How to go from HANOI to NINH BINH?

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

Train – Hanoi to Ninh Binh
 Bus / Van to Ninh Binh
 Taxi / Car to Ninh Binh
Transport by motorbike
Questions + Travel Tips
Book Tickets to Ninh Binh

    • 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 nearby places (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. Travel distance from Hanoi to Ninh Binh is about 85 km and transfer from Hanoi to Ninh Binh is very easy. There are 3 popular ways how you can travel from Hanoi or Hanoi – Noi Bai Airport to Ninh Binh – train, tourist bus or private taxi/minivan. There are no flights to Ninh Binh from Hanoi.
    • Book and buy train+bus e-tickets from Hanoi to Ninh Binh on Baolau icon-external-link-square or 12go.asia icon-external-link-square

How to get and travel from Hanoi to Ninh Binh in northern Vietnam?

    • From Hanoi to Ninh Binh you can get and travel by train, tourist bus, limousine/minivan, private taxi or motorbike. 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). In my opinion – transfer by train to Ninh Binh is the best solution how to get to Ninh Binh. Travel by train or bus 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 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 $55-80/vehicle. Yes, sure, you can also travel by motorbike – if you are a good motorbike driver (and IDP in Vitnam is necessary). It is not really a big problem to find an accommodation in Ninh Binh town and nearby places. 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. Book and buy your train tickets from $2.80/pp (hard seat) or bus/minivan tickets online. From Ninh Binh you can travel by sleeper train or tourist bus to central Vietnam.

How do I get from Hanoi to Ninh Binh?


1. TRAIN from Hanoi to Ninh Binh

    • travel by train in Vietnam is quite an interesting experience
    • travel by train from Hanoi to Ninh Binh takes about 2.5 hours
    • the trains are comfortable and refurbished, you can buy snack + foods
    • see the Vietnam Railway Map
    • there are about 6 trains every day of Vietnam Railways from Hanoi to Ninh Binh
    • one-way cheap train ticket costs about $2.80-6.00/pp – hard/soft seat (70 000 – 140 000 viet.dongs)
    • travel by train is the cheapest way of transport from Hanoi to Ninh Binh
    • train station in Hanoi – Hanoi Railway Station – Ga Hà Nội (120 Đường Lê Duẩn)
    • train station in Ninh Binh – Ninh Binh Railway Station (1 Hoàng Hoa Thám)
    • Book and buy train e-tickets from Hanoi to Ninh Binh on Baolau icon-external-link-square or 12go.asia icon-external-link-square, secured payment
    • lots of tourists travel from Hanoi to the southern Vietnam – recommended – book your train tickets online!
    • you will receive your train e-ticket to Ninh Binh by email, ready to print or carry in your mobile phone or tablet and present when boarding the train in Hanoi Railway Station
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Train – Hanoi to Ninh Binh, modern and clean. Seats and 4-berth cabin (photo: Baolau)


2. BUS/MINIVAN from Hanoi to Ninh Binh

    • yes, many buses, vans + minivans run from Hanoi to Ninh Binh
    • travel by bus from Hanoi to Ninh Binh takes about 2.5-3 hours (minivans are faster)
    • bus ticket from Hanoi to Ninh Binh costs about $6-14/pp
    • bus companies – Grouptour, Hoang Long, Non Nuoc Ninh Binh, Queen Cafe, Binh Minh, Sapa Dragon…
    • van/minivan is the most comfortable and cheap way of transfer to Ninh Binh
    • Book and buy bus e-tickets from Hanoi to Ninh Binh online on 12go.asia icon-external-link-square or Baolau icon-external-link-square
    • you will receive your bus e-ticket to Ninh Binh by email, ready to print or carry in your mobile phone or tablet and present at the ticket counter of the station before boarding the bus in Hanoi
    • read carefully all the information before you book and buy your train or bus tickets to Ninh Binh!

Bus of Hoang Long – come to ticket boot of Hoang Long (Hanoi Nuoc Ngam Bus Station –Bến xe Nước Ngầm) and present your voucher to change for bus ticket.  PLEASE ARRIVE AT THE STATION AT LEAST 1 HOUR (60 MINUTES) BEFORE DEPARTURE TIME BECAUSE HOANG LONG MAY CHANGE DEPARTURE TIME AND WILL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE IF YOU MISS THE BUS IF YOU ARRIVE LATE AFTER THIS (more info on 12go.asia).

Binh Minh Limousine – comfortable limousine/van departs from Hai Ba Trung in Hanoi. You can take this van from Hanoi to Tam Coc, Trang An Complex or Bai Dinh Pagoda in Ninh Binh (the most visited places in Ninh Binh). It is the most fastest way how to reach these places in Ninh Binh from Hanoi.

Sapa Dragon Express bus – you can take this bus from Hanoi Old Quarter to Hoa Lu Ancient Capital in Ninh Binh.
Ninh Binh Excursion Transport – you can travel by this limousine/van from Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi.

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Bus of Grouptour from Hanoi to Ninh Binh (photo: 12go.asia)
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Binh Minh Limousine/Van from Hanoi to Ninh Binh, tickets cost about $9-11/pp (photo: Baolau).


