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Hanoi at a glance

High Season

Sep - Nov
Current Weather
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Places you can't miss
Old Quarter
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Good to know
Welcome to Vietnam’s capital city and home to over 10 million people (Vietnam's second largest city). Don’t worry, as a tourist you’ll find yourself mostly around the old quarters, where most hotels will be located, as well as the city’s attractions. The sounds and the scents are enough to keep you busy. Food is a big part of Hanoi’s culture and you’ll find yourself in amazing markets trying different local, Hanoi gastronomy. Hanoi is full of history and you will happily get lost in all types of museums and temples. It’s a beautiful city! Not to mention, an affordable city which fits all types of budgets. Hanoi is perfectly situated and you can find connecting vans, private cars or buses to cities like Sapa, Halong Bay, Ninh Bin etc.
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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.

 

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

     The fastest way to get to Hanoi from Halong Bay is by Luxury Car. The ride takes around 2 hours and 15 minutes.

     You can organize pickup and drop-off for any time - and for any locations. Prices start at $77 for the full car, which can seat up to 5 passengers.

 

 

What is the cheapest way to get from Halong Bay to Hanoi?

     The cheapest way to get to Hanoi from Halong Bay is via second class train. The train to Hanoi from Halong Bay costs $6 and takes just under 7 hours

 

 

What is the most popular way to get from Halong Bay to Hanoi?

     The most popular way to get to Hanoi from Halong Bay is with a Limo Minivan. The Limo Minivan to Hanoi from Halong Bay takes 3 hours and costs $16.

How to get from Halong Bay to Hanoi

Taking a bus to Hanoi from Halong Bay

     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. 

 

Bus stations that take you from Halong Bay to Hanoi: 

Departing from:

  • Tuan Chau Gate
  • Tuan Chau Harbour
  • Bai Chay Bus Station
  • Halong Fancy Hotel

Arriving at:

  • Various streets in Hanoi
  • Rosa Eco Bus Office
  • My Dinh Bus Station
  • Various hotels in Hanoi’s Old Quarter

 

Taking a train to Hanoi from Halong Bay

     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.

 

Train stations that take you from Halong Bay to Hanoi: 

Departing from:

  • Halong Train station

Arriving at:

  • Yen Vien Train station

 

Taking a minivan to Hanoi from Halong Bay

     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.

Minivan pickups in Halong Bay

  • Various hotels in Halong Bay
  • Tuan Chau Harbour
  • Bai Chay Bus Station
  • Hon Gai High School
  • Halong Travel Office

Minivan drop-offs in Hanoi

  • Noi Bai International Airport
  • Various hotels in Hanoi
  • Various streets and tourist offices

 

Driving to Hanoi from Halong Bay 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.

 

Which operators can I book with for a ride from Halong Bay to Hanoi?

Halong Bay to Hanoi bus operators

  • Cat Ba Express
  • AB Vietnam Travel
  • Rosa Eco Bus
  • Kumho Viet Thanh
  • Ha Long Fancy Travel

 

Halong Bay to Hanoi minivan operators

  • AB Vietnam Travel
  • Green Lion Bus
  • Vietnam Tourist
  • Luxury Transports Company
  • Co To Limousine
  • Luxury Van Limousine
  • Halong Travel Limousine
  • Co To Limousine
  • Hoang Phu Limousine
  • Cua Ong Limousine
  • Ninh Quynh
  • Hoi An Express
  • Hanoi VIP Transfer
  • Vietnam Transport Service (VTS)
  • Azura
  • Halong Transportation

 

Halong Bay to Hanoi train operators

  • Vietnam Railways

 

Halong Bay to Hanoi car companies

  • AB Vietnam Travel
  • Luxury Transports Company
  • Hanoi VIP Transfer
  • Hoi An Express
  • Halong Transportation

 

How many departures from Halong Bay to Hanoi are there each day?

     There are around 151 total buses, minivans and trains leaving from Halong Bay to Hanoi each day, in addition to private transfers.