Long Bus

Hanoi to Ninh Binh by bus

Hanoi to Ninh Binh by bus

Long buses are commonly used for transportation from Hanoi to Ninh Binh:

Travel time

1h30 - 2 hours


3 - 6 USD/person/one way


Fast, convenient, safe, suitable for large or shared groups, diverse options, ample luggage space, and weather-resistant.


There might be overcrowding during festive seasons, weekends, or uncomfortable seating with limited space.


To travel from Hanoi to Ninh Binh by bus, you can book tickets online via the website benxehanoi.vn, benxemydinh.com, or visit Giap Bat or My Dinh Station to purchase tickets for the journey. There are several bus companies operating this route such as: 

  • Hai Thang: 096 873 8990

  • Anh Vu: 0916 600 733

  • Truong Thanh: 0974 828 009

  • Cuong Hung: 02293660190 – 0985200833 

If you’re on a guided tour, the long bus will cover the entire journey. However, if you’re traveling independently, the vehicle will take you to the bus station or a convenient drop-off point for you.

Tips for you: During public holidays like New Year, Lunar New Year, and April 30th - May 1st long buses can become congested as residents from the capital head to Ninh Binh. To ensure a more comfortable journey, you may consider opting for a minivan as an alternative choice.


Hanoi to Ninh Binh by train

Hanoi to Ninh Binh by train

Traveling by train is an ever-interesting option for foreign tourists touring Vietnam as boarding and experiencing the vintage Indochina-style trains:

Travel time

2,5 hours


About 6 USD for a seat and 9,7 USD for a berth.


Delivering a high-experience factor, safety, and considerable comfort. It allows passengers to enjoy scenic views, offers seating or sleeper options, and permits carrying luggage.


Not suitable for those averse to noise, and it's worth noting that the train only takes you to Ninh Binh station. Upon arrival, you will need to choose another mode of transportation to reach your hotel and explore local attractions.


You can visit the Vietnam Railway official website at dsvn.vn to check out the train schedules, departure times, and seat availability. As of now, there are six trains operating along the Hanoi - Ninh Binh route, with departures scheduled at 6 AM, 9 AM, 1:10 PM, 2:30 PM, 7:30 PM, and 8:10 PM. You can purchase tickets online through the website or visit the Hanoi train station for in-person transactions. Buying tickets online allows you to check the train status and secure better seating options.

Tips for you: 

  • On the train, there is a trolley selling some fast food (instant noodles, banh mi, cookies, snacks) and drinks (tea, coffee, beer, sparkling water, etc). 

  • The air conditioning on the train is centralized, so if you are afraid of the cold, you should prepare a blanket or jacket in advance.

  • The train makes stops at various stations along the journey so you should pay attention to announcements to disembark at the correct station.

  • The walkway and toilet on the train can be a bit narrow.

Minivans or Taxi

Hanoi to Ninh Binh

Private options for travelers from Hanoi to Ninh Binh - Hanoi to Ninh Binh taxi fare

These are two private transportation options, so I will combine them. The advantages of both are limited seating, flexibility, and quick travel (1.5 - 2 hours). 

About Hanoi to Ninh Binh taxi fare, minivans can cost between 6 - 10 USD, while a taxi will be more expensive, around 32 USD. Minivans, in my view, are like a compact version of a long bus. This type of vehicle usually accommodates 6 - 10 people, offering more comfortable seating and avoiding crowded conditions, especially during holidays.

Renting a private car for a day trip from Hanoi to Ninh Binh would cost you about 81 USD for a 7-seater car. You can book minivans or taxis online through platforms such as:

  • TaxiGo: 1900 0370

  • Limousine Ninh Binh Car: 1900 633 628 - 083 9292 688

  • TravelCar: 0989 567 299

  • Sinhtour: 024 3999 8979

Motorbike Rental

motorbike from Hanoi to Ninh Binh

How to travel by motorbike from Hanoi to Ninh Binh

Based on my observations, traveling by motorbike is also a highly favored choice for people going from Hanoi to Ninh Binh. You can either rent a motorbike from Hanoi to take a ride to Ninh Binh or take a bus/train to Ninh Binh and then hire a motorbike. There are numerous rental options in downtown Hanoi, Ninh Binh City, and the Tam Coc area in Ninh Binh. I recommend contacting the rental services beforehand for preparation and assistance.

Some motorbike rental contacts in Hanoi: Motogo (0338 02 3344), Son Moto (0928 290 000), 13535 Motorbike (0888 286 139).

Travel time

2,5 - 3 hours


The rental cost for a scooter is about 4 - 6 USD/day. The current petrol price in Vietnam is 1 USD per liter. With one liter of fuel, you can cover around 30 kilometers.


Flexible, convenient, experiential, and cost-effective.


Facing difficulties may occur, especially in extreme weather conditions like intense heat or heavy rain, along with limited luggage space.


Tips for you:

  • To rent your vehicle in Vietnam, you need an international driver’s license. 

  • You can consider buying insurance to cover potential risks. 

  • It is essential to inspect the vehicle carefully before renting and have emergency contacts saved for assistance.

  • Adhere to Vietnamese road traffic laws: Wear a helmet, avoid operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, drive on the right side, stop at red lights, etc.

  • The road from Hanoi to Ninh Binh is straightforward, you mostly just need to go straight. Google Maps will be helpful for navigation.

To complete your understanding, read our article on travel guide to Vietnam!

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