Where can I get picked up from for the trip from Hanoi to Halong Bay?
Most cruise suppliers offer a round-trip shuttle bus service (at an additional charge – See shuttle bus service prices here) that picks up passengers from their hotels in Hanoi’s Old Quarter and takes them to the ports and vice versa.
If you are not staying in the Old Quarter area, you may need to arrange for a taxi to take you to the cruise supplier office or a designated pick-up place in the Old Quarter.
The pickup time for the shuttle bus in Hanoi’s Old Quarter to Halong Bay or Bai Tu Long Bay is from 7.30 to 8.10, and from 8.45 or 9.00 for Lan Ha Bay cruises.
The buses have a daily routine for picking up (or dropping off) passengers from hotel to hotel; you may feel a little uncomfortable sitting in the bus in a round loop before the actual departure.
It is more convenient and comfortable to book the so-called “limousine” luxury 8-seat D’car (converted from a 16-seat van), which has only a few pick-up points before departure.
For hotels located in small alleys or on the walking street area on the weekend (from Friday evening to Sunday evening), all cars, vans and buses are not allowed to enter. Passengers can be picked up or dropped off in the places nearest to their hotels.