How to go → 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?

1. Bus – Cat Ba to Ninh Binh
2. Bus + Train to Ninh Binh
3. Taxi / Car to Ninh Binh
4. FAQ + Travel Tips + Info
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From Cat Ba to Ninh Binh you can get by ferry + bus, bus + train or taxi.

    • Traveling from Cat Ba Island to Ninh Binh covers approximately 160 km via Hai Phong route. Conveniently, there are tourist buses available from Cat Ba town to Ninh Binh. These buses include a stop at Cai Vieng, followed by a short ferry/boat transfer to Hai Phong. From Hai Phong, the journey continues by bus to Ninh Binh. Expect a travel duration of 4-6 hours by bus or private minivan/minibus, with tickets priced around $10-21 per person. Opting for a direct tourist bus from Cat Ba town on Cat Ba Island is advisable for a seamless journey. Note that there are no direct flights between Cat Ba and Ninh Binh. Secure your bus/train tickets from Cat Ba Island to Ninh Binh (Tam Coc, Trang An Complex, or Hoa Lu) conveniently online. Once in Ninh Binh, you can easily travel to Hoi An and Da Nang or Phong Nha in central Vietnam, with available trains and tourist buses.

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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.
Transfer Mode – Cat Ba to Ninh Binh Travel Time Cost Range
Bus + Ferry 5 hours $10-20/pp
Bus + Train + Ferry (via Hanoi) 7-8 hours $13-17/pp
Private Taxi / Car 5 hours $100-180/car

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


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

The most used and low-cost transportation option from Cat Ba Island to Ninh Binh is traveling by bus and a short boat transfer via Hai Phong. This transfer also includes boat transport from Cat Ba to Hai Phong (or Ha Long city) and from there continue by bus to Ninh Binh.

On this route between Cat Ba Island and Ninh Binh, several companies offer bus services such as Techbus VN, Duc Duong Bus, Good Morning Cat Ba, Daiichi Travel, Cat Ba Express, The Long Travel. These bus companies will offer you mostly modern buses with comfortable seats.

Buses mostly depart from Cat Ba city center and arrive at various places in Ninh Binh, such as Tam Coc, Trang An or Ninh Binh city. You will always see this information about departures in Cat Ba and arrivals in Ninh Binh when ordering tickets.

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The bus and boat transfer from Cat Ba to Ninh Binh takes approximately 4-6 hours and combined bus and ferry tickets cost between $10-21/pp. The boat transfer from Cat Ba Island to the mainland takes about 20 minutes.

Bus tickets from Cat Ba Island to Ninh Binh can be easily searched and booked easily online even in advance, including the transfer by ferry from the Cat Ba Island to Hai Phong / Ha Long.

Always read all transfer and ticket instructions carefully, some buses also accept mobile phone tickets. Traveling by bus to Ninh Binh will be the best and fully sufficient mode of transportation to Ninh Binh for most solo travelers.

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Bus of Techbus VN company from Cat Ba to Ninh Binh (photo: 12go.asia).


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

Another low-cost transport option is a trip by bus and train via Hai Phong and Hanoi. You can also take the train directly from Hai Phong to Hanoi and from Hanoi to Ninh Binh, but it will take a little more time. This transport option therefore has 2 steps, the 1st step is a bus + ferry trip from Cat Ba to Hanoi and the 2nd step is a train trip from Hanoi to Ninh Binh.

The journey by bus + ferry from Cat Ba to Hanoi takes approximately 4-6 hours. You can use a number of transport companies on this route such as Cat Ba Express, Techbus VN, Ha Long Bus Travel, Duc Duong, To Vietnam Travel, Daiichi Travel, VietNam Travel Bus, Cat Ba Panorama, Full Moon Party Tour, Ariang Travel, Vietnam Luxury Travel, Grouptour, Hoang Long and others.

Most companies offer modern buses with seats for transfer to Hanoi, or comfortable minivans for groups of travelers. These transfers also include boat transfers from Cat Ba to Hai Phong or Ha Long. From Hai Phong, the bus transfer to Hanoi continues.

Transportation by bus + ferry from Cat Ba to Hanoi costs approximately $11-25/pp, this combined fare usually includes a boat transfer to the mainland. You can easily find and buy bus tickets from Cat Ba to Hanoi online and in advance. Companies often accept mobile tickets as well, but it is important to read all ticket and transfer instructions.

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The second step is to travel by Vietnam Railways train from Hanoi to Ninh Binh. There are several train connections on the route from Hanoi to Ninh Binh every day, the journey takes about 2-2.5 hours and the tickets cost between $4-7/pp, you can use the comfortable seats, they are the cheapest.

The Ninh Binh train station is located a short distance from the city center and about 5 km from the Tam Coc area, you can use e.g. a private transfer or a taxi to get there. Hanoi Railway Station is a short walk from Hoan Kiem district and is easily accessible by foot. You can again search and buy train tickets from Hanoi to Ninh Binh online, regular trains also accept tickets on mobile phones, so there is no need to print them.

