HOW TO GET TO HALONG BAY?

HOW TO GET TO HALONG BAY?

 

If it is your first time in Vietnam, or if you don’t know how to get to Halong, here are some basic tips that might be useful.

Halong city, on the shore of Halong Bay, is located some 160km (100 miles) east of Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. It has no airport, but we can get to the beach city easily.

 

BY AIR

You need to book a flight to Hanoi's Noi Bai International Airport.

If you choose to fly to Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City, also widely known as Saigon, you will need to take another domestic flight to either Hanoi's Noi Bai or Cat Bi International Airport in the port city of Hai Phong and take a car from there to get to Halong.

 

BY ROAD

It takes around 2.5 hours to get to Halong from Hanoi by highway if you choose to hire a car or use the Marathon Organizers' bus service.

1) SERVICE BUS PROVIDED BY MARATHON ORGANIZERS

The Organizer is providing bus services from Hanoi to Halong on the day before the Race Day, and return to Hanoi in the afternoon of the Race Day.

Tickets cost US$10/trip.

The tentative bus schedule is as belows:

* Hanoi to Halong (one day before the Race Day)

Pick up point: First floor, V+ Hoa Binh building, 505 Minh Khai street, Hai Ba Trung district, Hanoi.

Drop off point: Official hotels in Halong

Bus Schedule:

- First bus: 9:00 a.m.

- Second bus: 02:00 p.m.

- Third bus: 06:00 p.m.

Halong to Hanoi (in the afternoon of the Race Day)

Pick up point: Official hotels in Halong

Drop off point: First floor, V+ Hoa Binh building, 505 Minh Khai street, Hai Ba Trung district, Hanoi.

Bus Schedule:

- First bus: 02:00 p.m.

- Second bus: 03:00 p.m.

- Third bus: 04:00 p.m.

2) PUBLIC BUS

Ticket is cheap, usually around USD6-7/one way; each bus leaves every 30 minutes. However, these buses do not have the comfort and are often packed during the weekend, plus the bus will stop anywhere on the road to get more passengers. The bus stations are usually far from the city and thus may cause inconvenience.

3) PRIME SERVICE BY LIMOUSINE MINI-BUS

It will cost US$10.0-$12.0, but you will get all the comfort, for instance, a large and comfortable seat, AC, TV for entertainment. These buses move non-stop to Halong Bay. You can check with the hotel that you are staying in Hanoi for their contact number.

4) SEDAN CAR OR TAXI: good option.

However, it will cost you around US$80-85/one way, and US$100-120/round trip.

Please note that a 2-day trip will result in extra fee since your driver will have to stay overnight.

 

If you wish to go straight to Halong from Hanoi's Noi Bai airport, taxis or private cars are your only options. You can get more details about the trip from information booths at Noi Bai airport.

The cost is around US$75-80, depending on the car brand.

Some of you might choose to fly to Cat Bi airport in the nearby city of Hai Phong and get to Halong from there. You will have less options for transportation: only taxis or private cars, which will cost you around US$40.

On the contrary, the cost is less since Hai Phong is just an hour away from Ha Long.

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