Hanoi to Hai Phong

Hanoi to Hai Phong

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Refundable
07:30
Hanoi CBExpress
4h bus ride in Express
4.9
11:30
Cat Ba CBExpress, Hai Phong
Refundable
11:00
Hanoi CBExpress
4h bus ride in Express
4.9
15:00
Cat Ba CBExpress, Hai Phong
Refundable Fastest
06:00
Hanoi
2h 25m ride in train #HP1, 2nd Class AC seats only
4.4
08:25
Hai Phong

From Hanoi CBExpress to Hai Phong by bus

Refundable
07:30
Hanoi CBExpress
4h bus ride in Express
4.9
11:30
Cat Ba CBExpress, Hai Phong
Refundable
11:00
Hanoi CBExpress
4h bus ride in Express
4.9
15:00
Cat Ba CBExpress, Hai Phong

From Hanoi to Hai Phong by train

Refundable Fastest
06:00
Hanoi
2h 25m ride in train #HP1, 2nd Class AC seats only
4.4
08:25
Hai Phong

Hanoi to Hai Phong Schedule

Hanoi to Hai Phong Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
DichungTaxi Comfort Any timeVND 1,759k
Vietnam Railways 2nd Class AC seats only 06:16 - 08:25VND 122k
Vietnam Railways 2nd Class AC seats only 09:48 - 12:00VND 122k
Good Morning Cat Ba Bus Executive 10:00 - 14:40VND 540k
Good Morning Cat Ba Bus Executive 12:00 - 16:40VND 540k
Vietnam Railways 2nd Class AC seats only 15:45 - 18:00VND 122k
Grouptour Express 14:00 - 18:00VND 290k
Hai Au Express 14:00 - 15:30VND 130k
Cat Ba Discovery Regular 46 14:00 - 17:30VND 265k
Hai Au Express 16:00 - 17:30VND 130k
Vietnam Railways 2nd Class AC seats only 18:46 - 20:55VND 122k

How to get from Hanoi to Haiphong

What about

Vietnam’s third largest city after Saigon and Hanoi and the closest seaport to the Vietnamese capital, Haiphong is definitely not a prime tourist destination. A couple of city museums can hardly draw any crowds to the city; but Haiphong is also a gateway to one of the most beautiful places in the whole country, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Ha Long Bay. As such, Haiphong is an inevitable stop on your way to the jaw-dropping beauty of the world-famous Ha Long Bay if you choose to cover a part of the distance from Hanoi to Ha Long by train.

From Hanoi to Haiphong

The distance between Hanoi and Haiphong is about 110 km, add more 80 km to reach Ha Long Bay. There are no direct tourist trains to Ha Long Bay from Hanoi, though voices in support of launching this route are constantly heard. At the moment trains from Hanoi bring you up to Haiphong only.

Note: Yes, technically speaking, there is a direct train from Hanoi to Ha Long. It is a cargo train, which departs from the Yen Vien (Gia Lam) station found outside the city at 4.30am and reaches Ha Long City terminal close to Bai Chay bus station at 11 km. From there, it is about five km to the harbour. This train is supposed to run on a daily bases but is often cancelled or delayed. Going via Haiphong is a far better, faster and more convenient way.

If you need direct transport from Hanoi to Ha Long Bay, you can either join a tour or buy a bus ticket from Hanoi to Ha Long.

From Hanoi to Haiphong by train

There are four daily trains from Hanoi to Haiphong. They all take from 2¼ to 2¾ hours to get to Haiphong and offer soft seats in air-conditioned cars, which is a decent choice for a not-so-long journey. Prices vary insignificantly and are about VND130.000/USD6.

Note that HP1 at 6am, LP5 at 3.20pm and LP7 at 6.27pm depart from Hanoi railway station located in Le Duan Street, 120. The fourth train, LP3 at 9.20am, starts from Hanoi Long Bien station in the centre of the Old Quarter, three km northeast of the main train station. LP5 and LP7 call to Long Bien, too – both 10 minutes after they start from the main train station.

In Haiphong, all the trains arrive to Haiphong train station, which has a distinctive French colonial appearance and is located in Luong Khanh Thien street, 75.

