Ha Long bay boasts to be a “must see” destination in Vietnam, especially those visits North of Vietnam. The World Natural Wonder located 170 km from the East of Hanoi with around 3,5 hours driving from Hanoi center and 4hours from Noi Bai airport with 30minutes short break on way.
How to get to Halong bay from Hanoi or Noi bai airport ? There are multiple choices that can be suite any budget and traveling purpose.
By Private Car:
Travelling by private car considers the best choice as its flexibility, safety, quality and valuable rates. It also seem be uniquely way to reach Ha Long bay from Noi Bai airport despite the taxi collection as it is indeed unsafe enough because of old age, careless drivers and non-competitive price.
Almost the same taxi cost, you have your own quality car, be greeted by friendly & helpful driver, 24 hours English Speaking assistance and useful consultancy… This means of transfer is really worth for your expense.
By Shuttle Bus:
This type of transfer is available for departing from Hanoi center only. The shuttle bus can be understood as “tourist bus”, leaving Hanoi around 08:00 and return at 12:00 from Ha Long bay everyday. If your hotel located in Hanoi Old Quarter, you will be picking up from the hotel; otherwise, you have to take a taxi to meeting point. There are maximum 14 people on shuttle bus – the Ford Transit minivan.
Meeting point in Hanoi: In front of Opera House, N0 1 Trang Tien Street, Hanoi
Ending point in Ha Long Bay: Bai Chay habour
By Public Bus:
It is normally using by local people, departing from fix stations, which located outside Hanoi center. Traveling by public bus, you need to take taxi to the stations and buy the ticket. The buses depart hourly and arrival Ha Long station after more than 4 hours driving.
Departing from Hanoi: Gia Lam or Luong Yen Stations
Arrival in Ha Long Bay: Ha Long Bus Station.
Cost: 100.000VND (5US$) per person/per way
Notes: Some years ago, there was a tourist express train from Hanoi to Ha Long bay at rate 10US$/person/way. However, it was closed as ineffectiveness
Ha Long owns thousands of islands, emerged from the emerald green water and everyone agree that the stunning Ha Long bay would be perfect if admire from above. However, charter helicopter is rather expensive, it makes Ha Long Bay seem be a haughty girl, challenging any guy discover her reality beauty!
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