A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Hanoi vs. Halong Bay

Should you visit Hanoi or Halong Bay?

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Hanoi and Halong Bay can help. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Hanoi

Hanoi is the chaotic capital of Vietnam, and it serves as a great introduction to the country for many travelers. It's the second largest city in the country after Saigon and is an interesting combination of East meets West. There's traditional Vietnamese culture with subtle influences brought by the French. The city continues to grow and change rapidly and it's easy to get lost amidst the chaos.

Halong Bay

Halong Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the north of Vietnam, near the Chinese border. Known for its thousands of beautiful limestone karsts and stalactite-filled caves, it is one of the most visited destinations in Vietnam. If you appreciate natural scenery and want an adventure at sea, you'll love cruising among more than 1,900 islands in Ha Long Bay.

Which city is cheaper, Halong Bay or Hanoi?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Hanoi is $41, while the average daily cost in Halong Bay is $52. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each city. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Hanoi and Halong Bay in more detail.




Accommodation

The average price for accommodation for two people in Hanoi is $44. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.

The average price for accommodation for two people in Halong Bay is $48. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Hanoi $22
    Halong Bay $24
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Hanoi $44
    Halong Bay $48


Food

The price of a meal in Hanoi can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is $11 per person, and a typical meal will cost around $4.40 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.

On average, meal and food prices in Halong Bay cost around $15 per person, per day. While this price can vary widely by location, the type of restaurant, and the amount of food ordered, a typical meal often costs around $6.00.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Hanoi $11
    Halong Bay $15
Typical Food prices in Hanoi

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Hanoi:


  • High End Dinner (for Two)
    $13
  • Casual Lunch (for Two)
    $4.77
  • Bowl of Pho
    $0.87
  • Italian Dinner (for Food)
    $6.73

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Hanoi

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Hanoi.

  • Hanoi Old Quarter Walking Street Food Tour - Small Group: $5.00
  • (Private) Hanoi Street Food Tour By Volunteer Guide: $5.13
  • Hanoi Street Food Tours with Volunteer Guide ($5 / Group): $5.13
  • (Small Group) Hanoi Street Food Tours with Volunteer Guide: $5.13
  • Dinner with a Local Family in Hanoi: $13
  • Street Food Tour + Old City sightseeing Ticket: $15
  • 3-Hours Hanoi Street Food Tour with Guide and Meal: $16
  • Lunchtime Street Food Tour of Hanoi: $21
  • Hanoi Walking Street Food Tour: $21
  • Small Group: Ha Noi Walking Street Food Tour With Professional Tour Guide: $22
  • (Small Group) Hanoi Local Street Food Tour with a Real Foodie: $25
  • Hanoi street food tour: $25

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Halong Bay

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Halong Bay.

  • 1-day private Hanoi city tour with fun and night street walking food tour: $101


Local Transportation

The average price of local transportation around Hanoi is $5.92 per person, per day. As this average includes both taxis and public transport, keep in mind that the prices of private drivers and taxis are significantly more expensive than public transportation.

The average price of local transportation around Halong Bay is $14 per person, per day. As this average includes both taxis and public transport, keep in mind that the prices of private drivers and taxis are significantly more expensive than public transportation.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Hanoi $5.92
    Halong Bay $14
Typical Local Transportation prices in Hanoi

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Hanoi:


  • Taxi to Bus Station
    $1.30
  • Shuttle Bus From Airport (for Two)
    $3.47
  • Local Bus Ride (for Two)
    $0.43
  • Short Taxi Ride
    $1.48
  • Short Motorbike Ride (10 Minutes)
    $0.87

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Hanoi

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Hanoi:

  • 2 Days 1 Night Mai Chau Pu Luong Ethnic Trail E-Bike Tour Private Transfer: $255
  • 2 Days 1 Night Mai Chau Pu Luong Ethnic Trail E-Bike Tour Shared Transfer: $204
  • 2 Days 1 night Ba Be Lake BEST ADVENTURE: transfer,homestay,boat,kayak,swim,cave: $153
  • 2 Days Halong Bay With Budget Cruise - Including Transfer From Hanoi: $119
  • 2 days - 1 night 5 stars cruise tour included: transfer,meals,kayak,tour guide: $231
  • 3 Days 2 Nights Mai Chau Pu Luong Ethnic Trail E-Bike Tour Private Transfer: $344
  • 3-Day Halong Bay Cruise including Swimming and Kayaking with Round-Trip Transfer from Hanoi: $285
  • 3-Day Halong Bay Cruise with Classes and Transfer From Hanoi: $245
  • 3-day Ninh Binh (Hoa Lu - Trang An) & Mai Chau Valley with round trip transfer: $138
  • ALOVA PREMIUM CRUISE - Luxury 1 Day Trip (6 Hours On Bay & Transfer By HighWay): $79
  • Aclass Legend Cruise: 2-Day Explore Halong Bay With Transfer From Hanoi: $145
  • Afternoon Limousine Transfer Mai Chau to Hanoi 5 hours from Mai Chau: $19

