HOW TO TRAVEL FROM HO CHI MINH CITY TO HALONG BAY

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) is one of the largest international gateways in Vietnam and HaLong is a very popular tourist destination - one of the 7 natural wonders of the world. Therefore, travelling from Saigon to HaLong Bay is also very easy and convenient. Here are the ways to go you can refer

Table Contents
  • I - Ho Chi Minh City to Halong Bay train
  • II - Travelling from Ho Chi Minh to HaLong Bay by bus
  • III - Ho Chi Minh to HaLong Bay Flights 
  • IV - Halong Bay tours from Ho Chi Minh City
Jan 19
ho chi minh city to halong bay
Source: Gary Cacciatore

I - Ho Chi Minh City to Halong Bay train

Currently, Vietnam Railways has not operated trains between Ho Chi Minh city and Halong Bay. However, you can take a train from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi and then catch a bus from Hanoi to Ha Long. Particularly:
Step 1: Travel from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi: By train
SE2: the fastest train, travel time is about 31,5h, ticket price:
Soft, air-conditioned seats: From 922,000 VND/ eat ~ $40
Sleeper, cabin 6: from 1,096,000 VND/seat ~ $47
Sleeper, cabin 4: from 1,390,000 VND/seat ~ $60
SE8: the slowest train, travel time about 34h, ticket price:
Soft, air-conditioned seats: From VND 847,000/seat ~ $36.5
Sleeper, cabin 6: From 974,000 VND/seat ~ $42
Sleeper, cabin 4: from 1,286,000 VND/seat ~ $55.5
Please note that in order to have a good price and ensure a booking, you should book 1 week earlier than departure date.
Step 2 to travel from Ho Chi Minh to HaLong Bay: Take a bus from Hanoi, here are some reputable bus companies Route Hanoi - Ha Long:

limousine from ho chi minh city to halong bay

Source: Fantasea

Ha Vy Limousine Bus:
Ticket price: 200,000 - 240,000 VND ~ $8.6 - 10.4
Travel time: 2 hours 
Pick up and drop off you at their place
Contact us: +84 (0)969.255.255 / +84 (0)963.385.385
Sinh Thanh Bus
Ticket price: 100,000 VND ~ $4.3
Travel time: 3 hours
Pick-up/Drop-off Location: Giap Bat Bus Station, Hanoi - Central Bus Station of Cam Pha Town, Quang Ninh
Contact: +84 (0)2033723969 / +84 (0)2033935935 / +84 (0)915446929
Kumho Viet Thanh Bus
Ticket price: 120,000 VND ~ $5.2
Travel time: 3 hours 30 minutes
Pick up - drop off location: My Dinh Bus Station, Hanoi - Central Bus Station of Cam Pha Town, Quang Ninh.
Contact: +84 (0)2435333888 - +84 (0)968360022 – +84 (0)968360033
The total travel time from Ho Chi Minh City to HaLong Bay in this way is about 2 days. 

How to book tickets: Two common ways to book the tickets is booking directly at the Station and booking online at the official website of the Vietnam Railway Corporation.

Price: Depending on whether you choose a soft seat or a sleeper, the ticket price will range from VND 800,000 to more than VND 1,300,000 (~ $35 - 56).

This is a fairly time-consuming and costly way, suitable for those who would like to experience the train ride.

II - Travelling from Ho Chi Minh to HaLong Bay by bus

If you choose a bus as the form of transportation, it will take about 40 hours, nearly 2 days. Some recommended buses:

Hoang Long Bus: Contact +84 (0)2253920920 
Hoang Long Bus will pick passengers up at Eastern Bus Station and drop off at HaLong Office or Cua Ong Bus Station. From here, you will have to catch another bus to travel to their accommodation.
The price for a one-way ticket is from VND 900,000 (~$ 39) for a 39-berth sleeper bus with air conditioning and drinks.
An Binh Bus: Contact +84 (0) 907866530
An Binh Bus serves the needs of traveling to HaLong of tourists with the frequency of 3 trips / day. Buses pick up at Eastern Bus Station and drop off at Mong Cai Bus Station.
The ticket price is from VND 1,050,000 (~ $45) for 39-berth air-conditioned sleeper bus.

This is a time-consuming, exhausting way of traveling, not suitable for unhealthy people, the elderly and children. However, the plus point for this form of transportation is the relatively cheap price.

III - Ho Chi Minh to HaLong Bay Flights 

flights from ho chi minh city to halong bay

Source: William Bayreuther

1 - Airports near Ha Long Bay

Van Don Airport: Van Don Airport is about 60km from HaLong Bay. This is an airport in Quang Ninh province, operating many domestic and international flights during daytime.
Cat Bi Airport: Cat Bi Airport is an airport located in Hai Phong City, about 60km from HaLong Bay.

2 - Van Don Airport

Currently, there are three airlines operating flights from Tan Son Nhat airport to Van Don airport: Vietnam Airlines, Vietjetair, Bamboo Airways with flight time of about 2 hours and 15 minutes. For details about booking tickets, visit the airlines’ websites for information about flight schedules and ticket prices.

3 - Cat Bi Airport

Recently, the two airlines, operating on the route from Tan Son Nhat airport to Cat Bi airpoert, are Vietnam Airlines and Vietjet Air with a flight time of 2 hours. For details of flight schedules and ticket prices, please visit websites of Vietnam Airlines and Vietjetair.

Plane is the fastest means of traveling since it only takes two hours. At the same time, it can ensure your safety and is suitable for all subjects.

IV - Halong Bay tours from Ho Chi Minh City

tour from ho chi minh city to halong bay

Source: Sushant Vohra

Here are some reliable travel companies you can consult before booking a tour to Halong Bay. The cost of tours varies from cheap tours to premium tours:
Viet Travel Tourism Company
Address: 190 Pasteur, Ward 6, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City
Contact: (028) 38 22 8898 (20 lines)
SaiGonTourist Company
Address: 23 Le Loi, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Contact: +84(0) 28 3829 2291 –  28 3822 5874
Lua Viet Tours Co., Ltd
Address: 677 Tran Hung Dao, Ward 1, District 5, Ho Chi Minh City.
Contact: 1900 6420
Vietnam Booking Joint Stock Company
Address: No. 190-192 Tran Quy, Ward 6, District 11, Ho Chi Minh City
Office in Ho Chi Minh City: No. 164 Le Thanh Ton, Ben Thanh, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.
Contact: 1900 636 167
VietSun Travel Company
Address: 240 Ly Chinh Thang, Ward 9, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City
Contact: (028) 3526 2075

Choosing to go on a tour will save time spent on planning, preparing and learning about the trip. This is a fast and convenient way and you will not have to be worried about getting lost. 

You can choose any form of transportation from Ho Chi Minh to HaLong Bay, depending on your preference and economic condition. However, whatever form you choose, you should search and consult carefully to select the reliable address to avoid being fooled.
 

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