Hanoi Transportation Tips by muddybok
Hanoi Transportation: 184 reviews and 180 photos
Travel by train in Vietnam may sound like a good idea. It's slightly more expensive than buses and of course cheaper than air.
I arrive at Hanoi (from Hue) by overnight train. One set back is the cafe helper cannot speak English. Order food on the train is almost near to impossible since they do not have a menu (not even a Vietnamese menu). Food menu in English, you just forget about it.
Travel by air can be considered the fastest and of course costing the most as compared to train & buses.
If you can't stand the numb butt for travel by bus for 12 hours or more, travel by air is the best option.
I fly Malaysia Air Line (MAS) to Saigon & the moving up north by busses (Saigon-Hue) & train (Hue-Hanoi).
Open Tour Bus
Backpacking & travel from Saigon to Hanoi & vice versa is so convenient with Open Bus Tickets.
These buses are mostly operated (should i say monopolized) by some big cafes & travel companies with extensive coverage in all touristy cities/towns.
The advantage of Open Bus ticket is you're not bound by specific schedule & you can stay in a town or city as long as you want & confirming your next destination one day before you departure.
Open Bus ticket valid for 1 year from the date of purchase.
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