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Hanoi to Tam Coc → Train, Bus, Private Car, Motorbike (2019 Updated)

hanoi to tam coc train

Hanoi to Tam Coc Ninh Binh transportation is what comes to mind when you decide to take a trip to this beautiful “Halong Bay on land”. And yes, you may face some confusion about choosing the most suitable transportation.

Original Hoa Lu Tam Coc understands that planning a trip to another country is quite hard and time-consuming, therefore we are here to give you a complete guide on how to get from Hanoi to Tam Coc. Read the whole article to find out and don’t miss useful local tips at the bottom!

Hoa Lu Tam Coc Day Trip view

Tam Coc is the dream destination for any tourist coming to Ninh Binh. But how to get there?

Hanoi to Tam Coc distance    

Tam Coc is located 110 kilometers to the north of Hanoi. As called as “the inland Ha Long Bay”, Tam Coc is a popular tourist attraction and a must-visit place for any tourist coming to Ninh Binh.

Traveling to Tam Coc, you will have a chance to immerse yourself in the beautiful natural scenery while riding on a boat through the poetic Ngo Dong river. After 2 hours on the boat, you can go to Bich Dong – a series of pagodas built inside the mountain.

For more information about the place, you can visit Tam Coc and Bich Dong Pagoda.

The route from Hanoi to Tam Coc can go by any means of transportation. It’s all up to you to choose your preferred one. Usually, it takes around 2 up to 3 hours to travel from Hanoi center to Tam Coc depending on the mean of transportation.

Important note!

Getting to Tam Coc by public transportations, you will stop at Ninh Binh center then head to Tam Coc by motorbike or taxi.

For anyone doesn’t want to spend much time on transferring, you can book a Tam Coc tour from Original Hoa Lu Tam Coc that covers all the transportation. So you can enjoy your trip and don’t have to worry about anything!

>>> Hoa Lu Tam Coc day trip is the best to explore Ninh Binh

1. Hanoi to Tam Coc train

Traveling by train is a common way as it is safe and cheap. The train will stop at Ninh Binh railway station then you can catch a taxi or rent a motorbike to get to Tam Coc. Detail information below:

  • Duration: 2.5 hours
  • Price: Varied depending on the kind of seat. Price ranges from under 100.000 VND to 200.000 VND for the one-way ticket. For the best experience, you should choose the soft seat with air conditioner.
  • Departure: Hanoi Railway Station (120 Le Duan Street). 6 daily trains starting from Hanoi to Ninh Binh are available so you can travel from Hanoi to Ninh Binh at any time but it’s highly recommended to take the earliest train (SE7). It departs at 6:00 and arrives at 8:20 in the morning, then you can head to Tam Coc to start your journey!
  • Arrival: Ninh Binh railway Station (1 Hoang Hoa Tham Street).
  • Highlight: Witness peaceful Vietnam rural countryside landscapes along the road through the glass windows. Experience the amazing scenery even before reaching Tam Coc. Vietnamese trains serve snack and food on board and it’s quite comfortable. Moreover, you can have chance to make friend with locals while boarding.
hanoi to ninh binh train schedule

Hanoi to Ninh Binh daily train schedule

Notes for you

  • Ticket can be bought directly in Hanoi railway station (120 Le Duan Street) or booking online on their official website. Bring your identification paper or passport if you buy directly. If book online, you will receive e-ticket or e-boarding pass. You should print it out and prepare your identification paper to show to the train’s staffs although it’s not compulsory.
  • Remember to arrive at the station before departing from 15 to 30 minutes. Double check the number of rail, train and gate on your ticket. If you need helps, feel free to ask the staffs who wear dark blue uniform.
hanoi to tam coc train

Traveling by train is safe, cheap and enjoyable. The only disadvantage is you have to take a taxi or motorbike to the final destination!

