You just have finished your vacation at Cat Ba Island or Ha Long Bay, are you planning for the next destination in Ninh Binh? You do not want to spend much time to go back to Hanoi and then transfer to Ninh Binh?

You still have not found a way to move from Ha Long to Ninh Binh or Cat Ba island to Ninh Binh? You have not found any reputable transportation company?

In this article, Hanoi Explore Travel will help you list fully detailed information about bus schedules, pick-up times, arrival times and reputable bus companies to choose the quickest, safest and the most economical way to get there?

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Halong Bay to Ninh Binh Travel Map – Hanoi Explore Travel

Halong Bay is a landscape in HaLong city, Quang Ninh province which means “Desending Dragon”, has an area around 1553 km2, contains around 1696 islands. Ha Long bay the first time becomes a World Heritage is in 1994.It is amazing place you should never miss when you come to Vietnam.

Ninh Binh is the province of Viet Nam where is located in south of Hanoi capital. Getting to Ninh Binh, you can visit a lot of interesting places: Hoa Lu – Tam Coc, Bai Dinh – Trang An, Van Long – Kenh Ga and Dancing cave which are more and more popular to all travellers in the world.

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Limousine D Car from Halong bay to Ninh Binh City – Hanoi Explore Travel

How far is it from Cat Ba Island, Halong to Ninh Binh?

The distance from Halong Bay to Ninh Binh is about 300km , it takes 4.5 hours to get there. The distance from Halong to Ninh Binh can be divided into many different routes:

  • The first route is about 133km from Quang Ninh province, you go towards QL18. From here you go straight, go to the forest ferry, you go along TL359 and then TL 351. Then passing towards QL10 through Thai Binh province, Nam Dinh province  and will come to Ninh Binh province.
  • The second route is only about 128km, from Quang Ninh province, you go towards QL18 and then turn to QL10. From here you go straight, through the territory of Hai Phong city, Thai Binh province, Nam Dinh province to Ninh Binh province.

How long will it be from Cat Ba Island to Ninh Binh?

From Dao Cat Ba town center to the military city and vice versa, it will take about 4 – 4.5 hours, if traveling by high quality passenger car (Limousine D Car) or private car. If you choose a local bus, the time is longer, it takes about 5.30 – 6 hours

How long does it take from Halong to Ninh Binh city center?

If you go from Ha Long city to Ninh Binh city center. It will take you about 5 hours from downgrade to warriors and vice versa to travel by high quality coaches (Limousine D Car). If you choose Local bus, it will take about 6 hours.

In addition, Ninh binh has many famous attractions such as Tam Coc, Trang An, Bai Dinh Pagoda … you can also buy bus tickets to take you directly to the famous security destinations in Binh Dinh.

They are not too far from the city center, it only takes about 20-30 minutes to move to those points and the fare is also unchanged. You should choose a pick-up point before booking.

Getting from Ha Long Bay to Ninh Binh

By Local Bus

Getting from Ha Long Bay to Ninh Binh by Local bus is possible as there exists a direct connection.

You need to get to the main bus station of Ha long City – Bai Chay bus station. Take a motorbike or Taxi or even a local bus from your hotel to Bai Chay bus station (Bến xe Bãi Cháy).

There are several buses from Halong City to Ninh binh every day, so finding one shouldn’t be a challenge. Go straight to the booking counter and ask for timing, price and get a reasonable ticket for you to Ninh Binh city. Travel time is usually around 4-5 hours. The ticket price for Ha Long bay to Ninh Binh by bus is 160.000VND – 200.000VND


  • At bus stations, there are many gangster men who are willing to cheat you to get you on a terrible or wrong bus, you have no idea where you are going to as you can not communicate to local people. Till you realise it, you are far away from the big city.
  • There are a lot of buses, neither do you know them, nor do they know you. If there is anything happens to your belongings, you have noone to ask for help.
  • During holiday time in Vietnam: Local people often plan their holiday in advance. Bus tickets fully booked very soon. Therefore it is difficult for you to purchase ticket by yourself if you have a narrow plan.
Bus from Halong City to Ninh Binh

By Motorbike

You can ride motorbike to Ninh Binh city. You should drive slowly to enjoy landscapes and stop for photos shooting on the way.

You should be carefully before renting because roads From Halong bay to Ninh Binh are very dangerous with traffic jam.

Motorbike Tour from Halong Bay to Ninh Binh

By Private or Taxi

This option is the fastest and most comfortable way to travel to Ninh Binh from Ha Long Bay. It’s a little expensive option by Private Car or Taxi. The cost is around 135 USD. You can easily to get it at your hotel in Halong city or at Halong Bay Travel Agency.

If you have a group of at leasts 3 – 4 people join with you, it will be great plan for your group. If not, it is kind of very expensive to go alone or too small group.

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Tourist Bus – Limousine Bus – Highly Recommend

These buses take the highway and only stop at designated stops, and hence way faster. They are using Limousine Dcar, only 09 person in a car. Travel time is around 3.5-4 hours.

If you take Limousine D Car service from Ha long bay to Ninh Binh ticket fare is around 300,000 VND – 400.000VND

Facilities Limousine from Halong bay to Ninh Binh – Hanoi Explore Travel

This option can be pick up at your hotel from Cat Ba Center Town , Got Harbor in Cat Ba Island , or Halong City,Tuan Chau island or Hon Gai island. They can drop you off at Ninh Binh City Center or Tam Coc area, Trang An area…. On the way, we have 1 time for shortbreaks for bathroom. You also can find you some snacks, soft drinking on your own.

Limousine car halong to ninh binh – Hanoi Explore Travel

Time schedule of buses from Ha Long to Ninh Binh

FromToDeparture TimeArrival TimeType of bus
Cat Ba IslandNinh Binh- 09.30AM
- 12.30PM
- 15.30 PM
- 13.30PM
- 16.30PM
- 19.30PM
Limousine DCar
Halong Bay - Hon Gai HarborNinh Binh12.00PM17.00PMLimousine DCar
Halong Bay - Bai Chay Station
- Tuan Chau Harbor
Ninh Binh12.30PM17.00PMLimousine DCar
Ninh Binh Halong City07.00AM12.00PMLimousine DCar
D Car Limousine from Ninh Binh to Halong – Hanoi Explore Travel

Thing to Know for a safe, economical trip from Ha Long to Ninh Binh

  • Find out exactly what time shuttle bus come to the points
  • Should be at the points at least 20 minutes before departure
  • You should find out about reputable bus company before booking. You can book with some reputable travel agents in Hanoi or in Ninh Binh
  • Check the ticket and book at least 2 days before departure
  • Should not ride a motorcycle from Ha Long to Ninh Binh. Because of the long distance and so many highway. It is very dangerous for those who do not have much experience in riding motorbike in Vietnam.
  • If you order a Local bus, you should check the price before making payment.

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