There are currently many direct flights to Vietnam. The main ports of entry for air travel are Tan Son Nhat airport (SGN) in Ho Chi Minh City or Noi Bai Airport (HAN) in Hanoi.
The number of direct routes from Australia, Europe and North America to Vietnam are still very limited and most flights departing from these regions to Vietnam involve a transit in Hongkong, Bangkok, Seoul, Tokyo or Singapore.
Flights from Australia
Daily flights from Sydney, Canberra or Melbourne to Ho Chi Minh City connect in Taipei, Kuala Lumpur, Darwin or Bangkok. Flights from Wellington or Auckland have stopovers in Kuala Lumpur. Quantas and Vietnam Airlines operate direct flights between Ho Chi Minh City and Sydney though the price can be 30% higher compared with other routes.
Other airlines that run the route between Vietnam and Oceania include Cathay Pacific, Thai Airways, China Southern, Singapore Airlines, to name a few.
Flights from Europe
There are direct flights between Hanoi and Paris, Frankfurt, and London offered by Vietnam Airlines. Better deals between Europe and Vietnam, however, will involve at least one stop over in Hongkong or Singapore. The best way to search for a price deals is to shop around with both online and off-line travel agency.
Flights from Asia
Vietnam is well connected to other countries in Asia with the support of a complex flight network. Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Hongkong are destinations with most flight deals. From Japan and Korea, there are direct flights to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City departing major ports such as Osaka, Tokyo, Fukuoka, Seoul, Busan. In case of China, Vietnam Airlines operate flights from Beijing, Shanghai, Guanghou, Kunming to Hanoi.
Direct flights from Ho Chi Minh City to China only land in Beijing or Guangzhou. For Taiwan, China Airlines, Eva Air and Vietnam Airlines have daily flight between Hanoi and Taipei or Kaohsiung.
Flights from North America
From the United States: From New York, Korean Air, Cathay Pacific and American Airlines have daily flights to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, with connection in Seoul and Hongkong respectively. From the West coast, similar routes connect Los Angeles or San Francisco with Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City.
From Canada: The most popular route from Toronto or Vancouver to Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City is one operated by Air Canada or Cathay Pacific, that involve a short transit in Hongkong. The wait time vary between 2 and 5 hours. Korean Air and Japan Airlines also connect Vietnam with major cities in Canada but the transit time can be tedious, between 6 and 12 hours. However, for those who are keen on seeing more of the world, this transit time can be ideal as there are plenty of tours to see Seoul or Tokyo available at the airport.