Hanoi to Hoa Lu transportation would be the next thing to consider after spotting some destinations for your trip to the ancient capital. Now, you may wonder which transportation is suitable for you.
Understand the difficulty of planning a trip in another country, we – Original Hoa Lu Tam Coc is here to help you make the best choice with the complete guide on how to get to Hoa Lu from Hanoi. Read on and don’t forget useful local tips at the bottom of this post!
First, you may want to know how far from Hanoi to Hoa Lu.
Located about 100 kilometers from Hanoi, Hoa Lu is the ancient capital of Vietnam, a perfect combination of culture-historical site and natural scenic landscapes.
Coming to Hoa Lu, you can have a chance to explore the temples worshiping the Kings of Vietnam, learn about Vietnamese culture and immerse in the impressive natural scenery surrounding.
Thanks to the developed traffic system, the route from Hanoi to Hoa Lu is easy to go by any means of transportation. And it will take you around 2 to 3 hours traveling from the center of Hanoi depending on your vehicle.
Important note: Getting to Hoa Lu by public transportations, you will stop at Ninh Binh then traveling from Ninh Binh to Hoa Lu by taxi or motorbike.
If you don’t want to pay much time on transporting, consider booking a Hoa Lu tour that includes transportation. With this way, you won’t have to worry much and enjoy your trip to the fullest
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Traveling by train is safe, cheap and enjoyable!
As I said above, the train will stop at Ninh Binh railway station. You will spend 2.5 hours traveling by train and enjoying the beautiful scenery of Vietnam rural countryside through the glass windows. It’s a great way to start your trip to Hoa Lu ancient capital
There’re 6 daily trains running from Hanoi to Ninh Binh, depart at Hanoi Railway Station (120 Le Duan Street) and arrive at Ninh Binh Railway Station (1 Hoang Hoa Tham Street). These trains are comfortable and serving food and snack on board
The price is varied based on which kind of seat you choose, ranging from under 100.000 VND to 200.000 VND for a one-way ticket
It’s recommended to choose the soft seat with air conditioner for the best experience
You can buy the ticket directly in the Hanoi station at Le Duan Street or booking online on their official website and receive e-ticket/e-boarding pass. It’s not compulsory but you should print it out along with your identification paper to show to the train’s staffs. If you buy it directly, remember to bring your passport or identification paper too.
Some notes for you
After reaching Ninh Binh, you will head to Hoa Lu in 2 two ways:
Bus from Hanoi to Ninh Binh is another good choice as it’s quick and reasonable. The time on Hanoi – Ninh Binh bus is approximately 2 to 3 hours, depending on the traffic.
You can easily book a bus ticket online or through a phone call or buy directly at the bus stations/ bus agencies. As booking the train ticket online, remember to carry the e-ticket your mobile phone or have them print to show the staff when boarding the bus. The range of bus is wide and so is the price, you can choose the best suitable bus with these recommendations:
Bus stations in Hanoi:
Some most popular bus agencies: Hoang Long, Queen Cafe, Group tour, Non Nuoc Ninh Binh,…
The price based on kind of seats:
The departure time from 7:00 to around 19:00. You should take the early bus to make the most of your time in Hoa Lu Ninh Binh as the duration will be shortened avoiding rush hours
Some notes for you
After getting to Ninh Binh, you can travel to Hoa Lu by the 2 ways above.
Usually, the bus will arrive at Ninh Binh bus station (Some pick-up-drop-off bus can stop near the final destination). The bus station is 13 kilometers from Hoa Lu so the price is almost the same. And around the bus station has motorbike-rented stores too. If you want to be sure, find and contact the store beforehand!
Obviously, this is the most convenient and comfortable way of traveling. And moreover, you can directly get to Hoa Lu as well as travel to many other destinations around.
You can arrange the most suitable pick-up location and time, the car’s type and more. So it will help you save much time traveling between spots and make the best of Ninh Binh in a day!
Of course, the price is higher than any other transportation. If you travel in a small group (under 10 people), it is a bit pricey but if you travel in a large group (more than 15 people), it can be much cheaper than traveling by bus or train. So with large groups, private car is still the best option
If you wish to rent a private car, there are many operators in Hanoi. Usually, you should book a tour including the private car. The local experts from operators can help you out with the free itinerary planning that makes the most of Hoa Lu as well as Ninh Binh. From the local view, the plan is more logical and appropriate.
Also, note down the price! The price depends on each agency so it varied quite a lot. A package for a round-trip cost around 1.000.000 – 1.500.000 VND (50 – 75 US$) for a 4-seated car and from 2.000.000 – 3.000.000 VND (100 – 150 US$) for a 29-seated bus.
Some notes for you
The motorbike route from Hanoi to Hoa Lu is quite easy. You just need google map and 3G/4G to find out the way.
If you love adventure and want to enjoy the charming beauty of Vietnamese rural area with peaceful villages, lush green rice paddies, grandiose mountains, poetic rivers along the road, then choose the motorbike. Head directly to Hoa Lu ancient capital as well as many famous attractions in your own schedule.
The route basically follows the National Highway 1A to the North and keep an eye on milestones on the road. As mention, use you google map!
To rent a motorbike, there are many places such as hotels, travel agents and store in Hanoi Old Quarter and around the city with the price ranges from 100.000 VND to 300.000 VND depend on the motorbike type. If you rent for days, the price can be lower.
Note for you: Not everyone can travel by motorbike. And if you can, there’re still so many things to consider as we will put in the tips at the bottom of this post. So check it out!
And it’s all you need to know about “How to get to Hoa Lu?”. If you still unsure and want to find a safe and enjoyable way, feel free to contact us, Original Hoa Lu Tam Coc, for more information and advice. We’d love to help!