+84 904 392 423 rentabikehn@gmail.com

About Us

RentABike stands above other motorbike rental companies in Hanoi and Vietnam for our integrity and transparency. Our family-owned business has been bringing riders reliable motorbikes and high-quality service for years. We understand that motorbike rental problems happen, so whether you’ve been in an accident or keep getting lost on the backroads, we’ve got your back. Our number one priority is keeping our customers safe and happy.

Have a question?

When Danny, owner of RentABike, first came to Vietnam more than 20 years ago, he knew he had found someplace special. Inspired by the lush green scenery and mountainous terrain, he spent his weekends off from teaching to travel Vietnam by motorbike, primarily in the northern region. At that time, locations like Sapa and Ha Giang were practically untouched by tourism, but that also meant he was on his own when it came to motorbike malfunctions (Think: Trying to fix a petrol leak with some bubblegum and a Coke can).

As Danny continued exploring, he wanted to share his experiences with fellow travelers and expats while also helping them to avoid the bad parts of motorbike travel – the breakdowns, the bribes, and the insecurity of being in a completely unfamiliar place. He left his job as an English teacher and began working as a motorbike tour guide for one of the most prestigious motorbike companies in Vietnam. From that point on, motorbiking was no longer just a hobby, but a lifestyle.

Around the same time he started his tour guide job, Danny started to rent motorbikes on the side from his home base in Hanoi, Vietnam. It started with a roommate who didn’t have the funds to buy a bike and wanted to rent one for only a month or two. Then, the roommate’s friend was interested, and, soon, a friend of that friend… Before long, he had enough demand to start up a motorbike rental Hanoi company full-time. Danny had found a missing piece in the motorbike rental industry: Quality and trust. He built his company model on always providing the highest quality bikes and service and never ripping any expat or traveler off. The underlying philosophy was to treat people as he would like to be treated. Thus, in 2006, the motorbike rental Hanoi company claimed its official name: RentABike.

 

Danny was helped in all of this by his wife, Thu, who with excellent English and a keen sense of business, managed to aid him in building the company’s reputation for quality. Originally they opened a small shop in Hanoi’s Old Quarter, where the bulk of rental shops were located, but as demand from expats grew exponentially over the years, the duo decided to move their shop to Tay Ho, Hanoi. The change of location meant a more convenient experience for many motorbike renters living in Hanoi, and for those not staying long-term, RentABike made Vietnam more accessible than ever before. The added benefits are the proximity to Noi Bai Airport and less traffic on the wider roads in the area. After only a few years, RentABike became the most trusted motorbike rental company in Hanoi and the reputation has stuck ever since.

RentABike became so successful that Thu and Danny decided to open shops in both Danang and Saigon. This meant renters could take the bikes on longer trips, beyond just the Northern Vietnam loops, and even complete the North to South route if desired. RentABike allowed tourists and travelers to experience Vietnam in a safe, positive way. With 24-hour roadside assistance, extensive help with route planning, and a bi-lingual staff in both Vietnamese and English, renters knew they could rely on RentABike for just about anything that came up while traveling.

Danny likes to say that what sets RentABike apart from the other motorbike rental Hanoi companies is “freedom from fear” – The way every expat and traveler alike should be able to experience the beauty of Vietnam.

When Danny, owner of RentABike, first came to Vietnam more than 20 years ago, he knew he had found someplace special. Inspired by the lush green scenery and mountainous terrain, he spent his weekends off from teaching to travel Vietnam by motorbike, primarily in the northern region. At that time, locations like Sapa and Ha Giang were practically untouched by tourism, but that also meant he was on his own when it came to motorbike malfunctions (Think: Trying to fix a petrol leak with some bubblegum and a Coke can).

As Danny continued exploring, he wanted to share his experiences with fellow travelers and expats while also helping them to avoid the bad parts of motorbike travel – the breakdowns, the bribes, and the insecurity of being in a completely unfamiliar place. He left his job as an English teacher and began working as a motorbike tour guide for one of the most prestigious motorbike companies in Vietnam. From that point on, motorbiking was no longer just a hobby, but a lifestyle.

Around the same time he started his tour guide job, Danny started to rent motorbikes on the side from his home base in Hanoi, Vietnam. It started with a roommate who didn’t have the funds to buy a bike and wanted to rent one for only a month or two. Then, the roommate’s friend was interested, and, soon, a friend of that friend… Before long, he had enough demand to start up a motorbike rental Hanoi company full-time. Danny had found a missing piece in the motorbike rental industry: Quality and trust. He built his company model on always providing the highest quality bikes and service and never ripping any expat or traveler off. The underlying philosophy was to treat people as he would like to be treated. Thus, in 2006, the motorbike rental Hanoi company claimed its official name: RentABike.

