A trip to Vietnam is not complete without hopping on a motorbike at least once during the trip. Besides the convenience factor of being able to whizz through traffic easily the experience alone of riding in the hectic cities or stunning countryside is incredible. Renting motorbikes is possible throughout the country and a common practice among foreigners visiting Hanoi, Vietnam. Here is everything you need to know before you rent a automatic scooter in Hanoi.
Within the backpacker areas of the city, motorbike rentals tend to revolve around Chinese motorbikes or more commonly the very cheap Yamaha Nouvo 1/2/3.
Outside these backpackers areas, companies with online reputations tend to use scooters that are genuine Honda semi-automatics or automatics such as the semi-automatic Honda Wave, automatic Honda Airblade or Honda Vision.
The rental prices between the cheap backpacker bikes and the genuine scooters are similar. The reason being that cheap bikes are more expensive to maintain for the rental company. However, the financial damages to the rental company when Chinese motorbikes are lost/stolen are far less than the damages when the bike is genuine. Deposits on Chinese motorbikes also tend to be much lower.
What Are Hanoi Scooter Rental Requirements?
It you want to rent a Automatic Scooter in Hanoi, some rental companies ask for your passport while others don’t. We’ve noticed that shops located along the main touristy roads seem adamant about handing over your passport. It seems as though the smaller businesses on the less traveled side streets are more accepting to a passport photocopy or a cash deposit instead. To rent a Scooter in Hanoi, you need two things:
For motorbike rental, there are different procedures depending on the rental shop and the length of the rental. If you stay in a hotel and rent a motorbike from the hotel for a few days, the hotel will not require a deposit. If you rent directly from a rental shop, you need to give your passport to the owner until you return the motorbike or deposit an amount of money (from 1.5 million VND to 3 million VND). Leaving a passport with a shop while you travel the whole country is not ideal, so an alternative can be suggested. Often rental shops will accept a different form of valid identification or even a copy of the passport.
Or sometimes a rental company could ask for the hotel that you are staying in.
Regarding payments, you almost always pay in cash and upfront. Most motorcycle companies don’t ask to see proof of a driver’s license. You can drive away from their shop without toppling over or crashing into something or someone.
Renting A Quality Scooter From A Reputable Company.
Quality models rarely breakdown! The Yamaha Nouvo and Chinese motorbikes have a low street value because they are old and prone to breakdowns, locals don’t want them. For a rental company, these bikes are high maintenance and stressful! Arguments are common as one breakdown will cost the rental company more than the daily rent. Blame is often put on the customer.
No holiday interruptions. For the customer, a breakdown is incredibly inconvenient and often results in lost travel time and more money spent on things like taxis to get out of a bad situation.
Better fuel consumption. Fuel consumption is much higher on the old models. Modern Airblade scooters use fuel injection technology that is significantly more economical than old designs.
Feel, performance and handling of a quality scooter shines through with modern bikes.
Cheaper to fix when crashed! A common fight rental companies and customers have is oversized bills with crashes. A $300 scooter requiring $100+ in crash damage seems an illogical rip-off…. but it isn’t! Parts are harder to find and cheap replacements lower the value. Money is also lost while the bike sits.
Fair, reliable damage quotes. Modern bikes are quick and easy to fix in Yamaha, Suzuki or Honda stores. Yamaha, Honda and Suzuki can act as a 3rd party source for damage quotes and the customer does not need to fight or negotiate with the rental company!
Theft. Having your motorcycle stolen is a big concern for travelers in a place like Vietnam. Security guys are everywhere and hotels often bring motorbikes inside. Armed with the correct knowledge, there is no reason or excuse for getting a motorcycle stolen in Vietnam. Read our related article on parking and motorbike security.
What A Quality Scooter Rental Company Offers.
Multi-city locations. A company with different city locations like Ho Chi Minh, Da nang and Hanoi make pick up, drop off and services easier.
Upfront honesty. Clear contracts and set prices for reliable and genuine bikes means there is no guesswork when renting.
Quality scooters and motorcycles. The right company will have pre-selected the models and brands that perform best for a traveler’s needs.
Travel insurance for your scooter. Rather than worrying about what to do in the event of a crash, your rental company should offer a damage waiver that covers all parts on your motorbike in the event of a crash.
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Competitive with prices. No one wants to pay more and deals too good to be true probably are. The right company knows it’s better for the customer and their business to deal with a modern fleet of bikes.
Reliable business structure. The best rental companies aim to create a rental environment that replicates traditional car rentals from back home, where the vehicle usually doesn’t break down and you can expect great customer service!
If you’re looking to know more about quality scooter rentals, Motorbike Nguyen Tu has a wide source of information on motorcycle routes, things to do, the best time of year to visit, weather, and more.
Hanoi Motorbike Rental And Sale– What To Know
Value. Understand the value of the motorcycle you’re renting. Not all bikes are equal and they definitely aren’t all worth $300.Your contract will explain the value of the motorcycle. If it doesn’t, ask or get it in writing.
Know your market. Not all countries are created equal. Hanoi has developed a bad reputation for ripping off travelers with crash damage and theft scams. This reputation has been unfairly passed to Vietnam and South-East Asia in general. Overall the market remains to be relatively fair and safe, and most arguments are caused by travelers not understanding the rental companies’ position.
