• Hanoi - Saigon: How to get to Saigon from Hanoi?
  • Hanoi - Saigon: How to get to Saigon from Hanoi?

  • on Dec 31, 2019       By: BN
  • The North - South road axis is one of the main connecting two cultural and economic centres of the country, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. The journey between two cities is undoubtedly one of the most asked questions because of the number of passengers. The capital of Vietnam and former Saigon known as being the economic capital are also essential to see to fully discover the country. Do you already have a well-designed tour plan but the trips between these cities are not imprecise? In a few minutes with this article, you will find all the answers to the basic question "how to get to Saigon from Hanoi?"

    When to visit Saigon?

    The climate of Ho Chi Minh City is characterized by two distinct seasons, the dry season and the rainy season. The cooler dry season lasts from December to April. The rainy season is marked by intermittent but rapid showers. For many people, the dry season is ideal for enjoying the varied activities in this dynamic agglomeration. In fact, each period has its peculiarities that invite you to discover the city and its atmosphere in a unique aspect.

    Distance from Hanoi to Saigon

    Saigon is about 1,730 kilometres from Hanoi.

    Means of transport to reach Saigon

    It is easy to get to Ho Chi Minh City by any means from different parts of the country. The Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh City link can be made by bus, train and plane, it will take around 39 hours by bus, 28 hours by train and 2 hours 10 minutes by plane.

    Bus Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh - city

    In Hanoi, there are about 16 buses serving Saigon. As the route of the vehicles is not the same between the vehicles, the journey time and the price of the ticket are very different.

    + Depart from Hanoi: Nuoc Ngam, Yen Nghia, Giap Bat and My Dinh bus stations.

    + Arrival in Ho Chi Minh City: Mien Dong bus station

    Bus stations in Hanoi:

    Nuoc Ngam bus station: 01 Ngoc Hoi street, Hoang Liet, Hoang Mai, Hanoi

    Yen Nghia bus station: national road 6, Yen Nghia, Ha Dong, Hanoi

    Giap Bat bus station: Km6 Giai Phong Street, Hoang Mai, Hanoi

    My Dinh bus station: 20 Pham Hung street, My Dinh 2, Nam Tu Liem, Hanoi

    Mien Dong bus station: 292 Dinh Bo Linh, district 26, Binh Thach district, Ho Chi Minh city.

    Distance: 1,710 km
    Number of trips: 16 buses per day
    Average duration: 39h
    Price ranging from 700,000 to 1,300,000 VND per ticket
    Schedule: earliest at 2:40 a.m. and latest at 11:00 p.m.

    bus hanoi saigon

    Hoang Long Bus for Hanoi – Saigon

    Reliable bus companies: Hoang Long, Mai Linh, Ha Loan, Tuan Duyen, Nam Quan

    These are 40-seater air-conditioned sleeper buses offering decent comfort with drinking water, blankets and meals.

             >> More details on schedule/prices and book a Hanoi - Saigon bus

    Hanoi – Ho Chi Minh City train

    train hanoi ho chi minh

    A popular and safe way to get to Saigon from Hanoi is by rail with two trains, the SE or North - South train and the Thong Nhat (Reunification) train. There is a considerable difference between the types of wagon chosen.

    Distance: 1,726 km
    Number of journeys: 3 to 10 times per day, depending on the day
    Duration: 28h for the SE train and almost 40h for the Thong Nhat train

    Ticket: the price varies between 710,000 and 2,800,000 VND with the types of class available, namely:

    + Hard seat: 600,000 VND per person (applicable to the Thong Nhat train)
    + Air-conditioned hard seat: 900,000 VND per person
    + Fleece seat: 950,000 - 1,100,000 VND per person
    + Wagon with 4 to 6 berths: 1,200,000 - 1,400,000 VND per person
    + Comfort wagon with 2 berths or VIP: 2,800,000 VND per person

             >> To book or see more details on the Hanoi - Saigon train of the Vietnam Railways (VNR)


    + Hanoi station: 120 Le Duan street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi

    + Saigon station: 1, Nguyen Thong, ward 10, district 3, Ho Chi Minh City

    Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City flights

    The quickest and most convenient way to get to Saigon is by plane. The Hanoi - Saigon flights are provided by three national airlines, Vietnam Airlines, VietJet Air and Jetstar Pacific.

    Distance: 1,615 km
    Duration: 2h10
    Number of flights:
       + Vietnam Airlines: from 16 to 18 flights per day
       + VietJet Air: 8 flights per day
       + Jetstar Pacific: from 8 to 9 flights per day.

    Offering an average of Hanoi - Saigon flights every 30 minutes, Vietnam Airlines is the largest and most reliable of the national airlines. Its ticket cost is therefore higher. If you choose the economic lines, VietJet Air and Jetstar Pacific are actually more advantageous.

    Airports in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City

    For the Hanoi - Saigon route, you will depart from Noi Bai Airport and disembark at Tan Son Nhat Airport.

    Noi Bai Airport: Located 30 km from downtown Hanoi, Noi Bai International Airport is the largest in the North. It hosts three aforementioned national airlines and some twenty other international ones.

    Tan Son Nhat Airport: predominant in the South of the country and also the largest in the country, Tan Son Nhat International Airport is located in the Tan Binh district, 8 km from downtown Ho Chi Minh City.

    Practical information on Hanoi – Saigon flights

    The transport costs are of course strongly influenced by the tourist seasons. To take advantage of reservations at the best price, two main periods to note:

    High season: from January to April
    Low season: from June to September
    Average price: 1,650,000 VND
    Minimum price: 900,000 VND

             >> More details to better book tickets for a flight/bus/train Hanoi - Saigon

    Go to Saigon by private car or motorbike

    Nothing like satisfying your thirst for adventure with a motorcycle or private car trip crisscrossing the earth in an S shape. Crossing several cities and provinces from North to South is a good opportunity to enjoy the beauties at your own pace. This long circuit can be accomplished in three main stages:

    Route 1: Hanoi - Quang Binh

    Hanoi - Phap Van highway - Cau Gie - Cau Gie highway - Ninh Binh - turn right via national road 10 - Ninh Binh - Tam Diep - national road 1 via Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, Ha Tinh - Quang Binh.

    Route 2: Quang Binh - Khanh Hoa

    Quang Binh - national road 1 - Cloud pass - Danang - via national road 1 - Quang Ngai - Binh Dinh - chief - Song Cau commune of Tuy Hoa (Phu Yen) - Khanh Hoa.

    Route 3: Khanh Hoa - Ho Chi Minh - city

    Khanh Hoa - seaside stopover at Nha Trang - national road 1 - Ninh Thuan - Binh Thuan - Ho Xuan Huong road - Long Khanh commune of Dong Nai - Ho Chi Minh highway - Long Thanh - Dau Giay - Thu Thiem tunnel - centre Saigon.

    You have almost all the information you need to set off for Saigon leisurely. For those who are looking for ideas to fully appreciate Ho Chi Minh City, here are our best suggestions for you:

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