If you’re not convinced of going lớn Ninh Binh yet, then we must start this post by saying that you MUST go! Filled with mystical, striking mountains, heavenly rivers, flourishing rice paddies, và cheap food and beer, Ninh Binh is a world apart from the hectic, full of life city of Hanoi. So, it’s time to lớn ditch nights out on Hanoi’s Beer Street for a more peaceful, tranquil setting. In this post, we are going lớn tell you exactly how lớn make the short journey from Hanoi khổng lồ Ninh Binh using 5 different modes of transport. Firstly though, it’s important to lớn point out that the main attraction in Ninh Binh, is not the thành phố itself, but the scenic area named Tam Coc. Therefore, we will continue each section with how you can reach Tam Coc. P.s. For more travel in Vietnam journeys và Vietnam info, make sure to check out our epic Vietnam travel guide.

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Table of Contents1 Private mini-van from Hanoi khổng lồ Ninh Binh2 Public bus from Hanoi to Ninh Binh3 Train from Hanoi lớn Ninh Binh4 Private xe taxi from Hanoi to lớn Ninh Binh5 Self-driving from Hanoi to lớn Ninh Binh6 Day tour from Hanoi khổng lồ Ninh Binh7 Where lớn stay in Tam Coc8 Essential Resources for Travelling in Vietnam

Private mini-van from Hanoi lớn Ninh Binh

The most hassle-free, cost-effective way to get from Hanoi khổng lồ Binh is lớn take a private mini-van. Mini-vans typical carry around 12-15 passengers and usually have built-in a/c for your comfort. Trust us, in the summer months, you will certainly need it. If you opt for a luxury mini-van, the seats are relatively large and comfortable, and often come equipped with USB plugs to charge your devices.

Multiple transport companies are running the route from Hanoi lớn Ninh Binh, so the pick-up và drop-off locations vary. However, there are plenty of options that offer a free hotel pick-up and khách sạn drop-off service, making the mini-van option the most efficient choice. There are even minivans that head straight to Ninh Binh from Noi Bai International Airport.Journey duration: 1.5 – 2 hoursCost: $8 – $16

Departure times: Mini-vans leave regularly throughout the day. The earliest departure is 5:30 am and the latest departure is 8:30 pm.How khổng lồ book: We recommend using Bookaway lớn book your trip online. You can easily compare the different companies and prices. There is also the bonus of không tính tiền cancellation up khổng lồ 24 hours before your journey. Therefore, if your plans change, you don’t thua your dosh.

A Sao Viet Bus in Vietnam booked through Bookaway

Public bus from Hanoi lớn Ninh Binh

The cheapest option, and probably the more adventurous option if you don’t mind going an escapade through the local areas of Vietnam, is to go by public bus. To take the public bus, you will first need to lớn go khổng lồ Giap Bat Bus Station, located in Hoang Mai District. It’s about a 30-minute drive from Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Khổng lồ get to lớn the bus station, we recommend you order a car or motorbike taxi through the Grab app, so you know the price of the journey beforehand. Expect lớn pay 90,000 vnd ($3.89) for a car, & 50,000 vnd ($2.16) for a bike.Once you reach the bus station, make sure to purchase your bus ticket from the ticket kiosk. Don’t buy it off a random guy in the street, as you could kết thúc up overpaying. The bus terminates in Ninh Binh city centre, directly opposite the train station. From there, you will need to lớn hop into another taxi to lớn your accommodation in Tam Coc. The drive is a further 15 minutes. However, if you’re lucky, the bus driver may ask where you are going & stop the bus for you at the turning lớn Tam Coc, rather than taking you all the way to the bus terminus point.

The local mode of transport in Ninh Binh

Journey duration: 2 – 2.5 hours
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Costs:70,000 vnd ($3.03) per person for the public bus50,000 vnd ($2.16) for a xe taxi motorbike to lớn Giap Bat Bus Station from Hanoi’s Old Quarter50,000 vnd ($2.16) for a xe taxi motorbike lớn Tam Coc from the bus drop off locationDeparture times: Every hour until late at night. However, if you choose khổng lồ take the public bus, we recommend you make the journey in the daytime as it can be quite daunting in the dark when you’re unfamiliar with your surroundings.

