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From Hanoi SSB to Quang Binh by bus

18:00
Hanoi SSB
04:30
Phong Nha SSB, Quang Binh
10h 30m

From Hanoi to Quang Binh by train

06:00
HNO Hanoi
15:37
MLE Minh Le, Quang Binh
9h 37m
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HNO Hanoi
15:37
MLE Minh Le, Quang Binh
9h 37m
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HNO Hanoi
15:37
MLE Minh Le, Quang Binh
9h 37m
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From Noibai Airport to Quang Binh by flight

06:00
HAN Noibai Airport, Hanoi
07:30
VDH Dong Hoi Airport, Quang Binh
1h 30m
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HAN Noibai Airport, Hanoi
08:00
VDH Dong Hoi Airport, Quang Binh
1h 30m
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HAN Noibai Airport, Hanoi
08:30
VDH Dong Hoi Airport, Quang Binh
1h 30m
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11:45
HAN Noibai Airport, Hanoi
12:45
VDH Dong Hoi Airport, Quang Binh
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HAN Noibai Airport, Hanoi
19:10
VDH Dong Hoi Airport, Quang Binh
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VDH Dong Hoi Airport, Quang Binh
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How to get from Hanoi to Phong Nha

You have a number of choices on how to get from Hanoi to Phong Nha, the most popular option is to use the sleeper bus service (also know as an Open Ticket bus tour). Other travel options to get to this increasingly popular world heritage site include using the train which will take about 9.5 hours to cover the 383 kilometres or you could fly. Flying is a less popular option though as the flexibility and the number of flights are currently quite limited.

From Hanoi to Phong Nha by bus

The easiest, cheapest and most popular way to get from Hanoi to Phong Nha is to use the sleeper bus service. The buses leave from Hanoi at 6pm daily and your journey will take around 10.5 hours so you will arrive in Phong Nha at around 4.30am.

Depending on which tour operator you book with, tickets cost between USD10 and USD15 one-way per person. Tickets can be booked online or from a travel agent in the Old Quarter in Hanoi. The bus driver will drop you off in Phong Nha town centre near the Thanh Phat Hotel.

One of the advantages of using Open Ticket buses is that they will pick you up from a pre-arranged place which your booking agent should confirm at the time of booking. This helps to avoid the need to go to Giap Bat Central Bus Station in Hanoi.

Open Ticket buses are also popular with tourists in Vietnam because they offer more flexibly in that you can hop on and off the bus at any major city but just be aware that you need to confirm your onward travel at least 24 hours before you want to travel with the tour operator.

The buses are reasonably comfortable, air-conditioned and sometimes have free Wi-Fi, too – if you're lucky. The sleeper bus to Phong Nha stops en-route near Ninh Binh so you can stretch your legs. There are also basic toilet facilities available on each of the buses.

Tip Another thing worth pointing out is that you should choose your seat when you board the bus carefully! The legroom available between the seats varies so some people get more than others.

From Hanoi to Phong Nha by train

To get from Hanoi to Phong Nha by train you would need to book your train ticket to Dong Hoi and then transfer from Dong Hoi to Phong Nha, which is about 45km to the northwest, by taxi. It would cost USD20-USD30. This option is popular due to the flexibility it offers as Dong Hoi connects with all the major cities in Vietnam via rail.

Although there is a public bus service from Dong Hoi to Phong Nha, transfer by taxi is the recommended option as the buses between Dong Hoi and Phong Nha are not very reliable. Also, if you are travelling with a group then the taxi fare can be split between you, which will make it cheaper.

The train from Hanoi to Dong Hoi take about 10.5 hours overnight and we would recommend that you book one of the soft sleeper SE trains as they are more comfortable than the hard sleeper/hard seat TN train option. There are various daily trains from Hanoi to Dong Hoi, which depart Hanoi between 6am and 10pm with SE1, SE3 and SE19 arguably being the best variant as they arrive to Dong Hoi early in the morning leaving you with the whole day for exploring the area ahead of you.

