How to Get from Hanoi to Ban Gioc Waterfall?

By Ngoc Tu Dinh - June 6, 2024
How to Get from Hanoi to Ban Gioc Waterfall?

Ban Gioc Waterfall is a breathtaking natural wonder that attracts travelers from around the world. Visiting Ban Gioc offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in Vietnam’s natural beauty and cultural heritage. The distance from Hanoi to Ban Gioc Waterfall is approximately 360 kilometers. If you're planning a trip from Hanoi to Ban Gioc Waterfall, this guide will provide all the information you need to choose the most suitable vehicle to get to Ban Gioc Waterfall from Hanoi. 

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1. From Hanoi to Ban Gioc Waterfall by local bus

Traveling by bus from Hanoi to Ban Gioc Waterfall is a cost-effective and adventurous way to experience northern Vietnam’s stunning landscapes. Here’s a detailed guide on how to make the journey by bus.

The bus journey from Hanoi to Ban Gioc Waterfall involves two main segments from Hanoi to Cao Bang City and from Cao Bang City to Ban Gioc Waterfall.

Segment 1: Hanoi to Cao Bang City

  • Departure Points: My Dinh Bus Station, Gia Lam Bus Station, or Yen Nghia Bus Station in Hanoi.
  • Duration:  7 - 8 hours
  • Price: 200.000 VND - 300.000 VND (depending on bus companies)
  • Advantages: reasonable price, many buses to choose from, suitable for young tourists who love to discover the local life.
  • Disadvantages: Take a taxi between the hotel and the bus station. If the bus breaks down on the way, you may miss your travel plan.

>>> Reference to book tickets at Vexere.com

Or at bus companies: 

  • Thanh Ly Bus
    • Price 200.000 VND/pax
    • Pick-up point: My Dinh Bus Station
    • Drop-off point: Cao Bang Bus Station
    • Tel: 0944 266 266 
  • Tam Nghia Bus
    • Price 300.000 VND/pax
    • Pick-up point: My Dinh Bus Station
    • Drop-off point: Cao Bang Bus Station
    • Tel: 1900 272 708

Travel from Hanoi to Ban Gioc Waterfall by local bus

Segment 2: Cao Bang City to Ban Gioc Waterfall

Once you arrive in Cao Bang, you can take a local bus to Ban Gioc Waterfall. These buses run less frequently, so check the schedule upon arrival.

  • Departure Point: Cao Bang Bus Station.
  • Duration: 1.5 - 2 hours.
  • Price: 60.000 VND - 80.000 VND/pax
  • Some bus companies that tourists can refer to: Thanh bus: 0988 007 846, Bang Loan bus: 0982 14284, Luan bus: 0975 070 377.

Rent a motorbike from Cao Bang to Ban Gioc Waterfall

2. From Hanoi to Ban Gioc Waterfall by high-quality bus

Similar to the local bus route above, this limousine bus has been designed and modified with modern facilities such as leather seats that can be adjusted for your comfort, WiFi, USB ports, a minibar, and a TV.

  • Price: 250.000 – 300.000 VND/pax
  • Travel time: 6 - 7 hours
  • Schedule: from 6.15 AM – 5.30 PM daily
  • Advantages: clean and nice buses, No stops on the way to take more passengers, and the routes are guaranteed.
  • Disadvantage: Not proactive in time and still have to take a taxi to the pick-up point.

>>> Reference to book the high-quality bus: Vexere.com

Travel from Hanoi to Ban Gioc Waterfall by tourist bus

Or directly with the bus companies:

  • Duc Huong Limousine
    • Tel: 0886506666
    • Price: 350.000 - 400.000 VND/pax
    • Travel time: 6-7 hours
    • Schedule: From 7.30 AM and 2.00 PM daily 
  • Duc Ngoc Limousine
    • Tel: 0335.30.33.88
    • Price: 400.000 VND/pax
    • Travel time: 6-7 hours
    • Schedule:  6.30 AM – 9.00 AM – 12.00 PM – 4.00 PM – 5.30 PM

3. From Hanoi to Ban Gioc Waterfall by motorbike

Many young individuals are really interested in motorbikes, especially those who are looking for exciting and daring adventures. However, riding a motorcycle from Hanoi to Ban Gioc Waterfall requires careful planning, a strong motorbike, good health, and riding abilities. This route is challenging due to its winding roads, steep passes, and dense traffic. Because there aren't many motorcycle repair shops along the route, bringing tools for fixing motorbikes is a good idea.

Travel from Hanoi to Ban Gioc Waterfall by motorbike

  • Motorbike rental: 12 – 15 USD/day. Not included gasoline
  • Travel route: The route starts north of Hanoi on Highway 3, passing through Thai Nguyen City. It then continues to Bac Kan, and from there, the journey follows Highway 3 to Cao Bang City. The final part of the route from Cao Bang to Ban Gioc Waterfall is along Highway 206. This route is not good, with many narrow bad roads, but it has spectacular views with Giang and Gio passes.
  • Travel time: 8 - 10 hours
  • Advantages: Proactive in time, low cost, could stop anywhere on the way for photos and enjoy the beautiful landscapes
  • Disadvantages: Tired for 8 - 10 hour riding. For amateurs, this is dangerous as there are a lot of bends and edges.

>>> Reference to rent a motorbike in Hanoi:

  • Flamingo Travel:
  • Motogo
    • Add 1: 1081 Hong Ha, Chuong Duong, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
    • Add 2: 81 Nguyen Kha Trac, Mai Dich, Cau Giay, Hanoi
    • Tel: 0966 456 969
    • Web: Motogo.vn

4. From Hanoi to Ban Gioc Waterfall by taxi

This mode of transportation is convenient for commuting but is not recommended for mountainous terrain as the vehicle is not equipped for it. Additionally, the driver may not have enough experience driving in such conditions. Moreover, the cost of this mode of transportation is higher compared to private cars and can be significantly more expensive if you choose the wrong taxi. As a result, not many tourists opt for this kind of transfer.to travel from Hanoi to Ban Gioc Waterfall. The average price for this mode of transportation is around 3,500,000 VND per way.

Travel from Hanoi to Ban Gioc Waterfall by taxi

5. From Hanoi to Ban Gioc Waterfall by private car

A private vehicle is a great choice for traveling from Hanoi to Ban Gioc Waterfall in 8 hours and covering large distances. Travelers should allow at least 2 - 3 days to appreciate Ban Gioc waterfall's splendor thoroughly. Hiring a professional driver or tour guide familiar with the attractions is strongly suggested to ensure you can see the stunning locations in Cao Bang, especially the Ban Gioc waterfall.

Travel from Hanoi to Ban Gioc Waterfall by private car

  • Travel time: 8 hours
  • Price: 3.000.000 VND/day (for at least 2 day trip)
  • Advantages: Proactive in time, safe, and your travel routes are guaranteed, private space, no wasting time for waiting.
  • Disadvantages: High cost than other public transportation.

Book the private car to Ban Gioc Waterfall

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Ngoc Tu Dinh
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I'm Ngoc Tu Dinh, a local travel expert from Ninh Binh Province, Vietnam. Exploring Vietnam has been my passion for years, and I've spent 10 years as a tour guide throughout Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. I hope that my understanding of Vietnamese culture, allow me to offer a unique perspective in this blog. Currently, I am based at IZITOUR. If you're planning a trip to Vietnam, I'm here to help you make the most of it! Feel free to leave your comments at the end of the article. Your feedback is important, and I look forward to responding to you.

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