About 170km away from Hanoi capital, Halong Bay is easily accessible by different means of transportation. Let’s look at this guide on transferring from Hanoi to Halong Bay, and vice versa.
Halong Bay boasts a breathtaking scenery that you should never miss while visiting Hanoi and the North of Vietnam. With a distance of 170km and the updated transportation system, tourists can easily traveling between Hanoi and Halong by different choices of train, bus and private car. Thanks to the new highway since the end of 2018, it takes only 2.5 hours to travel from Hanoi to Halong Bay by car. Then you can save much time of transfer to visit Halong Bay and back in the same day. If money isn’t a problem, it’s highly recommended to take a luxury and comfortable transfer. Or else, you can take a look at these selections to know how you can get from Hanoi to Halong Bay.
Shuttle bus is usually understood as “tourist bus”, which leaves Hanoi around 8 am and return at 12 am from Halong Bay every day. The bus line has a fixed place and time to pick up tourists at the meeting point. You can book in advance at a tour company and get guarantee for your reserved seat by email. The cost of shuttle bus from Hanoi to Halong Bay is averagely around US $10 per person for one way.
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Shuttle bus from Hanoi to Halong Bay
For those traveling on a budget, there’s an option costing around US $5 for the 45-seat type of local bus. Find yourself a nearest bus station in My Dinh, Giap Bat or Nuoc Ngam. The bus timetable is flexible and frequent; and there’s either day bus or night bus for you to choose the best bus journey from Hanoi to Halong Bay. At bus station, there’re always many gangster men who are willing to cheat you. Just be watchful and book the ticket in advance. It helps you avoid scams and book a reservation during festival time in Vietnam.
In case you want a luxury service, choose the kind of limousine bus offering 9 – 16 seats, air-conditioner, wifi, etc. The driver will pick every guest up from their address. Due to the comfortable and luxurious experience on limousine bus from Hanoi to Halong Bay, the price could be double or triple comparing to a budget bus.
Luxury bus service from Hanoi to Halong Bay
It's convenient to transfer between Hanoi and Halong Bay by rental car, since you’ll control your time and transportation. At first, renting a car means you don’t have to share the journey from Hanoi to Halong Bay with strangers. You’ll be totally flexible of your own schedule and get the best privacy whether you’re on business trip or on a vacation with your family. Additionally, private drivers tend to drive more carefully than bus drivers.
At the cost of US $80 – 100 for a round trip, it’s worth renting a private car to travel from Hanoi to Halong Bay. You can rent a car at your tour operator to book a private journey to Halong Bay.
The new highway from Hanoi to Halong Bay
Catching a direct train is the cheapest and safest way to travel from Hanoi to Halong Bay. There’s only one train that goes directly from Hanoi to Halong Bay with the ticket fare around US $4-5 per person. You can buy the ticket at Yen Vien train station, around 10km from the city center, or book ticket online to guarantee a seat.
From Yen Vien Station to Halong City Station, the train departs at 4:55 am and returns at 1:50 pm every day. Despite a long ride of 6.5 hours, there’re only hard seat options. However, if you’re after the most affordable and experienced transport, a train journey between Hanoi and Halong is perfect for you.
You can also travel to Halong Bay by seaplane which takes only 45 minutes and is only possible from Hanoi. To book seaplane, you can contact with the company operating this service, currently Hai Au Aviation is the only provider in Halong Bay. This service is exclusively run by Northern Vietnam Helicopter Company and it is quite a costly option, around US $400/person/round trip.
Apparently, this is the fastest way and the most expensive way to travel from Hanoi to Halong Bay. It offers you a spectacular view of Halong Bay from sky which a normal transfer or cruise cannot provide.
Seaplane offers mesmerizing experience from Hanoi to Halong Bay
Instead of planning a trip themselves, many tourists prefer to book a tour package which offers organized itinerary, detailed schedule and means of transport to Halong Bay, of course. Most of travel agents and Halong Bay cruise companies provide travelers with shuttle bus service. Normally, you will get a combo package which is cheaper than the service booked separately. Following a tour package, you don’t have to worry about the pick-up and drop-off point.
Check here for some Halong Bay tours to be considered.
Taking everything into account, each means of transport from Hanoi to Halong Bay has its own pros and cons, as well as gives you the distinctive experience. Hope you enjoy your trip from Hanoi to Halong Bay and go exploring with BestPrice Travel.
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