Last updated: Sep 18, 2019


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Train, Flight or Bus from Hue to Ninh Binh?



How to get from Hue to Ninh Binh?

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.

If you decide to travel by air, you have to fly to Hanoi first and then take a train from Hanoi to Ninh Binh.

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.

Your options at a glance

Transport modeDurationCostsAvailability
Train12 hours660.000 VND (€25,50)Check train tickets
Flight4 hours1.073.000 VND (€41)Check flights
Bus10 hours270.000 VND (€10,50)No online tickets

Hue to Ninh Binh travelroute



Option 1: Train from Hue to Ninh Binh

Duration: 12 hours
Costs: 660.000 VND (€25,50)

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 6 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.

TrainScheduleDurationSleeper berth
(not available)
16:47-03:1810h 30m610.000 VND (€22)
SE2021:31-09:2111h 50m660.000 VND (€25,50)

The indicated prices are for 6-berth cabins. Prices for soft seats start from 660.000 VND (€25,50).

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Flight from Hue to Ninh Binh

Duration: 4 hours
Costs: 1.073.000 VND (€41)

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.

Step 1: Flight from Hue to Hanoi

Duration: 1h 15min
Costs: 978.000 VND (€37,50)

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 978.000 VND (€37,50) and flight time is a little over 1 hour.

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Step 2: Train from Hanoi to Ninh Binh

Duration: 2h 25min
Costs: 95.000 VND (€4)

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.


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Bus from Hue to Ninh Binh

Duration: 10 hours
Costs: 270.000 VND (€10,50)

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)

Ninh Binh Accommodation 1

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.

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Ninh Binh Accommodation 2

Tam Coc Bungalow

Do you refer to stay close to the river? Tam Coc Bungalow has spacious bamboo bungalows right next to the Tam Coc river. Bungalows start from €23 and dorm rooms from €5.

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.

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