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    Halong Bay Transportation Guide: Ho Chi Minh to Halong Bay

    Halong Bay Transportation Guide: Ho Chi Minh to Halong Bay

    • Phuong Ha

    Are you planning a trip to visit well-known Halong Bay? But you are still in Ho Chi Minh City and seeking how to get to Halong bay from Ho Chi Minh? Then this article is written for you

    Both Ho Chi Minh City and Halong Bay are the most dynamic tourism destinations, but the distance between the two locations is not small. Read on and choose the best route and means of transport for traveling from Ho Chi Minh to Halong Bay that is best suited to you.

    Ho Chi Minh to Halong Bay
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    Overview of Halong Bay tourism

    Tourism potential of Quang Ninh Province

    Quang Ninh Province is an attractive and dynamic tourism destination for both domestic and foreign tourists. Currently, tourism businesses in the province and domestic tourism businesses have many plans to prepare and deploy to catch the opportunity to develop tourism in Halong Bay. In addition, transport in Halong also developed in recent years to meet the demands of domestic tourists from far locals. Even from the furthest locals like Ho Chi Minh City, the traveling will not get any difficulties.

    Ho Chi Minh to Halong Bay
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    Some destinations that you should visit in Halong Bay

    Here is the list of some famous destinations that you should visit when getting to Halong Bay. Please note that the reference prices below can be changed from the time of publishing this post.


    Reference prices


    A. Bai Chay Tourist Area

    Sun World Park

    200,000 VND - 750,000 VND / adult

    100,000 VND - 550,000 VND/ child

    Sun World Park is one of the largest entertainment complexes in Vietnam, with many types of games for different ages. 

    Bai Chay Beach

    Free ticket

    Bai Chay Beach is an artificial beach with extremely wide white sand. This beach is a suitable place for team building activities

    Bai Chay Ancient Town

    Free ticket

    Modeled on Hoi An Ancient Town and Hanoi Old Quarter, it is a favorite check-in spot for young people

    Museum of 3D paintings Funny Art Halong

    80.000 VND/person

    Take a photo of exclusive - strange side 3D paintings

    Halong Night Market

    Free ticket

    Shopping and sightseeing activities are very busy at night

    B. Halong Bay

    Halong Bay

    From 290.000 VND/person

    Halong Bay is the best place for sightseeing, visiting caves, islands, fishing villages. With 4 different forms of tourism, Halong Bay is a must-visit destination not to be missed.

    C. Hon Gai area

    Sun Wheel Halong

    350.000 VND/adult 

    250.000 VND/child

    Watch the bay at night on the Sun Wheel, explore the Ba Deo amusement park

    Quang Ninh museum

    30.000 VND/adult 

    15.000 VND/student

    10.000 VND/child

    The unique design makes this place a famous check-in spot among young people

    Hoa Halong Park

    Free ticket

    The beautiful flower exhibition area, overlooking the sea

    Halong Vincom Plaza 

    Free ticket

    Halong Vincom Plaza is a large commercial center with diverse goods and prices. It’s not only a good place for shopping but also combining many entertainment services

    D. Tuan Chau Tourist Area

    Tuan Chau Beach

    Free ticket

    Modern and comfortable with automatic shower system

    Tuan Chau International Entertainment Center 

    250.000 VND/person 

    Featuring dolphins, sea lions, seals, magic and circus shows, suitable for families with children.

    For further exciting activities in Halong Bay, you can check out HERE.

    How many miles from Saigon (Ho Chi Minh) to Halong Bay?

    To answer the question of how to go to Halong Bay from Ho Chi Minh City, we need to know the distance between the two locations. The distance between Ho Chi Minh City to Halong Bay, roughly the distance between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, is 1,700 kilometers (about 1050 miles). Halong Bay is located in Quang Ninh - a northern province of Vietnam while Ho Chi Minh City in the other part of the country- the South.

    map Ho Chi Minh to Halong Bay

    Transportation from Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) to Halong Bay


    A flight from Tan Son Nhat Airport to Van Don Airport will be the easiest and shortest route to Halong Bay from Ho Chi Minh City. In roughly 2 hours you can arrive at the airport near Halong Bay by airplane. Most airlines in Vietnam including Vietnam Airlines, Bamboo Airways, and Vietjet Air daily have flights departing. Commonly, several early morning flights and one early afternoon flight are daily provided.

