Recognised as UNESCO World Heritage Site, Halong Bay, located in North Vietnam, receives millions of international tourists each year. With stunning beaches, majestic islands, splendid caves and a wide range of amazing activities, the destination must be in the bucket list of every visitor.
Regarding the concern of tourists over how to reach Halong Bay, we would love to share everything you need, from different means of transportations, durations, fares, availability to their pros and cons, in this article!
You are sure to be offered a wide range of options when it comes to transportations. Here is a feature comparison table so that you can have a general look into each type.
|Coach||Shuttle Bus||Private car||Train||Seaplane/
|Time taken||4 – 5 hrs||2.5 – 3.5 hrs||3 hrs||5 – 7 hrs||45 – 60 min|
|Cost||US$4 – 8/person||US$8 – 10/person||US$45 – 60/way||US$4 – 15/person||US100 – 450/person/way|
|Availability||first – 6 am
last – 9 pm
|first – 5 am
last – 9 pm
|24/7||5 am or 7 am||9 am or 2 pm|
With the distance of 170 km from Hanoi, travelling by coach is considered the most popular means of transportation among local people. There are now more than 20 local coach operators whose vehicles range from 29 to 45-seater coaches. You can choose your suitable pick-up points among My Dinh, Gia Lam or Giap Bat Bus Station, etc. for your best convenience. Passengers are free to drop off at Halong city, Bai Chay beach or Tuan Chau, etc. The coach fare, therefore, is subject to various factors such as coach types, pick-up and drop-off points.
A typical coach that will take you to Halong
Travelling by coach is preferred by Vietnamese people because of its affordability and flexibility. This means of transportation provides eager travellers with an amazing opportunity to authentically experience as the local at a cheap price.
It is never easy to find the right coach in such a large bus station.
Shuttle bus is beyond doubt a great alternative for local coach because it mainly serves international tourists. Vehicles provided are all high quality 9 to 16-seater limousine buses with luxurious interior. Passengers are taken straight to the destinations. Further Information to Travel to Halong Bay from Hanoi by Shuttle Bus
You can have a look at the interior of the shuttle bus.
Besides the above mentioned public vehicles, hiring a private car is a viable option especially for tourists with high demand for privacy. You can choose to hire a car with or without a driver. Yet, it is way complicated and troublesome to rent a car without a driver, not to say nearly impossible when you are a foreigner. There are a bunch of requirements in terms of driving license, identity cards and so on. Moreover, being unfamiliar to the place may lead to getting lost.
If you need a driver then don’t worry. They do speak English and are very hospitable. The cost for renting varies and depends on size, brand and status. You can contact local agency for further advice.
Isn’t it worth considering hiring a private car?
Generally, the hiring cost is rather high, ranging from US$45 to 60 per way.
If you have a heart for traditional means of transportation, then travelling by train is a great idea. You will get the chance to peacefully explore the natural beauty of mountains and forests mixed with peaceful rivers during the journey to Halong through the window.
The train from Yen Vien Railway Station departing at 5 am takes 7 hours to get to Halong. The average ticket price is around US$4 subject to the seat type.
The train from Gia Lam Railway Station departing at 7 am takes about 5 hours to get to Ha Long. Foreigners use special tickets with sign and regulation, sold at US$15. A group of more than 15 people can get a US$10 ticket/person.
You can go to the website dailyvetauhoa.com or contact Halong Express (phone number: 1900 1224 or 0978 198 489) to book a ticket.
The view from the window train will just be amazing!
International visitors to Vietnam with generous budget should give it a try. It is definitely an exhilarating experience to get the magnificent view of North Vietnam from hundreds of metres above the land. Tourists can contact Hai Au Aviation for more information concerning the cost.
Have an astonishing view from above, why not?
It is not time-consuming at all as you can get to Halong in less than 1 hour.
A seaplane or helicopter trip to Halong Bay is sure to cost a fortune.