Airfare to Hanoi, Vietnam
Located on the banks of the Red River, Hanoi is the former capital of North Vietnam and current capital of the reunited country. Travelers should take the time to learn about the country’s divided past at the Revolution Museum, see the man who inspired it all at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and marvel at one of Asia’s oldest universities, The Temple of Literature.
Airfare to Hanoi will be the cheapest on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday. Mondays are popular with business travellers and weekends are key dates for holidaymakers wanting the longest trips possible – avoid these dates.
Also consider flights into Vientiane, Laos. To get between the cities, you can grab a spot on a train, bus or flight. Look for cheap flights on no frills airlines. AirAsia and Tiger Airways fly to Hanoi. Although it will take longer to reach your destination, a bus or train could save you enough cash to make it worth your while.
Another possible money-saving tip is to look for flights that go through Bangkok, Thailand; Delhi, India; or another major gateway city instead of flying direct. Because there are more flights – and competition – from these cities on low budget airlines, you can save some cash over flying non-stop to your destination. It is very common to layover in one of these main cities.
Finally, consider traveling on a lesser-known carrier. Vietnam Airlines is the national airline. However, Malaysia Airlines, Thai Air and other airlines also stop in Hanoi.
The most expensive air tickets to Hanoi are found during peak holiday travel times, such as the New Year. Also be aware of national events or festivals, which can also cause ticket prices to rise.
Summary of Money Saving Tips:
- Fly mid-week
- Book your holiday during the off-peak season
- Consider flying into Vientiane, Laos and traveling overland to Hanoi via train or bus
- Look for flights that go through large cities, with many flights
- Check out carriers besides the national airline – they may undercut the monopolistic competition
For more information on Hanoi, check out BootsnAll’s Hanoi Travel Guide.