Getting Around in Hanoi

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In Hanoi, transportation is plentiful, and it ranges from cheap and cheerful to more expensive ways to get around. Here's a look at the ways you can get from here to there when in Hanoi.

Buses

Buses are perhaps one of the least expensive ways of getting around, but it can be difficult if you don't speak Vietnamese. Foreign visitors will likely find themselves a bit lost with drivers who don't understand enough English (or any other language) to help them out. Buses should only be used as the main mode of Hanoi transportation when you're very familiar with the city and routes.

Cyclos

The next step up in Hanoi transportation-as far as expense goes-is the cyclo , basically a Vietnamese rickshaw. Cyclos are plentiful and a lot safer than motorcycles. Just be sure to negotiate payment before you get into the cyclo , or you'll find yourself involved in a battle of fees.

Motorbike Taxis

While these are both plentiful and inexpensive, not to mention one of the quickest ways to get around, motorbike accidents are one of the leading causes of death for foreign visitors in Vietnam. You will likely not be offered a helmet, and, like the cyclos, you must negotiate the price before hopping on.

Taxis

Most taxis in Hanoi are metered, making them a reliable form of transportation. Just be sure that the taxi driver will turn the meter on before you get in. And if you have a significant amount of change coming when you pay, don't get out of the taxi until you receive it. Drivers are known to put up a fuss when it comes to change.

These are the most reliable ways to get around Hanoi. Transportation is plentiful and cheap; just be sure you know what you're doing.

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March 24, 2010 change by tiffanymparker

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