Last updated: Oct 29, 2019


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How To Get From Ninh Binh to Hanoi?

When traveling the 100km distance from Ninh Binh to Hanoi, you have 2 options: you can either take the bus ($8) or the train ($4). Travel time is 2-3 hours.

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 ($3.10) 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.

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 the bus stop. In that case, you could instead 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.

Conclusion: 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.

Transport modeDurationCostsAvailability
Bus2 -3 hours180,000 VND ($8)Check bus tickets
Train2.5 hours90,000 VND ($3.90)Check train tickets


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Ninh Binh to Hanoi travelroute

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Ninh Binh to Hanoi by Bus

Duration: 3 hours
Costs: 180,000 VND ($8)

When you are staying in Tam Coc, you can buy a bus ticket to Hanoi for about 180,000 VND ($8). Long Travel offers 3 bus trips daily, but you can also book a more luxurious van for a few bucks more. The advantage of taking a mini-van is that they offer free pick-ups in Ninh Binh.

Also, 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 2.5 hours by bus and 2 hours by van, depending on the traffic in Hanoi.

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Public bus

You can also take the public bus for only 70,000 VND ($3.10) 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.



Ninh Binh to Hanoi by Train

Duration: 2.5 hours
Costs: 90,000 VND ($3.90)

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 ($2.20).

From Ninh Binh, 4 trains leave for Hanoi daily, 1 of which leaves very early in the morning. We recommend that you take one of the following trains instead.

TrainScheduleDurationSoft Seat
SE20 09:26-12:002h 34m90,000 VND ($3.90)
SE8 13:37-15:542h 17m90,000 VND ($3.90)
SE6 16:56-19:122h 16m90,000 VND ($3.90)

The railway station in Hanoi is a short taxi ride or 20-minute walk to the Old Quarter.

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Where to travel next?

Hanoi to Sapa: 6-9 hours

  • Explore the rice fields in Sapa

Hanoi to CatBa: 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

Ancient Lane Hotel

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: $28

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Nova Luxury Hotel

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: $42

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ActivitiesVisiting 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.

You can opt to travel to Halong Bay by bus. but also book an organised tour including transport from Hanoi. We recommend to book a boat cruise incl. transport from Hanoi as you will have more choice and tours are often cheaper in Hanoi than tours sold by agencies in Halong Bay.

Tours sell as cheap as $39 for a day-trip and $132 for a 2D1N cruise.

See here our 2 favourite tours from 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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