Public transportation from Hanoi airport to city center (updated January 2017)

After revising some information on the Internet about public transportation from Noi Bai International Airport (Hanoi) to the city center, I found out that most of them are out – dated. I hope the information in this post will be helpful for any tourist in choosing a cheap and reliable airport transfer.

In May 2016, the city of Hanoi launched a new express bus line no 86 runs from Noi Bai Airport (Terminal 1 & 2) to the city center. This bus line is designated for airport transfer with lots of luggage space, information available in English and Vietnamese, etc. However, the detail about this bus line is available only in Vietnamese.

SEPTEMBER UPDATES:

  • 3 new bus stops
  • New update for Terminal 2 bus stop
  • New update for bus stop in the city center (only applicable to certain time due to the new launch of walking streets around the Hoan Kiem Lake)   
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WHAT IS EXPRESS BUS No 86?

The bus runs frequently from Noi Bai Airport to City Center and vice versa daily. The bus stands out with the color orange with info board in English and Vietnamese.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

It costs you only 30000 VND (EUR 1.2). No ticket reservation is needed. Ticket is purchased from the controller on the bus. You can pay by cash (Vietnamese currency) or any type of international card (Visa, Master)

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?

With normal traffic, it takes about 55 minutes depending on where you want to get off.

WHERE CAN I CATCH THE BUS? (information is translated into English)

  1. From Noi Bai Airport Terminal 1 (Domestic terminal): Right outside the terminal with the orange signpost.

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2. From Noi Bai Airport Terminal 2 (International terminal): Proceed to the stand no 02 outside the terminal, cross the road and the bus stop is right there. It is opposite the stand no 02.

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3. List of stops

  • From city center to airport: Hanoi Central Railway Station -> bus stop opposite the Melia Hotel -> Hanoi Post Office (Buu Dien Bo Ho) -> 23 Hang Tre –> Long Bien Transpoint station (E11) -> bus stop at intersection Yen Phu – Cua Bac ->  bus stop at intersection Au Co – Xuan Dieu -> Au Co – Lac Long Quan (468 Au Co) –> VAECO Company –> Terminal 1 -> Terminal 2.
  • From airport to city center: Terminal 1 -> Terminal 2 -> VAECO Company –> Au Co – Lac Long Quan (523 Au Co str)–> Au Co – Xuan Dieu stop -> bus stop at intersection Yen Phu – Cua Bac -> Long Bien Transpoint station -> 142 Tran Quang Khai –> Hanoi Opera House -> Hanoi Melia Hotel -> Hanoi Central Railway Station

HOW ABOUT THE TIMETABLE?

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The left table is from Railway station to airport. The right table is from airport to city center

THINGS TO REMEMBER AND TIPS:

1.There is no restriction regarding baggage allowance on the bus.

2. The travel time between bus stops in the city center is only 5 – 10mins so be sure to make it on time.

3. Please avoid the “Long Bien” stop. Although I’m Vietnamese, I feel unsecured due to the complication there (lots of pickpockets).

4. Starting from 01/09/2016, because of the event “Walking around the Sword Lake” that organized by People’s Committee of Hanoi starts from 5pm – 12pm on EVERY FRIDAY, WHOLE SATURDAY and SUNDAY every week, the bus express will change  also the stop. With the route from the city to the airport, the stop “Hanoi Post Office (Buu Dien Bo Ho)” will be replaced by the stop “opposite house No 6C Phan Chu Trinh (opposite the Hanoi Opera House)”. This change is applied only to those times that have been mentioned above.

The idea of writing this post came from my Finnish friend – who is now traveling across Asia alone. She finds it’s difficult to find out some information about cheap airport transfer since it is all in Vietnamese. I hope my post will be helpful for all of those who are going to or planning to visit Hanoi 🙂

The information in this post is translated into English by myself. The reference source is from https://www.facebook.com/BusExpress86/

 

 

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96 thoughts on “Public transportation from Hanoi airport to city center (updated January 2017)

  1. nam

    thank you very much
    I will have to use this information. because I have to get to noi bai airport by myself from hanoi.
    I am wonder if I can fine a bus stop.
    🙂

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  3. Thank you so much, Suximi. Your information was just what I needed. I am planning to travel to Vietnam this December as a solo female traveller and it’s going to be my first time. I would like to ask you a question since you seem to be the right person here. I’d really appreciate your advice here.
    Since I’ll be arriving in the late evening, I thought of booking a hotel nearby and take a taxi to Hanoi early next morning in time to catch the bus to Sapa. My schedule is pretty tight so I cannot afford to wait another day for Sapa. So I was wondering, is it possible to get an early taxi from Noi Bai to Hanoi, like around 5.30 am or am I risking it? Thank you in advance.