 

Danny was helped in all of this by his wife, Thu, who with excellent English and a keen sense of business, managed to aid him in building the company’s reputation for quality. Originally they opened a small shop in Hanoi’s Old Quarter, where the bulk of rental shops were located, but as demand from expats grew exponentially over the years, the duo decided to move their shop to Tay Ho, Hanoi. The change of location meant a more convenient experience for many motorbike renters living in Hanoi, and for those not staying long-term, RentABike made Vietnam more accessible than ever before. The added benefits are the proximity to Noi Bai Airport and less traffic on the wider roads in the area. After only a few years, RentABike became the most trusted motorbike rental company in Hanoi and the reputation has stuck ever since.

RentABike became so successful that Thu and Danny decided to open shops in both Danang and Saigon. This meant renters could take the bikes on longer trips, beyond just the Northern Vietnam loops, and even complete the North to South route if desired. RentABike allowed tourists and travelers to experience Vietnam in a safe, positive way. With 24-hour roadside assistance, extensive help with route planning, and a bi-lingual staff in both Vietnamese and English, renters knew they could rely on RentABike for just about anything that came up while traveling.

Danny likes to say that what sets RentABike apart from the other motorbike rental Hanoi companies is “freedom from fear” – The way every expat and traveler alike should be able to experience the beauty of Vietnam.

Interested in our services?

Interested in our services?

FAQs

Do you have an emergency hotline?

You can call us at any time for assistance on (+84) 904 392 423. We will give you two contact telephone numbers and encourage you to friend us on Facebook.

We will help you over the phone as much as we can. We can translate between mechanics, police, hospital staff, security guards etc. and we can also help give you information as to the location of facilities (hotels, mechanics), and rough prices for goods and services.

Do you provide insurance for total loss or theft?

No, we do not. If you lose the bike, you are 100% responsible for replacement.

There is no way to get insurance in Vietnam, that we know of. Be careful, and only park in areas with a guard that gives you a ticket for receipt of the bike.

Can I pay from my home bank account?

Yes, you can pay us directly in Vietnam or in the UK by bank transfer. We can also easily send money to you anywhere in the world, we haven’t failed yet!

Additionally, if you have a UK bank account, we can transfer funds to you without fees.

Do you accept credit/debit cards?

Yes, we accept all major credit cards; however, there are four issues to be aware of:

1) The banks (not us) levy a fee on the transaction and this is around 3-5%, depending on which bank you use.

2) We cannot ‘block’ a credit card, we have to charge it.

3) We cannot refund to a card, we can only refund in cash.

4) We are credited in Vietnamese Dong (VND) therefore we will refund you in VND.

Is the Buy-Back guaranteed?

Yes, as long as you change the oil every 1000km and inform us of any repair or maintenance work that has been done, we will buy the bike back. We haven’t refused a bike yet and there is no reason for yours to be the first.

Why do I have to pay a transportation fee?

This is because we do not have enough two way traffic to be able to give your bike to another rider. We need to keep the numbers of bikes in our locations fairly balanced and find that we have to move them between locations.

Do you have any good resources to share?

Firstly, we recommend you take a look at our Routes page, where you’ll find in-depth guides for the most popular motorcycle routes in Vietnam.  You can also check out our Blog for the latest travelling and motorcycle-riding tips!

 

We also suggest you pay a visit to the Vietnam Coracle website, and join the Facebook groups “Vietnam Back Roads” as well as “Vietnam Backpacker tips.”

 

Can you teach me how to drive?

Yes, we can spend some time showing you how the bike works and how to drive. This, obviously, does not replace formal training but usually people can quite easily pick up the basic skills needed to be safe.

From then on, it is a matter of practising on less challenging roads before moving into the crowds. We take no responsibility for what happens during or after the time we help you learn.

Do you provide helmets?

Yes, each bike comes with one helmet. We have a range of helmets available and you are free to choose. Be aware that our helmets ore not as good quality as those you may have back home so if you are picky, or have a strange head size, you should bring your own.

We do not send helmets with bikes when we ship bikes to locations where we do not have a shop i.e HCM. This is because we have no idea what kind of helmet will suit you.

Where can I buy my own helmet?

Because motorbikes are the main form of transportation in Vietnam, there are shops on every street corner selling helmets.

