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.
We would recommend taking this option if you travel by group. However, if you travel solo, we recommend going by train or bus.
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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.
Also, passengers can take domestic flights to Hai Phong Airport from Ho Chi Minh or Da Nang and take a 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 from Hanoi to Halong by seaplane?
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 days 1-night tour or 3 days 2 nights 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.
As there are many scam tours in Hanoi, we advise you to book tours online with trusted companies.
Halong Bay to Hanoi Bus
Price: Starts from $5
Duration: 2 hours – 4 hours
On the way back, passengers can take a direct bus from Halong Bay to Hanoi.
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.