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How to get from Hanoi to Tam Coc - Ninh Binh
How do you get from Hanoi to Tam Coc in Ninh Binh? You can travel to Tam Coc by limousine, van, bus, taxi or train.

1. Train to Ninh Binh
2. Minivan to Tam Coc
3. Taxi / Car to Tam Coc
4. Tour to Ninh Binh
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From Hanoi to Ninh Binh (Tam Coc) you can travel by bus, train or taxi.

    • The distance from Hanoi to Tam Coc in Ninh Binh is approximately 100 km, offering four transportation options: tourist bus/minivan, train to Ninh Binh town, private car/taxi, or motorbike. The most popular and economical method is via bus or minivan. Transfer by tourist bus/van from Hanoi to Tam Coc in Ninh Binh typically takes 2-3 hours, with tickets priced at about $8-13 per person. Various buses and minivans are available to Tam Coc – Boat Wharf in the center of Tam Coc. Another common route is by train from Hanoi to Ninh Binh town, a journey lasting approximately 2.5 hours, with tickets costing only $4-7 per person, making it the most cost-effective option. Alternatively, travelers can opt for a private taxi or car, which takes around 2 hours and costs about $35-165 per car. Private car transfer is the most expensive option. For the more adventurous, traveling by motorbike from Hanoi to Tam Coc is also an option. From Ninh Binh, travelers can continue their journey by train or tourist bus to Hue or Phong Nha-Ke Bang in central Vietnam.

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Tam Coc in Ninh Binh – easily accessible by van, minibus, bus, or taxi.

    • Tam Coc – Bich Dong is a highly sought-after tourist destination near Ninh Binh, conveniently reachable from both Ninh Binh town and Hanoi City. It holds historical significance and offers breathtaking karst landscapes within the Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex and Hoa Lu District. Part of Hoa Lu District, Tam Coc – Bich Dong, and Trang An Complex are steeped in Vietnamese history, featuring relics, monuments, and pagodas. Boat trips along Tam Coc and Trang An Complex offer mesmerizing views, making them ideal for exploration. Accommodation options in Tam Coc range from budget-friendly small hotels to bungalows and tourist resorts. The optimal way to explore Tam Coc and Trang An is by renting a bicycle or motorbike, allowing for a comprehensive exploration over a recommended 3-day period. Discover how to reach Tam Coc from Hanoi in the following sections. Travelers can conveniently search for and book tickets or taxi from Hanoi to Tam Coc online. Additionally, from Hanoi, travelers can embark on train or plane journeys to Da Nang or Hoi An, the renowned ancient town in central Vietnam.
Transfer Mode – Hanoi to Tam Coc: Travel Time Cost Range
Train + Taxi 4 hours $10-15/pp
Tourist Bus / Van 2-3 hours $6-15/pp
Private Car / Taxi 2-2.5 hours $35-165/car
Motorbike 3-4 hours $10-20/pp

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How do I get from Hanoi to Tam Coc?


1. TRAIN from Hanoi to Ninh Binh

Tam Coc is approximately 5 km from Ninh Binh Train Station. So, the low-cost way to get to Ninh Binh is to travel by train of Vietnam Railways. You can use around 5-8 train connections from Hanoi to Ninh Binh every day. Regular Vietnam Railways trains offer you comfortable seats and tickets to Ninh Binh are only around $4-8/pp.

There are also sleeping beds in the trains, but there is no point in using them on such a short route, choose a seat. The train journey to Ninh Binh from Hanoi takes approximately 2-2.5 hours and is also a quick transfer from Hanoi Railway Station (see Vietnam Railway Map) which is just outside Hoan Kiem district.

You can search and book train tickets from Hanoi to Ninh Binh easily online and in advance. These tickets for regular trains can only be stored in your mobile phone as e-tickets, it is not necessary to print them, always carefully read all current additional information about the train transfer to avoid possible complications. Trains between these cities usually run on time, but it can happen that there is a slight delay in departure or even after arrival, unfortunately this happens sometimes in Vietnam.

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Traveling by train is popular among solo low-cost travelers, the trains are comfortable and the train transfer is the cheapest option to get easily to Ninh Binh city. These trains continue to central and southern Vietnam, but stop in Ninh Binh. You can take a private taxi or other private transfer to Tam Coc from Ninh Binh train station.

