With an increased number of tourists traveling to Vietnam’s capital city of Hanoi each year (numbers literally doubled between 2009 and 2013), the government has been forced to look into creating new roads, bridges and various forms of infrastructure to improve traffic and efficiency issues. Within the last few months, the northern region of Vietnam has seen great development in the area with new bridges and highways opening up, greatly increasing efficiency and reducing traffic/travel time.
Prior to the opening of the most recent bridge, visitors and tourists had quite the long journey from the airplane to the hotel. Busy airport procedures, long waiting lines and extended journeys (often filled with traffic problems) brought them into the capital city- not the most welcoming entrance! Recognizing the problem and with the structural/financial help of Japan, Vietnam began working on new terminals, roads and bridges.
Nhat Tan Bridge & Vo Nguyen Giap Road.
Finally in January 2015, the new Nhat Tan Bridge was opened, connecting Hanoi City with Noi Bai International Airport. Along with the bridge a new road (Vo Nguyen Giap Road ) and airport terminal (T2) were developed to help with the congestion. Aimed strictly at the increasing number of international flights, the T2 terminal literally doubles the amount of tourists and international flights that can come into Hanoi.
Reducing the entrance into Hanoi to around 30 minutes, the Nhat Tan Bridge directly connects with the T2 Terminal along with the new Vo Nguyen Giap Road. Sitting at 8-lanes wide, the bridge is 3.75 kilometers long and 33.2 meters wide, with access roads at each end totaling 5.17 kilometers. Five pillars stand tall on the bridge, marking the five entrance gates to the city, along with an aesthetically pleasing light system, which illuminates the contemporary bridge in the evenings. The sixth bridge to span Hanoi’s Red River, the Nhat Tan Bridge is now the country’s longest stayed-cable bridge.
Moving Farther North
In addition to these recent additions connecting Noi Bai with Hanoi City, more roads have been developed to connect the capital with other popular regions of the country. Less than one year ago, one of Vietnam’s most advanced super-highways was completed, connecting Hanoi with the Lao Cai region (most famous for its connection with Sapa). Running at 245 kilometers long, visitors can now access Lao Cai via Hanoi in only 3.5 hours- literally halving the travel time that it once took. What does this mean? Well, for travelers who’d prefer to stay off the trains from Hanoi to Sapa, transport can now be done even quicker by car!
Access with Private Transport
For visitors and residents looking to utilize these new roads and bridges, Hanoi Airport Transfer offers the most cost-effective and efficient way to reach both Hanoi and Lao Cai. Our private fleet of vehicles can be hired for transport, whether traveling quickly to/from the airport or taking extended trips farther north. Basic rates and routes are listed on our site… and for those that aren’t listed, simply contact our staff for competitive rates!