    Note that between different airlines there could be significant price differences, mostly because the more expensive airlines will provide more services on delivering beverages, meals, and checked baggage. Therefore, you should check carefully how much baggage you have and whether food and drinks are available.

    Airport Ho Chi Minh to Halong Bay
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    You will not find a direct train from Ho Chi Minh to Halong Bay. However, you can catch a train to Hanoi and start the route from Hanoi to Halong Bay. It is called the Reunification Express, the train between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Several times a day, there is a train going to Hanoi that starts in Ho Chi Minh City. It will take you about 30-40 hours to travel by train (the train ticket from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi is about $40 to $60. Thus, you should prepare a full pack for a long trip such as water, snacks, etc... If you need to buy some food and drinks, there will be food and drinks services on the train or a few stop stations along the way. 
    Bear in mind that the service would not follow western expectations. You should not go too far from the train at breaks as it will leave at any moment. At the train station at 1 Thong Road, Ward 9 District 3, in Ho Chi Minh you can catch the train.

    Train from Ho Chi Minh to Halong Bay
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    An interesting way to tour the country by bike for adventurous people, and others who have a little more time. In Ho Chi Minh City, it’s not hard to rent a motorbike and drive to Hanoi. However, before choosing this means of transport, make sure that you have a legal driving license to drive without any risks of legal problems in Vietnam. Traveling by bike will be a very long journey, so you will need a good health condition. Besides, a partner and a smartphone are also indispensable preparation that you should consider.

    Besides, if you have a personal car, you can take the trip with your friends or your family. The highways in Vietnam are now more and more developed which has shortened the distance from Ho Chi Minh to Halong Bay. Notably, if choosing to travel by car, you should go with another driver to take a turn to drive. This will ensure safety during the trip.

    Ho Chi Minh City to Halong Bay


    The cheapest alternative is the bus that costs about $40 with a sleeping cab. It takes approximately 25 hours to travel by bus. Any bus can be very cramped, and uncomfortable but it is smoother and cheaper. The scenery isn't as pleasant as a train either. When flights and trains are both sold out, a bus is always the last option because this will not be suitable for such a long trip. In addition, check the departure location via websites for operators because it may vary between companies.

    Bus from Ho Chi Minh to Halong Bay

    Detailed routes and costs for traveling from Ho Chi Minh City to Halong Bay

    For airways


    Currently, traveling to Halong city from Ho Chi Minh is very easy. You do not need to fly directly to Quang Ninh from Tan Son Nhat Airport, Ho Chi Minh City. You just need to choose a flight to Cat Bi Airport (Haiphong). Then, take the car from Cat Bi Airport to Ha Long City with a distance of 70 kilometers via the highway Noi Bai - Ha Long / Route 18 in about 1 hour 45 minutes. Besides, you can take a flight to Noi Bai International Airport (Hanoi) or Van Don Airport (Quang Ninh).

    Read more: Ultimate Airport Guide to Halong (2020 updated)

    Map Ho Chi Minh to Halong Bay

    Duration & price

    Tay Son Nhat Airport (HCM City) to...