Such a private transfer can cost you up to around $5/pp. Or you can stay in the city of Ninh Binh and then go to Tam Coc or Trang An, for example, by motorbike. It depends on your preferences, where you want to stay, popular and interesting areas for accommodation are also in Tam Coc and the Trang An complex area.

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From Hanoi to Tam Coc you can travel by train via Ninh Binh (photo: Baolau).


2. LIMOUSINE / MINIVAN / BUS from Hanoi to Tam Coc

Another popular way to get to Tam Coc from Hanoi is by limousine or minivan, or by bus, actually a smaller bus for several passengers. This option is popular because some of these minivans go directly to Tam Coc, Hang Mua or even Trang An area, so you avoid the transfer from Ninh Binh city.

For transfer to Tam Coc, you can use from a number of different private companies such as Trang An Limousine, XE Vietnam, To Vietnam Travel, VietNam Travel Bus, To Vietnam Travel, Daiichi Travel, King Express Bus, Duy Khang Limousine, Binh Minh, Grouptour, Truly HaGiang , Dichung.

The minivans or minibuses of these companies depart from various stops in Hanoi and arrive in Tam Coc mostly at the tourist center, at the shipping port, or at some specific accommodation facilities. The travel time by minibuses or minivans from Hanoi to Tam Coc is approximately the same as by train to Ninh Binh, i.e. approximately 2-2.5 hours.

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Transfer prices from Hanoi to Tam Coc by these minivans or minibuses range from $6-15/pp. Some minivans also depart from, for example, Noi Bai Airport to Tam Coc, such a transfer can be a bit more expensive. Again, you will find and book tickets for minivans and buses from Hanoi to Tam Coc – Bich Dong online, always read carefully all the information regarding these minivan or bus transfers.

A minivan is probably the most suitable option of transport to Tam Coc, the advantage is a transfer directly to the tourist center or even to some hotels or homestays, each company has a different set up. You can also use these minivans from the above private companies on the return trip from Tam Coc to Hanoi.

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From Hanoi to Tam Coc you can also travel by various minivans or minibuses (photo: 12go.asia)


3. TAXI / CAR from Hanoi to Tam Coc / Trang An

If you are looking for private cars or taxis from Hanoi to Tam Coc or other areas in Ninh Binh, this option is also available. From Hanoi city or even from Noi Bai airport, you can take a private taxi / car directly to the area of Tam Coc, Trang An, Hoa Lu and other popular places. A private car with a driver is the most expensive, most comfortable and also the fastest way to get to Tam Coc from Hanoi.

On this route, you can use several private companies that will offer you modern and comfortable cars, SUVs, Jeeps or minivans and minibuses for groups of people. The taxi companies that operate these private transfers on this route are Booking Car, Saigon DMC, Hai Van Transport, Ouros Travel, Dichung Taxi or Cat Ba Express.

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The advantage of a private transfer is that you can choose the place of departure and the place where you are going in Tam Coc or where you will be accommodated. Transport by private car/taxi from Hanoi to Tam Coc or Trang An costs on average $35-165/car, depending on the type of car you book. Smaller cars tend to be cheaper, and minivans or Jeeps for more people or a group of travelers tend to be the most expensive option.

On the other hand, a private minivan for a group of travelers can also pay off, as you can then calculate the fare per individual passenger. You can also use private cars from Noi Bai Airport, which is an advantage for those who fly into Hanoi but want to avoid the busy city center. The driving time by private car from Hanoi to Tam Coc or Trang An can vary a little, depending on where you leave from and where you are going, but on average the travel time is around 2-2.5 hours.

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From Hanoi to Ninh Binh or Tam Coc you can also travel by private taxi/car (photo: Ouros Travel, 12go.asia)


4. BOOK A PRIVATE TOUR to Tam Coc / Ninh Binh

Another popular way to visit the Tam Coc or Trang An area from Hanoi is to use an organized private tour / tour with a guide. This option is suitable if you do not want to deal with transfers or if you want to learn more about the historical area in Tam Coc or Hoa Lu. Then a private trip with an English-speaking guide, a Vietnamese who knows the area well and will provide much more information, may be suitable.

A lot of travelers go to Ninh Binh area, for example, for a trip just for example for 1 day, but this area deserves at least 3 days, there are a lot of interesting places. From Hanoi, many travel agencies offer just such trips to Tam Coc and the surrounding area with the option of transportation, or even accommodation and meals and other services. If you would like to search and book a trip to Tam Coc from Hanoi with a guide, use the perfect online platform Klook.

