How to get Halong Bay from Hanoi and Haiphong

How to get to Halong Bay from Hanoi and Haiphong?

Ferry from Haiphong to Halong

Getting to Halong is so much easier than it used to be, thanks to some recent road works. Hanoi capital city and Hai Phong, both of which have a complex of highway that connects to Halong Bay and their own international airports, are the most common departure cities.


A road trip from Hanoi to Halong Bay will take travelers around 3.5 – 4 hours as it is approximately 165 kilometers between these two destinations. Among a few different ways to travel between Hanoi and Halong Bay, traveling by private car, by coach or by cruise bus are the most popular ones. Indochina travel Vietnam

Mini bus/Cruise bus

Cruise bus to Halong Bay

Cruise bus to Halong Bay -source: internet

Booking a cruise tour that includes two-way transfer may be the easiest and the cheapest way to travel from Hanoi to Halong Bay. Thanks to a cruise package, as you will safely and comfortably be picked up and dropped off by the cruise’s mini bus, you needn’t worry about the transfer anymore.

Private car

It is undeniably that the most comfortable way to get to Halong Bay is booking a private car through your travel agent. Currently, it is easy to contact with a travel agent and book your own private car since the service industry in Vietnam becomes more and more flourished. However, the more comfortable you get, the higher price you have to pay as the service quality is surely commensurate with the price.


How to get to Halong Bay

How to get to Halong Bay- source: internet

To catch a coach departing from Hanoi to Halong Bay, do not hesitate to go to main Hanoi’s terminals such as My Dinh Bus Station, Luong Yen Terminal or Gia Lam Terminal if you prefer to book a vehicle by yourself. For one way ticket, it costs you around VND 100,000 – 200,000 (US$4.3 – 8.7). Most of coaches normally make a stop at a terminal not far from Bai Chay Bridge. It is easy to catch a motorcycle taxi or a taxi to arrive from the terminal to Tuan Chau Marina. To be honestly, as it is a bit complicated for a foreign traveler, you may face many unpredictable problems or be overpriced for the ticket price, you are discouraged to get to Halong by this way.




Since 2014, Hai Au Aviation has officially launched Vietnam Seaplane Tour – a new type of tourism in Halong Bay. With this package, Hai Au seaplane (45 minutes for each route) will transfer travelers between Hanoi and Halong Bay. As you will have an amazing opportunity to enjoy a scenic tour to enjoy the spectacular panoramic view of Halong Bay from a height in Hai Au seaplane, it will be your once in a life time experience. It takes about 15 minutes for this scenic tour. For travelers who have a generous budget, this is undoubtedly the most wonderful choice.


It is much faster to travel from Haiphong to the Bay, in comparison with Hanoi thanks to the distance of around 75 kilometers between Haiphong and Halong Bay. To move from Hai Phong to Halong Bay by road, it takes travelers roughly 2 – 2.5 hours. To arrive in the bay, travelers can catch a taxi, a bus or a ferry. Dragon Pearl Junk


Coach to Halong

Coach to Halong -source: internet

Situated at No.22, Cu Chinh Lan Street, Hong Bang District, Haiphong City, Lac Long Terminal is currently operating a few of routes linking Haiphong with Quang Ninh City.

For your convenience, it is also possible to get on taxi to travel from Hai Phong to Halong Bay. This taxi ride costs around VND 800, 000(about US$35). Before getting on the taxi, you should negotiate with a taxi driver beforehand.


Ferry from Haiphong to Halong

Ferry from Haiphong to Halong -source: internet

To travel from Haiphong to Halong Bay, besides bus and taxi, ferry is another good option. You will have to go to Ben Binh Terminal to travel by ferry. Tourists will be transferred by ferry from Ben Binh Terminal to Cat Ba or Cai Vieng.

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