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Hanoi to Ninh Binh Train: Schedule & Prices [UPDATED]

March 17, 2023 - 1047 views

From Hanoi to Ninh Binh, many vehicles are offered. Among them, Hanoi to Ninh Binh train is one of the best. Let’s check it out. 

Hanoi to Ninh Binh travel route is about 115 km long. With such a long route, you can choose from a variety of vehicles to travel by. Among them, travelling by train can be a way that a few of you think of; however, it will give you an off-the-beaten-track experience during your vacation in Vietnam. Below are our suggestions and experiences for travelling by train. If you are interested in this kind of transportations, then keep reading as much useful information await. 

Hanoi to Ninh Binh train overview

Nowadays, along with bus and flight, the train is among the most popular means of transport in Vietnam that are being chosen by more and more tourists. In the past, this happened not to be the case because, at that time, trains are more like local transportation, which was properly explained by the incomplete booking system, unprofessional services, and poor facilities. However, recently, due to the development in tourism, Vietnam Railways is focusing on improving its service and facilities, making the train a worth-considering option for tourists all around the world.  

From Hanoi to Ninh Binh, travelling by train will take you about 2 hours, which is quite similar to travelling by bus. You will be taken through Hung Yen, Ha Nam, and Nam Dinh during your trip, which features quite stunning sceneries that you can marvel at from your window. Don’t forget to bring along your camera as you will want to take some photos of them. 

Besides, travelling by train will give you a sense of tranquillity and slowness. As trains are usually chosen by the elderly, the atmosphere on them is really peaceful and you will have time to read a book or listen to your own music to get relaxed after hours of having fun in Hanoi as well as get ready for another adventure in Ninh Binh. 

Usually, a train departs from Hanoi station and arrives at Ninh Binh station, the most beautiful and modern station in Vietnam voted by both the locals and tourists. The station itself features many constructions that are for serving and supporting tourist transfer such as waiting room, cafeteria, tourism information desk, and souvenir shop. Especially, a pedestrian bridge is recently built to make getting on and off the train more safe and convenient for tourists. This will be good for your kids. 

In general, travelling by train is a must-try experience during your vacation in Vietnam. If it interests you already, let’s find out more information about prices and schedule in the lines below so that you can start your trip right away. 

Hanoi to Ninh Binh train

Hanoi to Ninh Binh train


Hanoi to Ninh Binh train schedule & price


Now, 5 trains are going from Hanoi to Ninh Binh every day from Monday to Saturday, On Sunday, there are 6. They include SE7, SE5, SE9, SE3, SE19, and SE35 (only on Sunday). During the time of Monday to Saturday, these trains (from SE7 to SE19) are due to depart respectively at 6 am, 9 am, 2.30 pm, 7.20 pm, 8.10 pm and get to Ninh Binh at 8.14 am, 11.17 am, 5.13 pm, 9.44 pm, 10.22 pm.

On Sunday, because there is SE35, which starts its trip at 1.10 pm, trains’ schedules change a little bit. While SE1 remains its time, SE5, SE9, and SE19 leave sooner respectively at 8.50 am, 2.25 pm, 8 pm, SE3 depart later at 7.25 pm. On special occasions like the Tet holiday, frequency and schedule may also be changed to meet travel demand. On booking a train, you can check the schedule on the Vietnam Railway website to know exactly when your train departs so as not to miss it. 


Usually, the price depends on each type of seat, cabin, train, and each time of the year. In fact, there are two types of trains on Hanoi to Ninh Binh, which include public trains run by Vietnam Railway and privately-run. Both have the same schedule. Public trains feature 4 types of cabins: hard seated cabin, soft-seated cabin, sleeper cabin for 1 to 4 passengers, and sleep cabin for 1 to 6 passengers. Therefore, you can freely choose the one that you like.

Prices are respectively $10.24, $14.86, $22.31, and $24.28 per person. If your demand is just basic like travelling or sleeping during the trip, then you should book a public train for your Hanoi to Ninh Binh route. If you prefer an extra comfortable, private train will be a great option. This type of train only has 2 cabin styles. One is a sleeper cabin for 1 to 2 passengers. The other is sleeper cabins for 1 to 4 passengers. On the privately run train, you will be served free drinks and snacks. Also, facilities on this type of train are more modern and convenient than on the public train. Therefore, you can have time to enjoy yourself, recharge, and refresh after days of visiting Hanoi as well as get ready for another trip to Ninh Binh. 

Train from Hanoi to Ninh Binh

Train from Hanoi to Ninh Binh


Pros and Cons of Hanoi to Ninh Binh train

Pros Cons
  • You will not get carsick than going by bus, and less tired than riding a bike
  • You will be offered a comfortable space and freedom to walk around
  • Sightseeing from the train is really interesting. You can see the scene of nature from the window
  • Train is one of the safest transportations so that you don’t have to worry about crash or accident, even in bad weather conditions
  • By travelling by a privately-run train, you will have to pay less than flying but have an almost equally comfortable experience during your trip. 
 The only disadvantage of travelling by train is that if you book the hard seat, you will get tired during the trip so try to book at least the soft seat. 


Above is our recommendation for travelling from Hanoi to Ninh Binh by train. If you have any questions or are seeking more detailed information, please contact us through our website. We also offer booking services and some Ninh Binh tours that you can interest in. Check it out at BestPrice travel! 

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