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From Halong Bay to Ninh Binh – Which is the Best Options?

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

It is difficult to found a way to move from Ha Long or Cat Ba island to Ninh Binh and 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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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

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How long does it take from Halong to Ninh Binh?

  • 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.

How to get from Ha Long Bay to Ninh Binh

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In a nutshell

  • The distance between Halong Bay to Ninh Binh: 170 km
  • Travel time: 3:30 hours
  • Route: Halong city – Hai Phong City (via Expressway 5B) – Nam Dinh Province – 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

Tourist Bus – Limousine Bus – Highly Recommend

In a nutshell

  • Route: Halong city – Hai Phong City (via Expressway 5B) – Nam Dinh Province – Ninh Binh
  • Distance: 170km
  • Route Time: 3.5 hours
  • Type of bus: Limousine van (9 seats) & tourist bus (17 seats)
Pick up & Drop off at Halong City Pick up and Drop off at Ninh Binh
  • Hotels in Halong city center (Bai Chay, Hon Gai)
  • Cruise habor: Tuan Chau habour, Halong national habour
  • Hotels in Ninh Binh city + Tam Coc area
  • Extra charge for drop off at Dinh Pagoda area, Mua Cave, Trang An Complex area…

9 Seater Limousine bus from Halong to Ninh Binh

Limousine 9 Seater Bus from Ninh Binh to Halong
  • These buses take the highway and only stop at designated stops, and hence way faster. They are using Limousine Dcar, only 09 person or 17 Person in a car. Travel time is around 3.5-4 hours.
  • If you take Limousine Bus from Ha long bay to Ninh Binh ticket fare is around 400,000 VND – 550.000VND
  • This option can be pick up at your hotel from 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.


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Limousine Bus from Halong Bay to Ninh Binh

Limousine Bus from Ninh Binh to Halong Bay

Time schedule of buses from Ha Long to Ninh Binh

FromToDeparture TimeArrival TimeType of bus
Halong Bay - Hon Gai HarborNinh Binh12.00PM17.00PMLimousine DCar or Limousine Bus
Halong Bay - Bai Chay Station
- Tuan Chau Harbor
Ninh Binh12.00PM17.00PMLimousine DCar or Limousine Bus
Ninh BinhHalong City12.30PM17.00PMLimousine DCar or Limousine Bus
Cat Ba IslandNinh Binh- 09.30AM
- 12.30PM
- 15.30 PM
- 13.30PM
- 16.30PM
- 19.30PM
Limousine DCar

By Motorbike

  • You can ride motorbike to Ninh Binh city. Should drive slowly to enjoy landscapes and stop for photos shooting on the way.
  • Might be carefully before renting because roads From Halong bay to Ninh Binh are very dangerous with traffic jam.

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.

10 Best Places to visit in Ninh Binh

Tam Coc Boat Trip

The magnificent beauty of Vietnam manifests itself in Tam Coc in the form of sublime greenery, endearing waterways and enchanting limestone cliffs. A photographer’s paradise, Tam Coc is a quaint destination in the lap of nature.

Visiting Trang An Landscape Complex in Ninh Binh you will admire famous karst mountains which are very unique in Viet Nam as well as in Asia. This place is said to be “Ha Long bay on land”.

trang an landscape complex

The cave brings you one of the best panoramic view of one of the nicest sceneries in Viet Nam- that’s Ninh Binh- which is known as a wonder of the world, the Telegraph from UK said “It’s an area known locally as Vietnam’s ‘Inland Halong Bay’” or Mua Cave – The Vietnamese “Great Wall of China”

Mau Cave Ninh Binh

Bai Dinh Pagoda in Ninh Binh – The first and most important thing is wonderful landscapes of Ninh Binh land have played an important role on the development of Viet Nam tourist industry to the world today.

Cuc Phuong national park is on a large scale nowadays, it is very attractive and magnificent to attract tourist in and out of Vietnam for their discovery. The park expresses great values in science, economics, aesthetics and humanity.

Bich Dong Pagoda is located in the complex of Trang An Heritage, dubbed as “Nam Thien second cave – located on Ngu Nhac Son mountain range, in Ninh Hai commune, Hoa Lu district, Ninh Binh province.

Bich Dong Pagoda Ninh Binh

It belongs to Ninh Hai commune, Hoa Lu district and is surrounded by tropical forests over limestone mountain chains with a lot of valleys and caves.


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  • Easy to purchase ticket, you can book online 1 day, 2 days or longer in advance if you travel during Vietnam holiday time.
  • We works with a lot of bus companies for years, so we always have available seats, Best Rate, Even you go on our holiday, as long as you let us know before 48 hours (on holiday time).
  • Flexible and convenient in payment, you can pay online by Visa, Master, American Express card…
  • We don’t charge if customers change departure date and informed us 1 day before. Here is all information of our bus that you need to know.

The above is all useful information for you to be able to book tickets from Cat Ba, Ha Long to inh Binh. If you need more information or request us to book a ticket with good price, don’t hesitate to Contact Hanoi Explore Travel Team Now! + What’s App Number: + 84 977 192 564


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