Halong Bay-the famous UNESCO World Heritage Site is a have-to-visit place for everyone coming to the North Vietnam. Departing from Hanoi, you could choose one of three most popular means of transport as followings for the route 165 km length.
1. By motorbike
Motorbike is the most convenient and popular means of transport in Vietnam. Since the distance from Hanoi to Halong Bay is not too far, motorbike will be a nice choice for those prioritizing freedom, flexibility, discovery and economization.
Motorbike-an adventure, cheap and flexible means in Vietnam
Depending on the speed of rider, it could take from 3.5 to 5 hours to travel from Hanoi’s centre to downtown Halong. On the road you could enjoy the beautiful landscapes of Vietnam along the two sides, from the rice fields, farmers, animals to villages and temples. However, this option is only suitable for those who are healthy, brave and skilful since the motorbike riding is quite stressful especially in such crowded and narrow roads in Vietnam.
2. By shuttle bus
Travelling by bus is the most favorite ways of all travelers on this route. Not only is it cheap (for around $20 per round), but it is also very safe, clean and enjoyful.
The drive from Hanoi to Halong Bay took quite long as 3.5 hours, thus be well-prepared you’re your stuff like headphones, music, books or even travel pillows for a short sleep J. There is a wide range of bus operators providing buses on this route. All what you need to do is to arrive at bus station (let’s say My Dinh, Nuoc Ngam, Giap Bat, Luong Yen,…) and buy tickets of some reliable bus operators namely Hoang Long, Kumho, Linh Trang,…
In addition, if you book overnight tours from cruises operator like Bhaya Classic, The Au Co, Legend Halong then they will also provide daily shuttle bus riding right from your hotel to the port in Halong Bay.
3. By helicopter
Travelling by helicopter is the fastest, most luxury and also most expensive means of transport from Hanoi to Halong Bay. The normal cost for charter a helicopter is around US$16,000 per round trip and a helicopter could accommodate up to 12 persons.
Helicopter in Halong
Upon booking this helicopter service from Cruises Company, you will be picked up by a private luxury car at your hotel in Hanoi, and then escorted to Gia Lam Heliport in the heart of the city. Only 45 minutes needed for a flight from the capital to Halong Bay, along which you have chance to seize breathtaking vistas of the natural beauty of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Halong from the above