How to Get to Halong Bay

If you don't already know that Halong Bay has three international airports at service as you read. The 3 airports are Noi Bai International Airport, Van Don Airport, and Cat Bi International Airport. These airports are connected to most of the domestic hub of the place and across the country. Along with which, you will find taxis, buses, shuttle buses, trains, private transfer, shuttle car and other transportation at your service from all the major surrounding city. If your concern about how to get to Halong bay? Then do not worry, we will give you all the transportation routes to Halong bay from the capital city Hanoi, as most of the commute happens from the capital itself.

Important Details

Halong Bay is situated in Quang Ninh Province. Before, it took four hours to get from Hanoi to Halong, so travellers took this situation under control, and instead of travelling to Halong Bay right after landing in the Noi Bai airport, most the visitors spend a day to explore the capital and then travel to Halong Bay right next day. Noi Bai International Airport is the biggest and nearest airport to Halong with around 30 km (19 mi) distance.

However, recently in 2018-2019, the distance between the two places have been reduced after the highway came into the operation. The distance between the places is 175 km (109 mi) to 125 km (78 mi), which saves a lot of time.

Reaching Halong Bay from Hanoi by Motorbike

 Estimated Cost: Around 100,000 to 2,000,000 VND ($5-50/trip)

This transportation is recommended for adventurous travelers, if you are one of them and want to explore the local life and incredible scenery in the journey, then taking up a motorbike to reach Halong bay is highly recommended.

♦ Here are some different routes for you to choose:

1. New Highway: Hanoi – Hai Duong – Halong: From Hanoi – Hai Phong/QL5B/ĐCT04 Highway to Noi bai– Ha Long/Dai Yen/QL18 Highway
2. Hanoi – Bac Ninh – Halong: Find 1A Highway-> Take exit Hanoi-Haiphong highway-> Continue onto Highway Hanoi – Hai Phong/QL5B/ĐCT04-> Take the exit toward Bạc Dang Bridge -> Continue onto Ha Long – Hai Phong Highway

Reaching Halong Bay from Hanoi by Private Transfer

 Estimated Cost: about 1,500,000 vnd – 5,000,000 vnd ($70-100) for a round trip

A private car is your best choice if you do not want to share the ride from Hanoi to Halong Bay with outsiders or want to be completely flexible with your plan. A secure transfer would provide the best security for you, whether you are a busy entrepreneur on holidays or off on a holiday with your relatives. In order to schedule this service for you, you can ask your tour or cruise operator or simply book a taxi. Most of them pick you right from your hotel or where that is you are staying.

Reaching Halong Bay from Hanoi by Local Bus

 Estimated Cost: Around 100,000 to 2,000,000 VND ($5-50/trip)

For people travelling on a budget, this will be an attractive option as it costs as low as 100,000 VND (less than $5). 

There are normally a number of seats for this means of transport (the 45-seat model is very common). It took just three hours, thanks to the new highway, to fly from Hanoi to Halong Bay by bus. It often took longer because city buses had to drive through bus stations to pick up their passengers.

If you are looking for a premium to the luxury bus (7-9 seats, wifi, air-conditioner…), there are other options for you to choose. The price could be double or triple according to the bus you select.

Reaching Halong Bay in Seaplane

You can catch a seaplane from Hanoi's Noi Bai Airport to Tuan Chau Marina, where you can board your boat, or fly to your hotel if you feel especially adventurous. Commuting by seaplane is a very special experience; you will have an easy, relaxing and pleasant ride, and this ride will help to create some wonderful times of your journey to Halong Bay.

Because of the elevated demand during the peak season, the prices vary greatly depending on the time of year. The prices also depend on whether or not you wish to add an extra 15-minute scenic tour of Halong Bay to your journey.

Reaching Halong Bay from Hanoi by Train

There is only one train going directly from Hanoi to Halong Bay with a ticket fare of approximately $4.5 / person. You will find the train leaving from Yen Vien Station in Hanoi at 4.55 am and returning every day at 13:50 pm. The long travel time of 6 hours by train is certainly not a good choice for those who just have a day to visit Halong. But it really depends on the budget and comfort you are looking for, so take the train if you think that is what you want.

See more about Hanoi Train Station

How to Get to Halong Bay from Ho Chi Minh City?

You can get travel to Halong Bay from Ho Chi Minh from both by train and bus, but the air is cheaper for all the cash you spent on food and other expenses. Travelling to Halong bay from Ho Chi Minh is equally convenient as it was from Hanoi.

See more about Ho Chi Minh Transportation

This information will easily answer your question how to get to Halong Bay? But it does raise another difficulty, which transportation to choose? We will make it easy for you, you must select based on your comfort, safety, and budget. Follow this sequence and you will not regret it. 
- Last updated on Apr. 21, 2021 -
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