Want to know how to get from Ninh Binh to Hoi An? In this post, we’ll share a summary of the two ways to get there and compare each option on duration, costs and level of comfort. For each option, we go into more detail to help you decide which transport provider to book with and where to buy your tickets.
What to expect when visiting Hoi An
Hoi An is a charming city on Vietnam’s central coast. Once a major port, the mixed influences of Japanese, Chinese, and European merchants are still visible here.
Its Old Town is a well-preserved fusion of foreign and indigenous architecture, laid out in a small-scale model of a 15th to 19th-century trading hub. No wonder it was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site! Travelling to Hoi An feels like walking back in time.
2 ways to get from Ninh Binh to Hoi An
There are two ways to travel the distance of 700 km (435 miles) from Ninh Binh to Hoi An: by bus (16 hours) and flight (9 hours). The journey takes between 9-16 hours and the quickest way is by flight. The lowest priced tickets start from 480,000 VND ($19.50) for the bus.
You can book a direct bus from Ninh Binh to Hoi An for as low as 480,000 VND ($19.50) — less than half the price of a train or plane ride.
Despite that, we do not recommend travelling by bus for this route because it will be a long and exhausting journey. Also, most of the buses operating from Ninh Binh to Hoi An do not really get the best reviews. The train offers more comfort and is also much safer.
Departure and arrival station
There are two departure points in Ninh Binh. Queen Cafe and Camel Travel depart from Ninh Binh Central Hotel in the city centre. The Long Travel and Grouptour leave from The Long Hotel in Tam Coc.
In Hoi An, Camel Travel and The Long Travel arrive at Camel Bus Ticket Office, 2 km east of the town centre. Queen Cafe and Grouptour park at their own terminals along Ton Duc Thang, 1.5 km northwest of the Old Town.
If you’re looking to travel from Ninh Binh to Hoi An in the fastest time possible, a flight is your best choice. It’s not exactly the most convenient, though.
Neither Ninh Binh nor Hoi An has its own airport. That means you can only take a flight from Hanoi (3 hours away from Ninh Binh) to Da Nang (1 hour away from Hoi An). Combined travel time takes about 5.5 hours, excluding the waiting time at the airport.
Do you still want to take a flight? Read on for a step-by-step guide.
TIP: If you decide to travel by plane, please consider including a carbon compensation fee to reduce your impact on the environment.
Step 1: Ninh Binh to Hanoi Airport by Minivan
Duration: 3 hours
Costs: 475,000 VND ($19.50)
Duration: 3 hours
Costs: 475,000 VND ($19.50)
The most convenient way to get to Hanoi Airport from Ninh Binh is by direct minivan. Rates start from 475,000 VND ($19.00) for the 3-hour journey.
You can purchase your ticket from any minivan office in Ninh Binh or you can book it online through BookAway and just wait to be picked up at your hotel.
Cheaper option: Van + Express Bus from Ninh Binh to Hanoi Airport
On a strict budget? You can divide this leg of the journey by first taking a van to Hanoi city centre and then transfering to an express bus to Hanoi Airport. Combined fares start from 220,000 VND ($8.50) and travel time is 3.5-4 hours.
You can save about 255,000 VND ($10.00) when you take this alternative route. But keep in mind that this will also require some extra time, depending on the availability of your connecting bus. We recommend this option only if you can depart from Ninh Binh at least 6 hours before your flight.
For an even cheaper alternative, you can also take a combined train and express bus from Ninh Binh to Hanoi Airport. The disadvantage of this option is that train trips are limited. You can take this only if it fits with your flight schedule.
There are a good number of flights available daily from Hanoi to Da Nang so you can be flexible with your schedule. When booking your flight, consider that you will be coming all the way from Ninh Binh. It’s best to pick a flight that departs in the afternoon.
Airfares range from 900,000 VND ($36.50) to 1,500,000 VND ($61.00). Flight time is around 1.5 hours.
From Da Nang Airport, there are 2 ways you can get to Hoi An: by shuttle bus for around 155,000 VND ($6.00) or by private transfer with rates from 320,000 VND ($13.00).
If you’re travelling solo, the minivan is already a convenient option as it drops you off at Hoi An town centre. But if you’re with at least one other companion, it will be more cost-efficient to take a taxi straight to your hotel.
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Expect a warm welcome when you arrive at Flame Flowers Homestay. The owners feel like family from the moment you meet them. Guests have been known to extend their stays here as they just can’t face leaving. The spacious rooms provide you with everything you need – a good nights sleep and ultimate comfort!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Ninh Binh to Hoi An
What is the distance from Ninh Binh to Hoi An?
The distance from Ninh Binh to Hoi An is 700 km (435 miles).
What is the fastest way to get from Ninh Binh to Hoi An?
The fastest way to get from Ninh Binh to Hoi An is by flight and takes 9 hours.
What is the cheapest way to get from Ninh Binh to Hoi An?
The cheapest way to get from Ninh Binh to Hoi An is by bus with ticket costs starting from 480,000 VND ($19.50).
Rounding it up
We hope this guide was helpful in planning how to get from Ninh Binh to Hoi An. If there's anything else you're wondering about, drop us a comment and we'll do our best to answer you within a few days.
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