There are plenty of such trips to and around Ninh Binh from several well-rated agencies offered on this platform. The advantage is that on the platform you will also see reviews from other travelers who have used such trips in the Ninh Binh area. Prices for a 1-day trip to the Tam Coc / Trang An area range from $30-50/per person, depending on what additional services are included in the price of the trip.

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5. Travel by MOTORBIKE to Ninh Binh

Another way to travel from Hanoi to Tam Coc or other areas in Ninh Binh is to travel on your motorbike. You can rent a motorbike in Hanoi at various rental companies and then go on your own route to Ninh Binh and Tam Coc. Renting a motorbike in Vietnam costs on average $10-15 for 1 day, but the price can vary depending on the type of motorbike you rent. However, it is important to know that in order to drive a motorcycle in Vietnam, you must have an international driver’s license and you should also have driving experience driving motorcycles, especially in Asia.

You should also have an international driver’s license with a valid license for the motorcycle in question. Traffic in Vietnam can be chaotic and sometimes dangerous, especially in or around city centers, so it is better to drive slowly and very carefully. The main roads that will get you to Ninh Binh the fastest are CT01 and QL1A.

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However, traffic may be less chaotic on secondary minor roads, but these roads and paths may be of poorer quality. On the way to Ninh Binh from Hanoi, it is good to visit the very interesting and historical area of the Perfume Pagoda (Thiên Trù Temple). The advantage of renting a motorbike is that you can explore the area in Tam Coc or other nearby areas of Trang An on your own axis and go wherever you want.

A motorbike is a very good means of moving around the area in these places. If you are going to rent a motorcycle, also check all the valid documents of the owner, which you should have with the motorcycle, the Police in Vietnam may even require them during road inspections.

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Mua Caves (Hang Mua) – an amazing place with stunning views, about 3 km from Tam Coc.


FAQ + TIPS – Travel route from Hanoi to Tam Coc:

1. How to book tickets or car from Hanoi to Tam Coc (Ninh Binh)?

2. How to book a tour to Ninh Binh / Tam Coc?

    • You can search and book a tour to Vietnam and to Ninh Binh or other popular sites in Vietnam online with KLOOK ➜. There are some holiday trips in Vietnam.

3. What is the travel time from Hanoi to Tam Coc?

    • Travel by train + taxi from Hanoi to Tam Coc (over Ninh Binh) takes about 4 hours.
    • Travel by bus / van / limousine from Hanoi to Tam Coc takes about 2-3 hours.
    • Travel by private car/taxi from Hanoi to Tam Coc takes about 2-2.5 hours.

4. What is the travel distance from Hanoi to Tam Coc?

    • Travel distance from Hanoi to Tam Coc is about 100 km by combination of train / bus.

5. How much does it cost to travel from Hanoi to Tam Coc?

    • Travel by train + taxi from Hanoi to Tam Coc (via Ninh Binh) costs about $7-15/pp.
    • Travel by bus / van / limousine from Hanoi to Tam Coc costs about $6-15/pp.
    • Travel by private car/taxi from Hanoi to Tam Coc costs about $35-165/car.

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. What is the best way of transport from Hanoi to Tam Coc?

    • The best and most comfortable way of transport from Hanoi to Tam Coc is to travel by van/limousine or minibus directly to Tam Coc from Hanoi. There are various private vans and minibuses, search and book tickets on Baolau.

8. What is the cheapest way of transfer from Hanoi to Tam Coc?

    • The most cheapest way of transport to Tam Coc in Ninh Binh is to travel by train or private minivan / limousine to Ninh Binh city center or private minivan directly to Tam Coc.

9. In which bus stations buses and van from Hanoi to Tam Coc arrive?

    • Buses and limousines arrive to various places in Tam Coc (wharf or hotels). Some buses or private limousines/vans arrive to Tam Coc Wharf or another places, eg. to various hotels. Read and check carefully on Baolau/12go.asia from where the buses depart and arrive.

10. From Ninh Binh to central Vietnam, where to go?

    • You can travel by train or bus from Ninh Binh to central Vietnam. You can travel by regular sleeper trains (+luxury tourist sleeper trains) to Hue or Da Nang (+Hoi An).

11. What is Tam Coc known for?

    • Tam Coc is known for its stunning natural beauty and is often referred to as „Halong Bay on land.“ It is famous for its karst landscape, limestone caves, and picturesque rice fields. Visitors can take a boat ride along the Ngo Dong River, passing through caves and marveling at the scenic landscape of towering limestone cliffs and vibrant green fields.