3. TAXI/CAR from Hanoi to Ninh Binh

    • you can rent and book private taxi (car or limousine) in Hanoi
    • travel by taxi from Hanoi to Ninh Binh takes about 2,5 hours
    • taxi companies to Ninh Binh from Hanoi: Dichung Taxi, Grouptour, Ouros Travel, Beefuntrip
    • taxi from hanoi to Ninh Binh costs about $55-80 (all inclusive car, 1-3 people in vehicle)
    • you can book whole van or minivan for 9 passengers
    • there are also some taxi companies and cars from Hanoi – Noi Bai Airport to Ninh Binh
    • Book your taxi or private limousine/minivan from Hanoi to Ninh Binh on 12go.asia icon-external-link-square
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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

    • it is very easy travel route on the motorbike
    • recommended place for visit on this route: Perfume Pagoda (Chùa Thiên Trù) or Van Long reserve
    • there are lots of motorbike rentals in Hanoi (1 day costs about $7-15/pp)
    • a good way of transport to Ninh Binh if you are an experienced motorbike driver
    • IDP – International Driving Permitt is necessary
    • if you can – skip the main roads
    • with Bikesbooking you can rent a motorbike also in Ninh Binh
    • Book your motorbike in Hanoi or Ninh Binh online on Bikesbooking icon-external-link-square
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From Hanoi to Ninh Binh you can also travel on motorbike – IDP is necessary.


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
    • 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: Ninh Binh Excursion Company
    • one-way ticket from Noi Bai Airport to Ninh Binh costs about $18/pp
    • Book tickets from Noi Bai International Airport to Ninh Binh (Tam Coc, Trang An) on Baolau icon-external-link-square

Ninh Binh – Tourist Map:

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Google Map of Ninh Binh – Interesting places, accommodation, temples…
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Mua Caves, about 7 km from Ninh Binh.
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Bai Dinh Pagoda and Temple complex in Ninh Binh. The largest buddhist temple complex in northern Vietnam.
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Boat trips in Tam Coc are very popular in Ninh Binh. You can buy boat tickets in Tam Coc boat wharf.
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Van Long Nature Reserve in Ninh Binh. Van Long Nature Reserve is about 25 km from Ninh Binh town.
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Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex in Ninh Binh. Buy boat tickets in Trang An boat wharf.


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

1️⃣ 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.

2️⃣ How long does it take to travel 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.

3️⃣ 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.

4️⃣ How you can search and book a tour to Ninh Binh?

    • It is very easy, you can book a tour to Ninh Binh at Tourradar. There are various tours in northern Vietnam, from 5-13 days. E.g. Hanoi > Halong Bay > Ninh Binh > Sapa. Tourradar is one of the biggest tour leaders in Vietnam.

5️⃣ 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 to Ninh Binh from Hanoi costs about $60-130 (car).
    • Travel by private minivan from Noi Bai Airport to Ninh Binh costs about $18/pp.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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 hotels nearby. But it is good to know what you want to visit, because you can find accommodation in Tam Coc or Trang An Complex. There are nice homestays or bungalows > Book your accommodatin in Ninh Binh.

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.

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.

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.

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

FULL UPDATED TRAIN SCHEDULE – CLICK HERE

Train Schedule - Hanoi to Ninh Binh

Departs in Hanoi

Arrival in Ninh Binh

Train Ticket - Price

Train SE1 (soft seat, sleeper)

22:15

00:22

From $4.45

Train SE3 (soft seat, sleeper)

19:25

21:39

From $4.05

Train SE5 (soft seat, sleeper)

8:50

11:04

From $4.90

Train SE7 (soft+hard seat, sleeper)

6:00

08:14

From $3.90

Train SE9 (soft+hard seat, sleeper)

14:25

16:50

From $3.70

Train S19 (soft seat, sleeper)

20:10

22:22

From $3.00

Train S35 (soft seat, sleeper)

13:10

15:35

From $4.60

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

FULL UPDATED TRAIN SCHEDULE – CLICK HERE

Train Schedule - Ninh Binh to Hanoi

Departs in Ninh Binh

Arrival in Hanoi

Train Ticket - Price

Train SE2 (soft seat, sleeper)

03:21

05:30

From $4.90

Train SE8 (soft+hard seat, sleeper)

13:37

15:54

From $4.20

Train SE6 (soft+hard seat, sleeper)

16:56

19:12

From $5.30

Train SE20 (soft seat, sleeper)

09:24

11:55

From $4.30

Train SE18 (soft seat, sleeper)

05:49

08:28

From $4.90

Train SE12 (soft+hard seat, sleeper)

18:09

21:12

From $4.20

Train SE36 (soft+hard seat, sleeper)

17:32

19:52

From $5.50

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

FULL UPDATED BUS SCHEDULE – CLICK HERE

Bus Schedule - Hanoi to Ninh Binh

Departs in Hanoi

Arrival in Ninh Binh

Hoang Long

07:00

08:30

Hoang Long

13:00

14:30

Hoang Long

20:00

21:30

Hoang Long

21:30

23:00

Grouptour

08:15

11:15

Grouptour

09:45

12:45

Grouptour

15:45

18:45

Queen Cafe

18:00

20:30

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

Truly Ha Giang (to Tam Coc)

06:30

08:00

Truly Ha Giang (to Tam Coc)

07:30

09:00

Sapa Dragon (to Hoa Lu)

08:00

11:00

BOOK BUS TICKET TO NINH BINH

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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.
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Emeralda Resort Ninh Binh (photo: Agoda). The best luxury 4-5 star hotels + resorts 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 your train or bus tickets from Hanoi to Ninh Binh + Schedule:

(You can change your departure, arrival, date of departure…eg. Ninh Binh to Hanoi, Ninh Binh to Da Nang…)


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