Chinese motorbikes or Yamaha Nouvo 1/2/3 automatics have a street value of $150-300.
A rental company operating with these models will usually take a deposit of 1-million VND.
The rent is 5-10usd a day, or 1 million VND a month. Read our related post for a full list of monthly rentals and outright purchases.
Once the deposit and rent is paid, the renter has paid nearly 1/4 the value of the scooter!
The reputable companies will use Honda semi automatics with a value between $500-800 or Honda automatics with a value of around $1000.
Deposit requirements are usually stricter and higher, ranging from 3-million dong to 5-million dong ($150-$500) and usually combined with a small background check.
Passport deposits are also commonly accepted with a Vietnam Visa, but drivers licenses are not.
Travellers often assume that rental companies are desperate for business, however, the good companies operate no differently from traditional car rentals and often perform background checks on potential customers.
Hanoi Scooter rental price
According to the experience of people who have rented motorbikes in Hanoi, the cost will be reduced when you select this type of vehicle.
With daily rental available on the Honda Wave, Honda Nuovo and the Yamaha Mio for $7 a day.
You have to leave a deposit and / or your passport.
When starting to rent a automatic scooter, you must ask the lessor to give you a free map. Hanoi travel is very convenient. Riding a motorbike go to eat is never afraid of expensive, a lot of food you can choice. If street food expensive you can go to other places, not like taxi they carry you to the restaurant to get the commission so the price will be higher.
- Motorbike Not automatic: Honda RS, RSX, Yamaha, Jupiter, Sirious, Future ….
- VND 90,000 ≅ 4USD / day (24 hours)
- Automatic Motorbike: Nouvo, Atila,
- VND 100,000 ≅ 5USD/ day (24 hours)
- VND 120.000 Airblade Motorbike/day (24 hours)
- Duration: 1 day is 24 hours
- – Example: 7:00 today to 7:00 the next day is counted as 1 day
- 15:00 today to 15:00 tomorrow is counted as 1 day
Don’t get too worried about the motorbike rent since it is quite cheap in Hanoi. For each rental bike, you just pay around $3-$9 per day, but the rental scooter may cost you $10 or more.
If you intend to hire this motorbike for a long time (over a week), make sure you have a good deal with the company. (especially in peak seasons insist on a daily rate for how many days you hire)
Some places for Hanoi Scooter Rental
It is not difficult to rent a motorbike in Hanoi City. There are several variants:
small hotels and hotels.
You can hardly walk around any (especially central) street without noticing a dozen rental places where you’ll be gladly helped to hire a scooter.
If you are staying at a small hotel you’ll probably be told about such nearest places at the reception. They even can bring you a bike or something to the hotel as hotel owners often have contracts with the owners of motor transport.
If they don’t provide such a service, it’s enough to walk along the second and the third lines of Hanoi.
One more method of hiring motor transport in Hanoi is getting in touch with the foreigners living there a long time and running some bike rental business. We’d advise you to turn to our good acquaintances – guys from the Moto Vietnam and they not only will help you to choose a good and suitable bike but will also give you some recommendations and several bike riding lessons.
There are some places motorbike rental Automatic scooter Hanoi. But I recommend these fews stores as the quality of motorbikes are quite good and easy to find: Follow This Link >>> https://motorbikenguyentu.com/motorbike-rental-in-hanoi/
Motorbike Rental Van Chinh
Add: 24D Ta Hien, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi. (Old Quater)
Cong Tan Motorbike
Add: 110 Nguyen Van Cu, Long Bien District, Hanoi.
Add: 37 Ngo Huyen, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi.
6b Tam Thuong (lane by 38 Hang Bong Street), Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
Tel: (0904) 392423 (Thu)
Add: 55 Trinh Cong Son, Nhat Tan, Tay Ho, Hanoi (near the Water park in West Lake).
Tips for backpacker when rent motorbike in Hanoi
- Before and after the journey, you have to ensure that all parts of your motorbike are in normal operating conditions such as brakes, tires, chainsaws, lights, horns, turn signal and speedometer.
- Remember to fill up the petrol for the motorbike. You don’t need to worry about the type of gasoline to use because the petrol station staff will automatically fill the suitable one for the motorbike.
- Bring sunglasses, sunscreen, waterproof backpacks, coats, raincoats, locks, rubber bands, full battery, smartphone connect 3G, some motorbike repairing tools and most importantly is money.
- Obey the Vietnam traffic rules:
- Wearing a helmet, driving on the right side and limited speed of 60 km/h
- Do not cross the red traffic light, using horns anytime you need, drive with two hands,
- Do not take photos when driving
- Turn the lights on when getting inside tunnels.
- Do not drink alcohol before and during the drive.
- Be confident with traffic. Try to guess other’s turning direction by their body language.
- Drive slowly in order to look out for animals, children, old people, alcoholics, drugs, off-size vehicles.
- Keep a safe distance of big trucks when getting uphills or climbing mountain passes.
- When police stop you, the easiest way to escape is “TIP” them 10 – 20 USD and then go.
- Do not repair the bike without permission of a rental company. You need to contact them then be instructed.
That’s all. Thanks for your read my article about motorbike rental in Hanoi. Now you have some address in order to rent a “iron howrse” to experinces in Hanoi. Have a good trip to you.
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