From Haiphong to Ha Long Bay

You can cover the remaining 80 km from Haiphong to Ha Long by bus or by taxi. Taxi from Haiphong to Ha Long Bay City will cost you about VND800.000 – both from the Cat Bi airport or from the city.

Travelling by bus you have a choice of ordinary local buses and more comfortable tourist buses. Cheaper local buses depart from Lac Long bus station (about VND70.000). They head to Ha Long bus station. You can either walk to the main tourist activity area or take a motorbike taxi then. Do not pay more than VND20.000 for a motorbike trip (about five km).

Tourist buses from Haiphong to Ha Long Bay operate from Ben Binh bus station. Is it located right next to the jetty to Cat Ba island. Tourist buses are quite comfy and a bit faster, but tickets cost triple compared to ordinary buses, and cases when you need to bargain prior to be given more or less a fair price are not heard of. Tourist buses normally leave when full, and during weekend they fill up very quickly.

Where to stay in Ha Long City

The main tourist activity is found in Bai Chay part of Ha Long City where there is an abundance of accommodation, restaurants and tour agencies. Hon Gai part, which has more of a local scene, lies on the other side of the bridge. Though there are hundreds of mini-hotels around, it is highly advisable to book ahead during holiday periods otherwise – true! – you can find absolutely no vacancy. A good area to check for great digs is Vuon Dao street, aka Hotel Valley. There are many rooms with air-con, hot water, fridge and TV for USD10-USD20. Normally they are very similar and quite cramped.

Tip: Ask for both VND and USD rate. If you pay in dong, you can often save a bit due to the exchange rate.

More expensive hotels with breathtaking views over the bay are located closer to the pier. Expect to pay somewhere around USD100 per room.

Tips for choosing your cruise around Ha Long Bay

– If you have spare time, do not hesitate to opt for a two- or a three-day cruise. One-day cruise would do, too, but you will miss the most spectacular moments at Ha Long Bay, including sunrise and sunset and have very little time (if any) for exploring Cat Ba island.
– Before committing, shop around and talk to your fellow travellers. Prices – and quality of cruises – tend to differ greatly depending on what is included into the program.
– Always check whether your cruise includes transfers, meals, hotel room (in case of several-day cruises), etc.
– Decide on which activities you would like to be involved in during your cruise. Visiting a cave? Canoeing between the islands? Spending a couple of hours on the beach?
– If you are absolutely short of time (why should you be? – but well, if), there are four-hour cruises around the bay.

Theft alert While on a cruise, especially if you have booked the whole boat for your party, always keep your money safe. It often happens that a couple of banknotes strangely disappear from your purse. If you are used to keeping some cash in your pocket, you can easily fail to notice the loss immediately. It is next to impossible to prove that you have been robbed off by some of the crewmembers. To escape such an upsetting situation, do not leave your valuables unattended.

A day of Sea-Sand-Sun at Ha Long Bay: a visit to Cat Ba island

The largest island of the bay, Cat Ba is a great beach escape from Hanoi and a welcome quiet harbour after cruise-craze of Ha Long City. Covered by National Park in a larger part, Cat Ba has decent beaches and good trekking routes. You can choose to spend several days in Cat Ba and then embark on a cruise around the bay from Cat Ba without calling to Ha Long City. Apart from beaches, Cat Ba treats its visitors with outstanding bay views and freshest seafood. Do not expect great value in accommodation, but there are acceptable deals in all price ranges nevertheless.

To get to Cat Ba from Haiphong, take a boat from Haiphong (Pha Binh) ferry terminal. Regardless the price indicated on the ticket (VND150.000), you are likely to be asked to pay more: in this case try another agent.

To proceed with your journey from Cat Ba to Ha Long City, take a tourist boat from the island to Ha Long City. It can be painfully slow and take up to six hours – never less than three hours anyway (VND220.000). A cheaper way to get to Ha Long City from Cat Ba is via Tuan Chau, southwest of Ha Long City. A ferry to Tuan Chau takes 45 minutes only and costs VND60.000. From Tuan Chau, hop onto a local bus to Ha Long City. The ferry for Tuan Chau departs from Gia Luan harbour.