Instead of getting off the train at Dong Hoi, you can consider doing that at Minh Le station. It is closer to Hanoi (373km) and thus the ride is about one hour less. The only issue with this option is that not all the trains between Hanoi and Dong Hoi stop at Minh Le, and probably your only chance to do that is to take train SE7 at 6am. The train journey from Hanoi to Minh Le costs between USD18 and USD25, dependant on the time you travel and the class of your ticket.

The long distance sleeper trains in Vietnam offer an interesting way to see the country. They are reasonably comfortable and come with a soft sleeper option (SE Trains) and a hard sleeper option (TN trains). There are not currently any hard sleeper TN services from Hanoi to Minh Le but there is a TN service between Hanoi and Dong Hoi.

The SE sleeper trains in Vietnam generally have a small communal bathroom with a shower and toilet in each sleeper carriage as well as a service carriage where you can buy snacks and drinks. There is also usually a kiosk in the service carriage that sells convenience items like cigarettes, snack and toiletries.

Flights from Hanoi to Phong Nha

The quickest way to get from Hanoi to Phong Nha would be to fly to Dong Hoi Airport (VDH) from Hanoi’s Noi Bai International Airport (HAN) however there are limited options in that Vietnam Airlines have only one daily direct flight which leaves Hanoi at 7am arriving at Dong Hoi Airport 1.5 hours later at 8.30am. Fares start at around USD100 per person, one-way. This flight is very popular so you would need to book your seats well in advance.

Once you arrive at Dong Hoi Airport you will need to get a taxi to Phong Nha, which will be between USD30 and USD40 one-way which may seem a little expensive but if you're in a group then you can split this cost between you, which would make it better value.

There is also a public bus service from Dong Hoi to Phong Nha, which runs hourly between 6am and 5pm. Fares are USD1.50 per person.

Why go to Phong Nha

The main and probably the only reason to go to Phong Nha is to visit the incredible namesake cave system. Phong Nha Cave is located in the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, about 50km northwest of Dong Hoi in Quang Binh Province. Phong Nha was recognised as a world heritage site by UNESCO in 2003 because of the incredible caves that can be found here.

Unesco recognised seven unique aspects of Phong Nha, these include the longest water cave, largest stone and sand beaches, the nicest underground lake, most significant and marvellous stalactites, longest subterranean river, highest and widest cave entrance and the largest dry cave.

The park’s main attraction is Phong Nha Cave, which hosts an underground river that has many interesting passageways and is usually explored by boat. Then there is Paradise Cave, a massive underground cathedral adorned with beautiful stalactites and formations. If you have a real sense of adventure, then Dark Cave is going to thrill you – here you can venture into the cave’s dark interior and take a swim in a huge mud bath!

If money is no object for you then you could arrange a tour of Hang Son Doong which is 5km long and has sections so large and beautiful they will leave you speechless but before you get too excited you probably need to know that there are only 500 places available a year and they get booked up more than a year in advance.

Onward travel from Phong Nha

Once you have taken in the splendour of Phong Nha Cave, you might want to visit another of Vietnam's many popular UNESCO sites – the famous Halong Bay. To do that you would need to head back to Hanoi and then travel from Hanoi on to Halong Bay.

If, however, you have already explored the north of Vietnam, then you could keep moving south and take in the wonderful history of Vietnam's former imperial capital, Hue, which you can get to by bus directly from Phong Nha. From there, you will be able to proceed further south either by train or bus to Danang, Nha Trang, Dalat or Phan Thiet.

Even further south in Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh's chaotic charm awaits you and is only 1.5hrs by plane from Dong Hoi Airport or an epic 24-hour rail journey away.

The only international destination from Dong Hoi airport which has direct flights is Chiang Mai in the north of Thailand served by Jetstar Pacific. For all other international destinations connect via Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh.

Passenger reviews out of total 142 passengers who traveled with us on this route.

At 12Go our operators offer three types of service:

Cheap, Fast, Good - but you can usually pick only two of them!
Cheap & Fast won’t be Good. (e.g. buses from/to Khao San Road, local buses or 3rd class trains)
Cheap & Good won’t be Fast. (e.g. VIP trains in Thailand)
Fast & Good won’t be Cheap. (e.g. private limousine services, or VIP24 buses vs Express buses)

Make your choice! Please remember that while we are closely monitoring the services, we are still an agency marketplace. That means we focus on ticketing services and route availability & coverage rather than on the factual seat reclining angle you will get on the bus today.

