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With plenty of things to see and do in Phong Nha, this safe, affordable and charming destination is one of those last few places on Earth, which are yet to be completely discovered. Phong Nha is not just a beautiful remote village in Vietnam, it’s a different world in itself and it beckons you to be a part of it.

‘How to get to Phong Nha’ is one of the most frequently asked questions by people interested in traveling Quang Binh. In this article, we have shared the best tips on how to get to Phong Nha. We have also listed out types of transportation from/to different destinations to/from Phong Nha as below for you. Please be aware that all suggested bus, train and airline companies, and their agencies, operate entirely independently of Oxalis Adventure Tours. The following information is given in good faith, and Oxalis Adventure Tours accepts no responsibility for the service provided by any other company.

Please note: There is limited English communication in the transportation system throughout Vietnam.

HANOI TO/FROM PHONG NHA

It is relatively easy to reach Phong Nha from Hanoi, and vice versa. There are a number of transport options: including train, bus and plane. Most bus companies will now stop directly in Phong Nha. Therefore, the bus option is becoming a popular choice among travelers, as it saves on the additional transfer required from Dong Hoi (closest train station and airport to Phong Nha).

(Please be aware that all suggested bus, train and airline companies, and their agencies, operate entirely independently of Oxalis Adventure. Bear in mind that all the mentioned information is subject to change as per the transportation company’s discretion and we accept no responsibility for the service provided by any other company)

BUS TRAVEL

You can catch Hung Thanh, Queen Bus or Camel Travel Bus.

They will depart at around 6:30 PM from Ha Noi to Phong Nha. You can either book in person, through your hotels in Hanoi, telephone or at their offices with the price of VND 250,000/person:

Hung Thanh Bus
• Address: 162B Tran Quang Khai St.
• Tel: +84 39274285
• Departure time from Hanoi: 6:30 PM
• Arrival time in Phong Nha: Between 4-5 AM the next morning
• Arrival address in Phong Nha: Easy Tiger Hostel

Queen Bus
• Address: 208 Tran Quang Khai St.
• Tel: +84 24 3903 6036
• Departure time from Hanoi: 6:30 PM
• Arrival time in Phong Nha: Between 4-5 AM the next morning
• Arrival address in Phong Nha: Central Backpackers Hostel

Camel Travel Bus
• Address: 459 Tran Khat Chan St.
• Tel: +84 24 8585 0555 (8:00 AM – 10:00 PM)
• Departure time from Hanoi: 6:30 PM
• Arrival time in Phong Nha: Between 4-5 AM the next morning
• Arrival address in Phong Nha: Phong Nha Backpackers Hostel

NOTE:

These buses also provide a Phong Nha – Ha Noi route, departing from Phong Nha at 9:00 PM, and arriving into Ha Noi at 6:00 – 8:00 AM. You can buy tickets at their offices in Phong Nha or through your hotel.

TRAIN TRAVEL

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 or lie down. A hard-sleeper cabin does not provide enough room to sit up, and there are 6 beds per room. Overnight trains are a good option; you not only get somewhere to sleep for a night but also avoid missing out on another day of adventure.

We recommend the following overnight train from Hanoi to Dong Hoi:

Train No

Departs

Arrives

SE3

07:30 PM

05:20 AM

NOTE:

  • Unfortunately, train schedules cannot be guaranteed. Therefore, if you plan to join in any 1-day tour, we advise that you travel directly by bus, arriving in Phong Nha, on your tour commencement date. Or, if you choose to fly, or travel by train, you should plan to arrive in Phong Nha one day before the tour commences.
  • If you choose to arrive in Dong Hoi by train on the same morning the tour departs, please make sure you take the train numbers SE3 and have the private transfer arranged with Oxalis in advance.
  • If you plan on traveling to Hanoi, on the same evening that you complete your tour with Oxalis, we highly recommend you to take the overnight bus departs at around 9:30 PM in Phong Nha for Hanoi. If the train is your preferred transportation, you will need to book a private transfer from Phong Nha to Dong Hoi, ahead of time. You can check the train schedule via the Vietnam Railway official website http://dsvn.vn (English/Vietnamese) or contact http://www.baolau.com to book your train tickets in advance.

