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How to get Halong Bay from Hanoi?

In northeast Vietnam, Halong Bay is known for its emerald waters and thousands of towering limestone islands topped by rainforests. Junk boat tours and sea kayak expeditions take visitors past islands named for their shapes, including Stone Dog and Teapot islets

To be fair, we think booking a boat cruise (including pick-up from Hanoi) is the best way to explore Halong Bay’s islands.

The distance from Hanoi to Halong Bay is 175km and can be traveled by bus, van, train, taxi or even by seaplane or helicopter to Halong Bay. The most popular option is to take a direct bus or from Hanoi to Halong city which takes about 2.5-3.5 hours.

Here is all the information which you may be looking for:

Motorbike from Hanoi to Halong:

–           Duration: 3,5 hours – 4,5 hours

–           Cost: Renting a motorbike takes from 100,000-200,000 VND / day (5-9 USD) you can refer to before each trip offline.

–           Advantage: flexible for your time. You also can go anywhere you want. Besides, you can take brilliant scenes which you can not take when seating on the coach. Especially, the cost is so much better than you take a car/bus

–           Disadvantage: One of the big disadvantages which make people don’t like to use motorbike is the safety level. I have to say that it is quite dangerous than other vehicles. Particularly, when this is the first time to come to Vietnam. A lot of visitors complain that the traffic in Vietnam is crazy. Please don’t use this method if you are not confident enough about your driver’s skill. Moreover, it will be mỏe hard for you if you don’t have a local guide to escort.

–           How to book: Self-driving motorbike or personal vehicle: From Hanoi – Ha Long you can move via 2 routes: (motorbike will take 5 hours, 3 hours car)

Route 1: Hanoi – Bac Ninh – Ha Long about 155 km long:

You come from Hanoi along the road 5 to the intersection of Sai Dong. Then you go to Bac Ninh, from Bac Ninh along the road 18 through Pha Lai – Chi Linh – Dong Trieu – Uong Bi – Ha Long.

Route 2: Hanoi – Bac Ninh – Ha Long about 160 km long. From Noi Bai International Airport, you go along Noi Bai – Bac Ninh (32km) to Bac Ninh. Then go to the Highway 18a through Pha Lai, Sao Do, Dong Trieu, Uong Bi to Ha Long.

–           Supplier’s contact: contact  Motogo via English hotline  0966.45.69.69

Besides, contacting Go Vietnam Travel is also a good choice.

Local Bus (seat in coach):

–           Duration: 3 – 3,5 hours

–           Cost:

+VND 120,000  (4- 6 USD) for seat bus and VND 230,000 (8-10 USD) for sleeper bus.

+ Limousine: 180.000 VNĐ/pax ( 8-10 USD) bus 19 seats; 260.000  VNĐ/pax (9 – 16 USD/ pax) for bus 9 seats

–           Advantage: This vehicle is quite cheap as well. From Hanoi, there are plenty of buses leaving for Halong Bay. And thanks to the construction of the newly-opened Halong – Hai Phong Expressway, you can now reach Halong Bay around 2 hours faster than before.

With Limousine car, you won’t worry about the pick up at the drop off places.

–           Disadvantage: The extra fee for taxi or Grab must be quoted in here. Each of the buses will drop you off to different places. Therefore, taking a taxi to the Halong port is necessary.

–           How to book: To catch the car to Hanoi Quang Ninh, you can go to Luong Yen or My Dinh bus station, the buses are about 5-15 minutes apart / trip. With the Limousine bus, they will pick you up at your hotel address.

–           Supplier’s contact:

+ Kumho Việt Thanh: +842435 333 888 (include Limousine)

+Van Don Xanh: +842033 991 991

–           Tip: Please ask the supplier if they can pick you up at your hotel address. This can be applied to some of the suppliers.

Shuttle bus:

–           Duration: 2-2.5 hours

–           Cost: 10 USD, 15 USD, 20 USD, 25 USD, 30 USD,… depend on your cruise which you book.

–           Advantage: have a tour guide to escort. Besides, they pick you up and drop you off at your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter.

–           Disadvantage: the cost is higher than the local bus or train.

Ways to get Halong Bay

–           How to book: book directly with the cruise which you book.

–           Supplier’s contact: the cruise which you book.

–           Tip: if you wonder which the best cruise to book, please contact Go Vietnam Travel for free advice.

Private car:

           Duration: as same as a shuttle bus. 2 – 2,5 hours.

–           Cost:

+ Normal car: USD

Ways to get Halong Bay

+ Limousine: 106 USD/ one way (Hanoi – Halong  or Halong – Hanoi)

–           Advantage: yes, of course. This method will give you flexible time. It makes you comfortable as well.

–           Disadvantage: this cost is quite high

–           How to book: contact some specialized supplier.

–           Supplier’s contact:

+ Go Vietnam Travel: +84377827581

+ Kumho Việt Thanh: +842435 333 888 (include Limousine)

+Van Don Xanh: +842033 991 991


–           Duration: 1 hour

–           Cost: 440 USD

–           Advantage: so fast as you know. You can have a panoramic view from the seaplane. And no doubtful, this will be the best option for comfort.

–           Disadvantage: a plane is always the most expensive choice.

Ways to get Halong Bay

–           How to book: You can also take a helicopter from Hanoi 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.

–           Supplier’s contact: seaplane.vn


–           Duration: 5- 6 hours

–           Cost: 15 USD/pax

–           Advantage: the cost is quite low and is a safe choice for anyone who wants to get experience on the Vietnam train.

–           Disadvantage: it takes a long time to get Halong.

Ways to get Halong Bay

–           How to book: Trains from Hanoi – Ha Long: You can choose Halong Express trains departing from Gia Lam station. About 10 or 15 minutes there is a trip to Bai Chay bus station. The train departs at 7:05 am. You can book a ticket at the train station (Ngọc Thụy, quận Long Biên, Hà Nội.) or book via online.

–           Supplier’s contact: https://dsvn.vn

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