How To Get From Hanoi to Halong Bay?
Halong Bay is dubbed as one of the World Heritage Sites. It’s filled with multiple towering limestone islands. It’s quite a scene to take in. In the Halong Bay area, you can enjoy activities such as scuba diving, rock climbing, hiking or even kayak expeditions. Halong Bay is a destination that shouldn’t be missing on your list when traveling to Vietnam.
The best way to enjoy the breathtaking views over the scattered islands and limestone rocks is with an overnight boat cruise. You can opt to travel to Halong Bay independent. but also book a boat cruise 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.
See here our 2 favourite tours from Hanoi to Halong Bay:
There is only one reason we would want to travel to Halong Bay independently. That would be to enjoy the magnificent view from Bai Tho Mountain, or better known as Poem Mountain in Google Maps.
If you decide to travel from Hanoi to Halong Bay independently, you have quite a few options. You can either take the bus, train, taxi or opt for the more luxurious choice of limo van or even a seaplane.
|Bus||3.5 hours||370,000 VND ($16)||Check bus tickets|
|Train||7 hours||80,000 VND ($3.50)||Check train tickets|
|Taxi||2.5 hours||1,650,000 VND ($72)||Reserve a taxi|
|Flight||2.5 hours||4,300,000 VND ($186)||Check flights|
Hanoi to Halong Bay by Bus
Duration: 3.5 hours
Costs: 370,000 VND ($16)
From Hanoi, there are plenty of buses leaving to Halong Bay. It takes a minimum of 3.5 hours for the entire trip from Hanoi to Halong Bay and bus tickets start to sell from 150,000 VND ($6.50). Below we shared the schedules of the better-known bus companies.
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 ($5.50), 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||06:00-11:00|
|5h||150,000 VND ($6.50)|
|Ab Vietnam Travel||08:00-12:00||4h||225,000 VND ($10)|
|Rosa Eco Bus||07:30-11:30||4h||520,000 VND ($22.50)
+ free pick-up
Each bus company has their own designated departure and arrival points so make sure you inform about this.
Limo Vans to Halong Bay
If you prefer to travel in style but don’t want to pay the price of a taxi, you can also book a luxurious van ride from Hanoi to Halong Bay.
Tickets start from 340,000 VND ($15) and it takes at least 3 hours to get to Halong Bay. The price indicated also includes a free pick-up service. To book this comfortable van ride, click on the button provided above and proceed to the ‘minivan’ section.
|Green Lion Bus||08:00-12:30||4h 30m||340,000 VND ($15) + free pick-up|
|Luxury Transports Company||08:30-11:00||2h 30m||470,000 VND ($20.50) + free pick-up|
|Vietnam Tourist||08:00-11:30||3h 30m||375,000 VND ($16.50) + free pick-up|
|Ab Vietnam Travel||06:00-09:00|
|3h||400,000 VND ($17.50) + free pick-up|
Hanoi to Halong Bay by Train
Duration: 7 hours
Costs: 80,000 VND ($3.50)
Traveling by train from is the cheapest option to get from Hanoi to Halon Bay. For just 80,000 VND ($3.50) per person, you can already reach Halong Bay.
However, this journey lasts 7 hours and there is only one trip daily which departs at 04:55 from Yen Vien Station in Hanoi, northeast of the city center. You reach Halong Bay area at 11:45. The train station in Halong is situated east of Bai Chay.
Be informed that the train bound for Halong only has hard seats. It may not be the most comfortable way to travel… Still want to take the train? Check the button below to book your train ticket to Halong Bay.
Hanoi to Halong Bay by Taxi
Duration: 2.5 hours
Costs: 1,650,000 VND ($72)
Taking a taxi is the best option when you are traveling in a group.
The perk of booking a taxi for the journey is that it brings you end-to-end which means you do not have to worry about getting a transfer to your hotel in Halong.
The price for a vehicle starts at 1,650,000 VND ($72) 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 2.5 hours before you reach Halong Bay.
Luxury Transports Company also offers a ride share if you’re looking to save some money but prefer a car ride over a van. It’s about 340,000 VND ($15) per person. The meeting place is at Tonkin Coffee in the city center. The drop-off point is at the Hotel Murong Thanh in the city center of Bai Chay.
Hanoi to Halong Bay by Flight
Duration: 45 min
Costs: 4,300,000 VND ($186)
Have some money to splurge? Then this option just might be what you’re looking for to travel from Hanoi to Halong Bay.
Hai Au Aviation offers the option to book a seaplane ride. The plane ride is short at just 45 minutes but the aerial view of the bay area is absolutely breathtaking! It’ll make the fare totally worth it.
For plane ride that doesn’t include a tour, the price of the ticket is 4,300,000 VND ($186). They have this flight leaving every day at 14:00 from Hanoi.
Planes depart from Hanoi Airport and arrive at the Tuan Chau Marina (southwest of Bai Chay), the starting point of most Halong Bay cruises.
To book this adventure, visit their website.
Gia Lam to Halong Bay by Helicopter
They also offer helicopter rides to Halong Bay. Helicopters depart from Gia Lam Airport, located a little east of the city center in Hanoi. The price for the helicopter ride starts at 10,200,000 VND ($440), one-way.
There are trips departing Hanoi on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9:00.
Note: Indicated prices for the Helicopter are valid until September 30, 2019.
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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 by bus. 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 $37 for a day-trip and $132 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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