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3 ways to get from Nanning to Hanoi

Taking a train from Nanning to Hanoi
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There is 1 operator that run from Nanning to Hanoi. If you decide to take a train, you can take the Sleeper option.

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Taking a bus from Nanning to Hanoi
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There is 1 operator that run from Nanning to Hanoi. If you decide to take a bus, you can take the Tourist option.

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Taking a minivan from Nanning to Hanoi
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There is 1 operator that run from Nanning to Hanoi. If you decide to take a minivan, you can take the Luxury option.

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About the ride from Nanning to Hanoi


If you've always wanted to experience an amazing Southeast Asian journey, taking the train from Nanning to Hanoi via the Friendship Pass is one to add to your bucket list. This is a great way to compare and contrast cultures, countryside and, more importantly, dining car menus!

However you choose to travel, crossing borders is always an exciting element of a trip. From forgetting where you put your passport to getting a case of the nerves as you stand in line to get your travel docs stamped – if you’re looking for an adventure, you’re on the right path.

There are basically three ways to get from Nanning to Hanoi. 

First, you can take the train. It's a popular option and, since it's a sleeper train, also includes the price of accommodation for the night. With prices starting from US$63, that's not a bad deal.

Trains are the best way to meet a few local folk and travelers along the way. This route is often used by families as well as workers returning home from contracts in China.

The distance is 319 kilometers (198 miles). The train usually takes around 12 hours 30 minutes. Since much of the traveling is done overnight, you barely notice the time go by.

If you're not quite ready to commit to train travel in Asia, you can also climb aboard a tourist bus. 

Tourist buses are pretty comfortable, and you might even get some shut-eye when traveling through the night. But don't expect to sleep through the Friendship Pass border crossing because you'll be expected to get out of the vehicle and walk into Vietnam on foot.

The Nanning to Hanoi bus is cheaper than a train and a pretty comfortable ride when you take the air-conditioning and reclining seats into consideration.

Besides the comfy seats, you’ll get USB charge points, Wifi access (where available), and bottles of water. You might also get a blanket to help combat the air-conditioning that's on all night. But don't count on it – bring a sweater, just in case.

The third and final feasible way to get from Nanning to Hanoi is by minivan. They provide complimentary water and make regular rest stops along the way.

Minivans work really well for families or small groups of friends traveling across the border from China to Vietnam. 

All the Nanning to Hanoi flights make two stops and take even more time than the train, so flying really makes no sense. 


Crossing the China/Vietnam border

Crossing the border from China to Vietnam is very straightforward. 

If you're traveling by minivan or bus from Nanning to Hanoi, you'll need to show your visa and passport at the Chinese border check. Then you’ll cross the Friendship Pass on foot and rejoin the van at Huu Nghi, in Vietnam.

If you're taking the train, you'll need to show your visa, passport, and other travel documents before boarding the train in China. The train will then stop at border control for approximately 2 hours before continuing via Dong Dang station in Vietnam.


What to see when traveling from Nanning to Hanoi

Road travel in southern China is mainly undertaken on busy highways. This is where you'll be able to stop at service stations and maybe get a bite to eat at an overpriced dining hall. Towns and cities in the south are quite industrial, although you might also get to see a few faraway mountain peaks.

Traveling overnight on a sleeper bus lets you watch the bright lights of night markets and shop fronts flash past your bus or minivan window. It can be interesting to watch the world in the darkness, but your best bet is to pull the curtains, put on your eye mask and get some sleep.

Taking a sleeper train from Nanning to Hanoi means you won't see very much apart from the brightly lit stations and the border controls at the Friendship Pass. You might be lucky enough to see the sunrise as you enter Vietnam and head south to Hanoi. Time to get your caffeine fix with your first Vietnamese coffee! 

You can get up and walk around or stay in your cabin, play a game of cards, or just chat with your traveling companions. It's a good way to meet some local people and maybe share a few stories of your traveling adventures to date.


How to get from Nanning to Hanoi

Taking a train from Nanning to Hanoi 

Sleeper trains are very straightforward and allow you to cross between China and Vietnam with minimum fuss. 

There are several types of cabin and sleeper seat tickets. Cabins are for four people, and berths fold up during the day to form a small communal area. 

Cabins are air-conditioned, and there's a communal bathroom at the end of each carriage. Seats start from US$63 per passenger. The whole journey, including the two-hour border stop, takes approximately 12 hours and 30 minutes.


Taking a bus from Nanning to Hanoi 

Tickets for the bus start from US$34 per person. Buses are air-conditioned and include comfortable semi-reclining seats. In addition, buses make rest stops so you can stretch your legs and use the bathroom facilities. The whole journey takes roughly nine hours.


Taking a minivan from Nanning to Hanoi 

Minivan rides are the most flexible way to travel. You can get picked up from your hotel and leave when you want. Minivans are usually able to accommodate a maximum of eight passengers. Prices start from US$33 per person for a nine-hour journey.

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