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Halong Bay to Hanoi

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5 ways to get from Halong Bay to Hanoi

Taking a Bus from Halong Bay to HanoiDuration: 3h 30m
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Bus travel from Ha Long Bay to Hanoi is easy. There are many inexpensive options, but all are of high quality. The journey ranges from 3 to 5 hours, and most of the buses are well equipped with A/Cs, reclining seats, and English speaking guides. There are no bathrooms on the buses so the drivers make stops in lieu.

  • Pros
    • Unexpectedly luxurious experience
    • Guided tours
    • Comfortable journey
    • Low cost
    • Free cancellations
  • Cons
    • Possible language barrier
    • Luggage limitations
    • No toilets on buses
    • Inconsistent travel times
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Taking a Minivan from Halong Bay to HanoiDuration: 3h
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There are 15 operators that run from Halong Bay to Hanoi, with 129 departures per day. If you decide to take a Minivan, you can take the Luxury, Limo, Van, and Standard options.

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Taking a Train from Halong Bay to HanoiDuration: 7h
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There is 1 operator that run from Halong Bay to Hanoi, with 1 departure per day. If you decide to take a Train, you can take the Second Class option.

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Taking a Private rides from Halong Bay to HanoiDuration: 3h
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As usual, car travel between cities in Vietnam provides travellers with many options. Specifically from Ha Long Bay to Hanoi, you can ride in a shared car with comfortable reclining seats. Or, you can opt for more private, expensive cars. Most of the cars pick up passengers from wherever, and provide services like A/C and WiFi.

  • Pros
    • Departure time & location flexibility
    • Safe and friendly drivers
    • Private transfer (personal pick up and drop off)
    • Great for families and groups
    • Comfortable
  • Cons
    • Pricey option
    • No time advantage
    • Possible delays in shared cars due to pick ups of all passengers
    • No bathrooms in vehicle
    • Oftentimes non-refundable
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Taking a Bus+Ferry from Halong Bay to HanoiDuration:
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There is 1 operator that run from Halong Bay to Hanoi, with 0 departures per day. If you decide to take a Bus+Ferry, you can take the Day Tour option.

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About the ride from Halong Bay to Hanoi

     After the peace and serenity of Halong Bay, you might be craving some big-city noise. If that’s the case, that’s exactly what you’ll find in Hanoi, with bustling bars, jam-packed roads and thousands of street food vendors.

     For the 180km (112 mile) journey from Halong Bay to Hanoi, you have four options: 

  • Bus from Halong Bay to Hanoi - typically around 3.5 hours
  • Minivan from Halong Bay to Hanoi - typically around 3 hours
  • Private car from Halong Bay to Hanoi - typically around 3 hours
  • Train from Halong Bay to Hanoi - typically around 7 hours

     Buses, trains and some minivans leave at designated times, but some minivans - along with most private cars - can be hired privately, so you can choose your own departure time.

     All options are great, but we recommend taking a bus. It’s the cheapest option, and the journey time isn’t much longer than taking a car or a minivan. The bus to Hanoi from Halong Bay is comfortable and easy to use. 

     But most importantly, it’s very affordable - for even the tightest of budgets.

 

What to see when traveling from Halong Bay to Hanoi

     If you travel by car, minivan or bus from Halong Bay to Hanoi, you’ll quickly become acquainted with the hustle and bustle of Hanoi’s rampant roads.

     Compared to the tranquility of Halong Bay, Hanoi is noisy, hectic and crowded. But that is part of its charm. As the shoreline makes way to high-rise buildings and more scooters than you’ve probably ever seen, you’ll know you’re reaching Vietnam’s chaotic capital city.

     The train to Hanoi from Halong Bay allows you to experience a little more remote rurality, taking you past many smaller towns.

 

How to get from Halong Bay to Hanoi

Taking a bus

     If you want an easy, cheap way to get to Hanoi from Halong Bay, the bus is the best option. You can choose between Luxury Buses and Economy Buses. 

     Amenities on these buses are great - some have WiFi, TVs, charging sockets and more. They all have air conditioning. For details on the particular perks offered by each operator, check the individual listings. 

 

Taking a train 

     In a country where most journeys are taken by road, a train from Halong Bay to Hanoi can be a real treat. 

     There are no beds on this train; only seats.  These seats are pretty comfortable, though not as soft as you may expect. The train has air conditioning, and food and drink is available at the on-train food trolley.

     There is one train from Halong Bay to Hanoi every day.

 

Taking a minivan 

     If you take a minivan from Halong Bay to Hanoi, you can choose between Limo Minivans, Luxury Minivans and Standard Minivans.

From these options, you can either:

  • Take a shared minivan, which is basically just like being in a smaller bus.
  • Hire a full minivan with you and the people you’re travelling with.

     Some of the pricier minibus options include WiFi, TVs and very plush, comfortable seats.

     With some minivans to Hanoi from Halong Bay, you can choose your own departure time along with your own pickup and departure points.

Driving with a private car

     Interesting fact: Did you know that you can only drive a car in Vietnam if you’re a citizen of the country? 

     If you decide to rent a car in Vietnam, it will come with a private driver. All of these drivers can speak at least a little English. 

     A private car is a more bespoke experience than any other we offer. You can stop wherever and as often as you like. Want a selfie? Make a stop. Want some food? You can stop for that too.

     With most private cars, you can be picked up and dropped off wherever you like.

Reviews of the ride from Halong Bay to Hanoi

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Best shuttle bus ever
Extraordinary service.
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Would recommend.
Very comfortable & clean vehicle. Took a smaller car to get out to the depot to meet the limousine. Once in the limousine & out of the city the journey was fast.

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