How to travel → HANOI to NINH BINH? ☀️

How to get from Hanoi to Ninh Binh
How to get from Hanoi to Ninh Binh? You can travel to Ninh Binh by train, bus, limousine, van, taxi, motorbike. Book train / bus tickets to Ninh Binh.


Hanoi to Ninh Binh by bus, train, van, taxi or motorbike.

    • Embarking on a journey from Hanoi to Ninh Binh, a charming destination in Vietnam, is a breeze as the distance between the two is approximately 85 km. Various transportation options are available, ensuring a hassle-free transfer. Whether you prefer train travel, tourist buses, limousines / minivans, private taxis, or even motorbikes, there are plenty of ways to reach Ninh Binh. The best way how to travel and get from Hanoi to Ninh Binh is to travel by train of Vietnam Railways or tourist bus/van (train and bus tickets are very cheap).
    • Private minivans have the advantage that they often go to popular places such as Tam Coc, Trang An or Ninh Binh city, or they will take you directly to your hotel or accommodation. And these minivans or minibuses are a relatively cheap option of transport, for which they offer great comfort. In my opinion – transfer by train from Hanoi Railway Station to Ninh Binh is the best and also cheapest solution how to reach Ninh Binh town.

The train is the most popular and cheapest way to get to Ninh Binh.

    • Travel by train from Hanoi to Ninh Binh takes about 2.5 hours and train tickets start already at $3.00/pp. Bus tickets from Hanoi to Ninh Binh costs about $6-14/pp. There are also private modern comfortable minivans to Tam Coc, Trang An Ecotourism Site, Mua Caves or Hoa Lu (book and search them with Baolau). So, if you want to skip Ninh Binh town you can use these minivans. Private taxi to Ninh Binh is also available and you can book private taxi or car from Hanoi to Ninh Binh online. Private taxi/car to Ninh Binh from Hanoi costs about $35-140/vehicle.
    • Yes, sure, you can also travel by motorbike – if you are a good motorbike driver (and IDP in Vietnam is necessary). It is not really a big problem to find an accommodation (Discount up to 60%) in Ninh Binh town and nearby places. Book and buy train+bus e-tickets from Hanoi to Ninh Binh online.

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Ninh Binh is one of the most popular tourist places in northern Vietnam.

    • Ninh Binh is also a good place also for the one day trip from Hanoi, but you can spend in Ninh Binh also about 3 days, because there are many interesting sites. Ninh Binh is a good and easily accessible place for stop, when you travel to central or southern Vietnam. Many travelers from Hanoi want to visit Ninh Binh town and places close to the town (Tam Coc, Trang An, Cuc Phuong National Park..).
    • There is a beautiful karst scenery in Tam Coc and Trang An, Hoa Lu historic city and other interesting places to visit. For example what you can visit in Ninh Binh: Bai Dinh Temple Complex, Bich Dong Pagoda, Cuc Phuong National Park and Van Long Nature Reserve. Ninh Binh, it is mean – boat trips, cycling, historical sites, tourist attractions, beautiful karst sceneries and rice fields nearby. So, there are 3 most popular ways how you can travel from Hanoi or Hanoi – Noi Bai Airport to Ninh Binh – train, tourist bus or private taxi/minivan.
Transfer Mode – Hanoi to Ninh Binh: Travel Time Cost Range
Train to Ninh Binh town 2.5 hours $3-7/pp
Tourist Bus / Van / Minibus 2-3 hours $6-14/pp
Private Car / Taxi 2-2.5 hours $35-170 (car)
Travel on a Motorbike 3-4 hours $8-15 / 1 day

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How do I get from Hanoi to Ninh Binh?


1. TRAIN from Hanoi to Ninh Binh

Train is a popular mode of transportation in Vietnam. It is cheap, relatively comfortable, but sometimes the timetables can be more limited. However, the journey from Hanoi to Ninh Binh by train is one of the busiest routes among tourists traveling in Northern Vietnam. The train ride from Hanoi to Ninh Binh takes approximately 2.5 hours and the train arrives at Ninh Binh city center (see Vietnam Railway Map).

The train is a cheaper option and this means that train tickets to Ninh Binh from Hanoi Railway Station cost around $2.80-6.00/per person. The timetable can be more limited, but you can definitely choose one of the trains during the day, there are about 5-6 of them every day.

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Train transport to Ninh Binh is the cheapest transport option from Hanoi, so it is absolutely ideal and sufficient for low-cost solo travellers. Trains depart from Hanoi railway station (Ga Hà Nội (120 Đường Lê Duẩn) and arrive at Ninh Binh station (1 Hoàng Hoa Thám) in the city center, so you have everything at hand immediately and you are also a short distance from the Tam Coc area, about 5 km from there is this popular place.

