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How to get to Phong Nha?

Train, Bus & Plane

Central Vietnam

Our tours are located in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, which is located 50km (a 45 minute drive) from Dong Hoi City in Vietnam. All of our tours have a start point from both Dong Hoi and Phong Nha.

Central Vietnam

Our tours are located in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, which is located 50km (a 45 minute drive) from Dong Hoi City in Vietnam. All of our tours have a start point from both Dong Hoi and Phong Nha.

Train

Trains run from most major coastal cities up and down Vietnam and they can be a fabulous travel experience.
If you are taking an overnight train, try to book a soft-sleeper cabin (4 beds per cabin) or even a hard-sleeper (6 beds per cabin) for the most comfortable journey. If you take the overnight train and arrive in Dong Hoi in the morning, we can pick you up at the train station before any of our tours at 7am.

Bus

Buses are becoming increasingly popular with bunk bed style sleeper buses taking travelers long distances comfortably.
If you take a night bus that arrives in Dong Hoi in the morning, you may request to be picked up at the bus station to be taken on any of our tours.
Night bus companies we recommend: Sinh cafe, Hoang Long, and Camel bus.

Plane

New flights to and from Chang Mai, Thailand! Beginning your adventure has never been easier!
Catch a Jetstar pacific flight (twice a week on Mondays and Fridays), and we’ll pick you up at the new international Dong Hoi airport!
Flights also connect Dong Hoi with Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Hai Phong (Ha Long Bay).

Hanoi

Bus
Train
Plane

From Ha Noi, we recommend the Hung Thanh Bus Company and we’d suggest purchasing your ticket at Vietnam Backpacker Hostels(also known as Hanoi Backpackers Hostel), which is easy to find at 9 Ma May or 48 Ngo Huyen in the old quarter, where all the team speaks English.

You will need to be at Hanoi Backpackers at 6:00 PM where you will meet the bus and travel a short distance further to the office of the bus company to pick up other guests, before the 7:00 PM departure from Ha Noi to Quang Binh (Phong Nha or Dong Hoi). You can also call Hung Thanh Bus or book at Hung Thanh Bus office at 162B Tran Quang Khai Str., Tel: 04.39274284 – 04.39274285.

Please be advised that it is very difficult to purchase this bus ticket prior to your arrival in Hanoi; the bus tickets are much easier to purchase on arrival in Ha Noi or via a phone call.

The sleeper bus is comfortable, air-conditioned and occasionally has wi-fi if you are lucky. There is a small toilet at the back of the bus and you’ll also make a stop along the way near Ninh Binh, where there are (basic) toilet facilities.

It costs approximately VND 250,000 from Ha Noi to Phong Nha (the price might increase dramatically during Tet holiday, International Labor Day and Vietnamese National Day).

  • Phong Nha: The bus stops at the Thanh Phat Hotel (located in the opposite side of the Easy Tiger Hostel) between 4 – 5 AM in the morning
  • Dong Hoi: The bus stops at 165 Ly Thuong Kiet Street between 4- 5 AM in the morning

The Hung Thanh Bus Company also provides a Phong Nha/Dong Hoi – Ha Noi route, departing at the same place. You can buy tickets at Thanh Phat Hotel or at 165 Ly Thuong Kiet Street, Dong Hoi city (052)3851 995 / (052)3851 996
Find more here: www.hungthanhtravel.vn

Trains are an enjoyable way to travel and see a bit of the countryside. They are especially comfortable if you purchase a ticket in a soft-sleeper cabin. There are only 4 beds in the cabin so there is enough room to sit up if you prefer or to lay down. A hard-sleeper cabin does not provide enough room to sit up because there are 6 beds per room versus 4.

Overnight trains are also a good choice because then you can do your travel without missing anything during the day (and you’ve got somewhere to sleep for the night)!
We recommend the following overnight trains from Hanoi to Dong Hoi:

Train N° Departs Arrives
SE1 19:30 05:35
SE19 20:10 06:24
SE3 22:00 07:40

You can find the full list of available trains here: Hanoi to Dong Hoi Train Schedule.

Of course, the easiest mode of transport is to take a flight here from Hanoi, it being just a 1 hour and 25 mins flight. However, you have to factor in the time travelling to the airport (1 hour from old quarter). It is best to check the Vietnam Airlines website ahead of time to ensure you can catch a flight on your desired travel dates, otherwise we recommend the train or bus.

There is one flight daily from Hanoi to Dong Hoi.

Flights are as follows:

  • 8:05 AM -> 9:30 AM: VN8591: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday
  • 7:00 AM -> 8:00AM: VN1593: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

There is one flight daily from Dong Hoi to Hanoi.

