How to get from Hanoi to Halong Bay
Is your camera filled with the magnificent views of Halong Bay?
Time to head back to Hanoi to explore the rest of this beautiful country!
When traveling to the capital city, you have 4 options. The bus is the most common way to travel from Halong to Hanoi, but you can also go by train, taxi or travel in style by seaplane.
Your options at a glance
|Bus||3,5 hours||370.000 VND (€14)||Check bus tickets|
|Train||7 hours||80.000 VND (€3)||Check train tickets|
|Taxi||2 hours||1.630.000 VND (€61,50)||Reserve a taxi|
|Flight||2,5 hours||5.500.000 VND (€209)||Check flights|
Are you a fast decision maker? Simply use the links above to book your tickets!
If you haven’t found your best transport option yet, no problem. This was just the intro. Below we share our step-by-step guide of how to get from Halong Bay to Hanoi.
Bus from Halong Bay to Hanoi
Duration: 3,5 hours
Costs: 37.000 VND (€14)
Because it is economical and doesn’t take too long like the train, traveling by bus is the preferred choice when going from Halong Bay to Hanoi.
Each bus company has its own designated departure and arrival points so check in advance which bus stops close to your accommodation. Or even better, choose the Limo van of Vietnam Travel which includes free pick-up and drop off! Not the cheapest option, but a lot cheaper than a taxi!
If you are thinking of saving some money on your booking, make sure you double check the drop-off point. You can for example book a cheaper ticket with Phux Xuyen on Baolau, but at the end you won’t really save money with this. A bus ticket with Phux Xuyen costs only 120.000 VND, but the problem is that it takes about 45min to go to Hanoi city center from the drop-off point. The costs of a taxi will make this option actually more expensive than the one of Vietnam Travel.
|Kumho Viet Thanh||04:30-09:30|
|5h||150.000 VND (€5,70)|
|Ab Vietnam Travel||12:00-17:00||5h||221.000 VND (€8,50)|
|Rosa Eco Bus||11:30-15;00||3h 30m||512.000 VND (€19,50)|
Limo Vans to Hanoi
Want something more comfortable than a bus? You’re in luck as there are also limo van trips available from Halong Bay to Hanoi. The cost starts at 338.000 VND (€13) and takes a little bit less than 4 hours to get to Hanoi. The indicated price also includes a free pick-up service. Just click on the button provided above and proceed to the ‘minivan’ section.
|Green Lion Bus||12:00-18:00||6h||338.000 VND (€13) + free pick-up|
|Luxury Transports Company||12:00-14:30||2h 30m||466.000 VND (€17,50) + free pick-up|
|Vietnam Tourist||11:45-15:15||3h 30m||373.000 VND (€14) + free pick-up|
|Ab Vietnam Travel||09:30-12:30|
|3h||396.000 VND (€15) + free pick-up|
Train from Hanoi to Halong Bay
Duration: 7 hours
Costs: 80.000 VND (€3)
This, by far, is the cheapest option when traveling from Halong Bay to Hanoi. However, it also takes almost double the time compared to the bus. Another downside is that there is only one direct trip per day which departs at 13:45. With this trip you will reach Hanoi at 20:31. Tickets cost 80.000 VND (€3) per person.
The train departs from Halong Train Station, east of Bai Chay. The train arrives at Yen Vien Station, northeast of the Hanoi city center.
Be informed that the train bound for Hanoi only has hard seats, so it may not be the most comfortable way to travel back to Hanoi!
Taxi from Hanoi to Halong Bay
Duration: 2 hours
Costs: 1.630.000 VND (€61,50)
The taxi is a good option if you are traveling in a group. It’s a bit more expensive than a van, but the advantage with booking a taxi is that you can travel door-to-door and don’t have to share the taxi with others.
The price for a vehicle starts at 1.630.000 VND (€61,50) with pick-up and drop-off at any hotel for both ends of the route. This vehicle can seat up to 5 passengers and it takes about 2 hours before you reach Hanoi.
Luxury Transports Company also offers a ride share option if you’re looking to save some money but prefer a car ride. It’s about 338.000 VND (€13) per person. The meeting place is at Hotel Murong Thanh in the city center of Bai Chay and the drop-off point is at Tonkin Coffee in the city center.
Seaplane from Hanoi to Halong Bay
Duration: 45 min
Costs: 5.500.000 VND (€209)
Want to travel in style to Hanoi? Then try to book a seaplane ride and see for yourself what a great experience it is. Plus, the view from the top of Halong Bay is amazing.
Hai Au Aviation offers the option to book a seaplane ride. For plane ride that doesn’t include a tour, the price of the ticket is 5.500.000 VND (€209). They have this flight leaving every day at 16:15. Planes depart from Tuan Chau Marina (southwest of Bai Chay) and arrive at Hanoi Airport.
To book this adventure, you can go to their website.
Helicopter Ride to Halong Bay
Going by helicopter is even more expensive than booking a seaplane ride. But, it’ll probably be an experience you won’t forget. The price for the helicopter ride starts at 9.012.000 VND (€342,50), one-way. There are trips departing at 14:00 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and at 16:30 on Saturdays. Helicopters arrive at Gia Lam Airport, a little east to the Hanoi city center.
Note: Indicated prices for the helicopter are valid until September 30, 2019.
My favourite places to stay in Hanoi
Looking for a room in the middle of the Old Quarter? Ancient Lane Hotel offers very clean rooms nicely decorated with ancient attributes. The hosts Thuy and Tuan will make sure you'll have a great stay!
Double room from: €26
Just landed in Hanoi? In this hotel, you will get the best night of sleep you had since ages. The friendly staff will give you a warm welcome and serve a wonderful breakfast buffet the next morning! Located in the middle of the center, but completely isolated from all the noise.
Double rooms with city view from: €38
Visiting Halong Bay
Halong Bay and Cat Ba are one of the highlights of Vietnam. From both locations, you can make beautiful boatrips and cruise through the beautiful landscape filled with karst mountains.
You can opt to travel to Halong Bay independent. but also book an organised tour including transport from Hanoi. We recommend to book a boat cruise incl. transport from Hanoi as you will have more choice and tours are often cheaper in Hanoi than tours sold by agencies in Halong Bay.
Tours sell as cheap as €31 for a day-trip and €117 for a 2D1N cruise.
See here our 2 favourite tours from to Halong Bay:
*Both tours include free pick-up and drop-off in Hanoi.
If you have a few extra days to spend, you can also visit Lan Ha Bay from Cat Ba. But if you are short in time, Halong Bay is definitely a better option.
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