You can take a private taxi from the railway station to Tam Coc or teoretically you can also go to Trang An Scenic Complex. Search and book your train tickets to Ninh Binh easily online in advance.

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Train from Hanoi to Ninh Binh, modern and clean and tickets are cheap. Seats and 4-berth cabin (photo: Baolau)


2. BUS / MINIVAN from Hanoi to Ninh Binh

Another popular and cheaper way to get from Hanoi to Ninh Binh is by bus, minivan or minibus. There are many buses and minibuses between Hanoi and Ninh Binh, minibuses are more widespread and sometimes a bit faster option and their advantage is that they go directly to popular tourist spots in Ninh Binh such as Tam Coc, Trang An, Bai Dinh Palace and next. A trip by bus or minibus from Hanoi to Ninh Binh costs about $6-14/per person and tickets can easily be booked online even a few days before departure.

Various private bus companies operate between these places, such as XE Vietnam, Duc Duong Bus, Grouptour, Duy Khang Limousine, Trang An Limousine, Hoang Long, Non Nuoc Ninh Binh, Queen Cafe, Binh Minh, Sapa Dragon or Truly Ha Giang. All these companies mostly offer modern buses and, to a large extent, modern minibuses or minivans with very comfortable seats that are also adapted for sleeping. It is therefore better to choose a modern minivan with comfortable seats, as ticket prices do not differ much from larger seater buses.

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Tourist buses mostly go to Ninh Binh city or Tam Coc area, minibuses also go to Trang An Complex or Bai Dinh Palace. Again, you can easily find and book bus tickets to Ninh Binh online, read the instructions before and after ordering. Mobile tickets are mostly accepted, but it is better to have printed tickets as well.

A bus or minivan from Hanoi to Ninh Binh is a popular transport option even among solo low-cost travelers in Vietnam. Transport by minivan is usually fast and ticket prices are adequate for the comfort offered in these vehicles. Another advantage is that minivans and buses also depart from Noi Bai Airport. So if you fly to Hanoi and want to avoid the busy city center, look for connections directly from the airport.

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Minivan / Minibus by Xe Vietnam from Hanoi to Ninh Binh (photo: 12go.asia)


3. PRIVATE TAXI / CAR from Hanoi to Ninh Binh

The most convenient, but at the same time the most expensive option of transportation from Hanoi to Ninh Binh is to book a private taxi/car. Yes, you can also reserve a private and modern or luxury car and you can use it directly from, for example, Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi immediately after arrival. Private companies such as Saigon DMC, Sapa Dragon Express, Booking Car, Dichung Taxi, Grouptour, Tiim Group, Ouros Travel, Beefuntrip or VTS Taxi offer modern standard cars and minivans and minibuses for more people.

A minivan is therefore suitable if you are traveling in an organized group and want to have the entire car at your disposal. The advantage of a private car transfer to Ninh Binh is that you can choose the place of departure, i.e. directly from the hotel and arrival directly to another hotel in Ninh Binh. So it can be concluded that this is the fastest transport option from Hanoi to Ninh Binh and it can also be adapted to your requirements and desired comfort.

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Transportation by private taxi or car with driver from Hanoi to Ninh Binh ranges from $35-170 for the whole car. Various modern, luxurious and comfortable cars from Hanoi to Ninh Binh can be easily searched and booked online, mostly with English-speaking drivers.

Most of the private companies offered have good reviews, but it is advisable to choose based on the positive experiences of other travelers. These reviews can be read on online platforms like 12go.asia.

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Private car/taxi of Dichung Taxi from Hanoi to Ninh Binh (photo: 12go.asia)


4. TRAVEL BY MOTORBIKE to Ninh Binh

Dreaming of an authentic Vietnamese adventure? Look no further than a motorbike journey to Ninh Binh. With its stunning landscapes and rich cultural heritage, Ninh Binh promises an unforgettable experience for those with a taste for adventure. However, traveling by motorbike is not suitable for every traveler and requires certain driving skills.

Easy Travel Route  to Ninh Binh:
Traversing the route to Ninh Binh on a motorbike is not just a journey; it’s an experience. The roads are well-maintained, and the scenery is nothing short of breathtaking, offering travelers a taste of Vietnam’s natural beauty at every turn.

Must-Visit Stops:
Along the way, be sure to make pit stops at iconic landmarks such as the Perfume Pagoda (Chùa Thiên Trù) or the tranquil Van Long Nature Reserve. These destinations offer a glimpse into Vietnam’s rich cultural tapestry and provide the perfect backdrop for unforgettable memories.

