The Best Time and Transportation Between Halong Bay and Ninh Binh

Halong Bay and Ninh Binh are two of the most worth-visiting destinations in Northern Vietnam. Nothing is more relaxing than breathing pure atmosphere and witnessing majestic hills of Ninh Binh, as well as enjoy the perfect combination of turquoise sea and limestone mountains protruding in Halong Bay. If you want to pay a visit to these two alluring destinations, let’s find out the best time and how to move to…

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Halong Bay and Ninh Binh are two of the most worth-visiting destinations in Northern Vietnam. Nothing is more relaxing than breathing pure atmosphere and witnessing majestic hills of Ninh Binh, as well as enjoy the perfect combination of turquoise sea and limestone mountains protruding in Halong Bay. If you want to pay a visit to these two alluring destinations, let’s find out the best time and how to move to Halong Bay and Ninh Binh!

The Weather in Halong Bay and Ninh Binh

Ninh Binh

Spring

When the spring comes, from the first to the third month of the lunar calendar, the weather in Ninh Binh is quite pleasant with cold breezes. Hence, tourists to sightsee and participate in energetic festivals, including Bai Dinh Pagoda, traditional Hoa Lu ancient capital, and Thai Vi Pagoda.

Coming to the land on the Tet holiday, you can admire the natural scenes around the temple and pray for luck and peace for your family. However, at this time, the destination is quite busy and touristy, so you should consider carefully to avoid the crowds.

The Best Time and Transportation Between Halong Bay and Ninh Binh

Summer

Discovering Ninh Binh from April to June is a fascinating experience. In April, the weather is not too hot, even a bit cold in the early morning, and there are not many travelers, so you can freely explore famous attractions without having to queue.

The period between late May and June is the seasons of ripe rice and blooming lotus so that the whole land is covered by yellow and pink, creating a dreamy and prosperous scene. Let’s enjoy the tranquil landscape and witness hardworking locals.

Autumn

The fall in Ninh Binh lasts from July to October. Heading to the ancient capital this time, you will see a gentle Ninh Binh with an azure sky and cozy sunshine. The light wind passing through ravines and thin fog before the dawn create a romantic and dreamy appearance.

Also, in this period, you will have a chance to see thousands of water lilies blooming on rivers and lakes. When sitting on a boat leading to fanciful caves, you can admire the ink-painting-like natural landmasses.

Winter

Visiting Ninh Binh during the last days of the year, you should wear warm clothes since the chilly winter has dominated the destination. In the dry weather, endless reed fields covering the land a pure white. Coming to Trang An, Bai Dinh Pagoda, or Hoa Lu Cave, you will have a chance to witness the reed blossoms like smooth white silk. The plant surrounding the majestic limestone mountains and growing tall to enjoy the sunlight is a stable wall to protect the ancient capital.

Halong Bay

Spring

In this time, the humidity in Halong Bay is quite high, and the sky is also foggy, creating a dreamy and fanciful scene. However, tourists may feel uncomfortable due to the moist atmosphere.

Additionally, this period is the Tet holiday – the most significant festival in Vietnam. Therefore, the vast majority of the Vietnamese return home to celebrate the fiesta with their families, so the bay is more tranquil and less crowded.

The Best Time and Transportation Between Halong Bay and Ninh Binh

In March, the thick fog in the early morning may prevent you from enjoying your sightseeing. If you are a sportsman and want to try water activities, such as swimming and kayaking, do not plan to visit Halong Bay at this time, as the sea temperature is relatively low, which may cause a cold.

Nonetheless, if you are looking for a relaxing and calm vacation, April is the ideal time, as there are not many visitors so that the landmass will be serene and secluded.

Summer

Summertime is the right occasion for proactive people who love underwater games. The lukewarm and emerald water will blow the hot summer away. Besides, the azure sky makes the bay more attractive.

However, the time between June and July is the peak season of Halong Bay, so if you don’t want the crowd, organize a trip to Halong in early summer.

Autumn

When the autumn comes is time for a new semester of Vietnamese students, so there are not many domestic tourists. However, foreigners often pour into the destination at this period.

The weather is getting colder and colder; there may also some storms and rains. You can also go swimming as the temperature is not too low.

Furthermore, the fall in Halong Bay has a romantic look; thus, plenty of couples choose to spend their honeymoon here.

The Best Time and Transportation Between Halong Bay and Ninh Binh

Winter

The features of the chilly climate in Halong Bay is the dry ambiance and low humidity.

The fog in the bay now makes the bay appear cold, mysterious, vague, and quiet. The number of tourists at this time is low, which means you can enjoy the serenity that is hard to find in other tourist attractions.

The winter is also the fishing time of local people. Hence, guests will have a chance to witness how they catch fish to earn money. It is a great occasion to learn more about the local culture and living environment.

The Best Time to Visit Halong Bay and Ninh Binh

Via what we have learned before, the best time to organize a journey to Halong Bay and Ninh Binh is in April and wintertime, from November to December.  Due to the pleasant weather and sparse groups of people, you can still admire spectacular natural landscapes, as well as do some recreations without jostle.

