How do you get from Hanoi to Ha Long Bay?

Lie in the Gulf of Tonkin in the Northeastern part of Vietnam, Halong Bay appears as a graceful picture with blue water and green islands harmonied together. Ha Long also is recognized as a World Natural Heritage, which explains the fas
cination of many tourists to come to visit Halong Bay. Being 170km away from Hanoi capital, travelling from Hanoi to Halong bay is quite easy for you.

Transfer Hanoi to Halong Bay By public bus

hanoi to halong bay by carIf you want to travel on your own and save cost, taking the bus from Hanoi to Halong Bay is a good choice. You can take a car from Luong Yen or My Dinh bus station with the price from 100,000 – 200,000 VND. The first bus departs at 6 am while the final one leaves at 5 pm at the bus stations. It takes you 3-4 hours travelling and the final stop is at Bai Chay, Ha Long. After that you can choose from plenty of cruise operator to hop on and discover Halong Bay. Travelling by bus will be excited partly because you can get to be the part of the daily commune of the locals, who staying with you in car. Additionally, with someone who has no fix schedule, taking the bus is very convenient. However, this type is more suitable for those who are more familiar with Vietnam conditions or has adventurous streak; for first time tourists, it is not recommended.

Transfer Hanoi to Halong Bay By joining in a tour

Hanoi to halong bay by TourObviously, the most popular way to go from Hanoi to Halong Bay is joining in a tour package. Tours from operators are varied in price, quality and activities, and you should choose the most suitable tour with you. Tour operators will take care of your transportation from Hanoi, cruise and accommodation. There will also have a tour guide who explains to you every thing along the way.  Depending on the different tours operators, all of them will provide shuttle bus that will pick you up from the Old Quarter. Some will also have private car option for you if you do not want to join others on a shuttle bus. This will increase the cost but also comfort. Going on tours is recommended for family, group of friends and anybody who want to have a fuss free trip.

Transfer Hanoi to Halong Bay By motorbike

hanoi to halong bayOnce you are in Vietnam, you can see that motorbike is the most common mean of transpotation, even at the most remote places. Therefore, clearly you can go to Halong bay by motorbike. This type is the utmost adventurous and thrilling of all. Halong bay is 170 km away from Hanoi and the road is quite straight forward, Hanoi – Bac Ninh – Ha Long is considered as the shortest route for you to go. It is advisable that you should embark on this with a small group of friends to support each other on the way, especially in case a bike brakes down. Careful inspection of bike before the trip is crucial to ensure a safest trip. However, it will take slightly longer than bus or car to reach Halong Bay and is considerably more tiring. Thus unless you plan to stay long in the area, riding the bike to Halong Bay is not very worth it.

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