    Van Don Airport 

    Cat Bi Airport

    Noi Bai Airport


    Quang Ninh Province

    Haiphong Province

    Hanoi Capital

    Flight time 

    2 hours 5 minutes 

    2 hours

    2 hours 10 minutes

    Distance from Halong Bay

    50 km 

    70 km

    190 km


    Vietnam Airlines, Vietjet Air, Bamboo Airways

    Vietnam Airlines, Vietjet Air, Bamboo Airways

    Vietnam Airlines, Vietjet Air, Bamboo Airways, Jetstar

    Ticket expense

    From $43

    From $55

    From $43

    Means of transport to travel to Halong Bay

    Free bus


    A variety of options

    For roads


    If you have a personal car

    You can follow the following route

    • Starting in the center of Ho Chi Minh City, you can drive on Truong Chinh street towards Tan Xuan, Hoc Mon area and then turn right at Minh Thuan Veterinary Medicine Trading Co., Ltd to Ba Trieu - Vo Van Lay - Vo Van Bich - Cross the Phu Cuong Bridge to Thu Dau Mot city, from here you can follow Pham Ngoc Thach street, then turn to Vo Van Kiet street. When arriving at the roundabout, take the 3rd exit to Huynh Van Banh / TL724 to arrive at Tan Uyen city and exit to Dong Xoai city. At Dong Xoai intersection, follow the 1st exit to Route 14.
    • After entering Route 14 at the intersection of Dong Xoai, you go straight for about 700 kilometers through many places Gia Nghia Town, Buon Ma Thuot, Pleiku city, Kon Tum city... to Thanh My town, Nam Giang district, Quang Nam province, continue to Route 14B, keep running about 49 kilometers and then turn to Tranh road 15.8 kilometers to Hai Van pass.
    • After passing Hai Van pass, go about 600 kilometers along Highway 1A to Dong Van town - Ha Nam, turn to go to Route 38. From Route 38, enter Route 38B then keep running 61 kilometers and turn right to Route 5B, you can continue to run 25 kilometers to Thai Binh bridge in Hai Duong province), after crossing the bridge, go to the exit towards Route 10.
    • According to Route 10, you can keep driving to go 35 kilometers to enter the roundabout into Route 18 / Tran Nhan Tong / Noi Bai Ha Long expressway for another 35 kilometers to drive to the Ha Long City, Quang Ninh already.
    If you have a motorbike

    If you travel by motorbike, the route will slightly change because you are not allowed to enter the highways.

    If you don’t have personal transports

    Another option on roads is traveling by bus. However, you will find no direct bus departing from Ho Chi Minh to Halong Bay. Therefore, you’ll have to book a bus ticket from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi Capital, and then find another way to go to Halong Bay.

    Transportation Map from Ho Chi Minh to Halong Bay

    Duration & price

    • For cars: About 30-40 hours is the duration for traveling from Ho Chi Minh to Halong Bay by car. Choose to travel on roads by car, it will take you some money on gases and highway entrance fees. The fees for entering the highways are about 5$ for a 4-seats car.
    • For motorbike: It will take you 40-50 hours of traveling. Besides, if you choose to travel by bike, you can not enter the highways, then you should choose other smaller roads to go. You will have to rent hotels to take a rest during the long journey. The hotel rental fee in Vietnam is just about $5 to $10 per night. The motorbike rental rates are around $10 a day (Honda XR/CRF 150cc) or around $250 a month. The price of gas for 1 liter (0.26 gallons) in Vietnam is not too expensive.
    • For bus: You’d better choose a sleeper bus because it will be a long way from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi. Traveling by bus will take you about 35 hours. The bus ticket is about $40.

    For railways


    Like bus transportation, there is no direct Ho Chi Minh to Halong Bay train. You can book a train ticket in Saigon station, arrive in Hanoi, and find another means of transport to go to Halong Bay.
    Read more: Top Options When Considering How to Get from Hanoi to Halong Bay 

    Duration & price

    The duration of traveling by train is around 33 and 37 hours.

    Seats begin at around $40, but you might want to spend an additional $20 for a berth, since during the trip you may want to catch a shut-eye.

    Ho Chi Minh to Halong Bay

    Ho Chi Minh to Halong Bay FAQs

    Can I rent a car to drive from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) to Halong Bay?

    Car rentals for this long route are not readily available. You can, however, opt to rent a car to travel from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi, but it'll be almost USD 800 for a whopping fee and a lot of complicated procedures from rental providers.

    Which is the best way to transport from Ho Chi Minh City to Halong Bay?

    For those who have a larger budget, it is highly recommended that you should pick an airplane. If you are on holiday with your whole family, a direct flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Van Don Airport is both time-efficient and relaxing.

    Which is the cheapest option to go to Halong Bay from Ho Chi Minh city?

    While the train and bus could look cheap at first, keep in mind that the cost of traveling from Hanoi to Halong Bay is not included. Thus, enjoy a direct Ho Chi Minh to Halong Bay flights, the overall price you spend would be more than enough. All things considered, the best way to travel is by aircraft.

    Airplane from Ho Chi Minh to Halong Bay
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    The bottom line

    Above is the complete information for you to have a journey from Ho Chi Minh to Halong Bay. Wish you godspeed! For further information about travel tips, tours or cruises, please follow us on