How to get from CAT BA to NINH BINH?

How to get from Cat Ba Island to Ninh Binh
Bai Dinh buddhist complex in Ninh Binh. How to travel from Cat Ba Island to Ninh Binh?

 Bus – Cat Ba to Ninh Binh
Bus+Train to Ninh Binh

Map of Ninh Binh
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    • Ninh Binh – it is a famous tourist and historical place in northern Vietnam. Karst sceneries, boat trips, pagodas, temples and Hoa Lu – former capital of Vietnam, ecotourism… It is only about 100 km south of Hanoi – the capital of Vietnam, so it is a very good idea to visit this beautiful place. Lots of travelers and tourist travel from Hanoi to Cat Ba and then they travel to the southern Vietnam. Ninh Binh has several tourist and interesting places – eg. Trang An Scenic complex, Tam Coc, Hoa Lu, Bai Dinh Pagoda or Van Long nature reserve. The best way how you can visit all these nice places is to rent a motorbike (or bicycle) in Ninh Binh/Tam Coc and travel on your own. You will be surprised how nice is this place.
    • Book e-tickets from Cat Ba Island to Ninh Binh on Baolau icon-external-link-square or 12go.asia icon-external-link-square

From Cat Ba Island to Ninh Binh you can travel by ferry+tourist bus.

    • Travel distance from Cat Ba Island to Ninh Binh is about 160 km, if you travel via Hai Phong. There are tourist buses from Cat Ba town to Ninh Binh, these buses go to Cai Vieng and there is a short ferry/boat transfer to Hai Phong, in Hai Phong you continue to travel by bus to Ninh Binh. Travel by bus from Cat Ba to Ninh Binh takes about 5-6 hours and tickets cost about $14-19. Theoretically, you can also travel from Cat Ba to Hanoi by bus, or by train from Hai Phong and from Hanoi you can take a bus/train to Ninh Binh. There is no flight between Cat Ba and Ninh Binh. Book and buy our bus/train tickets from Cat Ba Island to Ninh Binh (Tam Coc, Trang An Complex or Hoa Lu) online. From Ninh Binh you can travel to Hoi An and Da Nang in central Vietnam, there are trains and tourist buses.

How do I get from Cat Ba Island to Ninh Binh?


1. BUS / VAN + FERRY from Cat Ba Island to Ninh Binh

    • yes, there are various buses/vans/limousines from Cat Ba Island to Ninh Binh
    • travel by bus/van+ferry from Cat Ba Island to Ninh Binh takes about 5-6 hours
    • comfortable, modern tourist buses
    • there is a transfery by ferry from Cat Ba Island to Hai Phong
    • bus companies to Ninh Binh: Good Morning Cat Ba, Daiichi Travel, Cat Ba Express, The Long Travel…
    • one-way bus ticket from Cat Ba to Ninh Binh costs about $14-21/pp
    • Book your bus e-tickets+schedule from Cat Ba Island to Ninh Binh on Baolau icon-external-link-square or 12go.asia icon-external-link-square
    • lots of tourists travel from Cat Ba to Ninh Binh or Hanoi – recommended – book your bus tickets online!
    • you will receive your bus e-ticket to Ninh Binh by email, ready to print or carry in your mobile phone and present when boarding the bus in Cat Ba Island/Cat Ba town
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Bus of Good Morning Cat Ba company from Cat Ba to Ninh Binh (photo: Baolau).
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Van/Limousine of Good Morning Cat Ba company from Cat Ba to Ninh Binh-Tam Coc (photo: Baolau).


2. BUS / TRAIN from Cat Ba to Ninh Binh (via Hanoi)


A) BUS + FERRY from Cat Ba Island to Hanoi

    • yes, there are direct buses from Cat Ba Island to Hanoi
    • travel by bus+ferry from Cat Ba Island to Hanoi takes about 4-5 hours
    • bus ticket from Cat Ba Island to Hanoi costs about $11-17/pp
    • there is a transfer by ferry from Cat Ba Island to Hai Phong
    • various bus companies from Cat Ba to Hanoi – Cat Ba Express, Grouptour, Hoang Long…
    • Book and buy bus e-tickets from Cat Ba to Hanoi online on 12go.asia icon-external-link-square or Baolau icon-external-link-square

B) TRAIN or BUS from Hanoi to Ninh Binh

    • trains or buses on this route
    • travel by train or bus from Hanoi to Ninh Binh takes about 2-2,5 hours
    • train tickets to Ninh Binh – tickets start already at $4, bus tickets to Ninh Binh – tickets start at $6
    • read this article: How to reach Ninh Binh from Hanoi?
    • read all the information on Baolau and 12go before you buy train or bus tickets!
    • you will receive your bus/train e-tickets to Ninh Binh by email, ready to print or carry in your smartphone or tablet and present before boarding the bus/train in Hanoi

icon-map-marker Ninh Binh – Travel Map:

