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Getting from Hanoi Airport to Ninh Binh

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How to get from Hanoi Airport to Ninh Binh

Ninh Binh is located 120 km south of the Noi Bai International Airport (HAN), known as the Hanoi airport. To reach Ninh Binh, travellers can take a taxi, a bus, or a train. Taking a taxi is the fastest, but most expensive way to reach Ninh Binh from the airport. The trip takes 1 hour 40 minutes to 3 hours, depending on traffic, and fare is estimated to cost €50-€100 (1,285,000-2,570,000 VND). Another option is to take a bus or taxi to Hanoi where you can then take either a train or bus to Ninh Binh. The train takes 2 hours and 14 minutes to reach Ninh Binh. Fare is dependent on which train you take and seat you select, ranging from €2.41 (62,000 VND) for a hard seat on the earliest train to €6.27 (161,000 VND), for a bed in a 4-bed room on one of the trains that leaves later. From Hanoi, there are many bus companies offering transfers to Ninh Binh from several different bus stations. The trip takes 2 to 3 hours, ticket price is dependent on which bus company you choose and the type of bus you take. From the Giap Bat station, you can take a bus to Ninh Binh for €2.72 (70,000 VND).

Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Train €4.82 134min 06:00–20:00
Taxi €50 100min 24/7
Bus €5.44 90min 05:00–22:00

How to get from Hanoi airport to Ninh Binh by train

From the Noi Bai International Airport, you can take a taxi or use the public bus to reach the Hanoi Railway Station. From this station, you can take a train to Ninh Binh. The train leaves five times a day from 06:00 am to 20:00 pm, and the journey takes 2 hours and 14 minutes. Fare is dependent on which train you take and your choice between a hard seat, soft seat, bed in a 6-bed room, or bed in a 4-bed room. Minimum fare costs €2.41 (62,000 VND), and the maximum costs €6.27 (161,000 VND).

How much is the train from Hanoi airport to Ninh Binh?

The cheapest ticket you can buy for the train is for a hard seat on the train leaving at 06:00 am, with fare costing €2.41 (62,000 VND). Soft seats with air-conditioning or a bed in either a 6-bed or 4-bed room cost more – a bed in a 4-bed room is the highest fare, costing up to €6.27 (161,000 VND).

Cost

€2.41-€6.27

Trip Duration

2 hrs 14 min

There’s a waiting time of up to 5 hours.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The train is available from 06:00 am to 20:00 pm.

Where do I get it from?

The train to Ninh Binh leaves Hanoi from the Hanoi Railway Station. To get to this station from the airport, you will need to take either a bus or a taxi.

Convenience

Taking the train is the best way to travel to Ninh Binh if you are on a budget. However, you do have to take a taxi or bus to reach the train station, increasing the cost and duration of your journey to Ninh Binh.

Timetables

Editor’s Note

As there are no trains from the airport, you must take a bus or a taxi to the Hanoi Railway Station. From the airport, you can take the 86 bus to the railway station; the journey takes around an 1 hr 25 min. With a taxi, the trip takes 35 min to an hour.

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How to get from Hanoi Airport to Ninh Binh by taxi

The easiest and fastest way to reach Ninh Binh from the Hanoi airport is by taxi. Metered taxis are available outside of both airport terminals, though you can also ask to negotiate a set fare. The journey to Ninh Binh takes from 1 hour 40 minutes up to 3 hours if traffic is heavy. Taxi fare is estimated to cost €50-€100 (1,285,000-2,570,000 VND). To ensure a safe journey and fair rate, be sure to only use a trusted taxi service.

Taxi fare from Hanoi airport to Ninh Binh

Taxis from the Hanoi airport are metered, with price based on the distance and time it takes to reach your destination. Fare to Ninh Binh is estimated to cost €50-€100 (1,285,000-2,570,000 VND).

Convenience

Taking a taxi is the easiest and fastest mode of transportation from the Hanoi Airport to Ninh Binh. Taxis are available 24/7 and can take you directly to your destination.

Editor’s Note

Private cars and larger vehicles are also available for hire.

Useful Tips

If you decide to take a tai you may also ask your driver to negotiate a set rate.

How to get from Hanoi airport to Ninh Binh by bus

Another transfer option from the Hanoi airport to Ninh Binh is to take a bus. There are many bus companies operating routes to Ninh Binh from several bus stations in Hanoi. You can choose from regular buses, sleeper buses, or limousine buses. The main stations in Hanoi for buses to Ninh Binh are the Nuoc Ngam Station and the Giap Bat Station. The least expensive bus leaves from the Giap Bat Station at least every 30 minutes during the day and costs €2.72 (70,000 VND). To reach the Giap Bat Station, or the other stations in Hanoi, you can take a taxi or the local bus from the airport.

How much is the bus from Hanoi airport to Ninh Binh?

Ticket price is dependent on the type of bus you wish to take and the company you choose. The cheapest fare is for the bus leaving from Giap Bat Station, costing €2.72 (70,000 VND). On average, tickets may cost up to €5.84 (150,000 VND), or more for luxury options. It is recommended that you only purchase bus tickets from official ticket offices at the bus station or that you book your ticket online.

Cost

€2.72

Trip Duration

1.5-2 hrs

There’s a waiting time of 30 minutes.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

From 05:00am to 22:00pm

Where do I get it from?

There are several bus stations in Hanoi that service buses to Ninh Binh. The Giap Bat station is about a 40 minute taxi ride south of the airport. You can also use the local bus system to reach the station; by bus, it takes just under 2 hours.

Convenience

The bus is an inexpensive way to reach Ninh Binh, however, you must also consider the added cost and time of taking a taxi or the local bus to the station.

Editor’s Note

There is a range of bus companies offering various bus services. Certain companies run buses later at night, while others only operate during the day. Consider your travel needs, itinerary, and destination when choosing a bus.

Useful Tips

The Giap Bat Station may be a bit dodgy – be sure to only purchase tickets from the official ticket offices or bus drivers to ensure a fair price and safe trip.

Frequently asked questions

How far is Ninh Binh from the Hanoi airport?

Ninh Binh is 120 km south of the Hanoi airport. By car, the trip takes 1 hr 40 min without traffic.

What is the safest way to reach Ninh Binh?

The train is the safest mode of transportation to Ninh Binh, as you can avoid the chaotic highways and roads.

What is the cheapest way to reach Ninh Binh?

Taking the train is the cheapest way to get to Ninh Binh, with tickets costing a minimum of €2.41 (62,000 VND). You can use the local bus 86 to reach the train station, rather than spending more for a taxi.

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