Train from Hanoi to lớn Ninh Binh

If you fancy chugging down to Ninh Binh on the train, you can easily pre-book your train tickets in advance. The advantage of taking the train is the wonderful scenery along the way. You will find yourself getting lost in deep thought as you pass endless greenery. Whilst you’re at it, take the opportunity to write out any postcards or typical Vietnam souvenir pop-up cards for family back home.However, be prepared for an early start or a late-night venture. The earliest train leaves Hanoi at 6:00 am và the latest train leaves at 22:15. In total there are just 6 direct trains per day. The most popular is the SE5 train, for its convenient departure time.To reach the train station in Hanoi, we recommend you book a grab taxi oto or bike. The address of the train station is 20 Le Duan street, Hoan Kiem district, Hanoi. Once you reach Ninh Binh train station, 01, Hoang Hoa Tham street, Thanh Binh ward, Ninh Binh city, you will need lớn take another taxi to lớn Tam Coc, which is 6 km away.

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Jake riding a motorbike in Ninh Binh

Day tour from Hanoi to lớn Ninh Binh

If you don’t have much time on your Vietnam itinerary, you may want khổng lồ make a whirlwind stop to Ninhh Binh via a day tour. Day tours khổng lồ Ninh Binh from Hanoi are offered in almost all the tourist agencies dotted around Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Just call in & an agent will arrange the trip for you. Tours usually consist of khách sạn pick-up & drop off within Hanoi, multiple stops of Ninh Binh’s top attractions, & lunch.
Want to lớn book your trip online for peace of mind? BOOK HERE! Day trips start from just 1,300,000 vnd ($56).

Where to lớn stay in Tam Coc

Hotel Tam Coc Golden Rice – For a relaxing stay, this hotel is perfect. It’s fully equipped with cosy rooms, an outdoor swimming pool, air conditioning, và a continental breakfast each morning. The khách sạn is within walking distance of the main strip filled with eateries and bars.The Banana Tree Hostel – Centrally located to Tam Coc’s main attractions. This hostel is welcoming khổng lồ all kinds of guests, from families and couples to lớn a group of mates. The hostel is modern & clean, making for a comfortable stay. There is also a swimming pool, bar, and restaurant. Perfect for social butterflies!

Essential Resources for Travelling in Vietnam

Travel Insurance – No matter where you’re travelling to, it’s a good idea to make sure you’re covered for any accidents or losses. We spent days and weeks searching for insurance, but most insurers would not allow us to take out a policy as we were already abroad. Our personal choice is Safteywing. You can opt for automatic monthly payments, just lượt thích a subscription. More importantly, it is available in 180 countries và can be purchased whilst already travelling. There is no cap on the duration of travel.Visa – Before you travel khổng lồ any country, make sure to kiểm tra if you need a visa. iVisa is a fantastic trang web that is super easy và quick to use. Just type in where you are from. Và where you are going. To check if you need a visa. If you do, you can quickly make an application online.AccommodationBooking.com is our go-to when looking khổng lồ pre-book accommodation online. Booking.com tend to almost always have the best rates and have a không tính tiền cancellation policy for most properties.Overland transport – Our go-to trang web for overland transport is Bookaway. Bookaway offer multiple forms of transport, from buses, mini-vans, trains, và ferries. The routes on offer are extensive and certainly cover most of the backpacker trails. Bookaway works a little lượt thích Skyscanner but for overland transport. You will find plenty of transport options from a range of companies. All you simply need to vày is book online and receive your ticket by email. The email will contain essential information, such as where the bus leaves from and departure và arrival times.Tours & activities – If you want khổng lồ book tours and activities online, make sure to check out Get Your Guide. Get Your Guide takes the găng out of booking activities abroad. You will also find a range of benefits, such as skip the line passes, lunch included in your tours, và so much more.

Travel tips ebook -Before you head off on your adventure, make sure to tải về our không tính phí ebook. It has a whopping 109 budget travel tips khổng lồ help you make your hard-earned cash go further. Click here to tải về your miễn phí ebook.Make cash on the road – If you’re on a long trip, you may want khổng lồ start earning whilst on the road. One way to bởi this is to lớn teach English online. One of our favourite companies for this is Palfish, as the schedule is super flexible. You can mở cửa and close slots, as and when you choose, meaning you don’t have khổng lồ commit to the same days and hours each week. Just make sure you are TEFL certified to lớn apply!Like this post? Pin it!