Car rentals are currently not in existence. Cabs,
which are unmarked cars without meters, can typically
be rented for the day for US$30 to US$40.
The Vietnamese railway system runs from Ho Chi
Minh City to Hanoi along the coast and links with
Haiphong and the regions further north. Odd-numbered
trains travel South, and even-numbered trains
travel north. The fastest trains take at least
36 hours from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi. Reservations
should be made a day or more in advance. The major
setback to the railways is that tourists are charged
many times more than Vietnamese people in the
form of an outrageously high surcharge. For long
distance traveling, it is best to fly.
The bus system runs almost everywhere within the
country, with stations built around the country
dividing the territory into regions. Buses tend
to be slow and unreliable.