To travel the 95km from Hanoi to Ninh Binh, you have 4 options: You can take a limo van, train or taxi for 1.5 to 2.5 hours or join a day trip for 10 hours. Fares range from 102,000 VND ($4.30) to 974,000 VND ($41).
The limo van is a luxurious and convenient way to get from Hanoi to Ninh Binh. Most operators offer free hotel pick-up or drop-off. The limo vans also come with plush seats, and sometimes food & drinks. Rates start from 195,000 VND ($8).
There are also very cheap local buses operating on this route for only 70,000 VND ($2.95). However, both bus stations in Hanoi and Ninh Binh are located well outside the tourist centres. This means that you’ll have to spend additional costs when getting to and from the bus stations.
The train is an affordable yet comfortable option when travelling from Hanoi to Ninh Binh. Ticket prices start from 102,000 VND ($4.30) for a soft seat on Vietnam Railways. Note that this can only take you up to Ninh Binh Station, which is still 6km away from Tam Coc.
If you prefer to travel door-to-door, you can also book a private transfer. A 3-seater sedan from Hanoi to Ninh Binh costs around 974,000 VND ($41).
Planning to visit Ninh Binh only for a day? You can also join one of many day trips from Hanoi to Ninh Binh. Rates per person start from 727,000 VND ($30.50).
Visiting Ninh Binh Province
Ninh Binh is a perfect next destination after exploring the busy city life in Hanoi. This gorgeous province boasts of a number of great viewpoints, mountains, temples and pagodas to explore.
Our favorite thing to do in Ninh Binh is a boat tour that follows the river through rice paddies surrounded by karst mountains. Such a sight to behold!
Inside tip: Forget about Ninh Binh City and stay in Tam Coc!
When you travel to Ninh Binh province, we recommend to stay in Tam Coc.
Ninh Binh City is very busy with lots of traffic. Tam Coc, on the other hand, is a beautiful village surrounded by lime karst mountains. Here, everywhere you look is just lush green nature.
Most guesthouses in Tam Coc are located around the lake in the middle of the village or next to Tam Coc River. Imagine amazing views right from your balcony’s guesthouse. See the section at the end of this post for my favourite guesthouses in Tam Coc.
The limo van is a quick and common way to get from Hanoi to Ninh Binh. There are several operators for this route, among which are Truly Ha Giang, Trang An Limousine, Khanh An Limousine, and Duy Khang Limousine.
Rates for a limo van seat from Hanoi to Ninh Binh start from 195,000 VND ($8). Travel time is 1.5 to 2 hours.
We highly recommend that you pick a van that offers free hotel pick-up or drop-off. This not only saves you the hassle of finding your way to/from van stations, it also allows you to save additional cost on transfers.
Departure & Arrival station
Most limo van companies offer free hotel pick-up in Hanoi or free drop-off in Ninh Binh or Tam Coc. Others depart and arrive at their respective offices in the two cities.
It’s best that you pick a van with the most convenient departure and arrival stations for you.
The public bus is the cheapest way to get from Hanoi to Ninh Binh, but it is not as accessible as the limo vans.
The bus departure and arrival stations are located far from the tourist areas in both Hanoi in Ninh Binh. This means that even though a bus ticket only costs 70,000 VND ($2.95), you will most likely spend additional costs for your transfers to and from the bus stations.
We recommend taking the bus only if your hotels are located near the bus terminals. Travel time with the bus is 2-3 hours.
If you want to visit Ninh Binh in only one day, you can also join a 10-hour day trip from Hanoi.
Klook offers day trips from Hanoi to Ninh Binh starting from 727,000 VND ($30.50). This already includes roundtrip transfers, admission to sights, a visit to the ancient capital of Hoa Lu, a rowboat tour along Tam Coc River, and lunch.
It’s worth noting though that Tam Coc is a great place to spend slow days with nature, and is definitely worth 2 or 3 days of your itinerary when visiting Ninh Binh province.
Do you still want to go on a day trip from Hanoi to Ninh Binh? Just click the link below to book a day trip via Klook.
The easiest way to travel from Hanoi to Ninh Binh is by bus. The benefit of the bus is that it is a direct connection and some buses even provide free pick-up at your hotel. Other options are the train or taxi.
How long does it take to travel from Hanoi to Ninh Binh?
The journey from Hanoi to Ninh Binh takes between 2 and 3 hours, depending on your mode of transport.
Should I stay in Ninh Binh or Tam Coc?
We recommend to stay in Tam Coc. In this little town, you can find several beautiful guesthouses right next to the Tam Coc River. Ninh Binh is just a busy city so we don’t recommend to stay in the centre of Ninh Binh.
Our favourite places to stay in Tam Coc (Ninh Binh)
Want to stay in a real Vietnamese Guesthouse? Tam Coc Family Hotel is a perfect example why you don't have to spend more than $17 for a great guesthouse.
The super friendly owners will tell you the best spots to visit and will make sure you have a good start of your day with a delicious breakfast. It's a 1-minute walk from the Tam Coc river and drop-off point of the bus.
Do you prefer to stay close to the river? Tam Coc Bungalow has spacious 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 common area. From the terrace you can watch the locals paddling back to Tam Coc town during sunset and in the evening you can play a game of pool at the open restaurant area.