Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh are also connected by the Reuniﬁcaon Express, a railway that oﬀers a long but scenic glimpse of the Vietnam countryside. The trip from one city to the other takes about 34 hours. Enjoy the ever changing landscapes.
Tour Buses are a cheap and comfortable option. Buses can be arranged through countless travel agents. Tour buses are available as part of package deals that take care of accommodation and activities.
Inner city buses in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh have extensive city bus networks. The buses are cheap and frequent but can be very crowded.
Hanoi Bus Schedule
Ho Chi Minh City Bus Schedule
Sleeper buses can take you to different provinces in Vietnam. They are cheap and provides a seat that reclines fully.
See below for Hanoi and HCMC bus station addresses/links:
It is recommended to ask Vietnamese center staff which bus station to go to based on the location you would like to travel to.
Hanoi Bus Stations
In Vietnamese: Bến xe Nước Ngầm: số 1, Ngọc Hồi, Hoàng Liệt, Hoàng Mai, TP. Hà Nội
In English: Nuoc Ngam bus station: No 1, Ngoc Hoi street, Hoang Liet ward, Hoang Mai district, Ha Noi
In Vietnamese: Bến xe Mỹ Đình: 20 Phạm Hùng, Mỹ Đình, Nam Từ Liêm, Hà Nội
In English: My Dinh bus station: No 20 Pham Hung street, My Dinh ward, Nam Tu Liem district, Ha Noi
In Vietnamese: Bến xe Giáp Bát: đường Giải Phóng, quận Hoàng Mai, Hà Nội
In English: Giap Bta bus station: Giai Phong street, Hoang Mai district, Ha Noi.
HCMC Bus Website
Within the cities, the easiest way to get around is by motorbike. While you can rent a motorbike in Hanoi and HCMC, buying a motorbike is the most cost efficient for staying long term in Vietnam. The communities listed below are a good place to start when looking for a bike.
1. Hanoi Buy, Swap and Sell
2. Hanoi Backpacker Sales
3. Hanoi Massive- a new era
4. Apax Teacher Community Facebook Community
If driving a motorbike is not for you, motorbike taxis and taxis are another option. Uber and Grab are popular in Hanoi and HCMC due to the lower prices and overall convenience. This is a good option to and from the airport if buses are not for you. If you need a taxi, Mailinh is a recommended taxi brand and are an easily recognisable green.