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Ninh Binh at a glance

High Season

Sep - Nov
Current Weather
28.6°
Places you can't miss
Tam Coc
Local currency
VND
Good to know
Not many people think of going to Ninh Binh and are quick to decide to cross it off their itineraries but that’s a big mistake. This hidden gem is located in North Vietnam, about 100 kilometers from Hanoi/ Fun fact, the latest ‘King Kong’ movie was filmed there. If you really want to experience true Vietnam in all of it’s rural nature, then definitely book this trip to Ninh Binh. This place really is considered “untouched” compared to other touristic cities. You simply won’t find that many tourists or be caught in traffic and long lines. Get lost in the nature, see beautiful temples and take boat rides through caves and rice fields. When it’s time to move on, you’ll see it’s very easy to book your next connecting city to either Hanoi, Cat Be Islands , Da Nang at more.
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Convenient and Comfy
We were picked up at the airport as soon as we landed and driven to meeting point for the van's departure. The drivee from Hanoi to Ninh Binh was smooth and faster than expected. Van was incredibly comfortable and clean. The offered free wifi, charging outlet and water. Staff did not speak english but we had no issues communicating what we need to.
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Excellent Service
Minibus was on time, got to the destination quickly. Drivers were friendly and helpful. Bus was cool and comfortable. Would use again.
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Easy service & comfortable transport!
Easy service & comfortable transport!
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Super convenient!
We were picked up from the hostel and dropped off to where the (very clean) minivan was waiting. The trip was very comfortable, leg room was great, they handled our bags very well, and they gave us complimentary bottles of water, mints, and wifi access.
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Incredible service. Went above and beyond to help us.
We did a roundtrip and both rides were perfectly on time. The drivers went the extra mile and helped us retrieve our passports (we left them in our hotel) and even took us to an ATM after realising we were short on cash to pay the hotel. having an english speaking driver helped in both situations and for that we are so grateful. Our situation could've been a lot worse had we opted for a different company.
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Does the job
Great but driving was pretty rough
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Mr Dachet Ms Tamboer
Bus was uitstekend geregeld en op tijd
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Nice Ride
Bus was Comfortable and spacious. Driver handled everything well. Couple stops to stretch and refresh. Not expensive. Will recommend to everyone
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3/5
Help desk was answering and realy helpful. Driver was not there at all. We were waiting half hour and looking for driver around whole airport. He was Just not there.

About the ride from Hanoi to Ninh Binh

One of Vietnam’s most popular destinations, Ninh Binh is beautiful. Known to many as ‘Halong Bay on land,’ Ninh Binh has endless limestone peaks, beautiful hikes and one of the world’s most interesting cave trips. And even better, it’s only a short trip from Hanoi!

For the 95km (59 mile) journey from Hanoi to Ninh Binh, you have four main options: 

  • Bus from Hanoi to Ninh Binh - typically around 2.5 hours
  • Car from Hanoi to Ninh Binh - typically around 1.5 hours
  • Minivan from Hanoi to Ninh Binh - typically around 2.5 hours
  • Train from Hanoi to Ninh Binh - typically around 2 hours

Many tourists decide to rent a scooter and drive from Hanoi to Ninh Binh. Since riding a scooter in Vietnam can be dangerous, it's not a recommended option.

A final option is a one day tour from Hanoi. On this one day tour, you can experience some of Ninh Binh’s highlights as a day trip from Hanoi. It’s not the best option for experiencing all that Ninh Binh has to offer, but it’s an excellent choice if you’re on a tight turnaround.

 

What to see when traveling from Hanoi to Ninh Binh

Leaving Hanoi is a fun part of the trip from Hanoi to Ninh Binh. In your time in Vietnam’s capital, you’ll have experienced the madness and mayhem of Hanoi’s roads. But watching your bus navigate through them is an even stranger experience. Your bus will squeeze through tiny gaps with feats of flexibility you never thought possible.

Once these tiny gaps make way for wider roads, you’ll leave behind the craziness of Hanoi and drive past farms, small towns and roadside stores.

As Ninh Binh’s towering limestone karsts come into view, you’ll be greeted by one of Vietnam’s most verdant areas. Green and serene, the last part of your journey takes you through spectacularly beautiful terrain. 

 

What is the fastest way to get from Hanoi to Ninh Binh?

