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Flights

International flight

There are currently many airlines operating flights to Vietnam. The main ports of entry for air travel are Tan Son Nhat airport (SGN) in Ho Chi Minh City or Noi Bai Airport (HAN) in Hanoi. The number of direct routes from Australia, Europe and North America to Vietnam are still very limited and most flights departing from these regions to Vietnam involve a transit in Hongkong, Bangkok, Seoul, Tokyo or Singapore.  

Flights from Australia

Daily flights from Sydney, Canberra or Melbourne to Ho Chi Minh City connect in Taipei, Kuala Lumpur, Darwin or Bangkok.  Flights from Wellington or Auckland have stopovers in Kuala Lumpur.  Quantas and Vietnam Airlines operate direct flights between Ho Chi Minh City and Sydney though the price can be 30% higher compared with other routes. Other airlines that run the route between Vietnam and Oceania include Cathay Pacific, Thai Airways, China Southern, Singapore Airlines, to name a few.  

Flights from North America

From the United States:  From New York, Korean Air, Cathay Pacific and American Airlines have daily flights to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, with connection in Seoul and Hongkong respectively. From the West coast, similar routes connect Los Angeles or San Francisco with Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City.  

From Canada: The most popular route from Toronto or Vancouver to Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City is one operated by Air Canada or Cathay Pacific, that involve a short transit in Hongkong. The wait time vary between 2 and 5 hours. Korean Air and Japan Airlines also connect Vietnam with major cities in Canada but the transit time can be tedious, between 6 and 12 hours. However, for those who are keen on seeing more of the world, this transit time can be ideal as there are plenty of tours to see Seoul or Tokyo available at the airport.

Flights from Europe

There are direct flights between Hanoi and Paris, Frankfurt, and London offered by Vietnam Airlines. Better deals between Europe and Vietnam, however, will involve at least one stop over in Hongkong or Singapore. The best way to search for a price deals is to shop around with both online and off-line travel agency. Read our discounted air travel for further information.

Flights from Asia

Vietnam is well connected to other countries in Asia with the support of a complex flight network. Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Hongkong are destinations with most flight deals. From Japan and Korea, there are direct flights to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City departing major ports such as Osaka, Tokyo, Fukuoka, Seoul, Busan.  In case of China, Vietnam Airlines operate flights from Beijing, Shanghai, Guanghou, Kunming to Hanoi. Direct flights from Ho Chi Minh City to China only land in Beijing or Guangzhou. For Taiwan, China Airlines, Eva Air and Vietnam Airlines have daily flight between Hanoi and Taipei or Kaohsiung.  

Domestic flight

Overview

The airway market in Vietnam now has only seven domestic companies. The biggest and most influential one is Vietnam Airlines, a state – owned airway corporation, which makes up approximately 70% of domestic market share. Following it are the two private airlines named Jet Star Pacific and Air Mekong, which focus more on low-cost air market. Some other small and new airlines such as Blue Sky Air, Vasco and the latest licensed Vietjet Air are growing slowly in the Vietnam airways market.  

Domestic flights in Vietnam are rising in both number of routes and frequency. The most frequent flights are between main cities, especially those with larger airports such as Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang. There are also many direct flights, though at fewer frequency to tourism destinations such as Dien Bien, Nha Trang, Hai Phong and Dalat.

Vasco and Air Mekong recently open new routes to Southern islands such as Con Dao and Phu Quoc.  You can find travel deals by visiting their websites frequently.

Vietnam popular domestic routes

  1. Ho Chi Minh City- Hanoi: over 10 daily flights back and forth, operated by Vietnam Airlines, Jetstar Pacific and Air Mekong. One way ticket is around $100.
  2. Ho Chi Minh City- Da Nang: daily flights by Vietnam Airlines and Jetstar Pacific. One way ticket is around $70.
  3. Hanoi- Da Nang: daily flights by Vietnam Airlines and Jetstar Pacific. One way ticket is around $70.
  4. Hanoi- Phu Quoc: flights operated by Air Mekong. One way ticket is about $85.
  5. Ho Chi Minh City- Phu Quoc: flights operated by Vietnam Airlines and Air Mekong. One way ticket is about $50.

How to reserve and book your air ticket

To book tickets for your flights, you can either book online on the airlines' websites or contact a travel agency (www.vietnamairfare.com) as you arrive in Vietnam. Either online or by phone, you will be able to check the time and ticket price. Price for domestic flights do not have a wide range between the agencies; however, it matters how long in advance you get your tickets.

Most air tickets now take the electronic form, which will be sent to your email. Make sure that all the details on the ticket such as your name and flight date are correct to avoid any unwanted problems.

Airport

Travelling by air has never been made so simple and airplane is the most popular means of transportation that brings tourist to Vietnam. Similar things can be said for tourists who would like to move from one to another destinations within the country.

Vietnam is served by three main international airports: Noi Bai International Airport (HAN), Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN) and Da Nang International Airport (DAD) located in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang respectively. There are also provincial airports in major attractions such as Dalat Airport, Nha Trang Airport and Dien Bien Phu Airport.

The size of each airport is relatively small, even those in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, compared with other international airports in the region. The service is getting to the standard but there is still space for improvement, especially in terms of hygienic issues. Each airport is equipped with food services and dotted with souvenirs shop and money exchange stalls.

On the flip size, because of the manageable size, you will easily find your way around the airport without being afraid of getting lost or being late for your flight.

See more Hanoi travel guide at here.