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Vietnam Transportation Guide

All You Need to Know about Traveling Around Vietnam

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Vietnam is an popular destination to visit in South East Asia. However, Vietnam transportation, especially the traffic, can be troublesome and difficult to understand.

This article is a comprehensive guide to get around Vietnam with 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 much 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 side walk…

getting around Vietnam transportation

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 license for motorbikes or cars, you may not receive insurance in case of accidents. Thus, taking 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 the one of the best option to enjoy the beauty of Vietnam. As 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.

Vietnam train travel

While traveling by train, passengers can purchase food and drinks on board.

You can select hard seat, soft seat, hard-berth (6 berths per cabin), and soft berth (4 berths per cabin) while booking with Baolau.

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Traveling in Vietnam by Bus

Taking bus to explore Vietnam is one of the most common option although it might be uncomfortable for a long ride.

You can buy Open bus tickets or seperate 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, Queen Cafe, Hanh Cafe, Phuong Trang (Futa bus), Non Nuoc Ninh Binh.


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 and Jetstar offers daily flights from Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh to other cities such as Nha Trang, Da Nang, Hai Phong.


Traveling in Vietnam by motorbike

Traveling from the North to the South of Vietnam by motorbike is one of the best experience in your trip to Vietnam.

The best part of traveling in Vietnam by motorbike is that you can enjoy the breath-taking view and explore each destiniation with your own pace.

Also, you can meet many travelers taking the same routes, or discover off-the-beaten-path area that train or bus cannot reach.

Tips: You should learn some basic Vietnamese phrases and words if you travel in rural areas.


Most popular travel routes:

From Hanoi


From Da Nang


From Ho Chi Minh


How to book train and bus in Vietnam?

You can book train and bus ticket online easily with Baolau.

After entering your desired day of departure and arrival, you will find a fully detailed schedule of the day from all providers.

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