How to travel from Hanoi to Halong Bay?
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.
Hanoi to Halong Bay Bus
- The price for one way bus ticket starts at $5
- Duration: 2 hours ~ 4 hours
Traveling from Hanoi to Ha Long Bay by bus is a convenient and affordable option. Depending on your departure location, it can take 2 hours to 4 hours by bus.
From Hanoi to Halong Bay, the earliest bus departs at 5:30 am, and the latest is at 7:30 pm. There is usually a bus leaving every 30 minutes.
The first bus from Halong Bay to Hanoi leaves at 5:30 am.
How to book a bus ticket from Hanoi to Halong Bay?
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.
Hanoi to Halong Bay Train
- Ticket price: 80 000 VND (~$3.5)
- Duration: 6 hours 46 minutes
Note: Passengers can only reserve hard seats for this trip.
Read more: Check my Vietnam train travel guide for more tips.
The railway distance 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.
Hanoi to Hai Phong Train + Bus
- Duration: 2.5 hours (train) + 1.5 hours (bus)
- Cost: 85,000 VND (~$4)
Besides taking a train to Halong Railway station, passengers can take a train to Hai Phong Railway Station from Hanoi and then a bus from Hai Phong to Halong Bay.
- 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
Hanoi to Halong Bay by car
Besides going from Hanoi to Halong Bay by train or bus, you can travel to Halong Bay by private car.
We would recommend taking this option if you travel by group. However, if you travel solo, we recommend going by train or bus.
-> Book a taxi with Di Chung taxi or Cat Ba Express with 12go
Hanoi to Halong Bay Flights
a) By plane
Although Van Don International Airport in northeast Vietnam opens, there’re only flights from other destinations such as Ho Chi Minh with Bamboo Airways.
b) By seaplane
Have you ever heard of seaplanes?
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 and thrilling water takeoffs and landings.
Why fly from Hanoi to Halong by seaplane?
- Once-a-life-time experience
- Time-saving: only 45 minutes
- Experiencing incredible views of Halong from above
Tips for traveling 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. Also, you can take a ferry from Tuan Chau port to Cat Ba Island.
Halong Bay tour from Hanoi
In case you’re not a fan of traveling to Halong on your own, several tour companies offer Halong cruise trips from Hanoi.
A one-day trip usually covers bus transport from Hanoi to Halong and vice versa, including a Halong cruise trip exploring Thien Cung cave and Kayaking activities.
If you join a 2-day 1-night tour or 3-day-2-night tour, you can experience more activities such as visiting a fishing village and more caves, joining a cooking class, watching the sunrise, fishing squids at night, etc.
There are many scam tours in Hanoi, so we recommend booking tours online with trusted companies.
Halong Bay to Hanoi Bus
- Price: Starts from $5
- Duration: 2 hours – 4 hours
Passengers can take a direct bus from Halong Bay to Hanoi on the way back.
The earliest bus starts at 6 am, and there’s a bus every 30 minutes. It takes 2 to 4 hours depending on the transport providers.
Halong to Hanoi Train
- Price: 80 000 VND (~$3.5)
- Duration: 6 hours 41 minutes
From Halong Railway station, passengers can catch a daily train at 13:50. The journey takes 6 hours and 41 minutes and arrives at Yen Vien Railway station in Hanoi at 20:31.