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Bus from Hanoi to Nanning and Guilin, China

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Bus from Hanoi to Nanning and Guilin, China

In June 2007, we took a bus from Hanoi to Nanning China and on to Guilin. The bus ticket is sold by Kim Lien Travel at No.7-Dao Duy Anh Str.-Dong Da Dist-Hanoi Tel: 84-4-5770809, or 5770434 and costs about US$16. The travel agency is located in Kim Lien Hotel at the same address. You need to buy the ticket at least 1-2 days ahead because the daily bus often is full. The bus departs Hanoi at 8:30am in front of the travel agency every morning and arrives Nanning around 3-4 pm. Bus is comfortable and road is good, mostly freeway with some 2 lane country road. All paved and smooth. From Hanoi to the China border takes about 2-3 hrs, passing thru beautiful paddy fields and mountain scenery. We had a 20 min lunch stop on the way before we arrived at the border where we gathered our bags to get exit stamps from Vietnamese immigration. The Vietnamese immigration was chaotic. There were no lines and everyone was trying to get to the front of the window. We had to elbow our way thru or else we would never leave Vietnam. After almost an hr, we finally entered China thru the Friendship Gate. The chinese immigration is modern, orderly and efficient. There were golf carts from the bus company waiting to take passengers to a connecting bus in a parking lot a short distance away (you can walk or pay $10 chinese dollar for the golf cart ride. I recommend paying the $10 if you have heavy bags). The bus to Nanning was again modern and comfortable. It is all freeway from the border to Nanning with modern rest stops along the way. The scenery was beautiful with karst and paddy fields. We arrived in Nanning bus terminal around 3-4pm at the modern Lane East Bus Terminal. There is a 3 star hotel right next to the bus terminal, cost is $100 Yuan/room. We stayed at the hotel for one night, toured Nanning the next day before we caught another bus to Guilin. The ticketing office is on the second floor of the bus station and they have buses leaving for Guilin almost hourly. All in all, the bus trip was pleasant, comfortable and a great way to enter China. Hope this helps.

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1. Re: Bus from Hanoi to Nanning and Guilin, China

You forgot to mention that they also provide water and, on the Chinese side, canned food snacks.

Also that the VietNam bus stops at the border and turns around and passengers transfer to a new bus in China after a loooong walk between border posts.

The VietNam / China border has been re-aligned which is the reason there is so much distance between the posts.

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2. Re: Bus from Hanoi to Nanning and Guilin, China

Hi Npt,

Thanks for your post.

We couldn't do this trip last year as we didn't have visas.

We thought they would have issued for us at the border gate but they said we had to go back to Lang Son to apply for visas.

land

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3. Re: Bus from Hanoi to Nanning and Guilin, China

I forgot to mention that we got our China visa in Hanoi. Takes 2-3 working days. You cannot get China visa at the border.

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4. Re: Bus from Hanoi to Nanning and Guilin, China

How much was that for the visa, please?

I saw in some websites US$40 and 45 offered by agents.

Thanks,

land

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5. Re: Bus from Hanoi to Nanning and Guilin, China

I am looking for the bus schedule from Nanning to Hanoi. Has anyone taken this bus back to Hanoi? Where is the pick up location? Do they also pick up at Nanning train station? I emailed to Kim Lien hotel at hanoihotel.net and got a reply from an unfamiliar Tour Operator. He quoted me 56US from Nam Ninh Station to Hanoi. Not sure he read my request correctly. Is Nam Ninh in Vietnamese language as same as Nanning? The bus fare should be the same each direction?

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6. Re: Bus from Hanoi to Nanning and Guilin, China

NANNING >> HA NOI

Since the NanNing LangDong Bus Station is *always* very crowded the best option is to board the bus to the VietNam border at the NAN FANG HOTEL < nanning.gov.cn/2457/2004_10_8/2457_35698_109… >, 76 ChaoYang Road, NanNing, GuangXi Province, 530011 where it is the ONLY bus at 07.00H each day!

The hotel is about 300 metres from the railway station. BUS #8 (for routes see < nanning.gov.cn/2453/2005_11_6/2453_35908_113… >), from downtown (MinZu DaDao Avenue and ChaoYang Road)(Walmart), stops outside the Nan Fang Hotel. Map: < www.robsnanningsite.com/images/Map5.jpg >.

You must be in possession of a Vietnamese visa. These can be obtained from: The Consul of VietNam, GuangXi Investment Building/Floor 3, 109 Minzu Dadao, NanNing, GuangXi Zhuang Auto Region 530000. Tel: +86-(0)-138-7710-0849 (Call first). The office is on Bus route #6.

Ticket purchase is necessary BEFORE the day of travel. The reservation office is easy to find after you have located the Nan Fang Hotel. It is located on the far side of the road that intersects with ChaoYang Road to the LEFT of the hotel. It is signed with Ticket office of the Lang Dong Bus Station (on a red background). It opens at 08.00H (after the bus departs) and is the ONLY office that sells tickets for the bus at the hotel. Only Chinese is spoken.

The bus departs promptly and picks up other passengers at NanNing LangDong Bus Station after which it departs for the border with refreshments provided.

The tedious border procedures are repeated and the Vietnamese bus awaits in the south car park and following a 130-kilometre, 3-4 hour journey you are delivered to the Kim Lien Hotel.

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7. Re: Bus from Hanoi to Nanning and Guilin, China

thanks darlek ,

The night train arrives Nanning at 7am, how do I pre-book the ticket? Any suggestion?

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8. Re: Bus from Hanoi to Nanning and Guilin, China

Hi! Does anyone know if it's possible to travel from Hanoi to Yangshuo within one day?

I'm not keen on staying overnight at Nanning and was thinking of getting a bus ticket to Guilin immediately upon arrival at Nanning, but I don't know if that's possible.

Also, is there a direct sleeper coach service from Nanning to yangshuo? Or do I have to go through Guilin and catch the connector service?

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9. Re: Bus from Hanoi to Nanning and Guilin, China

hi explorerSingapore

goto http://www.yangers.com

for info to Yangshou

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10. Re: Bus from Hanoi to Nanning and Guilin, China

thank you very much for the posting,

I'll travel to Hanoi - Halong Bay and Sapa.

Then from Hanoi want to go to China, Guilin - Yangzhou - xi an - beijing and HK

So, searching for informations for my trip.

Your info is very clear, and hope is helpful.

Cheers,

Margareth