However, it is okay to visit these two spots at other times in the year, as long as it fits your hobbies and appropriate schedule of what to see and what to eat in Halong Bay, as well as must-visit destinations and unique food in Ninh Binh.

How to Move from Halong Bay to Ninh Binh and Vice Versa

Halong Bay – Ninh Binh

The most suitable transport is the coach. You have to spend 150.000 VND to 450.000 VND and 3 to 4.5 hours reaching your destination.

If you want to conquer the distance of about 200 kilometers between Halong Bay and Ninh Binh by a motorbike, try it. The rental cost falls into 120.000 VND to 200.000 VND per day, depending on types of vehicles. You can also bargain for a better price if you want to hire for a week or a month.

Halong Bay – Hanoi – Ninh Binh

If you want to add some time during your trip to Halong and Ninh Binh, we suggest you get on a coach from the bay to Hanoi. The price for a ticket is between 180.000 VND to 350.000 VND, based on the type of car and the distance. It takes from two to four hours to travel.

From Hanoi, you get more options for transportation to Ninh Binh, comprising a train, bus, and motorcycle.

Train

Traveling by train is an excellent idea to enjoy the charming natural scenery of Vietnam, as it will take you to the new and fascinating road so that you can admire nature from a totally different angle. The price is reasonable, from 90.000 VND to 120.000 VND for a seat. And you will get off the train after two hours.

The Best Time and Transportation Between Halong Bay and Ninh Binh

Coach

There are a lot of buses from Hanoi to Ninh Binh. The time for transfer is two to three hours, and the price for a ticket is about 150.000 VND to 350.000 VND.

Motorbike

The distance between the two spots is about 100 kilometers, so you can comfortably ride a motorcycle for a more exciting experience. The cost of the rental is from 130.000 VND to 300.000 VND per day. The longer you hire, the cheaper the price is.

Please bear in mind that all the rates in this post can be varied at different times.

The Best Time and Transportation Between Halong Bay and Ninh Binh

Useful Tips for you When Hiring a Motorbike

  • You need to leave your ID card, driving license, or passport to hire the vehicle;
  • Make clear how the owner count 24 hours so that you won’t be trapped;
  • You should go to the store to choose and ride the vehicle for a while, and don’t forget to check the motorbike’s conditions carefully;
  • In the contract, the vehicle’s conditions, hiring and returning date, and signs must be clear, each party keeps one copy;
  • Ask the owner about the fine in case you violate the articles or not returning in time;
  • If you rent the vehicle for more than two days, bargain for a more affordable price;
  • Keep an eye on your contract, related papers, and key. Also, be watchful when you are in the crowd as there may be burglars.

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12 thoughts on “The Best Time and Transportation Between Halong Bay and Ninh Binh

  1. Hi, I’m planning to go to Halong Bay and Ninh Binh from Hanoi.
    Seems like I should stay 1 night in Hanoi when coming back from Halong Bay before proceeding to Ninh Binh via train the next day? TIA

  2. Returning to Hanoi and taking the train to Ninh Binh will definitely be more economical, but if you’re curious this is what my hotel quoted me for private car hire from Ha Long Bay to Nihn Bihn:
    – High quality private car: 2.500.000VND/per way for 4 seats car and 2.800.000VND/per way for 7 seats car.
    – Standard quality private car: 2.200.000VND/per way for 4 seats car and 2.500.000VND/per way for 7 seats car.
    The Ha Long Bay cruise quoted by something similar to $247USD for a private car from the cruise landing to Nihn Bihn so definitely shop around if you go the private hire route.

  3. If you book Halong cruise with shuttle bus, you can return to Hanoi, stay 1night and take train the day after (less than 100k for each), upon arrival at train station in NB, you can take either taxi or motor-taxi (xe om) to get to hotel. It’s quite cheap in total.
    I’m not sure about the bus from Halong to Ninh Binh, but private car as we took costed approx 2mil. I can give you contact if you are interested in.

  4. There are direct buses Haiphong-Ninh Binh (if your cruise starts and ends in Cat Ba ; last bus at 18h40) and Halong City (Bai Chai Station)-Ninh Binh 12h30 13h 13h30 14h)

  5. There are direct buses Haiphong-Ninh Binh (if your cruise starts and ends in Cat Ba ; last bus at 18h40) and Halong City (Bai Chai Station)-Ninh Binh 12h30 13h 13h30 14h)

  6. You may use the private car from Halong Bay to Ninh Binh but it cost a lot if you are solo so that is good for a big group and you do not have to go back to Hanoi.
    if you are a small group please go back to Hanoi with the cruise shuttle bus and you will save money. From Haoi you may go to Ninh Binh with the group tour and the price is quite low

  7. We are two people and want to go to Ninh Binh directly after Ha long bay cruise(Tuan Chau), instead of going to Hanoi. Is there a train I can take from any near by train station? If not, how much is a reasonable amout to pay for a cab? I want to go direct to be able to go early and relax.

    1. There is no train from Halong Bay to Ninh Binh. If you want to take train – you need to be back to Hanoi. After tour in Halong Bay you can take bus from Tuan Chau to Ninh Binh – there is daily bus and easy to take it.

  8. Bus seems to take 5 hrs. In case, we want to take cab, can you guide us how much we can pay and how safe it is?

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