Route overview from Hue to Ninh Binh
Train from Hue to Ninh Binh (recommended)
12 hours, 555.000 VND (€21)
Getting from Hue to Ninh Binh is quite a journey. Luckily, there is a really convenient night train operating on this route. When you take the train leaving at 21:30, you arrive at 9:30 in the morning in Ninh Binh. This is perfect for getting a good night of sleep without losing a day on traveling.
Flight from Hue to Ninh Binh
4 hours, 611.900 VND (€23)
If you decide to travel by air, you have to fly to Hanoi first and then take a train from Hanoi to Ninh Binh.
Bus from Hue to Ninh Binh
10 hours, 270.000 VND (€10)
We do not recommend to travel from Hue to Ninh Binh by bus since the train is much safer and very convenient for this route.
Unfortunately, you cannot book your bus tickets online.
Option 1: Train
Route: Hue Ninh Binh
Duration: 12 hours
Costs: 555.000 VND (€21)
Both Hue and Ninh Binh have their own railway stations. This makes it very convenient to travel this long distance by train.
Out of the 4 options, we recommend taking SE20, because this train has the most convenient departure and arrival times. The SE4 is also a good alternative when the SE20 is fully booked. The disadvantage of the SE4 is that you will arrive in the middle of the night in Ninh Binh.
|16:47-03:18||10h 30m||610.000 VND (€22)|
|SE20||21:31-09:21||11h 50m||555.000 VND (€21)|
The indicated prices are for 6-berth cabins. Prices for soft seats start from 350.000 VND (€13).
Option 2: Flight
Route: Hue Hanoi Ninh Binh
Duration: 4 hours
Costs: 611.900 VND (€23)
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.
Plane: Hue Hanoi
Duration: 1h 10min
Costs: 536.900 VND (€20,50)
Hue airport is only a 30-minute ride from the city center and there are several flights leaving to Hanoi every day. The cheapest flights start from 536.900 VND (€20,50) and flight time is a little over 1 hour.
Find the cheapest flights by clicking the button below.
Train: Hanoi Ninh Binh
Duration: 2h 15min
Costs: 75.000 VND (€3)
From Hanoi airport, you need to take the bus or taxi to the railway station. From this station, there are several trains leaving to Ninh Binh every day. The latest train to Ninh Binh leaves at 20:10.
Read more about this route on the page of Hanoi to Ninh Binh.
Option 3: Bus
Route: Hue Ninh Binh
Duration: 10 hours
Costs: 270.000 VND (€10)
There are a few bus companies that operate between Hue and Ninh Binh, but we suggest to travel by train. It is much safer and more convenient for long journeys.
The advantage of taking the bus is that some buses also stop in Tam Coc. Bus tickets are also cheaper than train tickets. But since most buses arrive between 4:00 and 5:00 in the early morning, you may have to book an extra night in Ninh Binh for the day of arrival.
Still want to travel by bus? Then it is best to contact a local agency in Hue. Booking your ticket online for this route is not possible (yet).
My favourite places to stay in Tam Coc (Ninh Binh)
Tam Coc Family Hotel
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 €15 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.
Tam Coc Bungalow
Or do you prefer to stay close to the river? Tam Coc Bungalow has beautiful bamboo bungalows with spacious rooms from €23 or dorm rooms for just €5.
What we really liked about this place is that they have a great common area. Watch locals paddling back to Tam Coc town during sunset and dare the staff to play a game of pool in the evening.
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