Noi Bai International Airport is the largest airport serving the north region of Vietnam, offering cheap flights from Hanoi to most destinations in Asia as well as flights to Europe. Located about 28 miles from downtown Hanoi, the airport is a 30 to 45 minute cab ride away. The airport serves as a hub for Air Mekong and Vietnam Airlines, with services also provided by Aeroflot, China Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Japan Airlines and Cebu Pacific among others. Most flights only fly direct to other Asian cities, but reservations can be made to anywhere in the world using multiple carriers through Orbitz.com. Due to the small space between the runways, the airport is limited to handling only 10 million passengers a year.
Parking is available on both a short and long-term basis, with lots located close to the terminal for passenger convenience.
Transportation to Noi Bai is available by public taxi, minibus or public bus. Taxi services from the downtown area are available at a fixed rate of $10 for a sedan and $12 for an SUV. A minibus is available from the Vietnam Airlines Office in the city center located on Quang Trung for $2. Travel using the public bus service is even less expensive, costing about $0.30. The bus service takes about an hour, with buses available at Kim Ma bus station and Long Bien bus station.
Before leaving Hanoi, you should catch a satisfying breakfast to remember the city by. Café 129 in the Hai Ba Trung District is the perfect spot for those looking for a change from Pho. Omelets, pancakes and fresh fruit are all on the menu and available early enough to ensure that passengers reach their cheap flights from Hanoi on time.
New Delhi is served by the Indira Gandhi International Airport, which handles more 30 million passengers each year, is located about 10 miles from the downtown area. International flights to New Delhi arrive on more than 50 airlines including Air China, Air France, British Airways, Japan Airlines, Lufthansa and United Airlines. Domestic flights primarily arrive via Air India. Flights to New Delhi from most sources can be booked through Orbitz.com.
Travel from the airport to the city by the Delhi Metro, with the airport express line running every 20 minutes to the New Delhi Metro Station downtown, at a cost of only about $1.60 per passenger. The city's bus company also services the airport, with shuttles running from the airport to central New Delhi every 30 minutes. The bus ride is provided at the cost of about $.020 for adults, with a discount offered for children. Taxis may be hired at the T3 International terminals and the T1C Domestic Arrival Terminal with metered service taking about 15 minutes to reach the downtown area. For those wishing to drive themselves around New Delhi, car rentals are available through Carzonrent.
New Delhi weather averages between 65 and 88 degrees Fahrenheit a year, requiring light garments for most of the year, with the occasional moderate jacket for the winter months of November through February. Summers are long, with temperatures above 90 degrees lasting from April to October. For the rest of the year, light clothing is suitable with raingear often necessary during the monsoon season occurring during July and August.
While in New Delhi, you can enjoy the culture and arts offered by the city. There are several professional theater groups operating throughout the area, with festivals occurring at multiple times during the year. The Kite Flying Festival and the Qutub Festival are both favorites of residents, with the Spring Festival bringing in tourists from around the world on flights to New Delhi to enjoy the celebration.
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