The distance between Hue and Ninh Binh is 575km. The best way to travel from Hue to Ninh Binh without a car is by train. The train takes 11-13 hours and costs $27.50. Other options are by flight (4hr 15m excl. transfers) and by bus (11 hours).
The train is the most convenient way to travel the long distance between Hue and Ninh Binh. You can book a comfortable sleeper berth for the 11 to 13-hour ride with costs from 650,000 VND ($27.50). The downside with this option is that only one train departure has a convenient arrival time. The rest arrives at Ninh Binh after midnight.
A flight is also possible for this route, but note that there is no airport in Ninh Binh. If you decide to travel by air, you have to fly to Hanoi first and then take a minivan to Ninh Binh.This option has the shortest travel time, but is also the most expensive because it requires additional transport to/from the airports.
If you’re looking for the cheapest way to get to Ninh Binh from Hue, you can take an 11-hour bus. Bus tickets start from 404,000 VND ($17), but we do not recommend this option over the train that is much safer and convenient for this route.
Both Hue and Ninh Binh have their own railway stations. This makes it very convenient to travel this long distance by train.
Out of all options, we recommend taking SE8. Although it departs Hue after midnight, it has the most convenient arrival time.
The rest of the trains arrive in Ninh Binh after midnight, which we think is too early to get the day started. This would also mean you still need to book a night for those few extra hours.
Travel time can take 11-13 hours. Sleeper berth tickets start from 650,000 VND ($27.50).
Departure & Arrival station
Hue railway station is about a 25-minute walk from the city centre. You can also take a 10-minute taxi ride if you have luggage.
You will arrive at Ninh Binh railway station in the city centre of Ninh Binh. This is already near some hotels and establishments and about a 15m taxi ride to Tam Coc. It is also conveniently located near the bus station.
Because Ninh Binh doesn’t have an airport, you have to fly from Hue to Hanoi. From Hanoi, you can take a train to Ninh Binh.
The downside with this option is that the two airports are outside the city centres. This means that you have to take additional rides to and from the airport. We don’t think it offers much advantage over the train, which is cheaper and does not need any additional ride.
Hue Airport is a 30-minute ride from the city centre. The best way to get to the airport is by taxi that will cost around 250,000 VND ($10.50). For a hassle-free trip, you can also book a private transfer in advance via Klook for around 290,000 VND ($12).
VietJet Air, Vietnam Airlines, and Bamboo Airways offer several flights to Hanoi daily. Fares start from 1,100,000 VND ($47), and the flight takes 1 hour 15 minutes.
Trang An and Khanh An drop passengers off at their offices within the city centre. If you want to be dropped off at your hotel in the city centre, you can also book with Khanh An for an additional fee.
If your hotel is outside the city centre, there are other minivans to other areas in Ninh Binh available via BookAway.
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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.