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From Cat Ba to Ninh Binh you can also travel by bus + train via Hai Phong and Hanoi.


3. PRIVATE TAXI / CAR from Cat Ba Island to Ninh Binh

The most convenient but at the same time the most expensive transfer option from Cat Ba Island to Ninh Binh is by private car/taxi with driver. It is therefore a private car/taxi reservation where you also have your own experienced driver at your disposal. Modern and comfortable cars, SUVs or minivans for multiple people from Cat Ba Island to Ninh Binh are offered by Ouros Travel, Saigon DMC and the journey time is approximately 4-5 hours.

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A private car is not suitable for low-cost travelers, a private car/taxi ride from Cat Ba to Ninh Binh costs around $100-180/vehicle. Smaller cars are usually cheaper, minivans or SUVs are usually more expensive. However, if you book a minivan for several people in a group of travelers, such a transfer can pay off in the end. You can search and book your private car from Cat Ba to Ninh Binh online even in advance. Always read all instructions carefully before ordering your car to Ninh Binh.

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From Cat Ba Island you can also travel by private taxi / car, you can book a modern car, vehicle or minivan.


Frequently Asked Questions – Cat Ba Island to Ninh Binh:

1. 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.

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

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

3. 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 4-6 hours.
    • Travel by bus + train + ferry from Cat Ba Island to Ninh Binh (via Hanoi) takes about 7-8 hours.
    • Travel by private taxi/car from Cat Ba Island to Ninh Binh takes about 4-5 hours.

4. 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 $10-20/pp.
    • Travel by bus + train + ferry from Cat Ba Island to Ninh Binh (via Hanoi) costs about $12-17/pp.
    • Travel by private taxi/car from Cat Ba Island to Ninh Binh costs about $100-180/car.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. 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 (or Hai Phong) to Hanoi (from Ha Long via Kep, about 7 hours) or train from Hai Phong to Hanoi (about 2.5 hours).

10. 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.

11. Which bus companies serve this travel 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…

12. 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

13. 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.

14. 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.

15. 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.

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

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Bus Schedule - Cat Ba to Ninh Binh

Departs in Cat Ba Island

Arrival in Ninh Binh

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Techbus VN

07:40

12:40

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Techbus VN

08:00

11:40

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Techbus VN

12:45

16:25

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Techbus VN

15:45

19:25

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The Long Travel

09:30

14:00

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The Long Travel

12:30

17:00

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The Long Travel

15:30

20:00

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Good Morning Cat Ba

07:30

12:00

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Good Morning Cat Ba

09:30

14:30

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Good Morning Cat Ba

12:30

17:30

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Good Morning Cat Ba

15:30

20:30

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Good Morning Cat Ba

16:30

21:00

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Daiichi Travel

09:00

13:00

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Daiichi Travel

12:30

16:30

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Daiichi Travel

16:00

20:00

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Daiichi Travel

09:00

13:20

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Daiichi Travel

12:30

16:50

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Daiichi Travel

16:00

20:20

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Cat Ba Discovery

08:00

11:40

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Cat Ba Discovery

09:00

12:40

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Cat Ba Discovery

13:00

16:40

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Cat Ba Discovery

15:00

18:40

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Cat Ba Discovery

15:00

18:40

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Full Moon Party

07:45

11:10

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Full Moon Party

12:30

15:55

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Full Moon Party

15:40

19:05

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Grouptour

12:10

16:40

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Grouptour

12:25

16:55

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Grouptour

16:00

20:30

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Grouptour

17:00

21:00

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Sapa Discovery

08:00

12:30

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Sapa Discovery

12:30

17:00

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Ninh Binh Footprint

08:00

12:00

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Ninh Binh Footprint

12:00

16:00

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VietNam Travel Bus

08:00

13:00

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VietNam Travel Bus

12:30

17:30

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Duc Duong

08:00

12:20

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Duc Duong

12:15

16:35

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To Vietnam Travel

08:30

13:00

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To Vietnam Travel

12:15

16:45

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Ha Long Bus Travel

08:30

12:30

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Ha Long Bus Travel

12:30

16:30

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🚍 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

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The Long Travel

07:00

11:30

Book from $15.10

The Long Travel

09:30

14:00

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The Long Travel

13:00

17:30

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Good Morning Cat Ba

07:00

11:30

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Good Morning Cat Ba

09:30

14:00

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Good Morning Cat Ba

11:30

17:00

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Good Morning Cat Ba

13:30

18:00

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Good Morning Cat Ba

15:00

19:30

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Daichi Travel

07:30

11:30

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Daichi Travel

10:00

14:00

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Daichi Travel

13:00

17:00

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Cat Ba Discovery

07:30

11:10

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Cat Ba Discovery

08:30

12:10

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Cat Ba Discovery

13:00

16:40

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Cat Ba Discovery

14:00

17:40

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