AIR TRAVEL

Of course, the fastest mode of transport is to fly direct: Hanoi to Dong Hoi, this is just a 1 hour and 25-minute flight. However, you have to factor in the time travelings to the airport (1 hour from Old Quarters). It is best to check the Vietnam Airlines or Bamboo Airways websites ahead of time to ensure an available flight on your desired travel dates. Otherwise, we suggest using the train or bus. Note that if you choose to fly, then you will have to book a transfer from Dong Hoi to Phong Nha.

NINH BINH TO/FROM PHONG NHA

Ninh Binh is located on the way from Hanoi to Phong Nha, so you can use the same bus or train transportation.

(Please be aware that all suggested bus, train and airline companies, and their agencies, operate entirely independently of Oxalis Adventure; bear in mind that all the mentioned information is subject to change as per the transportation company’s discretion and we accept no responsibility for the service provided by any other company)

BUS TRAVEL

Queen Café Bus
• Address: 46 27 Tháng 7, Nam Bình or Duc Tuan hotel & Restaurant, Tam Coc, Ninh Binh
• Tel: +84 2439366668
• Departure time from Tam Coc: 8:00 PM
• Arrival time in Phong Nha: Between 4:00-5:00 AM
• Arrival address in Phong Nha: Central Backpackers Hostel

NOTE:

Queen Cafe Bus also provides a Phong Nha – Ninh Binh route, departing at 09:00 PM and arriving into Ninh Binh at 04:00 AM. You can buy tickets in Phong Nha at Central Backpackers Hostel, located on 20 Highway, Xuan Tien Village, Son Trach Commune, Bo Trach District, Quang Binh.

TRAIN TRAVEL

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 or lie down. A hard-sleeper cabin does not provide enough room to sit up, and there are 6 beds per room. Overnight trains are also a good option, you not only have somewhere to sleep for a night, but you avoid missing out on another day of adventure.

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

Train No

Departs

Arrives

SE3

09:47 PM

05:20 AM

Unfortunately, train schedules cannot be guaranteed. Therefore, if you plan to join any 1-day tour, we advise that you travel directly by bus, arriving in Phong Nha on your tour commencement date. Or, if you choose to fly, or travel by train, you should plan to arrive in Phong Nha, one day before the tour commences.

If you plan on travelling to Ninh Binh, on the same evening that you complete your tour with Oxalis, we highly recommend you to take the overnight bus departs at around 9:30PM in Phong Nha for Ninh Binh. If train is your prefer transportation, you will need to book a private transfer from Phong Nha to Dong Hoi, ahead of time at price 640,000 VND/one-way/4seater car.

You can check the train schedule via the Vietnam Railway official website http://dsvn.vn (English/Vietnamese) or contact http://www.baolau.com to book your train tickets in advance.

HA LONG TO/FROM PHONG NHA

The location of Ha Long means that you must travel to Hanoi to get transport to Phong Nha by bus,train or air travel.

(Please be aware that all suggested bus, train and airline companies, and their agencies, operate entirely independently of Oxalis Adventure; bear in mind that all the mentioned information is subject to change as per the transportation company’s discretion and we accept no responsibility for the service provided by any other company)

BUS TRAVEL

Hoang Long Bus Company
• Address: 02 Nguyen Van Cu, Ha Long, Quang Ninh
• Departure time from Ha Long: 7:00 PM
• Arrival time in Dong Hoi: 9:30 AM
• Arrival address in Dong Hoi: 287 Ly Thuong Kiet, Dong Hoi

NOTE:

  • From Dong Hoi, you will need to book an additional transfer to Phong Nha.
  • We are happy to offer you a private transfer between Dong Hoi and Phong Nha in a 4-seater car for VND 640,000 each way.

HUE TO/FROM PHONG NHA

Hue is located just a few hours’ drive from the jungle and caving capital of Vietnam. It is a relatively convenient route with trains and buses of offer from a number of companies, as well as it being a short drive by private transfer if you preferred.

