Hanoi - Essential Information
Hanoi’s sparkling new Noi Bai International Airport lies 45km north of Hanoi, and there are lots of ways of getting between it and the city.
Hanoi city bus numbers 07 and 17 leave from the right side of the terminal exit and take an hour, running from 5.00 to 22.00.
Airport minibuses congregate outside the arrival hall - the Vietnam Airlines minibus takes about 40 minutes and drops you outside their Hoan Kiem Lake office (south end). Tickets are sold inside the terminal building. However, many travellers opt for a taxi - there are hundreds outside the terminal exit gate. Unlike the minibuses, which run only intermittently at night, taxis are present 24 hours a day.
To get around the city, either take a taxi or cycle but beware, the latter can only seat one person and they get very hot! They are also not allowed in many streets these days, but do cost less than a taxi.
Taxis are plentiful in the city, but charge not only by distance but also by duration (as there can be a lot of traffic). Hanoi Taxi +84 4 8535353 and CP Taxi +84 4 8262626 are two of the major companies.
Try to have the right change as taxi drivers often don’t have change. Also remember to have your destination written down as pronunciation is often difficult.
You can also hire a bike but negotiating the roads is tough and it’s only really advisable in the Old Quarter.
The Family Medical Practice provide 24 hour service. They offer medical assistance on the same number.
Country code: +84
Area code: 04
220V is standard in Vietnam. In Hanoi, many outlets fit round pins. Use a surge protector when using computers.