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From Hanoi to Hai Phong by train

06:00
HNO Hanoi
08:25
HPH Haiphong, Hai Phong
2h 25m
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06:00
HNO Hanoi
08:25
HPH Haiphong, Hai Phong
2h 25m
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06:00
HNO Hanoi
08:15
THL Thuong Ly, Hai Phong
2h 15m
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06:00
HNO Hanoi
08:15
THL Thuong Ly, Hai Phong
2h 15m
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15:20
HNO Hanoi
18:00
HPH Haiphong, Hai Phong
2h 40m
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15:20
HNO Hanoi
17:48
THL Thuong Ly, Hai Phong
2h 28m
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From Hanoi to Hai Phong by taxi

Any
Hanoi
Time
Hai Phong HL
1h 30m
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Any
Hanoi
Time
Hai Phong HL
1h 30m
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From Gia Lam to Hai Phong by train

06:16
GLA Gia Lam, Hanoi
08:25
HPH Haiphong, Hai Phong
2h 9m
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06:16
GLA Gia Lam, Hanoi
08:25
HPH Haiphong, Hai Phong
2h 9m
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06:16
GLA Gia Lam, Hanoi
08:15
THL Thuong Ly, Hai Phong
1h 59m
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06:16
GLA Gia Lam, Hanoi
08:15
THL Thuong Ly, Hai Phong
1h 59m
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15:45
GLA Gia Lam, Hanoi
18:00
HPH Haiphong, Hai Phong
2h 15m
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15:45
GLA Gia Lam, Hanoi
17:48
THL Thuong Ly, Hai Phong
2h 3m
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From Long Bien to Hai Phong by train

15:30
LBI Long Bien, Hanoi
18:00
HPH Haiphong, Hai Phong
2h 30m
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15:30
LBI Long Bien, Hanoi
17:48
THL Thuong Ly, Hai Phong
2h 18m
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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.

Passenger reviews out of total 326 passengers who traveled with us on this route.

At 12Go our operators offer three types of service:

Cheap, Fast, Good - but you can usually pick only two of them!
Cheap & Fast won’t be Good. (e.g. buses from/to Khao San Road, local buses or 3rd class trains)
Cheap & Good won’t be Fast. (e.g. VIP trains in Thailand)
Fast & Good won’t be Cheap. (e.g. private limousine services, or VIP24 buses vs Express buses)

Make your choice! Please remember that while we are closely monitoring the services, we are still an agency marketplace. That means we focus on ticketing services and route availability & coverage rather than on the factual seat reclining angle you will get on the bus today.

