Ninh Binh is a good place for family getaway, romantic trip or a short backpacking trip with your friends to strengthen important bonds. Ninh Binh is just 85 km from Hanoi with many tourist attractions that are worth paying a visit, namely: Tam Coc, Trang An, Cuc Phuong National Park. 
Read more: Travel guide to Ninh Binh
 

by Yolanda S. Saavedra
 


By bus

Yes, always one of the most guaranteed available options for travelling in Vietnam. There'are many buses that run from Hanoi to Ninh Binh because Vietnamese people are so fond of the landscape of hills and also of rice paddies beneath vast horizons. 
 


by Vu Khanh
 

Travelling by bus from Hanoi to Ninh Binh takes about 2 hours 30 minutes and usually costs 4 - 6 USD (80,000 - 150,000 VND.) You can easily book tourist buses in many travel agencies if you are staying in the Hanoi Old Quarter or you can go to Giap Bat Station or Nuoc Ngam Station to go by a local bus. The price difference is not much so you can choose to either joining other tourists or challenging yourself travelling as a local.

  • Among many bus conductors to Ninh Binh, Hoang Long is the one who has been receiving the most possitive reviews. You can book the ticket with 12 GO and pay online, then go to the agency booth of Hoang Long bus company in the second floor of Nuoc Ngam station, present your e-ticket and be ready for the journey.
* Note: It is advised for passengers to arrive at least 1 hour before departure time to ensure you wouldn't miss the bus when it suddenly changes the departure time (Check out 12 GO for more information.)
 

By train 

Travelling by train in Vietnam is quite an interesting experience, from how old-fashion the trains look to how the scene appears on the windows of the trains.
 

 
 
Travelling by train from Hanoi to Ninh Binh takes around 2 hours 30 minutes, usually costs 4 - 7 USD (70,000 - 150,000 VND)

Price ( x 1000 VND)

Train type Hard seat Hard seat
(+ aircon)
Soft seat 
(+ aircon)
Sleeping seat
1st floor - Compartment 6
(+ aircon)
Sleeping seat
2nd floor - Compartment 6
(+ aircon)
Sleeping seat
3rd floor - Compartment 6
(+ aircon)
Sleeping seat
1st floor - Compartment 4
(+ aircon)
Sleeping seat
2nd foor - Compartment 4
(+ aircon)
SE3 / SE4 - - 133 163 154 139 208 199
SE5 /SE6 96 101 127 185 174 155 201 192
SE7 / SE8 100 111 133 207 193 172 221 205
SE19 / SE20 85 95 112 150 144 128 163 156
TN1 / TN2 89 95 112 165 156 137 180 172
SE9 / SE10 98 109 130 199 185 162 212 197

Schedule

HANOI - NINH BINH
  SE19 SE5 SE7 TN1 SE3 SE9
Hanoi 20:10 09:00 06:00 14:35 19:30 14:35
Ninh Binh 22:22 11:18 08:19 17:03 21:44 17:03
Travel time 2h12m 2h18m 2h19m 2h28m 2h14m 2h43m

​HANOI - NINH BINH
  SE20 SE6 SE8 TN2 SE2 SE4
Ninh Binh 09:24 16:51 13:14 01:23 03:20 03:21
Hanoi 11:55 19:12 15:33 03:43 05:30 04:50
Travel time 2h31m 2h21m 2h19m 2h20m 2h10m 1h29m


For more information, check out the travel agency website of Vetau247.
 


 

By taxi

Travelling from Hanoi to Ninh Binh costs 50 - 70 USD, usually takes 2 hours.

By motorbike

 

You can rent a motorbike in Hanoi (5 - 8 USD/day) and follow the route suggested by Google Map to get to Ninh Binh. It would take you probably 2 - 3 hours to get the destination depending on how much you love speed.

Enjoy your trip!

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