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Getting from Hanoi Airport to Halong Bay

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How to get from Hanoi Airport to Halong Bay

Halong Bay is around 162 kilometres, at least 2.5 hours by car, east of the Noi Bai International Airport (HAN), and there are several transfer options for making the journey. From the Hanoi airport, you can take a taxi, a bus, or go by train to reach Halong Bay. Metered taxis are available just outside the airport terminals and fare is estimated to cost €47-€78 (1,200,000-2,000,000 VND). The Anbasco bus is available from the Noi Bai Airport for €11.33 (290,000 VND), and other coach buses or luxury buses are available from the city of Hanoi with a minimum fare of €3.91 (100,000 VND). Another slow, but scenic and safe option is to take the train from the Yen Vien Station to Halong Bay; a standard seat on the train costs €3.13 (80,000 VND).

Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Bus €22.60 3.5min 06:30–18:30
Taxi €47 150min 24/7
Train €6.22 650min 04:55–

How to get from Hanoi airport to Halong Bay by bus

There are several companies that operate buses from the Hanoi airport or from Hanoi city to Halong Bay. You can choose between regular coach buses, sleeper buses, or luxury buses. Depending on traffic and how many stops the bus makes, the trip may take 3.5 to 5 hours. From the Hanoi airport, Anbasco operates buses every 30 minutes from 06:30 am to 18:30 pm from Terminal 2; fare costs €11.30 (290,000 VND). Another option is to take a taxi or public bus to Hanoi, where you can then choose from a number of bus services to reach Halong Bay. The main stations for buses to Halong Bay in Hanoi are the My Dinh Station and the Gia Lam Station – buses arrive to the Bai Chay station in Halong Bay. Buses generally run every 30 minutes to 1 hour during the morning and afternoon; some bus companies have buses operating at select times in the evening and night. The fare is dependent on the bus company and type of bus you choose, with the minimum fare costing €3.90 (100,000 VND).

How much is the bus from Hanoi airport to Halong Bay?

The Anbasco bus costs €11.30 (290,000 VND). Tickets can be purchased online in advance; cancellation charges may apply. For other bus services, ticket prices generally range from €3.90-€7.79 (100,000-200,000 VND) and can be purchased from official ticket booths or online.

Cost

€11.30

Trip Duration

3.5 hrs

There’s a waiting time of 30 minutes.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The Anbasco bus is available from 06:30 am to 18:30 pm. The availability of buses from Hanoi is dependent on the bus company.

Where do I get it from?

The Anbasco bus picks up from Hanoi airport at Terminal 2; the bus stops outside the terminal by column 10. Many bus services are available from Hanoi to Halong Bay. Most buses dock at either Gia Lam Station or My Dinh Station, while others dock at other points throughout the city.

Convenience

Taking the bus is a fairly comfortable way to travel to Halong Bay for a reasonable cost. The bus may make several stops on the way to Halong Bay, lengthening the time of the trip.

Editor’s Note

There are many bus services to choose from – with your itinerary and travel needs in mind, take a look at all the options available to you. For added comfort, consider taking a sleeper bus or a luxury bus.

Useful Tips

Travelers can also book a transfer by shuttle bus through a tour group or through their cruise line.
Knowledge of English may be limited. You can download a Vietnamese translator app to help you communicate.

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How to get from Hanoi airport to Halong Bay by taxi

Taking a taxi is the fastest, most comfortable way to reach Halong Bay from the Hanoi airport, however, it is also the most expensive way to travel. At either airport terminal, travellers can find a queue for metered taxis just outside the Arrivals Hall. Depending on traffic, the journey usually takes 2.5 to 3.5 hours. Taxi fare from the Hanoi airport to Halong Bay is estimated to cost €47-€78 (1,200,000-2,000,000 VND); if you take the express toll highway, you may be subject to pay the toll cost. It is best to only take a taxi from a trusted company, and you can double check the price estimate with the driver before beginning your journey.

Taxi fare from Hanoi airport to Halong Bay

Taxis are metered, with cost determined by the distance and time it takes to reach your specific destination in Halong Bay. Fare is estimated to cost €47-€78 (1,200,000-2,000,000 VND). If you choose to take the faster express highway, you may have to pay the toll costs. Often, if you schedule a return trip to Hanoi airport or to the city of Hanoi, taxi drivers will give you a discount on the fare. Unfortunately, some drivers attempt to take advantage of foreigners by demanding a higher fare at the end of the journey, or some have fast-running meters – be sure to use a trusted taxi service, and you can ask for a price estimate prior to committing to the trip.

Convenience

Taking a taxi is the fastest, most comfortable way to reach Halong Bay. A taxi can take you and your luggage directly from the Hanoi airport to your destination in Halong Bay. However, you do need to be cautious of taxi scams.

Editor’s Note

Private cars are also available for hire from the airport.

Useful Tips

If you are travelling with a large family or group, bigger taxis may be available to accommodate your transfer needs.

How to get from Hanoi airport to Halong by train

For a leisurely but safe and scenic journey to Halong Bay, you can take the train. Only one train per day travels to Halong Bay from Hanoi. The train leaves the Yen Vien (Gia Lam) Station at 04:55 am and arrives in Halong Bay at 11:45 am. To reach the Yen Vien station from the Noi Bai Airport, you will need to take a taxi, which will add to the total cost of the journey. For a standard hard seat, the train ticket costs €3.11 (80,000 VND).

How much is the train from Hanoi airport to Halong Bay?

Taking a train is the cheapest way to travel to Halong Bay. A train ticket costs €3.11 (80,000 VND). The ticket can be purchased at the train station or online. If you are traveling during the holiday season or during peak tourist times, it is best that you book your ticket in advance.

Cost

€3.11

Trip Duration

6 hrs 50 min

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

One train per day is available at 04:55 am.

Where do I get it from?

The train leaves from the Yen Vien (Gia Lam) Station, which is about a 30 minute drive from the airport. To take the train to Halong Bay, you will need to first transfer from the airport to Yen Vien (Gia Lam) Station by taxi.

Convenience

By train is the slowest way to reach Halong Bay from the Noi Bai Airport. However, taking the train is also the safest means of transportation as the roads in Vietnam can be somewhat dangerous. The train can also easily accommodate any large luggage you may be traveling with. Keep in mind, you have to take a taxi to the train station, which will increase the cost of the trip.

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Editor’s Note

Though the travel time by train is slower than by bus or taxi, taking the train is an excellent option on account of the beautiful scenery you will pass through on your way to Halong Bay.

Useful Tips

The train has a cart dedicated to food service, however, if you have specific dietary needs or tastes, you may want to pack your own food.

Frequently asked questions

Are there any other ways to reach Halong Bay from the Hanoi airport?

There are many options for travelling to Halong Bay from the Hanoi airport. Renting motorbikes is a popular option for thrill seekers, though this form of travel can be quite dangerous. Another option is to take a seaplane to Halong Bay.

What is the safest way to reach Halong Bay?

Taking the train is the safest way to reach Halong Bay, as you can avoid the dangerous roads in Vietnam.

What is the fastest way to get to Halong Bay from the Hanoi airport?

Taking a taxi is the fastest way to get to Halong Bay. The duration of a taxi ride is largely dependent on traffic, with the drive taking from 2.5 to 3.5 hours.

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