Travel to Halong Bay directly from Hanoi airport (Noi Bai International Airport – HAN) by car, bus, train or seaplane is all good to your schedule in Vietnam.
The distance from Hanoi airport to Halong Bay is 193 km or 119 miles. Normally, it would take around 3 – 3.5 hours to get from Hanoi Airport to Halong Bay. In general, there are 2 ways from Hanoi airport to Halong bay:
Direct transfer from Hanoi Airport to Halong Bay: recommended if you need to check-in for a cruise tour at noon time on board in Halong
Transfer from Hanoi Airport to Halong Bay with a transition in Hanoi city center.
There are 02 regular routes: Hanoi to Halong city via old road 3 – 4 hours and Hanoi via new highway (express way) 2 -2.5 hours
How to get from Hanoi Airport to Halong Bay and a step-by-step guide on how to travel for each option.
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Direct transfer from Hanoi airport to Halong Bay
- Private car: $60 –$80 for 1 car and from 2 to 4 hours.
- Taxi: about $57 for 1 car and around 3 hours.
- Seaplane: around $400/person/trip and only 45 mins
Transfer from Hanoi Airport to Halong Bay via Hanoi city center.
- Express Bus Route 86: $2 per ticket and 2 hours
- Private car or taxi: from $12 to $22 per car and 1 hour
From Hanoi to Halong Bay transfer service offered:
- Limousine Van: from $16 per ticket and 2.5 hours
- Local Coach: from $6 to $10 per ticket and around 5 hours
- Train: from $4 to $5 and 6 to 8 hours.
You can book a Private Car, Taxi or SeaPlane to directly get from Hanoi Airport to Halong Bay.
Private car hire from Hanoi Airport to Halong Bay transfer
The most convenient way to transfer from Hanoi Airport to Halong Bay is to get your ride private car in advance with easy click reserve online to pick you up at Noi Bai airport (HAN) when you’ve arrived
- Pick-up-point: Arrival Hall, First floor of T1 (Domestic Flight) or T2 (International Flight) Terminal
Travel time: 3.5-4 hours via Normal Way (190km) Price range: USD 60 – USD 80 for 1 car
Upgrade to go via the new Expressway: Travel time: shortened to 2-2.5 hours Toll fee: extra fee of USD 12/way for one car.
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Taxi from Noi Bai Airport to Halong Bay
If you want to take a taxi from Hanoi Airport to Halong Bay, there are 14 taxi brands allowed to pick-up passengers at the airport, so it’s not hard to find your own ride.
Note: Use a meterxi driver before the ride. As the local taxi drivers can only speak Vietnamese, it would be hard for you to explain and bargain with those taxi drivers in other language. They may charge you more when they take a longer route than necessary. Mai Linh taxi (the green cab) is recommended as that is one of the two trustworthy brands in Vietnam
Seaplane from Noi Bai Airport to Halong Bay
By the time Seaplane is the only option if you want to fly from Hanoi to Halong Bay. Travel time: 45 minutes to travel from Hanoi Airport to Halong bay by seaplane. How to book: Contact directly with Hai Au Aviation, the only service provider in Halong Bay
Ticket Price: around $400/person/trip.
Traveling by seaplane you will get an amazing view of Halong Bay from above, given that all other means of transfer cannot provide. However, for such a short distance, you don’t have enough time to enjoy the fantastic view from above. Plus, the seaplane service is usually fully booked for most of the time.
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Private Transfer or Taxi from Noi Bai Airport to Hanoi City Center
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Pick-up point: Arrival Hall, First floor of T1 or T2 Terminal
Drop-off point: Around Hanoi Old Quarters area
Travel time: +1 hours
Travel price: USD 12 to USD 22 for a car
Departure time: On demand
Express Bus Route 86
Bus No 86 runs from Hanoi Airport to Hanoi city.
Pick-up point: Bus stop outside Arrival Hall (first floor) of T1 and T2 terminal
The Old Quarter: Hanoi Post Office, Hoan Kiem Lake
Hanoi Train Station: No. 137 Lê Duẩn Street, Hanoi
Travel time: +1.5 hours
Ticket price: VND 30,000 ( USD 2) for a ticket
Departure time: 05:10 AM to 22:00 PM daily
Getting from Hanoi City to Halong Bay
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You can use either the service of Limousine Van Transfer (specialized to serve international travellers) or Local Coach (mainly serve the domestic customers).
Beside Limousine Van and Bus, you can also choose to travel from Hanoi to Halong Bay by Train.
1. Limousine Van from Hanoi to Halong Bay
Most comfortable not to mention the most economical way of travel from Hanoi to Halong Bay.
Travel time: 2.5 hours (via the new Expressway)
Capacity: Luxury Van carry max 9 passengers, MiniVan carry up to 5 passengers
Detailed Schedule: hourly from 5 AM to 7 PM
|9-seat Limousine van|
USD 16/ticket, extra USD 2 to upgrade to a VIP seat.
Detailed Schedule: 6:30; 7:30, 09:00, 11:00
2. Local Coach from Hanoi to Halong Bay
The cheapest way so you can definitely save a lot of money (total USD 6 – 10 / person).
Quite time-consuming because it may take up to 4-4.5 hours to get from Hanoi to Halong with occasionally stop on the road to pick up more customers.
During the holidays, it can be very crowded as people flood to their hometown.
The bus driver can only speak Vietnamese, so you will have to overcome the language barrier.
Recommended Local Coach:
1.Kumo Viet Thanh (45-Seat Coach) Pick-up Point: My Dinh Bus Station, Schedule: From 08:00 AM to 16:30 PM, every 30 minutes, Price: VND 120.ooo (USD 6)/ticket
2.Phuc Xuyen Pick-up Point: My Dinh Bus Station, Schedule: From 05:45 AM to 17:45 PM, every 30 minutes, Price: VND 120.ooo (USD 6)/ticket
3.Ka Long Pick-up Point: My Dinh Bus Station, Schedule: 19:00 PM, 20:30 PM, 21:30 PM, Price: VND 230.ooo (USD 10)/ticket
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3. Train from Hanoi to Halong Bay.
Travel time: 6.5 to 8 hours. As a result, Train from Hanoi to Halong is notorious for being slow.
Train Station: In Hanoi: Yen Vien Station (10 km from the Old Quarters) In Halong: Halong Station (10 km from the Tuan Chau Harbor) Train ticket: VND 70.000 to VND 100.000 (USD 4 to USD 5) for one ticket
Note: There some risks related to cleanliness and hygiene because the train is quite old and badly maintained in recent years.
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