(Please be aware that all suggested bus, train and airline companies, and their agencies, operate entirely independently of Oxalis Adventure; bear in mind that all the mentioned information is subject to change as per the transportation company’s discretion and we accept no responsibility for the service provided by any other company)

BUS TRAVEL

Hung Thanh Bus
• Address: 49 Chu Van An, Hue
• Departure time from Hue: 4:30 – 5:00 PM
• Arrival time in Phong Nha: 9:00 – 9:30 PM

NOTE:

  • 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.
  • For the return journey, Hung Thanh Bus is an option which leaves Phong Nha at 04:00 AM or 07:00 AM, from Hung Thanh Bus Office, located next to Reception Area at Easy Tiger Hostel.

TRAIN TRAVEL

Hue is just a short 3-hour train journey from Dong Hoi and is a popular city to visit before, or after, one of our caving adventures. However, the connections in the late evening or morning are inconvenient, and would have you arriving in Dong Hoi, bleary-eyed, at 01:00 AM or 04:30 AM, making it difficult to check in to any hotel.

We would suggest arriving the day before if you intend to take a train from Hue. This ensures that you have plenty of rest before your jungle and caving adventure. Do not forget, if you are travelling on the train to Dong Hoi, you will need to book an additional transfer between Dong Hoi and Phong Nha. We are happy to offer you a private transfer between Dong Hoi and Phong Nha in a 4-seater car for VND 640,000 each way.

You can check the train schedule via the Vietnam Railway official website:http://dsvn.vn(English/Vietnamese)or contact https://www.baolau.com to book your train tickets in advance.

PRIVATE TRANSFER

We are happy to offer you a private transfer between Hue and Phong Nha in a private car for VND 2,500,000/1 private car/each way, 4 passengers maximum per car. Please indicate the number of passengers, when booking a private transfer with us.

If you have any questions regarding transfers, or need help deciding your best means of transportation before, or after, an Oxalis Adventure Tour, please do not hesitate to contact an Oxalis Travel Specialist for their recommendations regarding your travels.

DA NANG (HOI AN) TO/FROM PHONG NHA

Da Nang is the biggest city in central Vietnam, with beautiful beaches, mountains and only a 45 min drive from the UNESCO world-heritage town of Hoi An. It is a 7 hour train/bus journey between Da Nang and Phong Nha.

(Please be aware that all suggested bus, train and airline companies, and their agencies, operate entirely independently of Oxalis Adventure; bear in mind that all the mentioned information is subject to change as per the transportation company’s discretion and we accept no responsibility for the service provided by any other company)

BUS TRAVEL

Hung Thanh Bus
• Address: No 105, Ton Duc Thang street, Hoi An
• No.28, 3/2 street, Da Nang
• Departure time from Hoi An: 01:00 – 01:30 PM
• Departure time from Da Nang: 02:00 pm – 02:30 PM
• Arrival time in Phong Nha: 09:00 – 09:30 PM

Nam Ha Bus
• Address: Parking Area opposite to Hoi An Theatre – Water Puppets, 548 Hai Ba Trung Street, Hoi An Departure time from Hoi An: 09:00 AM
• Arrival time in Phong Nha: Varies (Kindly confirm with bus company)

NOTE:

You will be transferred to Da Nang Bus Station for 2-3 hours before departing for Phong Nha at 01:00 PM

Hanh Luyen Bus
• Address: Da Nang Bus Station
• Departure time from Da Nang: 10:00 AM and 12:00 PM
• Arrival time in Phong Nha: Varies (Kindly confirm with bus company)

NOTE:

