By bus it takes only 2 hours to travel 109 km from Hanoi to Ninh Binh. Travel by bus will be more convenient for some travellers than travelling by train as bus services travel direct to the popular Tam Coc area of Ning Binh Province, rather Ninh Binh City which is where the train station is located. Travelling by bus is also up to 30% cheaper than travelling by train and 15 minutes or more quicker.
Travel Times Hanoi to Ninh Binh
There are three direct bus services a day from Hanoi to Ninh Binh which you can book online.
- On this route the Grouptour Company uses an air-conditioned 28 seat shuttle bus, which is comfortable enough for a 2 hour journey.
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Hanoi Bus Stop
Grouptour services to Ninh Binh depart from 16 Hang Chinh in Hanoi’s Old Quarter.
Ninh Binh Bus Stop
Grouptour services from Hanoi terminate at in Tam Coc near Ninh Binh city in the car park opposite The Long Hotel.
About Ninh Binh
The main attractions in Ninh Binh Province are Tam Coc and the Trang An Grottoes; Ninh Binh City itself is not a popular tourist attraction. Tam Coc is an area with steep limestone hills rising above picturesque rice fields and a slow winding river. You can access the area on a bike or take a trip by boat. One of the main attractions in Tam Coc are the Bich Dong Pagodas, located high up on one of the largest hills in the area. There are also some interesting caves in the cliffs of Tam Coc which are accessible by boat. However, more popular than the caves in Tam Coc are the caves in the nearby Trang An area which can also be reached by boat.
Ninh Binh Province also has some interesting religious buildings which are well worth visiting. Phat Diem Cathedral, completed in 1898, is one of the most interesting and impressive Christian religious buildings in South East Asia. This large cathedral has been built using traditional Vietnamese design principles and features pagoda style roofs in a marked deviation from the European architectural styles commonly associated with Christian churches. A more recent addition to the landscape of Ninh Binh Province is the Bai Dinh temple complex which features a tall ornate pagoda set within a mountainous area of enormous natural beauty. The scale of the Bai Dinh temple complex, which covers over 700 hectares, is breath taking.