Cat Ba To Ninh Binh Vietnam: Transport & Ticket Guide

Transportation Guide To Ninh Binh

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Known as Halong Bay on land, Ninh Binh is an ideal stop for your next destination in Vietnam after taking a cruise around Lan Ha Bay from Cat Ba island.

How to get from Cat Ba to Ninh Binh?

This article is a complete transportation guide to Ninh Binh from Cat Ba island by bus, train, and ferry, including departure schedule, transport provider review, and guides to buy online tickets.

Cat Ba to Ninh Binh Vietnam Travel Guide



Currently, there are two ways to travel from Cat Ba island to Ninh Binh

  1. Taking a bus from Cat Ba, then getting a ferry to Got Harbor and continuing on the bus
  2. Taking a boat from Cat Ba to Hai Phong, then a bus or train from Hai Phong to Ninh Binh

Below is the comparison of 2 options.


Option 1: Cat Ba to Ninh Binh Bus (recommended)

Price: 420,000 VND

Duration: 4.5 hours

Taking a bus from Cat Ba island to Ninh Binh is the easiest option.

Good Morning Cat Ba offers daily service from Cat Ba to Ninh Binh, and the ticket includes all the transportation that you need.

The journey includes bus from Cat Ba to Cai Vieng, then Ferry to Got harbor, and then bus to Ninh Binh.

Tam Coc Ninh Binh Vietnam

About Good Morning Cat Ba

Good Morning Cat Ba is a company specializing in organizing tours and tourist transport for domestic and foreign customers.

With the best quality products and services, the professional and dedicated service, the company has always been highly appreciated by customers. It has been ranked by Tripadvisor as one of the best travel companies in Vietnam.

With the journey from Cat Ba island to Ninh Binh and vice versa, customers will experience the dedicated services from friendly the staff.

Address of Good Morning Cat Ba company:

+ In Hanoi: 13 Hang Huong, Ly Nam De, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi

+ In Cat Ba: 265 Nui Ngoc, Cat Ba Town


To be more specific, the bus will pick you up at the meeting point in Cat Ba town. Then it will take you to Cai Vieng.

A speed boat is waiting there, and it takes 5 minutes to get to the other side, and from here, you will continue on another bus straight to Ninh Binh town and Tam Coc upon your request.

Bus from Cat Ba to Ninh Binh Timetable

Depart from Cat BaArrive in Ninh Binh

Type of car

08:0012:30Limousine 18 seats
09:0013:30Limousine 18 seats
13:0017:30Samco 35 seats
15:0019:30Samco 35 seats


Option 2: Cat Ba to Ninh Binh Train

Alternatively, you can take a train from Cat Ba to Ninh Binh.

However, first, you will need to take a ferry from Cat Ba back to Hai Phong. There’s one ferry to Hai Phong from Cat Ba island, departing at 2:30 pm and arriving at 3:20 pm.

Because there’s no direct train from Hai Phong to Ninh Binh, you will need to take a combination of 2 trains: the first train from Hai Phong to Hanoi and the 2nd train from Hanoi to Ninh Binh.

Therefore, I won’t recommend option two because it will take lots of time and it’s not convenient for your trip.

If you still wish to take a train, I would recommend staying at Hanoi for one night, then take a train from Hanoi to Ninh Binh.

In conclusion, the first option – taking a bus from Cat Ba island to Ninh Binhis the best choice.

Vietnam train


How to book bus tickets from Cat Ba to Ninh Binh

It’s very easy to reserve your bus ticket to Ninh Binh with Baolau, a recommended transportation search engine.

After entering your desired travel date, you will be able to search and choose your travel slot.

When the booking procedure is done, you will receive a confirmation email and get ready to travel.

-> Book bus ticket from Cat Ba island to Ninh Binh 

book Bus from Cat Ba to Ninh Binh timetable


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