How to Get to Halong Bay from Hanoi?

How to Get to Halong Bay from Hanoi? You can get from Hanoi to Halong Bay by the 5 main transports, which includes motorbike, coach, shuttle bus, private car, train and helicopter, it is fairly easy to reach Halong Bay by either booking a cruise. Halong Bay Cruises normally include transport to and from Hanoi, meals, some drinks, accommodation, entertainment and excursions.


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Top Travel Tips to Plan Your Halong Bay Trips From Hanoi for First Time Travelers

Halong Bay is one of the world’s natural wonders, and is the most beautiful tourist destination of Vietnam. Halong Bay features more than one thousand awesome limestone karsts and islands of various sizes and shapes along the coastline of Halong Beach. The best way to tour, see and enjoy Halong Bay scenery is cruise trips and cruise around the bay's islands. In the early morning, standing on the sundeck and watching the unfurled sails on the sea, you will feel like the blue sky and sea merge into one like an amazing watercolor painting of the sea. In the evening, release your soul in a melodious music under the fanciful moonlight on the bay and enjoy the silence of the sea to completely immerse yourself in the nature. Here are top travel tips to plan your Ha Long Bay trips from Hanoi.

Hanoi visitors annually often cite charming Halong Bay as one of their favourite destinations. You can get from Hanoi to Halong Bay by the 5 main transports, which includes motorbike, coach, shuttle bus, private car, train and helicopter, it is fairly easy to reach Halong Bay by either booking onto a cruise with a professional company like or by heading independently to Ha Long International Cruise Port, Tuan Chau Harbour, Hon Gai,  Got harbours or Bai Chay Bus Station, all of which service Halong Bay, Bai Tu Long Bay and Lan Ha Bay. The traveling time from the Hanoi to Halong only 2.5 hours by private car. For the most reliable service, we strongly recommend going by Hanoi public transport, local bus or private car.

1. By Shuttle Bus

A Convenient Means Of Transportation, when booking a Halong Bay cruise, you can ask the agent or a Halong bay cruise company for a shuttle bus service, It’s about 2.5 hour or more. They normally will offer combo package, which is cheaper than you book them separately. Sometimes, cruise companies will run special promotions and offer free transfer if you book a cruise with them. The cost will vary among different companies and different types of bus. But normal price will around 250-500 ($10-20) for a one-way ticket. It is easy and convenient because you don’t have to worry about pick-up and drop-off point. The bus will pick you at your hotel on request and take you to the cruise center where your cruise ship ports. After your Halong Bay trip, the shuttle bus will wait outside the cruise center and take you back to Hanoi.

2. By Private car - utmost privacy

If you do not want to share the trip from Hanoi to Halong Bay with strangers or wish to be totally flexible of your schedule, a private car is your best option. Our driver will come to hotel lobby and show the sign board with clients name then picks them and their luggage to the car for transferring to Halong Bay. Whether you are a busy businessman on holiday or go on a vacation with your family, a private transfer will ensure the best privacy for you. You can ask your tour or cruise operator to arrange this service for you or simply book a taxi. If you want to take a taxi to Halong Bay, make sure to confirm the total cost with the taxi driver. They may charge you more when they take a longer route than necessary.

3. By Local Bus (Coach)

For those who travel on a budget, this is an attractive option as it costs as low as 100,000 VND (less than $5). This means of transport usually has a lot of seats (the 45-seat type is quite common). It took only 3 hours to travel from Hanoi to Halong Bay by bus, thanks to the new Highway. Sometimes it took longer since local bus have to go around bus stops to pick their customers. If you want a premium to luxury bus (7-9 seats, air-conditioner, wifi…), there are also variety of options for you to choose. Of course, the price could be double or triple comparing with a budget bus. So, how to go from Hanoi to Halong Bay by bus? Firstly, choose a bus station and bus provider (Route Gia Lam - Bai Chay or My Dinh - Bai Chay). You will want to choose the route that stop closest to where your halong cruise company port. After getting off the bus, you need to catch a taxi, “xe om” (a kind of motorbike taxi), or simply order Grab via your smartphone.

4. By Motorbike

For adventurous, budget travelers who wish to explore local life and scenery, there is no better way than driving a motorbike from Hanoi to Halong, travelers like to travel by motorbike or scooter to get experience. It’s about four hour or more, depending on your speed. There are 2 routes for you to choose: Hanoi - Bac Ninh - Halong and Hanoi - Hai Duong - Halong. If your cruise’s port locates at Tuan Chau Island -> At the roundabout on QL18 Highway, take the 1st exit onto Tuần Châu. If your cruise’s port locates at Bai Chay -> Continue go straight to Halong city, then you will see an instruction to Ha Long International Cruise Port. Remember asking locals if you are unsure about the road.