  • If you are going from Phong Nha to Hoi An by bus, Hung Thanh Bus is also an option which leaves Phong Nha at 04:00 AM or 07:00 AM, from Hung Thanh Bus Office, located at Capture Vietnam. However, you will stop by Hue at 49 Chu Van An St, for an hour before you continue your journey to Hoi An, arriving into Hoi An around 01:00 PM or 05:00 PM.
  • The Queen Bus Travel departs Phong Nha between 04:00 – 04:30 AM from Phong Nha Central Backpacker Hostel. It arrives into Hue first, once there, 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 12:00 PM or 02:00 PM.
  • The Camel Bus Travel departs Phong Nha between 04:00 - 04:30 AM and 07:00 AM – 07:30 AM from Phong Nha Backpacker Hostel. It arrives into Hue first, once there, 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 12:00 PM or 02:00 PM.
  • Nam Ha Bus and Hanh Luyen leave Phong Nha at 7:30 PM and you can get your tickets at your hotel or booking office in Phong Nha. They will reach Hue at around 12:00 AM, Da Nang at around 05:00 AM and Hoi An at around 06:00 AM

TRAIN TRAVEL

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.

We recommend arriving the day before your tour if you are taking the train from Da Nang. This ensures that you get a good night sleep, and are not arriving too early in the morning. From Dong Hoi, you will need to book an additional transfer to Phong Nha. We are happy to offer you a private transfer between Dong Hoi and Phong Nha, in a 4-seater car for VND 640,000 each way.

You can check the train schedule via the Vietnam Railway official website:http://dsvn.vn(English/Vietnamese)or contact https://www.baolau.com to book your train tickets in advance.

PRIVATE TRANSFER

We are happy to offer you a private transfer between Da Nang or Hoi An and Phong Nha. To and from Da Nang costs VND 3,300,000/1 private car/each way, 4 passengers maximum per car; and to/from Hoi An VND 3,800,000/1 private car/each way, 4 passengers maximum per car. Please indicate the number of passengers when booking a private transfer with us.

If you have any questions regarding transfers or need help on deciding your best means of transportation before, or after, an Oxalis Adventure Tour, please do not hesitate to contact an Oxalis Travel Specialist for their recommendations for your travels.

HO CHI MINH CITY TO PHONG NHA

Ho Chi Minh City, still known by its former name of Saigon, is the biggest city in Vietnam. It is a focal point for those looking to see such highlights as the Mekong Delta, and it is a hub for international travel.

(Please be aware that all suggested bus, train and airline companies, and their agencies, operate entirely independently of Oxalis Adventure Tours. The following information is given in good faith, and Oxalis Adventure Tours accepts no responsibility for the service provided by any other company.)

The only practical way to journey between Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) and Phong Nha is to take a flight with either, Vietnam AirlinesJetstar Pacific or VietjetAir, to Dong Hoi City (located 45 mins drive from Phong Nha). From Dong Hoi, you will need to book an additional transfer to Phong Nha. We are happy to offer you a private transfer between Dong Hoi and Phong Nha in a 4-seater car for VND 640,000 each way.

The bus and train journeys are both just too long to be viable options for those wanting to travel quickly between the two cities. Alternatively, for those on a budget, but who have a little more time, it is 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 FLIGHTS

(Please be aware that all suggested bus, train and airline companies, and their agencies, operate entirely independently of Oxalis Adventure Tours. The following information is given in good faith, and Oxalis Adventure Tours accepts no responsibility for the service provided by any other company.)

International flights are an important consideration for those travelling 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 will 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 see more information regarding domestic travel above.

For international customers, please note that we cannot advise you regarding border crossings/visa regulations etc, if you are entering or exiting Vietnam by bus or motorcycle.

COMPLIMENTARY BEDS IN DORM ROOM AT OXALIS HOME FOR EARLY ARRIVING GUESTS

We also offer a free 6-bed dorm room at Oxalis Home for our adventurers who arrive in Phong Nha early in the morning, few hours ahead of their booked tour departure. Here you can catch some shut eye and be prepared right before your tour departs. This dorm room comes with air-conditioning, comfortable bedding and is equipped with Wi-Fi as well. This free dorm facility can only be availed by customers who arrive early in the morning on the same day as their tour departure and is only available for a short stay (2-4 hours before tour departure).

Please contact our team in advance if you arrive early and would love to stay with us before your tour at [email protected]

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