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Like elsewhere in Vietnam, it is not recommended for foreigners to drive here. A private car or taxi should cost about 1,465,800 to 2,094,000 VND ($70 to $100) from Hanoi to Halong Bay (four hours). Round-trip shuttle service is generally included for overnight cruise passengers, or it might be tacked on for an added fee.
Vietnam Transfer Service (Thai Thinh St., Suite 801, Ha Thanh Plaza, Dong Da District, Hanoi. 84–46/286–1019. www.vietnamtransferservice.com.)