Convenient Motorbike Rentals:
For those starting their journey from Hanoi, motorbike rentals are readily available, with options to suit every budget. Prices typically range from $7 to $15 per person per day, making it an affordable and convenient mode of transportation.

Experience Required:
While the allure of the open road may be tempting, it’s essential to note that this journey is best suited for experienced motorbike drivers. Familiarity with navigating varying terrains and traffic conditions is key to ensuring a safe and enjoyable adventure.

Legal Preparations:

Before hitting the road, make sure to obtain an International Driving Permit (IDP), as it’s a legal requirement for driving in Vietnam. This ensures that you’re authorized to operate a motorbike during your travels.

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From Hanoi to Ninh Binh you can also travel on motorbike – IDP is necessary.


5. BOOK A PRIVATE TOUR to Ninh Binh

For those seeking a touch of luxury and convenience, booking a private tour to Ninh Binh is the ultimate way to experience this enchanting region of Vietnam. Ninh Binh is a popular place for tours and private tours from Hanoi. A lot of travelers use this opportunity to get to know this place and the guides who will guide you through all the interesting areas in Ninh Binh.Here’s why:

Tailored Experiences:

Booking a private tour allows you to customize your itinerary to suit your interests and preferences. Whether you’re interested in boat trips, trekking, bicycle tours, or exploring historical sites, there’s a private tour option to match your desires.

Local Expertise:
Private tours to Ninh Binh are led by knowledgeable local tour guides who are well-versed in the region’s history, culture, and attractions. Their expertise adds depth and insight to your experience, ensuring a memorable journey through Ninh Binh’s wonders.

Exclusive Boat Tours:
One of the highlights of a private tour to Ninh Binh is the opportunity to embark on exclusive boat tours led by local guides. Glide along serene rivers and through towering limestone karsts as you explore the area’s breathtaking landscapes and hidden gems.

Private Transfers:
In addition to tours, private transfers between Ninh Binh and Hanoi are also available for those seeking comfort and convenience. Say goodbye to the hassle of public transportation and enjoy a seamless journey from door to door.

Online Booking Convenience:
Booking a private tour or other tourist activities in Ninh Binh is made easy with online platforms. With just a few clicks, you can secure your spot and plan your dream itinerary from the comfort of your own home.

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How to get from Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi to Ninh Binh?

    • from Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi to Ninh Binh you can travel by van/minivan or private car
    • Noi Bai International Airport is about 30 km north of Hanoi
    • travel by van/minivan from Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi to Ninh Binh takes about 2.5-3 hours
    • transport company from Noi Bai Airport to Ninh Binh: XE Vietnam, Daiichi Travel, Techbus VN, Ninh Binh Excursion Company
    • one-way ticket from Noi Bai Airport to Ninh Binh costs about $15-30/pp
    • there are also some private taxi companies, private car costs about $35-170/pp
    • Book tickets from Noi Bai International Airport to Ninh Binh (Tam Coc, Trang An) on 12go.asia ➜

📍 Ninh Binh – Tourist Map:

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Google Map of Ninh Binh – Interesting places, accommodation, temples…


FAQ + TIPS – Travel route from Hanoi to Ninh Binh:

1. How to book train and bus tickets or taxi/car from Hanoi to Ninh Binh?

    • You can book train/bus tickets from Hanoi to Ninh Binh on Baolau ➜ or 12go.asia ➜.
    • You can also search another tickets, e.g. Ninh Binh > Cat Ba, Ninh Binh > Dong Hoi.

2. What is the travel time from Hanoi to Ninh Binh?

    • Travel by train of Vietnam Railways to Ninh Binh from Hanoi takes about 2.5 hours.
    • Travel by bus/minivan to Ninh Binh from Hanoi takes about 2.5-3 hours.
    • Travel by private taxi to Ninh Binh from Hanoi takes about 2.5 hours.
    • Travel by private minivan from Noi Bai Airport to Ninh Binh takes about 3.5 hours.

3. What is the travel distance from Hanoi to Ninh Binh?

    • Travel distance to Ninh Binh from Hanoi is about 85-90 km by train, bus or taxi. Travel distance from Hanoi – Noi Bai Airport to Ninh Binh is about 120 km by bus or taxi.

4. How you can search and book a tour to Vietnam?

    • It is very easy, you can book a tour, activity or tickets for attraction in Vietnam with KLOOK ➜.

