Distance & Travel Time from Hanoi to Halong Bay [Updated 2024]

January 30, 2024 - 1198 views

How far is it from Hanoi to Halong Bay? It seems to be an easy question. However, when you have a closer look, you will get a lot of answers. It is not complicated at all because this article will help you to have a better understanding of the distance and travel time between Hanoi - Halong Bay.

The distance from Hanoi to Halong Bay is about 170km and takes around 2.5 hours of driving via the New Highway 5B. If you travel from Hanoi airport, the distance is about 180km.

You can easy to choose 2 main routes: National Road 18 via Bac Ninh province or New Highway 5B via Hai Phong city. However, the exact distance and traveling time depend on where you start from or where you drop off.

Hanoi to Halong Bay distance

Hanoi to Halong Bay distance and travel time

If you are looking for a Halong Bay cruise from Hanoi, you should know exactly where the cruise starts from, Halong city or Hai Phong city, in order to arrange the proper transfer. Halong Bay is a large area including 4 main parts: Halong Bay central, Bai Tu Long Bay, Lan Ha Bay, and Cat Ba Island.

There are different piers for each part of Halong Bay: Tuan Chau Pier, Halong International Cruise Port, Hon Gai Harbor, and Got Pier. You can find all detail about the distance and travel time from Hanoi to Halong Bay cruise port below.

New highway 5B from Hanoi to Halong Bay

New highway 5B from Hanoi to Halong Bay

 

Distance from Hanoi to Halong Bay

There are many possible arrivals and departure points, and below is detailed information about some most popular travel routes from Hanoi Old Quarter to Halong Bay.

Arrival location

Route

Distance

Travel time

 Tuan Chau Pier, Halong

 New Highway 5B

150 km

2 hours

 National Road No.18

145 km

3 hours 10 minutes

 Halong International Cruise Port

 New Highway 5B

155 km

2 hours 10 minutes

 National Road No.18

150 km

3 hours 20 minutes

 Hon Gai Harbor, Halong

 New Highway 5B

160 km

2 hours 20 minutes

 National Road No.18

155 km

3 hours 30 minutes

 

Hanoi to Tuan Chau pier, Halong Bay

Tuan Chau pier is the largest pier in Halong Bay, situated in the northwest of Halong Bay, 8 km southwest of Halong City. This pier welcomes both domestic and international ships. It can hold up to 2,000 sea vessels at one time. This pier is on the edge of Tuan Chau Island, connected to the mainland by a long bridge.

This big port stretches 8 km into Halong Bay and is the favorite port for many Lan Ha Bay cruises and Cat Ba Island cruises such as Mon Cheri, Peony, Orchid, Stellar of the Seas, Paradise, Athena,...

Hanoi to Tuan Chau pier, Halong Bay distance

Hanoi to Tuan Chau pier, Halong Bay distance

 

Route 1: Hanoi to Tuan Chau pier via New Highway 5B

  • Distance: 150 kilometers
  • Travel time: 2 hours

This route is approximately 150 km, it cuts down the distance from Hanoi to Halong Bay by 45 kilometers in comparison with the old one. From Hanoi Old Quater, you drive through Chuong Duong bridge, take the route New Highway 5B, then drive along Halong - Hai Phong Expressway, you will arrive at Tuan Chau pier. 

 

Route 2: Hanoi to Tuan Chau pier via National Road 18

  • Distance: 145 kilometers
  • Travel time: 3 hours 10 minutes

Even though the length of the route is shorter, it takes longer to travel on this route than the first one. From Hanoi Old Quarter, we make the way to the Sai Dong area, then enter National Road 5, and drive along with Hai Duong city to National Road 18. Then, you will reach Yen Tho, Dong Trieu town in Quang Ninh. From there, it is easy to travel to Tuan Chau pier. 

Tuan Chau Pier, Halong Bay

Tuan Chau pier, Halong Bay

 

Hanoi to Halong International Cruise Port

Halong International Cruise Port or Sun Group Pier was officially opened on April 28, 2019, featuring top-of-the-line facilities designed to welcome visitors with ease. The pier is located in the center of the Bai Chay tourist area, next to the Sun World Halong Complex – an entertainment and recreation cluster.

The port can hold up to 300 ships with four modern wharves. The port is also equipped with modern facilities for travelers, including a cafe and souvenir shop for guests. Some cruises that depart from Halong international cruise port are Scarlet Pearl, Dragon Legend, and Lily.