12. How long is the boat ride in Tam Coc?

    • The boat ride in Tam Coc typically takes around 2 hours. During this time, visitors are treated to a leisurely journey along the river, passing through three caves known as Hang Ca, Hang Hai, and Hang Ba. The boat rowers, often local women, skillfully navigate through the caves, providing a unique and memorable experience of Tam Coc’s natural wonders.

13. 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.

14. What is the weather in Vietnam and what to expect?

    • Weather in Vietnam varies with a tropical climate featuring distinct wet and dry seasons. In the north, the dry season (October to April) brings cooler temperatures, while the wet season (May to September) is marked by higher humidity and heavy rainfall. Central Vietnam experiences a dry period (January to August) with lower humidity and a wet season (September to December) characterized by increased rainfall. In southern Vietnam, the dry season (December to April) offers warm temperatures, while the wet season (May to November) brings higher humidity and occasional heavy rainfall. For accurate information, check local forecasts.

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Bus Schedule - Hanoi to Tam Coc

Departs in Hanoi

Arrival in Tam Coc

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Duy Khang Limousine

05:30

07:40

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Duy Khang Limousine

06:30

08:40

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07:30

09:40

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08:30

10:40

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11:40

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12:40

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11:30

13:40

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12:30

14:40

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15:40

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16:40

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17:40

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16:30

18:40

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Duy Khang Limousine

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19:40

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20:40

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Duy Khang Limousine

19:30

21:40

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XE Vietnam

05:00

08:30

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06:00

09:30

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XE Vietnam

07:00

10:30

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XE Vietnam

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11:30

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09:00

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10:00

13:30

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15:30

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18:30

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16:00

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08:15

11:15

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09:45

12:45

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15:45

18:45

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Truly Hagiang

06:30

08:00

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Truly Hagiang

07:30

08:55

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09:55

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Truly Hagiang

13:30

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Techbus VN

07:00

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16:30

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🚕 Taxi from Hanoi to Ninh Binh – Schedule / Prices + Private Companies:

Taxi Schedule - Hanoi to Ninh Binh

Departs in Hanoi

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Any Time (Hanoi)

01:40

From $165.00

Ouros Travel

Any Time (Airport)

02:20

From $63.00

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Any Time (Airport)

02:20

From $75.00

Ouros Travel

Any Time (Airport)

02:20

From $98.00

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Any Time (Hanoi)

02:00

From $75.00

Ouros Travel

Any Time (Hanoi)

02:00

From $98.00

Ouros Travel

Any Time (Hanoi)

02:00

From $109.00

Beefuntrip

Any Time (Hanoi)

01:25

From $75.00

Cat Ba Express

Any Time (Hanoi)

02:00

From $83.00

Cat Ba Express

Any Time (Hanoi)

02:00

From $94.00

Cat Ba Express

Any Time (Hanoi)

02:00

From $99.00

Hai Van Transport

Any Time (Airport)

02:30

From $110.00

Hai Van Transport

Any Time (Airport)

02:30

From $131.00


4 Ways of Transfer from Hanoi to Tam Coc:

1. TRAIN from Hanoi to Ninh Binh
Travel Time About 2.5 hours
One-way Ticket Price About 70,000 – 80,000 Dongs ($4-7/pp, Seat)
Railway Station in Hanoi Hanoi Railway Station (120 Le Duan)
Railway Station in Ninh Binh Ninh Binh Railway Station (1 Hoàng Hoa Thám)
2. BUS from Hanoi to Ninh Binh / Tam Coc
Travel Time About 2-3 hours
One-way Ticket Price About 100,000 – 300,000 Vietnamese Dongs ($5-15/pp)
Bus Companies Hoang Long, Grouptour, Non Nuoc Ninh Binh, Binh Minh Queen Café…
3. LIMOUSINE / MINIVAN from Hanoi to Tam Coc
Travel Time About 2-2.5 hours
One-way Ticket Price About $8-13/pp
Private Companies Trang An Limousine, Duy Khang, Binh Minh, Grouptour, Truly HaGiang, Dichung…
4. PRIVATE TAXI / CAR from Hanoi to Tam Coc
Travel Time About 2-2.5 hours
Taxi Price About $35-165/car
Taxi Companies to Tam Coc Booking Car, Saigon DMC, Hai Van Transport, Ouros Travel, Dichung Taxi, Cat Ba Express…

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