A beautiful view from within central Ninh Binh-mobile

How to get from
Halong Bay to Ninh Binh

Halong Bay to Ninh Binh Trip Overview

Distance144 km (90.0 miles)
Price range$6-$165
Ride Duration Range2h 20m-4h 30m
Earliest Departure22:00
Latest Departure23:00

Taking a bus is the most convenient and affordable way to travel from Halong Bay to Ninh Binh. You can take a tourist bus which makes stops along the way at different destinations, or a local bus which goes straight through. If you go between February and March, you can experience the Ninh Binh Festival which celebrates the city’s culture. Be sure to visit Tam Hoc and take pictures of the infamous limestone cliffs when you visit.

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Taking a bus from Halong Bay to Ninh Binh

Fastest bus: 2h 20m

Cheapest bus: $6

The fastest: 2h 20m

The cheapest: $6

Pros

Low cost

Multiple departures per day

Many cabin class options

Free cancellations

Makes rest stops

Cons

A/C turned on high (bring a sweater)

Few English speakers

Slow traffic

No toilets in buses

Limited departure times per day

POSSIBLE AMENITIES:

A/C

Charger

Reclining Seats

Food

Wifi

TV

The fastest: 2h 50m

The cheapest: $11

Pros

English speaking drivers

Free cancellations

Luggage allowance

Driver makes toilet stops

Doable journey duration

Cons

Shared van: one departure a day

Shared van: no personal pick ups/drop offs

Private van: pricey

Possibly cramped

POSSIBLE AMENITIES:

A/C

Wifi

Reclining Seats

Charger

Food

English Speaking Staff

Blanket

The fastest: 3h

The cheapest: $76

Pros

Free cancellations

English speaking drivers

Luggage allowance

Pick up anytime, anywhere

Clean and up to date vehicle

Clean and up to date vehicle

Cons

Pricey

Possibly makes no rest stops

Not very suitable for solo-travelers (price wise)

Limited luggage per passenger

POSSIBLE AMENITIES:

A/C

English Speaking Staff

Food

Wifi

A beautiful view from within central Ninh Binh

About the ride from Halong Bay to Ninh Binh

Limestone karsts rise majestically from the emerald green waters of Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Vietnam's most popular tourist destinations. Take a cruise to visit its many attractions and sign up for some adventure activities - Cat Ba island, spelunking in Hang Sung Sot Cave, diving in underwater cave grottoes, and dining on some of the freshest seafood.

Equally stunning is the landscape around Ninh Binh. Trang An, another UNESCO World Heritage Site and sometimes referred to as the Halong Bay on land, is located a short distance from Ninh Binh. The region is known for its limestone caves and lush green rice fields. 

The distance from Halong Bay to Ninh Binh is approximately 136 miles (219 km) and takes three and a half hours to 5 hours to cover, depending on the mode of transport. Those wishing to travel to Ninh Binh from Halong Bay can choose from buses, minivans (shared and private), and taxis.

Buses are the most inexpensive option and a very popular choice. Minivans are also an economical option and offer more departure time options. With more flexibility in timing and pick up and drop off options, minivans are an excellent choice for groups. For those traveling solo, as a couple or with family and want convenience and privacy, private taxis are available for hire. 

 

How to get from Ha Long Bay to Ninh Binh

Taking a bus

Buses are a popular option to travel from Ha Long Bay to Ninh Binh. And with ticket prices starting from as low as $7.50, they are an excellent choice for backpackers, budget travelers, and single travelers. All buses are air-conditioned and have comfortable seats. The coaches take between three and a half hours to five hours to reach Ninh Binh and make stops along the way for snacks and toilet breaks. While there are multiple departures (up to four) per day, the departure time options are limited. Most of the buses leave Halong Bay before noon, and there are no afternoon or evening options available. The bus can get a little chilly as the AC is sometimes cranked up, so do bring a jacket or sweater in your carry on luggage to keep warm.

Taking a minivan 

For slightly more than the price of a bus ticket (ticket prices start at $14/person), you can choose a shared minivan to travel to Halong Bay to Ninh Binh. All of the minivans are air-conditioned and have comfortable and well-cushioned seats making the three and a half hour journey to Ninh Binh a pleasant one. 

For those traveling as part of a bigger group, there is the option of booking a private minivan. These minivans are ideal for groups up to 9 or 10 people and offer hotel pick up and drop off. They make stops along the way for food, toilet breaks, and to stretch your legs. Departure times can be decided based on your convenience. 

Hiring a private car/taxi 

If comfort, convenience, and privacy is what you are looking for, then booking a private car might be the best option. You can choose a standard-sized vehicle if you are traveling alone or as part of a small group (up to three passengers). More spacious SUVs are available for families or groups of up to five passengers. They offer flexibility in terms of departure times, and when you need to take breaks during the journey. 



 

What to see when traveling from Halong Bay to Ninh Binh?

The route from Halong Bay to Ninh Binh is a scenic one and gives you a wonderful glimpse into the beautiful Vietnam countryside. If you are traveling by private minivan or taxi, stop for a while to take in the quaint rural scenes and capture a few of these images to take back with you.

Companies Operating from Halong Bay to Ninh Binh

Average time

3h 25m

Average price

$11

(374)

Average time

3h 30m

Average price

$90

(96)

Average time

3h 30m

Average price

$85 - $165

(24)

Popular stations and stops in Halong Bay and Ninh Binh

Departure stations in Halong Bay

Bai Chay - Any hotel

Halong Bay - Any hotel

Bai Chay Bus Station

Tung Luxury Hotel Ha Long

Bai Chay Bus Station

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Arrival stations in Ninh Binh

Tam Coc - Any hotel

Trang An - Any hotel

Ninh Binh - Any hotel

Red light in street conjunction Tran Nhat Tong street

Mike's Travel Agency

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