A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Hanoi vs. Tokyo for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Hanoi or Tokyo?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Hanoi and Tokyo can help. It includes a travel cost comparison in addition to other factors. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Where Should I go: Hanoi or Tokyo?

Hanoi

Hanoi is the chaotic capital of Vietnam, and it serves as a great introduction to the country for many travelers. It's the second largest city in the country after Saigon and is an interesting combination of East meets West. There's traditional Vietnamese culture with subtle influences brought by the French. The city continues to grow and change rapidly and it's easy to get lost amidst the chaos.

Tokyo

Tokyo, the capital of Japan, is by far the most populous city in the world with a staggering 37 million people. As a worldwide hub for technology and business, it hosts millions of visitors annually. But Tokyo is not just a place for business trips. With its incredible mixture of historical temples and shrines, remarkably beautiful parks, endless shopping malls, and genuinely wonderful people, Tokyo is a terrific place to visit and to explore.

Which city is cheaper, Tokyo or Hanoi?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Hanoi is $38, while the average daily cost in Tokyo is $135. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each city. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Hanoi and Tokyo in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Hanoi $20
    Tokyo $64
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Hanoi $40
    Tokyo $128
Compare Hotels in Hanoi and Tokyo

Looking for a hotel in Hanoi or Tokyo? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Hanoi


Hotels in Tokyo


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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Hanoi Hotel Prices and Tokyo Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Hanoi $5.48
    Tokyo $17
Typical Local Transportation prices in Hanoi

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Hanoi:


  • Taxi to Bus Station
    $1.21
  • Shuttle Bus From Airport (for Two)
    $3.22
  • Local Bus Ride (for Two)
    $0.40
  • Short Taxi Ride
    $1.37
  • Short Motorbike Ride (10 Minutes)
    $0.80

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Hanoi

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Hanoi:

  • HaLong-LanHa Bay Day Trip: Lunch, Beach, Kayak, high-way transfer, luxury boat: $1,250
  • Hanoi GOLF TOUR 4Days 3Rounds: Transfer, Hotel, Green & Caddie, Golf Cart, Guide: $687
  • Private Transfer: Hanoi to Hanoi Airport (HAN): $622
  • Halong Bay: 3-Day 2-Night 4-Star Cruise with Transfer: $450
  • Luxury Private Halong Day Tour with 2 Way Expressway Transfer: $376
  • Sapa terrace trek train transfer 2 days 1 night: $364
  • Private Transfer to/from Sapa: $352
  • 3 Days 2 Nights Mai Chau Pu Luong Ethnic Trail E-Bike Tour Private Transfer: $344
  • Private 1-Way Taxi Transfer to Sa Pa: $289
  • Hanoi to Ha Long Transfer by Luxury Car: $289
  • 3-Day Halong Bay Cruise including Swimming and Kayaking with Round-Trip Transfer from Hanoi: $285
  • Over night Signature Cruise Luxury Halong Bay Transfer service & Kayak,: $267

Typical Local Transportation prices in Tokyo

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Tokyo:


  • Metro from Airport
    $14

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Tokyo

Also for Tokyo, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Departure Private Transfer from Tokyo City to Haneda Airport HND by Luxury Van: $187
  • Departure Private Transfer from Tokyo City to Haneda Airport HND by Minivan: $108
  • Departure Private Transfer from Tokyo City to Narita Airport NRT by Luxury Van: $302
  • Departure Private Transfer from Tokyo City to Narita Airport NRT by Minivan: $284
  • Japan Railway Station Shared Departure Transfer : Tokyo City to Tokyo Station: $25
  • Japan Private Airport Transfer from Tokyo City to Haneda Airport (HND): $97
  • Japan Private Airport Transfer from Tokyo City to Narita Airport(NRT): $182
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Tokyo to Narita International Airport (NRT): $121
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Tokyo to Tokyo Haneda Airport (HND): $78
  • Private Departure Transfer : Central Tokyo City to Haneda Airport: $144
  • Private Departure Transfer : Central Tokyo City to Narita International Airport: $267
  • Private Transfer from Tokyo City Center to Tokyo Disneyland: $119

Is it cheaper to fly into Hanoi or Tokyo?

Prices for flights to both Tokyo and Hanoi change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.





Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Hanoi $10
    Tokyo $32
Typical Food prices in Hanoi

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Hanoi:


  • High End Dinner (for Two)
    $12
  • Casual Lunch (for Two)
    $4.42
  • Bowl of Pho
    $0.80
  • Italian Dinner (for Food)
    $6.23

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Hanoi

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Hanoi.

