1. Overview

Ha Long Bay is a scenic complex in Ha Long City, Quang Ninh Province. Ninh Binh is a province located at the southernmost gateway to North Vietnam. Ninh Binh is a province with great tourism potential; many landscapes are recognized as world heritage sites by UNESCO. This place is the center of famous tourist areas such as Trang An, Tam Coc-Bich Dong, Cuc Phuong National Park, Phat Diem cathedral, Hoa Lu ancient capital, Van Long nature reserve, etc. The distance between Ha Long Bay and Ninh Binh is about 200 km, so you have many means of transportation to choose from. There are 4 options to travel from Halong Bay to Ninh Binh: by bus, motorbike, private car or taxi, or train.

2. How long does it take to get from Halong Bay to Ninh Binh?

The total distance from Halong Bay to Ninh Binh is 175 km if you depart from Ha Long International Cruise Port to Trang An Port. With this distance, it is expected to take about 3.5 hours of non-stop travel.

You can choose one of the following routes to travel from Halong Bay to Ninh Binh:

RouteDistanceTravel time
Halong Bay to Ninh Binh City210 kilometers3 hours and 30 minutes
Halong Bay to Trang An Complex190 kilometers 3 hours and 10 minutes
Halong Bay to Bai Dinh Pagoda215 kilometers3 hours and 50 minutes
Halong Bay to Cuc Phuong National Park240 kilometers5 hours

3. Top 4 most popular ways to travel from Halong Bay to Ninh Binh

3.1. Halong Bay to Ninh Binh by bus

3.1.1. Limousine bus:

Taking a limousine bus from Halong Bay to Ninh Binh is the best option because the travel time is the fastest and the bus usually has a spacious interior, is air-conditioned and provides passengers with amenities such as water and Wi-Fi Freei keeps you comfortable during your trip. Limousines will travel on designated roads and stops, so travel time is from 3.5 to 4 hours. One of the most notable benefits of traveling by limousine is that each vehicle can only carry a maximum of 9 passengers. Ticket prices range from 12 to 20 USD, depending on the provider and bus type.

Some limousine companies you can refer to:

  • Duy Khanh Limousine: (+84) 1900 9442
  • Quang Muoi Limousine: (+84) 1900 0287
  • Thanh Trung Limousine: (+84) 966896896
  • Adam Viet Limousine: (+84) 1900 575725

3.1.2. Local bus

Taking a local bus from Halong Bay to Ninh Binh is the most cost-effective option, with fares ranging from 6.6 USD to 10.31 USD one way. These buses typically have about 45 seats and offer limited amenities. Because there are many stops to pick up additional passengers, travel time can take up to 4.5 to 5 hours. Every day, there are many direct buses from Halong Bay to Ninh Binh. To take the bus, you need to go to Bai Chay bus station in Ha Long and buy a bus ticket. Some bus companies going from Ha Long Bay to Ninh Binh are: Anh Thang, Vu Ngu, Quan Nam, and Hai Thang.

3.2. Halong Bay to Ninh Binh by motorbike

If you are looking for an exciting two-wheeled adventure, riding a motorcycle from Ha Long Bay to Ninh Binh is an experience not to be missed. This is a route with many beautiful sights, so you can stop anywhere to take photos or rest. And it’s also the best way for you to explore local life and the beautiful Vietnamese rural landscape.

The travel time from Halong Bay to Ninh Binh by motorbike is about 4–5 hours. The price to rent a motorbike ranges from 5 to 10 USD per day, plus fuel costs. It is important to choose a high-quality vehicle to ensure safety throughout the journey. Also, don’t forget to check the Ha Long Bay, Ninh Binh weather before starting your journey to avoid any inconvenience.

