There are 3 operators that run from Sapa to Ninh Binh, with 1 departure per day. If you decide to take a Bus, you can take the Sleeping and Local sleeping options.
There is 1 operator that run from Sapa to Ninh Binh. If you decide to take a Minivan, you can take the Standard option.
There are 2 operators that run from Sapa to Ninh Binh. If you decide to take a Car, you can take the Standard and SUV options.
When traveling the 429 kilometer (267 mile) distance between Sapa and Ninh Binh, you have 3 options you can choose from:
The bus leaves Sapa late in the evening and arrives in Ninh Binh early in the morning. If you choose a private transfer, then you can pick the departure time that works best for you.
The best time to visit Ninh Binh is during May and June. The harvest season is at its peak during this time of the year. You’ll have a chance to enjoy gorgeous golden fields, lotus flowers in Tam Coc and Bich Dong, and the nearby caves and mountains. You can also visit it during other times of the year, but May and June have the perfect weather conditions.
What you’re able to see outside of your window while traveling from Sapa to Ninh Binh depends on the time of the day you’ll leave Sapa. If you’re traveling during the night, the best thing you can do is catch up on your sleep. On the other hand, if you chose the departure during the day, you’ll be able to enjoy lush green scenery outside of your window.
You’ll probably be hungry after your trip, and you can head straight to the Cho Bop Market where there are many cafés, and street food stalls. Noodle soups, fried meals, and a tasty draft beer, bia hoi, is exactly what you need before you start exploring.
Ninh Binh is an entire area that is scattered around the central town, with most of the attractions outside of the city. Most travelers book accommodation in town and start off their adventures from there.
Tam Coc is one of the most popular attractions in the region. It’s a scenic area with limestone hills located right next to emerald green rice fields. You can also explore this area on a boat tour.
The nature that surrounds Ninh Binh town is magnificent, and there are so many great spots that you can spend days and weeks exploring them. Some of these spots are Van Long Nature Reserve, Cuc Phuong National Park, and Mua Cave. If you’re looking to explore local religious centers, take a trip to Phat Diem Cathedral, Bich Dong Pagoda, or the Buddhist complex Chua Bai Dinh.
The local delicacy in this area is snails, and you can get a portion of them in many restaurants and street food joints around town. Usually, they’re prepared with hot chillies and aromatic lemongrass. However, if you don’t like them, there are many more tasty foods to try in Ninh Binh!
Taking a bus
Taking a bus from Sapa to Ninh Binh is a convenient and affordable way to travel between the two places. All buses travel overnight and have reclining seats and blankets provided so that you can rest until you arrive in Ninh Binh. The buses have A/C, but they don’t have toilets on board. Don’t worry, though. Drivers will make frequent stops during your journey.
Taking a private minivan
If you’re traveling with a group of family or friends of up to 10 people and you need more privacy, you can consider booking a private minivan. This option is more expensive compared to the bus, but you’ll be able to choose your departure time, location, as well as the drop off point in Ninh Binh. The minivan has reclining seats and A/C.
Driving with a private car
For smaller groups of up to 5 passengers who also need privacy, booking a private car transfer might be the best option. This is the most expensive way to get to Ninh Binh, but you’ll have privacy, and the option to choose your departure time. The driver will pick you up at your hotel in Sapa, and drop you off wherever you want in Ninh Binh. The car has A/C.
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Standard Car 5 PAX by Ninh Binh Village 1990 which usually takes 8h
319 Km (Air)
Sleeping Bus by The Long Travel starting at US$14
Approximately, there are 1 departures each day. You can also book a private ride and leave whenever you want.