Baolau – Search, book and buy tickets online

– train, bus, ferry/boat tickets mainly for Vietnam (also a tickets for Cambodia and Laos, Thailand)
– flights of Vietnamese airlines, VietJet Air, JetStar, Air Asia… as well as flights to neighbouring countries
– ferry/boat tickets for Vietnam, Cambodia, eg. ferry to Cat Ba, ferry to Phu Quoc, ferry to Quan Lan, ferry to Phnom Penh
– tickets for Malaysia (eg. Penang to Langkawi, Kuala Lumpur to Cameron Highlands, Kuala Lumpur to Malacca…)
– you can use online train e-ticket in smartphone in Vietnam (I recommend to print a ticket)
– you can select a seat or berth in the train
– the price of tickets or flights is from the official price of transport company or airlines
– read other information about ticket in your order, read also frequently asked questions on Baolau

12go.asia – Search, book and buy tickets online

– bus, train, ferry tickets mainly to Thailand (+tickets for Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia, Malaysia)
– boat/ferry tickets for Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, eg. ferry to Vung Tau, Koh Phangan, Koh Chang, Koh Tao, Koh Lanta
– tickets for the main routes in Thailand, eg: Bangkok to KrabiBangkok to Chiang Mai, Bangkok to Phuket
– you can also select a seat or berth in the train
– you can use an online train ticket in Vietnam in your mobile phone (not in Thailand)
– if you order an train ticket in Baolau or 12go for tourist trains in Vietnam to Lao Cai (Fansipan, Sapaly…), you must pick it up at the station

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Karst sceneries and limestone peaks in Trang An Landscape Complex.
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Mua Caves (Hang Mua), one of the most visited places in Ninh Binh.
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Boat trips in Tam Coc and Trang An.
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Thai Vi Palace in Tam Coc / Ninh Binh.
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Tourist boats in Tam Coc / Trang An in Ninh Binh.
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Bai Dinh Temple Complex in Ninh Binh.


icon-info-circle Frequently asked questions – Cat Ba Island to Ninh Binh:

How to book and buy tickets from Cat Ba Island to Ninh Binh?

    • You can book bus+ferry tickets from Cat Ba Island to Ninh Binh on Baolau or 12go.asia.

Do you want to book a tour or trip in Ninh Binh?

    • You can search and book a tour in Ninh Binh with Tourradar.

How long does it take from Cat Ba Island to Ninh Binh?

    • Travel by bus/minivan+ferry from Cat Ba Island to Ninh Binh takes about 5 hours.
    • Travel by bus+train+ferry from Cat Ba Island to Ninh Binh (via Hanoi) takes about 7-8 hours.

How much does it cost to travel from Cat Ba Island to Ninh Binh?

    • Travel by bus/minivan+ferry from Cat Ba Island to Ninh Binh costs about $14-19/pp.
    • Travel by bus+train+ferry from Cat Ba Island to Ninh Binh (via Hanoi) costs about $12-17/pp.

What is the travel distance from Cat Ba Island to Ninh Binh?

    • Travel distance from Cat Ba Island to Ninh Binh (via Hai Phong) is about 160 km by bus/minivan. Travel distance from Cat Ba Island to Ninh Binh (via Hanoi) is about 260 km.

Is there a boat/ferry transfer from Cat Ba Island to Hai Phong?

    • Yes, there is a short boat/ferry transfer from Cat Ba Island to Hai Phong. You will be transported by boat/ferry to Hai Phong and then you will continue to travel by bus from Hai Phong to Ninh Binh.

Is it possible to travel from Cat Ba directly to Tam Coc?

    • Yes, you can travel by bus directly to Tam Coc (about 5 km from Ninh Binh.) Some buses have the end bus station right in this place. Check Baolau and book tickets easily online.

Is there a flight from Cat Ba Island to Ninh Binh?

    • No, there is no flight from Cat Ba Island to Ninh Binh. Cat Ba Island and Ninh Binh have no airports. The only way how to get to Ninh Binh is to travel by bus, bus+train or motorbike.

Is there a direct train from Ha Long to Ninh Binh?

    • No, there is not a direct train between Ha Long and Ninh Binh. There is a train from Ha Long to Hanoi (via Kep, about 7 hours) or train from Hai Phong to Hanoi (about 2.5 hours).

How to explore thea area of Ninh Binh?