  • Hanoi Old Quarter Walking Street Food Tour - Small Group: $5.00
  • (Private) Hanoi Street Food Tour By Volunteer Guide: $5.13
  • Hanoi Street Food Tours with Volunteer Guide ($5 / Group): $5.13
  • (Small Group) Hanoi Street Food Tours with Volunteer Guide: $5.13
  • Dinner with a Local Family in Hanoi: $13
  • Street Food Tour + Old City sightseeing Ticket: $15
  • 3-Hours Hanoi Street Food Tour with Guide and Meal: $16
  • Lunchtime Street Food Tour of Hanoi: $21
  • Hanoi Walking Street Food Tour: $21
  • Small Group: Ha Noi Walking Street Food Tour With Professional Tour Guide: $22
  • Guided Street Food Tour: $24
  • Bun's family food tour: $25

Typical Food prices in Tokyo

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Tokyo:


  • Late Night Noodles
    $5.46
  • Conveyor Belt Sushi Snack
    $5.46
  • Meal at Airport
    $7.11

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Tokyo

For Tokyo, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • 1-Hour Tsukiji Fish Market Food Tour with Local Guide: $26
  • Unique Private Cooking Class with a Tokyo Local Emi: $78
  • Local Food Tour on Sunamachi Ginza Street: $83
  • West-Side Walking & Street Food Tour: $95
  • Private Ramen and Gyoza Cooking Class from Central Tokyo: $108
  • Private Japanese Cooking Class with a Local Chef: $120
  • Tokyo Food Tour: 3-Hour Culinary Adventure: $129
  • Gyoza Cooking Classes in Tokyo: $135
  • Private Dining: Wagyu and sake pairing dinner in Shinjuku: $136
  • Private Market Tour and Traditional Japanese Cooking Class in Asakusa: $142
  • Tokyo Private Food Tour: From Ramen Bars, Vending Machines To Cat Cafes: $174
  • 3-Hour Food Tour of Shinbashi at Night: $182

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Hanoi $6.85
    Tokyo $59
Typical Entertainment prices in Hanoi

Here are a few typical costs in Hanoi for activities, ticket prices, and tours that come from previous visitors:


  • Puppet Theater
    $1.61
  • The Hanoi Hilton Entrance
    $1.61
  • National History Museum
    $1.61
  • Puppet Theater Ticket
    $2.81

Tours and Activities in Hanoi

Here are a few actual costs in Hanoi for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • (Evening) HANOI CUSTOMIZED Walking Tour: $5.00
  • (Half Day) Hanoi Old Quarter Walking Tour: $5.13
  • (Official) Halong Sen luxury cruise - One day tour: $77
  • (Small Group) Hanoi City Insight Motorbike Tour - 4,5 hours: $29
  • (Small Group) Hanoi Street Food Walking Tour: $29
  • 04d 03n Hanoi Sapa Valley Tour Cat Cat Village & Ham Rong Mountain: $367
  • 1 Day Tour of Lan Ha Bay with Luxury Day Cruise from Hanoi: $99
  • 1 Night LeTheatre Cruise Exploring LanHa-HaLong Bay: $250
  • 1 day Private tour Sapa Off The Beaten Path trekking start from Sapa: $58
  • 1 day Private tour Sapa trekking Y Linh Ho - Lao Chai - Ta Van (start from Sapa): $59
  • 1-Night Signature Royal Cruise on Halong Bay: $238
  • 1-day Halong Bay Cruise private tour from Hanoi: $163

Tours and Activities in Tokyo

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Tokyo.

  • Samurai Spots in Tokyo Virtual Tour: $8.26
  • Tokyo Tower: Admission Ticket: $11
  • 1-Hour River Cruise Asakusa to Odaiba: $11
  • Japanese Snacks You Should Try: Online Experience by Local Guide: $12
  • [Virtual Tour] Japan: the bathing and Sento experience: $12
  • [Virtual Tour] Ghibli Spots in Japan: $12
  • [Virtual Tour] Tokyo Highlights: $12
  • Tokyo Online: Virtual Experience in Shibuya and Shinjuku with a Local Expert: $14
  • Virtual Tour to Discover Mount Fuji: $14
  • Online Japanese Archery Experience: $15
  • Tokyo Online Tour All in One, With 10+ Top Sights!: $15
  • Thermae-Yu Hotspring in Shinjuku Entrance Ticket: $21

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Hanoi $6.20
    Tokyo $27

Typical Alcohol prices in Tokyo

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in Tokyo:


  • Sake
    $4.09


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Hanoi and Tokyo, we can see that Tokyo is more expensive. And not only is Hanoi much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Hanoi would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Hanoi and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Tokyo would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Tokyo than you might in Hanoi.


