How to get to Halong Bay
Thanks to its popularity, Halong Bay is quite accessible from just anywhere in Vietnam and over the world and Many visit Halong Bay on a larger international cruise ship which dock in Cai Lan International Port (about 10 minutes from Halong Bay). Others choice to fly to Hanoi (180km) or Hai Phong (80km) airport and take a road trip to the Bay.
By Car :
The most popular way to get to Halong Bay is by road, from Ha Noi which follows Highway 5 and turn left at the foot of Thanh Tri bridge, reach to high way 1 along this way and Pay attention to sign port with Bac Ninh province and turn right, keep going straight and passed by Bac Ninh and Hai Duong provinces you will arrive in Quang Ninh,seeing Tuan Chau Island, Bai Chay Road and Hon Gai Bridge, most cruise trips will arrange transfer from your hotel to the pier for you (either cruise bus or private car). An average trip without traffic will take at least 4 hours for one way.
By Air: Seaplane or Helicopter
You can take a flight from Danang, Nha Trang and Ho Chi Minh City, you can fly either to Hanoi or Hai Phong with Cat Bi Airport and get a car transfer to Halong Bay. From other Southeast Asia countries, you also need to fly into one of these two airports to get access to Halong Bay.
By Train :
We are very sorry. There's no railway conecting to Halong Bay now.
By Helicopter :
if do not have much time, you can also get to Halong Bay on helicopter which takes about 1.5 hour and it is only possible from Hanoi. This service is exclusively run by us and it is quite a costly option to reach Halong Bay.For this option, you must book as soon as possible. More details..
By Sea ( From International Cruise Ships )
If you are traveling with an International Cruise Ships such as Celebrity Cruise, Millennium Cruise, Regent Voyager, it is likely that you will be docking in one of piers and Cai Lan interational port. There is a total of 7 piers which receive both freight ships and tourist ships so it is very helpful if you know which specific pier you will be stopping at.
From Cai Lan to Bai Chay pier (which hosts Sails, Cruiser) it takes about 15 minutes. From Cai Lan to Tuan Chau Island, it will take about 30minutes. Transfer can be arranged as you arrive by calling a taxi, but to save time, it is better to book cruise tours with pick up at pier in advance..
Normally, these cruises will allow you a day to visit Halong Bay. You can book a day cruise trip (which normally lasts between 4 and 8 hours, depending on your arrival time) that includes transfer from where you stop.
If you have more than 1 day to spend in Halong Bay you can book a trip where you can stay on board of a smallercruises in Halong Bay or in a hotel in mainland. It is advisable that you arrange these tours in advance as it may sometime be difficult to decide as you land without knowing which junk is a good one to travel with in Halong Bay.
By Amphibian Aircraft (Seaplane)
We recently have organised Halong Bay tour with Amphibian aircraft transportation. You have more chances to visit Halong bay . Overview Halong from our Amphibian in the reasonable prices. it not only convenient for traveller being on run but also make you enjoy Northern Vietnam from above, only 35 minutes from Hanoi to Halong Bay. Before landing on the sea, we fly around Bay about 10 minutes for traveller have a unique chance to overview Halong bay. More details..
View of Halong Bay from high above when sitting on a seaplane. Revel in the tranquility of the natural seascape dotted with islands and rocky outcrops when leisurely cruising around. Book this premium package of classic cruise plus seaplane today to enjoy a charming... More detail