Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park is one of the world’s most ancient and largest tropical limestone areas, with over 200,000 ha and a system of more than 300 large and small caves. A trip to Phong Nha Ke Bang from Hanoi is an excellent choice when traveling in Vietnam.
How to get from Hanoi to Phong Nha Ke Bang, Vietnam?
This article covers a transportation guide from Hanoi to Phong Nha Ke Bang by train, bus, and flight with ticket prices and schedule details.
Things to know before traveling to Phong Nha Ke Bang
Phong Nha Ke Bang is located in Bo Trach, about 50 km northwest of Dong Hoi, Quang Binh.
Most of the vehicles only take you to Dong Hoi city center. Then you need to continue to Phong Nha Ke Bang by taking a taxi, private car, or bus.
Read more: Check my Phong Nha Ke Bang Travel Guide for more information.
Hanoi to Phong Nha Train
- Duration: 10 hours (train) + taxi time
- Cost: starts at $16 (train) + taxi fee
Taking a train from Hanoi to Dong Hoi is one of the safest means of transportation for your trip to Phong Nha.
Vietnam Railways offers daily trains from Hanoi to Dong Hoi, and the railway distance is about 522 km from Hanoi station to Dong Hoi station.
The journey takes around 9 hours and 30 minutes to 11 hours, depending on the train.
From Hanoi, you should choose the train SE1, SE3, or SE13 that departs from Hanoi station in the evening and arrives at Dong Hoi station the following day, so you will have a full day exploring Phong Nha Ke Bang.
Viollet Trains and New Livitrans Express offer private train services from Hanoi to Dong Hoi. By booking a private train, you can experience high-quality service while staying in a deluxe sleeper 4-berth cabin.
After arriving at Dong Hoi station, you need to take a private transfer, taxi, or bus to Phong Nha. The travel distance is approximately 50 km.
Read more:Dong Hoi to Phong Nha transportation guide.
You can select seats while booking online train tickets. The seat selection includes:
- Soft seat
- Hard berth (6 berths in a cabin)
- Soft berth (4 berths in a cabin)
All carriages and cabins for these selections are equipped with air-conditioners and comfortable seats/berths.
Each passenger can carry up to 20kg per person, and you can purchase food and drinks on board from Hanoi to Dong Hoi.
- Hanoi station: 120 Le Duan Ward, Hoan Kiem District, Ha Noi.
- Dong Hoi station: Sub-regional 4 (Tiểu Khu 4), Nam Ly Ward, Dong Hoi City, Quang Binh
Hanoi to Phong Nha Bus
- Duration: 9 hours 45 minutes
- Cost: $14
Traveling from Hanoi to Phong Nha by bus is one of the most common options. The journey from Hanoi to Phong Nha Quang Binh takes almost 10 hours.
Queen Cafe offers a daily bus to Phong Nha from Hanoi, and the departure time is 6:45 pm, with the arrival time being 4:30 am.
You will arrive directly at Phong Nha, so there’s no need to take any other transfer.
As the arrival time is quite early and the attractions in Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park open from 7 to 7:30 am, you should book a room or take a walk to see the sunrise.
Hanoi to Phong Nha Flight
- Duration: 1.5 hours
- Cost: $100
You should plan your trip early and book a ticket at the official agency ticket office or online for the best fare.
Getting around Phong Nha
If you’d like to explore the Phong Nha area, you can rent a motorbike or bicycle. Hiring a motor-taxi is recommended if you are not good at driving.
Please read Phong Nha Ke Bang Travel Tips for more transportation information.
Best places to stay in Phong Nha Ke Bang
Some of the best accommodations in Phong Nha are Phong Nha Farmstay and Nguyen Shack Eco Resort. You can have a local experience while enjoying the beautiful nature. Both feature comfortable rooms, a lovely outdoor swimming pool, and an onsite restaurant.
Read more: How to book an excellent stay.