5. How much does it cost to travel from Hanoi to Ninh Binh?

    • Travel by train of Vietnam Railways to Ninh Binh from Hanoi costs about $3-7/pp.
    • Travel by bus/minivan to Ninh Binh from Hanoi costs about $6-14/pp.
    • Travel by private taxi / car to Ninh Binh from Hanoi costs about $35-170 (car).
    • Travel by private minivan from Noi Bai Airport to Ninh Binh costs about $15-30/pp.

6. Where do you keep your luggage in Hanoi?

    • If you want to keep your luggage in Hanoi you can try Radical Storage ➜ service. This service offers a few places in the city center of Hanoi, it is a cheap and your luggage will be safe.

7. How long to stay in Ninh Binh? 1 day or more days?

    • It depends what you want to visit. There are a lot of various wonderful and nice places in the whole area of Ninh Binh. In my opinion, 3-4 days are optimal. A lot of travel agencies offer 1-day tours from Hanoi, but 1-day is very limited.

8. Does Ninh Binh have an airport?

    • No, Ninh Binh has not an airport, the only way how to get there is to travel by train/bus/motorbike, no flights to Ninh Binh. The nearest internationals airports are in Hanoi (Noi Bai Airport) and Hai Phong (Cat Bi Airport).

9. What is the cheapest way of transport from Hanoi to Ninh Binh?

    • The most cheapest way of transport from Hanoi to Ninh Binh is to travel by train. Train tickets start already at $2.80/pp – hard seat. It is also a good option if you want to visit the city center of Ninh Binh.

10. What is the best way of transport from Ninh Binh to central Vietnam?

    • The best way of transport from Ninh Binh to central Vietnam is to travel by train. You can travel by train to various cities, eg. to Vinh, Dong Hoi, Hue, Da Nang…you can travel by train also to Ho Chi Minh City.

11. How to move in Ninh Binh? Is it possible to rent a motorbike, bicycle?

    • The best way of transportation in Ninh Binh is to travel on your own – you can rent a motorbike or bicycle, easy and cheap. You can rent a motorbike and bicycle already from $5. But if you can to travel directly in Trang An Scenic Complex, Tam Coc or Hoa Lu you can travel from Hanoi by comfortable van/minivan.

12. How to travel solo in Vietnam?

    • Discover the wonders of solo travel in Vietnam as you explore ancient temples, cruise through scenic landscapes or karst sceneries, hike various national parks and ethnic villages and connect with the warm-hearted locals, creating a personalized journey of cultural immersion and breathtaking experiences.

13. How to get and travel from Ninh Binh to Hanoi?

    • The same way how you arrived to Ninh Binh. You can travel by bus/van, private taxi or train. Read carefully from which bus station buses depart. The best way how to get from Ninh Binh to Hanoi is to travel by private minivan/bus or train to Hanoi Railway Station. There are also private transferes to Noi Bai Airport.

14. Is it possible to travel directly from Noi Bai Airport to Ninh Binh?

    • Yes you can travel directly from Noi Bai International Airport (about 30 km from Hanoi) to Ninh Binh. There are private vans and minivans of Ninh Binh Excursion Company and you can book tickets on Baolau.

15. Which airport is closest to Ninh Binh?

    • The closest airport to Ninh Binh is Tho Xuan Domestic Airport, about 100 km from Ninh Binh, 45 km of Thanh Hoa. Another closest airports are Cat Bi International Airport in Hai Phong (about 150 km of Ninh Binh) and Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi (about 135 km north of Ninh Binh).

16. Where to stay in Ninh Binh? Homestay, hotel or bungalow?

    • There are various good accommodation facilities in Ninh Binh town. So you can come to the railway station in Ninh Binh and there are cheap and quality hotels nearby. But it is good to know what you want to visit, because you can find accommodation in Tam Coc, Bai Dinh or Trang An Complex.
    • There are also very nice homestays or bungalows > Book your accommodation in Ninh Binh ➜.

17. Is an train e-ticket from Hanoi to Ninh Binh acceptable?

    • Yes, you can use your train e-ticket in your smartphone. But it is recommended, if you can – print your ticket.

18. Where to travel from Ninh Binh? You can travel to central Vietnam.

    • From Ninh Binh you can travel by train to Hue. Hue is only about 100 km from Da Nang, it is a very popular place in central Vietnam, so you can also travel by train/bus to Da Nang + Hoi An. From Hue or Da Nang you can travel to southern Vietnam, there are trains, flights or tourist buses.

19. Is it possible to travel from Ninh Binh to Cat Ba Island?

    • Yes, from Ninh Binh you can take a bus or van/limousine to Cat Ba Island in Ha Long Bay. Travel time from Ninh Binh to Cat Ba Is about 5 hours and it is possible to book tickets on Baolau or 12go.asia.

