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How to Get from Ninh Binh to Halong Bay

Ninh Binh - Halong Bay is a favorite travel route for many tourists to the north of Vietnam. The pretty short distance of 200km and diverse transportation options make your journey hassle-free.

How to Get from Ninh Binh to Halong Bay

Getting to Halong Bay from Ninh Binh is easy, as the cities are well-connected via the Ninh Binh-Hanoi Highway (Expressway) and the Hanoi-Hai Phong Highway (Expressway). It takes around 3 to 5 hours and ticket prices cost from US$5 - US$15/pax/one way if you travel by bus or Limousine car. Otherwise, it would be much more expensive if you opt for a private transfer by car or taxi.

In this article, we recommend you the 5 best bus companies with Ninh Binh - Halong Bay transfer as well as other popular options. So it really depends on your traveling plan and budget to decide which means of transport is best suited for you.

Distance and travel time

Routes Distance Travel time
Ninh Binh to Halong City 191km 3hrs 30mins
Ninh Binh to Tuan Chau Island 187km 3hrs 20mins
Ninh Binh to Lan Ha Bay 123km 2hrs 30mins
Ninh Binh to Bai Tu Long Bay 153km 3hrs
Ninh Binh to Van Don Airport 242km 4hrs 10mins

1. Discovery Travel (Ninh Binh Limousine)

The Limousine D-car operator has 9 trips a day that you can choose flexibly from 8:30 to 15:00.

Ninh Binh Limousine 

Pick-up/drop-off points in Ninh Binh: 

  • Ninh Binh Station
  • Tam Coc pick-up point

Pick-up/drop-off points in Halong Bay: 

  • Tuan Chau international port
  • Ngoc Chau ward, Halong city

Ticket price: VND250.000 - VND300.000/pax (US$11-US$13/pax)

Tel: 0963 189 534 / 0972 118 299

Website: facebook.com/HaLongDiscoveryExpress

2. The Long Travel

The Long travel offers 30-seater buses with trips from 7:00 to 13:00 every day.

Pick-up/drop-off points in Ninh Binh: 

- The Long hotel, near Tam Coc wharf 

Pick-up/drop-off points in Halong Bay: 

- Tuan Chau international port, Ngoc Chau ward | Vuon Dao street, Bai Chay ward 

- Hon Gai pier, 6A Le Thanh Tong street, Hon Gai ward

Ticket price: VND350.000/pax (US$15/pax)

Tel: 091 6868 355 | 0911 88 66 38

Website: https://thelongtravel.com/

3. Quang Muoi Bus

With a high frequency of 18 trips a day, Quang Muoi is a popular bus operator for visitors to transfer from Ninh Binh to Halong Bay. The bus schedule starts from 9:30 to 18:00 on 16-seater transit cars daily. 

Pick-up/drop-off points in Ninh Binh: Non Nuoc bridge | Lim bridge | Ninh Binh city | Ninh Binh post office | Hoa Do intersection | Ninh Binh general hospital | Pho Vit intersection | Trang An wharf | Big C Ninh Binh | Tam Coc wharf | Mua cave

Pick-up/drop-off points in Halong Bay: Bai Chay bus station

Ticket price: VND200.000/pax (US$9/pax)

Tel: 19000287

Website: http://quangmuoi.nhaxe.vn/

FaceBook: facebook.com/xequangmuoi/

4. Duc Giang Bus

The 28-seater bus provider has 1 trip to Halong Bay daily at 8:00. 

Pick-up/drop-off point in Ninh Binh: Nho Quan bus station

Pick-up/drop-off point in Halong Bay: Cua Ong bus station (This will require a 50-minute transfer from Cua Ong bus station to Halong bay)

Ticket price: VND100.000/pax (US$5)

Tel: 0353 666 037

Website: Facebook/Duc-Giang-Bus

5. Tai Thang Bus

Tai Thang Bus offers daily transfer from Nho Quan, Ninh Binh province to Mong Cai, Quang Ninh province with 1 trip a day at 6:30. The return trip from Quang Ninh to Ninh Binh departs at 8:00.

