Transportation to Halong Bay is always the first problem you need to tick in your to-do list before your trip to Halong. Previously, travellers who want to explore the world heritage have been flying to Noi Bai or Cat Bi Airport and then take car or bus journey to the UNESCO world heritage site. Nowadays, by launching new international airport, you can put Van Don Airport to your consideration as a smart choice for transportation.
1. Van Don International Airport
Construction on Van Don International Airport
started in 2015 on 288 hectares in Van Don District, Quang Ninh Province
. It is the first airport in Vietnam to operate under the build-operate-transfer (BOT) model at a cost of VND 7.46 trillion. Van Don is designed to be a grade 4E airport
in accordance with ICAO standards
and a military airfield level 2.
The airport contains one single runway, one passenger terminal with a capacity of handling 2.5 million passengers and 10,000 cargo tons per year in the first phase by 2020. This airport is capable of catering for Boeing 787, 777 and Airbus A350, A320. Completed with massive and well-invested infrastructure and state-of-the-art facilities, it is the most advanced airport up to date. It comprises 3.6km runway to facilitate the landing of world’s most advanced aircrafts at a discounted service fees for all carriers.
2. How to get from Van Don to Halong Bay
Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Halong Bay
with overnight cruise especially the cruises depart from Tuan Chau Marina
(main Halong Bay: Paradise Cruise, President Cruise, Aphrodite Cruise, Glory Legend Cruise
) and Hon Gai harbour
(Bai Tu Long Bay: Signature Cruise, Athena Cruise, Renea Cruise, Swan Cruise
) is now much faster and easier after Van Don International Airport opens, visitors to Halong Bay will be able to fly directly to the airport. After arrival, Halong Bay visitors will then need to take an hour and a half bus or taxi ride to their destination. This short journey time is now possible due to the new Halong – Van Don Expressway
, linking Van Don Island with Halong Bay.
The Van Don Airport is a mere 50km from the famous turquoise bay
with its limestone pillars. Under a resolution approved by Quang Ninh Province People’s Council, people who take flights to Van Don International Airport will receive free tickets to Halong Bay, Bai Tu Long Bay and Yen Tu. The tickets will be valid for 30 days since their flights. The province will apply the offer for three years, starting from December 30, 2018
. Besides the free tickets, the passengers will be provided with free bus tickets
on Halong - Van Don Route
. Or if you prefer a taxi, the cost won’t be too expensive as it’s the nearest airport to Halong Bay.
Don’t hesitate, let book a Halong Bay Cruise and dicover our UNESCO World Heritage as well as Vietnam’s timeless charm.