How do you get from Hanoi to Halong

Halong Bay is definitely worth visiting. It is a great place to relax, sight see and find adventure. It is ideal for everyone whose is interested in great beaches, stunning water and nature. Based on reviews by travelers, your Vietnam tour value will be reduced by one half if your itinerary doesn't include Halong Bay. You will need a lot of information to plan a great tour: a way to get there, the length of your stay, your meals and accommodations.

Budget Options:

- Travellers can get a bus from Hanoi Gia Lam bus station to Mien Tay bus station in Bai Chay (Halong city). It currently costs about USD5. However, no one in the bus can speaks English or foreign languages. Use your body language now.  Also, bring with you Vietnam Dong (currency) as USD is not accepted.

- Train from Hanoi to Halong and return: Starting from Gia Lam Railway Station, Korea- invested train, USD20/single ticket. It arrives at Halong Train Station. The station is 4 km away from the Bai Chay Tourist Wharf.

- Daily morning driver by Hanoi local tour operator in the Old Quarter of Hanoi, shuttle bus costs from USD10 to USD20/person/one way

Private Options:

- If you arrive Noi Bai Airport and want to travel to Halong city, rent a car with a driver. Several companies offer this service at a little less than USD 100/one way for private car from Noi Bai- Halong. Note that this rate includes parking fee, tolls, petrol, driver. 

- Car rent from Hanoi- Halong Bay (2 days 1 night) costs USD135-150/car/ 16 seat car. 

- Train: By train, people take car go to train from Hanoi to Yenvien and then to QuangNinh. The terminal is about 50km away from the habor. Expect train delay, cancellation without notice. Available hard sleeper only the rate USD10/way.

- Open Bus: Departing from Hanoi: Gia Lam or Luong Yen Stations
  Arrival in Halong Bay: Halong Bus Station. Cost: 100,000VND (approx 5US$) per person/per way.

Decide on the duration of the stay. 

This should be dependent on your travel plan.You can do a tour in Halong bay for 1 day, 2 days and 1 night, or 3 days and 2 nights, and stay more in Halong City or Cat Ba island in Halong Bay. However, a duration of 2 days and 1 night, or 3 days and 2 nights, is preferable