How to get Halong from Hanoi

How to get Halong from Hanoi

Trong Mai islet in Halong

Halong is one of the World Natural Heritage, which has breath-taking beauty of nature attracting tourists from all over the world. Being 170km away from Hanoi capital, Halong Bay is easily accessible. Many travellers want to find information about how to get to Halong Bay, so we give you current means of transport to travel between Hanoi and Halong. jayavarman cruise mekong

View of Halong from seaplane

View of Halong from seaplane -source: internet

Travel by bus

Currently there are 4 main means to transfer to Halong Bay from Hanoi, however the bus may be considered as the most common way to visit Halong bay because of cheap price and convenience to take. If you are travelling on your own and want to save cost, taking the bus from Hanoi to Halong can be a good thrill. From Kim Ma bus station on Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, you can take Hoang Long express which departs every 15 minutes from the station. It will take about 3-4 hours to reach the pier. The cost is about 60 000 VND. Additionally, with someone who has no fix schedule, taking the bus is very convenient. You can take a bus almost whole day time and night time. For more choices of bus, traveller can come to bus stations such as Gia Lam, My Dinh, Luong Yen. You should choose big and modern buses which have air conditioning and come with a safe driver and currently costs about 3 USD. Taking bus, you may have to use body language a lots, cause almost no driver can speak English. Also, you should bring VND money in case that USD is not accepted.

Sunrise in Halong

Sunrise in Halong -source: internet

Travel by motorbike or car

For sure, once you are in Vietnam, it is easy for you to rent a motorbike and visit anywhere, even the most remote places. An average price for bike rental is about $20/day. This is probably because motorbike is the main mean of transportation in Vietnam. However the distance between Hanoi and Halong is about 170 km. This means that you will take about 4 hours to travel to Halong from Hanoi by motorbike. The road is quite straight forward, flat and so easy to drive motorbike or car. However, you really should embark on this with a small group of friends to support each other on the way, especially in case a bike brakes down. However, it will take slightly longer than bus or car to reach Halong and is considerably more tiring. Traveling by motor bike to Halong will be not worth to try if you have health problem or do not have really good driving skills.

Trong Mai islet in Halong

Trong Mai islet in Halong -source: internet

Travel by train

If you travel between Hanoi and Halong by train, the total distance is about 190 km. The outward trains to Halong start from Hanoi railway station or Yen Vien railway station (Gia Lam, Hanoi) directly to Halong (Quang Ninh). The train starts at 4.30am and arrives at 11am. The terminal at Ha Long City is near the Bai Chay bus station and about 5km away from the harbor. Traveling by train may annoy you due to the loud sound from machine, however it still a good choice to consider because of cheap ticket (bout 20 USD/single ticket one way). Halong bay cruises

Romantic cruises at night in Halong

Romantic cruises at night in Halong -source: internet

Travel by seaplane

If you don’t have any difficulty about finance, traveling by seaplane may be suitable for you. This is currently the fastest and comfortable way to travel to Halong from Hanoi. The seaplane takes off from Noi Bai international airport and lands off at Tuan Chau Marina, total traveling time is only 45 minutes. One plus point for seaplane is that you can see the whole view of Halong from seaplane. That will be an amazing experience.  Hai Au Aviation is the unique seaplane service in Vietnam currently. The cost is from 275 USD/ single ticket one way.

Traveling to Halong by seaplane

Traveling to Halong by seaplane -source: internet

In summary, transferring between Hanoi and Halong is currently easily and convenient. There four main ways with variety transportation agency for each way. You can feel free to choose the most suitable way for your trips. I believe that your experience in Halong will satisfy you.

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