    • The best way how to explore Ninh Binh is to rent a motorbike or bicycle. It is very easy to move in Trang An Scenic Complex, Tam Coc, Van Long Reserve, Bai Dinh Temple Complex. Drive slowly and carefully. International Driving Permitt (IDP) for your motorbike is necessary.

Which bus companies serve this route from Cat Ba to Ninh Binh?

    • There are various good and reliable bus companies on this route from Cat Ba Island to Ninh Binh: Good Morning Cat Ba, Daiichi Travel, Cat Ba Express, The Long Travel, Cat Ba Discovery, Full Moon Party Tour…

Where you can travel from Ninh Binh?

    • From Ninh Binh you can travel to central Vietnam, e.g. to Hue (Thua Thien province) or Da Nang + Hoi An. There are various trains or tourist buses to these places, you can book and buy train and bus tickets on Baolau or 12go.asia

Are there some buses from Cat Ba Island to Hanoi?

    • Yes, there are various tourist buses and you can travel by bus+ferry to Hanoi and from Hanoi you can travel by train or bus to Ninh Binh. Check this schedule: Cat Ba to Hanoi – Bus Schedule.

How to travel from Ninh Binh to Cat Ba Island?

    • You can travel by tourist bus/van (with a boat/ferry transfer from Hai Phong to Cat Ba). The same way how you arrived from Cat Ba to Ninh Binh. You can book bus tickets in advance.

Bus from Cat Ba Island to Ninh Binh – Schedule / Timetable + Bus Tickets:

FULL UPDATED BUS SCHEDULE  – CLICK HERE

Bus Schedule - Cat Ba to Ninh Binh

Departs in Cat Ba Island

Arrival in Ninh Binh

Book bus ticket

The Long Travel

07:30

12:00

Book from $15.10

The Long Travel

09:30

14:00

Book from $15.10

The Long Travel

12:30

17:00

Book from $15.10

The Long Travel

15:30

20:00

Book from $15.10

Good Morning Cat Ba

07:30

12:00

Book from $18.10

Good Morning Cat Ba

09:30

14:30

Book from $18.10

Good Morning Cat Ba

12:30

17:30

Book from $18.10

Good Morning Cat Ba

15:30

20:30

Book from $18.10

Good Morning Cat Ba

16:30

21:00

Book from $18.10

Daiichi Travel

09:00

13:00

Book from $19.50

Daiichi Travel

12:30

16:30

Book from $19.50

Daiichi Travel

16:00

20:00

Book from $19.50

Daiichi Travel

09:00

13:20

Book from $19.50

Daiichi Travel

12:30

16:50

Book from $19.50

Daiichi Travel

16:00

20:20

Book from $19.50

Cat Ba Discovery

08:00

11:40

Book from $17.00

Cat Ba Discovery

09:00

12:40

Book from $17.00

Cat Ba Discovery

13:00

16:40

Book from $17.00

Cat Ba Discovery

15:00

18:40

Book from $17.00

Cat Ba Discovery

15:00

18:40

Book from $17.00

Full Moon Party

16:00

19:05

Book from $14.00


Bus from Ninh Binh to Cat Ba Island – Schedule / Timetable + Bus Tickets:

FULL UPDATED BUS SCHEDULE – CLICK HERE

Bus Schedule - Ninh Binh to Cat Ba Island

Departs in Ninh Binh

Arrival in Cat Ba

Book bus ticket

The Long Travel

07:00

11:30

Book from $15.10

The Long Travel

09:30

14:00

Book from $15.10

The Long Travel

13:00

17:30

Book from $15.10

Good Morning Cat Ba

07:00

11:30

Book from $18.10

Good Morning Cat Ba

09:30

14:00

Book from $18.10

Good Morning Cat Ba

11:30

17:00

Book from $18.10

Good Morning Cat Ba

13:30

18:00

Book from $18.10

Good Morning Cat Ba

15:00

19:30

Book from $18.10

Daichi Travel

07:30

11:30

Book from $19.40

Daichi Travel

10:00

14:00

Book from $19.40

Daichi Travel

13:00

17:00

Book from $19.40

Cat Ba Discovery

07:30

11:10

Book from $17.00

Cat Ba Discovery

08:30

12:10

Book from $17.00

Cat Ba Discovery

13:00

16:40

Book from $17.00

Cat Ba Discovery

14:00

17:40

Book from $17.00

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15 best cheap hotels in Ninh Binh – there are various good and nice budget hotels.
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Ninh Binh Mountain View Homestay (photo: Agoda). The best 15 homestays+ecohomes in Ninh Binh.


icon-arrow-circle-right Book and buy your bus tickets from Cat Ba to Ninh Binh + Schedule:

(You can change your departure or arrival place, Hanoi > Ninh Binh, Hanoi > Tam Coc…)


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