As part of backpacking Vietnam trip, I traveled from Hanoi airport to old quarters and back. I did this on a shoestring budget, and here’s how you can also do so too!
The cheapest way to travel from Hanoi airport to Old Quarters is by taking a public bus. But unfortunately, it is not so convenient, so here are your best options:
Hanoi Airport to Old Quarter by Mini Bus
The mini bus service runs in both direction and is quite frequent. You can check the details of the Hanoi airport mini bus at airporttaxi(dot)vn. The cost of mini bus from Hanoi airport to Old Quarter is 40k Dong ( $2 U.S.). I took the mini bus to get to Hanoi Airport and I found it a perfect combination of convenience, budget and speed.
From where to take the Hanoi Airport Mini Bus? You can find the bus stop for the mini bus located opposite to the Vietnam airline office.
Hanoi Airport to Old Quarter by Bus
The cheapest way to travel from Noi Bai Airport to Old Quarters is by the local bus service. Take the bus no. 17 which takes you to the Hanoi Airport. The bus fare is only 5000 Dong (less than $0.25 U.S.). The bus stop for bus no. 17 which goes to Hanoi Airport is at the intersection of Quan churong and Tran quang khai.
Exact address: 80, Hàng Buồm, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội
Note, that the public bus will drop you in T1 terminal. If your flight is from T2 terminal of Noi Bai, take the free shuttle bus from T1. It takes about 5 minutes to the travel between the two terminals of Noi Bai airport, T1 and T2.
Hanoi Airport to Old Quarter by Taxi
Cheapest taxi from Hanoi airport to Old Quarter will cost you around $9. The taxi are easy to find and remain the fastest way to reach the Noi Bai Airport from Old Quarters. Alternatively, if you have a SIM card, you can book a GRAB or UBER to get to the Noi Bai Airport.
Where to eat | Hanoi Airport to Old Quarter
All the restaurants and eateries at the Noi Bai are quite expensive. You will not even feel like you are still in Hanoi. That said, there is still a place in Noi Bai Airport which not leave a big hole in your budget. At the T2 terminal of the Noi Bai Airport the cheapest eat you will get is at the sky boss cafe, it is located before the security check.
Get the cup noodles which cost about 50k dongs. You can also ask the guy at skyboss cafe, T2 terminal to make you vegetarian noodles. Remember, once you clear the security check you have to pay a minimum of $5 for your meal!