Ninh Binh to Hue

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How to get from Ninh Binh to Hue?

The best way to travel the 575km journey from Ninh Binh to Hue is via train. This train journey takes 11.5 hours and costs $32. Other options include taking the bus (12 hours) or a flight (3.5 hours excl. transfers).

3 ways to get from Phong Nha to Hue

Transport modeDurationCostsAvailability
Train11.5 hours752,000 VND ($32)Check train tickets
Bus12 hours404,000 VND ($17)Check bus tickets
Flight3hr 35m excl. transfers1,778,000 VND ($76)Check flights

When travelling from Ninh Binh to Hue, the night train is your best option. With the night train, you can get a good night of sleep and save a night on accommodation. The train ride takes 11.5 hours, and sleeper berth prices start from 752,000 VND ($32).

There used to be several buses operating the Ninh Binh to Hue route, but as of June 2022, there is only one bus company with one daily departure. Although the bus is cheaper at 404,000 VND ($17), buses are less safe and less comfortable for the 12-hour journey to Hue.

It’s also possible to take a flight, but there is no airport in Ninh Binh. You first need to travel to Hanoi Airport and take a flight from there to Hue. This option is more expensive and inconvenient since both, Hanoi and Hue airport are outside the city centres. Total travel time is around 3.5 hours, and the combined costs when taking a minivan, flight, and taxi cost around 1,778,000 VND ($76).

TIP: If you decide to travel by plane, please consider including a carbon compensation fee to reduce your impact on the environment.

Itinerary from Ninh Binh to Hue

Ninh Binh to Hue travelroute

Ninh Binh to Hue by Train

Duration: 11.5 hours
Cost: 752,000 VND ($32)

Taking the night train from Ninh Binh to Hue is very convenient for the long journey to Hue. You can get a good night of sleep and won’t lose a day travelling. You can also think of it as saving a night on accommodation.

Travel time by train can take 11.5 hours with prices from 752,000 VND ($32).

Departure & Arrival station

Trains depart from Ninh Binh railway station in the city centre. This railway station is conveniently located near the bus station.

From Hue railway station, it is a 10-minute taxi ride to Hue city centre. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can also take a 25-minute walk!

Below are our recommend night train schedules.

Train Schedule From Ninh Binh to Hue

TrainScheduleSleeper berth
Vietnam Railways SE518:04-05:55752,000 VND ($32)
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Vietnam Railways SE321:44-08:55803,000 VND ($34.50)
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Violette Trains SE321:44-08:551,700,000 VND ($73)
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New Livitrans Express SE321:44-08:551,700,000 VND ($73)
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The indicated prices are for sleeper berths.

It’s best to book your train tickets in advance to secure a seat or a sleeper berth. You can read more in our post about traveling by train in Vietnam.

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Ninh Binh to Hue by Bus

Duration: 12 hours
Cost: 404,000 VND ($17)

Several bus companies used to ply the Ninh Binh to Hue route. Currently though, only The Long Travel is available, offing only one bus departure per day.

The bus ride takes 12 hours. Although this option is the cheapest at 404,000 VND ($17), we don’t recommend travelling this long distance by bus. The night train is much safer and offers more comfort since you will have a mattress instead of a reclined seat.

Departure & Arrival station

The Long Travel bus departs from the street across the Ninh Binh train station in the city centre.

You will be dropped off at Chu Van An street within Hue city centre. You can already find various accommodations and establishments in the area.

Bus Schedule from Ninh Binh to Hue

Camel Travel*20:30-07:30325,000 VND ($14)
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Hey Travel*20:00-06:30325,000 VND ($14)
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The Long Travel19:30-07:30404,000 VND ($17)
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*UPDATE (June 2022): Camel Travel and Hey Travel have not yet resumed their operations. Please check the provided links to see if anything has changed.

Ninh Binh to Hue by Flight

Duration:  3 hours 35 minutes excl. transfers
Cost: 1,778,000 VND ($76)

As Ninh Binh does not have an airport, you will have to catch a flight from the closest airport, which is in Hanoi.

Note that the two airports are outside the city centres, so aside from the flight itself, you will still have to take several rides between cities and to and from the airports.

We think the train is the better option for this route, as it’s very convenient and saves you a lot of daytime compared to taking the flight.

Step 1: Ninh Binh to Hanoi by Minivan

Duration:  1 hour 20 minutes + 30-minute taxi
Cost: 178,000 VND ($7.50)
+ 255,000 VND ($10.50)

From Ninh Binh, you need to travel 95km to Hanoi. There are luxury minivans leaving Ninh Binh for Hanoi daily, and they have several departures throughout the day.

Minivan schedule from Ninh Binh to Hanoi

Trang An Limousine 16x departures a day between
05:00 to 20:00
1hr 20m178,000 VND ($7.50)
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Khanh An Limousine
(Tam Coc)
13x departures a day between
05:30 to 18:30
2 hours203,000 VND ($8.50)
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Khanh An Limousine
(Bai Dinh)
13x departures a day between
05:30 to 18:30
2 hours235,000 VND ($10)
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Trang An Limousine departs from their office within the city centre. If your hotel is outside the city centre, specifically in Tam Coc and Bai Dinh, Khanh An Limousine also offers minivan transfers departing from these areas.

The last stop for all minivans is Central Circus in Hanoi, which is still 26km away from Hanoi Airport. From here, you need to take a 30-minute taxi ride for 255,000 VND ($10.50).

Step 2: Hanoi to Hue by Flight

Duration:  1 hour 15 minutes + 30-minute taxi
Cost: 1,095,000 VND ($47)
+ 250,000 VND ($10.50)

There are 3 airlines operating the Hanoi to Hue route: Vietjet Air, Bamboo Airways, and Vietnam Airlines. There are usually flights in the morning and in the evening, so you can just pick the flight that is convenient for you.

Ticket fares start from 1,095,000 VND ($47) and the flight takes 1 hour 15 minutes.

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Hue Airport is located outside the city centre. You can take a 30-minute taxi to the city for 250,000 VND ($10.50). Alternatively, you can book a private transfer via Klook in advance for a hassle-free trip. For this, expect to pay around 300,000 VND ($12.50).

You can read more in our Hanoi to Hue.


Our favourite places to stay in Hue

Hong Thien Ruby Hotel

Hong Thien Ruby Hotel offers great value if you don't want to spent too much on an accommodation. Excellent breakfast, good location and friendly staff. What do you need more? Single beds incl. breakfast from $16 and double rooms from $24.

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Hotel La Pere

Another hotel that offers great value for money is Hotel La Perle. This eco-friendly hotel is located in the same area and also offers an outstanding breakfast plus fresh fruit all day long! Double rooms start from $24.

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Cherish Hue Hotel

Want to treat yourself? The experience you get a Cherish Hue Hotel would cost you over $100 in a Western country, but here it won't cost you more than $42! The staff is super professional and a breakfast buffet like this is hard to find anywhere else! The hotel also has a spa where you get a 30% discount as a guest and you can get a massage or other treatment for very reasonable prices.

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ActivitiesThings to do in Hue

The online activity platform Klook offers many tours in Hue 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.

Explore activities in Hue


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