Jan 8, 2019
bus Express, Hoang Long
★★★★★
Fast, cheap, easy to find at the bus station. 1 sleeping bus almost empty, 1 bottle of water gifted. 4 hours of bus, 10 min boat, 30 min du bus to the downtown. 150000 Dong for that service, we just have to applause with our 2 hands. Nice job!!!!!! ++++++++++++++++
Jan 3, 2019
bus Express, Cat Ba Express
★★★★★
Had a nice trip, No complains. Dropped us off right in front of our hotel. Lee Chan was a friendly tour operator!
Jan 3, 2019
bus Express, Cat Ba Express
★★★★★
Great staff.
Dec 31, 2018
bus Express, Cat Ba Express
★★★★☆
The guide are very helpful.. We were given cookies and water.. The journey was smooth.. Tq
Dec 27, 2018
bus Express, Cat Ba Express
★★★★★
From the moment they come to collect you at your hotel you can see they are super efficient at what they do. Comfortable journey, lovely people on the bus and in their offices. Cruisiest journey I’ve had. Taking Cat Ba Express is a no brainer yes. Thx for a great trip to Cat Ba guys.
Dec 25, 2018
bus Express, Cat Ba Express
★★★★★
Amazing staff. David was helpful and provided excellent information.
Dec 9, 2018
bus Express, Cat Ba Express
★★★★★
Premium service, highly recommended!
Nov 8, 2018
bus Express, Cat Ba Express
★★★★★
Good and informative
Nov 1, 2018
bus Express, Hoang Long
★★★★★
Professional, fast, perfect way to get to cat ba
Oct 29, 2018
bus Express, Cat Ba Express
★★★★☆
We actually bought the wrong ticket. Our plan is to stop at Tuan Chau, however the scheduled bus drop off point is at Cat Ba island. Glad that we met a friendly and helpful bus operator. He helped us to arrange with another bus company so that we can reach our destination. Although slight charges incurred but it is still worth taking a taxi.
Oct 29, 2018
bus Express, Cat Ba Express
★★★★★
Really Nice tour guide,comfortable trip!
Oct 27, 2018
train #HP1 Class II AC, Vietnam Railways
★★★★☆
Nice short journey. The train guards even provided some hot water for morning coffee
Oct 17, 2018
bus Express, Cat Ba Express
★★★★★
Nickel
Oct 3, 2018
bus Express, Cat Ba Express
★★★★★
Great staff. Time flew by.
Oct 1, 2018
bus Express, Grouptour
★★★★★
Fantastic hospitality
Sep 28, 2018
bus Express, Cat Ba Express
★★★★☆
Transfer was on time, staff very friendly especially Henry on the first bus. Overall good company.
Sep 19, 2018
van VIP, Hoang Long
★★☆☆☆
We hired a mini van and when we arrived to the station that service didn't exist. Nobody explained anything to us and we just had to take a bus instead. At least they took us in a cab to the ferry and we arrived to Cat Ba without any other problem, but it wasn't the service we paid for.
12Go response:
Dear Abraham Diaz Lopez We are very sorry that on this particular day the operator was forced to run a different vehicle on the route. This can occur for any number of reasons and we contacting them to figure out why it happened. Best regards, Spencer Tiesse, 12Go Business Development Team [Support case #625253](https://12go.asia/en/support-case?token=UzYzMHl2TE15cy8weS9JMDlNMEtyZkxNTE0rTUN2WTA4OHgxeTB6T2RjdVBERGZNVGd5dktBdDBUeW1KRE04cDlzbjFLMHNLOXJJTUR5MXc5dlh3OGtoeHpTbjFDd3R6OW8zSThQQjE4Y3VKeXN0eFNYYTB0UVVB)
Sep 12, 2018
bus Express, Cat Ba Express
★★★★☆
Really good service, especially from Son in Cat Ba; would be five stars if I had been given better directions to find my hotel after being dropped off in Hanoi.
Sep 6, 2018
bus Express, Cat Ba Express
★★★★★
Excellent trip on a very comfy bus, would recommend to everyone!
Aug 27, 2018
bus Express, Cat Ba Express
★★★★★
5 stars. Brilliant! Probably the most organised and helpful bus and boat journey we have done in South East Asia. Super friendly and gave us so much information it was brilliant. Would definitely recommend it to everyone.
Aug 12, 2018
bus Express, Cat Ba Express
★★★★★
Well, this was very good. Good clear communication, nice trip and friendly staff. 5 stars, really!
Aug 9, 2018
bus Express, Cat Ba Express
★★★★★
Everything was perfect
Jul 27, 2018
bus Express, Cat Ba Express
★★★★★
Very nice team, great vehicule. They gave us water and a snack for the way, dropped us right in front of the place we were staying and eveb had offers for tours in Cat Ba. We'll definitely book with them again
Jul 22, 2018
van VIP, Hoang Long
★★★☆☆
We got to Cat Ba ok, but the trip seemed everlasting : we took 3 buses, 1 boat and another bus. Other than that it was fine.
May 20, 2018
bus Express, Cat Ba Express
★★★★★
Kind, genuine and helpful staff on both buses with cat ba express, thank you Son and colleague on our 1st bus. Safe driving!!
May 1, 2018
bus Express, Cat Ba Express
★★★★★
Really, really enthusiastic, passionate, energetic, knowledgeable and committed to educating, guiding, and helping travelers have the most authentic and pleasant experience possible. Our guides were incredible helpful and full of so much insight that really added to our trip in Cat Ba. Thank you! --Alex & Sakina
Apr 24, 2018
bus Express, Cat Ba Express
★★★★★
Great trip and very helpfull staff. Compliment!!!
Apr 11, 2018
bus Express, Cat Ba Express
★★★★★
Good bus and driver. Everything well organised :)
Apr 2, 2018
bus Express, Cat Ba Express
★★★★★
I got picked up at my hotel and was brought to the bus. Everything went smoothly.
Mar 30, 2018
bus Express, Cat Ba Express
★★★★★
Excellent
Mar 16, 2018
bus Express, Cat Ba Express
★★★★☆
The bus was clean and comfortable and weve got water and cookies. We were told exactly what was going to happen, so first the bus, than a boat and afterwards another bus. At the end we were dropped in front of our hotel, really Nice!
Mar 6, 2018
train #HP1 Class II AC, Vietnam Railways
★★☆☆☆
The Trainride itself was good - however we were charged twice! We should have paid 130.000 VND, but were charged 262.242 VND! And nobody every answerd my query! Will never book 12go asia again!
12Go response:
I answered your query about 3 hours and 15 minutes after you made it and provided you with the following response: ***It’s a fixed rate booking fee which does not change depending on the cost of the ticket since the amount of work that goes into getting you the ticket is the same.*** I see that you have opened that email response and rated the service you have received as "Bad" The booking fee comes out to about $2.70 per ticket. You are more than welcome to spend the time to go to the station and book it yourself. Best regards, Spencer Tiesse, 12Go Business Development Team [Support case #376454](https://12go.asia/en/support-case?token=QmNGQkNvQWdFQURBTDZWRTBERW9aSVc2aUZwN0t4T3l0QzdKVnE5dnhyOXloLzBLL2VmNDBPb0NBZ1ZVVUVHSzMyUmxYQVJsbDJKRVlWNGNaWU9jYmJPbFBQSDZocE9oT29EY3NSYktsc3hvZUh6bnFPY21lVDNRRHc9PQ,,)
Feb 28, 2018
bus Express, Cat Ba Express
★★★★★
Brilliant service. Really friendly and enthusiastic staff, the coach was very comfortable and clean, it was a nice touch being provided with water and snacks. Super quick and painless trip, even being dropped on the doorstep of our hotel. Would definitely recommend to everyone. Thank you very much!

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