How to get to Tam Coc from Ninh Binh

After getting to Ninh Binh, you can choose between taxi and motorbike to travel to Tam Coc. It is just around 10 kilometers from the city center. So taxi will take around 15 minutes and 100.000 – 200.000 VND

If you wish to travel by motorbike, you can rent one from many stores in front of Ninh Binh railway station. You don’t need to contact beforehand because you can see these stores as soon as getting out of the gate. A motorbike usually costs 100.000 – 150.000 VND/day not include gasoline.

However, riding motorbike in Vietnam can be a bit tricky as the route has many turning points and quite complicated sometimes. So consider carefully before renting one!

Hoa Lu Tam Coc Day Trip view

More 15 to 30 minutes to get to this beautiful sight!

2. Hanoi to Tam Coc bus

There 2 options of taking a bus from Hanoi to Tam Coc

Option 1: Bus from Hanoi to Ninh Binh

Bus from Hanoi to Ninh Binh is also quick and reasonable. You can look for many detail information below:

  • Duration: approximately 2 – 3 hours based on the traffic
  • Price: Varied depending on seat type:
    • Limousine: Around 200.000 VND (10 US$)/person
    • Berth-seat bus: Around 100.000 VND (5 US$)/person
    • Soft-seat bus: From 100.000 VND (5 US$)/person to 150.000 VND (97 US$)/person (following the type of bus).
  • Departure: Bus stations in Hanoi:
    • Giap Bat bus station at 6 Giai Phong street, Hoang Mai district
    • Yen Nghia bus station at Highway 6, Ha Dong district
    • Nuoc Ngam bus station at 1 Ngoc Hoi street, Hoang Mai district
    • My Dinh bus station at 20 Pham Hung street, My Dinh district

You can easily catch a bus to Ninh Binh in anytime as the departure time is from 7:00 to 19:00. But as traveling by train, you are recommended to take an early bus to make use of all the time in Tam Coc Ninh Binh. Also, you can avoid rush hours and arrive at Ninh Binh in a shorter time.

  • Arrival: Ninh Binh Bus Station (Le Dai Hanh Street).
hanoi to tam coc bus

Soft-seat bus is comfortable and easy to book

Notes for you

  • Consider some most popular and reliable bus agencies: Hoang Long, Non Nuoc Ninh Binh, Queen Cafe, Group tour, …
  • For booking a bus ticket, you can easily book through a phone call or online. You can also directly buy at the bus stations or from bus agencies. Don’t forget to save the e-ticket on your phone or print out to show to the staff.
  • Arrive at the bus station before departure 15 minutes to 30 minutes. You can miss the bus if you’re late because of the bus’s fixed schedule.
  • Some buses have pick-up service. They will pick you up and drop you off at the arranged destinations. So looking for a bus with this add-on if you need!
  • Some disadvantages: Bus drivers can try to get as many customers as possible on a bus and it will lead to the discomfort. Sometimes, the drivers can charge you more than the actual payment so be careful. Deal before hopping on the bus!

>>> Before booking a bus, consider Hoa Lu Tam Coc Mua Cave tour that covers all the famous places and transportations

After reaching Ninh Binh, you can get to Tam Coc by the 2 ways as said in the previous part. The Ninh Binh bus station is 7 kilometers from Tam Coc so expect the taxi price around 100.000 VND. The pick-up-drop-off bus will stop near the final destination then you can catch a taxi easily. Also, if you wish to travel by motorbike, there’re motorbike-rented stores around the bus station has too. Contact them beforehand just to be sure!

Tam Coc trip

Same as traveling by train, it will take you 15 – 30 minutes more before truly exploring Tam Coc

Option 2: Bus from Hanoi to Tam Coc directly

There are tourist buses with English speaking guide going directly to Tam Coc. These buses are more easy and convenient but slightly pricier.

Hanoi to Tam Coc bus schedule

  • Duration: approximately 2 – 3 hours based on the traffic
  • Price: From 150.000 VND to 200.000 VND. The price may be higher (around 300.000 VND) if you choose a limousine
  • Departure: Bus schedule from Hanoi to Tam Coc is every hour from 8.00 to 18.30. Pick up point at hotels in Hanoi Old Quarter and many other places depending on each bus.
  • Arrival: Tam Coc harbor or hotels around Tam Coc
ninh binh travel agency - how to travel from hanoi to ninh binh

The pick-up-drop-off tourist bus is much more convenient!

