Bhaya Classic Cruises operates a daily shuttle bus service between Hanoi and Halong Bay.
The bus to Halong Bay leaves our Hanoi office (47 Phan Chu Trinh St., Hanoi) at 8.30 am.
The bus returning to Hanoi leaves the Bhaya Cruise Centre (Tuan Chau Marina, Halong) at 11.00 am.
Private transfers are also available. An English speaking driver or English speaking guide can be made available for pick-up/drop-off at the airport or your hotel.
If you wish to proceed to your cruise immediately after landing at Noi Bai International Airport, your flight must arrive at no later than 9.00 am. In this case, you need to book private transfer from Noi Bai International Airport directly to Halong Bay.
If you have a flight out of Noi Bai International Airport immediately after your cruise, your departure flight must be no earlier than 5.00 pm. In this case, you can book a private transfer directly from Halong Bay to Noi Bai International Airport. You can also take the regular shuttle bus service from Halong Bay to Hanoi, then a private transfer from Hanoi to Noi Bai International Airport. Early disembarkation is available with advance request.
Travel to Halong Bay can also be arranged by private helicopter charter flight from Hanoi. Please contact our travel consultants at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on Halong Bay helicopter tours.
Shuttle Bus Information
The Bhaya Shuttle Bus departs daily from central Hanoi to the Tuan Chau Marina, Halong Bay.
•Distance (Hanoi – Halong Bay): 165 km
•Travel time (approximate): 3 hours 30 minutes
•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.
Main route: Hanoi – Thanh Tri Bridge (across the Red River) – Bac Ninh Province – Pha Lai Power Station (Quang Ninh Province) – Rest stop – Dong Trieu Ceramic and Pottery Village – Mao Khe Coal Mining Area - Tuan Chau Marina.
1. The Red River (2 km or about 5 minutes from the city centre)
Shortly after leaving the city centre, the vehicle will come to the dike along the Red River. This dike protects Hanoi and its surroundings from annual floods. The Red River originates in southwest China where it is known as the Yuan River and enters northern Vietnam in Lao Cai Province. The river passes Hanoi before separating into two distributaries which empty into the Gulf of Tonkin. The river forms the backbone of the Red River Delta, and fertilizes its rice paddies which feed the millions of residents on the delta.
2. Hanoi Bridges (2 km or 5 minute from the city centre)
Six bridges cross the Red River in Hanoi. The most frequently used on the way to Halong Bay are the Vinh Tuy (built in 2009) and the Thanh Tri (built in 2007). Arriving in Hanoi from Noi Bai International Airport means crossing either the Thang Long Bridge, built with Soviet assistance in 1985, or the Nhat Tan Bridge, the city's newest bridge, built with Japanese support and opened in early 2015. Another bridge worth seeing is Long Bien Bridge, a living historical relic, which was constructed by Daydé & Pillé between 1899 and 1902 during the French colonial period. The Long Bien Bridge is now reserved for trains, motorcycles and pedestrians. Strolling over the bridge offers a different perspective on the Red River and a nice vista of Hanoi.
3. Rice Paddies (30 km or about 20 minutes from Hanoi)
Vietnam is one of the world’s most fertile agricultural countries. The nation is the second-largest rice exporter worldwide. Indeed, rice is a staple of the national diet and is seen as a "gift from the gods”. Vietnamese cuisine has many dishes derived directly from rice, including the famous Pho, Spring Rolls, Bun Cha, and many more. Most work related to rice cultivation is still done manually, although some machinery has begun to be used in recent years. If you see a pleasant rice paddy scene, ask your fellow passengers if they would like to stop to make some photos.
4. Pha Lai Thermal power plant (65 km or about 1.5 hour from Hanoi)
After 1.5 hours, the bus nears two large towers on the left-hand side of the road. This is the Pha Lai Thermal Power Plant, one of the largest power plants in Vietnam. It has a generating capacity of 440 MW and produces around 1.5 billion KWh per year. Hydropower plants are Vietnam's largest energy source, generating 45% of the nation's power, with gas turbines producing 34%. Coal-fired power represents only 15%. Vietnam does not have a nuclear power plant, but a project to build a reactor in the south is currently being studied.
5. Dong Trieu Ceramic and Pottery Village (90 km or about 2 hours from Hanoi)
Easily recognizable thanks to the numerous artisan workshops and retail stores displaying ceramics and pottery of all kinds along the road, this little town is famous in Vietnam for its ceramics. The products are made from a local variety of soft-white clay and Kaolinite. Together with Bat Trang Ceramic village near Hanoi, Dong Trieu is one of the largest providers of bowls, plates, cups and chinaware for consumption in northern Vietnam.
6. Mao Khe Coal Mines (120 km or about 3 hours from Hanoi)
The Mao Khe Mine is the largest coal mining complex in the country and has the biggest coal production output in Vietnam. The mine produces much of Vietnam’s 50 million tons of coal annually. About one fifth is reserved for export, mostly to China. In late March 1951, Mao Khe was the scene of an important, but strategically indecisive, battle between French forces and the revolutionary Viet Minh during the First Indochina War, or the Anti – French Resistance War, as it is known here.
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