Hanoi to Phong Nha Vietnam: Transport & Ticket Guide

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Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park is one of the most ancient and largest tropical limestone areas in the world with an area of over 200,000 ha and the system of more than 300 large and small caves. A trip to Phong Nha Ke Bang from Hanoi is an excellent choice when you travel in Vietnam.

How to get from Hanoi to Phong Nha Ke Bang Vietnam?

This article covers transportation guide from Hanoi to Phong Nha Ke Bang by train, bus and flights with details for ticket price and time schedule.


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 city, 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.

Please read Phong Nha Ke Bang Travel Guide for more information.

how to get from Hanoi to Phong Nha Vietnam


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.

Vietnam 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 next morning, so you will have a full day exploring Phong Nha Ke Bang.

Viollet Trains and New Livitrans Express offer private train service 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 will need to take private transfer, taxi or bus to Phong Nha. The travel distance is approximately 50 km.


Seat selections

You can select seats while booking online train tickets with Baolau. 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-conditioner 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 is 4:30 am.

You will arrive directly at Phong Nha, so there’s no need to take any other transfer.

travel from Hanoi to Phong Nha Ke Bang Bus


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 during that time.


Hanoi to Phong Nha Flight

Duration: 1.5 hours

Cost: $100

Flying from Hanoi to Dong Hoi airport is the fastest option. Vietjetair, Jetstar, and Vietnam Airlines offer regular direct flights from Hanoi to Dong Hoi.

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 information about transportation.


Best places to stay in Phong Nha Ke Bang

One of the best accommodations in Phong Nha is Phong Nha Farmstay. You can have a local experience while enjoying the beautiful nature.

best places to stay in Phong Nha

Alternatively, you can join a party hostel such as Central Backpacker Hostel to meet up with other travelers and enjoy live music at night.

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