Some motorbike rental locations for reference in Ha Long:

Rent a motorbike Quang Ninh

  • Address: 560 Le Thanh Tong Street, Bach Dang Ward, Ha Long City, Quang Ninh Province
  • Tel: (+84) 901 272 666

Rent a motorbike Bai Chay

  • Address: Sun World Ha Long, Bai Chay, Ha Long City, Quang Ninh Province
  • Tel: (+84) 978 741 713

3.3. Halong Bay to Ninh Binh by taxi/private car

Traveling from Halong Bay to Ninh Binh by private car or taxi is the fastest and most convenient option because you can completely adjust your schedule. It is especially ideal for families with children or groups of friends. However, its price is also the most expensive. The car rental price is about 123.66 USD per car that can carry 3 or 4 passengers. The travel time is about 3.5 hours.

Some suggested taxi companies to go from Halong Bay to Ninh Binh are:

  • Taxi Mai Linh: (+84) 203 362 86 28
  • Taxi Hon Gai: (+84) 203 384 84 84
  • Taxi Thanh Cong: (+84) 203 367 57 57

3.4. Ha Long Bay to Ninh Binh by train

There is no direct train line between Halong bay and Ninh Binh. You will need to travel to Hanoi or Hai Phong railway station, then take a train ride to Ninh Binh. Traveling by train is a quite interesting experience that you can closely admire the rural beauty along the way. With a distance of around 115 km, the total train journey takes around 2 – 3 hours. There are 5 trains from Hanoi Railway station to Ninh Binh Railway station every day. The ticket price for a seat with an air conditioner is around 6.18 USD – 10.31 USD per person..

4. Suggested itinerary to explore Ninh Binh in 1 days:

4.1. Mua Cave 

The first destination in the one day trip to Ninh Binh is Hang Mua. You need to conquer 486 stone steps to reach the top of the cave. On both sides of the stairs are elaborately decorated lines on the stone with images of dragons or phoenixes carved exactly like the image of dragons in Tran Dynasty art, which are very sharp and beautiful. The best thing is when you climb to the top of the mountain. From here, you can admire the majestic natural scenery and the vast golden rice fields stretching out in Tam Coc.

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 4.2. Bich Dong Pagoda

Bich Dong Pagoda is your next destination, an ancient pagoda built on the slopes of the Truong Yen limestone mountain range, one of the famous attractions in Ninh Binh. With a nostalgic space and old traditional architecture, the pagoda is one of the sacred places where people come to visit and worship Buddha during their journey to explore Ninh Binh.

4.3. Tam Coc 

Final destination of the day in Ninh Binh with a boat trip to Tam Coc, which offers close-up views of breathtaking limestone cliffs along the way. You can buy tickets directly at Van Lam boat station on the Ngo Dong River and take a boat for about two hours to explore the entire Tam Coc area. In addition, you can also choose to visit by bicycle or on foot to explore Tam Coc.

Besides Ninh Binh, Vietnam is also famous for a number of other famous tourist destinations, such as Phu Quoc, Nha Trang, Hoi An, Da Nang, and Ha Long Bay. To explore all these beautiful scenes of Vietnam, visitors can immediately contact Metta Voyage to schedule a detailed itinerary for their trip.

You can refer to some of our tours

Hanoi – Ninh Binh Cycling – Galaxy Cave

Hoa Lu Ancient Capital and Van Long Ecotourism Site

Hanoi – Halong Bay Classical

Family Vacation In Phu Quoc Beach

Nha Trang Discover Day Cruise

Perfume Pagoda Daytrip

Amazing Mu Cang Chai 3 Days 2 Nights

Can Tho Phnom Penh Cruise Tour

Ho Chi Minh City Tour & Cu Chi Tunnels Fullday Tour

5. Some notes when traveling from Ha Long Bay to Ninh Binh

Buy your tickets as early as possible to avoid overbooking and price increases, especially during peak seasons or holidays. 

Prepare necessary items such as first aid equipment, water, and some medicine because most vehicles follow the highway with only a few stops. 

Check the rental car carefully in case you want to travel alone. 

Dress neatly when visiting spiritual sites in Ninh Binh.

6. Conclusion

Above is all the useful information about the top 4 most popular ways to travel from Ninh Binh to Ha Long Bay that Metta Voyage shares with you. Hopefully, the above information has provided you with useful tips so you can explore the beauty of Ninh Binh easily.

7. Contact us

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