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The national airline of Vietnam is Vietnam Airlines (VN). The most common routes to Vietnam are from Bangkok, Hong Kong, Manila, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Paris, and Taipei. Most Asian carriers have flights to Vietnam, as do Qantas and Air France.

Approximate flight times

From Hanoi to London is around 17 hours, with a 2 hour layover in Bangkok.

International airports

Located at Noi Bai, Noi Bai International Airport (HAN) is 45 kilometres or 28 miles north of Hanoi. Metered taxis and busses are available. There are basic facilities at the airport.

Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN) is located 7 kilometres or 4.5 miles from Ho Chi Minh City. There are buses and metered taxis available at this airport.

Departure tax

US$12 (Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City) and US$8 (Da Nang), payable in New Vietnam Dông or US Dollars.


Ho Chi Minh City, Vung Tau, Haiphong, Da Nang and Binh Thuy are the main ports where international cruise services are provided.


It is practicable to enter China by train from Lao Cai to Kunming in the Yunnan province of China or through Lang Son to Nanning. Trains also run from Beijing-Dong Dang-Hanoi and back 2 times a week.


There are roads to Guangxi, China through Lang Son, Cambodia through Moc Bai and to Laos at Lao Bao and Cau Trieu.


Please be aware that all Vietnamese visas are issued with a specific exit point. If this exit point needs to be changed, it must be done at an immigration office or using a travel agent in Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi
Useful travel links
Noi Bai International Airport information on Hanoi airport
Tan Son Nhat Airport about Ho Chi Minh City airport (Saigon)
Transportation information about transportation in Vietnam