Notes for you

  • For ticket, you can book directly from your hotel
  • Or search for some recommended brands such as Non Nuoc Ninh Binh, Hoang Long, Trang An Limousine, Huu Binh Limousine

3. Private car from Hanoi to Tam Coc

This is the most comfortable and convenient mean of transportation as you can directly get to Tam Coc and plan your trip to many other attractions on your own.

Also, you will be flexible to arrange the pick-up, drop-off points and time. Then you can save much time transferring between destinations and make the most of Ninh Binh in your own way!

  • Duration: approximately 2 – 3 hours based on the traffic
  • Price: The price is surely higher than any other vehicle. But if you go in a large group (more than 15 people), it will be cheaper than bus or train ticket. The detailed price is varied depends on the agencies. A round-trip costs 1.000.000 – 1.500.000 VND (50 – 75 US$)/4-seat car and 2.000.000 – 3.000.000 VND (100 – 150 US$)/29-seat bus.
  • Departure: as your arrangement
  • Arrival: as your arrangement
Bus from Hanoi to Tam Coc

Private car may be the best option for large group

Notes for you

  • You should book a tour that includes private car. Instead of planning your own, you can have local experts from operators plan your itinerary at free cost. You will surely explore Tam Coc as well as Ninh Binh to the fullest and have the best local experience.
  • There are many operators that provide private car in Hanoi. To avoid scam, remember to check the car and contract carefully. The package should include insurance, fuel fee and other fees. Or you may be charged more than the actual price. In the nutshell, looking for a trustful agency!
  • Some agencies provide you English-speaking drivers. So if you need, just ask them!

4. Hanoi to Tam Coc motorbike

Getting from Hanoi to Tam Coc by motorbike is not too difficult. You will need 3G/4G and google map to find out the way. Basically, you have to follow the National Highway 1A to the North and pay attention to the milestones along the road.

The benefit of traveling by motorbike is that you will be able to cover all the nearby Tam Coc attractions in a day.

hanoi to tam coc motorbike

Driving a motorbike in Vietnam is only for skillful drivers. And more things to notice below!

  • Duration: Usually 3 hours
  • Price: You can rent a motorbike in many places such as travel agents, hotels and store in Hanoi Old Quarter and around the city. The price range is from 100.000 VND to 300.000 VND following the motorbike type. The price will be lower if you rent for days.
  • Departure: as your arrangement
  • Arrival: as your arrangement

Notes for you: Not everyone can handle driving motorbike in Vietnam. Even if you can drive “decently”, you still have to consider many things that we will put in the tips below. Check it out!

5. Local Tips

  • In peak seasons or national holidays, the price will be higher and to secure the ticket, you should do all the booking days before departure.
  • Arrive at train and bus stations on time because the schedule is fixed and they won’t wait for you
  • Beware of renting car or motorbike that are “so cheap” and don’t have any contract or certification paper. You can get a poor condition one or be scammed!
  • Traveling by taxi, you should choose the metered taxi to avoid overcharge. We recommended Taxi Mai Linh, Taxi Hoa Lu, Taxi Ninh Binh, Taxi Minh Long. Or you can deal the price with the driver before getting into the car.
  • Renting a motorbike, remember to bring your copies of identification paper or passport. Usually, you will have to deposit and make a contract. Keep the related paper carefully and check the condition of the motorbike before purchasing. Also, you can ask for some new models in order to avoid technical problems may occur on the trip.
  • Important: you need to have the International Driving Permit if you don’t want to get troubles with traffic cops in Ninh Binh. Don’t forget to pay attention to the milestones along the road

That’s all you need to get to Tam Coc from Hanoi. Hope you can find the best transportation means for your upcoming trip.

For more information or Hoa Lu Tam Coc tours, feel free to contact Original Hoa Lu Tam Coc. It’s our pleasure to help!

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