The fastest route to Ninh Binh from Hanoi takes 1.5 hours, by Standard Minivan or SUV Car. Both journeys are offered by Hanoi VIP Transfer. The cheapest of the two is the SUV Car, which costs $72. For that price, you receive the whole car, so if you’re traveling with a big party you can split the cost. The SUV Car seats up to 5 people.

What is the cheapest way to get from Hanoi to Ninh Binh?

The cheapest way to get to Ninh Binh from Hanoi is by Second Class train. The journey takes 2 hours and 15 minutes, and costs less than $7.

 

What is the most popular way to get from Hanoi to Ninh Binh?

The most popular way to get to Ninh Binh from Hanoi is by Luxury Minivan, with the company Ninh Binh Excursion. This journey costs around $10 and takes 2 hours.

 

How to get from Hanoi to Ninh Binh

Taking a bus to Ninh Binh from Hanoi

The bus offers a very easy, comfortable and affordable way to get from Hanoi to Ninh Binh. The journey takes around 2.5 hours and offers AC. There’s no luxury onboard, but it’s great for the price.

A day tour bus from Hanoi to Ninh Binh is also available. If you choose this option, you leave Hanoi and return to Hanoi on the same day. You will spend around 5 hours in Ninh Binh, enjoying temples, caves, karsts, rivers and some of the region’s tastiest food.

 

Bus stations that take you from Hanoi to Ninh Binh:

Departing from:

  • King Palace Hotel

Arriving at:

  • The Long Hotel

 

Taking a car to Ninh Binh from Hanoi

With the SUV Car from Hanoi to Ninh Binh, you don’t buy a ticket for your individual seat. Instead, you rent the entire car for your journey and split the cost between all of the people you’re traveling with. Up to five people can travel in the car from Hanoi to Ninh Binh.

The car is very comfortable and offers AC and an English-speaking driver. With a private car from Hanoi to Ninh Binh, you can choose your own departure and arrival times, and you can stop whenever you like!

Car departure and arrival points from Hanoi to Ninh Binh:

Departing from:

  • Noi Bai International Airport
  • Any central hotel

Arriving at:

  • Any hotel

 

Taking a minivan to Ninh Binh from Hanoi

There are a huge number of options for getting a minivan from Hanoi to Ninh Binh. With some, you can rent the entire vehicle and split the cost with your traveling party. With others, you can simply buy a ticket for one seat. The quickest of these options is 1.5 hours, while the longest is just over 3 hours.

Different providers offer different perks, but some of the most luxurious journeys offer very comfortable seats along with power sockets, blankets, WiFi and English-speaking staff.

 

Minivan departure and arrival points from Hanoi to Ninh Binh:

Departing from:

  • Noi Bai International Airport
  • Any central hotel
  • Khanh An Central Circus Station
  • Cau Giay Park

Arriving at:

  • Any hotel
  • Bai Dinh Pagoda
  • Trang An Boat Station
  • Tam Coc Boat Station

 

Taking a train from Hanoi to Ninh Binh

The train to Ninh Binh from Hanoi can be an excellent experience. Most tourists choose to use buses while traveling in Vietnam, but the train is often more comfortable - and you haven’t fully experienced Vietnam until you’ve traveled on one of its trains!

All train journeys take 2 hours and 15 minutes, and they’re all very affordable. On some journeys, you get a bed. On others, you get a seat. All offer food, drinks and toilets.

 

Train stations that take you from Hanoi to Ninh Binh:

Departing from:

  • Hanoi Train Station

Arriving at:

  • Ninh Binh Train Station

 

Which operators can I book with for a ride from Hanoi to Ninh Binh?

Hanoi to Ninh Binh bus operators

  • The Long Travel
  • Good Morning SapaHanoi to Ninh Binh car companies
  • Hanoi VIP Transfer

 

Hanoi to Ninh Binh minivan companies

  • Ninh Binh Excursion
  • Khanh An Limousine
  • Trang An Limousine
  • Thao Anh Limousine
  • Hanoi VIP Transfer
  • Non Nuoc Ninh Binh
  • Azura
  • AClass Bus Lines

 

Hanoi to Ninh Binh train operators

  • Vietnam Railways

 

How many departures from Hanoi to Ninh Binh are there each day?

There are around 137 scheduled departures to Ninh Binh from Hanoi each day. There are also private rides that can be hired to leave at any time, so your options are limitless!