Jan 13, 2019
train #SE1 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways
★★★★★
pleasant journey
Jan 12, 2019
train #SE1 Class II Sleeper AC, Vietnam Railways
★★★★☆
The train was loud (both from people and from the train itself - doors, tracks, etc) but the beds were comfortable enough. It started out cold and then warmed up. The train originates in Hanoi where we got on, yet someone had obviously already been sleeping in one of our berths. Not sure how that happens and it was vacant when we boarded the train 35 minutes prior to departure.
Jan 7, 2019
train #SE19 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways
★★★☆☆
Overnight ride on SE19. Not as bad as expected according to the previous comments. Toilets were not very clean but not too bad either,...however train was only partially full. We had no trouble with exceptional noise levels or blaring music. The food was not overpriced and certainly the breakfast ban my was delicious, and delivered on time. Dinner choices were few. Beds on this first class sleeper were firm to hard, as usual, clean linen. Overall good value for money.
Dec 29, 2018
train #SE5 Class II Sleeper AC, Vietnam Railways
★★★★☆
Train was comfy than what we expected. Would be better if they provided vegetarian menu.
Dec 15, 2018
train #SE1 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways
★★★☆☆
Good value for money
Dec 8, 2018
train #SE19 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways
★★★☆☆
This was supposed to be first class, but other compartments looked better and newer. Next tot that, with a family of four, we did not have our own compartment, since nobody wanted to move from a lower bed to a higher bed (only one lower bed left when I booked). I slept fine in a high bed.
Nov 23, 2018
train #SE19 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways
★★★☆☆
The entire bogie was quite old and didn't have any charging point in my compartment. The bogie made quite too much of noise when the train was moving. It felt as if the nuts and bolts were almost coming off. You may want to improve these things.
Nov 12, 2018
train #SE1 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways
★★★☆☆
Very cold, loud and very bumpy. The Vietnamese people next to our cabin were smoking. It was clean and on time.
Nov 3, 2018
train #SE19 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways
★★★★☆
TraIn was punctual and more or less what we expected. 1st class cabin was fine, beds comfortable enough and clean bedclothes. Floors and especially toilet felt very dirty.
Nov 2, 2018
train #SE19 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways
★★★★☆
Great value for money. Toilets are not that great (but toilet paper is available at any time). Be prepared for that. Snacks can be bought on board. Matress are not super comfortable, but will do the job quite well for a few hours of sleep. All sheets are clean. Staff cannot expected to speak English.
Oct 16, 2018
train #SE5 Class II AC, Vietnam Railways
★★★★☆
Long trip of 10hr 30min. Seats ok and train smooth and quiet. Nothing like the sleeper train from Sapa back Hanoi. This was noisy. It banged and crashed all the way. And the toilet jesus what shit house. Stink.
Sep 15, 2018
train #SE1 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways
★★★☆☆
3 stars because of the addition „VIP“. But it was an adventurous trip. I would do it again
Sep 8, 2018
avia Economy, VietJet Air
★★★☆☆
1 hour delay, good flight. Very tough with weighting the hand luggage
Aug 26, 2018
train #SE1 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways
★★★★★
On a eu la chance d’etre Seul dans la Cabine! Top!
Aug 19, 2018
train #SE1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Violette Express Train
★★★★☆
All Ok!!! But wc a little dirty!!!
Aug 12, 2018
train #SE5 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways
★★★★☆
beds are a bit small especially compared to other trains such as the one going to Sapa... if you are 1.90 I would not reccomend this especially if you get the top berth ( I am 1.67 so was perfectly ok, my boyfriend 1.80 could just abt fit) train was clean... AC a bit too cold at times and there were loads of children.... and oh well a 10h journey with children is too relaxing ahaba... but all in all I would take it again....
Jul 25, 2018
train #SE1 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways
★★★★☆
The employees at the station and in the train are dooing a perfect job. They let you know to get in and to get out. Very good service!
Jul 14, 2018
bus VIP 36, Hoang Long
★★☆☆☆
