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Hanoi is the capital city of Viet Nam. Hanoi is not only the politic- economic center but also a very famous destination for visitors all over the world. If you have traveled to Hanoi once, you will not be able to forget the typical atmosphere with Hoan Kiem Lake, West Lake, shady streets or quiet cafe…The distance from Halong Bay to Hanoi is only about 160 kilometers (equivalent to about 3 hours drive). So, if you have stopped in Halong Bay, do not forget to visit Hanoi and experience the ancient and modern contrasts in this thousand years old land.

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Since the road is quite short, there are many ways to travel from Halong Bay to Hanoi including by car, by train, by motorbike, and by tour. This article will give detailed instructions so that visitors can choose the type of move that best suits you.

Read more articles about Hanoi:
Best 63 Things To Do In Hanoi, Vietnam (Part 1) – 2018 Travel Guide
Best 63 Things To Do In Hanoi, Vietnam (Part 2) – 2018 Travel Guid

I. GETTING FROM HALONG BAY TO HANOI BY LOCAL COACH

1. How to get a local coach bus ticket to Hanoi?

Local coach in Halong Bay will park at the Bai Chay bridge. There are a lot of bus companies moving from Halong Bay to Hanoi. Depending on the location, tourists can choose cars from Halong Bay to Luong Yen Bus Station, Giap Bat Bus Station or My Dinh Bus Station in Hanoi.

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Normally, travel time from Halong Bay to Hanoi will be around 4 hours. Before that, visitors will take about 30 minutes to take a bus or taxi from the center of Halong  City to bus station. And it will take another 30 minutes to get from the bus station to the center of Hanoi. Thus, if traveling by car, the total time is about 5 hours.

As with any other journey, passenger cars are always the cheapest form of mobility. The fare from Halong  Bay to Hanoi is only VND 100,000 – VND 150,000/ticket. Ticket prices will vary depending on the car carrier, and depending on when visitors move (festive season may increase).

2. Advantages of traveling from Halong Bay to Hanoi by coach

Local coaches are the cheapest way of traveling. This is especially suitable for those with limited wallets. Instead of spending too much money on transportation, you can spend that money to experience culture and services in Hanoi.

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Today, with the continuous development of the transportation industry, the garage is increasingly improving the quality of service to compete. And of course, visitors will enjoy the results.

Local coaches give travelers a great opportunity to experience local cultural life: passenger cars are still the first choice of Vietnamese people, especially for short-haul routes, because of its affordable price. So, the passenger car you will sit down with local people, observe how they talk behave…

3. Disadvantages of traveling from Halong Bay to Hanoi by coach

Foreign tourists may find it difficult to fully understand the customs of Vietnamese passenger cars or exchange information with the driver. Also, in the event of a bus failure or misses, you will probably lose.

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For visitors who only have one day, this is not the best option. Due to leaving Halong Bay early to move, your journey will not be complete.

In addition, road traffic is always the most potentially risky move. If you travel in the daytime visitors are more likely to experience congestion. If you move at night, the chances of traffic accidents will be higher because the driver can fall asleep or exceed limited speed since there is no police.

It is much more difficult to control local coaches than other means of transportation, so they are often inflated, cramming too many guests on special holidays (National Day, New Year). So moving at these times is not a pleasant experience at all.

4. Our recommendations when you travel from Halong Bay to Hanoi by coach

If you have a lot of free time, take a bus, otherwise consider car and other forms of transportation. Find out more about car companies, read reviews before buying tickets.

Be sure to research your route carefully. Unlike aircraft or trains, coaches stop at many stations before taking to the station. So, if you know the road, you will probably be in the most convenient place to enter the city.

Put your destination on paper, just for the driver if necessary to be brought to the right place.

In Hanoi, grab service is very developed, so call grab instead of the taxi, you will not worry about driving to drive around to increase the price. If you want to save, choose the bus, there is always a bus area in the station to get into the center of the city.

