HOW TO TRAVEL FROM HO CHI MINH CITY TO HALONG BAY


19 Jan 2021

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 - How to get from Ho Chi Minh City to Halong Bay train?
  • II - How to get to Halong by bus?
  • III - Ho Chi Minh city to Halong bay flights
  • IV - Halong bay tours from Ho Chi Minh city
  • V - From Ho Chi Minh city to Halong bay cruise
ho chi minh city to halong bay
Source: Gary Cacciatore

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) is one of the largest international gateways in Vietnam and Halong is famous for being one of the 7 natural wonders of the world. Ho Chi Minh city to Halong bay distance is about 1700km. Let’s see how to travel between 2 nice places in this article with the Local Travel Idea. 

I - How to get from Ho Chi Minh City to Halong Bay train?

There is NO direct train from Ho Chi Minh city to Halong. Instead, you can take a train from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi, then take a Hanoi-Halong bus. 

Step 1: Travel from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi by train:

- Distance: 1726 km 

- Travel time: about 33 -36 hours

- Departure: Saigon train station - No.01 Nguyen Thong Street, Ward 10, District 3, Ho Chi Minh city

- Arrival: Hanoi train station - No.120 Le Duan street, Dong Da district, Hanoi

- Some trains: SE2, SE4, SE6. SE8.

- Booking a soft berth is highly recommended. You can buy ticket at the train station or book online through Vietnam railway system: https://dsvn.vn/#/

Step 2: Ho Chi Minh city to Halong bay route by bus from Hanoi to Halong:

Take a limousine bus from Hanoi to Halong for 2 hours with ticket prices ranging 200,000 - 240,000 VND/person ($8.6 - 10.4).

limousine from ho chi minh city to halong bay

Source: Fantasea

In total, Ho Chi Minh to Halong bay travel time by train is about 40 hours. It is quite tiring to take a long journey like this, it will be better to stay in Hanoi for several days. 

II - How to get to Halong by bus?

Duration: 40 hours

Cost: around $40 / person

Some buses: 

- Hoang Long Bus: 39-berth sleeper bus with air conditioner

+ Contact +84 (0)2253920920 

+ Pick-up: Mien Dong bus station - No.292 Dinh Bo Linh street, Ward 26, Binh Thanh district, Ho Chi Minh city

+ Drop off: at Halong Office or Cua Ong Bus Station - No.48 Ly Thuong Kiet street

+ Bus ticket price: from 900,000 VND / ticket ($39)

Another sleeping bus from Ho Chi Minh city to Halong bay

- An Binh Bus: 39-berth sleeper bus with air conditioner

+ Contact +84 (0) 907866530

+ Pick-up: Mien Dong bus station - No.292 Dinh Bo Linh street, Ward 26, Binh Thanh district, Ho Chi Minh city

+ Drop off: at Mong Cai Bus Station.- Hung Vuong street, Ka Long Ward, Mong Cai town

+ Bus ticket price: from 1,050,000VND / ticket ($45.2)

III - Ho Chi Minh city to Halong bay flights

 

flights from ho chi minh city to halong bay

Source: William Bayreuther

Flights from Ho Chi Minh city to Halong take about 2 hours 15m minutes. The top airlines are Vietnam Airlines & Vietjet Air. 

1 - Airport in Ho Chi Minh city

Tan Son Nhat International Airport 

- Location: Truong Son street, ward 2, Tan Binh district, Ho Chi Minh city 

- IATA code: SGN

2 - Airports near Halong on the route from Ho Chi Minh city to Halong bay

The 2 airport near Halong bay:

Van Don Airport: 

- Location: Doan Ket commune, Van Don district, Quang Ninh province - 60km from Halong Bay 

- IATA code: VDO

Cat Bi Airport:

- Location: Le Hong Phong street, Thanh To ward, An Hai district, Hai Phong city - about 60km from Halong Bay

- IATA code: HPH

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 in Saigon where you can book tours to Halong from Ho Chi Minh city. 

Viet Travel Tourism Company:

- Address: No.190 Pasteur street, Ward 6, District 3, Ho Chi Minh city

- Contact: (028) 38 22 8898 

SaigonTourist Company: famous many tours from Ho Chi Minh city to Halong bay

- Address: No.23 Le Loi street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh city

- Contact: +84(0) 28 3829 2291 -  28 3822 5874

Lua Viet Tours Co., Ltd:

- Address: No.677 Tran Hung Dao street, Ward 1, District 5, Ho Chi Minh city

- Contact: 1900 6420. 

V - From Ho Chi Minh city to Halong bay cruise

If you are looking for some Saigon - Halong cruises, here are some long cruise ships departing from Hong Kong or Singapore, passing through Saigon port in Ho Chi Minh city and Tuan Chau port in Halong bay. Halong bay cruise tours are highly recommended to explore the bay and enjoy a luxury relaxing time. Some luxury cruises: Seabourn Encore - Seabourn Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Silversea Cruises.

Those are the most popular ways to get from Ho Chi Minh city to HaLong Bay. Hope you have a nice trip!

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