Hanoi on Saturday launched a high-quality bus service connecting its railway station in the city downtown with Noi Bai Airport.
The unsubsidized route, numbered 86, runs 33 kilometers from Hanoi Railway Station in Dong Da District to the international airport. Tickets cost VND30,000 (US$1.30) a person.
The new buses are each designed with 25 seats, but there is enough space for a maximum of 80 passengers and luggage.
Hanoi Transport Service Corporation, which operates the route, said the service will start from 6:18 a.m. to 11 p.m. There will be one bus every 25-30 minutes.
Hanoi has been operating two other bus routes connecting the airport with Hoan Kiem and Cau Giay Districts, at subsidized fares of less than half a dollar.
The new bus has a lot of space for luggage.
Officials in the city said the new service is another effort to revive the enthusiasm for public transport, which has been losing popularity compared to motorbikes. Many bus passengers are unhappy with how often the bulky vehicles get stuck in heavy traffic.
Buses were a common means of transport in Hanoi in the 2000s. But it has continued losing popularity, after reaching its peak in 2012 with 416 million travelers.
A new report said bus passengers in the first quarter dropped 14 percent from a year ago to 82 million. The number last year was down 7.5 percent from 2014.