5. Contact information of coach in Halong Bay

Name Tel Address
Phuc Xuyen Coach (+84)333 66 33 66 Group 7, Yen Thanh, Uong Bi, Quang Ninh
Duc Phuc Coach (+84) 936 359 111 (+84) 936 555 558 Tien Lang bridge, Tien Yen, Quang Ninh
Sinh Thanh Coach (+84) 33 3723 696

(+84) 915 446 929

Currently, there are tourist cars (passenger transport of tourists) welcome guests from Tuan Chau, Halong to Lemon Hotel- &4 Yen Ninh, Ba Dinh is only VND 120,000 /ticket /guest. The car does not catch passengers on the road like some local coaches. This means of transportation is the very good choice for one-day travel to Hanoi. Because it will take passengers from Tuan Chau, Halong right away to the old quarter of Hanoi, there is no need to hire a taxi to stations.

To book tickets call: (+84) 976 770 011 for booking advice.

II. GETTING FROM HALONG BAY TO HANOI BY TRAIN

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1. How to book a train ticket from Halong Bay to Hanoi?

a. Getting from Halong Bay to Hanoi by normal train

The Railway from Halong Bay to Hanoi is about 190 kilometers. The train will start from Ha Long through Kem (Yen Vien Town) to Hanoi Railway station. The traveling time is around 7 hours. The average ticket price is around 100,000 VND / ticket depending on the type of seats.

b. Getting from Halong Bay to Hanoi by high-quality train

One of the most popular cruise ships is Halong Bay EXPRESS. The train departs from Halong Railway station, and It takes about 5 hours to go to Gia Lam railway station, Ha Noi. From Halong Bay, the train will depart from 15:00 and arrive at Gia Lam Railway Station at 20:05 every day.

Ticket price
For foreigner (will use another ticket with sign and regulation) is US $15/ticket /way (equivalent to about VND 340,000).
For the groups from 15 people, the ticket price will be US $10/ticket/way (equivalent to about VND 227,000)
Children under 5 years old are exempted from train tickets (adults are accompanied and not allocated seat).
Tel: (+84) 24 9059 059 or (+84) 944 916 916
Service: For this type of train, visitors enjoy a lot of attractive entertainment such
as:
Bar service: on the train to serve other meals and drinks.
Entertainment programs such as commercials, funny comedy clips, movie programs, music.

With this train, visitors will have the most comfortable feeling when traveling from Halong Bay to Hanoi.

2. Advantages of traveling from Halong Bay to Hanoi by train

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Other vehicles such as coaches, motorbikes or private cars can move to Halong Bay in a very convenient and fast way( it takes about 3-4 hours). However, the experience by train also has its own interesting things although the time goes more. You will be exploring the natural beauty of mountains and forests mixed with peaceful rivers on the train from Halong Bay to Hanoi. Sitting in the train station, through the glass door, looking outside, gently feel the beauty of Vietnam is more peaceful than any other means of transportation. In addition, the price of trains from Ha Long to Hanoi quite cheap. So, while not having to spend a lot of money, visitors will still have enjoyable experiences. Finally, Hanoi Station is right in the center of the city, so traveling is quite convenient and easy. If you travel by bus or plane, you will have to travel a long way to the center, meanwhile traveling by train, the distance is only a few kilometers.

3. Disadvantages of traveling from Halong Bay to Hanoi by train

  • Noisy: This is the biggest issue of train travel. For those who do not tolerate noise, 3 hours on the train will not help.
  • Not suitable for much luggage: Also, if you take the train you will have to walk quite a lot. So this form of mobility is not suitable for people who like to carry much luggage.

4. Our recommendations when you travel from Halong Bay to Hanoi by train

  • Book early to make sure that there are available tickets, especially on the public holidays in Vietnam. Halong and Hanoi are two destinations that attract a lot of tourists.
  • Be careful with their luggage, the train station is always crowded with hundreds of passengers.
  • Wear comfortable clothes and carry lightweight luggage for ease of movement because visitors need to walk quite a lot if they choose the train.
  • Choose the prestigious tour to get a cheap price. Choosing this form, you will not have to worry about tickets, even high discount and good service

III. GETTING FROM HALONG BAY TO HANOI BY MOTORBIKE

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The distance between from Ha Noi to Halong Bay about 155-160km. There are two routes you can go:

  • Halong City- Quang Ninh, Uong bi-Hai Duong, Chi Linh- Hung Yen, Nhu Quynh- Gia Lam, Ha Noi
  • Halong- Uong Bi- Hai Duong- Hung Yen- Nhu Quoc- Gia Lam- Ha Noi