There are not a lot of options when it comes to transportation between Hanoi and Hoa Binh. Due to its geographic condition and underdeveloped infrastructure, Hoa Binh can only be accessed by land, so your possible vehicles are coach, taxi, motorbike or bicycle.
Travelers may find this the easiest and most economic way to travel from Hanoi to Hoa Binh at a price of only US$3 for a one-way ticket. Coaches depart at anytime in a day from Luong Yen Station (No. 3 Nguyen Khoai Street), or Gia Lam Station (Located on Nguyen Van Cu Road, Long Bien District) and My DInh Station (My Dinh Town, Tu Liem District). Besides, passengers are advised to go inside the station to buy tickets of reliable coach firms instead of waving coaches outside the station.
Although this is the most expensive method, it might save you much time and afford to find a way to Hoa Binh. With taxi, a two-way trip may cost you around US$50. Since the taxi will only wait you for a total of 5 hours, you might not enjoy everything in Hoa Binh unless you catch another taxi when you come back several days later. Another option for you is to rent a car with private driver so you may stay for a longer time and can travel between destinations at ease; however, this it may cost you 3-5 times higher than going by taxi.
Choosing this option means you are real adventurers who are not afraid of any trekking tour. Also, you may have chances to witness the beauty of grandiose mountains and lush green forests of Northwestern Vietnam. Not only that, you can stop to enjoy the scenery or relax and take photos anytime you like would be another advantages of traveling by motorbike. Basically, you have to travel along National Highway No.6 from Ha Noi to the central of Hoa Binh Town, however you must equip a latest version Vietnam’s map for the best direction and for the purpose of getting from one destination to another one.
At some travel agencies inside Hanoi Old Quarter you may rent a good motorbike with a price around US$10 per day plus a deposit up to $500 and your identification papers. If you cannot find those shops yourselves, just ask your hotel’s receptionists for guidance.
Following exactly the same routine with motobikers; however, this method challenge tourists even more severe since the distance of 82km on mountainous road is certainly not a joke. On the other hand, cycling is a perfect way for you to lose some weights but still enjoy stunning view of Northwestern beauty of Vietnam. Bicycles are for rent in several travel agency or stores inside Hanoi Old Quarter, also. The price for one bike per day is around US$5, and of course, you have to deposit an amount of money up to $200 depending on the type of your bike.