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Halong Bay

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Halong Bay:

  • 6 stars cruise 3d-2n: biking,BBQ, golf course,cave,transfer, meals,kayak,pool: $410
  • Apricot Premium Cruise: 2-Day Explore Halong Bay With Transfer From Hanoi: $125
  • Athena Day Trip - Deluxe class with limousine transfer go Express way: $97
  • Athena Luxury Cruise: 2-Day Explore Bai Tu Long Bay With Transfer From Hanoi: $215
  • From Ha long Bay: Hanoi city tour with private transfer: $67
  • Ha Long bay full day tour (6 hours in bay, transfer via express highway): $52
  • Hai Phong airport transfer to Halong Bay with private car 16 seat from Hai Phong: $133
  • Hai Phong airport transfer to Halong Bay with private car 4 seat from Hai Phong: $87
  • Hai Phong airport transfer to Halong Bay with private car 7 seat from Hai Phong: $100
  • Halong Bay 2 Days 1 night with Athena Luxury Cruise ( Transfer included ): $207
  • Halong Bay Cruise 2Days,1Night with included Hanoi Transfer by Bus: $164
  • Halong Bay Day Trip - Sen Cruise included Limousine transfer roundtrip: $97


Entertainment

Hanoi's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $7.39 per person, per day. This cost can vary widely by the type of activity, however, as this includes admission tickets, day tours, museums, and other things to do.

Halong Bay's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $14 per person, per day. This cost can vary widely by the type of activity, however, as this includes admission tickets, day tours, museums, and other things to do.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Hanoi $7.39
    Halong Bay $14
Typical Entertainment prices in Hanoi

Here are a few typical costs in Hanoi for activities, ticket prices, and tours that come from previous visitors:


  • Puppet Theater
    $1.74
  • The Hanoi Hilton Entrance
    $1.74
  • National History Museum
    $1.74
  • Puppet Theater Ticket
    $3.04

Tours and Activities in Hanoi

Here are a few actual costs in Hanoi for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • Skip the Line: Thang Long Water Puppet Tickets: $4.78
  • Skip the Line: Thang Long Water Puppet Tickets: $4.79
  • Skip the Line:Water Puppet Show Ticket - Plus Free Tour for Hanoi (Optional): $4.93
  • (Evening) HANOI CUSTOMIZED Walking Tour: $5.00
  • Private Walking Tour of Hanoi City: $5.00
  • Hanoi Old Quarter Private Walking Tour with Student Guide: $5.00
  • Private Guided Tour of Hanoi: $5.13
  • Hanoi Old Quater Walking Tour: $5.13
  • Hanoi City Tour By Volunteer Guide: $5.13
  • Skip the Line: Thang Long Water Puppet Show Ticket - with Hotel Ticket Delivery: $5.13
  • (Half Day) Hanoi Old Quarter Walking Tour: $5.13
  • Skip the Line: Lotus Water Puppet Entrance with Hanoi Hotel Ticket Delivery: $5.50

Tours and Activities in Halong Bay

Here are a few actual costs in Halong Bay for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • Ha Long Hiking Tour: $25
  • FULL DAY All-Inclusive HALONG BAY/LAN HA BAY/BAI TU LONG BAY at BEST CRUISES: $25
  • Cat Ba Trekking Tours National Park Half Day From Cat Ba Island: $26
  • Cat Ba Tours 1 Day Lan Ha Bay Ha Long Bay Bai Tu Long Bay Kayaking From Cat Ba: $37
  • Halong Bay Discovery With 6 Hours Boat Tour: $41
  • Halong Bay boat Tour 4 hours from Halong city: $41
  • 6 Hours Halong Bay Cruise On Titop Island & Swimming With Lunch On Deluxe Cruise: $42
  • HALONG BAY full day tour INCLUDING SEAFOOD LUNCH,CRUISE,KAYAKING: $43
  • Cat Ba Biking Tours Half Day depart from Cat Ba Town: $45
  • 6 Hours Halong Bay Cruise On Titop Island & Swimming -go By New Highway: $45
  • Full-Day Halong Bay Cruise with Lunch from Hanoi: $49
  • Halong bay Fullday tour: $50


Alcohol

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Hanoi may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $6.69 per day on alcoholic beverages.

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Halong Bay may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $11 per day on alcoholic beverages.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Hanoi $6.69
    Halong Bay $11



When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Hanoi and Halong Bay, we can see that Halong Bay is more expensive. And not only is Hanoi much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Hanoi would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Hanoi and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Halong Bay would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Halong Bay than you might in Hanoi.

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