7 ways of Getting to Halong bay from Hanoi Vietnam

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Getting to Halong bay from Hanoi

Transportation has always been the difficulty to tourists when travelling. As the technology develops, it helps us solve this problem. Now you have various choices to choose that suits your need.

In Vietnam, one of the most popular traveling route is Hanoi – Halong Bay. Hanoi is the only big city that is located near Halong Bay. So it is easier for you to choose how to getting to Halong bay from Hanoi and arrange time properly. You can also make an one-day trip.

Below is the list of most comfortable transportations for visiting Halong bay from Hanoi.

1. Getting to Halong bay from Hanoi by COACH

The cheapest way to getting to Halong bay from Hanoi is coach. By going by coach, you have chance to know more about daily life of Vietnamese people. However, like any other public transportations, coach has some disadvantages which make foreigners reluctant when choosing this kind of transportation.

Detail information:

  • Bus departs from Luong Yen/My Dinh/ Gia Lam terminal and arrives in Bai Chay terminal, HaLong city.
  • Low price: 100.000 – 130.000 VND
  • Booking website: www.vexere.com
  • On-board time: 4 hours
  • Main route: Ha Noi – Hai Duong – Hai Phong – Bai Chay (Ha Long city)

Going by coach is a unique experience to indulge in local culture. However, it is hard for foreigners to understand thoroughly customs of Vietnamese coaches or communicate with drivers. On the other hand, in case there is a problem with coaches or you miss the terminal, it stands high chance that you might get lost.

If you want to go on a one-day trip, coach might not be the best transportation from Hanoi to Halong Bay for you. Because you need to leave earlier to catch the coach, you don’t have enough time to fully enjoy Halong Bay.

If you stay longer than one day, coach is highly recommended as the most convenient mean to getting to Halong bay from Hanoi

2. Hanoi to Halong bay SHUTTLE BUS

Unlike coaches, Hanoi to Halong bay buses bring comfort and convenience. These buses often belong to tourism companies. The target customers of this transportation are for foreigners.

The tourism agency provides buses to pick up tourists and transfer from Hanoi to Halong bay because it is easier to control the number of visitors.

Getting to Halong bay from Hanoi - shuttle bus
Hanoi to Halong bay shuttle bus

The route starts from Hanoi Old Quarter. To reach meeting point, you can take a taxi. In addition, there are high-quality bus branches like Hoang Long Express. They run various bus shifts every day. There is a new bus shift every 15 minutes, departing from Kim Ma terminal (Nguyen Thai Hoc Street).

This is the most suitable transportation from Hanoi to Halong Bay for a small group of visitors. Nevertheless, it takes the same amount of time as coaches (about 4 hours) to go from Hanoi to Halong Bay.

If your vacation lasts few days, bus is the economical and flexible choice of transportation. If you only have one day for traveling, make sure you leave home before 8am so that you have enough time to enjoy your trip to Halong Bay.

3. MOTORBIKE from Hanoi to Halong bay

Though it is not ideal for most of tourists, motorbike is still the favorite for those who enjoy backpacking.

For those who enjoy adventures and want to see the enormous beauty of Halong in their own way, motorbike is the best transportation. Grab the gear and immerse yourself in the exotic scenery, that kind of feeling certainly will not disappoint you.

The fee for hiring motorbikes is cheaper than that of hiring a car, about 20 USD per day. Like car or bus, it takes you 4 hours to go to Halong Bay.

Getting to Halong bay from Hanoi - motorbike
Stopping to sightee from Hanoi to Halong bay

It might be dangerous for people who hardly have any experience of driving motorbike. Make sure you know the route and be prepared for risks.


This is the easiest way of getting to Halong bay from Hanoi though not the most economical one. It also takes you 4 hours to go. However, hiring private car or taking taxi will give a more personal atmosphere.

We recommend this way for families with lots of luggage, a group of friends that want to have time to talk to each other without disturbing anyone or people who are going on a business trip and want to focus on work on the way.

Most hotels provide pick-up service by private cars, even pick-up service from airport. There are companies that are ready to help tourists in terms of transportation from Hanoi to Halong bay, especially for foreigner tourists.

If you are an independent person and wish to go by yourself, you can hire a car. The fee for hiring a car is from 1.500.000 to 2.200.000 VND.

5. Hanoi to Halong bay by TRAIN

This is also a good way transportation from Hanoi to Halong Bay by locals. Train provides passengers with chances to enjoy the views on the way. Nonetheless, it takes you 7 hours to go from Hanoi to Halong Bay.

From the arrival train station, passengers need to take another bus to go to center of Halong city. Besides, you need to wake up earlier if you want to spend the whole day in Halong. Please note that the ferry terminal is 5km away from the train station so make sure you arrive on time.

Getting to Halong bay from Hanoi - train
Sea view outside the train from Hanoi to Halong bay

If going by train, you can take soft seat with air conditioner or wooden seat. The price depends on your choice. Train route is designed mainly for locals. To some foreigners, it is a fantastic opportunity to understand Vietnamese daily life but the downsides are unstable time and train itinerary.

6. Hanoi to Halong bay HELICOPTER

Another risky transportation from Hanoi to Halong Bay is helicopter. It goes the fastest but at the same time brings you the feeling of palpitating.

Getting to Halong bay from Hanoi - helicopter
Visit Halong bay from Hanoi on a helicopter

The flight starts from Gia Lam Airport – a small army airport. The capacity is for 7 people including pilot and passengers so it is suitable only for a limited group. Lots of tourism agency operates that kind of service in their tour with low price for customers.

There are still some risks for travelers though. Even if it is an amazing experience for high-income people, helicopter to Halong bay from Hanoi airport is not popular for everyone.

7. SEAPLANE from Hanoi to Halong bay

Seaplane is a luxurious transportation from Hanoi to Halong Bay with reasonable price that you should try. Hai Au Airline is proud to be the only brand providing flying-sightseeing service for customers going from Hanoi to Halong Bay.

Like helicopter, the flight takes 45 minutes and helps you save time to enjoy Halong Bay more. Though it is considered to be more expensive than other transportations, the cost of a seaplane is still lower than that of a helicopter and not much higher than that of hired car.

Getting to Halong bay from Hanoi - seaplane
Seaplane – a new way to get to Halong bay from Hanoi airport (Noi Bai)

Direct flights from Noi Bai Airport (Hanoi) to Halong costs 275USD. Hai Au Airlines has lots of sale promotion for customers such as combining a tour to Halong with hotels and seaplane service.

With these sale promotions, the cost will be lowered relatively. To tourists who do not like airplane or to a large number of visitors, seaplane is not recommended but to businessman or adventurous traveler, seaplane is a great idea for getting to Halong bay from Hanoi.


The amount of money and time that you spend must be paid off with the benefits of transportations. Transportation is one of the highest priorities when making a travel plan. There are numerous of transportations from Hanoi to Halong Bay for you to choose such as buses, train, seaplane, etc.

This article was written by John

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