I am never taking the bus again

By Dung Le   July 8, 2022 | 04:56 pm PT
I am never taking the bus again
People on a bus in Hanoi, February 19, 2020. Photo by VnExpress/Phuong Son
I left my office at 5:30 p.m. and reached home at 7:30 p.m. It was a seven-kilometer trip. I'm never going on a bus again.

I live in Thanh Xuan District, considered to be part of downtown Hanoi. I go to work by motorbike, and it takes around 30 minutes if I go at a leisurely pace.

If I choose to travel by bus, it takes just five minutes to walk to the bus stop from home and a similar amount of time to walk to my office after getting off.

So I used ride-hailing services to go to the office in the morning, and returned home in the evening by bus. I did that for five days, but gave up after realizing the bus trip back home took two hours.

I believe there are several explanations. I do not travel by bus often and so am not familiar with the schedule and had to wait for a long time for my bus to show up.

I do not think I am the only one with this problem.

As much as I understand the benefits of public transport, this is a deal-breaker for me. If a motorbike ban is ever implemented, and if the public transport system has not improved by that time, I will probably switch to a bicycle.

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