    1. Hi,
      What time will you arrive? Have you checked with your hotel in Hanoi about picking up service. It has almost the same price with normal taxi.
      Btw, it is quite risky because you are young solo female traveler. It’s not really safe.you can check for uber or grabtaxi, they are more reliable. Instead of booking a hotel nearby, I think you can stay at the airport. Nearby hotels are still far and dark during late evening! If possible, share the taxi with another traveler so it’s safer 🙂
      I hope my information helpful somehow. Please ask if you are still hesitating something 🙂

  4. Miro

    Suximi, are you sure about the ticket price. I have just read on another site:
    “I took the 86 bus from the airport to the city center, as of September 2016 was 37000 dong.”

    AND, thanks for all the info, it will be helpful when we arrive in Hanoi 🙂

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  7. agnes

    Hi there, we are arriving in Hanoi soon and want to take this bus. I’ve seen a few different version of the stops on different websites and am wondering if you could help us confirm if the bus still stops at Au Co – Quan Dieu? Thanks!

    1. Hi,

      I have just double checked the info on the official Facebook page of the bus. I confirm that the bus still stops at Au Co – Xuan Dieu (both directions).
      Wish you have a great time in Hanoi.

  8. Eddie Wong

    Hi Suximi, Your info on Bus 86 is very helpful. You wrote: from 01/09/2016, because of the event “Walking around the Sword Lake” starts from 5pm – 12pm on EVERY FRIDAY, WHOLE SATURDAY and SUNDAY every week”. My question:
    1. What is “walking around the Sword Lake”? Is the event still going on during March 2017?
    2. Do you know the exact location of bus stop at Railway Station as the station is quite long?
    3. Is the bus terminal at the airport or at Railway Station? Or is it a non stop loop service?
    Thank you for your help. Eddie Wong

    1. Hi,

      1. The walking event means during those days, all cars/scooters/bikes will be prohibited within the area around Hoan Kiem Lake. The streets will be turned into “walking streets”. This event is still ongoing until further notice.
      2. I’m sorry I don’t know the exact location. But the railway station is not that big so you can find it easily.
      3. It’s the loop service between the airport and railway station.

      I hope my answers will be helpful to you 🙂

  9. Vita

    Hey! really helpful post! Is the bus will be running 1st of February(i will be arriving at that time) because it’s still during celebration of Tet Holiday?

    1. Hi. It’s still running but with less frequency. According to the schedule, on 1st Feb, the service runs from 5:05 am till 22:58 pm, every 30 mins. For more details, they have updated info on the Fecebook page 🙂 hope it helps you somehow 🙂

      1. Vita

        thank you so much, your information is really helpful! My hostel is 13 Hang Muoi Street, Hanoi.I was looking at the google maps and it should be convienet stop Trần Nhật Duật, Hà Nội, Vietnam. I looked on internet and the bust stopping threre. Can you just confirm if I am right? Thank you so much!

      2. Hi.

        The nearer stop is “142 Trần Quang Khải” (direction from the airport to the city center). From there, the walking distance is only about 120meters to your hostel.

  10. Ian

    Suximi, Excellent information & very helpful. My wife & I are travelling to Hanoi arriving 5th May about 9:35 in the morning. The Hotel we have booked is the “Hong Ngoc Cochinchine Hotel” in “Nguyen Truong To St”. Looking at the route map the nearest bus stop appears to be “Long Bien” stop which you suggest is better to avoid. Is there any other alternative?

    1. Of course there is an alternative for you. You can get off at the stop “bus stop at intersection Yen Phu – Cua Bac”, which is just before “Long Bien” stop. From there, you should walk along the Cua Bac street and then turn left onto Nguyen Truong To street. Your hotel will be on your right side (as google said 🙂 This option even has shorter walking distance than the “Long Bien” stop.

      On the way back to the airport, you could also catch the bus at this stop. Don’t forget to cross the street to the right direction 🙂

      1. Ian Leach

        Suximi, I have just been notified of a change in our hotel. It is now the HONG NGOC DYNASTIE HOTEL, 34 Hàng Mành, Hàng Gai, Hoàn Kiếm. Is there a better bus stop to get off? and is it still the same bus and same cost?

  11. Tracy

    This is very useful informaion I looked for. Thank you very much. I wonder why google map does not shows 86 bus route on the map :(. Now I finally able to estimate approximate time of arrive to my hotel thanks to your post; 55min. Thank you

  12. DANDAN

    This is so helpful, we will be at Hanoi on 12th Feb and going to SAPA. great help, cause we knew a lot of Taxi Tout over there , no offense. great great great information.

