Hanoi to Halong Bay Shuttle Bus: Schedule & Price 2023

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With the convenience, cheap & safe, the shuttle bus is more and more popular for tourists to travel between Hanoi and Halong Bay. Learn about the following guideline on the schedule and price of the shuttle bus from Hanoi to Halong Bay for the best travel plan.

The shuttle bus, also known as the tourist bus, is one of the best ways to get from Hanoi to Halong Bay mainly for foreign travelers. In contrast to other means of transportation, the shuttle bus brings more convenience and comfort.

Following New Highway 5B, the travel time between Hanoi and Halong takes you only 2.5 - 3 hours by shuttle bus over a distance of 170 km. During the trip, you can have a short break in around 20 minutes for breakfast, coffee, tea, shopping, or the restroom.

Shuttle bus is the best ways to travel Hanoi - Halong Bay

Shuttle bus is the best ways to travel Hanoi - Halong Bay


Types of Shuttle Bus from Hanoi to Halong Bay

Standard shuttle bus

This standard one is quite popular and offers various sizes from 16-seater minivans to 45-seater buses. All of them meet the basic needs of tourist transportation like air-conditioning, bottled water, cleanliness, and others.

  • 16-seater minivan: This bus type often uses Toyota Hiace, Ford Transit, Hyundai Solati, and Mercedes Sprinter minibus.
  • 29- to 30-seater bus: Hyundai County and Isuzu Samco are often used to transfer a bigger group of passengers.
  • 35-seater bus: The popular brands include Hyundai Aero Town, Thaco Town, Truong Hai, and Isuzu.
  • 45-seater bus: Sometimes you can see the Hyundai Universe, Hyundai Aero Hi-class, or Hyundai Space bus used for transferring a big group of tourists up to 45 people. Normally, this type is not as popular as the minibus since it is inconvenient for big-size vehicles to transfer around the Hanoi Old Quarter.

Shuttle bus from Hanoi to Halong Bay

29-seater standard shuttle bus from Hanoi to Halong


Luxury shuttle bus

There are 2 common sizes of luxury buses from Hanoi to Halong Bay: Limousine 9 seats and Fuso 19 seats. This is a new trendy shuttle bus, mostly operated by cruise companies that expect to bring their clients fully high-end services from the start to the end of the trip.

Compared to the standard ones, the facilities of luxury buses offer more deluxe experiences like comfortable & large seats, massage system, charging, DVD, light, water bottles, air-conditioner, wi-fi, etc.

Luxury shuttle bus from Hanoi to Halong Bay

Luxury shuttle bus from Hanoi to Halong Bay

Inside the luxury shuttle bus Hanoi - Halong

Inside the luxury shuttle bus Hanoi - Halong


Shuttle buses of cruise company

Apart from transportation companies, many cruise lines offer shuttle transfers to bring the best customer experience. It is more effortless to travel back and forth as you have a wide range of cruises to choose from, which included transfer services instead of looking for a reliable bus provider.

Without worrying about the pick-up and drop-off location, you will get a door-to-door transfer from the hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter to the cruise pier.

Hanoi - Halong Bay shuttle bus of Orchid cruises

Hanoi - Halong Bay shuttle bus of Mon Cheri cruise


Shuttle Bus Schedule & Price 2023

Time Schedule & Ticket Price

Shuttle bus to Halong Bay from Hanoi frequently picks up at 8:00 am – 9:00 am around the Hanoi Old Quarter and drops off at 11:30 am at your hotel or cruise pier in Ha Long. Some clients who take a cruise but stay very far from the old quarter need to transfer on their own to the meeting point at Hanoi Opera House (No 1 Trang Tien Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi). The buses normally are arranged to depart every 30 minutes during the day.

Meeting point of Hanoi - Halong shuttle bus

Hanoi Opera House - Normal meeting point of Hanoi - Halong shuttle bus

Depending on the transportation and cruise companies, the ticket fare can vary from 5 USD to 10 USD for one way per person. It is the most economical way to transfer for the route because it doesn’t include extra fees for traveling around between your accommodation and pick-up/ drop-off point.

Following are the price ranges of the shuttle services:(Price is in USD per person)

Bus type

One way

Round trip

 Standard shuttle bus

Minivan 16 seats

10 - 12 USD

20 - 25 USD

Hyundai Counter 29 seats

5 - 10 USD

10 - 20 USD

Hyundai Erospace 45 seats

5 - 10 USD

10 - 20 USD

 Luxury shuttle bus

Limousine 9 Seats

20 - 25 USD

35 - 45 USD

Fuso Dcar 19 seats

20 - 25 USD

35 - 45 USD

 Shuttle bus of cruise companies

Limousine 9 seats

15 - 20 USD

30 - 40 USD


Book the shuttle transfer

  • Book the shuttle bus together with a cruise: all Halong Bay cruises on BestPrice Travel's website offer shuttle bus transfer. Please see in "Price Includes, Price Excludes" section of each cruise to know exactly the price of the transfer service.
  • Book the shuttle bus separately: when you book the shuttle bus separately, you need to match the bus's schedule and pick-up, and drop-off point to your travel plan. Please contact us to arrange the transfer smoothly for you.


