What’s the cheapest way to get from Moscow to Hanoi
To get to Vietnam, tourists usually have to choose from options of flights: Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh city, and there is now a direct flight to Nha Trang. One of the most popular and cheap air routes between Russia and Vietnam is a flight from Moscow to Hanoi. It should not be considered as an option, if you want to get to the southern beaches of Vietnam such as Nha Trang, Phan Thiet (MUI ne) or Vung Tau. But, if you want to tour on North Vietnam and to visit Sapa, Halong Bay, Hanoi itself, and then, perhaps, go further in Central or South Vietnam, to fly from Moscow to Hanoi directly may be the most sensible option.
Direct regular flights on this route carry out only two airlines: Aeroflot Russian (from Moscow) and the largest Vietnamese Vietnam Airlines (from Domodedovo). Duration of direct flight from Moscow to Hanoi – a little more than 9 hours. The cost of return travel is on average 23 000 rubles (prices of 2013). About once or twice a year these airlines make the sale of tickets in this area and the prices for flights will be reduced to 18 000 rubles (the last sale was in 2012), but no information and guarantee that these sales will not. No Charter flights to Hanoi us until it was revealed not.
However, as usual, in aviation, the shortest version of flight does not mean the cheapest. To get from Moscow to Hanoi, you can also change and in most cases cheaper than direct flights. These flights offer almost always Qatar airways (transit in Doha, Qatar), Cathay Pacific (layover in Hong Kong), China Southern (layover in Guangzhou, China). The cost of flights Moscow-Hanoi-Moscow with a stopover in average 19 000 rubles (prices of 2013). For flights with transfers, you need to carefully choose flights because the duration of the flight and the connecting time at the airport can be very large. All the information on flight times and connections you will be able to see immediately the results of your search of tickets without going directly to the book.
In Hanoi, planes arrive at Hanoi international airport and Hanoi (Noi Bai), located approximately 45 kilometers from the city. It is quite modest in size and busiest airport, given that all international flights with tourists planning to visit the North of Vietnam, come here.
Unfortunately, despite the availability of good and cheap transport from Hanoi airport to Hanoi city, there is virtually no opportunity to go straight from the airport to other cities of North Vietnam on the ground. The only option is to take a taxi that will come out quite expensive. Therefore, if you plan to get on arrival from Moscow to Hanoi to somewhere further, in any case you have to first come to Hanoi, and from there to recover further by bus or train.