Getting from Yangshuo to Hanoi Vietnam is fairly straight forward since many travelers passing through Yangshuo are following the same route. Consequently there are agents who will arrange your Vietnam visa for you here in Yangshuo. You can travel from Guilin to Hanoi by train all the way or from Yangshuo to Hanoi by bus or a bus/train combination. You can also stop for an overnight in Nanning on the way. There is a tour service that can get you all the way from Yangshuo, passed Guilin with an overnight in Nanning to Hanoi and can get your visa sorted as well, even when you are in Yangshuo. These aren’t easily available elsewhere, and can save you quite a bit of hassle in Nanning and at the China/Vietnam border.
At this time, there are no direct routes from Yangshuo or Guilin to Vietnam so will need to pass by at least Nanning. The options below show what is available up to this time.
From Guilin to Nanning by train:
You could also take the bus from Yangshuo to Guilin and then take one of the high speed trains from Guilin to Nanning. These run 11 times a day with departure times as of Aug 2014 being: 11:35, 13:10 ,14:30 ,15:00, 15:40, 16:25, 16:55 , 18:10, 19:00, 19:30 , 20:55 with the ride taking about 2h50min. Availability tends to be plentiful and tickets can be booked up to the day itself. First class tickets are 134Y, 2nd class are 111Y.
From Yangshuo to Nanning by Bus:
Buses from Yangshuo to Nanning leave at the Yangshuo bus station 3 to 4 times a day depending on the season. The first bus tend to leave at about 8:00, then 10.00 and 12:15, with a last bus at about 14.30. (time schedules do change by times so check with us to get the current departure times for you). Price of the bus ticket from Yangshuo to Nanning is currently 130Y. In Nanning, the bus stops in the Langdong bus terminal. This is the terminal that the bus to Hanoi leaves from as well, and tickets for that bus can be purchased upstairs and on the south end of the station too. Buses to Hanoi leave the “Nanning International Tourism Distribution Center”(near the railway station, 10 mins by walk) about every hour from 7:30 with the last bus leaving Nanning at 12:50. Length of the journey is 8 hours and the price of 148Y includes a water and bread when you get on the bus, as well as lunch halfway through the journey.
From Nanning to Hanoi Vietnam by train:
When you take the first bus in the morning you still have a margin to arrive in Nanning in time for the train to Hanoi that now leaves at 18.00. Departure times change, it used to be around 21.15 but as of June 2104 the time is 18.00. The train will arrive at the Jia Lam train station in Hanoi around 05:00 in the morning.
Generally the soft sleeper tickets don’t get sold out easily and it is most likely you will still be able to get them the day before. Hard sleeper tickets can generally be bought up to 2 days in advance, the day itself or before they are likely to be sold out. Generally anyone with your passport can book these train tickets in the train station for you, copies are not accepted. But we know of a Chinese international agency that can book your soft sleeper tickets for the train from Nanning to Hanoi from up to 18 days before your departure date with only a scan of your passport, Chinese and Vietnamese Visa, hence no need to pass by Nanning yourself. Price for soft sleeper tickets is 310Ypp.
Booking Train Tickets Online
To ensure you get the preferred type of tickets, it is recommended to book in advance as tickets to popular destinations easily get sold out, especially during peak seasons. The different types of tickets are: Hard Sleeper (comfortable and most popular type, 6 beds per open cabin, choice between lower, middle and upper berth), Soft Sleeper (larger beds not particularly softer, 4 beds per cabin that can be locked at night, lower or upper berth), Hard Seats (for the courageous) and Soft Seats.
If you would like us to book any of these tickets visit our booking train tickets for China online page for more information about this service.
Vietnam visa service in Yangshuo
While in Yangshuo, you can have your Vietnamese visa prepared while sipping your coffee, having a massage or bamboo rafting. No need to go to the Vietnamese embassy in Nanning nor do you need to stay overnight. Just hand over your passport to your local accommodation staff (contact us for reliable suppliers) and let them arrange everything for you. Express visas can be picked up in Nanning the next day in the afternoon or can be delivered to your hotel in Yangshuo the day after. The normal processing time takes 3 working days and counts for the lowest visa fee of 550Y. An express service is available for 100Y a day with a minimum processing time of 1.5 day so when applying before 2 pm it can be ready for you at 7.00 pm the next day or here in Yangshuo at 2 pm the day after. We can help you apply for a visa if you provide us with your passport and 2 recent photos before 2 pm so we can have it sent the same day.
For example when you provide your passport and 2 photos on Monday before 2pm, you can get your visa in:
- Nanning: Thursday 7pm or Yangshuo : Friday 2pm for 550Y
- Nanning: Wednesday 7pm or Yangshuo : Thursday 2pm for 650Y
- Nanning: Tuesday 7pm or Yangshuo : Wednesday 2pm for 750Y
For information on travel and tours to Vietnam have a look at the “Your Vietnam Tour Guide” website.