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🚆 Train from Hanoi to Ninh Binh – Schedule / Timetable + Train Tickets:

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Train Schedule - Hanoi to Ninh Binh

Departs in Hanoi

Arrival in Ninh Binh

Train Ticket - Price

Train SE11 (soft seat, sleeper)

21:20

23:33

From $3.90

Train SE3 (soft seat, sleeper)

19:20

21:31

From $3.90

Train SE7 (soft seat, sleeper)

6:10

08:23

From $4.50

Train SE9 (soft seat, sleeper)

13:05

15:18

From $4.50

Train SE5 (soft seat, sleeper)

15:30

17:43

From $4.50

Train SE1 (soft seat, sleeper)

20:55

23:07

From $4.50

Train SE19 (soft seat, sleeper)

19:40

21:48

From $7.50


🚍 Bus from Hanoi to Ninh Binh – Schedule / Timetable + Bus Tickets:

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Bus Schedule - Hanoi to Ninh Binh

Departs in Hanoi

Arrival in Ninh Binh

Truly Ha Giang

06:30

07:55

Truly Ha Giang

07:30

09:00

Truly Ha Giang

08:30

10:00

Truly Ha Giang

13:30

15:00

Truly Ha Giang

14:30

15:55

Trang An Limousine

07:00

08:20

Trang An Limousine

08:00

09:20

Trang An Limousine

09:00

10:20

Trang An Limousine

10:00

11:20

Trang An Limousine

11:00

12:20

Trang An Limousine

12:00

13:20

Trang An Limousine

13:00

14:20

Trang An Limousine

14:00

15:20

Trang An Limousine

15:00

16:20

Trang An Limousine

16:00

17:20

Trang An Limousine

17:00

18:20

Trang An Limousine

18:00

19:20

Trang An Limousine

19:00

20:20

Grouptour

07:10

09:10

Grouptour

08:15

11:15

Grouptour

09:10

11:10

Grouptour

10:10

12:10

Grouptour

11:10

13:10

Grouptour

12:10

14:10

Grouptour

13:10

15:10

Grouptour

14:10

16:10

Grouptour

15:10

17:10

Grouptour

16:10

18:10

Grouptour

17:10

19:10

Grouptour

15:45

18:45

Binh Minh

06:30

08:30

Binh Minh

07:30

09:30

Binh Minh

08:30

10:30

Binh Minh

09:30

11:30

Binh Minh

10:30

12:30

Binh Minh

11:30

13:30

Binh Minh

12:30

14:30

Binh Minh

13:30

15:30

Binh Minh

14:30

16:30

Binh Minh

15:30

17:30

Binh Minh

16:30

18:30

Binh Minh

17:30

19:30

Binh Minh

18:30

20:30

Sapa Dragon

08:00

11:00

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🚕 Taxi Schedule / Timetable – Hanoi to Ninh Binh + Prices:

Taxi Schedule - Hanoi to Ninh Binh

Departs

Travel time

Price (Car)

Booking Car

Any time

01:40

From $165.00

Beefuntrip

Any time

01:25

From $75.00

Grouptour

Any time

02:30

From $76.00

Grouptour

Any time

02:00

From $115.00

Cat Ba Express

Any time

02:00

From $83.00

Hai Van Transport

Any time

02:30

From $110.00

VTS Taxi

Any time

02:30

From $79.00

VTS Taxi

Any time

02:30

From $117.00

Saigon DMC

Any time

01:45

From $88.00

Ouros Travel

Any time

01:25

From $93.00

Ouros Travel

Any time

02:20

From $104.00

Sapa Dragon Express

Any time

01:25

From $89.00

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15 best cheap hotels in Ninh Binh. Camelia Hotel Ninh Binh (photo: Agoda).
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Ninh Binh Mountain View Homestay (photo: Agoda). The best 15 homestays in Ninh Binh.
🏡 The Best Rated Accommodation in Ninh Binh / Where to stay:
Tam Coc Rice Fields Resort ★★★Hoalu Eco Homestay ★★
Nguyen Shack Ninh BinhTam Coc Bungalow ★★★½
Ninh Binh Greenland Homestay ★★Thanh Dat Homestay
Emeralda Resort Ninh Bình ★★★★★Trang An Eco Homestay ★★★
Ninh Binh Mountain View Homestay ★★Mua Caves Ecolodge (Hang Múa) ★★
Camelia Hotel ★★★Sierra Homestay

🎫 Book and buy your tickets from Hanoi to Ninh Binh + Schedule:

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