Dong Hoi to Phong Nha

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How to get from Dong Hoi to Phong Nha?

Dong Hoi is the capital of Quang Binh Province in central Vietnam. When travelling by train or flight, this city also serves as the gateway to the nearby Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

You can choose from 2 ways to travel the 45km from Dong Hoi to Phong Nha: a 1.5-hour bus or a 1-hour taxi. Rates start from 50,000 VND ($2.10) and 400,000 VND ($16.50), respectively.

2 ways to get from Dong Hoi to Phong Nha

Transport modeDurationCostsAvailability
Bus1-1.5 hours50,000 VND ($2.10)Read article for more info
Taxi1 hour400,000 VND ($16.50)Read article for more info

On a budget? The public bus is a cheap way to get from Dong Hoi to Phong Nha. Ticket prices start from 50,000 VND ($2.10) and you can take the bus whether you’re coming from Dong Hoi Railway Station or Dong Hoi Airport. The bus drops you off at the main street in Phong Nha.

Travelling in a group? You can also take a taxi from Dong Hoi to Phong Nha for about 400,000 VND ($16.50) to 500,000 VND ($21). The taxi saves you the hassle of finding your way to bus stations and brings you directly to your hotel.

Itinerary from Dong Hoi to Phong Nha

Dong Hoi to Phong Nha travelroute

Dong Hoi to Phong Nha by Public Bus

Duration: 1-1.5 hours
Cost: 50,000 VND ($2.10)
Duration: 1-1.5 hours
Cost: 50,000 VND ($2.10)

The public bus is the cheapest way to get from Dong Hoi to Phong Nha. You are to take Bus 4, a green and yellow-coloured bus with a huge sign on the front that says: Dong Hoi – Hoan Lao – Phong Nha.

The first bus departs at 05:30, and then you can expect an hourly departure from 06:00 to 17:00.

Bus 4 makes several stops in Phong Nha city centre. We recommend telling the driver beforehand where you’re headed so he can drop you off at the nearest bus stop.

Route 1: Dong Hoi Railway Station to Phong Nha by Bus

Duration: 1.5 hours
Cost: 50,000 VND ($2.10)
Duration: 1.5 hours
Cost: 50,000 VND ($2.10)

When you are coming from Dong Hoi Railway Station, the closest bus stop for Bus 4 is located about 1km away.

You can find this bus stop ACROSS the central bus station, or Ben Xe Nam Ly. This bus station is a 15-minute walk from the train station. You can also take a short taxi ride for around 40,000 VND ($1.65).

Not that Bus 4 does NOT enter the terminal, you’ll have to hail it from the street. Just find the blue signboard with Bus 4 written on it!

The bus ride from Dong Hoi Railway Station to Phong Nha costs 50,000 VND ($2.10) and takes about 1.5 hours. 

Route 2: Dong Hoi Airport to Phong Nha by Bus

Duration: 1 hour
Cost: 50,000 VND ($2.10)
Duration: 1 hour
Cost: 50,000 VND ($2.10)

Are you coming from Dong Hoi Airport? You can find Bus 4 just outside the airport gates.

Simply walk out to the main road, turn right and walk for around 100m, then you should already find the blue signboard for the B4 bus stop.

Taxi drivers will try to talk you into getting a ride. Just shake your head and say you are waiting for a bus.

The bus journey from Dong Hoi Airport to Phong Nha takes around 1 hour and a ticket costs 50,000 VND ($2.10).

Opposite Route: Phong Nha to Dong Hoi by Bus

When travelling in the opposite direction from Phong Nha to Dong Hoi, you can catch the bus from the main street in Phong Nha.

There are several bus stops within the city centre. It’s best to check with your accommodation where to find the nearest bus stop from your hotel. Also, confirm with them the latest schedules so you won’t have to wait long at the pick-up point.

Dong Hoi to Phong Nha by Taxi

Duration: 1 hour
Cost: 400,000 VND ($16.50)
Duration: 1 hour
Cost: 400,000 VND ($16.50)

Want more comfort? Then taking a taxi from Dong Hoi to Phong Nha is your best option.

Many accommodations in Phong Nha offer pick-up service from/to Dong Hoi. Inquire with your hotel beforehand so you can compare prices and see if their private transfer will be more convenient than hailing your own taxi.

Route 1: Dong Hoi Railway Station to Phong Nha by Taxi

Duration: 1 hour
Cost: 400,000 VND ($16.50)
Duration: 1 hour
Cost: 400,000 VND ($16.50)

Taxis are parked just outside Dong Hoi Railway Station. Make sure to agree on a price for getting onboard though!

Taxi rates from the train station in Dong Hoi to Phong Nha range from 400,000 VND ($16.50) to 500,000 VND ($21). But drivers often try to charge so much more.

Just give your best haggling skills and make sure to agree on a reasonable rate before going on your way.

Route 2: Dong Hoi Airport to Phong Nha by Taxi

Duration: 1 hour
Cost: 576,000 VND ($24)
Duration: 1 hour
Cost: 576,000 VND ($24)

You can already find plenty of taxi choices as you get out of the arrivals hall of Dong Hoi Airport.

A reasonable taxi rate from Dong Hoi Airport to Pong Nha costs around 400,000 VND ($16.50) to 500,000 VND ($21). However, drivers at the airport are known for charging more, sometimes up to 1,000,000 VND ($42).

This is why, when coming from Dong Hoi Airport, we recommend that you pre-book your ride online. BookAway offers good cars with trusted drivers and fixed prices. Rates start from 576,000 VND ($24) for a 3-seater car.

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Our favourite places to stay in Phong Nha

Thao Nguyen Homestay

Thanks to the great hospitality of the family, this homestay will feel like your home. After a day of trekking you can take a dive in the pool or sit back and relax with a Netflix movie. The homestay is located right in front of the bus stop in the center of Phong Nha. Rooms with mountain views already start from $21,- including an outstanding breakfast!

Bonus: Free cancellation policy till the last day!

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Phong Nha Rustic Home

Want a more unique experience? The interior of Phong Nha Rustic Home creates a real rustic feel which makes you feel one with nature. It's located outside the city center, but you can use their free-bicycle rental to explore the National Parks or get to the center. Rooms start from $24.

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