Hanoi To Ninh Binh : Transfer options and top advices

Hanoi to Ninh Binh transfer guide

Do you want to find the most effective way to get from Hanoi to Ninh Binh with affordable rate which suits about budget? See this complete transfer guide from Hanoi to Ninh Binh with everything you need to know about all kinds of transports : Private cars, minivan bus, sharing shuttle bus, taxi, local bus and scooter ride. 

The reason I want to write this article because I haven’t found enough and comprehensive information about transfer advice from Hanoi to Ninh Binh. On this Hanoi to Ninh Binh transfer guide, I also share some of the tourist attractions that you would like to visit along the way that is missed out by all travel sites

I am a local guide who have been working in the tourism industry for 12 years, trust me. My information is up to date, accurate and comprehensive. 


The distance from Hanoi Old Quarter to Ninh Binh (Tam Coc town) is 100 kilometers (62 miles).


Hanoi to Ninh Binh transfer FAQs

Where to take a local bus  from Hanoi to Ninh Binh?

Giap Bat bus terminal which is about 2o minutes drive or 7 kilometers. I don’t recommend taking this option since it is inconvenient and cost-effective.  I will explain in more detail below. 

Is it possible to buy the bus ticket online?

If you want to support local businesses, check out VEXERE – an online local platform for booking bus tickets in Vietnam.

Can I book a Grab from Hanoi to Ninh Binh?

Yeb, you can easily find a Grab car from Hanoi to Ninh Binh. But most of the drivers prefer direct contact since the commission is high. They may want to you to cancel your booking on the app and book with him directly. Not everytime that happens but be aware. 

What is the road condition from Hanoi to Ninh Binh like?

Totally flat. The ride is really comfortable since 1/3 is travelling on a high way. 

How to book a private transfer from Hanoi to Ninh Binh

Directly with your accommodation in Hanoi or Ninh Binh.  We, Hanoi Eco Tour offers private transfer service from Hanoi to Ninh Binh , contact us via Whatsapp at +84974313104

Where I can find a place to eat from Hanoi to Ninh Binh?

There is a few local eateries along the way, when you have done Liem Tuyen junction and turn into a more minor road. Or your driver who stops at Phuong Anh restaurant in Thanh Liem District, which is about a 1.5 hour drive from Hanoi. 

How to get from Hanoi to Ninh Binh : Transports, Advices and Tips

Hanoi to Ninh Binh bus/limousine Dcar (Tourist friendly option)

Top choices for tourists since it’s fast, safe, efficient and affordable since they offer pick up from the Old Quarter of Hanoi. 

Ninh Binh Excursion

They offer a Fuso limousine bus with 17 seats 

Route Departure time  Transfer time  Ticket fare Type of bus 
Hanoi–Ninh Binh

From Hanoi : 7am

From Ninh Binh: 16.30pm

2.5 hours $15/pax Fuso Limousine Bus (17 seats)

Hello Ninh Binh bus

It’s an option for those who travel in a low budget since the price is cheap. 

Route  Departure time  Transfer time  Ticket fare Type of bus 
Hanoi – Mai Chau

From Hanoi : 7:30,13:30

From Ninh Binh : 10.30 , 17.00 

2.5 hours 200.000đ/pax Shuttle bus (16 seats)

Other tourist friendly transfer companies

  • Duc Duong Bus
  • The Long travel
  • Tbus

Local Dcar companies to choose from 

  • Khanh An limousine
  • Trang An limousine
  • Ninh Binh car
  • Binh Minh limousine

Most local bus companies only offer to pick up and drop off outside Hanoi’s Old Quarter. There is an extra cost applied for pick up and drop off services around the Old Quarter of Hanoi

Where to take a local bus from Hanoi to Ninh Binh

Giap Bat bus terminal, which is 7 kilometers from the Old Quarter of Hanoi  

I recommend taking any bus to Thanh Hoa and asking them to drop off at Bung Binh Tam Coc (Tam Coc roundabout) if you are staying in Tam Coc, only 2 kilometers from Tam Coc. 

