Ninh Binh is one of the famous historical attractions in northern Vietnam. There are many places worth a visit in Ninh Binh such as Tam CocTrang AnCuc Phuong National ParkHoa Lu historic city, etc. Ninh Binh is quite near to Hanoi so that many people want to travel to Ninh Binh city after a trip in the capital. The distance from Hanoi to Ninh Binh is only about 100km and there’re many kinds of transportation that you can choose for your travel. But if you are still not sure about your choice, here are best ways to travel from Hanoi to Ninh Binh.

Travel from Hanoi to Ninh Binh by Train

. Vietnam Railways have many kinds of seat and berth suitable to your interest and your budget.

A one-way ticket from Hanoi to Ninh Binh costs VND 70,000 – 170,000 (for hard seat – sleeper 4- berth with air conditioner). Also, everyday there are 6 trains from Hanoi to Ninh Binh and it takes about 2.5 hours. Departure time is varied from 6:00, 9:00, 13:10, 14:30, 19:30 and 20:10. SE5 is the most popular train since it offers very convenient travel time.

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Click[1] to directly book the ticket on the official selling ticket website of Vietnam Railways. You will receive your e-ticket by email, print it out or carry in your mobile phone and present when getting on the train. Departure station is Hanoi Railway station (120 Le Duan, Hanoi) and arrival station is Ninh Binh Railway Station in the center of the city (01 Hoang Hoa Tham, Ninh Binh city).

Pros Cons
  • Budget- friendly
  • Safe traveling
  • Sightseeing on the way
  • Time consuming
  • Inflexible (depending on schedule)

Travel from Hanoi to Ninh Binh by Bus

Bus is another common choice for people who want to get from Hanoi to Ninh Binh because of its convenience and reasonable price. There are many buses from Hanoi to Ninh Binh, and it takes only 1.5 -2 hours. There are several bus stations in Hanoi having the bus to Ninh Binh such as Giap Bat[2], Nuoc Ngam[3] or My Dinh Bus Station[4], and it costs VND 80,000 – 170,000 (seat or AC sleeper ) for a one-way ticket and the buses run every hour.

Besides, many tourist bus companies offer the bus from Hanoi to Ninh Binh such as Hoang Long, Queen Café, etc. You can check out for ticket on websites:[5] or[6].

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Just consider that the service of sleeping buses is not always as good as private transport, and some travelers may find it quite disturbing.

Pros Cons
  • Budget- friendly
  • Fast
  • No privacy
  • Uncomfortable

Travel from Hanoi to Ninh Binh by Motorbike

If you are interested in adventure travel, riding from Hanoi to Ninh Binh by motorbike will be a part of your memorable experiences.

  • From Hanoi, you go along Giai Phong Street, skip Giap Bat Bus Station, keep going and turn left into the national highway 1A (QL1A).
  • Then turn right into highway Phap Van- Cau Gie (Hanoi- Ninh Binh), keep riding for 83 km and you will reach center of Ninh Binh city.

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On the route to Ninh Binh, you can stop for places such as Perfume Pagoda (Chùa Hương). Hitting Ninh Binh city then it’s convenient for you to ride motorbike by yourself around famous attractions: Trang An, Tam Coc, etc.

Check Google Map[7] out for the direction from Hanoi to Ninh Binh city. You can rent motorbike in Hanoi for a few days and then travel to Ninh Binh, you can ask your hotel for help renting motorbike. Or you can directly contact to rental bike shops in Hanoi:[8] or[9], here’s also website BikesBooking[10] for rental motorbike booking. One rental bike costs VND 180,000 – 250,000/ day.

Pros Cons
  • Privacy
  • Flexible time
  • Can stop for sightseeing places
  • Quite dangerous
  • Uncomfortable

Travel from Hanoi to Ninh Binh by Van/ Limousine Car

There’s another choice for travelers who want to leave Hanoi for Ninh Binh. Limousine car service is quite comfortable and fast, and its price is still affordable (VND 160,000- 180,000 for a one- way ticket). Limousine car within 9 air conditioned seats is more comfortable and private than tourist bus.

You can check[11] out for ticket booking.

Pros Cons
  • Comfortable
  • Fast
  • Can not feel the wind
  • Inflexible

Travel from Hanoi to Ninh Binh by Private Car

Travel from Hanoi to Ninh Binh by private car is considered as one of best choices because of its convenience. Traveling by a private car has all the advantages that other means of transportation do not. You can sit comfortably in a private car and enjoy beautiful sights on the road.

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I love Vietnam tour[12] also offers the high-quality Vietnam private car services[13]. You can stop at many amazing destinations on the way and there’s an English guide if you request in advance. The price for private car service is also reasonable in comparison with other tours, especially if you travel in a large group. So if you want a relaxing journey from Hanoi to Ninh Binh, and see the best of Northern Vietnam, private car will be a perfect choice.

Pros Cons
  • Safe
  • Saving time
  • Private
  • Flexible
  • Comfortable (the car will be yours when you book)
  • English speaking driver
  • English tour guide (by request)
  • Can be costly if travel alone
  • Can not feel the wind

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All the above recommendations are the best ways to travel from Hanoi to Ninh Binh that we’ve suggested for you. Take it into your consideration, and make a best choice suitable for your schedule, budget and  interests. Don’t forget to visit our I love Vietnam tour[14] for the lastest posts regarding tourist attractions and travel tips to get great experiences during your stay in Vietnam.



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