How to get from Ninh Binh to Hanoi
|Bus||2 -3 hours||210.000 VND (€8)||Check bus tickets|
|Train||2,5 hours||110.000 VND (€4)||Check train tickets|
Bus from Ninh Binh to Hanoi (recommended)
2-3 hours, 210.000 VND (€8)
There are several buses operating on this route. You can take a public bus from the main station in Ninh Binh for only 70.000 VND (€3) or book a bus or van online. We recommend booking a bus or van online as these buses pick you up in the center of Tam Coc or Ninh Binh and drop you off in the center of Hanoi.
Train from Ninh Binh to Hanoi
2,5 hours, 110.000 VND (€4)
We recommend to stay around the center of Tam Coc, but if you found one further away, you probably need to take a taxi to reach your accommodation. In that case, you could also ask the driver to bring you to Ninh Binh railway station and take the train to Hanoi. The railway station in Hanoi is a short taxi ride or 20-minute walk to the Old Quarter. Ninh Binh railway station is in the center of Ninh Binh.
Tip: When you stay in Tam Coc, it is better to book the bus as you still need to get a taxi to Ninh Binh railway station.
Option 1: Bus
Route: Ninh Binh Hanoi
Duration: 3 hours
Costs: 210.000 VND (€8)
When you are staying in Tam Coc, you can buy a bus ticket to Hanoi for about 210.000 VND (€8). You can choose between a normal bus but also book a more luxurious van for a few bucks more.
The advantage is that most buses from BookAway leave from the center in Tam Coc or Ninh Binh and arrive in the center of Hanoi. The journey takes about 2-3 hours by bus, depending on the traffic in Hanoi.
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You can also take the public bus for only 70.000 VND (€3) to Hanoi from the main bus station in Ninh Binh. However, this bus arrives at the Giap Bat bus station in Hanoi, which is still a 30min taxi drive to the center.
Option 2: Train
Route: Ninh Binh Hanoi
Duration: 2,5 hours
Costs: 110.000 VND (€4)
Ninh Binh railway station is located in the center of Ninh Binh city and takes about 15 minutes by taxi from Tam Coc. A taxi from Tam Coc to Ninh Binh railway station will cost you about 50.000 VND (€2).
From Ninh Binh, there are 6 trains leaving to Hanoi daily of which 3 leave in the night. We don’t recommend the night trains for such a short distance, so that leaves you with 3 options.
|SE20||09:24-11:55||2h 31m||110.000 VND (€4)|
|SE8||13:12-15:30||2h 18m||111.000 VND (€4,50)|
|SE6||16:51-19:12||2h 21m||111.000 VND (€4,50)|
The railway station in Hanoi is a short taxi ride or 20-minute walk to the Old Quarter.
Where to travel next?
Hanoi to Sapa: 6-9 hours
- Explore the rice fields in Sapa
Hanoi to CatBa: 3,5-4 hours
- Enjoy the stunning views of the karst mountains
Hanoi to Phong Nha: 3,5-11 hours
- Visit the world largest caves in Phong Nha
Hanoi to Hoi An: 3-17 hours
- Enjoy the great atmosphere of Hoi An with a mixture of Japanese, Vietnamese and French influences
Hanoi to Ninh Binh: 2-3 hours
- When you want to travel in the opposite direction
My favourite places to stay in Hanoi
Looking for a room in the middle of the Old Quarter? Ancient Lane Hotel offers very clean rooms nicely decorated with ancient attributes. The hosts Thuy and Tuan will make sure you'll have a great stay!
Double room from: €26
Just landed in Hanoi? In this hotel, you will get the best night of sleep you had since ages. The friendly staff will give you a warm welcome and serve a wonderful breakfast buffet the next morning! Located in the middle of the center, but completely isolated from all the noise.
Double rooms with city view from: €38
Visiting Halong Bay
Halong Bay and Cat Ba are one of the highlights of Vietnam. From both locations, you can make beautiful boatrips and cruise through the beautiful landscape filled with karst mountains.
However, we don't have a description of how to get from Hanoi to Halong Bay, because we think it's easier and cheaper to book a tour incl transport from Hanoi.
Tours sell as cheap as €31 for a day-trip and €117 for a 2D1N cruise.
See here our 2 favourete tours to Halong Bay:
*Both tours include free pick-up and drop-off in Hanoi.
If you have a few extra days to spend, you can also visit Lan Ha Bay from Cat Ba. But if you are short in time, Halong Bay is definitely a better option.
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