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Hanoi to Halong Bay: 6 best ways for travel 2022

Hanoi – Halong Bay is one of the most well-liked travel journeys of international tourists in their Vietnam trips. Thanks to the drastic development of transportation system over recent years, passengers’ transfer between two locations has been greatly facilitated with a wide selection of vehicles. This article will provide a detailed insight into 6 best ways to travel from Hanoi to Halong Bay for your reference.

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Hanoi to Halong Bay distance and travel time

The distance between Hanoi Center and Halong City is about 155 km, which usually takes approximately 2.5 hours of transport through Hanoi – Hai Phong – Halong Expressway. In case you choose Highway No.18 via Bac Ninh Province as the main route, the travel time is 3.5-4 hours.

If tourists make a booking for Halong Bay cruise excursion, you are advised to know exactly the departure place of your cruise for suitable preparation. The two most popular options favored by cruise lines include Halong International Cruise Port and Tuan Chau International Port.

Hanoi to Halong Bay map
Hanoi to Halong Bay map

Hanoi to Halong International Cruise Port

Halong International Cruise Port (also known as Sun Group Port) came into official operation on April 28, 2019, featuring state-of-the-art facilities well-equipped to welcome visitors conveniently. Located in the center of the Bai Chay tourist area, next to Sun World Halong Complex – an amusement and recreation destination, this is the favorite port of several Halong Bay cruises such as Ambassador, Starlight, Athena Luxury, and so on.

Route 1: Hanoi to Halong International Cruise Port through Hanoi – Hai Phong – Halong Expressway

From Hanoi Old Quarter area, visitors need to cross Chuong Duong or Vinh Tuy Bridge and head towards AEON Mall Long Bien. Then travel along Hanoi – Hai Phong – Halong Expressway to arrive at Halong International Cruise Port. 

Route 2: Hanoi to Halong International Cruise Port through Highway No.18

From Hanoi Old Quarter area, visitors can cross Chuong Duong or Vinh Tuy Bridge, pass by AEON Mall Long Bien, then enter Hanoi – Bac Giang Expressway and follow Noi Bai – Halong Expressway to reach Halong International Cruise Port. 

Halong International Cruise Port
Halong International Cruise Port

Hanoi to Tuan Chau International Port

Tuan Chau International Port – the largest port in Halong, situated in the Northwest of the Bay, 8 km Southwest of Halong City. It is on the edge of Tuan Chau Island, connected to the mainland by a long bridge. Halong Bay cruises departing from this pier include Paradise, Bhaya, Apricot Premium, Emeraude, Hera, and so on.

Route 1: Hanoi to Tuan Chau International Port through Hanoi – Hai Phong – Halong Expressway

From Hanoi Old Quater area, tourists cross Chuong Duong or Vinh Tuy Bridge, then travel along Hanoi – Hai Phong – Halong Expressway to arrive at Tuan Chau International Port. 

Route 2: Hanoi to Tuan Chau International Port through Highway No.18

From Hanoi Old Quarter area, tourists make the way to Long Bien District, then enter Highway No.5, and travel along with Hai Duong City to Highway No.18. Then, you will reach Yen Tho, Dong Trieu Town in Quang Ninh Province, from which it is convenient to reach Tuan Chau International Port. 

Tuan Chau International Port
Tuan Chau International Port

How to travel from Hanoi to Halong Bay

In order to attract a larger number of both domestic and international tourists to Halong Bay as well as enhance people’s travel experience in the world-famous UNESCO Heritage, remarkable investments in transportation system have been made, resulting in various methods for travelling between Hanoi and Halong, among which the most popular ones are luxury shuttle car, coach, private car, train, and motorbike.

Below is a detailed comparison regarding price, duration, advantages, and disadvantages of 6 best means of transportation for your consideration the most suitable option.

Hanoi to Halong Bay Luxury Shuttle Bus

If you are looking for a comfortable and high-quality service, a luxury shuttle bus from Hanoi to Halong Bay is a great recommendation. Not only shuttle bus operators but also a number of Halong Bay cruise lines provide this convenient transport.

How to book

Ambassador Cruise operates a fleet of luxury round-trip shuttle buses between Hanoi and Halong Bay, featuring 9-seat Limousine cars equipped with free WiFi, USB chargers, air-conditioners, and complimentary bottles of water. Tourists are suggested to book Ambassador’s all-in-one packages including shuttle service for the best travel experience.

Our shuttle transfers leave Hanoi at 8:45 am in Hanoi Old Quarter and will pick you up, though guests staying outside of the area can head to the central pick-up location at 23 Phan Dinh Phung, Ba Dinh District. The returning shuttle transfers leave Halong Bay at 12:00 and drop guests to their hotels back in Hanoi Old Quarter or at the central drop-off point at 23 Phan Dinh Phung, Ba Dinh District.

Besides, there are also other prestigious Limousine car operators for your choice such as Green Lion Bus, Hoang Phu, Halong Travel Limousine, Phuc Xuyen. For more convenient ticket booking, travellers can access 12Go or Baolau and choose their suitable schedule.

