How to get to Halong Bay

Halong City is about 170 kilometers northeast of Hanoi, or a three to four hours drive. Most tourists book tours in Hanoi which include transportation to Ha Long Bay, as well as accommodation (on the boat or in a hotel), tour guide and meals. For those who wish to travel independently, there are regular bus services from Hanoi, with minibuses depart daily every 15 minutes from Kim Ma Bus Station. Once in Ha Long City, you can either take one of the ferries to the islands or rent a boat for a cruise of the bay.