses.

If you use the train to get around in Vietnam, you will need to go to the official station to buy tickets. 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 quite good. Going by train, tourists will have a chance to see the magnificent scenery as well as discover unique cultures because the train may go through many kinds of topography including forests, mountains, seas, as well as valleys.

The national train route is the Reunification Express, which departs from Hanoi and ends in Ho Chi Minh city. The other main train stations are located in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, and Hue. You can save a large amount of time if you go in the evening. But you will need to book the tickets in advance in case there is nothing left for you, especially during peak periods.

In addition, if you want to go to Vietnam’s neighboring countries by train, there are also railway links available to you. 

6. Taxi 

Taxi can be seen 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 fee calculation. Some of the most reputable taxi brands you should go are Vinasun and Mai Linh taxi. 

7. Bicycle

Bicycle is very simple to use. You may see local people riding it a lot in the countryside. If you’re lucky enough, you will also see beautiful girls riding their bikes while wearing Vietnamese traditional costumes. 

8. Cyclo 

Cyclo is the final means of road transportation mentioned in this article. You will sit in the little cart in front of the drivers and they will take you around the city to contemplate beautiful scenes. Additionally, you will not need to care about the traffic because the drivers will take notice of it for you. 

9. Cruise

This kind of transportation is popular in the country in Vietnam. People use it to approach offshore islands. In the famous destinations like the Mekong Delta River or Halong Bay, there are a lot of appealing packages of cruises for customers to choose.

Transportation in Vietnam is becoming better and better each day, bringing the most convenience for both local people and tourists. So, don’t miss a chance to experience all these interesting kinds of transportation in Vietnam.


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