“How much will I spend in Hanoi?” – Trying to figure out how much it costs to travel Hanoi, Vietnam and how many Dong you need to bring? We would love to share with you some experience that may help you out with better Vietnam trip planning


How Much does it Cost to Travel to Hanoi, Vietnam? – Hanoi Vietnam Budget per Day

Daily Travel Expenses Hanoi: 30 – 45 US$ 

Hanoi, Vietnam is probably the tightest travel budgeting you could do, to give you an idea of how you can travel. We would love to give you the detailed information that AZ Local Trip do research.

Daily Travel Expenses Hanoi

“How much will I spend in Hanoi?” – not a hard question with this guideline

  • Note: Vietnamese Dong is expressed in large denominations. In the infographic below, Vietnamese Dong is shortened by three decimal places. For example, 10.000 VND is shown as 10 VND and 100.000 VND is shown as 100 VND.

If you are one of those who has chosen Hanoi for your next trip and are planning an itinerary, we think you should notice some details before coming here:

In Vietnam, We use the Dong (VND). As of now (January 2019), 1 US$ = 23.300 VND.

>>> [2019] Currency in Vietnam (Cash, Credit Cards, ATMs) – Money Exchange

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Example Costs in Vietnam

The following table is a breakdown of the average costs per person for daily expenses and for big activities.

Everyday Expenses in Vietnam

  • One night in a budget hotel (double room) – 7.5 – 12 US$
  • One night for 3 star hotel (double room) – 35 – 65 US$
  • Transport between towns – 5 – 10 US$
  • Lunch/Dinner at a local Vietnamese restaurant – 1.5 – 3 US$
  • Bottle of water – 0.3 US$
  • Vietnamese coffee – 1.2 US$
  • Local beer – 1 US$

Traveling by small boat at Ha Long Bay

Traveling by small boat at Ha Long Bay 

Big Expenses in Vietnam (per person)

  • Halong Bay Boat Trip (2-day cruise) – 95 – 130 US$
  • Trekking in Sapa (2 days 1 night) – 75 US$
  • Ninh Binh one day trip – 38 US$

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Accommodation in Hanoi

Budget accommodation is generally of an okay standard. Sometimes you will have ants in the room and sometimes just bare floorboards, so choose the hotel where you stay carefully. Many places also throw in breakfast of banana pancakes as well.


  • AZ Hanoi Hostel
  • Ga Hostel
  • Hanoi hostel 91C Hàng Mã


Beside many luxury 5stars hotels, you can also find some 3stars hostel with a suitable price but still high-quality 


  • Golden Sun Suites Hotel
  • Serene Premier Hotel
  • Little Hanoi Deluxe Hotel
  • Hanoi Holiday Diamond Hotel

Transport in Hanoi, Vietnam

Most travelers will travel by local buses, this is the most popular transport for travelers in Vietnam and the cheapest ones, Thinking about traveling by train to have more pleasant and comfortable experiences. The price is only very slightly higher, so it’s worth looking into.

Transport in Hanoi, Vietnam

You can also save money by booking buses and trains in advance

If you are a budget traveler:

  • To make sure you keep your cost to travel to Vietnam in check, go straight to the bus station or train station to book your tickets.
  • If you would like to have smooth holily day, you can book via hotel or travel agency in advance


Cyclo – a transport vehicle you can try to go around the streets in Hanoi

Cost of Transport in Hanoi

  • Bus: A ticket is 7.000 VND and you can only pay in cash
  • Taxi: Fitted with reliable meters, the starting price for taxi costs between 10.000 VND and 15.000 VND per kilometer
  • Train (For Hanoi to Sapa or go to the south) Buses are the cheapest way to get around Vietnam and run continuously from North to South and vise versa. Long distance (15 hours) was no more than 20 US$.

>>> More: Getting Around Hanoi: [2019] Best Guide To Get Around Hanoi

Cost of Transport in Hanoi

Train is convenient and cheap transportation with amazing facilities you can choose   

Eating Vietnamese Food & Street Food

Vietnam is a top travel destination for food lovers, even if you’re on a budget or others. If you want to eat cheap and keep the cost to travel Vietnam down, stick to local Asian eateries and street food.

Food gets expensive if you plan on trying to eat in more tourist-orientated restaurants or any Western food establishment.

  • Avoid Western food as it is always over-priced and won’t be anything like what you’re used to at home.
  • Plus, Vietnamese food is incredibly delicious so I’m not sure why you’d ever want to eat Western food over it anyway!

Delicious Pho Bo

Delicious Pho Bo (Beef noodle) – a famous traditional dish that you can not miss when coming to Hanoi

List of Street food should be tried

  • Bun Cha: 25.000 to 30.000 VND (1 – 1.3 US$)
  • Bun Bo Hue: 40.000 – 50.000 VND (1.80 – 2.25 US$)
  • Banh Mi: 20.000 – 25.000 VND (0.90 – 1.10 US$)
  • Egg Coffee: around 30.000 VND
  • Oversea food: 200.000 – 1.000.000 VND/person

>>> More the list of Best Street Food in Hanoi

Budget Activities in Hanoi, Vietnam

You’ll read that there are a lot of “must-do” activities in Hanoi, Vietnam.

At the top of that list are day trips from Hanoi to Halong Bay, Sapa and Ninh Binh (Bai Dinh, Trang An)

Budget Activities in Hanoi, Vietnam

A Sapa trekking tour with locals

There are loads of tour operators out to rip tourists off so it’s really important to compare prices.

Despite not being one of the “must-do” activities in Hanoi Vietnam,  I would love to recommend Halong Bay 2 days 1 night.

Of course, if you really want to keep the cost to travel Vietnam down super low, then there are lots of good free activities, including visiting temples and pagodas and walking around enjoying the bustle of the cities.

The entrance fee for each destination is about 30.000 VND (1.2 US$):

  • Thang Long Citadel: 30.000 VND/adult
  • Temple of Literature: 30.000 VND/adult
  • Quan Thanh Temple:10.000 VND/adult

Ngoc Son Temple

  • Ngoc Son Temple: 30.000 VND/adult
  • Maison Central (Hoa Lo prison) 30.000 VND/adult
  • Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum: 15.000 VND/adult
  • Fine Arts of Museum: 20.000 VND/adult
  • Vietnam Museum of Ethnology: 40.000 VND/adult
  • National Museum of Vietnamese History: 40.000 VND/adult
  • Vietnam Military History Museum: 40.000 VND/adult

>>> Explore some Hanoi FREE Walking Tour including these destinations

What you should not include in the Vietnam Travel Budget?

Things you should take note is ATM withdrawal charges, gifts for our friends,  families – just in time for Christmas!

Vietnam Travel Budget

Banana pyjama – cute gift for your children you can buy in Hanoi

These expenses would give a skewed perspective of the cost of traveling in Hanoi, Vietnam because they aren’t essential. You can find another one cheaper and better

  • Note: ATM Withdrawal Charges 31.50 £ (5 £/8 $ per withdrawal, maximum withdrawal of 86 £/138 $ per day)

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