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Vietnam is a long, S-shaped country, allowing easy travel from the capital of Hanoi to the economic hub in the south, Ho Chi Minh City.
Northern Vietnam is the perfect region for nature enthusiasts, from sightseeing to hiking and even to relaxing.
A peaceful, sublime World Heritage Site 3 hours from Hanoi, Halong Bay is the picture of serenity, making it even more enticing to escape busy city life.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Halong Bay is one of Vietnam’s most popular destinations. With majestic limestone karsts and emerald green waters to gaze upon, gorgeous islands to explore, and a multitude of adventure activities to sign up for, there is little wonder why it is a must-visit destination when you travel to Vietnam.
The region surrounding Ninh Binh is no less alluring. Trang An, located a short distance from Ninh Binh, is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is famous for its limestone caves and gorgeous green rice fields. Hop on a traditional boat, known as a sampan, and float down the river and discover hidden caves and ancient pagodas.
It takes between three and a half to four hours to cover the 125 mile distance (approximately 200 km) from Ninh Binh to Halong Bay. A popular route for locals and tourists alike, there are many transportation options to choose from. You can pick from buses, minivans (shared and private) and private taxis.
Buses are popular and the most economical choice. Shared minivans are also a cost-effective option and offer morning and evening departure times. For those traveling as part of a bigger group, booking a private minivan may be an excellent option. Similarly, standard-sized cars and more spacious SUVs are a great choice for solo travelers, couples, and families with kids. They offer more legroom, the convenience of hotel pick up and drop and flexibility in terms of departure times and stops along the way.
Buses are among the most popular and budget-friendly ways to travel from Ninh Binh to Ha Long Bay. There are three bus options available for travelers per day. All of these buses leave Ninh Binh in the morning. Ticket prices start from $7.50 per passenger. All of the buses are air-conditioned and have cushioned seats. Some of the premium buses even have reclining seats and personal TVs for every seat. Travel time is around three and a half to four hours, including rest stops along the way.
For those who don’t like to travel by bus, you can choose to travel by a shared or private minivan. Shared minivans offer morning and evening departure times, and with per passenger prices starting from $15, they are a relatively economical choice. Travel time is around three and a half hours and the vans make stops along the way for food and provide toilet breaks. For those who are traveling as part of a bigger group, you can also book a private minivan that can accommodate up to nine or ten passengers. With hotel pick up and drop off, it is a very convenient option for groups.
Minivan pick ups in Ninh Binh
Minivan drop offs in Halong Bay
If you are traveling solo, as a couple or as a family, and don’t like the hassle of getting to and from a bus stop, then hiring a private taxi might be a good option. Standard cars that can accommodate up to three passengers are an excellent option for solo travelers and couples. For those traveling with kids and need space and flexibility in traveling, spacious SUVs that can accommodate up to five passengers are an excellent choice.
If you consider only public transport, there are around six departures from Ninh Binh to Halong Bay every day. There are three bus departures in the morning while the shared minivans offer morning and evening departures. If none of these timings suit you or your group or if you prefer more flexibility, you can always book a private minivan or taxi, depending on your group size.
The Limo bus by Ninh Binh Limousine is the most popular way to travel from Ninh Binh to Halong Bay. The Limo Bus comes with cushioned, reclining seats, air conditioning, and personal TVs. And with ticket prices starting from $15 per passenger, it’s an economical and convenient choice too.
With a three-and-a-half-hour travel time, the Limo Bus by Ninh Binh Limousine is also the quickest way to get to Halong Bay from Ninh Binh. Ticket prices start at $15 per passenger, making this not just the fastest way to travel but also a pocket-friendly option.
Ticket prices for the Tourist Bus by The Long Travel start at $7.50 per passenger, making it the cheapest option available to travel the Ninh Binh to Halong Bay route. The air-conditioned buses have comfortable, cushioned seats and make stops along, providing travelers with snacks and restroom breaks. It’s a good option to consider for budget travelers.
The journey from Ninh Binh to Halong Bay takes you through the picturesque Vietnamese countryside. Whether you are traveling by bus, minivan, or taxi, you can sit back, relax, and revel in its quaint charm as you see the magic of rural life unfold in front of you. Take a break, especially if you have a private vehicle at your disposal, and spend some time appreciating the quiet beauty of Vietnam, outside its bustling cities.