The Best Ways For Getting Around Hanoi

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If you have the chance to travel Hanoi, you will get to see a thousand-year-old charming city. However, one of the most complex parts about traveling can be finding your way of getting around Hanoi, especially if you don’t speak the language. We are here to show you the best ways to travel in our transportation guide.

1. Getting around Hanoi by motorcycle

Travel like a local

Motorcycles are the most convenient way to go around Hanoi. Renting a motorbike allows you to stop at any destination you want.

How to rent

It’s so easy to rent a motorbike in a city in Vietnam. Just need you to leave a deposit and your passport to rent a motorbike.

Depending on the type of motorbike, the price can range from around VND 100,000 to VND 300,000 per day ($4.5-$13).

List of motorbike rental shops:

Pros & Cons

(+) It’s convenient and affordable in a budget.

(-) You must have a driver’s license and be a reliable driver (have driven over two years)


  • You must always wear a helmet.

  • Never park without keeping an eye on the bike.

  • Check your rental scooters or mopeds before receiving them

2. Getting around Hanoi by Grab/taxi

Most easily available form of transportaiton

Grab has recently become popular in Vietnam. It is easy to book a bike or car and getting around Hanoi.

Depending on the distance between your departure and the destination, the average price is about from VND 30,000 to 300,000 per route for both Grab Bike, Grab Car and Taxi. Check Grab App for more accurate prices.

List of Taxi companies

  • Taxi Mai Linh – contact no. 024 38 222 666.

  • Taxi Van Xuan contact no. 024 38 535353.

  • Taxi Airport – contact no. 024 3200 2566.


  1. It’s convenient if you want to adventure the specular views scooter without a lot of driving experience.
  2. It’s easy and quick to get a driver because there are a lot of Grab and taxi drivers available around the city.


  1. You can’t stop a variety of destinations and must re-book other routes for the next targets.
  2. It’s a bit expensive.

3.Getting around Hanoi by private Car

Another way for getting around Ha Noi luxuriously and comfortably is in a sightseeing car charter by hours. You can rent a private cab and go from one destination to another without having to re-book another route like Grab.

The average price is about $50 above per 4 hours, depending on the car’s types.


 It’s totally comfortable, luxurious with 5-stars service and a driver will bring you anywhere you want to.


It is not a reasonably-priced option which is suitable if you have a high budget. 

4. Getting around Hanoi by cyclo

See the city from a whole new persepctive

Cyclos are a unique means of transportation in Vietnam. Get a front row seat to get around Hanoi and observe the beauty of Old Quarter’s narrow streets. Cyclo is a must-try option when traveling in Hanoi.

The average price is around VND 200.000 

Where to find a cyclo

  • Around Hoan Kiem Lake area

  • Hang Ngang, Hang Dao,… street


It’s a memorable experience to enjoy a pleasant observation of Hanoi charm on a cyclo, especially in the autumn and winter season.


It’s the slowest form of transportation & quite hot on a humid day. Also, cyclo’s only permitted to transfer in the street route such as Route 1 (Yen Phu – Cua Bac – Nguyen Tri Phuong – Thang Long Citadel & vice versa); Route 2 (Yen Phu – Tran Nhat Duat – Tran Quang Khai – Le Phung Hieu – Ngo Quyen – Trang Tien – Dinh Tien Hoang – Le Thai To – Hang Khay – Dinh Tien Hoang – Hang Dau – Cau Go – Tran Quang Khai)

5. Getting around Hanoi by bus

The bus is the affordable means of transportation in Hanoi. With a lot of bus stations cover the city, especially in front of famous destinations, it’s so convenient for you.

A standard ticket is about VND 5.000 to VND 10.000.

List of some bus lines:

  • Hoan Kiem Lake: 04, 14, or 36

  • O Quan Chuong Gate: 03, 11, 14, 22, 18, 34, 40

  • Dong Xuan Market: 31

  • For more lines check the Bus Website or download the app


It’s cheap and will be good transportation means if you’re near attractive destinations such as Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem Lake and so on.


It’s a bit inconvenient and can be crowded especially at peak hours (6:30 AM – 9 AM and 5 PM – 7:30 PM) & beware of your belongings as it might be easily stolen.

We hope that this transportation guide for getting around Hanoi is useful for you and wish you have an authentically exciting experience Hanoi trip!!

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