How to get from Hanoi to Halong Bay is a common question concerned by many visitors because Hanoi itself is an attractive capital city of Vietnam that people want to spend at least several days on exploring before having departure to Halong Bay. In addition, Hanoi offers many tour operators to Halong Bay as well as available means of transportation to Halong Bay.
Shuttle Bus or Or Private Car from Hanoi to Halong Bay
The most common ways to get from Hanoi to Halong Bay are shuttle bus or private car. In general, visitors often choose accommodation in the Old Quarter when traveling to Hanoi, so Hanoi Old Quarter area is chosen as a pick-up place basically. Shuttle bus will pick you up at your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter. However, some bus firms will ask you to be at a certain place or their office.
For that choice, driver will pick you up at the hotel at about 8h00-8h30am. Along the way you will have a great chance to watch the Red River, one of the biggest rivers in Vietnam.
On the route from Hanoi to Halong Bay, the bus will take you cross Bac Ninh , Hai Duong province, and go through Dong Trieu and Uong Bi district of Quang Ninh province. Tourists will be checked in the cruises at about 12h30 am. On the way, bus will stop off at Sao Do , Hai Duong province, and you will have chance to enjoy Vietnam cuisine or spend some time for shopping and buy favorite souvenirs. For shuttle bus, whenever you book with a tour of Halong cruise, the price of shuttle bus was included in the tour cost.
Another optional choice with private car, you can contact to several tour operators offering Vietnam tour packages or some transportation suppliers for private car. The price for hiring private car depends on the seats of them. For example: a 4-seat car equipped with air conditioner is about 65 USD for 2-way Hanoi – Halong Bay – Hanoi; and a 7-seat car is about 75 USD and 16 – seat is about 85 USD.
Train from Hanoi to Halong Bay
You can also get to Halong Bay by train, and depart from Gia Lam station with the schedule as follow:
- The first train leaves at 7h05 am and arrives in Halong Bay at 12h00 am. Get off at Ha Long Station and then take a taxi or motorbike taxi to travel further 3,2km to get to Halong.
- On the way back, it departs at 3h00pm to turn back Hanoi at 8h05pm
Note: the train schedule is quite inconvenient as well as takes longer time for traveling than shuttle bus.
Seaplane from Hanoi to Halong Bay
Helicopter or Seaplane is the final way to travel to Halong Bay. Helicopter was put into operation from September, 2014 allowing you get to the bay from Hanoi just only 45-minute travel.
Traveling by helicopter, you will have a great opportunity to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Northeast of Vietnam from above. Helicopter will be an economic way to travel to Halong in the near future because it helps to limit the time for traveling.
A helicopter trip costs about 270-370USD, depending on the package you choose. This is indeed a proper vehicle for entrepreneurs who have limited time. Also, it is an ideal choice for couple on honey moon holiday.
Located about 160km from Hanoi city, Halong Bay is quite accessible in many ways. Each visitor should consider carefully to choose the most convenient as well as suitable transport for yourself to get a perfect journey.