Vietnam Airports Travel Guide
What is the best airport to fly into in Vietnam?
This is a question we get asked quite often. The answer depends on where you are visiting and what you intend to do when visiting Vietnam.
If you are considering just visiting Northern Vietnam we would recommend flying into and out of Hanoi.
If you are considering visiting Central Vietnam we would recommend flying into and out of Da Nang.
If you are considering visiting Southern Vietnam we would recommend flying into and out of Ho Chi Minh City.[su_note note_color=”#ffc400″] You Can Read Our article on Vietnam: Best Vietnamese Restaurant Guide[/su_note]
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If you are flying only into one destination check out our list of major Airports below:
List of Vietnam’s Major Airports:
- Can Tho International Airport (VCA)
- Chu Lai International Airport (VCL)
- Da Lat International Airport (DLI)
- Da Nang International Airport (DAD)
- Hai Phong International Airport (HPH)
- Hanoi International Airport (HAN)
- Ho Chi Minh City Airport (SGN)
- Hue International Airport (HUI)
- Nha Trang International Airport (CXR)
- Phu Quoc International Airport (PQC)
- Quang Ninh International Airport (VDO)
Can Tho International Airport (Iata Code VCA)
Can Tho Airport is located in the Cuu Luong Province and provides airport facilities for the province and for travel in the Mekong Delta. It is located 8km North-west of the city of Can Tho.
There are 2 floors to the terminal in 2 main areas:
- The Domestic Terminal Area for departures and arrivals is to the left
- The International Terminal Area for departures and arrivals is to the right
Although it is called an International Airport there are currently no international carriers landing. Most of the flights are domestic from:
- Ho Chi Minh City
- Pu Quoc
- Con Dao
In the future Can Tho Airport is planning to have more domestic flights from:
- Da Lat
- Da Nang
There is an airport bus to Can Tho city which runs from 05.30 am to 18.30 pm, every 6 minutes and costs VND 5,000 (USD0.25) – Phuong Trang Airport Bus Service takes 55 minutes to travel 23 km.
There are taxi’s available at the front of the terminal. Mai Linh Taxis are reputable and cost between VND 120,000 (USD6.00) and VND 150,000 (USD7.5).
Chu Lai International Airport (Iata Code VCL)
Currently, Chu Lai Airport only services flights from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. It is located 33 km from Tam Ky City. It takes 20 minutes to by taxi to the city.
For information on hotels located near the Chu Lai International Airport click here.
Da Lat International Airport (Iata Code DLI)
Da Lat Airport is known as Lien Khuong and is located 30 kms south of Da Lat. It mainly services domestic flights from:
- Ho Chi Minh City
- Da Nang
- Hai Phong
The major carriers servicing the airport are:
- Jetstar Pacific
- Vietnam Airlines
Shuttle buses are available from the airport to the city for VND40,000 (USD1.75). Tickets can be purchased from ticket booths located at the front of the terminal.
Taxis are available for VND200,000 (USD8.70).
Danang Airport (Iata Code DAD)
Danang International Airport is located 2 km from Danang City.
You can fly into Danang and then travel to Hue 93 km away which takes approximately 2 hours. You can pre-book a private transfer here.
If you are visiting Hoi An we would recommend flying into Danang. It is only a 30 km journey which takes approximately 48 minutes.
For information on private transfers and shuttles from Danang to Hoi An click here for more information.
Taxis are available and are metered. It will cost between USD3 – 5 for the 10-minute ride to the city.
The local bus is an 8-minute walk from the terminal.
Grab is available in Danang.You can read our review here.[/su_note]
Hai Phong International Airport
Hai Phong Airport is also known as Cat Bi Airport and is located 8 km south-east of Hai Phong city.
The terminal has departures on the 2nd floor with domestic check-in gates from 1 – 16 and international check-in gates from 17 – 29.
There are domestic flights to:
- Ho Chi Minh City
- Phu Quoc
- Nha Trang
- Da Lat
- Da Nang
International flights include:
International Airlines that service Hai Phong are:
- Jetstar Pacific
- Vietnam Airlines
Taxis are available from the airport to the city for between VND 12,000 – 17,000 and 0.50 – 0.70 USD cents per km.
You can pre-book a private car transfer from Cat Bi Airport to Ha Long Bay. Full details and prices click here.
Hanoi Airport is called Noi Bai International Airport (HAN) and is located 45 km from the city centre.
For a private transfer from Noi Bai Airport to your hotel click here for more information.
