Last updated: Nov 05, 2019

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How To Get From Hue to Phong Nha?

The easiest way to travel the 210km journey from Hue to Phong Nha is by bus. This bus journey takes 4 hours and costs $6.50. Another option is to travel via train (4.5 hours), which costs $7.50.

We recommend taking a bus from Hue to Phong Nha. The advantage of the bus is that it leaves from Hue center and brings you directly to Phong Nha. Even better, there is a bus that makes a stop at the Vinh Moc Tunnels and Ben Hai River. Visiting the Vinh Moc tunnels is a very interesting experience what we definitely recommend.

When you take the train, you first have to go to Hue railway station from Hue center and you also have to take a local bus or taxi from Dong Hoi railway station to Phong Nha.

Transport modeDurationCostsAvailability
Bus4 hrs150,000 VND ($6.50)Check bus tickets
Train4.5 hrs175,000 VND ($7.50)Check train tickets

 

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Hue to Phong Nha travelroute
 
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Hue to Phong Nha by Bus


Duration: 4 hours
Costs: 150,000 VND ($6.50)

There are several direct buses from Hue to Phong Nha. And even better, there is the DMZ bus, which stops at the Vinh Moc Tunnels and Ben Hai River.

There is also a public bus leaving from Hue to Phong Nha once a day at 11:30, but we do not recommend this option. Bus drivers charge tourists 155,000 VND ($6.50), which is almost the same price for less comfort compared to the private bus. We recommend to travel with DMZ bus company and book the one including a stop at the DMZ.

If you do not want to stop at the DMZ, we recommend booking your ticket online with Hung Thanh.

See the best options below

BusScheduleDurationCosts
Hung Thanh16:30-20:304 hrs150,000 VND ($6.50)
DMZ (with stop)14:00-21:007 hrs490,000 VND ($21.50)
DMZ (without stop)14:00-18:30 4.5 hrs155,000 VND ($7)
Queen Cafe17:00-21:304.5 hrs150,000 VND ($6.50)
The Sinh Tourist
(not available)
06:30-11:30 5 hrs260,000 VND ($11.50)

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Overview of bus companies

The Sinh Tourist 

The Sinh Tourist bus departs from 37 Nguyen Thai Hoc at 6:30 and arrives at 11:30 in Phong Nha. This is a great option if you wish to visit the Phong Nha Cave in the afternoon. Ask your hotel or local agent in Hue to book your tickets.

Hanh Cafe/Hung Thanh 

The Hanh Cafe bus operates in partnership with Hung Thanh bus. The bus departs from 12 Duong Van An, Hue at 16:30 and arrives at 20:30 in Phong Nha.

Queen Bus Cafe

The bus departs at 17:00 from Queen Cafe Bus Office in Hue and arrives at 21:30 at the main street in Phong Nha.

DMZ bus with stop at DMZ

The DMZ bus including a stop at the DMZ leaves at 14:00 from the DMZ bar and arrives around 21:00 in Phong Nha. The cost of 500,000 VND ($22) includes the entrance fees and a local guide. This is a great opportunity to explore the DMZ, but unfortunately, it is not always available

DMZ bus without stop at DMZ

Same departure time at 14:00 from DMZ bar, but arrives a few hours earlier at 18:30 in Phong Nha.

 

Train

Hue to Phong Nha by Train


Duration: 4.5 hours
Costs: 175,000 VND ($7.50)

When you want to travel by train to Phong Nha, you have to book a train from Hue to Dong Hoi (not Dong Ha!).

Dong Hoi train station is 40km south of Phong Nha and takes about 1.5 hours by bus or taxi to Phong Nha.

Step 1: Hue to Dong Hoi by Train

Duration: 3 hours
Costs: 115,000 VND ($5)

We recommend taking train SE10, leaving at 13:00 in Hue and arriving at 16:00 in Dong Hoi. With this train, you can still take one of the two last public buses leaving at 16:00 or 17:00 to Phong Nha.

TrainScheduleDurationSoft Seat
SE6 05:00-08:233h 23m115,000 VND ($5)
SE10 13:00-16:00 3h115,000 VND ($5)
SE4 15:25-18:23 2h 58m115,000 VND ($5)
SE2 16:35-19:272h 52m115,000 VND ($5)

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Step 2: Dong Hoi to Phong Nha by Bus

Duration: 1-1.5 hours
Costs: 60,000 VND ($2.60)

You can walk (15min) or take a taxi from the railway station to the bus station in Dong Hoi. A taxi costs just 25,000 VND ($1.10) and won’t take more than 5min.

From the bus station, you can catch the local bus to Phong Nha for 35,000 VND ($1.50). This bus ride takes about 1.5 hours. A more expensive but faster alternative is to take a taxi straight to Phong Nha.

See From Dong Hoi to Phong Nha for more details.

  Hotel

My 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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