- Pick-up/drop-off point in Ninh Binh: Nho Quan bus station

- Pick-up/drop-off point in Quang Ninh: Mong Cai bus station (This will require another 2 hour transfer to Halong bay)

Ticket price: VND100.000/pax (US$5/pax)

Tel: 0982 965 777

Website: https://www.facebook.com/xeanhthang

Summary 

Bus companies

Pick-up/drop-off points in Ninh Binh

Pick-up/drop-off points in Halong Bay

Estimated fares

Discovery Travel

  • Ninh Binh Station
  • Tam Coc pick-up point



 
  • Tuan Chau international port, Ngoc Chau ward, Halong city

VND250.000 - VND300.000/pax (US$11-US$13/pax)

The Long Travel

  • The Long hotel, near Tam Coc wharf 


 
  • Tuan Chau international port, Ngoc Chau ward
  • Vuon Dao street, Bai Chay ward
  • Hon Gai pier, 6A Le Thanh Tong street, Hon Gai ward

VND350.000/pax (US$15/pax)

Quang Muoi Bus

  • Non Nuoc bridge
  • Lim bridge
  • Ninh Binh city
  • Ninh Binh post office
  • Hoa Do intersection
  • Ninh Binh general hospital
  • Pho Vit intersection
  • Trang An wharf
  • Big C Ninh Binh
  • Tam Coc wharf
  • Mua cave


 
  • Bai Chay bus station

VND200.000/pax (US$9/pax)

Duc Giang Bus

  • Nho Quan bus station



 
  • Cua Ong bus station

VND100.000/pax (US$5/pax)

Tai Thang Bus

  • Nho Quan bus station
  • Mong Cai bus station

VND100.000/pax (US$5/pax)

Alternative options

In case you do not want to travel by bus, private cars and taxis are great alternatives. Those means of transport are the fastest yet most expensive way to transfer from Ninh Binh to Halong Bay. It costs around US$170 for a 4-seater car, US$190 for a 7-seater car and US$230 for a 16-seater minivan on a round trip between Ninh Binh and Halong Bay.

Tips: Ninh Binh Bus offers daily limousine transfer from Ninh Binh to Halong bay (Tuan Chau Marina) for 22 USD per person. Check out their website at NinhBinhBus.com for route information and fares!

Taxi brands from Ninh Binh - Halong Bay:

- Mai Linh Taxi: 0229 6 25 25 25

- Minh Long Taxi: 0229 3 88 11 22

- Xuan Thanh Taxi: 0229 3 68 68 68

- Hoa Lu Taxi: 0229 2 211 444

Reverse route:  Halong bay to Ninh Binh

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Leanne Wruck 1 week, 2 days ago

I would like to get from Ninh Binh to Tuan Chau, Paradise Suites hotel for a cruise. I must arrive by 11 am. Can you suggest a bus, limo or taxi that will ensure we arrive on time. There will be two people.

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Visithalongbay Team 1 week ago

@Leanne Wruck, We have shared Limousine bus from Ninh Binh to Ha Long for $18/person/1 way but the arrival time is around 11am~11:15am. If you want to reach Halong earlier, you may consider the private car at the cost of $100/car for 2 people. Should you have further questions, we are happy to assist. Regards,

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Kimberly Luu 1 month, 4 weeks ago

How to get to Trang An from Ha Long Bay? We have a big family of 11 and we want to have our own transportation with a good driver. Please advise. Thank you, and I look forward to hearing from you soon. Kimberly

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Visithalongbay Team 1 month, 3 weeks ago

@Kimberly Luu, Your family can book a private 19-seat Fuso which costs around $210/car/way from Halong to Trang An. If you have more luggage and want more space, you can consider a 29-seat private car which costs $240/car/way. Should you need more information, feel free to contact us. Regards,

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