Most tourists choose to travel from Hanoi Old Quarter to Halong Bay via the transportation service that the cruise line or their hotel offers. But what if you start from an airport to Halong Bay? Which is the airport nearest Halong Bay? Which is the best means of transport to Halong Bay from an airport? Let Halong Bay Cruises help you answer the above questions.
How To Get To Halong Bay From 3 Nearby Airports
I. Van Don International Airport, Quang Ninh
Coming into operation since 2018, Van Don International Airport (IATA code: VDO, ICAO code: VVVD) is the first private airport in Vietnam, invested and operated by Sun Group. At present, the airport serves as a vital gateway for trade and travel between Quang Ninh province and other domestic cities (Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Da Nang …) and international areas (China, Korea, Japan …).
Van Don International Airport was constructed on an 800-acre overall site with a terminal of 27,000 square meters and the 3.6 km long and 45 m wide only runway. Many useful services are available to passengers here, including: souvenir shops with Quang Ninh specialties, restaurants, coffee shops, tourist information counters, free internet, drinking water, and phone charging.
1. How to get to Halong Bay from Van Don Airport?
Van Don International Airport is over 70 kilometers away from Halong Bay, taking about an hour of travel. You may take a bus or a cab to get from Van Don Airport to Halong Bay, and the route is pretty convenient:
Route 14A (Van Don International Airport - Halong Flower Park, Le Thanh Tong Street) and Route 14B (Van Don International Airport - SunWorld Complex) are two free routes from the airport to Ha Long City, with a frequency of 30 minutes per trip. You should exit the airport gate and you will find a bus station.
The benefit of using a taxi from Van Don International Airport to Halong Bay is quick, practical, ideal for large groups traveling with a lot of luggage. The cost of a taxi is between 300.000 and 400.000 VND/ one way. You can use Mai Linh, Ha Long, Thanh Hung, Sao Mai, Van Loc, or Hong Gai cab as references for cab services.
Halong Bay Cruises offers private car service for groups from Van Don International Airport to the cruise pier. Travel time from the airport to the pier takes about 1 hour. The price for a 4-7 seat car ranges from 750.000 – 900.000 VND/ one way. If the number of guests is larger or you want a bigger car like 16, 29 or 45 seats, feel free to contact our travel agents for a more detailed quote.
2. Pros & Cons of Van Don Airport
Van Don International Airport is Vietnam’s newest airport, so the facilities are among the most excellent compared to others. In addition, as it is close to Halong Bay, the air tickets often have incentives for sightseeing services.
The flight routes are still restricted, so not many choices on flight time outline. The airfares will be quite high.
II. Cat Bi International Airport, Hai Phong
Cat Bi International Airport, also known as Hai Phong Airport, is located on Le Hong Phong Street, Hai An District. The airport has separate domestic and international terminals on the first and second floor respectively. Domestic terminal lies in the east, with departure gates from 1 to 4 and check-in counters from 1 to 16. Meanwhile, the international terminal sets the location to the west, with departure gates 5 and 6, check-in counters from 17 to 29.
Cat Bi International Airport offers domestic routes to Da Lat, Phu Quoc, Danang, Quy Nhon, and Ho Chi Minh City... and international flights to Korea, Thailand, and China …
1. How to get to Halong Bay from Cat Bi International Airport
Cat Bi International Airport is the nearest airport to Halong Bay with the distance of over 40 kilometers. And it just takes around 45 minutes to go along the Ha Long - Hai Phong highway.
Route number 07 (Cong Den - Uong Bi) is the only bus route that connects Cat Bi Airport with Halong Bay. This is a good alternative for those who travel with light luggage, have a lot of time, and want to save expenditures as much as possible. The ticket fee is between 7,000 and 15,000 VND per way, depending on how long each journey is. Bus route 07 departs every day at 5:45 am with a 15 - 20 minute interval between trips.
Renting an airport cab from Cat Bi Airport to Halong Bay is one option for those who have financial and time abundance. Refer to the well-known taxi firms listed below: Thong Nhat, Dat Cang, Mai Linh, ... A taxi journey from Cat Bi airport to Ha Long City will set you back around 550,000 VND for a 4-seat car, 750,000 VND for a 7-seat car, and 1,050,000 VND for a 16-seat car.
