There are several options when traveling Vietnam’s busiest route, Saigon to Hanoi or Hanoi to Saigon. The 1,200-1,800 km journey can be made in as little as 2 hours on a plane, 33 hours on the Reunification Express Train or 45-50 hours on a bus. Or, if you got plenty of time and skills, you can make the trip in weeks on a motorcycle, scooter or even a bicycle.

Flying is obviously the most convenient, and one of the cheapest option when traveling between Hanoi and Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), but you’ll miss out on the great scenery you would get by traveling on road or train. Due to that fact, we recommend everyone to travel either by road or train. But if time is of the essence, we have analyzed the airlines servicing Hanoi – Saigon route, so you don’t have to.



Vietnam’s Busiest Route

The flight route between Hanoi and Saigon is the 6th busiest domestic flight route in the world with 39,291 flights taking place in 2018, according to Forbes. These almost 40,000 flights were operated by 4 airlines – Vietnam Airlines, Jetstar Pacific, VietJet and the new player, Bamboo Airways.

Traffic in Vietnam

Ever since the airlines in Vietnam replaced the old Russian manufactured aircraft for the western built Airbus, ATR and Boeing, air travel in Vietnam has become as safe as anywhere in the region, although it may still lag behind Western counterparts. 3 out of the 4 international airlines in Vietnam have obtained 7/7 star safety rating from AirlineRatings.com.

Reliable on-time statistics is hard to come by for Vietnam’s domestic flights but you can expect gate changes, delays and even cancelations when flying domestically in Vietnam. Vietnam Airlines has generally had the best record, while VietJet the worst – based on the below prices, you get what you pay for.

Vietnam Airlines

The state owned airline was established in 1956 and has since enjoyed the status of Vietnam’s largest airline. Vietnam Airlines has so far managed to face-off competition from new domestic entrants although the competition has never been greater, both for passengers and for resources such as employees and airport slots. Competition will most likely increase further this year with Vietnam’s newest airline, Vinpearl Air starting operation.



Vietnam Airlines has a modern fleet of almost 100 aircraft serving 64 destinations, mostly from its hubs in Hanoi and Saigon.

Vietnam Airlines has an average of 37 daily flights from Hanoi to Saigon and another 37 from Saigon to Hanoi making it the largest operator of the route.

  • Safety rating: 7/7 (AirlineRatings.com)
  • Average fleet age: 6 years

Out of the 4 airlines operating Hanoi – Saigon route, Vietnam Airlines has the highest average fare cost.

  • Lowest fare: VND 1,540,000 (USD 66) including tax.
  • Average fare: VND 2,250,000 (USD 97) including tax.
  • Highest fare: VND 4,100,000 (USD 175) including tax.

VietJet Air

VietJet is the first privately owned international airline to be established in Vietnam. The low-cost carrier growth since first flight in 2011 has been amazing. VietJet now has a fleet of 66 aircraft serving 22 destinations.

VietJet’s growth has come at a cost, as it has obtained the reputation of having the worst on-time performance out of all the airlines in Vietnam.

VietJet Air has an average of 25 daily flights between Hanoi and Saigon and another 25 flights from Saigon to Hanoi.

  • Safety rating: 7/7 (AirlineRatings.com)
  • Average fleet age: 4 years

VietJet is the cheapest airline operating between Hanoi and Saigon.

  • Lowest fare: VND 1,250,000 (USD 53) including tax. *
  • Average fare: VND 1,630,000 (USD 70) including tax. *
  • Highest fare: VND 2,200,000 (USD 95) including tax. *

* does not include checked baggage.

Jetstar Pacific

The second international airline to be established in Vietnam was the low-cost carrier Pacific Airlines, that later became Jetstar Pacific. The airline is now a joint venture between Qantas of Australia and Vietnam Airlines.

The airline has a fleet size of 16 aircraft serving 18 destinations.

Jetstar Pacific has an average of 18 daily flights from Hanoi to Saigon, and another 18 from Saigon to Hanoi.

  • Safety rating: 7/7 (AirlineRatings.com)
  • Average fleet age: 4 years

Jetstar Pacific average price is slightly higher than VietJet’s.

  • Lowest fare: VND 1,350,000 (USD 58) including tax. *
  • Average fare: VND 1,760,000 (USD 76) including tax. *
  • Highest fare: VND 3,400,000 (USD 146) including tax. *

* does not include checked baggage.

Bamboo Airways

Bamboo Airways is the latest airline to operate the Hanoi – Saigon route, having entered the already competitive Vietnamese air travel market in 2019. Bamboo Airways made the international news earlier this year when they made an order for 50 Airbus A321s and 30 Boeing 787s worth billions of dollars.

Bamboo Airways now have 10 aircraft serving 18 destinations and operate 7 daily flights from Hanoi to Saigon and 7 flights from Saigon to Hanoi.

  • Safety rating: no rating
  • Average fleet age: 7,5 years

Bamboo average economy seat ticket is the second highest on our list.

  • Lowest fare: VND 1,440,000 (USD 62) including tax. *
  • Average fare: VND 1,900,000 (USD 82) including tax. *
  • Highest fare: VND 2,860,000 (USD 123) including tax. *

* does not include checked baggage.