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Getting from Hanoi to Halong Bay (and return)

Halong Bay is located in northern Vietnam, about 170 km from the capital of Hanoi . It is famous for the rock formations jotting out of the water. The site is best seen by boat and that’s why most travelers come here on a boat tour or cruise from Hanoi. However, it’s also possible to travel to Halong Bay independently and then tour the bay by boat.

Buses from Hanoi to Halong Bay

There are public buses departing every 30 minutes, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.., from Hanoi. Buses depart from Gia Lam Station and Luong Yen station. The price is 50000 dong (at the time the article was written). The travel time is 5 to 6 hours, depending on how often the driver stops.

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Driving from Hanoi to Halong Bay

You can rent a car in Hanoi and drive to Halong Bay. The shortest driving route between Hanoi and Halong Bay is 144 km and it can be covered is less than 3 hours.

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