One of the more popular ways for budget travellers to go from north to south is with an open bus ticket, and here at see you at lily’s (of course) we can help you with organising this.  The options for places to stop are:

  • Hanoi
  • Ninh Binh
  • Phong Nha or Dong Hoi
  • Hue
  • Da Nang
  • Hoi An
  • Nha Trang
  • Da Lat
  • Mui Ne
  • Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

It works by choosing your stops when you book it, and then the price is calculated.  The price ranges from $32 (from Hanoi, one stop somewhere in the middle and Ho Chi Minh city, so only for long bus journey lovers) to $47 for all the stops (prices correct at time of posting).  You then have 30 days from the start date in which to travel from Hanoi to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City).

You then get a booklet of tickets, with the departure times on it for the bus.  It also has the contact address for the bus company and their phone number.  You will need this because you need to confirm each leg, or section, of your journey at least one day before departure with the company in order to secure your seat.  In all the stops this is usually in or very close to the downtown area, so it is quite easy to go to the bus company office.  Also the hostel or hotel where you will be staying are usually very happy to call and reserve for you.

This fits in well especially with those that have a 1 month visa, and if you are starting in Hanoi or HCMC you can spend a few days seeing things there before starting the ticket.  In Hanoi, people usually start this after visiting places such as Mai Chau, Sapa and Ha Long bay.

You can also get an open ticket for a shorter distance, say Hanoi to Hoi An via Phong Nha and Hue, and then fly down to Ho Chi Minh City in the south.  People on the 15 day visa free entry (that you get for some European countries) often opt to do this as it means less time travelling.

If you want to know more information for any travel in Vietnam (bus, or train & plane) or want to book the open bus, please contact us,

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