TravelHow To Navigate Hanoi’s Metro System

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Hanoi is the capital city of Vietnam. It is a dynamic city with a rich history and many unique attractions, including the famous Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Museum. One of the best ways to see the sights in Hanoi is by taking Hanoi’s metro system. There are currently two lines in operation: Line 1 runs north-south and connects with other metro systems in Vietnam, while Line 2 runs east-west and connects with other metro systems in Vietnam.

hanoi metro

photo: Hưng Nguyễn

The metro system consists of 13 stations, each with a different design. The metro system is divided into two lines: Line 1, which is operated by Vinasun and runs from Noi Bai Airport to Lao Cai Province; and Line 2, which is operated by Hanoi Metro and runs from Hanoi Railway Station to Long Bien Bridge.

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To buy tickets, you can purchase them at ticket machines located throughout the stations, or you can buy them online using your smartphone or tablet device (or computer). You may also purchase tickets at any station ticket window if machines aren’t available.

hanoi train

photo: Hưng Nguyễn

Tickets cost 3,000 dong per ride (about $0.15 USD). Children under 5 years old ride for free; children 5-11 years old pay half price (1,500 dong). Senior citizens over 60 years old pay half price (1,500 dong), as do disabled persons who have been issued an ID card by their local government office.

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Here are more detailed steps on how to use the metro:

1. Buy your ticket at the station. You’ll need cash for this. Tickets are available for purchase from machines or from ticket counters, but you can’t buy them online or with a credit card.

2. Ride the metro! The system currently has six lines running through the city, so you should be able to find one near where you’re going. The trains run every 5-10 minutes and are air-conditioned during hot weather.

3. At your destination, exit through any door — they’re all marked with numbers corresponding to the line on which they stop.

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vietnam metro

photo: Quang Lê

In the end, whether you use a metro system or not depends on your needs as a traveler. If you’re staying in one specific area or are only traveling to tourist attractions, you likely won’t need to ride that metro. That said, once you’re in Hanoi, it’s definitely worth using the metro to get around—the system is convenient and easy to understand, even for foreigners. For getting around Hanoi and seeing the sights, few modes of transportation work quite as well as the city’s metro!

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The first few times I used it, I was LOST! 
I ended up missing my train twice in one go. There were very helpful people around though and they didn’t treat me differently. They pointed things out and I was on my way.


It’s true that the Hanoi metro system is not the easiest to navigate, but once you figure it out, it will be your best friend!


I have been on a lot of different metro systems and Vietnam seems to be one of the most well-organized. The people who struggle know little or no Vietnamese and have not spent enough time in cities. 


These are great tips, especially for people who have no experience with them. I know my first time, it was pretty confusing. Once you understand it though, it is actually easy to use!


Hanoi’s metro system is one of my favorite things about the city. It’s super easy to navigate, and it can take you all over the city. I’d recommend taking at least two stops on your first ride, so that you can get a sense of where everything is in relation to each other.

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