Tips for Transportation from Ninh Binh to Halong Bay

According to a lot of international travelers, Tam Coc in Ninh Binh and Halong Bay are 2 most beautiful destinations that highly recommended by the top-ranking tour packages Vietnam Excursions. Actually, Tam Coc and Halong Bay are quite similar as they both contain a priceless enormous karst system dating back to millions of years ago. However, the limestone islets in Halong Bay are on the sea and Tam Coc's ones can be found on land which surrounded by different scenery. So how to move around these 2 charming destinations? Read our post to find our:

The breathtaking landscape in Halong Bay

Tam Coc, Ninh Binh - the so-called "Halong Bay on land"
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Local Buses

One of the safest and most stable transportations to transfer between these 2 attractions should be the bus. However, there is not any bus that departs from Ninh Binh directly to Halong Bay. Therefore, all you need to do is to catch the local bus from the city center of Ninh Binh to My Dinh or Giap Bat bus station in Hanoi, where you can easily catch the one to Quang Ninh province and Halong City. What is more, it may take 30 minutes to 1 hour in the Bus stations in Hanoi cause you will have to find the right vehicles.

Private Cars

A bit more expensive than local buses, you can easily ask the hotel receptionists in Ninh Binh to arrange a private car for you. It is much more convenient and comfortable because the departure time and all the stopovers are all up to you. It is much better if you are in groups, because the price for the private cars will be divided into the number of passengers. It will take you around 6.5 hours to reach the stunning area of Halong Bay, so prepare your headphones, snacks, and a full-battery cellphone.


For those who are already familiar with the traffic and roads in Vietnam, motorbike will be also a great idea. Although a motorbike trip really depends on the weather, external conditions and especially your health, it guarantees you the opportunity to not only contemplate the beautiful scenery in the outskirt of cities. The trip may take the whole day (about 7-8 hours) to transfer including the time for meals, so make sure you get up early. During the trip, you can feel free to stop at anywhere for stretching your legs and taking photographs, admire the immense lush rice paddies, rustic villages as well as tranquil rivers of Northern Vietnam’s countryside.

However, as a foreigner travelling in a strange country, you have to be always careful of everything you meet on the road. The traffic polices in some provinces in Northern Vietnam, especially Hai Duong, are not really friendly, even with Vietnamese people. Don’t sleep on your helmet, the motorbike’s blue cards, Vietnamese travelling insurance (please ask the motorbike owner) as well as your international license (if available). To avoid accidental scams and problems, you should always lock and park your bike in publicly crowded spots, always ask for the prices before purchasing anything on the road and even bargain until you meet a good price.


Another fast and unique way to transfer from Ninh Binh to Halong is to take the Seaplane, which departs from Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi. All you need is to book the Hai Au Aviation on its offical website: or contact your hotels in Ninh Binh for the tickets, then, you need to catch a local bus or private car arranged by the hotels to the airport. There, you will be easily accessible to the seaplane. At an affordable price (from $175), you will only have to waste 45 minutes on Hai Au Aviation from Halong straight to Halong Bay in stead of 4.5 hours driving. Furthermore, the seaplane will surely offer you an once-in-a-life-time opportunity to contemplate the stunning landscape of Northern Vietnam at an elevation of 150m, including many beautiful attractions such as: Red River Delta, Co Loa Ancient Citadel, the bustling port city - Hai Phong and of course the World’s Wonder: Halong Bay. 

Indeed, it is sure amazing to admire an enormous million-year limestone area of Halong Bay, tiny Halong river cruises and the emerald water on Seaplane, when you will easily recognize that all the professional services and experiences Hai Au Aviation will offer are more than what you paid for.

After reading our post, we hope you've chosen for yourself an ideal vehicle to reach Halong Bay. Once setting foot in Halong Bay, all you need to do is book one of Halong Bay Cruises and enjoy to the fullest!


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