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Travel to Halong Bay

Halong Bay locates in Quang Ninh province which is about 165 km east from Hanoi Capital. Most of the travelers after arriving at Hanoi airport, they will spend a day here. The next day they will go from Hanoi to Halong Bay. This is the most common and perhaps the best plan so that you can explore both Hanoi and Halong Bay.
There are several ways that you can travel to Halong Bay from Hanoi. Keep reading to find the one that suits your budget and timeline the best. 

From Hanoi

1. Coach: This is the most inexpensive transportation to go to Halong Bay. You can catch any coach which arrives at Bai Chay coach station at My Dinh coach station in Hanoi. It will take about  4 to 4.5 hours and cost you about 100,000 vnd. Most of the coach is 45-seat type and featured with air-conditioning. After getting off the coach, you need to catch a taxi or “xe om” (a kind of motorbike taxi). It cost you around 90,000 vnd for taxi and 50,000 - 70,000 vnd for “xe om”. This rate is for who get off at Bai Chay station. If you can speak with the coach driver, you should tell him to drop you off at Tuan Chau Gate. From here it takes you half of the taxi rate.

  •  Distance (Hanoi – Halong Bay): 165 km
  • Travel time (approximate): 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Price: ~ 200,000 vnd/person ($10/person)

Hang-xe-Kumho-Viet-Thanh-Ha-Noi-Ha-Long.jpg2. If you want more relaxing car, book a limousine service. The car is only 6 to 8 seats with larger space. Especially, they are point-to-point service so you don’t need to worry about catching a taxi. Limousine service rate is around 200,000 to 270,000 vnd/person. Simply type Ha noi, Ha Long limousine, you will find lots of reliable service providers. Phuc Xuyen limousine (Phucxuyen.com.vn) is one of the most popular.

  • Distance (Hanoi – Halong Bay): 165 km
  • Travel time (approximate): 3 hours 30 minutes
  •  Price: 200,000-270,000 vnd/person ($10-$15/person)
  • Rest stop: 2 hours after departure. Around 15 minutes.

 

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3. Shuttle bus: When you book a cruise, you can ask the agent or cruise company for a shuttle bus service. The cost will vary among different companies and different types of bus. In general, it is easy and convenient because you don’t have worry about pick-up and drop-off point. The bus will pick you at your hotel on request and take you to the cruise center of the cruise ship you have booked. On average, it takes about 3.5 hours to get to Halong Bay. 

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           Bhaya Shuttle Bus Information
           The Bhaya Shuttle Bus departs daily from central Hanoi to the Tuan Chau Marina, Halong Bay. The bus will pick you up at your hotel in Central Hanoi and drop you off at Tuan Chau International Passenger Port.

  • Distance (Hanoi – Halong Bay): 165 km
  • Travel time (approximate): 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Price: Variety
  • Rest stop: 2 hours after departure. Around 15 minutes.
  • The rest stop is a chance for you to refresh yourself and stretch your legs before the second part of the journey. The stop normally lasts around 15 minutes. Serious shopping is not recommended as the rest stop shops are expensive.
    For more Bhaya Shuttle Bus Information, please click here.
 4. Private transfer: While traveling by shuttle bus you need to share the car with other guests, a private transfer will be customized to your schedule and serve only you. However, it will cost more than both 2 previous ways. If you have an early flight or need to leave the cruise earlier, a private transfer can be very efficient.
  • Distance (Hanoi – Halong Bay): 165 km
  • Travel time (approximate): 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Price: Variety

5. Seaplane: This is the fastest way to travel from Halong and also the most expensive way. Travel by seaplane you will get an amazing view of Halong from above which a normal transfer or cruise cannot provide. To book seaplane, you can contact directly with the company that operates the seaplane. Some cruise operators do offer a combo package with seaplane transfer and cruise. The Au Co Luxury Cruise is one of the cruises that provide this package. You can find more information here.

 

  • Distance (Hanoi – Halong Bay): 165 km
  • Travel time (approximate): 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Price: Variety
Keep in mind that there aren't public bus line travel straight from Hanoi. So if you are looking for a bus from Hanoi to Halong Bay, you might have to look for other choices.

From Hai Phong

With new international airport opening, Hai Phong city - adjacent province of Halong Bay is the nearest airport to Halong Bay. This will give you another choice which saves you much time. Instead of 4 hours transfer from Hanoi like before, now you can fly straight to Hai Phong and get to Halong from here.

1. Bus from Cat Bi international airport: the airport is about 70km away from Tuan Chau Marina. It takes around 2 hours by car. You can easily catch a bus or taxi from the airport.

  • Distance (Hai Phong - HalongBay): 70km
  • Travel time (approximate): 2 hours
  • Price: 50,000-70,000 vnd/person ($3/person)

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 2. Water way: You can catch speed boat from Hai Phong to Bai Chay or Hon Gai Harbor. This way can be less convenient compared to the roadway for a foreigner, but easy and inexpensive if you go from Cat Ba. Speedboat/ferry goes from Pha Binh port in Hai Phong (4 Bến Bính)

  • Distance (Hai Phong to Halong Bay): 70 km
  • Travel time (approximate): 2 hours
  • Price:One-way boat/ferry ticket  200,000vnd/person ($10/person)
  • Schedule:7:00, 9:00, 13:00, 15:00
  • Carry-on baggage is 20 kg
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