Hoang Long is a private bus company that has been operating since 1997. This long-established operator now has over 200 coaches carrying passengers across Vietnam, with a wide network offering services to everywhere you’d want to visit within the country.
Routes served by Hoang Long Bus Company
Hanoi–Ho Chi Minh City
Hoang Long is one of the few bus companies that offer the mammoth Hanoi – Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) route. There is one bus per day that runs the entire route, all 37 hours of it!
The 13.00 bus from Hanoi and the 17.30 bus from HCMC are the ones to catch if you wish to travel the entire route, although most people onboard will be disembarking at stops along the way. Tickets cost VND1,000,000 from Hanoi and VND830,000 from HCMC.
Other destinations from Hanoi
The vast majority of visitors to Vietnam will want to stop several times along this route and Hoang Long presents plenty of choice. There are six buses each day to Haiphong, from where you can visit the world-famous Ha Long Bay. Buses depart between 11.00 and 19.20 for the 1 ½ hour journey with four services each day headed from Haiphong back to the capital. Tickets in either direction will cost VND145,000.
Another popular journey from Hanoi is the short two hour ride to Ninh Binh, there is one service a day from Hanoi (at 13.00) and costs VND180,000.
Hue is another hugely popular town along the main Hanoi – HCMC route. You can reach Hue from Hanoi on the 13.00 bus every day, the journey usually takes around 15 hours so you are scheduled to arrive in Hue at 03.45 the next morning.
Da Nang can be reached on the same bus from Hanoi in 17 hours, arriving at 14.55. Tickets cost VND420,000 to Hue and VND480,00 to Da Nang.
From Ho Chi Minh City
Da Nang and Hue can also be reached directly from HCMC. There are three buses per day heading to both cities between 14.30 and 18.30, travelling throughout the night and for most of the following day. The 21 hour trip to Da Nang costs VND500,000 whilst tickets for HCMC – Hue are priced at VND590,000, for a trip lasting 23 hours.
The biggest advantage with travelling with Hoang Long is the wide network of services offered. This allows you to easily arrange your transport throughout the country with a very highly regarded and well-established travel operator without having to worry about the quality of the coaches.
At VND830,000, the HCMC – Hanoi ticket is outstanding value, although as it is an incredibly long journey you are still likely to want to break it up with stops along the route. But if you have a reason to get to the other end of the country quickly, and flight prices are too high for your budget, then this is probably the option for you.
Unlike the vast majority of bus operators across Vietnam, Hoang Long coaches usually have toilets on board! This will be great news for any visitors who are used to the facilities on western coaches!
Hoang Long services tend to be slightly more expensive than tickets with some of its competitors, however, you are paying more for the fact that they are a long-established operator and you can expect a higher level of service and comfort.
Also, journey times on Hoang Long services can often be a little longer than those advertised by other bus companies. However, if these drivers tackle the roads at a slightly slower pace than some others then this is probably a good thing!
Keep in mind
If you’re in Hanoi and wish to visit Ha Long Bay independently and not through an organised tour, then Hoang Long is a great option. The frequent services to Haiphong allow you to catch a ferry across to Cat Ba Island from where you can arrange trips to Ha Long Bay yourself.
Visitors are usually delighted to find that there are bathrooms on the coaches, so you don’t have to rely on toilet stops throughout the journey as many of these can be pretty unpleasant, especially in the middle of the night. Don’t worry, there are still frequent breaks where you can get something to eat and stretch your legs.
Those who have regularly travelled across Vietnam by bus are pleasantly surprised by the standard of the coaches, which has helped enhance the company’s reputation over the last 20 years.
As is the case with all bus companies in Vietnam, delays are commonplace. Hoang Long drivers typically drive slower than many of those with other operators, trust us, that’s a good thing!
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