Flight to Vietnam from The UK

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Dustin Kemp
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Last Updated: March 13, 2024

Booking a flight to Vietnam from the UK might seem overwhelming, particularly for those embarking on this journey for the first time. The flight spans continents and will typically take at least 12 hours, often more depending on the route and layovers. Fortunately, there’s a range of solid options for those flying from the UK to Vietnam. This guide aims to simplify the process for you, step by step.

Choosing Your Airline

The initial step is selecting your preferred airline. Several major airlines operate between the UK and Vietnam, offering different routes and experiences. Below is a summary focusing on UK-based airlines that service flights to Vietnam, evaluating them based on service quality and pricing:

British Airlines

Service: ***
Price: $$$
Notable Features: Extensive global network; excellent in-flight entertainment; generous baggage allowance

Virgin Atlantic

Service: ***
Price: $$$
Notable Features: Innovative seating; high-quality meals; exceptional service

EasyJet

Service: *
Price: $
Notable Features: Affordable European connections; flexible booking options

While there are no direct flights from EasyJet to Vietnam, it’s included for its utility in reaching major hubs within Europe from which to connect to Vietnam.

International carriers are also worth considering for their high service standards and English-speaking staff. Top recommendations include:

Qatar Airways

Service: ***
Price: $$$
Notable Features: Wide in-flight entertainment selection; excellent service

Emirates

Service: ***
Price: $$$
Notable Features: State-of-the-art in-flight entertainment; luxurious seating

Vietnam Airlines

Service: **
Price: $$
Notable Features: Direct flight to major Vietnamese cities; friendly staff

UK Flight Aggregators

For the best deals on flights to Vietnam, consider using flight aggregators, which can often unearth better prices than those found directly on airline websites. Preferred options for flights from the UK to Vietnam include:

UK to Vietnam Flight Time and Distance

Flights from the UK to Vietnam are lengthy, with the journey depending on your specific route and the number of layovers. The table below details the flight time and distance from major cities in the UK to Vietnam.

Departure City Nonstop1 Layover2 LayoversDistance (km)
London 11h30m14h16h30m5734
EdinburghN/A13h15m15h45m5711
BelfastN/A13h5m15h30m5850

Common Layovers During the Flight to Vietnam from The UK

Unless you’re flying on VN56 from London to Hanoi, you’ll have to make at least one layover on your way to Vietnam. Luckily, the large hubs that UK-Vietnam flights usually use as go-betweens are some of the best airports in the world. The table below lists a few of the most commonly used stopover airports for UK-Vietnam routes and several features that may keep you busy during your time there.

Layover Airport Notable FeaturesFree Sleeping Area
Hamad International Airport, Doha (DOH)Art installations, quiet rooms, swimming pool, spa, and gym; extensive shoppinsand dining options.Yes, quiet rooms and lounges (some lounges may have a fee).
Dubai International Airport, Dubai (DXB)Indoor zen gardens, swimming pool, health club, and spa; luxury shopping and dining.Limited, with dedicated quiet zones and rest areas. Some lounges offer sleep pods/cabins at a cost.
Istanbul Airport, Istanbul (IST)Massive duty-free shopping area, museum, art gallery, and cultural exhibitions; wide range of dining options.Limited, with lounges available that may offer sleeping facilities for a fee.
Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris (CDG)Museums, luxury shopping, gourmet French cuisine; relaxation zones and free showers.Yes, but limited. Some areas within the airport and lounges (with access fee) offer more comfortable sleeping options.

Additional Resources

Before booking your flight, explore additional resources such as:

– The Complete Vietnam Visa Guide

Destination Guides to Vietnam

flight to vietnam from the uk
Tan Son Nhat International Airport, Truong Son Street, Tan Binh District, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Photo by Trung Cao

The nonstop flights from London to Vietnam generally last 11.5-12 hours, whereas the more common 1-layover flights last about 14 hours.

Prices vary widely by season and booking advance, with economy round trips starting from as low as £400-£500 off-peak, to £700-£1000+ during peak times.

Most flights from the UK arrive at either Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi or Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City.

Yes. Vietnam Airlines offers direct flights from London to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. These provide a convenient and time-saving option, though prices may be higher compared to flights with layovers.

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Dustin Kemp
Content Writer - Vietnam Is Awesome
Dustin moved to Ho Chi Minh City in 2014 and quickly fell in love with the culture and people of Vietnam. He brings his passion to his writing and planning as the Content Manager at Vietnam Is Awesome.