You can pay as little as $2 and up to $200+ for one, but spending between $15 – $50 would get you something reasonable. If you are particular about your helmet, you should bring one from home.

What is a "blue card?"

This is the registration document of the bike which will show who the bike is owned by.

Our bikes are registered to our company, so if you have any problems with the police you can just call us and we’ll say that you are on our bike, proving that it is not stolen. With other rental or buy-back companies this may not be so easy.

Do I need to carry the "blue card"?

If you are renting the bike, then no, a rental contract is enough to show that you haven’t stolen the bike.

If you plan to take the bike across borders or sell it, then yes, you will need this to show ownership and be able to pass the card on to a new owner.

How long does it take to drive from Hanoi to HCM?

It is possible to make the journey in 10-12 days. HOWEVER, we do not recommend this. Most people take from 15-25 days (this is why daily rental can work out to be a better option) as this allows time to stop in cool areas like Phong Nha, Mui Ne, Hoi An etc.. and to have some fun off the bike.

You can also put the bike on the train/bus very easily and this helps to cut down the amount of driving, if you wish to.

Is it better to rent daily or take the backpacker deal?

This depends on several factors. You need to look at how long you wish to rent for and whether there is any saving either way.

Also, consider whether you are happy to buy a bike outright or would prefer the lower outlay of a deposit + rental fee.

I've been told it's too dangerous to drive in Vietnam, is this true?

Yes, it is very dangerous to drive here, but millions of people do it every day. Like with most things, you can control the amount of risk you take, so driving carefully and being aware of what is going on will go a long way towards keeping you safe.

There is of course an element of risk, and unknown factors that we cannot control, but driving safely and wearing the correct clothing should minimise this.

 

Are there many cheap hostels en route?

Vietnam is full of cheap hotels, called “Nha Nghi,” and there are backpacker hostels dotted all along the coast. You are unlikely to have to travel more than 100km to get to a hostel and small hotels are everywhere, so if you find that a place is full, you will not have to travel far to find a bed.

Is my International Driving Permit (IDP) valid?

First, you must check to see if your IDP lists Vietnam as one of the countries it is valid for. 

This is a grey area somewhat, because IDPs are said to be valid but some police do not accept them as such. However, the police rarely stop non-Vietnamese for traffic violations and, if they do, the worst thing that will happen is that you will be fined and then sent on your way. This fine is usually around $10-$15.

What should I do if the police ask me to stop?

This is very dependent on the situation; however, stop and TAKE THE KEYS OUT OF THE BIKE so that no one else can take them.

Smile and be extremely polite. Show (do not hand over) any requested documents and, if you are worried about anything, then film them with your phone. Legitimate cops shouldn’t have a problem with this.

 

Contact Us

 

Email: rentabikehn@gmail.com

Phone: (+84) 904 392 423

 

Send us a message

13 + 7 =

Popular Routes

Latest Blogs

Muong Lat (Mường Lát) Loop

This route map to Muong Lat (Mường Lát) shows how to get to some of the best unseen areas of Vietnam. From the capital, you head out to the regular touristic areas and then go OFF THE GRID. Get to see the real Vietnam in all its naked horror and beauty. Drive on roads...

read more

Things to See in Hanoi: 1 Day Itinerary

Hanoi, Vietnam is a vibrant mix of the ancient and the modern and, as such, has a little something for just about everyone. Honestly, there are too many things to see in Hanoi with only one day, but if you’re short on time, something is better than nothing.

read more

Our Instagram Feed

 

Hanoi

15a Ngõ 12

Đặng Thai Mai

Tây Hồ

Hà Nội, Vietnam

Days:

Monday – Sunday

Opening Hours:

8.30am – 12 noon

1.30pm – 5.30pm

Ho Chi Minh

89 Thành Mỹ,

Phường 8,

Quận Tân Bình,

Hồ Chí Minh City, Vietnam

Days:

Monday – Saturday

Opening Hours:

8.00am – 12 noon

1.30pm – 5.30pm

Da Nang

 

4 An Thượng 16

Quận Ngũ Hành Sơn

Đà Nẵng, Vietnam

Days:

Monday – Saturday

Opening Hours:

8.00am – 12 noon

2.00pm – 6.00pm

Follow us or get in touch on social media,

Contact Us

rentabikehn@gmail.com

+84 904 392 423

Follow us or get in touch on social media,

Contact Us

rentabikehn@gmail.com

+84 904 392 423

Follow us or get in touch on social media,

Contact Us

rentabikehn@gmail.com

+84 904 392 423