How to get Halong Bay from Hanoi

How to get to Halong Bay from Hanoi

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One of the most difficult things to plan for when traveling abroad is how to get from one place to another. In the age of modern technology, there are heaps of options available for all kinds of travel needs.In Vietnam, one of the most popular connections is from Hanoi to Halong Bay. Hanoi is the closest major city to the Unesco World Heritage site, so whether your intent is to spend most of your time in Halong, strike a balance between city tourism and the glories of the bay, or simply take advantage of the close proximity for a whirlwind day trip, there are many choices for transport. For more information, you can click: Indochina holidays

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Halong Bay Cruise- source: internet


By far the cheapest way to get to Halong Bay from Hanoi is by public bus. Just as with any city, a public bus is economical for the local as well as the tourist. As it is part of an everyday busy route, this option will allow a look into the life of the local Vietnamese. However, also just like any city, public buses provide certain pitfalls that make it less than the ideal way to travel.

Hoang Long bus is the most popular one

Hoang Long bus is the most popular one- source: internet

While buses are a unique experience in local culture, it may be difficult to fully understand the Vietnamese bus etiquette or communicate with drivers. If anything should delay the bus or if you accidentally miss your stop, you may find yourself lost in translation. Buses such as the Hoang Long express depart every 15 minutes from Kim Ma bus station on No.1 Kim ma Street. Jasmine cruises halong bay

From bus stations such as Luong Yen Bus, My Dinh bus or Gia Lam in Hanoi to Bai Chay bus station in Halong City.

The price can be as low as 6USD

Take approximately 4 hours to complete

The common route is Hanoi – Hai Duong – Hai Phong – Bai Chay (Ha Long).


The shuttle bus, on the other hand, offers just a step up in terms of comfort and convenience. This mode of transportation is typically referred to as the tourist bus because it focuses on the needs of foreign travelers.

Hanoi Opera House

Hanoi Opera House- source: internet

Shuttle buses are usually booked in association with organized tours, making it even more advantageous for travelers working through a company and planning to spend a day or multiple days in the bay.

The route will begin in Hanoi Old Quarter, making it even more convenient for those in the area, though a quick taxi will also get you to the meeting spot in no time. These shuttles and minibuses are meant for smaller groups of tourists and go direct to Halong Bay, so it is much easier to maneuver when you are not very familiar with Vietnam. However, just like with all buses, you will want to consider the time you will have.

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