The complete guide for tourists to travel from Hanoi to Ninh Binh, Tam Coc, Trang An: how to get on the road.
Travelling in another country can be terrified to some tourists. You don’t know where to start, how much is the right price and what means of transportation is suitable for you.
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Tourists in Hanoi often opt for Ninh Binh to be the next destination. Ninh Binh is a beautiful place with a lot of attractions, such as Tam Coc – Bich Dong and Trang An tourism complex. They are usually in the wishlist of travellers coming to Vietnam.
We understand that you will have difficulty in moving around when you are in another country, so this is the complete guide on how to travel from Hanoi to Ninh Binh, Tam Coc – Bich Dong and Trang An tourism complex.
Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam and also the main hub of transportation. You can easily find transporting service offered everywhere here. But the train is the most popular and interesting means in Vietnam. It’s cheap, quick and enjoyable.
You can buy tickets online or at the Hanoi station. The price can vary according to the train and the types of seats. There will be the hard seat, soft seat and berth on the train, but you should choose the soft seat or the berth for the best experience. The available train to travel from Hanoi to Ninh Binh are SE5, SE7 and SE19. At some period, there will be more trains to support the number of guests.
The Hanoi train station is at 120 Le Duan Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi and Ninh Binh railway station is at 1 Hoang Hoa Tham Street, Ninh Binh city. The stations are open 24/7 and all year round. There are 8 to 10 trains at Hanoi station leaving for Ninh Binh in a day, starting around 6 a.m. The last train leaves at 8 p.m., so basically you can travel from Hanoi to Ninh Binh anytime.
4 beds cabin on train SE1
The train journey’s take 2 – 2.5 hours without delay. You can see the continuously changing scenarios from the window of the train. The train ticket price can vary between under 100.000VND (US $5) to 200.000VND (US $10) for a one-way ticket. You can book your tickets online at the official website of Vietnam Railway. If you wish to buy the ticket traditionally, please remember to bring your identification paper or passport with you.
If you book the train ticket at the station, the boarding pass will be printed and handed to you. However, if you book online, you will receive the e-ticket or e-boarding pass. You can either print it out or use your mobile phone or table to show it to the train staff. But it would be best if you print it out and prepare your identification paper.
Or you can choose soft seat with air conditioner
You should arrive at the station around 15 minutes to 30 minutes earlier than the departure time. At that time, the station will be opening the gates to welcome guests on board. Remember to check the number of the train, rail and the gate of your ticket. If you are not sure, you can ask the train staff for information (they dressed in dark blue uniform).
The tour buses are also a reasonable choice to travel from Hanoi to Ninh Binh. It’s really easy and convenient to book bus ticket, you can buy the ticket online, with a phone call, at the bus stations or at bus agencies. The price and the range of bus are wide, you can choose what suit you most.
There are limousine car (the most expensive and, of course, the most comfortable), berth-seat bus and soft-seated bus. More than 25 bus agencies are operating in Hanoi, some of the most familiar names are Hoang Long, Queen Cafe, Group tour, Non Nuoc Ninh Binh,... The departure time for each bus is different, there will be buses from 7 a.m to around 7 p.m.
The ride on the bus will be approximately 2 to 3 hours, depending on the traffic. Some bus agencies provide pick-up service (they will pick you up and drop you at the arranged destinations), but you can also catch a bus yourself at the bus stations. In case you want to go to the bus station, here are the addresses of bus stations in Hanoi
Bus is a budget choice for travellers
As mentioned, the price varies a lot. You should be expected to pay:
But also a "second choice" because it's alway crowde and sometime you have to share your seat with other people
Travelling from Hanoi to Ninh Binh on a bus can save time and money, but it has some disadvantages. Drivers can try to get as many customers as possible on a bus, so often the buses are cramped and uncomfortable. Also, some not-so-good drivers can try to charge tourists more than the normal rate. Make sure you ask for the price before getting on a bus!
Don’t be late, because the bus will leave at a fixed time. It would be best if you are present at the station 15 minutes to 30 minutes earlier. If you choose a pick-up bus, they will inform you of the date and time for pick-up. Make sure to note it down.
If you travel from Hanoi to Ninh Binh in a group, the best option for you should be rent a private car. It is a bit pricey if your group is small (under 10 people). But if you go in a large group (more than 15 people), it can be cheaper than travelling by bus.
There are many advantages of travelling by private car: flexible schedule, faster and more comfortable. You can arrange the pick-up location and time, the type of cars and so on. A huge number of car-renting agencies are operating in Hanoi, you can choose the most suitable one for you.
Private car is the best choice to travel from Hanoi to Ninh Binh, it hygiene, safe and comfort
The price varies quite a lot, depending on the agency. It is usually a renting package for a round-trip. A 4-seated car can cost about 1.000.000VND up to 1.500.000VND ( US $50 – US $75) and a 29-seated bus is from 2.000.000VND all the way to 3.000.000VND (US $100 – US $150).
