How to get to Halong Bay?
How to get to Halong Bay: The shuttle bus can be understood as “tourist bus”, leaving Hanoi around 08:00 and return at 12:00 from Halong Bay every day. If your hotel is located in Hanoi Old Quarter, you will be picked up from the hotel. Otherwise, you have to take a taxi to the meeting point.Halong Bay is definitely worth visiting. It is a great place to relax, sight see and find adventure. It is ideal for everyone whose is interested in great beaches, stunning water and nature. Based on reviews by travelers, your Vietnam tour value will be reduced by one half if your itinerary doesn't include Halong Bay. You will need a lot of information to plan a great tour: a way to get there, the length of your stay, your meals and accommodations.
We provides general information for Halong Bay including Halong Bay travel advise, Halong Bay tours and junk boat cruises which range from day trip to 2 days or 3 days overnight in the bay. All the tour and cruise is included transfer and daily departure from Hanoi Vietnam
Thanks to its popularity, Halong Bay is quite accessible from just anywhere in Vietnam and neighbouring countries. Many visit Halong Bay on a larger international cruise ship which dock in Cai Lan International Port (about 10 minutes from Halong Bay). Others choose to fly to Hanoi (180km) or Hai Phong (80km) airport and take a road trip to the Bay.
The shuttle bus can be understood as “tourist bus”, leaving Hanoi around 08:00 and return at 12:00 from Halong Bay every day. If your hotel is located in Hanoi Old Quarter, you will be picked up from the hotel. Otherwise, you have to take a taxi to the meeting point.
The most popular way to get to Halong Bay is by road, which follows Highway 18 that passes by Tuan Chau Island, Bai Chay Road and Hon Gai Bridge. If you travel from Hanoi, most cruise trips will arrange transfer from your hotel to the pier for you (either cruise bus or private car). An average trip without traffic will take at least 4 hours for one way.
Taking a local bus is cheaper, but the bus is old and shocking, and there are indecorous staff. The staff will stop everywhere on the road to pick up more guests. If in some occasions of holiday in Vietnam, you will be stuffed. Mostly local people choose local buses because of the price; it costs about 5-7USD per way.
From Danang, Nha Trang and Ho Chi Minh City, you can fly either to Hanoi or Hai Phong Airport and get a car transfer to Halong Bay. From other Southeast Asia countries, you also need to fly into one of these two airports to get access to Halong Bay.
You can also travel to Halong Bay on helicopter which takes about 1.5 hour and it is only possible from Hanoi. This service is exclusively run by Northern Vietnam Helicopter Company and it is quite a costly option to reach Halong Bay.
Decide how to get there. The best way to go to Halong Bay from Hanoi is by bus. It is cheap and comfortable and the buses to Halong Bay are new, have air conditioning and come with a safe driver. The road quality from Hanoi to Halong Bay is acceptable, not too bumpy. It will take you directly from Hanoi to Halong Bay without any stops. However, you need to stay in Old Quarter.
Know how much a bus trip costs. If you book a tour with them directly, the cost of traveling by bus is included in the price.
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