HANOI - GETTING AROUND
Taxis can easily be found in the city, outside hotels and major attractions. You can hail a taxi on the street or call to order one over the phone. Most of the taxi`s in the city are metered with a starting cost of around VND 10,000 - 15,000 and every 0.62 miles costing VND 4,000 - 6,000. The most reputable taxi companies in Hanoi are Hanoi Taxi tel. 04/853-5353, Mai Linh tel. 04/822-2555, Hanoi Tourist Taxi tel. 04/856-5656 and Taxi CP tel. 84/43-826-2626.
Be sure to have your destination written down in Vietnamese, most drivers don`t speak much English. Another good thing is to have a GPS map or google maps open on your phone as some drivers tend to take the long way around. Tips are not required but you can always round up the change.By Motorcycle Taxi (Xe Om)
Xe Om`s are Hanoi`s motorbike taxis, they take over the streets of Hanoi, buzzing all over the city in and out of traffic. Xe oms can be found on the streets, outside hotels and tourist attractions with an average cost for a journey in the center of the city costing around VND 10,000 - 15,000. Be sure to haggle the price before you take a ride, there are plenty of Xe om`s so you can just walk away and get a cheaper price. A motorbike taxi can also be hired for the day for around VND 30,000 - 40,000 and you can rent a motorcycle to drive yourself around for approximately VND 90,000.By Cyclo
Hanoi`s cyclo`s are a two seated foot pedal bike powered by a driver that rides behind you. They are an authentic way of transportation providing great views of the capital city. The general cost is around VND 20,000 for a short ride and VND 30,000 for longer rides. Be sure to agree on a price before you ride and make sure to specify the price is for two people as many drivers will try to double your rate once you arrive at the final destination. Cyclo`s are available all over the city, outside hotels, tourist attractions and on the streets, especially around the Old Quarter.By Bus
There is an extensive bus system in Hanoi providing regular routes throughout the city. They are an extremely cheap transport option but can be crowded and uncomfortable. A typical ticket will cost between VND 5,000 - 10,000. If you plan to ride the bus pick up a Xe Buyt Ha Noi bus map from the Thang Long bookshop. There are several bus stops located around the city with stops right in front of popular attractions such as the Old Quarter, the Hanoi Train Station, Ho Chi Minh`s Mausoleum and Hoan Kiem Lake.
The Electric Bus in Hanoi is a sightseeing tour of the city stopping at 14 popular destinations, with the main departure points at the north end of Hoan Kime Lake and outside of the Dong Xuan Market.By Foot
Exploring the capital city on foot is easily done in areas such as the Old Quarter and around Hoan Kiem Lake. Wander down the 36 narrow streets and alleyways of the Old Quarter or walk around the lake and visit the temples. Take a walk or hike at Ba Vi National Park which provides spectacular scenic views and lush tropical jungle surroundings. When walking around the city watch out for motorcycles and other traffic as red lights are treated as optional, use caution when crossing the roads as traffic is truly chaotic.By Bicycle
Bicycles are a popular way of getting around Hanoi and can be rented at most hotels and tourist cafes for around USD$1 - 3 a day. Hanoi offers many natural scenic trails and lakeside paths that are perfect for a bike ride.By Car
Renting a car in Hanoi is not highly recommended, the most popular option is to book a car with a private driver with an approximate daily cost of around USD$40.