Vietnam Open Bus: Overall Guide to Travel

July 12, 2023 - 4059 views

In Vietnam, the bus is the cheapest and most convenient means of transportation for tourists, as the bus system is well developed. An open bus is a type of tour bus service that has appeared for a long time in the world but recently appeared in Vietnam. Since its inception, this service has been extremely loved by tourists because of the convenience, economy, and simplicity it brings. If you are a travel lover, you definitely cannot ignore this travel-optimized form of travel. Let's explore the wonderful utilities of Vietnam's open bus.

Vietnam open bus overview

An open bus is a popular form of tourism abroad. Tourists will be fully active in departure time, stopover place, free to play, relax, and entertain throughout the journey. This type of tourism started to appear in Ho Chi Minh City from about 1993 to 1994, but until recently it started to develop and many people know it. Up to now, this type of service is available in almost all major cities across the country.

The open bus is very simple, you just have an ID card, some knowledge about travel, a little understanding of the stopover, you can carry your backpack and go at any time.

Vietnam Open Bus

Vietnam Open Bus

Benefits of Vietnam Open bus

  • Take initiative in travel time as well as destination

An open bus is a type of service for tourists only, providing bus services to famous tourist destinations across the country. Using Vietnam open bus is much more convenient than closed tours within a certain time. Instead of sticking to the schedule and limited time at tourist destinations when using the Open bus, visitors can stop as long as they can at their favorite tourist destinations. Because the characteristic of Open bus is that every day there are buses from tourist destinations, visitors can continue their journey quickly without waiting time.

For example, in an open tour, Hanoi - Hue - Hoi An - Nha Trang - Da Lat provided by Camel company departs from Hanoi. On the journey, visitors can go from Hanoi to Hoi An, stop there for a few days to rest, relax and visit all the beautiful sights without worrying about when the bus will start.

When you want to continue from Hoi An to Nha Trang, you just need to report to the company and go to the office of the car company in Hoi An to continue your trip without having to pay any extra fees. Fares are calculated once from the start of the journey. As long as you book a ticket for this company, you can safely start trips from one tourist destination to another.

  • Cost savings

At each location, visitors can stay as long as they like depending on the conditions of time and cost, no need to worry about having to go in groups, follow the schedule as a regular closed tour. Cost savings are evident when you can take different routes, go and stop freely at popular tourist destinations with only one payment from the start. That is really optimal and extremely convenient for tourists who love to travel and want to explore a lot of lands as well as the beauty of the culture and life of many different regions of the country.

  • Comfort

The bus system of the Open bus service that the transport companies are providing is high-quality vehicles, equipped with amenities to create maximum comfort for passengers such as air conditioning, cold towels, Drinking water, blankets, wifi network, private toilet, etc. Passengers will feel professionalism and respect.


Top 5 Vietnam open bus companies

  • Sinh Cafe Open Bus

Sinh Cafe was established in 1993. The coffee side travel stories were the inspiration for its founding

    • Address: 64 Tran Nhat Duat, Hanoi Capital
    • Phone: +84.2439290394
    • Opening hours: 06:00 am-8:30 pm

Sinh cafe Vietnam Open bus

Sinh cafe Vietnam Open bus (Source: Sinh Cafe Hanoi)

  • Phuong Trang Bus Company

Phuong Trang Bus Company was established on November 15, 2002. Phuong Trang Bus Company operates mainly in the fields of auto trading, passenger transportation, real estate, and service business.

    • Address: 80 Tran Hung Dao, District 1, HCMC.
    • Phone: +84.28 3838 6852
    • Opening hours: 06:00 am - 8:30 pm

Phuong trang Vietnam Open bus
Phuong trang Vietnam Open bus

  • Hanh Cafe Open Bus Company
    • Address: 10 Hung Vuong, Nha Trang City
    • Phone: + 84905395368
    • Opening hours: 06:00 am - 8:30 pm
  • Hung Thanh Bus Travel Company
    • Address: No.8, Tam Trinh, Minh Khai, Hai Ba Trung Dist, Ha Noi
    • Phone: + 84 4.36337575, + 84 36337614
    • Opening hours: 06:00 am - 8:30 pm

Hung Thanh VIetnam open bus

Hung Thanh VIetnam open bus

  • Hey Travel Tour Bus Company
    • Address: Tran Khat Tran Str, Hai Ba Trung Dist, Hanoi
    • Phone: + 8498 212 22 22
    • Opening hours: 06:00 am - 8:30 pm

Disadvantages of Vietnam Open Bus

It cannot be denied that bus tickets in Vietnam are cheap and convenient. However, you may not always be most comfortable getting around. There are a few cons you need to know about.

  • The bus driver cannot speak English. Therefore, if you want to get more information from them, selling will be in trouble.
  • The quality of the Open Bus in Vietnam is not as good as in some European countries. So sometimes the quality of service is not what you expected.
  • You can take a lot of time in transportation and transportation.
  • You can buy some food and drinks at the trip stop. However, there are some minor problems like the higher cost of the city center and you don't have a lot of choices for food.


Buy an open bus ticket in Vietnam?

When you want to book an open bus ticket in Vietnam, you can book online or book through a travel agent, hotel or buy tickets at the bus station.

  • Online booking

There are a number of reliable websites for you to book bus tickets online in Vietnam including,,

When you can't find what you are looking for on one website, check out one of the other sites. It is possible that each website may display the availability of a different bus company. For example, if one bus company has no seats, maybe another bus company still has space.

  • Book tickets at agents, hotels.

You can book open bus tickets at most travel agencies in Vietnam. Besides, most hotels and hostels can book tickets for you. However, in most cases, they will earn a small commission. Sometimes they also add a small fee. To seem the cheapest, buy tickets directly at the bus stop, but they are often not conveniently located outside of the city center.

Overall, the open bus is a fairly comfortable way to travel in Vietnam. It has air conditioning, a limited number of seats, and a fixed schedule. In addition, the opening of the bus does not stop frequently to pick up people makes traveling faster.  Not only providing Open buses from famous tourist destinations in the country such as Hanoi, Hue, Da Nang, Ho Chi Minh, many transportation companies also provide Open bus services to Laos, China, and Cambodia. Visitors can easily reach places such as Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, LuongPra Bang, Sihanoukville, Nanning by Open bus service.

You also can take a look at our Vietnam Tours page which cover all Vietnam tours included the travel by bus option.


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