Among the main destinations in the north of Vietnam, Ninh Binh and Halong Bay are relatively close to each other. If both are included in your itinerary, you should definitely check out this guide on transportation from Ninh Binh to Halong Bay.

Halong Bay and Ninh Binh are very similar and are under some comparisons among the most striking features. As little known in the world as Halong Bay, Ninh Binh deserves more attention under the name “Halong Bay on land”. Sometimes, many wonder whether to add Halong Bay or Ninh Binh to the itinerary.

First, the stunning natural beauty and interesting activities make both destinations occupy a place on your travel list. Not to mention that it is very convenient to get from Ninh Binh to Halong Bay by various means of transportation.

What is the distance between Ninh Binh and Halong Bay?

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Both locations in northern Vietnam, Halong Bay and Ninh Binh are about 200 km apart and take about 3h30 to travel by car. The distance may vary depending on the different travel routes.

From Ninh Binh to Cat Ba Island

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Cat Ba

Located in the vicinity of Halong, Cat Ba Island is also a popular destination on a Ninh Binh – Halong trip. To get to Cat Ba, you need to make a transfer from Ninh Binh to Halong city.

Upon arrival in Halong, it is suggested to take a ferry or an express boat to reach Cat Ba by sea, which takes about an hour for the transfer. Otherwise, you can find other means of transportation to get to Cat Ba Island.

Overall, the total distance from Ninh Binh to Cat Ba is about 230 km and the transfer duration is about 4.5 hours.

How to get from Ninh Binh to Halong

Thanks to the proximity, it is easy to get from Ninh Binh to Halong Bay. When the airway is not possible, you can choose different means of road transportation.

Keep scrolling down to better understand these 3 common methods:

Bus from Ninh Binh to Halong Bay

Price: 10 – 15 €

Duration: 4 – 5 hours

Total distance: 200 km

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Known as the most popular choice to go to Ha Long, you can choose one of the two options: local bus and limousine bus from Ninh Binh.

Normally, bus drivers pick up all passengers around Tam Coc, Ninh Binh within 30 minutes, then drive. There are many bus providers offering different types of buses and schedules.

The local bus is the most economical means of transportation. Bus fares range from 8 to 10 € per seat for a one-way transfer. It is generally a sort of 45-seat bus with limited facilities and sometimes poor quality. The travel time can be up to 4.5 to 5 hours due to the many stops to pick up more passengers along the way. You have to go to the bus station to take one but there is a frequent bus every day.

The limousine bus, a kind of tourist bus, is much more convenient than the local bus thanks to its quality of services and direct transfer. Unlike the local bus, the limousine van only stops at fixed places, which reduces the travel time to 3.5 hours. Limousine bus prices vary from 15 € to 20 €, including air conditioners, water bottles, and pick-up/drop-off services.

Ninh Binh to Halong Bay by private car

Price: 100 – 150€/round trip

Duration: 3.5 hours

Total distance: 200 km

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A private car must be the most comfortable way to get from Ninh Binh to Halong Bay. Due to the individual journey, the private car costs about 100 € for a 4-seater car, 110 € for a 7-seater, and 150 € for a 16-seater minivan for a round trip.

The price includes water bottles, fuel, highway tolls, parking fees, and driver fees. Other expenses such as entrance fees, tour guide, etc. are not mentioned.

Note: You must choose the number of car seats that is higher than the number of people in your group, as this leaves room for your luggage. For example, the 4-seater car is suitable for 2 to 3 passengers, the 7-seater for 5 passengers, and the 16-seater for 10 passengers.

Motorbike/scooter from Ninh Binh to Halong Bay

Price: 7 – 10 €/bike/day

Duration: 5 – 6 hours

Total distance: 200 km

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For two-wheel adventure enthusiasts, riding a motorbike from Ninh Binh to Halong Bay should be on the to-do list. This route offers themost satisfying experiences for exploring local life and the rustic landscapes of the countryside.

A motorbike ride takes about 5 to 6 hours via the QL1A – QL10 – QL18 route to Bach Dang and Bai Chay, Halong city. By following this route, you can avoid the highways and tolls that allow motorbike access.

The cost varies from 7 to 10 € per day for a rental bike, not including the cost of fuel. Make sure to opt for high-quality vehicles to ensure safety along the way.

Originally from Lyon, I swapped the cobblestone streets of my hometown for the mystical mountains of Northern Vietnam. Trained as a journalist, I settled in Hanoi five years ago and quickly developed a passion for the cultural richness of the region. A specialist in Lào Cai province, I am also an experienced hiker, sharing my trekking experiences in remote areas and my encounters with local communities.

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