You may have heard stories of the ‘perils’ of hiring a taxi in an unfamiliar city. A common tale is of taxi drivers telling newly arrived travellers that their hotel is closed down, full or no good and that they know of another / better hotel they can take you to instead. If you hear any stories like this pay no attention, and if you need to take a taxi from the airport simply insist on being taken to the hotel you want.
It is possible that some taxi drivers may try to overcharge you for the journey you are making. To avoid this you should agree a set fare at the start of the journey. If a driver do not agree to this request then you should find an alternative taxi. If you have any problems once you reach the hotel, go to the reception desk and ask them to sort out any queries or problems. In the interest of comfort and safety it is always best to travel in the rear seat of a taxi. This will not be considered rude by the taxi driver. If the driver insists that you should sit in the front, we recommend that you locate an alternative taxi.
Taxi is a relatively cheap mode of transport in Hanoi, and a trip will normally cost between 10,000 to 20,000 Vietnamese dongs. However, the main problem is that taxi drivers may try to rip off tourists e.g. using a tampered taxi meter, going by a longer route etc. One way is to negotiate a suitable price before taking the taxi (some taxi drivers do not even care to reduce the price despite bargaining) or ask your hotel to get the taxi for you as the hotel staff will know the price and how to negotiate with the taxi drivers. The main taxi operators in Hanoi include Hanoi Taxi (tel: 04-8535353), CP Taxi (tel: 04-8241999) and Mai Linh Taxi (tel: 04-8222666).
It's no secret that some taxis in Hanoi cost more money. There are many taxis running with fixed meters. Don't get burnt by this. Have your hotel restaurant call you a taxi. there is no extra charge for this. Two legit taxi companies are;
Hanoi taxi: 853-5353
C.P. taxi: 826-2626
Hope you don't ripped off!
If you hang around the old quarters, there are actually $7 rides to the Noi Ba International Airport from the doorstep of your hotel. You just need to find Sinn Cafe offices (they have like half a dozen in and around the Old Quarters, just ask around or ask your hotel concierge where to find one on your map), and pre-book it. One word of caution, if you're staying at either Sofitels, be sure they have the right one on record. Our ride was 30 mins late because it went to the Sofitel Plaza instead of the Metropole to pick us up. Lucky we made it anyway.
Off the airport, don't worry about not having any Vietnamese Dongs (VND's) on you, just make sure you have $10 in loose change and get on waiting cabs outside the arrival area. there are three licensed companies running this, DO NOT get on with drivers who approach you at the arrival hall. Be specific with the hotel you're going to so as to avoid them taking you around for a ride. We tipped our driver US$1.
There are cases of taxi taking u for a around-about rides, and chalking up the fares on the meter.
Some times, it is better to fix a price before going for a ride.
So, generally from airport to Old Quater cost abt 10USD
The trip from train station to Old Quater is about 4USD.
I was told that the usual taxi fare for a journey from the old quarter to the Hanoi train station area should normally cost between 20,000 to 40,000 dong. However, more than half our rides turned up higher fares - I was observing how some taxi meters simply jump practically almost every second.
But having said this, I think there's little one can do about this situation.
After reading so many other posts about how big a hassle it is to get to Hanoi from the airport, I was not looking forward to having to fight off Taxi touts and haggle over the fare. But, on arrival I was pleasantly surprised how easy (and cheap) it was to get into town.
After clearing customs, we stopped at the airport ATM to get some VN currency. At this point, one taxi tout offered us a ride but quickly left us alone when we declined. We headed straight outside and saw a line of clean taxis with a sign advertising a US$10 ride to downtown Hanoi. We jumped in, told the driver the name of our hotel, and headed off. Soon we were dodging hundreds of scooters, bicycles, and the occasional truck.. but we arrived safely at the right hotel in about 35 minutes. I paid the driver $10 and threw in a $1 tip.
So don't worry about your arrival in Hanoi.. just politely say no to any touts, go outside the terminal, look for the $10 cab, and enjoy your trip!
If you are travelling with another person, it is worthwhile taking the taxi around Hanoi. Taxis are plentiful and cheap in Hanoi and can be flagged down anywhere. The taxis are white Toyota Altis and go by the meter. The flag down fare is 11000 VND and increments are in 1000 VND units. A 15-minute taxi ride from the southeast to the northwest corner of central Hanoi should cost around 40000 VND ($2.5). Taxi drivers don't usually speak much English. Have your destination written down even though you can read the Romanised street names - your pronounciation will be inaccurate most of the time. Otherwise, have someone at the hotel or restaurant or shop speak to the taxi driver.
Make sure that you have 10000 VND and 20000 VND notes with you. Taxi drivers often do not have change for anything more than 50000 VND and rounding up of the fare is a common practice. If your metered fare is 27000 VND for example and you give the taxi driver a 50000 VND note, don't be surprised if he rounds up the fare to 30000 VND and gives you 20000 VND in change. Just treat it as a small tip.
Airport taxis to your hotel should cost only 10-12 USD one-way. Do Not let the hotel put you in a minivan if you have already requested a car- the minivan is only 2 USD and they'll probably pocket the taxi fare when you arrive at the hotel.
Getting around in Hanoi is easy. You either take a Taxi or ride a Cyclo. However, Cyclo can only accomodate ONE person. if you cant take the heat, taxi is preferred choice as all taxis are air conditioned.
Just to caution travellers that meter cab are driven by time/ duration rather than solely distance. On different days, we took taxi to one same place. However, one is more expensive than the other.
In Hanoi, you will get the impression that everybody is rushing. Honking and speeding. But this particular driver was driving VERY extremely SLOWLY at one point. 30km/hr perhaps! And when we reach our destination, we realise it costs 8000VND more than our 1st trip! It is then we realised the meter is going by the seconds!
So my advice to save cost is - drive faster! haha!
The airport taxi charges a flat fee of 12,000 VND.
If possible, get the hotel reception to Dial 8733333 for you and give them your pick up time and venue.
Hotel do provide a transfer service which charges you a USD10 flat fee to the airport.
Another cheaper alternative is to take the Vietnam Airline Minibus for USD2 per person.
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Take a taxi if you have 2 or more person heading for the same destination.
It will cost you about 65,000 VND to get to Museum of Ethnology. (the furthest we get to travel).
And do remeber to take the white taxis because their meters does not jump that fast.
Just ask the hotel reception to dial you a cab and they will turn up in 3 mins. And get the reception to tell the driver where exactly you want to go.
Else just call 8262626 but you got to speak to them in Viet.
taxis are not really expensive as the hotel officer told me when i them. to get arround to the little hanoi from horizon hotel to buy craft and gift.
its only cost you 30.000 VND or about 2 USD.
and the car is well maintained, clean and the driver can understand survival english.
there are several taxi companies. each of them has a different costing. the above cost is the highest.
so... i would recommend to use taxis in hanoi rather than bicycles since they could not understand even a survival english language.
If you need a taxi in Hanoi, it's better if you order from hotel or a restaurant, they will order taxi from good company.
And they say, it's free to make a local call for the first 3 minutes (cmiiw).
And don't forget to show the address, let him read the address you're heading to, and do not only say it, we never know the correct pronounciation of their language. So bring along your map and hotel's card name.
There's no standard price of the meter taxi. But from airport to Hanoi (or opposite) it costs about 12 USD.