Last updated: Sep 17, 2019


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How To Get From Ninh Binh to Hoi An?

The closest railway station from Hoi An is Da Nang. We recommend taking the evening train from Ninh Binh which arrives in the morning in DaNang. From DaNang railway station, you can continue by public bus to Hoi An center.

It will be a long journey, but at least you can have a good sleep. And when you are not tired, you finally have time to update your travel book or go through the pictures from your trip.

If you don’t want to travel for such a long time, then you can also book a flight from Hanoi to Da Nang. Ninh Binh does not have an airport, so you have to travel to Hanoi first. Although the costs can be as low as taking the train, it will involve a lot of traveling.

The advantage of the bus is that it brings you directly from Ninh Binh to Hoi An. The disadvantage is that traveling by bus in Vietnam is less safe. It will also save you some money, but keep in mind that the sleeper trains offer much more comfort.

Transport modeDurationCostsAvailability
Train15 hours735,000 VND ($32)Check train tickets
Flight6 hours1,250,000 VND ($54)Check flights
Bus15 hours350,000 VND ($15.50)Check bus tickets


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Ninh Binh to Hoi An travelroute map



Ninh Binh to Hoi An by Train

Duration: 15 hours
Costs: 735,000 VND ($32)

When you want to travel from Ninh Binh to Hoi An by train, you have to book a train to Da Nang railway station. From Da Nang railway station to Hoi An center takes 45 minutes.

Step 1: Ninh Binh to Da Nang by Train

Duration: 14 hours
Costs: 715,000 VND ($31)

We recommend to take one of the night trains below:

TrainScheduleDurationSleeper berth
SE917:16-07:3514h 19m730,000 VND ($31.50)
SE321:47-11:0513h 18m760,000 VND ($33)
SE1922:25-12:2013h 55m715,000 VND ($31)

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Step 2: Da Nang Railway Station to Hoi An by Bus

Duration: 45min
Costs: 20,000 VND ($1)

From Da Nang railway station to Hoi An center takes 45 minutes by public bus. An alternative is to book a shuttle bus, which brings you closer to Hoi An center.

See the page about Danang railway station for the bus schedule and more details.



Ninh Binh to Hoi An by Flight

Duration: 6 hours
Costs: 1,250,000 VND ($54)

When you want to fly to Hoi An, you first have to travel from Ninh Binh to Hanoi. There are several flights leaving from Hanoi to DaNang every day. Tickets start from 890,000 VND ($39).

The indicated price of 1,250,000 VND ($54) is an estimation of the costs including transport from and to the railway station and airport.

See here an example itinerary:

Ninh Binh railway station Hanoi Railway station 2hr 15m
Hanoi Railway station Hanoi Airport1h
Hanoi AirportDa Nang Airport1.5h
Da Nang Airport Hoi An center45m

Including transit time, this option can take at over 6 hours. For this reason, we recommend staying the night before in Hanoi. Or take the night train from Ninh Binh to DaNang instead. In the end, the trains take almost the same time as flying when you exclude the night.

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Ninh Binh to Hoi An by Bus

Duration: 15 hours
Costs: 350,000 VND ($15.50)

You can book a direct bus from Ninh Binh to Hoi An at a local agency. But, we do not recommend this option, since it is a long and exhausting journey. The train offers more comfort and is also much safer.

If you still want to take the bus, you should ask one of the agencies in Tam Coc or Ninh Binh. A bus ticket cost around 350,000 VND ($15.50) and the journey takes 15 hours.

Better yet, you can book your bus ride online with Queen Cafe by clicking on the button below.

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My favourite places to stay in Hoi An

HaLo HomeStay

You think you can only find good banana pancakes in Thailand? Wait till you get them for breakfast at HaLo HomeStay. This homestay has it all: The high-end standard of a hotel combined with the family feeling of a homestay. The owners serve a lovely breakfast and will do everything to get most out of your stay. You can explore Hoi An with their free bicycle rental and reach the Old Quarter or beach within 5 minutes.

Double rooms from: $12

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Flame Flowers Homestay

When Halo Homestay is already fully booked, there are still several other great options to stay in Hoi An. Flame Flowers Homestay is one of them. Expect a very warm welcome from the owners. They will feel like family from the moment you meet them.

Double rooms from: $16

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Vina Beach Pool Villas

Looking for a more luxurious experience right next to the beach? This little villa is within walking distance from the beach and is a perfect place to stay when you want to escape from the busy city life. Chill at the beach, relax at the pool and have a great night of sleep in a comfy bed.

Double rooms from: $40

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ActivitiesThings to do in Hoi An

The online activity platform Klook offers many tours in Hoi An at great prices. I used it now for a couple of times and had great experiences. And the prices are often even lower than when you book with a local travel agent!

And most important, by booking the activity in advance, you avoid the problem of fully booked tours.

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