Ninh Binh to Da Nang

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How to get from Ninh Binh to Da Nang

When travelling the 670 km journey from Ninh Binh to Da Nang, you have 3 options: a 14-hour train, a 4.5-hour flight (including transfers), and a 15-hour bus. Rates range from 494,000 VND ($19.50) to 1,008,000 VND ($40.50).

Transport ModeDurationCostsAvailability
Train14 hours1,008,000 VND ($40.50)Check train tickets
Flight4.5 hours910,000 VND ($36.50)Check flights
Bus15 hours494,000 VND ($19.50)Check bus tickets

We recommend taking the train from Ninh Binh to Da Nang. The train ride takes around 14 hours, but you can travel overnight so you don’t lose a lot of daytime on the journey. Train beds are also quite comfortable which means you can catch up on some sleep and be fully recharged by the time you arrive in Da Nang.

The flight is the fastest option, but it includes several transfers. Ninh Binh doesn’t have its own airport. You will first have to take a limo van to Hanoi centre, take a bus to Hanoi Airport, and then take a flight Da Nang. You will be constantly on the move, as opposed to just enjoying your bed when you take the train.

Travelling on a budget? The bus is the cheapest option with fares from 494,000 VND ($19.50) for the 15-hour journey. Keep in mind that the bus companies operating on this route do not get the best reviews and it can be an uncomfortable ride.

Itinerary from Ninh Binh to Da Nang

Ninh Binh to Da Nang by Train

Duration: 14 hours
Cost: 1,008,000 VND ($40.50)
Duration: 14 hours
Cost: 1,008,000 VND ($40.50)

Both day and night trains are available from Ninh Binh to Da Nang. Travel time varies — from 12 to 15 hours — depending on which train you take.

We recommend taking one of the overnight trains, SE5 or SE3, so that you don’t lose an entire day on travelling. Another advantage is that you’ll be able to save a night on accommodation. You can enjoy a good night’s sleep and wake up to views of Vietnam’s rural landscape.

Ticket prices start from 1,008,000 VND ($40.50) for a 4-berth sleeper. You can also get a cheaper bunk in a 6-berth sleeper, but they are not as spacious. We don’t recommend getting a soft seat because they will be uncomfortable for such a long train ride.

Departure and arrival station

Trains depart from Ninh Binh Railway Station and arrive at Da Nang Train Station. Both are in the city centre.

Train Schedule from Ninh Binh to Da Nang

TrainScheduleCosts
SE100:27-12:361,008,000 VND ($40.50)
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SE708:19-23:00915,000 VND ($36.50)
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SE518:04-08:521,043,000 VND ($42)
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SE321:44-11:331,008,000 VND ($40.50)
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Ninh Binh to Da Nang by Flight

Duration: 4.5 hours
Cost: 910,000 VND ($36.50)
Duration: 4.5 hours
Cost: 910,000 VND ($36.50)

Are you short on time? Taking a flight from Ninh Binh to Da Nang cuts the travel time in half compared to the train, but you will be constantly on the move from one transfer to another.

Ninh Binh doesn’t have its own airport. You’ll need to travel 95 km to the nearest airport, which is in Hanoi.

Step 1: Ninh Binh to Hanoi by Van

Duration: 2 hours
Cost: 185,000 VND ($7)
Duration: 2 hours
Cost: 185,000 VND ($7)

There are plenty of limo vans operating throughout the day from Ninh Binh to Hanoi. What we like about these vans is that they pick you up from your hotel and drop you off in the centre of Hanoi, from where you can transfer to a shuttle bound for the airport.

Ticket prices start from 185,000 VND ($7) and the journey takes 2 hours. You can book your tickets online beforehand through BookAway.

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Buses are also available for this route, but they are usually slower and don’t offer any advantage over the minivan. For more info, check out our page on how to get from Ninh Binh to Hanoi.

Alternative: Ninh Binh to Hanoi Airport by Limo Van

Duration: 4 hours
Cost: 377,000 VND ($15)
Duration: 4 hours
Cost: 377,000 VND ($15)

There are also limo vans that can take you directly from Ninh Binh to Hanoi’s Noi Bai Airport. This option is slightly more expensive than a combined limo van & shuttle bus, but we think it’s well worth it if you prefer convenience over saving a few bucks.

Ticket prices for a direct limo van from Ninh Binh to Hanoi Airport start from 377,000 VND ($15). Travel time is around 4 hours.

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If you’re taking this direct limo van, you can already skip Step 2 and go straight to Step 3 of this guide.

Step 2: Hanoi to Hanoi Airport by Bus or Taxi

Duration: 1 hour
Cost: 45,000 VND ($1.80)
Duration: 1 hour
Cost: 45,000 VND ($1.80)

From downtown Hanoi, we recommend taking Express Bus 86 to Noi Bai Airport. This bus makes fewer stops compared to other buses and can take you to the airport in around an hour. A ticket costs 45,000 VND ($1.80).

Check out our page on Hanoi Airport for other transport options.

Step 3: Hanoi to Da Nang by Flight

Duration: 1.5 hours
Cost: 600,000 VND ($24)
Duration: 1.5 hours
Cost: 600,000 VND ($24)

Vietjet Air, Bamboo Airways and Vietnam Airlines offer several daily flights from Hanoi to Da Nang. Flight time is around 1.5 hours.

Airfares range from 600,000 VND ($24) to 850,000 VND ($34), but can cost over a million dong during the peak season and holidays.

Book your flight early for a better chance of getting good rates!

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Step 4: Da Nang Airport to City Centre by Taxi

Duration: 10 minutes
Cost: 80,000 VND ($3.20)
Duration: 10 minutes
Cost: 80,000 VND ($3.20)

From Da Nang Airport, the city centre is some 2 km away. You can take a short taxi ride to get to your hotel. Fares start from 80,000 VND ($3.20).

Ninh Binh to Da Nang by Bus

Duration: 15 hours
Cost: 494,000 VND ($19.50)
Duration: 15 hours
Cost: 494,000 VND ($19.50)

The bus is the cheapest option with fares from 494,000 VND ($19.50), but we don’t really recommend it when travelling from Ninh Binh to Da Nang.

We have yet to see a good review for any of the companies on this route. Some complaints include disorganised schedule, rude staff, and overbooked buses resulting in some passengers sleeping on the floor.

These aren’t the best conditions to endure during a 15-hour bus ride. But do let us know if you have a different (better) experience when taking the bus from Ninh Binh to Da Nang!

Departure and arrival station

Queen Cafe and Camel Travel depart from Ninh Binh Central Hotel in Ninh Binh city centre. Grouptour departs from its office in Tam Coc.

Camel Travel and Grouptour park at their own offices located across from each other in Da Nang city centre. Queen Cafe stops at Vietsheen Travel Office in Da Nang’s tourist centre, close to My Khe Beach.

Bus schedules from Ninh Binh to Da Nang

Bus OperatorScheduleCosts
Queen Cafe20:30-11:30494,000 VND ($19.50)
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Camel Travel20:30-11:00528,000 VND ($21)
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Sapa Grouptour19:20-11:20557,000 VND ($22)
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