  13. huang tiem seh

    My hotel is at nos 15 Hang Can , Hoan Kiem District and the nearest bus stop for me to get down is Long Bien station which was not a suitable one. Can you suggest which bus station should I stop.
    Thanks

      1. Eddie Wong

        Which bus top should we alight from Bus 86 from the airport & walk to our hotel, we are booked at Ritz Boutique, 23 Au Trieu Street, Hoan Kiem Dist? Any land mark to recognize before we alight from Bus 86? Is the Driver able to understand English? Thank you.

      2. 1. You can search on google maps the distance between bus stop & your hotel. In your case, the nearest stop is Melia Hotel.
        2. They will give you a list of stop and there is information screen on the bus also so don’t worry.

  14. Marie

    Wow, it took me ages and still couldn’t find the info i needed until i stumbled onto your post. Thank you soooo much, so very useful.
    I think you may be able to help me further. I’d like to take a train from Hanoi to Hai Phong. Do you know what train station in Hanoi I should use, am getting conflicting info – Long Bien St or Central St?? Btw, I arrive into Hanoi airport at 6am.

    1. Hi Marie,

      Glad that finally you ended up the right place 😉

      I’m sorry I’m not a train expert in Vietnam. But as far as I search from google (info in Vietnamese), the train info is quite complicated and I will try to explain for you now.

      1. Train LP3/LP2, LP5/LP6, LP7/LP8 Hanoi – Hai Phong depart and arrive at Long Bien st
      2. HP1 train: departs daily from Central Station to Hai Phong (this direction only)
      2. HP2 train: Hai Phong – Hanoi (this direction only) arrives at Central Station
      3. Exception: On Saturdays, Sundays and official holidays; trains LP5/LP6 depart and arrive at Central Station

      So it’s pretty much depends on what time you go and which train you will take. For reference, please have a look here http://www.duongsatvietnam.com/ve-tau-ha-noi-hai-phong (in Vietnamese only). If you go to the train station straight from the airport, I suggest you choose Central Station (it’s also the last stop of bus 86). However, as I said, it depends on the train timetable also.

      I hope this info will help you somehow 🙂

      1. Marie

        Hi Suximi,

        Again, thank you solo much. Very appreciated.

        My journey from Hanoi airport to Hai Phong as follows;

        Taking the Bus 86 (your bus!)
        Cost: VND30,000 to either
        1. Hanoi Railway St – Trains depart 06:00, 15:20 and 18:27
        2. Long Bien St – Trains depart 09:20, 15:30 and 18:38
        (for your readers info: http://www.seat61.com/Vietnam.htm#Hanoi%20-%20Haiphong%20&%20Halong)

        My flight arrives at 5am so hoping to clear customs, Bus 86, etc by 9am and get the 09:20 train from Long Bien. Cost: VND70,000
        Toss up between safety at Long Bien or saving 6 hours – I will be extra vigilant, thanks to your advice.

        Else I could take a taxi all the way for $90!

        You see how much you have saved me!

        My first stop will be at Killara High School at Cat ba. I am taking a lot of educational materials and am hoping to volunteer to work there for a week or so. The money you have saved me will go towards the school children, so a big thank you.

        Just a quick question, you may know. Can I purchase a train ticket from Long Bien St or do I have to go to Hanoi main station?

        Thanks for all your help.

        Marie

      2. Hello,

        I am sorry for my late response because I don’t know why your comment went to “spam” section.
        I am very glad that my information is useful for you. I wish you will have a nice trip in Cat Ba. I was there about 10 years ago and the beach was quite beautiful.
        Yes you can buy the train ticket from LB station. I did a quick research on google and yes, they should have a ticket sale office there.
        I will double check the info with some of my friends and get back to you if that info is incorrect 🙂

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  16. Verawaty

    Hello Suximi. Thank you so much for your helpful information. I will be coming to Hanoi in next month and will be staying in Capella Hotel at Lo Su – Ly Thai To. I will be arriving in Saturday which I read it is “walking street” day. Would you pls tell me where the nearest bus stop I shall take off to get to my hotel? I saw 51 Ly Thai To bus stop in google maps which is 600m to the hotel though.

    Also, Suximi, I can’t find bus stop in 142 Tran Quang Khai in google maps. Instead I saw 162 Tran Quang Khai bus stop. Do Bus 86 stop here too? Thank you for your help.

