Halong Bay to Ninh Binh: How to travel in 2023

Halong Bay, Ninh Binh, and Hanoi are the top 3 most famous and must-see destinations in the north of Vietnam.

Due to highway connections and a variety of travel options, travelers would normally choose Hanoi as a base to move back and forth between these other 2 destinations.

What if you want to cut it short and travel directly from Halong Bay to Ninh Binh? The answer is totally possible.  In this article, we’ll discuss some of the most convenient ways to travel between Halong Bay & Ninh Binh. 

How far is it from Halong Bay to Ninh Binh?


Halong Bay is a coastal city to the east of Hanoi, while Ninh Binh lies to the south and central area of Vietnam’s capital.

The distance between Halong Bay and Ninh Binh is 170 kilometers.

Halong Bay to Ninh Binh
The distance between Halong Bay & Ninh Binh is about 170 km

Popular ways of travel from Halong Bay to Ninh Binh


By tourist bus or Limousine


The bus or limousine are the most popular and convenient ways of travel between these two locations.

The journey usually takes around 3.5 to 4 hours. These buses/limousines depart Halong Bay between 12:30 and 13:00, after the Halong Bay cruises return to the harbor, and arrive in Ninh Binh between 17:00 and 18:00.

Limousine Halong - ninh binh
Limousine or tourist bus is the most effective way to travel from Halong to Ninh Binh

What makes this type of transportation so popular among travelers is its convenience and door-to-door service. The maximum number of passengers on a bus is approximately 20 people, whereas limousines have a capacity of 9 persons.

They will also pick you up from Tuan Chau Marina (the most popular port for Halong Bay cruises) and drop you off at your Ninh Binh hotel.

There are numerous bus companies in both Halong Bay and Ninh Binh that might provide this service. The following are some reputable companies:


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By Motorcycle


Traveling from Halong Bay to Ninh Binh by motorbike would be an interesting experience if you want an adventure journey and have prior expertise riding a motorcycle. It will allow you to completely appreciate the beauty of the Vietnamese countryside.

You’ll have to ride around 28 kilometers south of Halong Bay to Uong Bi City. Follow Highway No.10 from Uong Bi to Ninh Binh, traveling through Thai Binh Province, Nam Dinh Province, and then Ninh Binh.

If you go nonstop, the journey will take 4 hours. However, because the travel is rather exhausting, especially during the summer months, we recommend that you take a little break every 1 hour on the road.


Private Car/Taxi


Private car or cab is the most expensive option. If you are planning to arrange your own car to travel between Ninh Binh and Halong Bay, we recommend that you use the private car. These cars may offer you a package that includes everything you need for the trip, such as tickets and admission fees, for a reasonable price. Taxis, on the other hand, typically charge by the kilometer, which may not include all of the additional fees you’ll be required to pay.

mai linh taxi
Choose a reputable brand like Mai Linh if you’re about to take a taxi to Ninh Binh

You may easily book a private car through your homestay, hotels, or by contacting the cruise line ahead of time. A private car from Halong Bay to Ninh Binh costs around $100 USD one way for a four-seater and $10 to $15 USD more for a seven-seater.

If you’re in a hurry and have no other options but to take a taxi, ask your tour operator or local staff for an estimate cost ahead of time and try to got a deal with the taxi driver before hop on one. 

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Some extra tips


  • Whichever option you select to go from Halong Bay to Ninh Binh, it is best to plan ahead of time, especially during peak season. If you book a cruise with CruiseInHalongBay.com, simply select “Bus Halong Bay – Ninh Binh” in the Optional Service (after booking step) and let our team do the legwork.
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You could easily arrange transfer from Halong Bay to Ninh Binh with CruiseInHalongBay.com
  • The bus/limousine usually stops at Tam Coc. If you don’t want to wait for another transfer, try to book an accommodation in Tam Coc. It’s also the busiest, having several hotels and homestays in Ninh Binh.
  • Check the weather before riding a motorcycle from Halong Bay to Ninh Binh. If it’s raining, it can be more of an adventure.
  • Best time to visit Halong Bay & Ninh Binh is during dry season, from October to April. 




Traveling from Halong Bay to Ninh Binh is today very simple, thanks to modern highways and a variety of transportation options.

If you want to save time by traveling directly between these locations without than stopping in Hanoi, you can either take a bus/limousine or ride a motorbike.

We hope that the options listed above may assist you in traveling safely to Ninh Binh from Halong Bay. 

If you need any further extra information or have any questions, just drop us a message. 

Travel safely!




How to get from halong bay to ninh binh?

Tourist buses or limousine is the most common way to travel from Halong Bay to Ninh Binh. These transportations leave Halong Bay every 1 hour since 5:00 to 18:00 daily. The cost for 1 ticket it’s about 400,000vnd ~ 17USD/person and take about 3 – 4 hours to travel. They’re also provide door to door pick up service.

What’s the distance between Halong Bay & Ninh Binh ?

The distance between these 2 places is about 170km.

Is there a train from Halong Bay to Ninh Binh?

Unfortunately there’s no direct train between these 2 destination. If you’d like to travel by 2 seperated train.
The first 1 is Train No.51501 from Halong Train Station to Ha Noi Train Station. Then you could take SE1, SE5 or SE 3 from there to Ninh Binh train station.
The total journey would take up to 10 hours.

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