Shuttle bus to Pu Luong

With its recent development, you can now easily find daily shuttle bus to Pu Luong Viet Nam from Hanoi. As we are aware that visitors can come from other destinations, we will provide all information to support you to organize your best travel itinerary.

To ensure and make it as easy as possible for you, we will detail all possibilities from the daily shuttle bus to Pu Luong from Hanoi to the fastest way to go from Ninh Binh and Saigon.

Pu Luong Excursions guarantees the quality of all our transportations, we have carefully selected professional partners to ensure that every vehicle, from minivan to bus, are clean and comfortable and that drivers are behaving and driving in a smooth and professional way.



Pu Luong limousine bus

As there is currently high demand from both domestic and international visitors to explore Pu Luong Nature Reserve, access is convenient. The First Class Xpress bus departs daily at 7 AM from the Hanoi Opera House. If your hotel is in Hanoi’s Old Quarter, you can reach our office at #13 Hang Muoi by 6:45 AM for the first pickup point. Within the area, walking is more reasonable than taking a taxi to the Opera House. We expect to arrive in Pu Luong by 11:30 AM, with a break halfway through the journey.

Upon arrival in Pu Luong, the Pu Luong bus will first stop at Don village, the epicenter of the tourist area. It will drop you off at your homestay there. If your hotel is in the lower part of Don village, the bus will take you to Gateway Inn Pu Luong, just 200 meters away from Puluong Retreat, the first and finest lodge in Pu Luong. From there, they’ll arrange a motorbike or car to take you to your hotel. Continuing its route, the shuttle bus to Pu Luong follows the main road (QL15C) and drops off passengers at hotels along the way to Bang village, such as Pu Luong Casa, Pu Luong Bocbandi Retreat, Pu Luong Eco Garden, and Central Hills Pu Luong Resort, with the last stop.

The return shuttle bus from Pu Luong to Hanoi begins guest pick-ups at 13:00 from Central Hills Pu Luong Resort, then continues to other hotels along the route. It’s expected to arrive in Hanoi around 6:00 PM. Keep in mind that city traffic conditions might cause slight delays occasionally.

The bus offers a high level of comfort with reclining leather seats, wifi connection, and a complimentary bottle of water. The shuttle bus to Pu Luong takes the fastest route via the Ho Chi Minh road. For guests staying at the lower part of Don village, such as Pu Luong Natura Bungalows or Pu Luong Tree House, conveniently the Pu Luong Bus will pick you up by motorbike or a mini van between 1:00 and 1:15 PM. You’ll gather at the meeting point, Gateway Inn Pu Luong, before joining the bus to Hanoi, instead of having to get on the bus early and drive around the villages to pick up passengers at different points.


300k per pax

One-way bus Hanoi – Pu Luong

Complimentary water provided

Pick up passengers at meeting points

No additional fees for large luggage


350k per pax

One-way limo bus Hanoi – Puluong

Complimentary water provided

Pick up passengers at meeting points

5% discount for two-way tickets

No additional fees for large luggage


400k per pax

One-way limo bus Hanoi – Pu Luong

Complimentary water provided

Offer hotel pickup in Hanoi Old Quarter

5% discount for groups of 5 and above

No additional fees for large luggage

Free Pu Luong Travel Map

Private transfer to Pu Luong

This is the most convenient way to travel, allowing you to be picked up at where you want in Hanoi and at your chosen time. You also have the flexibility to decide on the route to Pu Luong. As mentioned in our Pu Luong Travel guide, you can arrive via Mai Chau, Son Ba Muoi, or take the same route as the shuttle bus through the Ho Chi Minh Road. The trip will last between 4 to 5 hours, depending on the chosen route and the number of stops you wish to make. Opting for a private car provides more freedom, with options for 4 or 7-seater cars, as well as 11 or 16-seater minibusses. Larger buses can also be privatized upon request if needed.

We can organize private transfers directly from Hanoi airport. Book it now! 



Unfortunately, right now there is no tourist or public buses doing the route from Mai Chau to Pu Luong. As the distance is only 50km, a private transfer to Pu Luong from Mai Chau is the only option. Prices are not high and we can easily organize it for you. Trip will last only 1.5 hour passing through a nice mountain road with mountain views.

Our shuttle bus to Pu Luong fleet sometimes go through Mai Chau and can pick you up there. Check seat availability via email



Companies organizing the shuttle bus to Pu Luong from Ninh Binh do not operate daily, due to passenger frequency limits on the route. Please check availability to ensure your trip. On certain days with insufficient passengers, these companies may cancel the trip. Some travel agents offer shared rides for this route, which might be cost-effective but could involve risks such as low-quality cars and extended travel times.

For added certainty, consider two alternative ways from Ninh Binh to Pu Luong. You can take a public bus to Mai Chau and then a private transfer from Mai Chau to Pu Luong. Keep in mind that some companies offer a bus service from Ninh Binh to Pu Luong, but they still pass through Mai Chau. The bus journey from Ninh Binh to Mai Chau lasts around 3.5 hours, with an additional hour to reach Pu Luong. While not the most convenient option, it’s more suitable for on-budget travelers. The duration may further increase due to multiple pickup and drop-off points along the way. It’s advisable to avoid this option, especially for those who may experience discomfort or motion sickness.

