How to Get from Hanoi to Ninh Binh

Located 90km south of Hanoi, Ninh Binh is always an ideal destination for tourists who do not have so much time in Vietnam. A tour to Ninh Binh promises to give you the chances to not only contemplate a wealth of breathtaking natural sights but also extend your knowledge about Vietnamese culture. However, the trip will be even more fun and interesting if you can choose a suitable vehicle to get there. Our suggestions about how to get to Ninh Binh from Hanoi are listed below.

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1. Bus

Among all of available vehicles to travel from Hanoi to Ninh Binh, bus should be the cheapest and most stable one, especially for those who are not familiar with the traffic in Vietnam and the outskirts of Hanoi. However, you have to depart from one of the bus stations in Hanoi such as My Dinh, Giap Bat, Nuoc Ngam, Yen Nghia, etc. On arrival at the station, you can ask the security guys, look for the local bus to Ninh Binh yourself or contact with the driver if you’ve already had their number.

The price for a public bus is around 70,000 VND ($3) and it will take you around 2 hours to get to Ninh Binh, passing by the rustic scenery of Red River Delta on the new Highway.

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2. Private Car

If you are not really into joining together with local people or other tourists on the public bus, you can easily ask the hotel receptionists to arrange for you a Hanoi to Ninh Binh private car. Although the price is possibly higher than the others, you will be able to comfortably enjoy a scenic drive and private services from the car like wet tissue, free water. Furthermore, you can ask your private driver to stop at many places for stretching your legs, sightseeing and photographing.

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3. Motorbike

Motorbike must be the most convenient mean for your visit to Ninh Binh because you will not have to wait for your vehicle to come, just get on the bike and ride to wherever you want. What is more, a motorbike trip from Hanoi to Ninh Binh allows you to easily observe the activities of local people as well as structures and lush rice paddies as you will pass by the countryside of provinces of Ninh Binh and Ha Nam. More importantly, when travelling on motorbike, you can have stopovers at wherever you want and enjoy local foods.

However, you will have to notice more when travelling by bike, make sure you know where to fulfill the gasoline; do not forget your license, motorbike’s blue card and travel insurance; hide most of your money (as much as possible) to avoid the traffic police.

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4. Train

If riding the motorbike is the most convenient way, then travelling by train from Hanoi to Ninh Binh is the safest. Indeed, you can easily transfer to Hanoi Train Station as it is located in the heart of the city. The train trip will definitely offer you the chance to not only admire the beauty of Red River Delta’s countryside but also learn about Vietnamese culture as you will meet a lot of local families during the trip.

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The tickets will be around $5-10, depending on the quality of your seats, with A/C or not. Once arrived at Ninh Binh train station, you can take local taxi to get to your hotel (reliable companies such as Mai Linh). But it is suggested that you should ask your hotel to arrange the car for you in order to avoid unexpected taxi scams in the middle of nowhere.

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5. Travel Companies

If you don't want to waste your time searching for the right vehicles or routes to reach Ninh Binh on your own, you can totally let a travel company or Agent arrange some day tours to Ninh Binh from Hanoi for you, so you won't have to worry about transportation. Furthermore, you can easily get more free information about what you intend to do and where you are planning to go during your Vietnam Excursions.


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Brian Vu

Working for a travel company is a big chance for me to feel love with travel. Specially, leisure is not my style, riding motorbike to discover everywhere is really great for my trips. On each miles I reach, I get opportunity to learn more about the local culture, to see ... [View Details...]