Vietnam TravelHow To Use Vietnam’s Public Transport

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When you’re traveling to a new country, it can be daunting to try and figure out the best way to get around. Will you need to rent a car? Is public transport an option? If so, how do you even begin to use it?

If you’re planning a trip to Vietnam, then never fear—in this blog post, we’ll run through everything you need to know in order to use Vietnam’s public transport system like a pro. Read on for our top tips!

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Here are our top tips for using Vietnam’s public transport:

Plan your journey in advance.

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photo: Tiểu Bảo Trương

Vietnam is a country of immense beauty, and one that you can explore using public transport. Whether your goal? Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City (the capital), there are many ways to see this fascinating land while relying on buses/trains as opposed to travel logistics companies who often overcharge customers with hidden fees when they book tours through their websites!

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Buy your tickets in advance where possible.

If you have ever found yourself frustrated by the hassle of getting a ticket, this is for YOU! Now there’s no need to stress about fares going up at just any moment. You can often buy tickets online or on-site and save yourself from hours’ worth of frustration with waiting in lineups that never seem like they’re ending anytime soon.

Do your research.

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It’s worth taking some time to familiarize yourself with Vietnam’s public transport system before you travel—that way, you won’t be caught out when you arrive! For example, did you know that buses in Vietnam are classified according to both their seat capacity and their speed limit? Seating capacity is denoted by a number (e.g., 30, 40, or 45), while the speed limit is denoted by a letter (e.g., B for “bích” or “slow,” T for “trung bình” or “medium,” and N for “nhanh” or “fast”).

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Familiarize yourself with Vietnamese culture and etiquette.

As with any country, there are certain customs that locals adhere to when using public transport—so it pays to do your research! For example, in Vietnam, it is considered rude to put your feet up on seats or benches while waiting for a bus or train.

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Be prepared for delays.

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photo: Vepan Yukwan

Unfortunately, delays are a fact of life when traveling by public transport—anywhere in the world! Before setting off on your journey, make sure you allow plenty of time so that you don’t end up missing your bus or train because of a delay further down the line.

We hope these tips have been helpful and that you now feel more confident about using Vietnam’s public transport system! Remember: plan ahead, buy your tickets in advance where possible, do your research, familiarize yourself with local culture and etiquette, and be prepared for delays. With these handy hints under your belt, enjoying stress-free travel around Vietnam will be a breeze!

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vietzone
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Planning your routes ahead in Vietnam is key to avoiding traffic jams and maximizing your time to explore. Don’t forget to grab a transportation app or a trusty map to navigate smoothly through the variety of transport options available. It’s like having your travel buddy handy!

BanhMiBiker
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BanhMiBiker

This guide offers insightful tips for navigating Vietnam’s public transport. Consider using a variety of transportation options for efficiency.

LOFIre
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The public transport system in Vietnam can be challenging at first, but with some planning and research, you’ll be able to navigate it like a champ! 🚌⭐️ Purchasing tickets in advance and avoiding overpriced logistics companies will save you time and money. Happy exploring!

RinieTran
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RinieTran

provides a comprehensive guide on how to navigate Vietnam’s public transport system. It offers valuable tips and suggestions for using buses, trains, taxis, and motorbike taxis, ensuring a smooth and efficient travel experience. Whether you’re a budget-conscious traveler or simply looking for a convenient way to get around, this article is a helpful resource for exploring Vietnam’s vibrant cities and beautiful landscapes.

grmmweos
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Bicycles are a popular mode of transport in many cities and towns in Vietnam, especially in tourist areas and smaller towns. They offer a sustainable and enjoyable way to explore the local sights and scenery. You can often rent bicycles from hotels, guesthouses, or local shops. In bigger cities like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, there are also bike-sharing programs that allow you to rent bicycles for short periods of time.When cycling in Vietnam, it’s important to be cautious and follow traffic rules. Some cities have designated bike lanes, but in others, you may have to share the road with motorbikes and cars. Always wear a helmet, stay visible, and be aware of your surroundings.

