How to get from Hanoi to Halong Bay

The main questions that many tourists ask when regarding means of transport between Hanoi and Halong City are how far is Halong Bay from Hanoi or How to go from Hanoi to Halong bay. When you take a vietnam tours package you don’t have to care about how to transfer, where to stay, how much a cruise to the bay,......But, if you make a self-surficient adventure you have to concern about transportation. In this article we will introduce you best way to get from Hanoi to Halong bay and vice versa, Halong Bay to Hanoi.

Coach/ Shuttle bus

If someone asks you How do you get from Hanoi to Halong bay at the cheapest way to get from is by shuttle bus. Just like anywhere else in the world, coach fee is always cheap. This option allows you to learn more about the daily life of the Vietnamese. However, like the public transport in Vietnam, passenger car has many disadvantages. This makes foreign visitors less options.


Halong Shuttle Bus

The coach departures at Luong Yen Bus Station, My Dinh or Gia Lam Bus Station and stops at Bai Chay Bus Station, Ha Long City.

The price is low - about 100,000 - 130,000 VND

It is alwasy better to travel in group rather than alone, we highly recommend you to visit Vietnam group travel to take a travel tour, save cost and ensure your safety during the journey.

Travel time: 4 hours

Main route: Ha Noi - Hai Duong - Hai Phong - Bai Chay (Ha Long)

Traveling by coach is an idea answer for the question How to get from Hanoi to Halong bay is a unique way to experience local culture. However, foreign tourists may find it difficult to fully understand the customs of Vietnamese passenger cars or exchange information with the driver. Otherwise, in case of missing the bus you will probably get lost. For tourists who only have one day to travel, this is not the best option. Due to you have to leave the port early to reach the Bay, your journey may not be completed.

By seaplane:

When someone asks you How do you get from Hanoi to Halong Bay so fast and so impressive, you can answer them that: “If you don’t mind about the high cost, a seaplane is the fastest and an ideal way to transfer from Hanoi to Halong bay”. It only takes the seaplane 45 minutes since it takes off from Noi Bai international airport until it lands off at Tuan Chau Marina.

Halong Seaplane

Halong Seaplane

Moreover, you will have 15 mins to view comprehensive Halong Bay from high above. For more information, Hai Au Aviation is the monopoly seaplane supplier in Vietnam.

By motorbike

How to get to Halong Bay from Hanoi by motorbike

Hanoi - Bac Ninh - Halong: 155 km.

This is the shortest route from Ha Noi to Halong, it takes 2h30mins – 3h to complete the journey as follows:

- Hanoi route 5 - Sai Dong junction: 10 km.

- Sai Dong along the road 1 - Bac Ninh: 23 km.

- From Bac Ninh province: Route 18 - Pha Lai district - Chi Linh district - Dong Trieu district- Uong Bi town - Ha Long city: 122 km.

Ha Noi - Hai Duong - Ha Long: 170km.

This is the more convenient road, from Hanoi through Hai Duong city, then Nam Sach town, turn to Highway 183 through Sao Do, Dong Trieu, Uong Bi and Ha Long.

Hanoi - Hai Duong - Hai Phong - Halong: 160km.

This is a road trip through Hai Duong city, to Quan Toan road (Hai Phong) then turn to Highway 10 connecting National Highway 18A in Uong Bi town to Ha Long, you will spend 3 hours - 3h 30 mins.


The railway  from Hanoi – Kep station - Ha Long: 190km

The Hanoi to Halong Bay train goes through Kep station (Yen Vien) to Ha Long, departing from Yen Vien station (Hanoi) at 5h15 'daily, traveling time: 7 hours. The average ticket price is around 100,000 VND / ticket depending on the type of rooms and seats.

Service on board

Please note that:

Children under 5 years old are exempted from train tickets (adults are accompanied and non-allocated).


On the card and passenger ticket, in addition to the instructions on the train number, train hours, train car, you can find the number of seats on the car. Chairs are numbered so that you can find your position easily.

Food and beverage service

Meals and drinks are served at the canteen. If required, you will be served at the bar or served at your seat. Therefore, for the convenience of service, we recommend that you sit in the right seat of your boat.


Luggage is allowed to carry on with passengers up to 20 kg, compact and put by yourself during the trip. In addition, each carriage contains a suitcase at the end, opposite the staff room for guests to use.


On the ship, they offer entertainment such as commercials, funny comedy clips, movie shows, music videos.

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