Vietnam is a popular destination to visit in South East Asia. However, Vietnam transportation, especially traffic, can be troublesome and difficult to understand.
This article is a comprehensive guide to get around Vietnam by bus, train, plane, motorbike, and others.
What is Vietnam transportation like?
Transportation in Vietnam can be dangerous but exciting at the same time.
Everyone drives crazily on the road and don’t follow many rules. You can see motorbikes driving on the sidewalk or the pavement. I once saw a bus driving half on the road and half on a sidewalk…
Is it safe to drive in Vietnam?
Not really, but you will be fine most of the time if you practice basic common sense. Please note that if you don’t have a license for motorbikes or cars, you may not receive insurance in case of accidents. Thus, taking a train, bus or flight may be a better alternative than driving on your own.
Traveling in Vietnam by Train
Traveling by train in Vietnam is one of the best options to enjoy the beauty of Vietnam. As a train in Vietnam goes through some of the most scenic routes, you will get a close and personal view of the scenery.
Although train can be more expensive than bus, the experience is worth it. Especially, you can take private trains to experience luxurious service.
While booking train tickets online with Baolau, you can select:
Hard-berth (6 berths per cabin)
Soft berth (4 berths per cabin)
While traveling by train, passengers can purchase food and drinks on board. Each passenger can bring up to 20 kg per person. Please read Vietnam Train Travel Guidefor more information.
Traveling in Vietnam by Bus
Taking a bus to explore Vietnam is one of the most common options although it might be uncomfortable for a long ride.
You can also buy Open bus tickets or separate tickets for each destination. Besides sleeper buses, you can choose limousine or van to travel in Vietnam.
The most popular bus/limousine providers in Vietnam are The Sinh Tourist, Hung Thanh, Hanh Cafe, and Phuong Trang (Futa bus).
Traveling in Vietnam by Airplane
Flying is the fastest way to get around in Vietnam. It only takes about 2 hours by plane to go from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh and vice versa, while it may take up to 30 hours by train.
The main cities in Vietnam are well-connected by airports. Vietnam Airlines, Vietjet Air, Bamboo and Jetstar offer daily flights from Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh to other cities such as Nha Trang, Da Nang, Hai Phong.