5. By Train - For A Slow But Safe Ride

Train hanoi to halong bay, There is a only one train that go directly from Hanoi to Halong Bay with the ticket fare about $4.5/person, The train departs from Yen Vien Station in Hanoi go to Halong City Station at 4.55 am & returns at 13:50 pm every day. For those who only have a day to visit Halong, the long traveling time of 6 hours by train is definitely not a good choice. From the Halong station, you will need to catch a taxi to get to the city center so that will add to the cost. On the other hand, if you do not mind the long traveling hours and love the sound of the train whistle, this safe means of transport can offer you a lovely view of scenery along the way.


6. By Seaplane

Seaplane is the only option if you want to fly from Hanoi to Halong Bay - Breathtaking Halong Bay View, This is also the fastest way to travel from Halong and also the most expensive way, it takes only 45 minutes to travel from Hanoi to Halong by seaplane. Traveling by seaplane you will get an amazing view of Halong from above which a normal transfer or cruise cannot provide. To book seaplane, you can contact directly with the company that operates the seaplane or, Hai Au Aviation is the only service provider in Halong Bay with the cost of around $400/person/round trip.

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The best time of year to visit Halong Bay is during the spring or autumn, especially from March to April with constant sunshine. Halong Bay attracts visitors year-round with peak season from October to April. November's sunny blue-sky days and lack of crowds make it the best time to make a beeline here. However, January to March is often cool and drizzly, and the ensuing fog can make visibility low, but adds bags of eerie atmosphere. From May to September tropical storms are frequent, and year-round tourist boats sometimes need to alter their itineraries, depending on the weather.
  • Peak season cruise: From October to April
  • Off-peak season cruise: From May to September

With Vietnamese visitors: Based on the number of Vietnamese tourists visiting Halong each year. It can be seen, June, July and August is the time most Vietnamese visitors to choose to Halong Bay. The reason is because in June, July and August is the summer, the hottest weather is in the North. Therefore, many tourists choose to Ha Long Bay to cool, bathing and enjoy water activities. Going to the caves of Ha Long discovery is also suitable because the cave is cooler outside. Another reason is that, this time on the summer vacation of the students so many families choose to reward their children a vacation Vietnam after a tired school year. Therefore, the whole family can come to Halong to rest this time.


Based on online reviews and feedback from other travelers and from travel agencies, As you browse through our list of Halong Bay cruises, be confident that you are looking at the very best ones for Halong Bay. We are selective in partnerships, and only present to you the cruise trips that meet safety and security standard as well as offering customers the best experience of the Bay. On the other hand, we want to give you as many choices as possible, comprehensive quality cruise listing is our priority, check out our list of Halong Bay overnight cruises by click on, all of which offer expert transport through, entrance fees, meals on board, insurance on board and activities in the bay for a range of different budgets.


There are a few options for visiting Ha Long Bay, but most will choose to take a cruise for either one or two nights. 2 days in Ha Long Bay is highly recommended, but 1 day is also possible in case your schedule is quite tight, 3 days can be a good choice if you have time. An overnight Halong Bay cruise offers you the bay's magnificent scenery of countless rugged limestone islands. Through the bay, you enjoy traditional Vietnamese and fusion cuisine served on the Halong Bay Cruises. Pause for a swim in the azure waters and lay back on one of the secluded beaches scattered throughout the bay. Make the most of your boat's sundeck and take in the sunset, or join a Tai Chi session. Meet residents of a remote fishing village and learn about how they live. Kayak into hidden lagoons and take your time paddling around mysterious islands.


Halong Bay Cuisine is famous because of many kinds of seafood like not only lobster, squid, oysters but also snails. A range of culinary creations from both international and local cuisines. In an atmosphere of elegant luxury, you can enjoy sumptuous buffets and tasty menus served by a crew in traditional Vietnamese costumes. Eating delicious foods, meeting awesome people, visiting one of world heritage sites and sharing memorable moments with your beloved, how could it be more incredible!


During your cruise you will have the option to join a number of activities, depending on your specific itinerary and local conditions. From Halong Bay activities, everyone in the family can enjoy the freedom and flexibility to do their own thing, on their own time. Swim, Kayaking, cycling, trekking, Discover grottos and caves, Visit a floating village or bonding experiences are around every corner. You will be informed by cruise staff about the scheduling of activities, and staff members are always available to answer questions about these activities.


Joining a Ha Long Bay cruise is a good option for first-timers. Go to the home page of Halong Bay Cruises at and picking the cruise right for you, We offering special rates and savings on cruise bookings with some of the most popular cruise boats in Halong Bay, we are so confident in our cruise packages that each and every deal is backed by a price guarantee. You won't find these prices on other cruise booking sites. We using brand name ".VN" domain name of Vietnam is protected by Ministry of Information and Communications. Using brand name in Vietnam is one of the best preventative measures we can take to secure our trademark and combat copyright infringement. With a .VN domain name will rank higher in local search results and in the hearts of the locals. Book a cruise today and enjoy the excitement of cruising the Halong Bay with us!

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