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).
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.
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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At the airport or in town it is quite easy to find a taxi.
On travel from airport to town, be sure the driver puts on the meter or if he does not want, negotiate the fare: it must not be more than 15 US$ from the airport to the old town.
In city travels, always ask the meter to be working; usually the drivers do it, but sometimes they may “forget”.
There are all sorts of cabs, and it seems they all have the same price.
If you go for off beaten areas, take a map with you, as the majority of drivers, 1) do not understand English, 2) they know only touristy places when spelled in English.
Usually, to the contrary of the motorbike taxis they do not try to cheat the tourists.
Taxi fares are cheap (despite the astronomic numbers when you pay in Dong): 1 to 1.5 US$/km. (1 US$ = 16000 VNDong); some meters display the fare divided by 1000.
Ah, Taxis sometimes drive a bit recklessly (like in many places), and if only bikes are on the opposite lane, they do not hesitate to take it (main picture).
Day or night, be sure the meter is working. (pictures 2 and 3).
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!
We found HanoiTaxis to be very reliable, clean cars, pleasant drivers and metered fares.
It is useful to have your destination written down as western versions of Vietnamese names are not easily recognisable to native speakers!
The easiest way to get from the airport into town is by taxi. The airport is located 35km from the city and the ride takes about 45 minutes to an hour. A taxi into the city generally costs between $10 and $12 US. Settle on the price with your driver prior to departure and also determine if you are responsible for the $2 US toll at the bridge. There is also a bus service that is much cheaper, it runs between 5 am and 9 pm but it can take considerably longer than a taxi service.
If you make a reservation at a guesthouse or hotel prior to arriving in Hanoi most will arrange to have a driver waiting for you at the airport if your provide your flight information at the time of booking. Some hotels will provide the taxi service for free, but most of them will charge you for the ride. Just check with your hotel at the time of booking to determine their policy. If the taxi ride isn’t included check, likely you will pay the fee directly to your guesthouse NOT to the driver, so again confirm with your hotel.
There are many Taxi companies in Hanoi but the most popular providers are:
Mai Linh group taxi: the biggest provider Co. Tel: +84(4) 38 222 666/222 555. The price is quite expensive (15.000 vnd for the first 1 km) but clean nice cars and uniformed, english speaking drivers.
Hanoi taxi: Tel: +84(4) 3 8 535353 (15.000 vnd for the first 1 km). English speaking drivers, clean cars.
The cheapest and safe taxi providers:
Morning taxi: Tel: +84(4) 3 2 525252. Small car but clean, some drivers can speak English. 8.000 vnd/first 1 km.
VIC taxi: small Matiz cars with violet banner. 8.000 vnd/first 1 km. Tel: +84(4) 3 8 230230.
Van Xuan taxi: small clean cars. Tel: +84(4) 3 8 222888.
You can call or just wave anywhere in the streets but be careful with inlicensed taxis, usually parking around tourist areas. Make sure the meter is on!
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.
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!
We have a great experience when using Hanoi Airport Transfers service, The vehicle was on time, clean, and the driver was friendly, and helpful with my luggage. We Highly Recommend this company to anyone contemplating travel to Vietnam, whether for business or pleasure.
I arrived Hanoi December 8, 2011 and was picked up at the airport by a van taking me to Sofitel Legend Metropole where I stayed. I booked the van from Hanoi Transfer Service. They charged me USD 18, much cheaper than the taxi counter at the airport that charged USD30. I was really satisfied with Hanoi Transfer Service and I also booked to take me from the hotel to airport, and also take me for 1 day tour to Ha Long Bay using private car. I highly recommended Hanoi Transfer Service if you need transport in Hanoi. The good thing is that I paid the cost straight to the driver, don't have to pay in advance... and how they response to my inquiry was very promptly....
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.
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.
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.