Flights are as follows:

  • 10:00 AM -> 11:20 AM: VN8590: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday
  • 8:50 AM -> 9:50AM: VN1592: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

Ha Long Bay - Hai Phong

Plane
Bus

The new route between Hai Phong and Dong Hoi has been recently launched by Jetstar Pacific.

The carrier will conduct three round-trip flights a week, on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
Flights from Hai Phong’s Cat Bi Airport will depart at 5.35pm and the return leg at 7.10pm from Quang Binh’s Dong Hoi Airport.

From Dong Hoi, you will need to book an additional transfer to Phong Nha (private car, taxi or local bus).

The location of Ha Long means that you must travel to Hanoi to get transport to Phong Nha by bus,train or air travel.
Hoang Long Bus Company has a daily bus, departing at 07:00 PM from 02 Nguyen Van Cu, Ha Long, Quang Ninh. It arrives at, 287 Ly Thuong Kiet, Dong Hoi at 09:18 AM. From Dong Hoi, you will need to book an additional transfer to Phong Nha.

Ninh Binh

Train
Bus

Trains are an enjoyable way to travel and see a bit of the countryside. They are especially comfortable if you purchase a ticket in a soft-sleeper cabin. There are only 4 beds in the cabin so there is enough room to sit up if you prefer or to lay down. A hard-sleeper cabin does not provide enough room to sit up because there are 6 beds per room versus 4.

Overnight trains are also a good choice because then you can do your travel without missing anything during the day (and you’ve got somewhere to sleep for the night)!

We recommend the following overnight trains from Ninh Binh to Dong Hoi:

Train N° Departs Arrives
SE5 11:21 19:22
SE7 08:22 16:21
SE19 22:25 06:24

You can find the full list of available trains here: Ninh Binh to Dong Hoi Train Schedule

From Ninh Binh you can catch a Hung Thanh Bus at Kinh Do Hotel, 18 Phan Dinh Phung, or The Long Hotel, Tam Coc – Bich Dong. This bus stops at Gecko Hostel (located on the opposite side of Oxalis Adventure Tours Office) between 4 and 5 AM.

Hung Thanh Bus Company also provides a Phong Nha – Ninh Binh route, departing at 9:00 PM and arriving into Ninh Binh at 4:00 AM. You can buy tickets in Phong Nha at Hung Thanh Bus Office, located at Capture Vietnam Café, (next to Easy Tiger Hostel).

Hue

Train
Bus
Private Transfer

Hue is just a short 3-hour train journey from Dong Hoi and is a popular city to visit. However, the connections in the late evening or super early morning are not great and would have you arriving in Dong Hoi at a bleary-eyed 1:00 AM or 4:30 AM, making it difficult to check in to any hotel. We would therefore recommend the following trains from Hue to Dong Hoi:

Train N° Departs Arrives
SE2 15:31 18:30
SE4 16:47 19:37
SE6 05:39 09:01

Of course, you have quite a few more options if you choose to travel during the day, with some early morning trains departing Dong Hoi to Hue and an afternoon train as well:

Train N° Departs Arrives
SE1 05:50 08:48
SE19 06:28 09:42
SE3 07:40 10:27
SE7 16:36 19:47

You can see a full list of times on the Vietnam Railways website here: Hue to Dong Hoi Train Schedule or Dong Hoi to Hue Train Schedule.

  • From Hue to Dong Hoi or Phong Nha

You can catch the Hung Thanh Bus at 49 Chu Van An. The price is 150,000 VND per person.
You also have the option of the Tan Nhat Bus, departing from 1A Hung Vuong St (center of Hue City) at 7:00 AM and arriving into Phong Nha about 11:00 AM. The price is 250,000 VND per person.
Your third option is the DMZ Bus, departing at 2:00 PM in Hue and stopping by the Vinh Moc Tunnels and Ben Hai River. The price is 500,00 VND and includes transportation fee, entrance fees, and a local guide.
Please contact Mr. Shi directly at shi.homestays@gmail.com or +84 (0) 96 991 7642 to book.

