Hanoi Airport Bus 86 is an express bus running from Noi Bai International Airport (HAN) to Hanoi City Center. Bus 86 connects both terminals of Hanoi Airport (domestic and international) with Hanoi Old Quarter and Hanoi Railway Station.
Airport bus 86 is the best option of public transportation for tourists traveling from Hanoi Airport to the city center. The bus is able to accommodate 60 passengers so it’s normally not very crowded and comfortable.
Bus 86 departs from Noi Bai Airport, runs directly to Hanoi Old Quarter and ends the journey at Hanoi Railway Station. Traveling on this bus is less time consuming than taking other public buses because there are fewer stops on the route.
Hanoi Airport Bus Route
The route of Hanoi bus 86 connects Noi Bai Airport and Hanoi Railway Station. The bus also passes Hoan Kiem Lake, making this route very convenient for tourists who are staying in this area. The main bus stops on Hanoi bus 86 route:
- Noi Bai Airport Domestic Terminal T1
- Noi Bai Airport International Terminal T2
- Au Co - Xuan Dieu
- Yen Phu - Cua Bac
- Long Bien Bus Interchange
- Hanoi Central Post Office (near Hoan Kiem Lake)
- Melia Hotel
- Hanoi Railway Station
If the route of Hanoi bus 86 is not suitable for you, there are several other public bus routes starting at Hanoi Airport:
- Public Bus 07: Noi Bai Airport → Cau Giay Bus Station
- Public Bus 17: Noi Bai Airport → Long Bien Bus Interchange
- Public Bus 90: Noi Bai Airport → Kim Ma Bus Terminal
- Public Bus 109: Noi Bai Airport → My Dinh Bus Station
Hanoi Airport Bus Fare 2023
Hanoi Airport bus fare in 2023 is 45,000 VND (~1.85 USD) per person (latest bus ticket price increase was in 2022).
This bus fare is applicable only to Bus 86. If you are looking for the cheapest way to get from the airport into the city, choose one of other public buses listed above as their tickets cost just around 10,000 VND per person (about 4 times cheaper than Bus 86).
Hanoi Airport bus tickets can be purchased on board the bus. Only cash is accepted for payments. You can withdraw Vietnamese Dongs from one of airport’s ATMs or exchange you foreign currency. Currency exchange rates at Hanoi Airport are not very competitive and you can get a better value for your money in the city, so exchanging large amount of foreign currency there is not recommended. Just get some local cash for the start of your trip and leave the rest of your money to exchange in the city center.
Hanoi Airport Bus Timetable 2023
Hanoi Airport Bus 86 is scheduled to depart from Noi Bai Airport from 07:00 to 22:10, with a bus leaving every 45 minutes.
Bus Schedule from Domestic Terminal
Bus departures from Noi Bai Domestic Terminal T1:
- 07:00, 07:45
- 10:00, 10:45
- 13:00, 13:45
- 16:00, 16:45
- 19:10, 19:55
Bus Schedule from International Terminal
Bus departures from Noi Bai International Terminal T2:
- 07:10, 07:55
- 10:10, 10:55
- 13:10, 13:55
- 16:10, 16:55
- 20:05, 20:50
Bus Schedule from Hanoi Railway Station
The first bus 86 from Hanoi Railway Station to Noi Bai Airport departs at 05:30 and the last one about 20:20. Bus frequency is about every 45 minutes.
The bus ride from Noi Bai Airport to Hanoi Railway Station normally takes around 45 minutes to 1 hour, depending on traffic.
Bus Stops of Hanoi Airport Bus 86
Bus Stop at Hanoi Airport
The bus stop of Hanoi Airport Bus 86 can be easily found as buses park right in front of the airport terminal building.
If you will be arriving at Terminal T1 (Domestic Terminal), leave the terminal building through the main entrance and turn right, the bus stop is about 40 meters from there. Bus 86 buses also make a stop at Terminal T2 (International Terminal) where it stops in front of the airport building.
Finding a bus stop at the airport is not complicated as they have boards clearly displaying what buses step there. In addition, there are several LED boards displaying the direction to the bus stop and indicating route numbers. Just follow directions to Bus 86 and you will not get lost.
Bus Stops in City Center
There are several bus stops in the central part of Hanoi where you can board Bus 86. Hanoi Airport Bus doesn’t stop at every bus stop it passes so finding the right bus stop is very important. Google Maps might be helpful as the app displays bus stops and you can find the ones where Bus 86 stops. Once at the place, you should look for a bus stop shelter (they are easy to notice in Hanoi).
Make sure that you are on the right side of the street and that the routes on the bus stop sign include Bus 86 route Ga Ha Noi – Bo Ho – San Bay Noi Bai.
Bus stops in the city center where you can board Hanoi Airport Bus 86:
Hanoi Railway Station (Ga Ha Noi) – bus stop is located on the street in front of the station, on the right side after leaving the building.
Melia Hotel – bus stop on the opposite side of the street from the famous Melia Hotel.
Hanoi Central Post Office – bus stop in front of the building, on the opposite side of the street from Hoan Kiem Lake.
Long Bien Bus Interchange – it’s an important bus interchange hub, there are several bus stops and a big number of buses passing by, so make sure that you are waiting at the right place. The place is often crowded and pickpocketing is quite common so be alert.
If taking a bus from the airport into the city seems to be too complicated or inconvenient, booking a private transfer might be a better choice for you as it will still be inexpensive. Hanoi Airport private transfer can be easily booked online here: Noi Bai International Airport Private Transfer.
Other ways of traveling from the airport to the city center briefly described here: How to travel from Hanoi Airport to City Center.
To stay connected while traveling by bus from Hanoi Airport into the city, purchase online Vietnamese SIM card and pick it up at the airport on arrival. SIM card will also be significantly cheaper when pre-booked online!