Hanoi To Halong Bay Vietnam

How To Get From Hanoi To Halong Bay Vietnam

Halong Bay is also known to as Ha Long Bay and is located in northern Vietnam. Halong bay is famous for being a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is regularly on lists as a natural wonder of the world.

This is because of the thousands of towering limestone islands with rainforests and beaches and emerald-colored waters.

Check out our travel tips and our Vietnam travel guide before going to Vietnam.

We will cover the best ways you can get from Hanoi to Halong Bay, whether it is by bus, train or seaplane.

Quick Information on Vietnam

  • Currency: Vietnamese Dong
  • Language: Vietnamese
  • Population: Over 92 million
  • Capital City: Hanoi
  • Best time to visit Vietnam: Visit north Vietnam regions is between March and May and from September to November Between. And south Vietnam regions is between December and April.
  • How to get there: You can enter by land through Cambodia, Laos, and China. Or fly into Vietnam as there are flights to most major cities in Vietnam.

Best Time To Visit Halong Bay Vietnam

The best time to visit Halong bay is between October to January cause the is not too hot and it has a low chance of rain but it is also high season meaning it can get crowded.

In spring (March to May) and autumn (Autumn from September) the weather is around 25oC on average, making the temperature mild and the sky is clear and bright and not as busy.

Ho Chi Minh Monument Halong Bay Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh Monument

Does Halong Bay Have An Airport?

No, Halong Bay does not have an airport with the nearest airport (Van Don Airport) located in Quang Ninh, roughly about 50 km from Halong.

How Far is Halong Bay From Hanoi?

The total distance between Halong Bay and Hanoi is roughly about 135 km with the road distance around 165 km.

Floating Villages of Halong Bay
Floating Villages in Halong Bay

How To Get To Halong Bay From Hanoi Vietnam?

Traveling from Halong Bay to Hanoi, there are 5 options available.

  1. Use the bus.
  2. Get a taxi.
  3. Go by train.
  4. By Seaplane.
  5. Get a Minivans.

Getting To Halong Bay From Hanoi By Bus

Traveling by bus to Halong Bay takes between 3 to 4 hours. With the prices starting from $15.00 (350,000 VND).

There are 3 main bus companies that provide this service.

  • Kumho Viet Thanh
  • Ab Vietnam Travel
  • Rosa Eco Bus

You will need to check before booking where the bus company departures in Hanoi and arrives in Halong bay as each company has their own schedules and different drop off points.

This can be an issue if the drop off point in Halong is far from the accommodation you booked meaning you may need to pay for a taxi.

Traveling To Halong Bay From Hanoi By Taxi or Private car

This is the fastest way to Halong Bay as it takes under 2 hours but it is expensive with prices that can range from $70 (165,000 VND) to $120 (280,000 VND).

It is definitely the more comfortable and flexible way to travel, getting picked up from your accommodations in Hanoi and dropped off at your accommodation in Halong.

It is not a bad option if the cost can be split between a few people.

Getting To Halong Bay From Hanoi By Train

Traveling to Ha Long Bay by train is the cheapest method to get to Halong Bay but it takes over 7 hours. There is only one daily train that leaves from Yen Vien Station in Hanoi at 04:45 am.

You will reach Halong at around 11:50 pm. The station in Halong is Bai Chay and is about 5 km away from the harbor. Prices start from $4 (80,000 VND) upwards.

Traveling To Halong Bay From Hanoi By Seaplane

Going to Halong Bay by seaplane to the fastest way but definitely the most expensive. Flights leave Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi and arrive in Tuan Chau Island Marina in Halong.

The flight time is around 45 mins and prices start from $200 (460,000 VND) upwards one way. There is a summer and winter schedule with the summer schedule offering 4 daily flights and in the winter schedule there 8 daily flights.

You can check the latest prices and schedules from their website here.

Getting To Halong Bay From Hanoi By Minivan

The minivans offer a pick-up and drop off services. Prices start from $14.50 (335,000 VND) and it takes about 3 hours to get to Halong Bay.

This pends on how many stops en route the driver makes to pick up/drop off passengers.

Cat Ba National Park Halong Bay Vietnam
Cat Ba National Park

Amazing Things To Do in Halong Bay Vietnam

Halong bay is a world heritage site with amazing limestone islands where some are home to caves to explore as well as other activities such as scuba diving, hiking or even kayaking into the caves.

Here is our list of things to do in Ha Long Bay Vietnam.

  • Go Diving / Snorkeling
  • Explore Hang Sung Sot Cave
  • Explore Cat Ba Island
  • Visit Cat Ba National Park
  • Visit the Ho Chi Minh Monument
  • Shop At Cat Ba Island Market

Read more about things to do in Ha Long Bay here.


Wrapping Up

Finally, now you know how to get to Halong Bay from Hanoi. The best option is to go by bus. Ultimately you will have to decide on whether to go there by taxi, bus or train but the depends on your time and your budget.

And that’s it for now! I’d love it if this post on how to get to Halong Bay from Hanoi Vietnam was helpful to you. Let me know if you have any questions and let me know if there are any other ways to get to Halong bay from Hanoi.

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How To Get From Hanoi To Halong Bay Vietnam

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