Mar 17 2011

Renting a motorbike in Hanoi

Published by at 5:52 pm under Transport

As I’m sure you’re aware, motorbikes are THE mode of transport in Vietnam, and Hanoi is the epitome of this love affair with two wheels. For many visitors, a drive from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City or vice versa is the best way to see the country, but others are satisfied with just the experience of a drive around the city and its surrounds, or even a round-trip to Sapa. This Travelfish feature about biking in Vietnam is worth a read.

If you fall into the latter category, then a rental will be less hassle than buying and then re-selling, and there are no shortage of rental bikes to be had in town. Hondas are the most common brand and also the easiest to get fixed if you’re unfortunate enough to break down, and you’ll find anything from a battered old model to a shiny new one. Shop around.

Chances are you'll end up with a Honda Wave, though maybe not this shiny

Chances are you’ll end up with a Honda Wave, though maybe not this shiny

The area around Ta Hien / Dinh Liet / Hang Bac is littered with signs advertising “Motobike Rent” or some such variation. A friend rented long-term from the no-name place at 29 Ta Hien (0913 517 621), and was very pleased with her bike, and others that get well-rated are Mr Cao at 106 Hang Bac and Quan’s Motorbikes at 70 Hang Bac. Other friends rented through their hotel and again, all fine and dandy. Expect to pay somewhere between $5 and $7 a day and to leave a deposit and / or your passport.

Personally, when choosing where to rent our bike from we went for one of the Western-owned options in town. We just felt a bit more confident about it — based on countless great reviews and the ability to communicate easily in English. We rented our bike for 8 months from Rentabike, run by Danny and Thu. I have nothing but praise for them and would highly recommend them. They have a range of semi-automatic, automatic and manual bikes, with daily rental available on the Honda Wave, Honda Nuovo and the Yamaha Mio for $7 a day.

Their website also contains some useful tips about riding a bike in Hanoi — such as parking, problems with the police and riding tips — which is worth a read even if you rent from elsewhere.

I asked Danny for a tip to share with readers about riding a bike in Hanoi and this was his response:

“Traffic in Hanoi moves with a communal consciousness (like shoals of fish, flocks of swallows… ). Once you are in the thick of it, think as a group and you will join the effortless flow (peripheral vision is key). However, always drive defensively and try to imagine the craziest possible situation taking place. That way you won’t be surprised when it does happen. It will.”

Mr Cao’s
106 Hang Bac, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
T: (0912) 094 464

Quan’s Motorbike & Bicycle Rental
70 Hang Bac, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
T: (0904) 244 941

6b Tam Thuong (lane by 38 Hang Bong Street), Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
T: (0913) 026 878 (Danny), (0904) 392423 (Thu)

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6 Responses to “Renting a motorbike in Hanoi”

  1. Camping in Hanoi | Travelfish on Hanoion 07 Jun 2011 at 5:33 pm

    […] We went by motorbike which worked out well: the road that takes you most of the way has recently been improved, making the drive quite a smooth and safe, if not exciting, one. It took us a while to get there, as we got lost*, but the journey back was little over an hour. Our friends travelled by taxi — they paid around 350,000 VND to get there and 500,000 VND to get back. So it's not cheap, but if there are a few of you it's not too bad. […]

  2. Anh Wuon 11 May 2012 at 12:14 am

    There are new and shinny new Honda Wave scooters you can hire from Offroad Vietnam. All current models are available and with less than 20,000km odo (most between brand new to 10,000km). Unfortunately, with high taxes all manual clutch bikes are older but work with all roads in North Vietnam, for that a Honda XR250 is the best fit.

  3. mcfarulon 02 Jun 2014 at 8:01 am

    I want to go to Cu Ci Tunnel but since the taxi fares and hassle taking the bus. Can we ride motorcycle to that place? Is the road ok?

  4. Sarah Turneron 02 Jun 2014 at 8:11 am

    I’d suggest you post this question in the forum, or check the site for information, as this is specifically about renting bikes in Hanoi so it’s likely to get missed.

  5. Dannyon 09 Sep 2014 at 6:39 am


    Our address has changed and we are now located at:
    6b Tam Thuong
    Hoan Kiem

    This is easiest to find by going to #38 Hang Bong street, which is where Tam Thuong begins. Just walk down about 100m and you will see the shop on the left.


  6. Sarah Turneron 09 Sep 2014 at 6:47 am

    Thanks Danny. I’ve updated the listing.

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