Notes on travel when coming to Ha Long for summer vacation

QUANG NINH – Moving from the provinces to Ha Long is quite convenient, but in the city, it will be difficult on peak occasions and weekends.

Moving to Ha Long

From Hanoi, the fastest and most convenient way is the Hanoi – Hai Phong highway, then continue to the Hai Phong – Quang Ninh highway . From Ho Chi Minh City, visitors can fly to Van Don, about 2 hours and 20 minutes by Vietnam Airlines or Vietjet Air. Ticket prices from about 2.2 million VND. From other provinces, Ha Long can be reached easily through national highways 10, 18…

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Hanoi – Ha Long route. Photo: TMV

There are many means of transportation to Ha Long city by road . In addition to personal cars, passengers can choose the main types of public transport to move: limousines with 7-9 seats and 18 seats, passenger cars with 40-45 seats and sleeper buses with 45 seats. Travel time ranges from 2.5-4 hours.

For a limousine , the travel time is about 2.5 hours, there is a shuttle bus to pick up guests in the inner city of Hanoi, fully equipped, few people, suitable for trips with the elderly and children. The ticket price is from 200,000 VND per person for a car with 7-9 seats, an 18-seat car is cheaper.

A special feature of this car is that guests can actively choose their seats. Fares for the middle seats are usually the most expensive, up to 300,000 VND. The last row of seats is usually the cheapest, the average price is the front row. Limousines usually have a trip every hour, departing from 5 am to 8 pm daily.

Some limousine companies that often run this route are: Quang Ninh bus, Phuc Xuyen garage, Van Don Xanh, Ha Long Travel, Hoang Phu…

Passenger car 40-45 seats, ticket price from 110,000 VND per person. The fare is cheap, but the travel time is longer, about 4 hours. The sleeper bus is similar, departing in the evening or at night, convenient for guests who want to save travel time. The ticket price for this vehicle is from 200,000 VND and there is a place for guests to lie comfortably.

Some bus companies that often run this route are Kumho Viet Thanh, Xuan Truong, Ka Long, Dai Phat… The night departure time of sleeper buses is usually from 20:45.

Van Don Airport is about 70 km from Ha Long, the most convenient means of transportation is taxi. The travel time is about 60 minutes, the price is from 600,000 VND for a four-seater car.

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Ha Long streets are crowded on weekend evenings. Photo: Van Cuong

Moving in Ha Long City

According to sharing from tourists and locals, the most convenient means of transportation in the city is a motorbike (if traveling with two people) or a car (if traveling with the whole family). Visitors can rent motorbikes from 120,000 VND a day. The easiest way to rent a car is to contact accommodation or households.

If traveling with family, many people drive themselves from Hanoi to Ha Long for convenient travel. Note that there is a highway fee of about 250,000 VND.

In Ha Long, there is a situation of “albeit” taxis that have been complained by many tourists. Therefore, the advice of tourists here is to call the taxi operator or Grab to minimize being charged expensive prices.

“Many people often find it easy to catch the bus, so it is easy to encounter a situation of going 300 meters but the price is up to 50,000-100,000 VND. My experience is calling the switchboard, or Grab, although it is quite difficult. Besides, in the season At peak times, customers are too crowded, cars are few, so many people still accept to take a taxi, “said Kim Anh, a local.

If you take an umbrella taxi, you need to ask the driver to turn on the meter. Before calling a car, you should check on Google Maps about the length of the road to count, try how much money is on Grab and then take a taxi and bargain the same amount is also the way Hai Quynh, an employee in the hospitality industry hotel in Ha Long, shared. Some taxi companies with meters in Ha Long are Mai Linh, Hon Gai, Bai Chay, Thinh Hung…

At some tourist spots (mainly in Bai Chay) there are trams, suitable for traveling short distances. However, you need to ask for the price and agreement before getting on the bus, the average price is about 60,000 VND per kilometer, according to a suggestion from Vu Cong Manh, “the land” of Ha Long. In addition, Manh also suggested: “You can go to any car company, if you meet a happy and friendly driver, you should ask for a phone number so that you can take the initiative to call wherever you go.”

If the travel distance is 1-2 km, visitors can walk to avoid the crowds.

Note: Quang Ninh is at the peak of summer tourism. From June to now, on average every weekend, the province welcomes about 150,000 visitors, Ha Long Bay alone, Sun World entertainment complex receives an average of 50,000 visitors… Weekend 23-24/7, Ha Long is the destination coming of many big events such as VM Ha Long marathon (more than 11,000 runners), EDM concert… Visitors should note to prepare transportation in advance for convenient transportation.

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