How To Get From Phong Nha to Hoi An?
To start with, we do NOT recommend to travel straight from Phong Nha to Hoi An. Instead, split your journey in two by first traveling to Hue. Stay here one night and rent a motorbike to drive from Hue to Hoi An over the High van Pass.
When traveling by train, you can still catch a glimpse from the beautiful Hai Van Pass.
If you don’t want to ride a bike, we recommend taking the train. The train goes along the same route and almost offers the same views.
An advantage of the bus is that they depart from the main street in Phong Nha and also drop you close to the center of Hoi An. The disadvantage is that they take a different route through a tunnel so you will miss the view on the Hai Van Pass. Unfortunately, you cannot book your bus tickets online.
Traveling the Hai Van Pass by motorbike
The Hai Van Pass is one of the highlights of central Vietnam and often compared to the ‘Great Ocean Road’ in Australia. There are several companies offering motorbike rental with a pick-up in Hoi An and drop-off in Hue. This includes transport of your luggage with their own van to Hue.
|Train||7 hours||305,000 VND ($13.50)||Check train tickets|
|Bus||8 hours||250,000 VND ($11)||Check bus tickets|
View itinerary from Phong Nha to Hoi An
- Phong Nha
- 1-1.5 hours
- Dong Hoi Railway Station
- 5h 21min
- Da Nang
- Hoi An
- Phong Nha
- 8 hours
- Hoi An
Phong Nha to Hoi An by Train
Duration: 7 hours
Costs: 305,000 VND ($13.50)
You will be traveling for the largest part of the day, but it also includes an amazing train journey between Da Nang and Hoi An! Still, to get the best experience, we recommend traveling this part with a motorbike.
Step 1: Phong Nha to Dong Hoi Railway Station by Bus
Duration: 1-1,5 hours
Costs: 60,000 VND ($2.60)
From Phong Nha you can catch a local bus from the main street to Dong Hoi. The drop-off point in Dong Hoi is a 15-minute walk or a short taxi ride for 25,000 VND ($1.10) to Dong Hoi railway station. You can also book a taxi for 500,000 VND ($22) to Dong Hoi railway station.
See the page of Dong Hoi to Phong Nha for the bus schedule.
Step 2: Dong Hoi Railway Station to Da Nang Railway Station by Train
Duration: 5h 20min
Costs: 225,000 VND ($10)
There are about 10 trains operating on this route every day. We recommend taking the SE1 train in the morning or the SE7 in the late afternoon. With these trains, you are also able to use public transport from and to the railway stations.
See the schedules of our suggestions below:
|SE1||08:04-13:25||5h 21m||225,000 VND ($10)|
|SE7||16:34-22:21||5h 47m||200,000 VND ($9)|
Step 3: Da Nang Railway Station to Hoi An by Bus
Costs: 20,000 VND ($1)
From Da Nang railway station to Hoi An center takes 45 minutes by bus. You can take the public bus for 20,000 VND ($1), but also book a shuttle bus which brings you closer to the center of Hoi An.
See the page of Danang railway station to Hoi An for the bus schedule and more details.
Phong Nha to Hoi An by Bus
Duration: 8 hours
Costs: 250,000 VND ($11)
We recommend Hung Thanh Bus when traveling from Phong Nha to Hoi An by bus. The bus leaves in the early morning from Phong Nha. After a 4-hour bus ride, the bus will make a short stop of one hour in Hue. From here it takes another 3-4 hours to Hoi An.
Camel Bus travel is another bus company operating on this route, but we don’t recommend this company. They received several complaints from passengers traveling in the opposite direction. Some travelers complained that they were dropped in Dong Hoi which is 45 KM from Phong Nha.
Another option is to book your bus ride with Queen Cafe. Tickets are priced at 280,000 VND ($12.50) when you book online.
|Queen Cafe Bus||04:30-12:30||8h|
Hung Thanh Bus Office
Departure from “Capture Cafe” at the main street of Phong Nha (they sell delicious cheesecake here). The bus will make a short stop in Hue on “49 Chu Van An St”, from where the bus will continue its journey to Hoi An.
Camel Bus travel
Departure from “Phong Nha Backpacker Hostel” at the main street of Phong Nha.
Queen Cafe Bus
Departs from Thiên Phú Hostel along Durong 20 Road in Phong Nha.
My favourite places to stay in Hoi An
You think you can only find good banana pancakes in Thailand? Wait till you get them for breakfast at HaLo HomeStay. This homestay has it all: The high-end standard of a hotel combined with the family feeling of a homestay. The owners serve a lovely breakfast and will do everything to get most out of your stay. You can explore Hoi An with their free bicycle rental and reach the Old Quarter or beach within 5 minutes.
Double rooms from: $12
When Halo Homestay is already fully booked, there are still several other great options to stay in Hoi An. Flame Flowers Homestay is one of them. Expect a very warm welcome from the owners. They will feel like family from the moment you meet them.
Double rooms from: $16
Looking for a more luxurious experience right next to the beach? This little villa is within walking distance from the beach and is a perfect place to stay when you want to escape from the busy city life. Chill at the beach, relax at the pool and have a great night of sleep in a comfy bed.
Double rooms from: $40
Things to do in Hoi An
The online activity platform Klook offers many tours in Hoi An at great prices. I used it now for a couple of times and had great experiences. And the prices are often even lower than when you book with a local travel agent!
And most important, by booking the activity in advance, you avoid the problem of fully booked tours.
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