Ambassador Cruise's luxury shuttle car
Ambassador Cruise’s luxury shuttle car

Hanoi to Halong Bay Coach

A 40-45-seat coach (or public bus) is one of the most popular ways to transfer from Hanoi to Halong Bay. There are a variety of coach operators for your choice depending on your location. Departure points of coaches include My Dinh Coach Station (Nam Tu Liem District), Gia Lam Coach Station (Long Bien District), and Giap Bat Coach Station (Hoang Mai District). A majority of coaches arrive at Bai Chay Terminal, while some drop off passengers at Tuan Chau pier or Halong City Center. In addition, coaches are also the preferred means of transportation by a number of travel agents that operate Halong Bay tours due to large groups of tourists.

How to book

Tourists can easily book a coach ticket on 12Go or Baolau. These online platforms provide a selection of operators with detailed information on routes, schedules, prices, etc. in English. Other ways you can try are buying a ticket at the coach station or contacting the hotline of coach companies to make a direct booking. Here are some options that support English communication:

Hanoi to Halong coach

Hanoi to Halong Bay Private Car

In case tourists prefer complete privacy and time flexibility, renting a private car from Hanoi to Halong Bay is regarded as the most suitable. This means of transportation is also an ideal choice for families or groups of 4-7 people.

How to book

Several cruise lines provide private car rental service, you can check with their sales staff in advance for the availability and schedule. For example, Ambassador Cruise is a good recommendation with modern and convenient cars and customer service in English. Contact the hotline 1900 3045 for support and booking in case of your demand. Besides, tourists can also find other choices on websites such as Halong Travel LimousineVivudayTaxiGo.

Hanoi to Halong private car
Hanoi to Halong Bay private car

Hanoi to Halong Train

If passengers do not mind a long journey, train is an interesting option that you can try for transfer from Hanoi to Halong Bay. This way features not only the highest level of safety but also a great opportunity to admire splendid landscapes on both sides of the railway.

How to book

There is only one way to take a train from Yen Vien Station, located in the Northeast of Hanoi, to Halong Station, situated in the East of Bai Chay City. Also, only one train departs from Hanoi at 4:55 a.m and arrives in Halong at 12:00 p.m every day. From Halong, the train leaves at 1:45 p.m and reaches Hanoi at 8:30 p.m.

Booking site: Vietnam Railways

Travel from Hanoi to Halong by train
Travel from Hanoi to Halong by train

Motorbike

Travelling between Hanoi and Halong Bay by motorbike can bring tourists such an adventurous experience during their vacation. 

How to travel from Hanoi to Halong Bay by motorbike

Vehicle rental: There are several prestigious motorbike rental centers in Hanoi such as MOTOGO, AZ Motorbikes, Happy Zip Motorbikes, Tigit Motorbikes Hanoi.

Recommended routes:

Route 1: Hanoi – Bac Ninh – Halong (155 km)

Follow the route from Hanoi, get to Sai Dong crossroad Highway No.5 (for about 10km), then via 23 km on Highway No. 1, arrive in Bac Ninh Province. After that, follow Highway No.18 for about 122 km to respectively reach Pha Lai, Sao Do, Dong Trieu, Uong Bi, and eventually Halong.

Route 2: Hanoi – Hai Duong – Halong (170 km)

From Hanoi, tourists can reach Nam Sach, Hai Duong Province through Highway No.5B, then follow Highway No.183 to get to Halong.

Motorbike rental for Halong travel
Motorbike rental for Halong travel

Hanoi to Halong Bay Seaplane

Although there are not direct flights from Hanoi to Halong Bay operated by airlines, visitors can still experience an one-of-a-kind journey in the sky with a seaplane. Due to the exclusiveness and high expense, this means of transportation is not very popular as compared to other options.

How to book

In conclusion, the 6 most favored ways of travelling between Hanoi and Halong Bay include luxury shuttle car, coach, private car, train, motorbike, and seaplane. Luxury shuttle cars and private cars are the best choices thanks to the convenience and guest-friendly experiences. However, it depends on tourists’ budgets, hobbies, travel styles, schedules, and so on to make a decision on a suitable form of transportation and enjoy your trip in the best way.

FAQs on travel from Hanoi to Halong Bay

Should I book a transfer directly with car operators or through tourist agencies?

You are suggested to make a booking with tourist agencies for better guarantees and customer service in English. However, the price is often higher and it is sometimes difficult to contact the car service providers in case of emergency. 

How much does it cost to travel by a luxury shuttle bus?  

The average price range for a Hanoi to Halong Bay transfer by a Limousine car is around US$ 25-45/round trip/person.

What is the fastest way to get Halong Bay from Hanoi?

In terms of road transfer, luxury shuttle bus and private car are the two fastest ways to reach Halong Bay thanks to a direct Expressway route without stops. Alternatively, if you have a generous budget, you can take a seaplane from Noi Bai International Airport to Halong City.