how to get from hanoi to halong bay

How to get from Hanoi to Halong Bay

Transportation Guide to Halong Bay

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With its outstanding scenic beauty, Halong Bay has become one of the most popular destinations in Vietnam. This spectacular seascape of limestone pillars formed by more than 1,600 islands and islets is usually on top of the list of travelers visiting Vietnam.

How to get from Hanoi to Halong Bay?

The following article is a comprehensive guide to travel from Hanoi to Halong Bay and book your tickets online.

how to get from hanoi to halong bay

 

Hanoi to Halong Bay Bus

Traveling from Hanoi to Halong Bay by bus is a convenient and affordable option. Depending on your departure location, it can take from 2 hours up to 4 hours by bus.

Price for one way bus ticket starts at $5

Duration: 2 hours ~ 4 hours

From Hanoi to Halong Bay, the earliest bus departs at 6 a.m and the latest is at 6 p.m. Between all the different providers, there is usually a bus leaving every 30 minutes.

The first bus coming back from Halong Bay to Hanoi leaves at 6am.

 

How to book a bus ticket from Hanoi to Halong Bay?

You can buy a bus ticket from Hanoi to Halong Bay online easily with Baolau or 12go.asia

Enter your desired day of departure and you will find a fully detailed schedule of the day from all providers.

Currently, you can choose bus services from Phuc Xuyen, Luxury Transport and Kumho Viet Thanh.

-> Book bus ticket from Hanoi to Halong with Baolau or 12go.asia

 


Hanoi to Halong Bay Train

Vietnam Railways offers a direct train from Hanoi to Halong. Traveling by train from Hanoi to Halong is the cheapest option and it’s best if you’d like to explore the scenery along the way.

Ticket price: 80 000 VND (~$3.5)

Duration: 6 hours 46 minutes 

Note: Passengers can only reserve hard seat for this trip.

Stations

The railway from Hanoi to Halong is about 190 km

The train departs from Yen Vien Railway station (about 11 km from Hoan Kiem Lake) at 4:55 am daily and arrives at Halong train station after 6 hours 46 minutes journey.

-> Book train ticket from Hanoi to Halong with Baolau or 12go.asia

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Hanoi to Hai Phong Train + Bus

Besides taking train to Halong Railway station, passengers can take train to Hai Phong Railway Station from Hanoi, and then bus from Hai Phong to Halong Bay.

Price for one-way train ticket: 85,000 VND (~$4)

Duration: 2.5 hours (train) + 1.5 hours (bus)

 

Stations

  • Hanoi train station: 120 Lê Duẩn, Hoàn Kiếm District, Hà Nội
  • Hai Phong train station: 75 Lương Khánh Thiện, Ngô Quyền District, Hải Phòng
  • Hai Phong bus station Niem Nghia:   275 Trần Nguyên Hãn, Lê Chân, Hải Phòng

-> Book train ticket from Hanoi to Hai Phong with Baolau or 12go.asia

 


Hanoi to Halong Bay by car

Besides going from Hanoi to Halong Bay by train or bus, you can also travel to Halong Bay by private car.

However, this option is expensive and only recommended for group travel. If you travel solo or in a small group, we recommend going by train or bus.

-> Book taxi with Di Chung taxi or Cat Ba Express with 12go.asia

 


Hanoi to Halong Bay Flights

a) By plane

The Van Don International Airport in northeast Vietnam, near Halong Bay, will open to traffic in December this year.

However, passengers can take domestic flights to Hai Phong Airport from Ho Chi Minh or Da Nang and take bus to Halong Bay.

 

b) By seaplane

Have you ever heard of seaplane?

Currently, Hai Au Aviation offers flights from Hanoi to Halong bay with seaplanes. 12-seater Cessna Caravan brings you the magnificent view of Halong Bay’s 1600 islets from above, along with thrilling water takeoffs and landing.

Why fly to Hanoi to Halong with seaplane?

  • Once-a-life-time experience
  • Time-saving: only 45 minutes
  • Experiencing incredible views of Halong from above

-> Read more information and schedule a flight with Hai Au Aviation

 


Tips to travel from Hanoi to Ha Long Bay

You should book the earliest bus or minivan from Hanoi to Ha Long to ensure you would make it to the half-day cruise departing in the morning or mid-day.

The long day cruise usually starts in the early morning so you will need to arrive at Ha Long the day before if you’d like to join it.

Most bus companies have the option to drop you off at Tuan Chau Marina, where most day cruises depart from.

 

Halong Bay tour from Hanoi

In case you’re not a fan of traveling to Halong on your own, there are several tour companies offer one day-trip from Hanoi to Halong Bay.

from hanoi to halong bay

One day trip usually covers bus transport from Hanoi to Halong and vice versa, including a cruise trip exploring Thien Cung cave and Kayaking activities.

If you join a 2 days 1 night tour or 3 days 2 nights tour, you can experience more activities such as visiting fishing village and more caves, joining cooking class, watching sunrise, fishing squids at night, etc.

As there are many scam tours in Hanoi, we advise you to book tour online with trusted companies such as Klook and Get Your Guide.

-> Book day tour with Klook or Get your guide and enjoy your trip to Halong.

 


Halong Bay to Hanoi Bus

Passengers can take direct bus from Halong Bay to Hanoi

One-way ticket starts from $5

Duration: 2 hours – 4 hours

The earliest bus starts at 6 am and there’s bus every 30 minutes

-> Book bus ticket from Halong Bay to Hanoi with Baolau

 

Halong Bay to Hanoi Train

From Halong Railway station, passengers can catch daily train at 13:50. The journey takes 6 hours 41 minutes and arrives at Yen Vien Railway station in Hanoi at 20:31

One way ticket price: 80 000 VND (~$3.5)

Duration: 6 hours 41 minutes

-> Book online ticket from Halong Bay to Hanoi with Baolau

 

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