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Ninh Binh - Halong Bay bus schedule

Ninh Binh Halong Bay Sat, Apr 13/2024

Fuso Bus
18 USD
4 hours
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Ninh Binh Hotel/ Resort in Ninh Binh
210km - 4 hours
Halong Bay Tuan Chau Marina/ Sun International Pier
11:40 Sat, Apr 13
D-Car Minibus
22 USD
3.5 hours
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Ninh Binh Hotel/ Resort in Ninh Binh
210km - 3.5 hours
Halong Bay Tuan Chau Marina/ Sun International Pier
11:30 Sat, Apr 13

Ninh Binh to Halong Bay information

The distance between Ninh Binh and Halong Bay is approximately 220km and it takes around 3.5 to 5 hours to drive depending on your mode of transportation.The most convenient and direct route to Halong Bay is to take Highway 10 east from Ninh Binh towards Hai Phong City, and then either follow Highway 18 or Hai Phong - Halong Expressway north towards Halong Bay.

Halong bay, Vietnam
Cruises in Halong bay, Vietnam

There are several transportation options available, including private car/taxi, tourist/ Limousine bus, local bus, train, and motorbike.

How to get from Halong Bay to Ninh Binh

To travel from Ninh Binh to Halong Bay, there are several transportation options which fit your preferences and budget.

By private car/ taxi

  • Duration: 3.5 - 4 hours
  • Price: 100 - 150 USD/ one way

It is easy and straight forward to hire a private car or taxi with door-to-door service from Ninh Binh to Halong Bay. This is the most convenient option if you travel in group or prefer a private and flexible means of transport.

The journey takes about 3.5 to 4 hours, and the cost varies depending on the car type and the number of passengers. The car should be booked in advance through a travel agency or grab taxi application.

By tourist/ Limousine bus

  • Duration: 3.5 - 4 hours
  • Price: 15 - 25 USD/pax/one way

Several tourist and Limousine bus companies operate daily buses from Ninh Binh to Halong Bay. This option is best-suited solo traveler or a couple looking for a budget-friendly mode of transportation. The journey takes about 4 hours and costs around 15 - 20 USD per person one way. 

You can book a ticket online in advance or catch the bus in Ninh Binh City. These companies offer air-conditioned buses with comfortable seats and onboard amenities, such as free Wi-Fi and bottles of water.

By local shuttle bus

  • Duration: 4.5 - 5 hours
  • Price: 7 - 12 USD/pax/one way

If you're a budget-minded traveler looking for a low-cost option to travel from Halong Bay to Ninh Binh, taking a local bus is a good choice. While local buses may not be the most comfortable option, they are a cost-saving alternative to private cars or tourist buses. You can purchase bus tickets at Ninh Binh Bus Station, and the prices range from 7-12 USD per person one way.

By motorbike

  • Duration: 4-5 hours
  • Price: 7 - 10 USD/ one day

If you are an adventurous traveler, you can rent a motorbike to ride on your own to experience the stunning landscapes and scenery along the way. You should choose a reliable rental company and ensure that the bike is in good condition. Be prepared with proper safety gear, such as a helmet and protective clothing, and familiarize yourself with the traffic laws and regulations in Vietnam.

The route from Ninh Binh to Halong Bay is relatively straightforward that you follow Highway 1A - Highway 10 - Highway 18 to Bai Chay ward, Halong city. However, it can take around 5 hours to complete, depending on the route taken and the speed of your bike.

By train

  • Duration: 9 - 10 hours
  • Price: 10 - 14 USD/pax

If you are carsick, taking a train is a good option. However, there is no direct train from Ninh Binh to Halong Bay so you need to take a train to Hanoi first then another train to Quang Ninh province. The whole journey takes you around 9 to 10 hours yet you have a chance to admire stunning landscapes of rustic villages on the way.

  • Ninh Binh Railway Station: No.1 Hoang Hoa Tham Street, Ninh Binh City
  • Hanoi Railway Station: No. 120 Le Duan Street, Hoan Kiem District

Pros and cons

Means of transportation



Private car/ taxi

  • Fastest and most pleasant
  • Private
  • Experienced drivers
  • Most expensive
  • Not suitable for solo and budget-conscious travelers 

Tourist bus/ Limousine car

  • Less crowded
  • Door to door service
  • Reasonable price
  • Fully booked quickly

Local shuttle bus

  • Money-saving
  • Available with many buses per day
  • Crowded and sometimes slow
  • Unsafe because of local crimes
  • Drivers do not know English


  • Straightforward 
  • Safetest means of transport
  • Slow and uncomfortable
  • Non-direct route


  • Flexible and economical
  • Beautiful scenery 
  • Unsafe and not suitable for all types of travelers
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Frequently asked questions

Can I be dropped off at Halong Pier? I plan to take Ambassador cruise?

Yes we can drop off at Halong Pier. However it will be 10 minutes after dropping off guests on Tuan Chau Marina.

Do you pick up from specific resort?

We offer door to door services for Limousine D-Car. For Fuso bus, since some of the resorts/ homestays are faraway from the main area and/or difficult to access by road we will send you the location where the bus departs from that is closest to you.