The private transfer to Pu Luong remains the best option. You can decide about your schedule, stops on the way, pick up and drop off points. The trip will last around 3 hours.

Affordable, convenient. Feel free to request a quote by email



For most travelers, and mostly international tourist, they will fly to Hanoi, spend a night and then choose one of the options mentioned above to reach Pu Luong Nature Reserve. As mentioned above, we can arrange a private car to pick you up from Noi Bai international Hanoi airport. If your travel plan is to come directly to Pu Luong, we recommend the second option and land in Thanh Hoa airport. From there, we can arrange a taxi to wait for you and take you by private transfer to Pu Luong. The trip from Thanh Hoa will last around 3 hours and prices are reasonable. Depending on your starting point in Vietnam, passing through Thanh Hoa airport is our recommended option.

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You have now received all the useful information to organize your trip by yourself if you want. For some travelers, it is more convenient to take a package tour. Don’t be worry, Pu Luong Excursions can organize tours for you whether you are coming from Hanoi or Saigon or anywhere else in Vietnam.

All our tours are operated daily and as our shuttle bus Hanoi Pu Luong is also departing every day, you can contact us even in last minute and we will be glad to support you.

Hanoi – Pu Luong tour

We have a large variety of Hanoi – Pu Luong tour that could satisfy every category of travelers. Traveling is often a matter of time. We always want to see as much as possible but we never have enough time.

To really enjoy the Pu Luong Nature Reserve, we recommend the 3 day Hanoi – Pu Luong tour. Starting with the shuttle bus to Pu Luong, you will arrive for lunch before starting a deep exploration of the Reserve. As it is better to visit in a slow rhythm, hiking is preferred. The peaceful atmosphere will empty your mind and you will have time to completely absorb the positive vibes of Pu Luong. This customized tour will show you what the best Pu Luong has to offer. From the stunning rice terraces of Don Village to the delightful village of Hieu and its multi-level waterfall. Many other activities, as biking, and surprises await you in this tour. You can find out more details at Pu Luong Trekking.

If your time is counted, you can choose our very special 2 day Hanoi – Pu Luong tour. You will have a fantastic overview of the Reserve. It is especially designed that our valued guests can get closer to this local culture and its daily life. You will hike in the most beautiful rice paddies of the Reserve. The rice terraces in Pu Luong are not as extensive as those in other areas like Mu Cang Chai or Sapa, but the experience while trekking is very comparable. Moreover, as the scale is more manageable, you totally feel in harmony with the environment. Visiting the local villages as Bam (Ba Ha) or Lan is an immersion into the Thai local life. An experience you may never forget. You can have more information and see the detailed itinerary of our 2 day Pu Luong tour here.

Saigon – Pu Luong tour

From Saigon, some travelers will choose to come by themselves only using the shuttle bus to Pu Luong from Hanoi. We have a wild variety of activities that you can book even when you are already in the Reserve.

As mentioned above, you have two options to fly from Saigon, land at Noi Bai international airport in Hanoi or land at Tho Xuan airport in Thanh Hoa. For each option, you can choose one of our special tours.

If you are landing in Hanoi, it won’t be possible to connect with the shuttle bus to Pu Luong the same day. You will have to stay one night in Hanoi (great opportunity to enjoy the active life of the Old Quarter and taste some yummy northern dishes). The next day, you can join the Hanoi – Pu Luong tour as referred above.

If you don’t want to stay overnight in Hanoi, we can organize a private car from Hanoi international airport to take you to Pu Luong Nature Reserve to start the tour right away.

If you choose the Thanh Hoa airport to put your feet on solid ground, we will organize a private transfer to take you to Pu Luong Nature Reserve. Depending on the arrival time, you can enjoy free time or already take one of our Pu Luong half day tours. You have the opportunity to take the motorbike one, the hiking one or a hiking + cycling one.

We also propose some multi-day tours while you are already in Pu Luong for 2 or 3 days. You can start immediately when arriving from Thanh Hoa airport. You can find in our list of Pu Luong tours with different options or you can contact us with your preferred activities and we will customize one especially for you and your friends.

You can refer to our Pu Luong travel guide to have the list of the activities and let us know what awakes your curiosity and excites your senses.

You can also find our special adventure tour in our article “Pu Luong motorbike tour” here. Or you can choose a multi destination tour and combine a visit of Ninh Binh, Mai Chau and Pu Luong during your stay.

You can find more details about our Pu Luong – Mai Chau tour in this article.

We are aware that every guest has different needs and our sample tours are an overview of the large possibilities of activities and itineraries that are doable in Pu Luong. Do not hesitate to contact us so we can work hand in hand to create your perfect tour. We are specialist of beautiful loop tours including Mai Chau Pu Luong Ninh Binh. Also, for any concerns about transportation by shuttle bus or private transfer from Hanoi to Pu Luong or other ways, we remain at your disposal to answer any questions.

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