Flights to Vietnam
There are currently a number of airlines operating flights to Vietnam. The main ports of entry for air travel are Tan Son Nhat Airport(SGN) in Ho Chi Minh City or Noi Bai Airport(HAN) in Hanoi. The number of direct routes from Australia, Europe and North America to Vietnam is growing as Vietnam has increasingly become a favorite destination for travelers worldwide. Commonly, the flights departing from these regions to Vietnam involve a transit in Hongkong, Bangkok, Seoul, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpua or Singapore since Vietnam now has a great number of direct flights from and to its Asia neighboring countries.
Flights from Australia
Daily flights from Sydney, Canberra or Melbourne to Ho Chi Minh City connect in Taipei, Kuala Lumpur, Darwin or Bangkok. Flights from Wellington or Auckland have stopovers in Kuala Lumpur. Quantas and Vietnam Airlines operate direct flights between Ho Chi Minh City and Sydney.Other airlines that run the route between Vietnam and Oceania include Cathay Pacific, Thai Airways, China Southern, Singapore Airlines, to name a few.
Fares between Australia and Asia are relatively expensive considering the distances involved. Most of the cheaper flights between Australia and Vietnam involve stopovers at Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok or Singapore, but Qantas and Vietnam Airlines have services linking Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney with either Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City.
- Melbourne (Melbourne - Tullamarine Airport, MEL)
- Launceston (Melbourne - Tullamarine Airport, MEL)
- Sydney (Sydney International Airport, SYD)
- Perth (Perth Airport, PER)
Flights from North America
From New York, Korean Air, Cathay Pacific and American Airlines have daily flights to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, with connection in Seoul and Hongkong respectively. From the West coast, similar routes connect Los Angeles or San Francisco with Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City.
The most popular route from Toronto or Vancouver to Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City is one operated by Air Canada or Cathay Pacific, that involve a short transit in Hongkong. The waiting time varies between 2 and 5 hours. Korean Air and Japan Airlines also connect Vietnam with major cities in Canada but the transit time can be tedious, between 6 and 12 hours. However, for those who are keen on seeing more of the world, this transit time can be ideal to visit around the cities.
Flights from Europe
There are direct flights between Hanoi and Paris, Frankfurt, and London operated by Vietnam Airlines. Better deals between Europe and Vietnam, however, will involve at least one stop over in Hongkong or Singapore. The best way to search for a price deals is to shop around with both online and off-line travel agencies.
Flights from Asia
Vietnam is well connected to other countries in Asia with the support of a complex flight network. Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Hongkong are destinations with most flight deals. From Japan and Korea, there are direct flights to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City departing major ports such as Osaka, Tokyo, Fukuoka, Seoul, Busan. In case of China, Vietnam Airlines operate flights from Beijing, Shanghai, Guanghou, Kunming to Hano. Direct flights from Ho Chi Minh City to China only land in Beijing or Guangzhou. For Taiwan, China Airlines, Eva Air and Vietnam Airlines have daily flight between Hanoi and Taipei or Kaohsiung
Although many Asian countries now offer competitive deals, Bangkok, Singapore and Hong Kong are still the best places to shop around for discount tickets.
Vietnam Airlines now offers links from Hanoi to several major cities in China, including Beijing, Guangzhou and Kunming. These routes are shared with Air China, China Southern Airlines and China Yunnan Airlines, respectively. The only direct flights between Ho Chi Minh City and mainland China are to Beijing and Guangzhou.
Vietnam Airlines and Cathay Pacific jointly operate daily services between Hong Kong and both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. The open-jaw option is a popular deal, allowing you to fly into one and out of the other.
ANA, Japan Airlines and Vietnam Airlines offer flights connecting Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City with Osaka and Tokyo. Cheaper indirect flights are available via other Asian capitals.
Singapore Airlines and Vietnam Airlines have daily flights from Singapore to both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Jetstar Asia and Tiger Airways are cheaper budget carriers and e-tickets can be booked via their websites.
Asiana Airlines, Korean Air and Vietnam Airlines all fly the Seoul– Ho Chi Minh City route, so there’s at least one flight offered per day. There are also several direct Seoul–Hanoi flights per week.
Bangkok is regarded as the most popular gateway to Vietnam. Air France, Thai Airways and Vietnam Airlines offer daily flights from Bangkok to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Air Asia is a cheaper option to both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.
Malaysia Airlines and Vietnam Airlines have daily connections between Kuala Lumpur and both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, but Air Asia is gaining favour thanks to its low fares.