Starlight32
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I’m absolutely thrilled by the comprehensive guide on how to navigate Vietnam’s public transport system, which covers everything from buses, taxis, motorbikes, and trains, providing invaluable information on routes, ticketing, and even ride-hailing services, making it an essential read for anyone planning to explore Vietnam using public transportation. As a recommendation, it would be great to include some insights on eco-friendly transportation options in Vietnam, such as bicycles or electric scooters, to promote sustainable travel.

BikeRider190
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BikeRider190

Exploring Vietnam on a bike or electric scooter can be an empowering way to embrace sustainability and adventure. Try it out!

DalatDreamer
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and convenient way to explore the country, and this article provides great tips on how to navigate the different options available.

FarEastExplorer
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The bus system in Vietnam is great if you want to get around town. It’s easy to use and is a great way to get around town.

NhonQueen
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@FarEastExplorer

I’m glad to hear that the bus system in Vietnam is convenient, but I think it’s also important to consider other forms of transportation like biking or walking.

mlemmlemz
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mlemmlemz

I’m glad to hear that the public transportation in Vietnam is both reliable and affordable! I definitely think that’s something tourists should take advantage of – it makes getting around so much easier. Just be sure to be aware of the scams that can happen – unfortunately, they’re pretty common in tourist areas.

Caphezilla
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Public transport is a great way to get around Vietnam if you’re not a fan of taxis. Here are some tips on how to use it:

1. Get a map. Vietnam’s public transport system is surprisingly complex, and without a map it can be hard to find your way around.

2. Know the fare. The fare for public transport in Vietnam is usually quite cheap, but there are a few exceptions.

3. Be patient. The public transport system can be slow, and it’s not always the most efficient way to get around.

4. Use the right bus. There are a few different types of buses in Vietnam, and you need to know which one you’re using.

CuriousMind23
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This is a guide on how to use public transport in Vietnam. I don’t think I would be able to do this because I am not from Vietnam.

foodie_girl
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When traveling to a new country, it can be daunting to try and figure out the best way to get around.

thenailtech
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I would recommend renting a car when traveling to Vietnam.

readysetgo
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I messed up public transport in every country I have gone to lol
I don’t live in a major city yet when I travel, I like to go to them and it is so different than what I am used to. 

kikosan
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kikosan

I always find it surprising that people in other countries don’t just know how to use public transport. I guess it’s not as common in the U.S., but I have lived in many countries where you can just hop on a bus or train and go where you need to go, without any kind of special knowledge or preparation.

Soulie
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@kikosan It is popular in the city areas and widely used but for millions of people that don’t live in a city, it is a new concept and takes a bit of learning. I for one never was on public transport until I started to travel and it was a confusing experience for me at first. 

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amandagibbs

I’ve got to say that public transportation is the way to go. You can get pretty much anywhere in the country using these trains, buses, and boats and it’s cheap!

BanhMiBiker
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BanhMiBiker

Utilizing Vietnam’s public transportation is an excellent way to explore the country and it’s truly economical. It’s akin to a ticket to a whole new world! You can board trains, buses, and boats to reach almost any destination.

homeg1rl
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Public transport can be confusing as heck in  country you have never been too before! I know my first time in Vietnam I was so lost and confused. It took me  while to actually get the hang of things. This guide would have come in handy! 

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admissionzigzag

I’m impressed by the bus in Viet Nam. Your article is so great to me!
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vietzone
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Excellent resource! I’ve been trying to figure out how to use public transport in Vietnam for a while now, and this post has helped me get started.

I think it’s a good idea to use public transport when traveling to Vietnam, since it can be a cheaper and more comfortable option than taking taxis or renting motorbikes. The people in Vietnam are very friendly and helpful, so I would recommend asking for directions at each stop when you arrive at any location.