Hanoi to Halong International Cruise Port distance

Hanoi to Halong International Cruise Port distance and travel time

 

Route 1: Hanoi to Halong International Cruise Port via New Highway 5B

  • Distance: 155 kilometers
  • Travel time: 2 hours 10 minutes

To get to Halong International cruise port from Hanoi Old Quarter, tourists need to cross Vinh Tuy bridge and head towards AEON Mall Long Bien by taking Ring Road 3. Then travel along New Highway 5B, Ha Long - Hai Phong Expressway, you will arrive at Halong International cruise port. 

 

Route 2: Hanoi to Halong International Cruise Port via National Road 18

  • Distance: 150 kilometers
  • Travel time: 3 hours 20 minutes

There are many ways to travel to choose from if you use National Road 18. The road through Chi Linh in Hai Duong city is the shortest one. From Hanoi Old Quater, you can cross the river using Chuong Duong or Vinh Tuy bridge, pass by AEON Mall, then enter Hanoi - Bac Giang Expressway. Follow Noi Bai - Ha Long Expressway to reach Halong International Cruise Port. 

Halong International Cruise Port

Halong International Cruise Port

 

Hanoi to Hon Gai harbor, Halong Bay

Hon Gai harbor is located near Bai Chay bridge. It is much smaller and has less modern facilities than the other 2 piers. However, this harbor is the port of many Bai Tu Long Bay cruises that explore this beautiful Bay. Cruises that depart from this harbor are Paloma, Swan, Signature, and Starlight.

   Hanoi to Hon Gai harbor distance and travel time

Hanoi to Hon Gai harbor distance and travel time

 

Route 1: Hanoi to Hon Gai harbor via New Highway 5B

  • Distance: 160 kilometers
  • Travel time: 2 hours 20 minutes

The distance from Hanoi Old Quarter to Hon Gai harbor via the New Highway 5B is 161 km. The first 14 km is the distance from Hanoi Old Quarter to Vinh Tuy Bridge. On the next 147 km, we travel from Co Linh road to New Highway 5B, Ha Long - Hai Phong Expressway, then Hon Gai harbor. 

 

Route 2: Hanoi to Hon Gai harbor via National Road 18

  • Distance: 155 kilometers
  • Travel time: 3 hours 30 minutes

The normal route on National Road 18 in Hanoi Old Quarter - Chuong Duong Bridge - National Road 1A - National Road 18 on Bac Ninh City & Hai Duong City - Hon Gai port. 

Swan cruise - depart from Hon Gai harbor

Swan cruise - depart from Hon Gai harbor

 

Distance from Hanoi Airport to Halong Bay

There are 2 different routes from Hanoi Airport (Noi Bai international airport) to Halong via National Road 18 or New Highway 5B. The distance from Hanoi airport to Halong Bay via National Road 18 is about 150 km and takes around 3 hours of driving.

However, if you choose New Highway 5B, the distance is longer about 180 km but the driving time is only around 2.5 hours.

Hanoi airport to Halong Bay distance

Hanoi airport to Halong Bay distance and travel time

Please find the detail about the distance and travel time below:

Arrival location

Route Distance Travel Time
Tuan Chau Pier, Halong

New Highway 5B

169 km 2 hours 20 minutes

National Road 18

141 km 2 hours 50 minute
Halong International Cruise Port

New Highway 5B

175 km 2 hours 30 minutes

National Road 18

147 km 3 hours
Hon Gai Harbor, Halong

New Highway 5B

178 km 2 hours 40 minutes

National Road 18

150 km 3 hours 10 minutes
Got Pier, Hai Phong

New Highway 5B

149 km 2 hours

For further information about the transfer from Noi Bai airport, please read the article: Hanoi Airport to Halong Bay: 4 Fast & Safe Ways to Transfer

 

Tips to Choose A Suitable Transfer Hanoi - Halong

Depending on which cruise you choose to travel with, the distance and travel time will be different. You can decide the most suitable route and means of transportation from Hanoi to Halong Bay to help you plan your trip better.

However, most Halong Bay tours from Hanoi included a shuttle bus or van transfer from either Hanoi center to Halong Bay in the package. Therefore, do not hesitate to ask for help from your travel consultant at BestPrice Travel to book the transfer for you. Using the transfer booked with your travel consultant or the cruise will not have to worry if you arrive in time for the cruise or not.

Jenny Tran

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