Last year, the Prime Minister gave the go-ahead to Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and five other areas to pilot double-decker buses for tourism activities. These buses will start operating in the capital and Ho Chi Minh City in the next two months. In Hanoi, the city plans to run the first 10 buses from late July. Passengers can either buy tickets for the city tour, or hire the entire bus for different purposes.
Known as City Tour, the service follows a loop route that starts at the Hanoi Opera House and takes tourists to the city’s famous destinations such as the Temple of Literature, Thang Long Citadel, Tran Quoc Temple and the Old Quarter. Each bus, painted a cheerful red with 14 seats at the lower level and over 30 seats on the open top level, has a mobile roof that can be closed during bad weather. The bus, designed following all technical safety standards, is equipped with 4G, WiFi and has supportive devices for the disabled. Currently only one bus has been put into use and more will be provided in the next two months once the service is officially launched, according to a Transerco representative.