I personally don’t recommend this option since you have to take a taxi from the Old Quarter to the bus terminal and another taxi ride from Tam Coc roundabout to your accommodation in Ninh Binh. At the end of the day, the expenses is higher than taking a tourist-friendly bus from Hanoi Old Town 

How to book a tourist shuttle bus from Hanoi to Ninh Binh

Check out VeXeRe a local platform to book a bus ticket to Ninh Binh

On the other hand, you can also book a ticket via these platforms below

  • BaoLau
  • 12Go
  • Bookaway

Pro Tips for booking a Limosine Dcar/shuttle bus from Hanoi to Ninh Binh

  • The timetable might be changed without prior notice, you can ask your hotel staff for further assistance
  • You may arrive the hotel later than scheduled since there is a traffic jam,
  • For the shuttle bus, please check if they offer to drop off service at your accommodation in Ninh Binh
  • Bring cash in Dong to pay for the bus ticket.
  • You may encounter unsafe drivers like speaking on the phone. An alternative option is to take a private car

Hanoi to Ninh Binh  private transfer: 4 seaters, 7 seaters – SUV car, minivan

Travelling in a party of 3,4,5 people but you don’t feel comfortable sharing the bus with others, then book a private car at an affordable price. Please see the below table for a reference of the private transfer service from Hanoi to Ninh Binh (All rate is American Dollar) 


Route 4 seaters car (2 people with luggage 7 seaters cars (family of four with luggage)  16-seater minivan (up to 8 people with luggage) 
Hanoi to Ninh Binh 73 83 111

Driver language skill : Basic English

Pick up and drop off : Door to Door

Type of vehicles : 4 seaters car (Sedan) for 2 adults and 01 kid with luggage, 7 seaters car (maximum 4 adults and 01 kid with luggage), 16 seaters minibus (maximum for 10 adults with luggage) 

For booking a private transfer/car to Ninh Binh, kindly contact us via: WhatsApp: +84.974.313.104

What do do and see along the way from Hanoi to Ninh Binh

An additional fee is applied if you visit the tourist attractions mentioned above.  


  • We only use reliable drivers who have been working with us many times.
  • When you book the trip, you will be provided with all the information for the car like the number plate, the driver’s pretty clear phone number. 
  • The price is for reference, it depends on the locations of both accommodations in Hanoi and Cat Ba

What do provide us when booking a car

  • Number of guests: How many adults and children?
  • Name of one guest 
  • Hotel name and address in both Ninh Binh and Hanoi
  • If you take the cruise in Halong, please provide the cruise name and time to be at the port to make sure you will be there on time. 
  • How many pieces of luggage do you have? Carry-on, backpacks, medium-sized luggage, etc.

Hanoi to Ninh Binh motorbike 

I only recommend this option for experienced rider since the road contion is good but lots of traffics This route is recommended for experienced riders.

Be sure you put on a full-head helmet and a valid international tour guide licence

Duration : 2.5 hours including coffee break on the way

Route : From Hanoi Old Quarter,  drive pass Giat Bat bus terminal, then onto old National road number 1, when we get to Dong Van town, keep going until you see Gian Khau bridge, turn left, keep going until you see Tam Coc roundabout, turn left and keep riding 2 more kilometers you will reach Tam Coc 

Cost : $4 for fuel

Hanoi to Ninh Binh by taxi/Grab

Traveling on a budget but still looking for a private transfer option from Hanoi to Ninh Binh, Electric taxi called TaxiXanh by Vinfast is a great option. The driver of this company do speak English. Whist there is a language barrier if you tried Mai Linh taxi or Taxi group. The concept is to drive from A to B, without sightseeing. 

Hanoi to Ninh Binh train

There is an excellent option for families with kids. Check out the ticket at Hanoi train station and buy a ticket beforehand. The train ride takes around 2 hours to get to Ninh Binh

Train timetable: 19.00pm, 21pm and 22pm

Transfer guide from Ninh Binh to other destinations

Read more : Ninh Binh to Pu Luong transfer guide

Transfer guide from Ninh Binh to Halong

Ninh Binh to Mai Chau transfer guide 

Private Tours from Ninh Binh

Wet rice farm tour in Ninh Binh

Ninh Binh day tour from Hanoi

Ninh Binh private tour options from Ninh Binh

Ninh Binh  guided tours 

Transfer guide around the north Vietnam

Hanoi to Mai Chau transfer guide

Hanoi to Hai Phong transfer guide

Hanoi to Pu Luong private transfer

We hope this Hanoi to Ninh Binh transport guide will help you plan your transfer from Hanoi to Ninh Binh


If you are looking for  a private transfer service from Hanoi to Ninh Binh, kindly contact us via Whatsapp at +84.974.313.104

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