Halong Bay Cruises offers private car service for groups from Cat Bi International Airport to the cruise pier. Travel time from the airport to the pier takes about 45 minutes. The price for a 4-7 seated car ranges from 750.000 – 850.000 VND/ one way. If the number of guests is larger or you want a bigger car like 16, 29 or 45 seats, feel free to contact our travel agents for a more detailed quote.
2. Pros & Cons of Cat Bi International Airport
Cat Bi International Airport serves as a center for several international flights to Halong Bay including Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Beijing, Seoul, Tokyo, Hong Kong, and others. Cat Bi is also the top airport for offering top-notch service and the best customer experience.
Cat Bi is still a small-scale airport with a lack of flights and connection to other airports.
III. Noi Bai International Airport, Hanoi
Located about 30 kilometers away from the city center, Noi Bai International Airport or Hanoi Airport is the most popular airport in the north and the second largest airport in Vietnam. Noi Bai is the main hub of many airlines such as Vietnam Airlines, Thai Airways, Vietjet Air, Cathay Pacific, Asiana Airlines, … making it a preferred choice for visitors to Halong Bay, despite the distance of approximately 150 kilometers.
Noi Bai Airport provides regular domestic flights to famous locations like Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, Phu Quoc, Da Lat, Nha Trang, … and international cities such as Seoul, Singapore, Tokyo, Bangkok, Taipei, Busan, Siem Reap, and many more.
1. How to get to Halong Bay from Noi Bai International Airport
There are 3 different ways to go from Noi Bai Airport to Halong Bay, each method has various benefits and drawbacks, so it relies upon your financial capacity and the time you take the trip to Noi Bai Airport.
Buses with over 30 seats are a great choice for big groups traveling with a lot of luggage. However, as it frequently catches passengers on the road, you have to travel with a wide range of people, and the car is crowded and noisy.
At Noi Bai Airport, you may consider Anbasco Noibai Services taking visitors from Noi Bai to Ha Long with a ticket cost of 290,000 VND/time/person, from 2 individuals onwards, the price is just 250,000 VND/time/person. Day to day, this transport will run trips at 06:30, 08:30, 09:30, 11:30, 13:30, 15:30, and 18:30.
Taxi is the ideal method for going from Noi Bai Airport to Halong Bay as you can go whenever of the day, even late night time. The drawback of this vehicle is the expensive cost. A 4-seat taxi ride will charge around 1.300.000 - 1.500.000 VND/ one way. If you call a 7-seater taxi, the cost is around 1.800.000 VND/one way.
Many domestic and foreign tourists choose the 9-seat limousine as their mode of transportation to Halong Bay from Noi Bai Airport. The ticket cost goes from 400,000 VND to 450,000 VND/person/one way with comfortable seats, a smooth ride, and a less expensive price than taking a taxi for small groups. Daily, there are numerous limousine trips from Noi Bai Airport to Halong Bay, you may refer to Co To Limousine and Hat Bao Anh Limousine for your pick.
Halong Bay Cruises offers private car service for groups from Noi Bai International Airport to the cruise pier. Travel time from the airport to the pier is around 3 hours. The price for a 4-7 seated car is from 2.600.000 – 3.000.000 VND/ one way. If the number of guests is larger or you want a bigger car like 16, 29 or 45 seats, feel free to contact our travel agents for a more detailed quote.
2. Pros & Cons of Noi Bai International Airport
Regular flights and a wide range of carriers: over 20 international airlines in operation at Noi Bai Airport. Finding a departure from your city to Hanoi Airport is easy.
Make the journey to Ha Long longer: As referenced above, Noi Bai is the farthest airport compared to Van Don and Cat Bi, so it takes you over 2 hours to head out to Ha Long by road.
In short, selecting the most convenient airport to Halong Bay depends on a number of factors: travel plans, budget, destinations, and means of transportation. Consider everything and take a look at our guided information. Hope this article will be helpful for your Halong Bay Cruise trip. If you have any concerns, feel free to contact us.