When is the best time to visit Hanoi or Tokyo?

Tokyo has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons, but Hanoi experiences a tropical climate with fairly warm weather most of the year.

Should I visit Hanoi or Tokyo in the Summer?

Both Tokyo and Hanoi during the summer are popular places to visit. Plenty of visitors come to Hanoi because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year. Also, many visitors come to Tokyo in the summer for the city activities, the music scene, and the family-friendly experiences.

In the summer, Hanoi is a little warmer than Tokyo. Typically, the summer temperatures in Hanoi in July are around 29°C (84°F), and Tokyo is about 26°C (78°F).

Tokyo gets a good bit of rain this time of year. It rains a lot this time of the year in Hanoi. Hanoi usually gets more rain in July than Tokyo. Hanoi gets 210 mm (8.3 in) of rain, while Tokyo receives 127 mm (5 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Hanoi 29°C (84°F) 
    Tokyo 26°C (78°F)

Should I visit Hanoi or Tokyo in the Autumn?

The autumn attracts plenty of travelers to both Hanoi and Tokyo. Hanoi attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate. Also, most visitors come to Tokyo for the city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, the music scene, and the natural beauty of the area during these months.

In October, Hanoi is generally a little warmer than Tokyo. Temperatures in Hanoi average around 25°C (77°F), and Tokyo stays around 18°C (64°F).

Tokyo receives a lot of rain in the autumn. Hanoi gets a good bit of rain this time of year. In October, Hanoi usually receives less rain than Tokyo. Hanoi gets 100 mm (3.9 in) of rain, while Tokyo receives 165 mm (6.5 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Hanoi 25°C (77°F) 
    Tokyo 18°C (64°F)

Should I visit Hanoi or Tokyo in the Winter?

The winter brings many poeple to Hanoi as well as Tokyo. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Hanoi throughout the year. Also, the winter months attract visitors to Tokyo because of the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine.

Hanoi is much warmer than Tokyo in the winter. The temperature in Hanoi is usually 17°C (63°F) in January, and Tokyo stays around 5°C (42°F).

Hanoi usually gets less rain in January than Tokyo. Hanoi gets 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Tokyo receives 45 mm (1.8 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Hanoi 17°C (63°F) 
    Tokyo 5°C (42°F)

Should I visit Hanoi or Tokyo in the Spring?

Both Tokyo and Hanoi are popular destinations to visit in the spring with plenty of activities. Plenty of visitors come to Hanoi because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year. Also, the activities around the city and the natural beauty are the main draw to Tokyo this time of year.

In the spring, Hanoi is much warmer than Tokyo. Typically, the spring temperatures in Hanoi in April are around 24°C (75°F), and Tokyo is about 14°C (58°F).

It rains a lot this time of the year in Tokyo. It's quite rainy in Hanoi. In April, Hanoi usually receives less rain than Tokyo. Hanoi gets 100 mm (3.9 in) of rain, while Tokyo receives 125 mm (4.9 in) of rain each month for the spring.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Hanoi 24°C (75°F) 
    Tokyo 14°C (58°F)

Typical Weather for Tokyo and Hanoi

Hanoi Tokyo
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 17°C (63°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 5°C (42°F) 45 mm (1.8 in)
Feb 17°C (63°F) 30 mm (1.2 in) 6°C (42°F) 60 mm (2.4 in)
Mar 21°C (70°F) 50 mm (2 in) 9°C (47°F) 100 mm (3.9 in)
Apr 24°C (75°F) 100 mm (3.9 in) 14°C (58°F) 125 mm (4.9 in)
May 28°C (82°F) 150 mm (5.9 in) 19°C (66°F) 138 mm (5.4 in)
Jun 29°C (84°F) 190 mm (7.5 in) 22°C (71°F) 186 mm (7.3 in)
Jul 29°C (84°F) 210 mm (8.3 in) 26°C (78°F) 127 mm (5 in)
Aug 29°C (84°F) 200 mm (7.9 in) 27°C (81°F) 148 mm (5.8 in)
Sep 28°C (82°F) 160 mm (6.3 in) 23°C (74°F) 180 mm (7.1 in)
Oct 25°C (77°F) 100 mm (3.9 in) 18°C (64°F) 165 mm (6.5 in)
Nov 22°C (72°F) 60 mm (2.4 in) 13°C (55°F) 90 mm (3.5 in)
Dec 18°C (64°F) 30 mm (1.2 in) 8°C (46°F) 46 mm (1.8 in)


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