Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam and it is the largest city in the northern part of this country. Despite the great distance from the southern resorts of Vietnam, many travelers to use flight to Hanoi and then go to Nha Trang, Danang or other resorts. Often this option may be more affordable than a flight to Ho Chi Minh City, which is closer to the named resorts in Vietnam. Below on the page you will find information about the transport that allows you to get quickly from Hanoi to Nha Trang, the schedule of such transport and its cost. You will also find information on alternative transport that you can choose to cover the distance between the cities of Nha Trang and Hanoi.
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Distance Hanoi – Nha Trang
Vietnam is a state whose territory is very drawn from north to south. Therefore, the distances between the main cities of the country are very large. If we are talking about the distance from Hanoi to Nha Trang, then the direct distance between the capital of Vietnam and this popular resort is 1035 km (or 644 miles). Due to the difficult terrain of the country, the distance along the roads between cities is much greater. There are two main routes. The shortest route has a length of 1291 km or 803 miles. This route runs along Vietnam’s main highway, which runs along the entire east coast of this country (QL1A Highway). You can see this route on the map below on the page.
There is a second road, but the distance between cities when using this route increases by another 300 kilometers and is 1,600 km (or 995 miles). A feature of this route is that approximately 50% of the route passes not through the territory of Vietnam, but through the territory of the neighboring country – Laos. As a result, the route is popular only with those travelers who initially want to visit several countries in Southeast Asia and do not have problems with obtaining visas or their passport allows you to visit these countries without a visa. The distance between Hanoi and Nha Trang airports also exceeds 1000 kilometers, but the speed of modern aircraft allows you to overcome this distance in less than 2 hours.
Flights from Hanoi to Nha Trang and back
In Vietnam, air transportation is very well developed and there are national low-cost airlines. Therefore, flights between large cities are often not only the fastest, but also the cheapest ways to overcome the distances. Hanoi and Nha Trang are no exception and during the sales you can buy a plane ticket from Hanoi to Nha Trang or from Nha Trang to Hanoi for only 460,000 Vietnamese Dong (or about 20 USD). Such sales are not very frequent and usually you should be counted on the minimum cost of an air ticket in the amount of 800,000 – 1,200,000 dong (or 35-55 USD).
VietJet Air and JetStar usually offer the lowest prices. In this case, you should remember that these are low-cost airlines and you can take only 1 carry-on baggage (usually 7 kg) for free. If you travel with a large backpack or suitcase, then you must pay extra 10-20 USD. Therefore, in such cases, it may be more advantageous to use Vietnam Airlines for a flight from Hanoi to Nha Trang or vice versa. It is the main airline of Vietnam and the cost of tickets traditionally includes the carriage of hand luggage and baggage up to 20 kg for free. Considering that airfare often differs by only 2-5 USD, it makes sense to choose this particular airline. In all cases, the duration of the flight between Hanoi and Nha Trang airports is from 1 hour 50 minutes to 2 hours.
Trains from Hanoi to Nha Trang
If for some reason you want to use not a plane, but a train, then you have the opportunity to choose among many options. This is not only a train schedule, but also train car classes, as well as departure stations in Hanoi and arrival stations in Nha Trang. The cost of a train trip also starts at about 570,000 dong (24 USD). But the lowest price is for Vietnam Railways trains, the duration of the trip on which is more than 28 hours (i.e. 1 day + 4 hours). Such a trip can be interesting and memorable when you travel in good company and want to see not only the capital and resort of Nha Trang, but also the beautiful nature of Vietnam along the path between cities.
But the lowest price – is train cars with seats. If you want to get from Hanoi to Nha Trang by train in a sleeping car, the ticket price increases by about 40%. And if you want to travel in a class 1 sleeping train car, then you should be prepared to pay another 20% more. With the help of a smart search for transport in Asia (direct link to the Hanoi-Nha Trang route) you can find Vietnam Railways trains with less travel time, but in any case it is 24+ hours. Slightly shorter trip duration with the Vietnamese railway carrier Violette Express Train. But the time savings are very small (only a few minutes), while the cost of traveling in the VIP 4 compartment of this train is almost 2 times higher than in a class 1 train from Vietnam Railways.
If you are not afraid of travel time by train and their cost, which is comparable to the price of air tickets, you can choose trains on the Hanoi-Nha Trang route at any time of the day. Typically, there are several trains in the morning, several trains in the afternoon, and several evening trains. Given that any train will spend 1 day or more on the road, you will arrive at the terminal station almost at the same time that you leave from Hanoi to Nha Trang. An interesting feature of Vietnam Railways trains – in class 2 cars you will be offered free meals, while when buying more expensive VIP tickets (or class 1) – you will have to pay for food separately by visiting the train restaurant car.
Buses from Hanoi to Nha Trang
The bus route from Hanoi to Nha Trang is not very popular, so usually you can use only one carrier. This is a transport company Hoang Long. Due to the length of the route, a bus trip also takes more than 26 hours (1 day + 2 hours + 20 minutes). The advantage of the bus over the train is the lower price, which is 800 thousand dong (or 35 USD). Moreover, the buses have folding seats, i.e. at night you can sleep while riding. As a rule, you can buy bus seats no earlier than 30 days before the trip, but there are exceptions.
There are several bus services from Hanoi to Nha Trang: in the afternoon and in the evening. Those. You will arrive in Nha Trang in the evening or late at night. And if you want to get from Nha Trang to Hanoi by bus, then you must use the night bus or the bus that leaves from Nha Trang in the evening. Sometimes with the help of a smart search for transportation in Asia, you can find offers from Hanh Cafe. Buses of this company cost almost 1.5 times cheaper, but these are ordinary buses (without sleeping seats) that spend 33-36 hours on the way!
Now you know that there are several types of transport that will allow you to get from Hanoi to Nha Trang or on the return route. All modes of transport have a similar cost, but significantly differ from each other in terms of comfort and speed, as a result of which your journey from Nha Trang to Hanoi or vice versa will take from 2 hours to 36 hours. Choose that transport, which you like best. Have a good vacation in Vietnam and a safe trip from Hanoi to Nha Trang!