How to get from HANOI to MAI CHAU?

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How to get and travel from Hanoi to Mai Chau? You can travel by bus, taxi or motorbike.

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From Hanoi to Mai Chau you can travel by bus, taxi, motorbike.

    • Travel distance from Hanoi to Mai Chau is about 140 km (over Hoa Binh town). There are 3 popular options of transport how to get from Hanoi to Mai Chau. There is no train connection and there are no flights, Mai Chau has no airport, so you have to travel by bus, taxi or motorbike. Bus tickets from Hanoi to Mai Chau cost about $4-10 (depends on the type of bus) and transport by bus takes about 3-3.5 hours. You can also travel directly from Hanoi – Noi Bai Airport to Mai Chau by private taxi (van, minivan). You can book bus tickets from Hanoi to Mai Chau or private taxi from Noi Bai Airport easily online. Transport on motorbike is for the experienced motorbike drivers (IDP in Vietnam necessary). From Mai Chau you can travel by bus to Ninh Binh – another popular tourist spot in northern Vietnam. You can book bus tickets or private car to Mai Chau online.

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    • Mai Chau is a small town in Hoa Binh province. A popular place mainly by vietnamese tourists. Mai Chau could be a starting place if you want to explore Pu Luong Nature Reserve or visit nearby Hoa Binh Lake. Travel distance is only about 65 km from Moc Chau, another „non-tourist place“ in the northwest part of Vietnam. Mai Chau is a place full of nature and a good option if you want to try to stay in the local homestay of the ethnic Thai people or enjoy some cultural activities. There are 3 ways of transport to Mai Chau from Hanoi – by bus/minivan, private car or motorbike. Bus or minivan is the most popular way of transfer to Mai Chau. Read the instructions how you can reach Mai Chau from Hanoi below in this article and enjoy your holiday in Vietnam. From Hanoi you can also trave to Mai Chau via Ninh Binh or you can go to Hoi An in central Vietnam.

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How do I get from Hanoi to Mai Chau?


1. BUS/VAN from Hanoi to Mai Chau

    • travel by bus/van from Hanoi to Mai Chau takes about 3-3.5 hours
    • bus companies from Hanoi to Mai Chau: Chinh Minh, Huong Kien, Thu Bang, Grouptour
    • there are minivans or buses from Yen Nghia, Hanoi Opera House or Hoan Kiem
    • travel by bus is a cheapest way how to get from Hanoi to Mai Chau
    • one-way bus ticket from Hanoi to Mai Chau costs about $4-10/pp (depends on the type of bus)
    • Book and buy bus tickets from Hanoi to Mai Chau on 12go.asia icon-external-link-square or Baolau icon-external-link-square
    • you will receive your bus e-ticket to Mai chau by email, ready to print or carry in your smartphone or tablet and present when boarding the bus in Hanoi (Recommended – print your bus ticket)
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Bus and van/minivan from Hanoi to Mai Chau (photo: 12go.asia).


2. TAXI (Van, Minivan) from Hanoi to Mai Chau

    • from Hanoi to Mai Chau you can also travel by private taxi
    • you can book private taxi (Van, Minivan) from Hanoi – Noi Bai Airport
    • private taxi companies from Hanoi to Mai Chau: Hai Van Transport, Booking Car
    • travel by taxi from Hanoi City center to Mai Chau takes about 3 hours
    • travel by taxi from Hanoi – Noi Bai Airport to Mai Chau takes about 4 hours
    • travel by taxi (Van, Minivan) from Hanoi (+Noi Bai Airport) to Mai Chau costs about $110-175 (car)
    • you can book minivan for 4 passengers or van for 9 passengers
    • if you are traveling in a group of people – van is a good way how to get to Mai Chau
    • Book your taxi from Hanoi – Noi Bai Airport to Mai Chau on 12go.asia icon-external-link-square
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Van/Taxi of Hai Van Transport from Hanoi – Noi Bai Airport to Mai Chau (photo: 12go.asia).


3. TRAVEL BY MOTORBIKE to Mai Chau

    • a good way of transport to Mai Chau only for the experienced drivers
    • travel by motorbike from Hanoi to Mai Chau can take up to 4-5 hours
    • you can stop and visit Hoa Binh Lake, Hoa Binh town is about 65 km from Mai Chau
    • use your Google Maps navigation in your smartphone
    • there are various tourist motorbike rentals in Hanoi (motorbike for 1 day costs about $10-15/pp)
    • Book your motorbike/bicycle in Hanoi easily online on Bikesbooking icon-external-link-square

icon-map-marker Mai Chau + Hoa Binh Lake – Tourist map:

Baolau – Online ticket booking in Asia

– you can book various tickets/flights for Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, Thailand, Myanmar…)
– ferry routes for Vietnam, Cambodia, eg. ferry/boats to Cat Ba, ferries to Phu Quoc, ferry to Nam Du Island, ferry to Koh Rong
– tickets for tourist routes in Vietnam eg. Hanoi to Ha Giang, Hanoi to Dong Hoi, Da Lat to Saigon
– you can use your online train e-ticket in smartphone in Vietnam (Recommended – print your ticket)
– official prices of transport companies, airlines, updated schedules/timetables
– before you book your tickets, read also frequently asked questions on Baolau