  • From Dong Hoi or Phong Nha to Hue

We recommend the Hung Thanh Bus Company, from Thanh Phat Hotel in Phong Nha or 165 Ly Thuong Kiet street, Dong Hoi city.
It costs VND 150,000 per person and bookings can be made at the same places.
You also have the option of the Tan Nhat Bus, departing from the Phong Nha Tourism Center between 3:00 – 4:00 PM and arriving into Hue at 8:00 PM. The price is 250,000 VND per person. Their schedule is unfortunately not always consistent.
Your third option is the DMZ Bus, which also stops by the Vinh Moc Tunnels and Ben Hai River; this bus departs at 6:00 AM from Phong Nha. The price is 500,00 VND and includes transportation fee, entrance fees, and a local guide.
Please contact Mr. Shi directly at shi.homestays@gmail.com or +84 (0) 96 991 7642 to book.

You can also book a private transfer between Hue and Phong Nha and Dong Hoi for VND 2,800,000 each way in a comfortable 4 – 7 seater car (fits 4 pax comfortably with luggage; fits up to 7 pax with less luggage).

Danang - Hoi An

Bus
Train
Private Transfer
  • From Hoi An or Da Nang to Dong Hoi or Phong Nha

We recommend theHanh Café/ Hung Thanh Bus Company (the companies partner together). The bus is VND 250,000 per person, and departs from Hoi An at 8:00 AM and 13:00 (1:00 PM) daily.
Hung Thanh Bus Company partners with Hanh Café Bus Company so you will start on the Hanh Café Bus from Hoi An or Da Nang and then the company will transfer you onto a Hung Thanh bus in Hue, which will continue on to Dong Hoi or Phong Nha.
For more information, please contact Mr. Shi directly atshi.homestays@gmail.com or +84 (0) 96 991 7642.

  • From Dong Hoi or Phong Nha to Hoi An

We recommend the Hung Thanh Bus Company, which departs between 4:00 – 4:30 AM from Thanh Phat Hotel in Phong Nha and arrives into Hue first, where you will be transferred onto a different bus.
You will then continue on to Da Nang and then Hoi An, arriving into Hoi An around 11:00 AM.
It costs VND 220,000 – 250,000 per person and bookings can be made at Thanh Phat Hotel in Phong Nha or through Mr. Shi.

There is no train station in Hoi An. You will need to transfer to Da Nang first if you would like to travel by train. The best train options are as follows:

Train N° Departs Arrives
SE3 07:40 13:00
SE2 12:46 18:30
SE4 14:13 19:30

You can see a full list of all train departure times on the Vietnam Railways website: Danang to Dong Hoi Train Schedule or Dong Hoi to Danang Train Schedule.

You can book private transfer between Da Nang or Hoi An and Phong Nha.
To and from Da Nang it costs VND 3,600,000 and to/from Hoi An VND 4,200,000 each way in a comfortable 4 – 7 seater car (fits 4 comfortably with luggage; fits up to 7 with less luggage).

Ho Chi Minh

Plane
Bus
Train

The only practical way to journey between Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) and Dong Hoi and Phong Nha is to take a flight with Vietnam Airlines, Jetstar Pacific or VietjetAir to Dong Hoi City and then a private transfer from Dong Hoi – Chay Lap Farmstay. Flight tickets cost between 1,800,000 – 2,800,000 VND (80 – 120 USD) each way.

The bus and train journeys are both just too long to be viable options for those wanting to get quickly between the two cities.
Alternatively, for those on a budget but who have a little bit more time, it’s common to find that the cheapest flights are often available between HCMC and Da Nang or Hue (versus direct to Dong Hoi).
From Da Nang or Hue, one can find a train to get to Dong Hoi, or even a bus to Phong Nha directly.

The bus and train journeys are both just too long to be viable options for those wanting to get quickly between the two cities.
Alternatively, for those on a budget but who have a little bit more time, it’s common to find that the cheapest flights are often available between HCMC and Da Nang or Hue (versus direct to Dong Hoi). From Da Nang or Hue, one can find a train to get to Dong Hoi, or even a bus to Phong Nha directly.

International (Chiang Mai)

Plane

Beginning your adventure has never been easier: catch a Jetstar pacific flight to and from Chang Mai (twice a week on Mondays and Fridays)

International flights are an important consideration for those traveling from around the world. There are several international airports within Vietnam:

  • Hanoi (Noi Bai International Airport)
  • Saigon/Ho Chi Minh City (Tan Son Nhat International Airport)
  • Da Nang (Da Nang International Airport)

If you fly into Saigon, you’ll need to take another flight to reach us. If you fly into Hanoi, you can reach us by flight, bus or train. From Da Nang, you can reach us by bus or train.

Please be sure to check the visa requirements of your country before entering into Vietnam by air.
Visa upon arrival is available at any of the three international airports in Vietnam.
Dong Hoi airport is on track to becoming and international airport and there will be new direct flights from Seoul (Korea) to Dong Hoi opening up in the near future.