When you plan a trip to Vietnam, you should add Hanoi and Ninh Binh in your travelling list. In North Vietnam, Hanoi – the capital of Vietnam- is the gate destination to visit Ninh Binh, Ha Long Bay or Sapa. Now, Ninh Binh is the new attraction with full of beautiful sceneries. But the question is how to travel to Ninh Binh from Hanoi? Well, we are here to guide you.
Trang An in Ninh Binh – Photo Duc Loi
There are so many ways to go to Ninh Binh, we are going to discuss each service.
Travel by bus
The journey takes 3 hours or more (depends on traffic) to cover the 100km distance. At Hanoi’s southern bus terminal (Giap Bat), a bus leaves for Ninh Binh daily after every 15 minutes or when it’s full in 70,000 Dong (currency of Vietnam). It is noticeable that sometimes it may increase up to 90,000 Dong per person (including luggage). You need to buy a ticket from the ticket hall. The bus service may be slow, and the quality is as low as the price. This is not good choice for travelers.
Ninh Binh is not a regular stop for the bus, but if you travel from Hanoi, you will reach there with anyway.
Travel by taxi
When you travel through taxi to get from Hanoi to Ninh Binh, it also takes 3 hours to reach there, but it’s a bit expensive. When you take a taxi from Hanoi, it costs you from 75USD depending where you stay in Hanoi and where you come in Ninh Binh.
Travel by train
Trains that come from North and South, Ninh Binh is a regular station for them. It is often a quick stop as only a few people get off, particularly at night. The departure timings of trains from Hanoi for Ninh Binh are 6:00 am, 9:00 am, 1:10 pm, 7:30 pm, 8:10 pm, and 9:10 pm. It takes 2 to 3 hours to reach there. If you are very busy and can’t go to the station to book a seat for yourself, then you can reserve one online. Vietnam Drive can also help you to book as well. You can select your seat or sleeping beds.
Travel by a private car
You can book a car from Hanoi to get to Ninh Binh. Many rent-a-car companies offer the facility of a driver. It is not that expensive and provides you with a comfortable journey. Contact Vietnam Drive to book a transfer from Hanoi to Ninh Binh with reasonable price and great service.
Which one is the best way to travel?
Although, all the services mentioned above help you reach your destiny, Ninh Binh. But the easiest and convenient one is through the private car. A private car will pick you up and drop you off at right places you want to come. You reach there early comparatively and are able to notice beautiful surroundings as well.
Wander around Ninh Binh
You can get to know this wonderful city by three ways, which are:
- By Car – It is easy way to explore many attractions of Ninh Binh by a private car. You can have one day to visit Cuc Phuong National Park, one day to visit Tam Coc – Bich Dong or Trang An – Bai Dinh and Phat Diem Church.
- By bicycle – The land is flat which makes cycling accessible and adventurous. You can find a rental bicycle quickly. Most of the hotels have an offer of the free bicycle.
- By motorbike – This is the best way to get around the city. Most hotels can arrange a motorbike for yourself for $15 per day. But Vietnam Drive does not recommend you to use motorbike by yourself because of safety. You should hire someone to drive you with more extra charge.
- By foot – You can also wander simply by your foot. Ninh Binh is a small city, and interesting places are only 10-20 km away.
Now you know how to get from Hanoi to Ninh Binh. Let’s choose the best way, and cover your luggage to start exploring the beauty of Ninh Binh with Vietnam Drive.