Vietnamese Transportation Vocabulary: 80+ Best Words To Learn Now

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Getting around Vietnam is no easy task. The infrastructure (although improving) is still behind many other Asian countries like China, Malaysia, and Thailand. For this reason, it’s very important to learn Vietnamese transportation vocabulary to make the process as hassle-free as possible.

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Common Transportation Vocabulary In Vietnamese

Here we have it! The very basics to get you started.

EnglishVietnameseSound
AirplaneMáy bay
BicycleXe đạp
BusXe buýt
CanoeCa nô
CarXe hơi
Cruise ShipTàu du lịch
HelicopterTrực thăng
PaddleboardVán chèo
ShipVận chuyển
SkateboardVán trượt
TaxiXe tắc xi
TrainXe lửa
WalkingĐi dạo
YachtThuyền buồm

Places To Go

We know all know too well that you have places to go and people to meet in Vietnam. Let this list guide you.

EnglishVietnameseSound
AirportPhi trường
Bus StationTrạm xe buýt
Bus StopĐiểm dừng xe buýt
HighwayXa lộ
Metro StationGa tàu điện ngầm
RoadĐường
StreetĐường phố
Train StationGa xe lửa

Questions To Ask To Help You Get Around

And here are some phrases so you can be more specific.

EnglishVietnameseSound
How do I get to the airport?Làm thế nào để tôi đến được sân bay?
What is the fastest way to get around Hanoi?Cách nhanh nhất để đi vòng quanh Hà Nội là gì?
Where is the train station?Nhà ga xe lửa ở đâu?
Where can I get a taxi?Tôi có thẻ đón taxi ở đâu?
Which train station do I get off at?Tôi xuống ở nhà ga nào?
Vietnamese Transportation Vocabulary - woman with motorbike

Different Types Of Transportation Tickets

These are useful to know when travelling or booking trips.

EnglishVietnameseSound
Bus ticketVé xe buýt
One-wayMột chiều
Plane ticketVé máy bay
Round tripkhứ hồi
Train ticketVé tàu

Car-Related Vocabulary In Vietnamese

The most universal means of transport. Here are the key terms.

EnglishVietnameseSound
BumperBội thu
DoorCửa
EngineĐộng cơ
FuelNhiên liệu
Gas stationTrạm xăng
Gas tankBình xăng
Headlightđèn pha
SeatGhế
TireLốp xe
WheelBánh xe
WindscreenKính ô tô

Phrases Related To Getting Around By Car

Renting or borrowing a car can be a great way to get around, albeit really hectic in Vietnam. Here are some questions and phrases you’ll need.

EnglishVietnameseSound
How much is the car rental?Giá thuê xe là bao nhiêu?
The car has a flat tireXe bị xì lốp
The car won’t startXe sẽ không khởi động
Where can I rent a car?Tôi có thể thuê xe ở đâu?
Where’s the closest gas station?Trạm xăng gần nhất ở đâu?

Airplane-related Vocabulary In Vietnamese

Travel by air is becoming increasingly popular within Vietnam. Here are common words to know when travelling by air.

EnglishVietnameseSound
Aisle seatGhế lối đi
ArrivalĐến
Boarding passThẻ lên máy bay
CancelledĐã hủy
Check-inĐăng ký vào
DelayedTrì hoãn
Flight attendantTiếp viên hàng không
Gate numberSố cổng
LuggageHành lý
One-way ticketVé một chiều
PilotPhi công
TransitQuá cảnh
Window seatGhế ngồi gần cửa sổ

Getting Around Via Water In Vietnamese- Vietnamese Transportation Vocabulary

Ahoy! Is there anything more fun than hitting the high seas or winding riverways of Vienam?

EnglishVietnameseSound
AnchorMỏ neo
BoatCon thuyền
DockedCập bến
Jet skiMáy bay phản lực trượt tuyết
Life jacketÁo phao
LifeboatXuồng cứu sinh
PortHải cảng
SailboatThuyền buồm
SeaBiển
ShipVận chuyển
Vietnamese Transportation Vocabulary - women on the boat

General Phrases In Vietnamese For Getting Around

EnglishVietnameseSound
Excuse me, could you help me?Xin lỗi bạn có thể giúp tôi?
Go fasterĐi nhanh hơn
Go slowerđi chậm hơn
Go straightĐi thẳng
How much is it?Cái này giá bao nhiêu?
JourneyHành trình
MoneyTiền bạc
PedestrianĐi bộ
To the leftQua bên trái
To the rightRẽ phải
TravelĐi du lịch

So What Is The Best Way To Get Around Vietnam?

Phew! That was a long list. But we still need to answer the question that most people came for. Is it better to take buses, taxis, cars, or one of the myriad other options available?

Well, the answer is that it largely depends on where you are, how much time you have, and what kind of person you are.

For example, if you’re in Hanoi city center and need to get to the outskirts during rush hour, then a motorbike taxi service like Grab is the best way to get around(although far from the safest).

If you’re in Halong Bay making your way around the floating islands, then obviously, it’s probably not the best idea to rent a car.

If you’re doing a whistlestop tour of Vietnam, it’s best to fly from one destination to the next with a budget airline. However, if you have the time, there’s a definite allure in taking the 32-hour train from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City.

Here are a few basic tips.

Don’t rent a motorbike or a car, especially not in the cities. The traffic is crazy, to put it mildly, and even experienced drivers and riders won’t know what’s hit them(sometimes literally).

Secondly, avoid xe om drivers(unlicensed motorbike taxis), and I’d probably go as far as to say all taxis unless they’re with the Grab app. The Grab app sets a fixed price, so you won’t find yourself arriving at a destination and the driver demanding more money than the previously agreed-upon price. It’s happened more times than I care to remember.

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We hope you enjoyed our list. I’ve lived in Vietnam for five years, and there is nothing more fun than getting out there and seeing the country.

Ling has been invaluable in that time because you can have more authentic and enriching experiences with local people if you speak a little of the language. Ling’s Vietnamese courses will take you from language learning zero to hero.

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