12go.asia – Online ticket booking in Asia

– you can book various tickets/flights mainly to Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia…)
– ferry/boat tickets for Vietnam, Thailand…eg. ferry/boats to Vung Tau, Koh Kood, Koh Samui, Koh Phi Phi, Koh Lanta
– train/bus tickets for the most frequented routes in Thailand – Bangkok > Surat Thani, Surat Thani > Phuket, Bangkok > Chiang Mai
– you can also book train tickets for China online (Beijing to Shanghai, Beijing to Xian, Shanghai to Nanjing..)
– you can use an online train ticket in Vietnam in your smartphone/tablet
– if you book train ticket in Baolau/12go for tourist trains in Vietnam to Sapa (Orient, Sapaly…), you must pick it up at the station

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You can enjoy various cultural activities in Mai Chau.
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You can see and visit local thai ethnic people in Mai Chau.
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From Mai Chau you can travel to Pu Luong Nature Reserve.
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Some small village at the Hoa Binh Lake.


icon-info-circle FAQ + Tips – Travel route from Hanoi to Mai Chau:

1️⃣ How to book bus tickets or taxi from Hanoi to Mai Chau?

    • You can book bus tickets or taxi from Hanoi to Mai Chau on 12go.asia or Baolau.

2️⃣ How long does it take from Hanoi to Mai Chau?

    • Travel by bus/minivan from Hanoi to Mai Chau takes about 3-3.5 hours.
    • Travel by taxi from Hanoi (+Noi Bai Airport) to Mai Chau takes about 4 hours.
    • Travel by motorbike from Hanoi to Mai Chau takes about 4-5 hours.

3️⃣ How much does it cost to travel from Hanoi to Mai Chau?

    • Travel by bus/minivan from Hanoi to Mai Chau costs about $4-10/pp.
    • Travel by taxi from Hanoi (+Noi Bai Airport) to Mai Chau costs about $110-175 (car).

4️⃣ What is the travel distance from Hanoi to Mai Chau?

    • Travel distance from Hanoi to Mai Chau (over Hoa Binh) is about 140 km by bus/motorbike.

5️⃣ Do you want to book a motorbike in Hanoi?

    • You can search and book your motorbike in Hanoi with Bikesbooking.

6️⃣ Is it possible to travel by train from Hanoi to Mai Chau?

    • No, there is no railway station in Mai Chau, there is no train connection between these cities. The only way how to get to Mai Chau is to travel by bus, taxi, motorbike or private transport. You can also book eg. 2-3 day tour from Hanoi.

7️⃣ Is there a flight from Hanoi to Mai Chau?

    • No, there is no flight, travel by plane is not possible, Mai Chau has no airport.

8️⃣ 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.

9️⃣ Where to stay in Mai Chau?

    • Mai Chau offers various types of accommodation – mainly local homestays, bungalows, hotels or tourist resorts. Accommodation in Mai Chau in homestay is cheap and start already at $7/pp (shared room in homestay). There are only a few luxury resorts for tourists and standard hotels are limited.

🔟 How to get from Mai Chau to Ninh Binh?

    • You can travel from Mai Chau to Ninh Binh by bus. There are only a few buses to Ninh Binh, but you need to ask at your hotel for current schedule. Transport between Mai Chau and Ninh Binh is limited.

➡️ Where to go from Mai Chau?

    • You can travel from Mai Chau to Moc Chau, travel distance is only about 65 km, so you can rent a motorbike and travel on your own. If you want to travel by local or tourist bus from Mai Chau to Moc Chau – ask for the bus at your hotel. Another good reason why to visit Mai Chau is to travel to Hoa Binh Lake. Teoretically you can also travel to Halong Bay (via Hanoi or Ninh Binh).

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Bus from Hanoi to Mai Chau – Schedule / Timetable + Bus Tickets:

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Bus Schedule - Hanoi to Mai Chau

Departs in Hanoi

Arrival in Mai Chau

Bus Ticket

Huong Kien

06:30

09:50

From $10.00

Huong Kien

10:10

13:30

From $10.00

Huong Kien

12:30

15:50

From $10.00

Huong Kien

15:10

18:30

From $10.00

Chinh Minh

07:20

10:20

From $5.00

Thu Bang

11:00

14:00

From $4.00

Thu Bang

13:30

16:30

From $4.00

Thu Bang

14:30

17:30

From $4.00

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10 best hotels and tourist resorts in Mai Chau (photo: Mai Chau Ecolodge).
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15 best local homestays in Mai Chau.

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(You can change your departure or arrival place, eg. Hanoi to Ninh Binh, Hanoi to Ha Giang…)


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