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How to travel from Hanoi to Halong Bay

How to travel from Hanoi to Halong Bay
UPDATED: 21 Mar 2017 40 Views

In summer, if you are preparing for Halong tour of your family but wonder about the means of transport and the way from Hanoi to Halong as well, the following Vietnamese travel tips will be useful for you. In this article, we would like to show you how to travel from Hanoi to Halong Bay to help you choose the most suitable transportation for your Halong trip.

Hanoi, Vietnam Hanoi, Vietnam

At present, the transportation routes to Halong form a fairly complete network and have been basically upgraded. The projects to renovate and upgrade National Highway 18, National Highway 10 and National Highway 183 already finished. The system of roads within the city was also expanded, including sidewalk and drainage systems. The main traffic density is 5.6 kilometers per square kilometer.

Main transport routes from Hanoi to Halong

By land

From Hanoi to Halong Bay, you can follow these routes.

First, it is the route of Hanoi - Bac Ninh - Halong, which is 155 kilometers long. This is the shortest road from Hanoi to Halong. It takes you from 2 hours 30 minutes to 3 hours 30 minutes by car. From Hanoi, you go along the road 5 - Sai Dong junction with the distance of 10 kilometers. Then, you move a distance of 23 kilometers following the road 1 - Bac Ninh. From Bac Ninh, you take the road 18 - Pha Lai - Chi Linh - Dong Trieu - Uong Bi - Ha Long with a length of 122 kilometers.

Halong Bay, Quang Ninh Halong Bay, Quang Ninh

The second route is Ha Noi - Hai Duong - Ha Long with a length of 170 kilometers. This is a favorable road. From Hanoi, you go through Hai Duong to come to Nam Sach town, then turn to the Highway 183. After going through Sao Do, Dong Trieu and Uong Bi, you will reach Halong in the period of 3 to 4 hours.

The last one is Ha Noi - Hai Duong - Hai Phong - Halong that is 160 kilometers long. Going through Hai Duong, you will approach Quan Toan, Haiphong, then turn to the Highway 10 connecting the National Highway 18A in Uong Bi town to Halong. It will take you from 3 hours to 3 hours 30 minutes.

Railway from Hanoi - Kep - Ha Long: 190 kilometers

Halong Bay, Quang Ninh Halong Bay, Quang Ninh

The railway departs from Yen Vien Station (Hanoi) at 5:15 a.m and the time for traveling is 7 hours. Currently, this road is being renovated and may become the most modern railway in Vietnam after being completed and put into operation.


The route of Noi Bai international airport (Hanoi) - Bac Ninh - Ha Long is 160 kilometers long. The road from Noi Bai Airport (Hanoi) to Halong is very convenient and helps you save time. From Noi Bai International Airport to Bac Ninh is 32 kilometers. When coming to Bac Ninh, you turn to National Highway 18A and go through Pha Lai, Sao Do, Dong Trieu and Uong Bi to go to Halong.

Halong Bay, Quang Ninh Halong Bay, Quang Ninh

By helicopter

This is the air taxi service that transports visitors by helicopter with the capacity of 7 people including pilot and passengers along the route Hanoi - Quang Ninh route and takes passengers to visit the scenic spots on the Halong Bay. This service was introduced in August 2008.

With air taxi service, from above, you will get a chance to admire the charming beauty of Halong Bay, the heritage that was recognized as one of seven natural wonders of the world by UNESCO.

Halong Bay is one of the most famous bays that annually attracts millions of domestic and foreign tourists. Halong Bay with a length of 50 kilometers is 165 kilometers from Hanoi to the northwest; 60 kilometers from Haiphong to the west; 184 kilometers from Mong Cai border gate to the east and the  south of Halong Bay adjoins the South China Sea. Owning various types of terrains including hill, valley, coastal area and island, Halong is one of the sites with the longest history of establishment in Vietnam. The geological, cultural and historical values make Halong Bay become an attractive destination with valuable sights.