Top 5 Hanoi - Halong Bay Shuttle Bus Brands

To meet the needs of every passenger, the 4 following transportation providers are highly appreciated and recommended by a great number of tourists.

BestPrice Travel

  • Schedule: From 8:00 am to 9:30 am
  • Travel transfer: 2.5 hours
  • Meeting points: Around Hanoi Old Quarter 
  • Price: 20 USD/pax

From the heart of Hanoi, a luxurious shuttle bus from BestPrice Travel will transport you to Halong Bay. The 150 km intercity trip seems to be shorter because of the tranquil surroundings. Your travel will be more enjoyable than ever thanks to the luxurious facilities and first-rate services. In the middle of the journey, stop for a break. Make an effort to get friends with other travelers who are going to the magnificent Halong Bay.

To take the advantage for your best Hanoi to Halong transfer through bus, you should book it now!

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luxury shuttle bus of BestPrice travel to transfer from Hanoi to Halong

 BestPrice Travel offers luxury shuttle buses to transfer from Hanoi to Halong


Kumho Viet Thanh

  • Schedule: From 5:00 am to 6:45 pm daily
  • Travel time: 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Price: 6 – 8 USD/ one way/ person

Kumho Viet Thanh is currently the most popular shuttle bus provider for tourists when traveling from Hanoi - Halong due to the comfort, hygiene, and on-time departure. It is a type of 45-seater vehicle running 26 – 28 bus lines per day. The bus pick-up point in Hanoi is at BigC Thang Long Gate or Nhat Tan Bridge.

Kumho Viet Thanh - Top shuttle bus brands Hanoi - Halong

Kumho Viet Thanh shuttle bus


Van Don Xanh Limousine

  • Schedule: From 6:00 am to 9:00 pm daily
  • Travel time: 3 hours
  • Price: 9 – 11 USD/ one way/ person

Van Don Xanh is the second-best shuttle bus brand for tourists to consider. This transportation company offers a 9-seater limousine transfer with many bus lines in a day, so you don't need to worry about the traveling time. In particular, visitors can go to the website to book tickets online, select their preferable seats, and get a discount of 5% on ticket fees.

Van Don Xanh - Top shuttle bus brands Hanoi - Halong

Van Don Xanh limousine shuttle bus

VIP Anh Huy

  • Schedule: From 4:00 am to 9:00 pm daily
  • Travel time: 3 hours
  • Price: 10 – 12 USD/ one way/ person

The third transportation company worth traveling with is VIP Anh Huy in Hanoi. This brand offers quality 7- to 10-seater cars such as Starex, Sedona, and Toyota Hiace, suitable for travelers who want to experience high-class and modern transportation. Anh Huy operates almost all day with a door-to-door shuttle service that tourists only need to book 30 minutes in advance.


Green Lion

  • Schedule: From 7:00 am to 7:30 am daily
  • Travel time: 2.5 hours
  • Price: 10 USD/ one way/ person

The final option for a shuttle transfer to Halong Bay from Hanoi is the GreenLion Bus with various options from 9- to 29-seater buses. The bus line also offers group inclusive transfers at a money-saving cost. Joining the bus ride with GreenLion, tourists will have a chance to experience the best quality transportation with free mineral water, wet towels, wifi, air-conditioner, and accompanied by the most friendly and skillful drivers.

Green Lion - Top shuttle bus brands Hanoi - Halong

Green Lion Shuttle Bus



Local Tips to Travel Hanoi - Halong by Shuttle Bus 

  • Choose the most appropriate bus size

The most common type of shuttle bus can carry from 9 to 16 passengers, making it suitable for family or group travel. Depending on the group size, you should opt for the most suitable one which provides enough space and the best privacy for your trip.

  • Decide on the luxury bus in case of high demand

As far as you are concerned, the luxury shuttle bus offers better service than the standard one. From the small number of passengers, and high-class facilities, to large space, a luxury shuttle bus will give you a more pleasant experience of transportation.

  • Book a transportation package if you take a Halong cruise

The best way to enjoy your cruise tour to the fullest is by booking a Halong Bay cruise from Hanoi which included the shuttle transfer. For more convenience, you should book with BestPrice Travel. We always publish the shuttle bus price and schedule in the booking process.

  • Double-check the pick-up and drop-off points in advance

Before the ride, don’t forget to double-check the drop-off point with the transportation company. Bear in mind that a majority of shuttle buses pick up passengers in Hanoi Old Quarter. There will be a surcharge if the pick-up location is too far away. Therefore, if you plan to take a shuttle bus, please wisely choose a hotel in the Hanoi Old Quarter.

In case you take a cruise, there are 4 major piers in Ha Long Bay, including Tuan Chau Port, Halong International Port, Got Pier, and Vinashine Harbor.

To put it briefly, the shuttle bus is an effective way to travel with time-saving, money-saving, and comfortable. If you want to travel on a shuttle bus which is free of charge, do not hesitate to contact us. At BestPrice Travel, we provide Hanoi - Halong Bay shuttle bus to arrange your trip without any hassle.

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