CatBa to Ninh Binh

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How to get from CatBa to Ninh Binh

Ninh Binh is a natural paradise in northern Vietnam. Its main tourist draw is the Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex, located in the tranquil town of Tam Coc. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, you can find here some amazing viewpoints, limestone peaks, temples and pagodas to explore.

Join a boat tour that follows the Trang An River through rice paddies surrounded by karst mountains. Such a sight to behold!

2 ways to get from CatBa to Ninh Binh

Transport modeDurationCostsAvailability
Bus + Ferry4 hours246,000 VND ($9.50)Check Bus Tickets
Ferry + Bus via Hai Phong4.5 hours420,000 VND ($16.50)Read article for more info

There are 2 ways to travel the 125 km distance from CatBa to Ninh Binh: through a combined bus and ferry with rates from 246,000 VND ($9.50) or through a ferry and bus via Hai Phong with fares from 420,000 VND ($16.50). The journey takes 4 to 4.5 hours.

If you’re travelling directly from CatBa to Ninh Binh, we recommend booking a combined bus and ferry ticket. Rates start from 246,000 VND ($9.50) and the journey takes around 4 hours.

Are you hoping to make a stop in Hai Phong before moving on to Ninh Binh? There is also an option to take a ferry from CatBa to Hai Phong and then take a bus from Hai Phong to Ninh Binh. Combined rates start from 420,000 VND ($16.50).

We do not advise travelling from CatBa to Ninh Binh by train because it takes a full day, it is more expensive, and it includes a lot of transfers. The closest railway station from CatBa is in Hai Phong and there are no direct trains from Hai Phong to Ninh Binh. You’ll have to switch trains in Hanoi.

Itinerary from CatBa to Ninh Binh

CatBa to Ninh Binh travelroute

CatBa to Ninh Binh by Bus

Duration: 4 hours
Cost: 246,000 VND ($9.50)
Duration: 4 hours
Cost: 246,000 VND ($9.50)

Taking a combined bus and ferry is a convenient way to travel straight from CatBa to Ninh Binh. Daiichi Travel and The Long Travel are two of the popular companies operating on this route.

The combined bus and ferry from CatBa to Ninh Binh usually follows this route:

  • The bus brings you from CatBa town centre to Cai Veng Port on the island’s northeast coast.
  • Next, you are transferred to a ferry or speedboat, which takes you to Benh Binh Harbour in Hai Phong.
  • From this pier, a bus is waiting to bring you to Ninh Binh or Tam Coc.

The entire journey takes around 4 hours and fares start from 246,000 VND ($9.50).

Not sure yet which area to stay in Ninh Binh? See our Ninh Binh destination page for why we think you should travel to Tam Coc instead of Ninh Binh.

Departure and arrival station

Buses depart from CatBa town centre, or you can be picked up from your hotel if you book with Daiichi Travel.

Both companies park in Tam Coc town centre, but The Long Travel also stops to drop off passengers in Ninh Binh City.

TIP: In case you want to stay in Ninh Binh City, make sure the bus company stops there! We have heard stories of bus drivers who refused to stop in Ninh Binh City and argued that they were going to Ninh Binh province instead of the city.

Bus + Ferry schedules from CatBa to Ninh Binh

BusScheduleCosts
Daiichi Travel
+ free pick-up
09:00-12:50
12:30-16:20
16:00-19:50
246,000 VND ($9.50)
Check Bus Tickets
The Long Travel16:00-20:30397,000 VND ($15.50)
Check Bus Tickets

Where to book your combined bus + ferry ticket from CatBa to Ninh Binh?

We highly recommend booking your tickets online beforehand for guaranteed seats. BookAway offers a couple of good choices with popular companies operating on this route. Both bus companies available get good reviews.

If you prefer to buy your tickets onsite, there are also several travel agencies on CatBa Island. But we can’t guarantee seat availability, as well as bus quality.

CatBa to Ninh Binh via Hai Phong by Ferry + Bus

Duration: 4.5 hours
Cost: 420,000 VND ($16.50)
Duration: 4.5 hours
Cost: 420,000 VND ($16.50)

Hai Phong is a coastal city located just across CatBa, around 30 km away. Some tourists travelling from CatBa to Ninh Binh prefer to make a short stop in Hai Phong before continuing their journey.

Are you one of those tourists? If yes, read on for a detailed guide!

Step 1: CatBa to Hai Phong by Ferry

Duration: 1.5 hours
Cost: 160,000 VND ($6)
Duration: 1.5 hours
Cost: 160,000 VND ($6)

To get to Hai Phong, you are to take a 1.5-hour ferry from CatBa Island. A ticket costs 160,000 VND ($6).

The great thing about these ferries is that they depart from CatBa Pier, which is just within walking distance of many hotels in CatBa town centre.

Ferries dock at Benh Binh Harbour, just about 1 km north of Hai Phong city centre. Depending on your destination in the city, you can get there on foot or via a short taxi ride.

Ferry Schedule from CatBa to Pha Binh Harbour

Ferry CompanySchedulesDurationCosts
CatBa Island8x a day from
05:30 to 15:50
1.5 hours160,000 VND ($6)
Check Ferry Tickets

Ferry tickets are available for online booking on Baolau.

Step 2: Hai Phong to Ninh Binh by Bus

Duration: 3 hours
Cost: 260,000 VND ($10)
Duration: 3 hours
Cost: 260,000 VND ($10)

Once you’ve had your fill of Hai Phong, you can simply take a bus to Ninh Binh Province.

The Long Travel operates two daily buses from Hai Phong city centre to Tam Coc. Bus ticket prices start from 260,000 VND ($10) for the 3-hour journey.

Buses depart from Nha Hat Lon in Hai Phong city centre. They park at The Long Hotel in Tam Coc town centre.

If you’re heading to Ninh Binh City, ask the driver beforehand if he could make a stop in the city to drop you off.

Bus schedule from Hai Phong to Ninh Binh

Bus OperatorScheduleCosts
The Long Travel14:00-17:00
18:30-21:30
260,000 VND ($10)
Check Bus Tickets

Trips are limited, so it’s best to pre-book your bus tickets online on BookAway. Double-check whether the bus departs from Nha Hat Lon, though. Some buses depart from Got Pier, which is located about 30 km away from Hai Phong city centre.

Our favourite places to stay in Tam Coc (Ninh Binh)

Ninh Binh Accommodation 1

Tam Coc Family Hotel

Want to know what it feels like to stay with a Vietnamese family? Tam Coc Family Hotel really does make you feel at home with the family.

The friendly owners will tell you all of the best spots to visit in Ninh Binh, and start your day right with a delicious home-cooked breakfast. It's a great example of why you don't have to spend a lot for a great guesthouse.

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Ninh Binh Accommodation 2

Tam Coc Bungalow

Would you prefer to stay on a river? Tam Coc Bungalow has quirky bamboo bungalows right next to the Tam Coc river. Bungalows start from $32 and dorm rooms from $6.

What we really liked about this place is their open-air restuarant. From it, you can watch the locals paddling back to Tam Coc town during sunset. If you don't fancy going for a swim in the river, instead you can enjoy their relaxing pool.

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