Car Hire at Noi Bai International Airport
This information is correct as of August 2015.
Noi Bai International Airport is the largest airport in northern Vietnam, though small compared to the other major international airports in the country. Regardless, you'll be most comfortable getting from the airport to anywhere in (and even out of) the city with a rental car. Use Skyscanner to see what agencies serve Hanoi and arrange for a pick up at the airport so you never have to hail a taxi or rely on buses throughout your trip!
Where to hire a car at Hanoi Airport
Despite being a major airport in Vietnam, Noi Bai International Airport does not have car hire providers housed in its terminals. Car hire providers near the airport include Red Crane Travel at 401 Xuan Dinh and Delta (Car Rental Hanoi) at Cầu Giấy. Other providers include Avis and Hanoi Car Rental.
What to expect when hiring a car from Hanoi Airport
Noi Bai International Airport is located the Phu Minh Commune in Soc Son District, approximately 27 km northeast of downtown Hanoi. The airport is linked to downtown Hanoi via the new Nhật Tân Bridge. National Road 3 links the airport with Hanoi's eastern suburbs. Other nearby cities include Vinh Yen, Bac Ninh, and Thai Nguyen.
Driving around Hanoi Airport
You technically won't be allowed to drive a car in Hanoi without a Vietnamese licence; hence self-drive is an illegal act. When renting a car in Hanoi, you will need to hire a driver as well. Having a driver to aide you in your journey is actually more convenient as they know the roads better, and you will definitely be more comfortable.
In 2014, it has been announced that the Directorate for Roads of Vietnam have plan to recognize international driving permits of foreign drivers by 2015.
Getting to your destination
Ha Long Bay
The best known feature of Ha Long Bay is its scenic ocean karst topography, often regarded as one of the natural wonders of the world. The name Ha Long translates to Bay of Descending Dragons. Cat Ba is an island in the Cat Ba Archipelago of the bay that is accessible by car. It is the largest island in the Bay, and on the eastern part of it is the National Park. Points of interest in Cat Ba are the beaches and the caves, as well as the peak viewing tower at the National Park. Rock climbing is also possible.
Ha Long Bay is accessible from Noi Bai International Airport via QL18B, and QL 5.
Bat Trang is an ancient ceramic village approximately 16 kilometres southeast of Hanoi. Famous for its pottery, the area in Bat Trang is rich in clay. Activities include sightseeing and, of course, shopping at the Bat Trang Porcelain and Pottery Market. Visitors are also encouraged to try pottery-making as well.
Bat Trang is accessible via Võ Nguyên Giáp, Võ Văn Kiệt and Đường vành đai 3, or via QL18B and Hà Nội - Thái Nguyên.
Cuc Phuong National Park
Cuc Phuong National Park is the country's largest national park and home of a large diversity of species of flora and fauna. This includes 97 species of mammals, 300 species of birds, 36 species of reptiles, 17 species of amphibians, 11 species of fish, and 2,000 species of vascular plants. Near the parks' headquarters, there is a beautiful Botanical Garden. Dozens of trails allow visitors to go hiking or trekking through the forest.
The park is very accessible via Cầu Giẽ - Ninh Bình.