Hạ Long Bay, Vietnam, is world-known for the stunning towering limestone islands.
Visitors love exploring this beautiful part of Vietnam on either one of the popular Junk boat tours or via a sea kayak expedition.
We highly recommend a 3D/2N cruise on Halong Bay. It was one of our favourite experiences from our Vietnam holiday and we would do it all again in a heartbeat!
To help you choose from the more reputable Halong Bay Cruise companies, why not visit our helpful best Halong Bay cruise recommendation list or alternatively you might wish to read our review on the Indochina Sails cruise that we went on here.
So back to the point, how do you get from Hanoi to Halong Bay?
When traveling from Hanoi to Ha Long Bay there are a few options you can choose from.
Options of transportation from Hanoi to Halong Bay include train, bus, tourist transfer or via a Halong Bay day trip tour.
Each method has its own advantages and disadvantages. Don’t worry though, this article will explain everything you need to know about how to get to Halong Bay safely.
Find below all the information on how to get from Hanoi to Halong Bay (& Vice Versa from Halong Bay to Hanoi)
Getting from Hanoi to Halong Bay
Halong Bay is located about 180 km away from the capital of Hanoi. So be prepared to spend a few hours getting from one destination to the next.
If money is not an issue I highly recommend grabbing a luxury transfer that offers air-conditioning.
Before we hop into the post, if you have booked an overnight cruise, do check with your cruise company in regards to whether your cruise includes free transfers – some do and some don't.
Below you will a detailed guide on how to get from Hanoi to Halong Bay.
1. By Private Transfer (Most Popular Option)
Journey Time: 3 – 3.5 Hours
Cost Involved: US$80 – $100
This is our preferred choice on how to get to Halong Bay from Hanoi.
We always find that the extra $$ for a private transfer is worth the cost! As a family, it gives us the flexibility to organize our own pickup times and we can ask the driver to stop whenever our kids need to run in to use a loo.
We also love the convenience of being picked up straight from our hotel and being dropped off at the right waiting lounge in Ha Long Bay.
We also find that private drivers tend to drive more carefully in comparison to the crazy bus drivers!
The trip from Hanoi to Halong Bay on your private transfer will take around 3 – 3.5 hours, depending on the traffic.
For couples or small families of 3 pax, why not secure your transfer by clicking here.
For larger families or groups of friends, book your private van transfer by clicking here.
2. By Luxury Bus (Convenient Option)
Journey Time: 3.5 hours
Cost Involved: US $9 – $10
Taking a bus from Hanoi to Ha Long Bay can be very luxurious and comfortable since many of the buses used for longer trips offer cushy reclining leather seats as well as air-conditioning.
The Hoang Phu Limousine Bus will pick you up from any of the hotels in Hanoi Quarter.
Their buses only have 16 seats, are air-conditioned, has reclining seats, Wi-Fi as well as USB chargers to keep your phones charged up during the transfer.
Travel time of the bus from Hanoi to Halong Bay is around 3.5 hours and the price is around US $9 – $10.
(Photo Source: Hoang Phu Limousine Bus)
Make sure to book your Hanoi to Halong Bay bus ticket online to guarantee a spot. You will receive your e-ticket by email, ready to print or carry in your mobile phone or tablet and present when boarding the bus.
3. By Train (Cheapest Option)
Journey Time: 6.5 hrs
Cost Involved: US $3 – $4
There is an option of catching a direct train from Hanoi to Halong Bay. You will want to go to the train station in Hanoi called Yen Vien (about 10km from the city center).
This is a fairly long ride, and there are only hard seat options, but it is direct and it works out really cheaply! So if you are after the most affordable transport from Hanoi to Halong Bay, then this is perfect for you. (but I will stick to my luxury transfers instead, thank you!!)
Make sure to book your ticket online to guarantee a spot. You will receive your e-ticket by email, ready to print or carry in your mobile phone or tablet and present when boarding the train.
4. Join an Organized Tour (Easiest Option)
Journey Time: Day Trip to Halong Bay
Cost Involved: US $43+
Whilst it is easy to organize a list of what to do in Halong Bay, many travelers prefer to keep organizing as simple as possible.
If this sounds you like, you might prefer to book one of the many tours to Halong Bay.
A tour that not only looks after your transfer from Hanoi to Halong Bay but also your exploration of Halong Bay as well.
A tour to Halong Bay from Hanoi will require around 12 hours of your time.
This Halong Bay day tour will allow you to enjoy a traditional junk cruise for 4.5 hours.
You will also visit two beautiful caves: Thien Cung Cave and Dau Go Cave. A
nd for those who love adventure, there is a 30-minute kayak or bamboo boat tour.
Lunch and road-trip hotel transport is included in the price, which truly makes it a super affordable way to visit Halong Bay.
So if you are after an easy day trip from Hanoi to Halong Bay that combines both your transfer and a day cruise on Halong Bay in one tour, then click the booking button below.
Ha Long Bay is one of the most visited places in Vietnam and is written in Unesco World Heritage Site.
Getting to Halong Bay from Hanoi doesn’t have to be hard or costly.
So make sure you don’t miss this amazing spot and book your Hanoi to Halong Bay transport now!
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- Which method did you choose to travel from Hanoi to Halong Bay?
- Are you planning on joining a day tour from Hanoi to Halong Bay or do you wish to enjoy a slower cruise for a few nights?