Onward travel from Haiphong

The two most popular destinations for further travel from Haiphong include Sapa in the north and Ninh Binh to the south. For both you will need to connect via Hanoi if you choose to go by train.

If karst scenery of Ha Long Bay is not enough for you, check Ninh Binh. Explore the countryside around Tam Coc village dotted with green humps of limestone hills. For Ninh Binh, take a train to Hanoi and then change for Hanoi–Ninh Binh train. It may seem illogical, but this combo train+train travel will most probably take you less time than a direct local bus from Haiphong to Ninh Binh.

The favorite destination in Vietnam for those interested in trekking, homestays and the culture of Vietnam’s ethnic minorities, Sapa is about 440 km from Haiphong and the whole journey from Haiphong to Sapa including the layover in Hanoi and the final leg from Lao Cai to Sapa will take you between 15 and 16 hours hours.

Transportation from Hanoi to Hai Phong

Hanoi to Hai Phong destination reviews

LR
Bus Express, Cat Ba Express, Feb 27, 2020
Wonderful trip!
PK
Bus VIP 33, Good Morning Cat Ba Bus, Feb 24, 2020
Everything was perfect, on time, the staff is really polite and helpful!
HM
Bus Express, Cat Ba Express, Feb 15, 2020
It has been the best bus travel I have had in Vietnam so far. The crew is very warm and welcoming. They understand what customer service is all about and make you feel comfortable. Cheers to them!
LL
Bus Express, Cat Ba Express, Feb 14, 2020
Very professional and friendly
GN
Bus VIP 33, Good Morning Cat Ba Bus, Feb 8, 2020
Worth the money. Felt safe and the trip went by quickly
PB
Bus Express, Cat Ba Express, Feb 5, 2020
Bus left on time. Super comfortable and our guide, Justine, keep us informed with exactly what was happening and when. Will be using their service again.
SJ
Bus Express, Cat Ba Express, Feb 5, 2020
Bus was perfectly on time, they go around each hotel to pick up the passengers, drive was nice and smooth, they explain you everything about the destination, give you water and snack and stop half way for toilet, also drop everyone off to each hotel. Brilliant
BR
Bus Express, Hoang Long, Feb 5, 2020
Perfekt every time again Thank you.
EJ
Bus Regular 46, Cat Ba Discovery, Jan 24, 2020
It was a very comfy, clean and enjoyable trip. Everyone was really friendly and super helpful. Cat Ba Discovery is the best - don’t hesitate to book your ticket ☀️ All round great experience. Thank you Cat Ba Discovery team!????
JA
Bus Express, Cat Ba Express, Jan 23, 2020
Wonderful experience! Our guide Son (Sean) funny and personable he also gave us helpful information.
VK
Bus Express, Cat Ba Express, Jan 21, 2020
Well organized, smooth and comfortable bus ride to Cat Ba. Our bus guide Tommy was great, a nice and funny guy.
VE
Bus Express, Cat Ba Express, Jan 20, 2020
Great trip, very friendly and helpful guide. Forgot my luggage at theirs office, got it delivered with the next bus at the evening. Highly recommended.
DH
Bus Express, Cat Ba Express, Jan 18, 2020
Great - friendly and really helpful staff (particularly Shan) who picked us up from our hotel in Hanoi and dropped us at the door of our hotel in Cat Ba and explained different things we might want to do on the island etc., but without trying to sell us anything. Complimentary snacks and water and a nice comfortable clean bus, both the boat, the pick up and the bus were on time, and it was a very pleasant trip. Thank you.
MP
Bus VIP 33, Good Morning Cat Ba Bus, Jan 9, 2020
Easy, fast and friendly
DC
Bus Express, Cat Ba Express, Dec 27, 2019
Smooth and easy trip, good organisation, impecable. Warmly reccomended
ML
Bus Standard AC, Hoang Long, Dec 14, 2019
You need to know the way around to figure out the chaotic process at the bus station
AP
Bus VIP 33, Good Morning Cat Ba Bus, Dec 5, 2019
Good service
MF
Bus Express, Cat Ba Express, Dec 2, 2019
Excellent and on time service from hotel pick up to transfers & arrival. Cheerful guides - Tony (Phuc), Justine, &Charlie.
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