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The best way to get to Vietnam

Vietnam is a fascinating destination that attracts many travelers from all over the world. However, before you pack your bags and book your flight, you need to know how to get to Vietnam from your country of origin. There are different options available, depending on your budget, preference, and convenience. In this blog post, we will tell you the best way to get to Vietnam by air, land, or sea, based on the information from reliable sources.

Updated on 05-10-2023

The way to travel to Vietnam

By air

If you are planning to visit Vietnam, the best way to travel is by plane. There are three main international airports in Vietnam: Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi, Tan Son Nhat Airport in Ho Chi Minh City, and Da Nang Airport in Da Nang. Depending on your destination, you can choose the most suitable airport for your flight. You can book your ticket online with any of the airlines that fly to these airports.

Tan Son Nhat Airport
A view of a Vietnam Airlines Airbus parked at the terminal of Tan Son Nhat Airport.

By road

If you want to travel to Vietnam by land, you have many options to cross the international borders. You can enter Vietnam from Cambodia through five different crossings, from Laos through six different crossings, and from China through at least two different crossings. Each crossing has its own advantages and disadvantages, depending on your travel plans and preferences.

Moc Bai Border Gate
Moc Bai border gate.

By sea

Traveling by sea is a wonderful way to explore new places and cultures. You can sail to Vietnam on a cruise ship and dock at some of the ports that welcome foreign visitors. Some of the ports are Nha Trang Port, Cai Lan Port, and Phu My Port. Each port has its own attractions and activities that you can enjoy. Vietnam is a friendly and hospitable country that will greet you with a warm smile. We hope to see you soon.

a cruise is landed on the vietnam sea port

How to Fly to Vietnam

You can easily reach Vietnam by air from many countries around the world. Vietnam has three main international airports: Hanoi’s Noi Bai Airport (HAN), Ho Chi Minh City’s Tan Son Nhat Airport (SGN), and Danang’s Danang Airport (DAD). Most tourists fly to Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City, which have more flight options and destinations. Danang Airport only serves a few international flights to some Asian countries.

Flying from North America to Vietnam

There are no direct flights from North America to Vietnam at the moment. You will have to take a connecting flight with a stopover in China (Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, or Taipei), Japan (Tokyo), or South Korea (Seoul). For instance, you can fly from Los Angeles to Taipei and then to Ho Chi Minh City, or from New York to Hong Kong and then to Hanoi. The total travel time is about 20–22 hours, and the average price for a round-trip economy class ticket is between  1,000 and 1,500 USD (prices may vary by season). Some of the airlines that offer these routes are China Airlines, Emirates, Korean Air, China Southern, Japan Airlines, All Nippon Airways, Cathay Pacific, EVA Air, Qatar Airways, Jin Air, and Asiana Airlines.

Flying from Europe to Vietnam

You can find direct flights to Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City from London, Paris, and Frankfurt with Vietnam Airlines and Air France. These flights take about 12–15 hours, and the average price for a round-trip ticket is between 700 and 1,200 USD (prices may vary by season). If you prefer a connecting flight, you can check with airlines like Thai Airways, Qatar Airways, Cathay Pacific, Turkish Airlines, Emirates, British Airways, or Aeroflot for the best flight connections and shortest stopovers to Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City.

Flying from Australia to Vietnam

You can fly directly to Ho Chi Minh City from Sydney or Melbourne with Vietnam Airlines and Jetstar, or to Hanoi from Sydney. These flights take about 10–12 hours, and the average price for a round-trip ticket is between 500 and 700 USD (prices may vary by season). If you want a cheaper option, you can take a connecting flight with a layover in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Bangkok, or Hong Kong. Air Asia, Scoot, and Jetstar may have lower fares, but be aware that baggage may not be included in the quoted price.

Advice: You may not find a good deal for direct flights to Vietnam, but you can save money by taking a connecting flight that stops at Bangkok, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul or Singapore. Make sure you have at least 3 hours between your flights in case the first one is delayed.

Other Asian Destinations to Vietnam

Vietnam is well connected to other Asian countries by air. You can fly directly to Vietnam from Thailand, Cambodia, China, Laos, Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines with airlines such as Vietnam Airlines, Scoot, Air Asia, Viet Jet and Jet star. The flight duration is only a few hours and the ticket price is around 50–200 USD one way (The price may change depending on the season so check online for the latest price).

Noi bai Airport

Fly to Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City?

Ho Chi Minh City’s Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN) is the most popular airport in Vietnam for international flights. Many foreign tourists choose this airport to enter and exit Vietnam. It also has more flight options and sometimes cheaper fares than other airports. However, because the airport is in the city and cannot be expanded, a new international airport (Long Thanh International Airport) is being built and expected to open in 2025. Hanoi’s Noi Bai Airport (HAN) is the second-most popular airport in Vietnam for international flights, but it has fewer passengers than SGN. You may not find as many good flight deals or schedules as SGN for some international routes.


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