Transportation from Hanoi to Halong Bay

It wasn’t long ago that traveling from Hanoi to Halong Bay was a real ordeal. Nowadays, it is easier to access than ever before, and there are a ton of transport options to suit the needs and budgets of every traveler. If you have been wondering how to get from to Halong Bay from Vietnam capital, just read on to see the various options available.

How far and how long is it from Hanoi to Halong Bay?

It’s around 165 km from Hanoi to Halong Bay, which generally takes 4 hours (including a 15-30 minutute break) of travel by shuttle bus (the journey by car may be slightly shorter). However, both Orchid Cruise Halong and Azalea Cruise Halong offer a transfer service that takes just 1.5 hours.

How to get from Hanoi to Halong Bay

1. Shuttle Bus:

Hanoi shuttle bus

Getting from Halong Bay on a budget is no problem at all. Many of the cruises offer a two way transport system from Hanoi to Halong Bay (and back) that goes straight to the dock where you will board your cruise. The distance between Hanoi and Halong Bay is about 165 km, and usually takes 3.5-4 hours of road travel each way.

Also, if you want a unique experience, Alisa Cruise & Alisa Premier offer a two-way luxury shuttle bus.

2. Private Car:

halong bay private car

If your trip from Hanoi to Halong Bay is more a question of comfort than budget, then a private car is a fantastic option. We have teamed up with the cruises and their affiliated car hire companies to find the best deal for our customers, to help you to avoid pricey hires or nasty scams. Get in touch with our team to find out further details.

3. Coach:

hanoi coach

If you want to take the journey from Hanoi to Halong Bay into your own hands, you can take a coach from any of the main stations in Hanoi, like: My Dinh Bus Station, Gia Lam Terminal, or Luong Yen Terminal.

A ticket from Hanoi to Halong Bay on the coach costs approximately 100k-200k ($5-10); however, this coach will not drop you directly at the Marina. It will drop you off at the bus terminal relatively nearby, where you will need to catch a private taxi or motorbike. This option is somewhat more complicated, so we don’t recommend this option as the best way to go from Hanoi to Halong Bay.

4. Helicopter:

halong bay seaplane

How can you travel from Hanoi to Halong Bay in style? By helicopter, of course! The journey from Hanoi to Halong Bay by helicopter or seaplane is just shy of one hour and is undeniably the most lavish and adventurous way to get to the World Heritage site. For more information on helicopter hire please contact our team and we will assist you in getting the best deal.

If you don’t want to go to Halong Bay from Hanoi city, but prefer some other routes that take much less time, read this post to check out nearest airports to Halong Bay!

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3 thoughts on “Transportation from Hanoi to Halong Bay”

  1. Hi,

    We are a group of 4 adults travelling from Ha Noi to Ha Long Bay for a 2 night cruise from 13-15 August 2018. Our cruise is booked with Halong Athena Cruise. We are travelling back to Ha Noi on the 15th August.
    We are looking for options and the price of a Luxury 7 seat vehicle and was wondering if you could help.

    Thank you

    • Hi Paul,
      From Hanoi City Center, you will travel to Tuan Chau Marina Port to get to Halong Bay. The distance is 146km and you will expect a 3h 25m drive.
      The price for a 7-seat car round trip Hanoi – Halong Bay – Hanoi is $130. If after the cruise you wish to go straight from Halong to the Airport, this cost will be added $25 USD.
      We hope this information could help. For further advice and guide, you can read our article here :
      Wish you a joyful and memorable trip to Halong Bay!

  2. Hi,
    We area group of 4 adults travelling from Hanoi to Halong Bay for 01 night cruise from 16-17 january 2019. Our cruise is booked with Orchid Cruises.We are travelling back to hotel in Hanoi on the 17th january. We’re looking for options and the price of a private Luxury vehiche and was wondering if you could help us.
    Thank you

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