    1. Hi,

      1. The bus direction from the airport to city center is not affected by the event “Walking street”. In your case, the nearest bus stop is “142 Trần Quang Khải” . It is about 500m to your hotel. Another option is, as you said, the “Hanoi Opera House” (Nhà Hát Lớn) stop. It’s about 900m.

      2. I double checked with the information on the official facebook page of the bus and it says “142 Tran Quang Khai”.

      1. Verawaty

        Yeah, I do read it is 142 Tran Quang Khai. The problem is just the difference on Google Maps.
        Thank you for your help, Suximi. I will let you know when I arrive ^^” Wishing you good Sunday.

      2. Verawaty

        Xin chào, Suximi.
        Just want to share that the bus stop at 162 Tran Quang Khai. Google maps do have been updated by adding the bus number 86 in this bus stop.
        Again, thank you so much for your helpful post.

  17. Ian Leach

    Suximi, I have just been notified of a change in our hotel. It is now the HONG NGOC DYNASTIE HOTEL, 34 Hàng Mành, Hàng Gai, Hoàn Kiếm. (It was originally the Hong Ngok Cochinchine hotel at bus stop Yen Phu – Cua Bac) Is there a better bus stop to get off? and is it still the same bus and same cost?

  18. yves primeau

    Thank you Suximi for your very useful information. Would you please tell me the bus stop for the Golden Diamond Hotel.?Yves

  19. Yves Primeau

    Hello Suximi! Thank you very your amazing initiative. It is very useful. Would you please tell me which bus stop I should descend on for the Golden Diamond Hotel. Yves

  20. Mark

    Thanks so much for your post! I’m staying at Hanoi Marvellous Hotel & Spa and just wanted to check if the nearest bus stop travelling from the airport to the hotel is “142 Tran Quang Khai”. Many thanks.

  21. Andy

    Hi Suximi, thank you so much for the wonderful and informative post on bus 86 from the airport. May i ask please, we’re staying at Hanoi Holiday Diamond Hotel
    Address: 5 Nguyen Sieu Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi. is there any stop nearby this hotel. thank you

  22. Suximi, My wife & I are travelling to Hanoi arriving 5th May morning. we are now staying in the “Hong Ngoc Dynastie Hotel” in “Hang Manh”. The nearest bus stop appears to be “Melia Hotel” stop. Is this likely to be the best stop and are there any areas to avoid if walking?

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  24. Eydi

    Hi Suximi,

    Thanks for this very informative post.

    I”ll be travelling to Hanoi this Thursday and will be arriving at Noi Bai International Airport at 12:30 AM (past midnight). I am looking for the cheapest way/s to go to City from Terminal 2. Bus 86 is unavailable during those time, right?

    I’ll be staying at Melia Hanoi Hotel.

    Hoping to hear from you the soonest.

    Thank you!

      1. Claire Lee

        Hello Suximi,

        May I know roughly how much does it cost to take uber/grabcar at midnight from Airport to Old Quarter?
        Thank You

  25. mike

    very helpful post ! just want say that i had some issue finding the bus stop at the railroad station. turned out there’s a special orange bus stand just for 86 on the south side of the station entrance. can’t miss it 🙂

  26. irazh

    Thank you for your very useful info

    Bus 86 from airport stops at the railway station. Which bus should I take to My Dinh bus station ?

  27. Adi

    Can I take this bus to go to airport from May De Ville City Centre hotel,24 Han Thuyen Street, Hai Ba Trung District with couple of bags(1 carry on and 1 check in).
    Thank you very much. —Adi

  28. Debra Mills

    Dear Suximi

    I am coming to Hanoi for the first time and I am confused how to get to NUOC NGAM STATION from Noi Bai International (I am going to Hai Pong)l. Could you help me with bus numbers and so on. I cannot afford a Taxi as I do not have much money. Any suggestions would be very welcome

    Thank you very much for your help

      1. Debra Mills

        Thank you for your suggestion. Do you know if Route NB03 (07 buses) goes from Noi Bai airport to Nuoc Ngam bus station . This bus 86 a better option?

        Thank you

        Debra

  29. Crystal

    Xin chao, Suximi,
    This is a great article! Thanks for the information. From the time table you have here, it shows that the last Express Bus from the Airport into the city center leaves at 23:05. I had an agent tell me the last bus was at 21:00 and I should book a private transfer. Can you clarify as I’d prefer the bus if it really is an option? We will be flying in from Siem Reap, arriving at 10pm. Thanks so much for any insight you can provide to me!

  30. John Last

    Dear Suximi

    Hullo. Would you be able to tell me how to get to Gia Lam Bus Station from the airport … I do not have the money to pay for a Taxi

    Thank you for your help

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