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.
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.
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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?
Time-saving: only 45 minutes
Experiencing incredible views of Halong from above
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.
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.