You should check for the car and the contract carefully to avoid scam. Ask for a full package price, including insurance, fuel fee and other fees. Some agencies can try to overcharge you with these fees.
There are agencies that provide English-speaking drivers, quite a bonus for tourists. remember those limousine cars are more expensive than a normal car but they are the most comfortable ones.
Trang An is a scenic destination near Ninh Bình Province, it is famous for its boat cave tours. the Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most visited locations in Ninh Binh.
The natural beauty and impressive architecture are the charming points of Trang An tourism complex. The complex includes Hoa Lu, Tam Coc - Bich Dong and Bai Dinh Temple.
If you travel from Hanoi to Ninh Binh by train or bus, it is likely that you will be dropped at Ninh Binh city center. From there, you will have some options to go to Trang An tourism complex. You can choose to take a taxi or rent a motorbike.
The distance between Ninh Binh city center and Trang An tourism complex is about 7-10km. The distance is not too far, so a ride on taxi or motorbike is quite reasonable.
The general price for a 4-seat cab is around 10.000VND to 12.000VND/km ( US $0,5 - $0.6) and for a 7-seat one is approximately 12.000VND to 16.000VND/km ( US $0.6 - $0.8). So a ride from the city center to Trang An on taxi should cost you at most 160.000VND (US $8).
You should choose a metered taxi to avoid overcharge. And say no to any cab driver that ask you for much more than the real price. There are a lot of taxi agencies in Ninh Binh city center, you can choose Taxi Mai Linh, Taxi Ninh Binh, Taxi Hoa Lu, Taxi Minh Long,... they are quite trusted and reliable.
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When you are off at the bus station or train station, you will easily find a taxi around you. Or you can make a phone call to their telephone center. Or even you can just catch one on the side of the street.
For anyone don't want to pay much time looking for the transportation, you can book a Ninh Binh tour that covers transportation. By this way, you don't have to worry much about how to go
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If you are the adventurous type and like to move around, you can choose to rent a motorbike to travel from Ninh Binh to Trang An tourism complex. Travelling on a motorbike will give you a sense of freedom and flexibility. You can enjoy the changing Vietnamese country scenarios along with your trip.
The process to rent a motorbike in Ninh Binh is quite simple. You need to bring some copies of your identification paper or passport and complete the renting contract. The starting price for a normal motorbike is 100.000VND (the US $5), some models can be cheaper or more expensive than others. This price is not included gasoline.
You can rent a motorbike by calling the number of service providers and they can even bring the motorbike to you. Or you can directly go to the agencies yourself.
Remember to keep the contract and other related paper carefully and check your motorbike before leaving. You should ask for some new models to make sure that no technical problem will happen on the road.
If you drive by yourself, remember to mark the route first and mind the turning sections and gasoline stations. However, going alone on a motorbike can be a dangerous choice and there is a high chance that you can get lost. If the weather condition is not good, a motorbike is not an ideal means of transportation.
Tam Coc – or “the inland Ha Long Bay” – is a popular tourism location and a part of Trang An tourism complex. It consists of two different destinations: Tam Coc, a flooded cave karst system; and Bich Dong, a series of mountain pagodas.
Tam Coc (or “The Three Caves”) has three caves: Ca Cave, Hai Cave and Ba Cave on Ngo Dong river. Bich Dong is a pagoda complex of three: Ha Pagoda, Trung Pagoda and Thuong Pagoda.
To travel from Ninh Binh city center to Tam Coc – Bich Dong, you can choose between taxi and motorbike just like travelling to Trang An tourism complex. Tam Coc – Bich Dong is around 10km away from the city center, so the price for a taxi should be around 100.000VND to 200.000VND ( US $5 - $10). You can refer to the travelling option to Trang An above for more information.
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However, moving around by motorbike can be a bit tricky because the route has more turning point and can be quite complicated. But if you still wish to rent a motorbike, you can rent in the city center just like the part mentioned above of this article.
6. Small Tips Just For You
A tip for tourists is at the peak season or at days around Tet holiday or other national holidays, booking transportation tickets can be hard. So the recommendation is to book in advance.
And if you want to rent a car or a motorbike, you should check out the renting place by reading the review about it first. Moreover, remember to check the paper and the bike or car in advance in case of having any problem.
You should also bring a map or mark the route before having a go.
Remember to arrive on time at the bus stations or train stations, because the bus or the train will not wait for you.
You should check the train ticket or the bus ticket to see whether it is a one-way or a round trip.
Don’t rent a motorbike or a private car without any certification paper or at a too cheap price. Either the motorbike or the car will be in poor condition or there can be a scam.
If you are still not sure how to get to Ninh Binh, Tam Coc – Bich Dong and Trang An safely and enjoyable, feel free to contact us, the AZ Local Trip team for further information and advice. It is our pleasure to help you!