Hanoi City Buses are available for VND 5,000 (USD0.3). As you exit the terminal on the right look for buses 7 & 17. The journey time is 1 hour. The buses run every 15 – 20 minutes from 5.00 am to 10.00 pm.
Grab, the alternative to Uber, is available from the terminal to the city. You will need to download the Grab app before travelling. There may be an airport departure fee for your Grab journey, check with your driver.
There are taxis from Hanoi Airport to the city, they are metered and are available from the arrivals level of the Domestic and International terminals.
The journey takes 30 minutes and costs approximately VND320,000 (USD14.00).
Sim Cards for Hanoi
You can purchase a Vietnamese Sim Card at the airport terminal on arrival or you can have a Sim Card WiFi package delivered to your hotel.[su_note note_color=”#ffc400″]In Hanoi, we stayed at the Pullman Hanoi Hotel. You can read our weekend in Hanoi itinerary and a review of the hotel here.[/su_note]
Ho Chi Minh City Airport
Ho Chi Minh City’s International Airport is called Tan Son Nhat (SGN) and is located 6 km north of the centre of the city – District 1.
For transfers between the airport and your city hotel click here for more information.
Airport Bus #109 runs from the International Airport to Pham Ngu Lao Street from 05.30 am to 01.30 am daily. It takes 45 minutes and costs VDN20,000 (USD0.90)
Grab is available in Ho Chi Minh City.
Taxis – the main taxi rank is to the left as you exit the terminal. Taxis should be metered, make sure that you ask them to turn the meter on when you enter. Average costs to District 1 are between VND 150,000 – VND 170,000 (USD6.50 – USD7.50). There is a VND 10,000 (USD0.50) airport surcharge.[su_note note_color=”#ffc400″]In Ho Chi Minh City, we stayed at the Pullman Saigon Centre. You can read our article on a suggested 5-day itinerary in Saigon and a review of the hotel here.[/su_note]
Sim Card for Ho Chi Minh City
You can purchase a SIM Card for delivery to your hotel here. For more details click here.
Hue Airport is called Phu Bai Airport (HUI) is 15 km from Hue City.
For a private transfer from Hue Airport to your Hue Hotel click here for more information.
Airport buses are available to the city centre from VND30,000 – VND 40,000 (USD1.30 – USD1.75).
Hue Taxi’s are a fixed price at VND150,000 (USD9.00).
Grab – there is no Grab available in Hue[su_note note_color=”#ffc400″] For a private transfer with sightseeing from Hue to Hoi An read here for full information[/su_note]
Nha Trang Airport (CXR)
Nha Trang Airport is called Cam Ranh International Airport. It is located 30 km from the town of Cam Ranh in the Khanh Hoa province.
The airport services domestic and international flights. The two main carriers are Vietnam Air and Jetstar Pacific.
Facilities include shopping, currency exchange, ATMs.
There are fixed fares for taxis to the city depending on your final destination which ranges from VND 200,000 (USD9.00) to VND 300,000 (USD 13.00). Mai Linh is the reputable taxi company you should consider, but agree the price up front.
The best bus company from Nha Trang Airport to Nha Trang City Centre is Dat Moi. You can purchase tickets from the Dat Moi Desk in the terminal for VND 60,000 (USD2.60). The journey takes 1 hour to travel 35 km. It is bus #18 and runs from 05.00 am to 21.55 pm and drops at 10 Yersin Street Nha Trang in the city centre.
Phu Quoc International Airport
Phu Quoc International Airport is located 30 km south of downtown Phu Quoc (Duong Dong).
Vietnam Airlines, Vietjet and Jetstar Pacific service the airport.
International destinations are Singapore, Guangzhou and Siem Reap.
Taxi counters are outside the arrival terminals.
Cost of taxis ranges from VND90,000 (USD3.90) to VND600,00 (USD26.00) depending on your destination.
There is a shuttle bus that runs from the airport to Duong Dong and tickets are priced at VND50,000 (USD2.15)
Some hotels provide transfers from the airport to their hotel.
Quang Ninh International Airport
Quang Ninh International Airport is known as Van Don and is located on Van Don Island in the Bai Tu Long archipelago 50 km from Ha Long Bay.
As it is a new airport recently opened in 2018 air ticket prices are still quite high with limited services being offered.
If you are travelling into Van Don International Airport you will receive free tickets to Ha Long Bay, Tu Long Bay and Yen Tu. The ticket will be valid for 30 days from your arrivals. We are not sure how long this will continue.
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