Hanoi Airport is one of Vietnam’s largest airports. It is situated about 45km from the downtown area. This airport is also referred to as Noi Bai airport to locals, and as northern Vietnam’s biggest airport, it serves multiple domestic and international flights from airlines such as Vietnam Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Thai Airways and Tiger Airways.
The initial purpose of this airport is to facilitate the Vietnamese Air Force. Constructed primarily for the military’s use, this airport was converted into a global public airport subsequently in the late 1970s. Since then, a new terminal has been built to further serve international passengers. With expansion plans underway, Hanoi Airport is set to house 2 terminals for its millions of visitors annually. Its aircraft capacity is also being maintained by its 2 runways, each almost 4km long.
Hanoi Airport serves its passengers in various other aspects as well. Besides restaurants and bars to satisfy hunger pangs, you can get a bit of duty free shopping done, as well as exchange your currency and withdraw cash at the foreign exchange booths and Automated Teller Machines (ATMs).
Look out for the airport taxi services if you plan to board one to your next destination. There are also information booths at the arrival hall should you have any queries. Taking a taxi is the best way to get to the city centre. Look for Vietnam Airlines’ minibus which will bring you to Quang Trung Street for just a few dollars. You could also take the local bus which would be your cheapest option.
Accommodation choices are a-plenty with many airport hotels such as Dong Duong Airport Hotel, Airport View Hotel, Phuong Dong Airport Hotel and AVI Airport Hotel. There are other hotels located near the airport too. Only a few kilometres away are Tam Hotel, Phuc Thanh Hotel and Hong Ha Hotel. Many hotels including these offer great service and a value for money experience. If you would prefer to bask in the city lights and explore the city streets in the evening, choose from hotels closer to the heart of the city at West Lake and the French Quarter. For cheaper alternatives, you can look to the hotels in the Old Quarter for hostels, budget hotels and dorm-style lodging to save on your expenditure as well as to make some new friends.
IMPORTANT! Information is correct as of 18 July 2014 and is subject to change. Please always check Hanoi Airport website for the latest update of the following information.