The bus was full, more people than seats, so some people was sleeping in the floor.
Jun 11, 2018
train #SE7 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways
★★★★★
Buying tickets was easy process, eticket so no faff collecting. Train was on time, comfortable, slept well with lovely views. Would definitely get the train again, and would book through 12go
Jun 10, 2018
train #SE1 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways
★★★☆☆
Ok beds. Ok ac. Ok room. Dirty toilets.
May 18, 2018
train #SE3 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways
★★★☆☆
The train left and arrived on time and was pretty clean. It's a good, cheap way to get to Dong Hoi. The train is very bumpy and noisy so I didn't get much sleep but the bunks were comfortable enough and I think it's still preferable to getting a night bus.
Apr 19, 2018
train #SE3 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways
★★★★☆
The beds were good, got a decent bit of sleep too. The toilets smelt bad. The staff were really friendly.
Apr 3, 2018
train #SE19 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways
★★☆☆☆
Trip SE19 1st Class, soft beds! Hanoi to Dong Hoi No the beds are very hard (I have just spent 4 nights in a stilt house sleeping on a ultra thin materess on the floor, luxury compared to these beds), they feel like PVC coated slabs of concrete. The train is very noisey and you will be bounced around all night. Then an emergency stop in the middle of the night, lots of doors slaming open, then they deceided to turn off the AC without telling anybody, 4 people in a small cabin with no ventilation, no windows to open. Apart from that, the coach has been recently refitted, 2 x toilets (a little on the smelly side but not that bad), a lack of toilet paper and no hand towels. 1 x sink and 1 x hot water boiler for drinks or noodles. The train arrived 20 minutes early with no anoucment (you need google maps to give you an idea of where you are, data required). The train did stay in Dong Hoi station for around 15 Minutes. If I was to do the trip again, I would save my money and opt for a luxury Sleeper Coach.
Apr 3, 2018
train #SE5 Class II Sleeper AC, Vietnam Railways
★★★★☆
Booked a ticket last minute from startpoint Hanoi. Bathrooms where not clean just because of all the bomps and shaking of the train. Cabins where small but had the comfort now one was above me so had more space...alse it would have been a nughtmare.
Apr 1, 2018
train #SE19 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways
★★★★☆
1st class on SE19 was great. It was old style, which was great. The only problems were the appalling toilets
Mar 25, 2018
avia Economy, VietJet Air
★★☆☆☆
flight delayed
Mar 25, 2018
train #SE19 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways
★★★★☆
Good .clean washroom. Comfortable. Only negative is a couple cockroaches
Mar 16, 2018
train #SE19 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways
★★☆☆☆
Too many mosquitoes and very hot cabin
Mar 14, 2018
train #SE1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Violette Express Train
★★★★☆
Pretty comfortable and clean. I slept well. Train ran to time. Hot breakfast supplied in the morning. All in all a good trip.
Mar 13, 2018
train #SE19 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways
★★★☆☆
Noisy and not a smooth ride compares to Train SE04.
Mar 11, 2018
train #SE19 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways
★★☆☆☆
Lovely staff, train needs updating.
Feb 28, 2018
train #SE5 Class II Sleeper AC, Vietnam Railways
★★★☆☆
Good travel option, but cabins too crowded for such a long trip. Bathrooms can use more cleaning. It was a rough trip.
Jan 29, 2018
train #SE19 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways
★★☆☆☆
Dirty compartments, rock hard beds, no toilet paper in bathrooms, filthy bathrooms, rough track, hard to open doors. All that being said, this is Southeast Asia and I was able to sleep a little bit during the night and it got us where we needed to go.
Jan 26, 2018
train #SE19 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways
★★☆☆☆
It got us there - that’s about all I can say that is positive. Oh and The staff that brought the food and drink round were friendly and smiling The toilets were cramped and dirty with no toilet paper. The 4 bedded cubical were cramped with no privacy curtain It wasn’t a great experience.
Jan 22, 2018
train #SE19 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways
★★★☆☆
Toilets we're unusable. Please clean more often. Beds in first class 4 berths were acceptable.

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