Found 170 km from the capital of Hanoi, Halong Bay possesses stunning scenery with magnificent karst islands, charming beaches, and crystal-clear water. There are several means of transport that transfer to Halong Bay from Hanoi: bus, car, taxi, flight etc. You may be sometimes confused about what to opt for your trip to Halong. If you have much time to spare and want to have experience like a local, please consider to travel from Hanoi to Halong Bay by train.
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Among various transportations, the train seems to be the least popular but the cheapest and safest one, thus worth a try to tourists from all over the world.
First, let's have a quick look at the overview of the train between Hanoi and Halong to decide whether it is suitable for you.
Generally, the only train to arrive at Halong Bay is train no.50501, which came into operation many years ago. Therefore, when it comes to Hanoi to Halong train, the idea has been considered as a traditional way to travel from Hanoi to Halong Bay and thus becomes more popular with the locals than foreign tourists.
In fact, the train now mainly serves small traders that have their products sold in markets around Quang Ninh and the surrounding area. As the result, the quality of tourism service may be to some extent less professional but it the best way to interact with local people!
Usually, a journey on train no.50501 will take you about 7 hours and 17 minutes, which is due to its speed (only 45.7 km/h – much lower than that of a shuttle bus or event public bus).
Hanoi to Halong Bay train
If you don't mind the long travel time and poor service for tourists, then keep reading since the information can be useful.
As scheduled, train no.50501 departs from Yen Vien Station every day at 4.55 am and eventually arrives in Ha Long Station at 11.45 am on the same day.
On its way to the last stop as Ha Long, the train also goes through 11 other stations that include Tu Son, Bac Ninh, Bac Giang, Pho Trang, Kep, Bao Son, Lan Mau, Dong Trieu, Mao Khe, Uong Bi, Yen Cu. Hence, it is quite convenient for those who plan to visit these listed places before coming to Ha Long.
Besides, during each stop (especially Kep or Mao Khe), you can have time (about 15 to 20 minutes) to buy things and foods, as well, to go sightseeing plus take some excellent pictures for your travel collection.
In addition, when coming back to Hanoi, you can opt for train no.50502, which departs from Ha Long station at 1.45 pm and arrives in Hanoi at 8.31 pm according to the inverse itinerary.
Yen Vien station - the departure of Hanoi to Halong train
Since the train has been in operation for a long time, there is only a hard-seat option offered on each journey with a price of about 4 USD/adult.
Besides, in case all the seats are booked, extra seats are available at 3 USD/adult. However, this kind of seat is not usually recommended due to its inconvenience and unsafety.
In addition, all the listed prices include VAT, passengers' insurance fees, and may vary according to the booking time. Children below 6 years old are offered free tickets; those from 6 to 10 are given 25% discounts; likewise, the elderly from 60 and above are allowed 15% discounts.
|Hard-seat||Price / One way|
|Extra Seat||3 USD|
|Children below 6 years old||Free|
|Children 6 - 10 years old||3 USD (Discounted 25%)|
|Elderly from 60 and above||3.4 USD (Discounted 15%)|
Like many other means of transport, a train from Hanoi to Halong has its pros and cons. Let's have a look at what they are and decide whether to book a train to Halong Bay.
Outside view of Hanoi to Halong Bay train
Only hard-seat option on Hanoi - Halong Bay train
The train can be suitable for those who are on a budget, plan to spend much time in Halong Bay, and love to experience new things during their vacation. However, the journey will last long and be sometimes so boresome plus tiring.
Therefore, it is highly recommended that you should go with friends (especially Vietnamese friends), bring along a pillow and some board games for the best travel time. Consider all the information above; if interested, contact us anytime you want.
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