• Ninh Binh - Phong Nha: How to get to Phong Nha from Ninh Binh?
  • Ninh Binh - Phong Nha: How to get to Phong Nha from Ninh Binh?

  • on Nov 16, 2019       By: BN
  • You have spent beautiful days in Ninh Binh, an enchanting historical land or Halong Bay, beautiful natural wonders and now, do you wish to extend your stay by an adventure getaway to Phong Nha - Ke Bang to explore the largest cave in the world? How to move between these two natural heritages classified by UNESCO? Bus, train, and plane, you will find all useful information before leaving in our guide: How to get to Phong Nha from Ninh Binh?

    Distance between Ninh Binh and Phong Nha - Ke Bang

    Ninh Binh is about 423 km from Dong Hoi City, Quang Binh Province. Located in Bo Trach District, Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park is about 50 km from Dong Hoi City. To get to Phong Nha from Ninh Binh, most transportation must go through both of these places.

    Means of transport to get from Ninh Binh to Phong Nha

    Located halfway between Hanoi and Dong Hoi/Phong Nha, Ninh Binh is also well served by road and rail. So you can easily find the buses or trains that depart from Hanoi/Ninh Binh to Dong Hoi.

    To save travel time, a combination of bus and plane is quite possible to know: Ninh Binh - Hanoi (bus) and Hanoi - Dong Hoi (plane).


    Every day there are about ten buses with berths that leave from Ninh Binh for Dong Hoi city.

    Schedule: from 08:50 to 20:45
    Departure: Ninh Binh (along National Highway 1), Big C Ninh Binh (Tran Nhan Tong Street)
    Arrival: Dong Hoi Town, Dong Hoi Bus Station (Tran Hung Dao Street, Dong Phu)
    Bus with berth from 34 to 46 berths
    Average time: 7 hours
    Price: from 270,000 to 460,000 VND/ticket

    Bus Companies: Hoang Long, Tan Kim Chi, Van Khoi, Van Luc Tung, Tu Hung, Duong Vu, Kim Chi 265

    * Hoang Long Bus for Ninh Binh - Dong Hoi (39 seats)

    Time: 8h30
    Price: 250,000 VND/ticket
    Departure: 2 Tran Hung Dao Street, Ninh Binh City at 14:00, 16:00 and 21:55
    Arrival: 87 Ly Thuong Kiet, Dong Hoi City

    Bus Ninh Binh - Phong Nha

    There are some berth buses that go directly from Ninh Binh to Phong Nha, like Hung Thanh, Queen Cafe and Hey Travel.

    * Hey Travel Bus linking Tam Coc - Phong Nha

    Time: 7h30
    Price: 350,000 VND/ticket
    Departure: 20:30 at Tam Coc pier, Hoa Lu, Ninh Binh
    Arrival: 4:00 at Nam Anh Hotel, Phong Nha, Bo Trach District, Quang Binh

    Learn more about Ninh Binh - Dong Hoi Buses: go here.

    bus hey travel ninh binh phong nha

    Bus Phong Nha - Ninh Binh

    * Hey Travel Bus Phong Nha - Tam Coc

    Time: 9h
    Price: 350,000 VND/ticket
    Departure: 21:00 at Nam Anh Hotel, Phong Nha, Bo Trach District, Quang Binh.
    Arrival: 06:00 at Tam Coc pier, Hoa Lu, Ninh Binh


    Ninh Binh and Dong Hoi are among the stops of the SE train linking cities and provinces from north to south. Travelling through several coastal areas of Vietnam by train is an unusual experience for many travellers.

    Train Ninh Binh - Dong Hoi

    Distance: 407 km
    Number of trips: 5, 6 times/day
    Time: between 7h34 and 8h5
    Price: from 325,000 to 1,240,000 VND/ticket, depending on the class (air-conditioned cushioned seat or 2, 4, 6 berths with air-conditioning)

    Train Dong Hoi - Ninh Binh: 4 or 5 trains/day

    Dong Hoi Railway Station Address: Sub-sector 4, Nam Ly District, Dong Hoi Town, Quang Binh Province, in the city centre, about 45 kilometres from Phong Nha.

    dong hoi station phong nha

    Bus + plane: Ninh Binh - Hanoi - Dong Hoi

    An option to get to Phong Nha more quickly is to travel to Hanoi for a Hanoi - Dong Hoi flight in about an hour. The trip Ninh Binh - Hanoi lasts around 1h30 by bus against 2h15 by train (6 trains a day), make your choice according to your desires.

    >> Read more Ninh Binh Travel Guide


    There are four domestic airlines, Vietnam Airlines, VietjetAir, Jetstar and Bamboo Airways serving the Hanoi - Dong Hoi route. The flight from or to Dong Hoi is also operated by other international routes, like Thai Airways; Asiana Airlines; Lao Airlines; China Airlines; China Southern Airlines...

    Hanoi to Dong Hoi flights

    Distance: 505 km
    Average time: 1h10
    Number of flights: more than 4 flights/day

    Price for one way:
    + Bamboo Airways: from 280,000 VND to 1.2 million VND/ticket
    + Vietnam Airlines: from 500,000 VND to nearly 1.5 million VND/ticket
    + VietJet Air: from 399,000 VND to 930,000 VND/ticket
    + Jestar Pacific: from 750,000 VND to 930,000 VND/ticket

    Dong Hoi Airport Address: Loc Ninh Commune at about 9 km from Dong Hoi City Centre, Quang Binh Province.

    dong hoi airport

    >> More details to book tickets for a flight/ bus/ train Ninh Binh - Phong Nha

    Circulating between Phong Nha and Dong Hoi City

    Bus Dong Hoi - Phong Nha

    Bus B4 connects Dong Hoi - Phong Nha and vice versa

    dong hoi phong nha park local bus

    Distance: 54 km
    Itinerary: Quang Phu Township - Truong Phap - Nguyen Du – Nhat Le Bridge 1 - Bao Ninh – Nhat Le Bridge 1 - Tran Hung Dao - To Huu - Huu Nghi - National Highway 1 - Hoan Lao Town (Bo Trach District) - Provincial Road 561 - Ho Chi Minh City Road - Provincial Road 561 - Phong Nha Tourist Centre (Son Trach Town, Bo Trach District) and vice versa.

    Frequency: every 45 minutes
    Schedule: from 05:30 to 17:30

    Price varies according to the journey
    0 - 10km: 10,000 VND
    10 - 20km: 15,000 VND
    20 - 30km: 25,000 VND
    30 km - all the way: 35,000 VND

    Taxi at Dong Hoi Airport

    To go to Phong Nha by taxi, here is some information on the cost.

    Fixed price for carpooling: 250,000 VND/way
    7-seat private car: 500 000 VND/way

    Reference taxi for Dong Hoi - Phong Nha
    Taxi Mai Linh - tel: 052 3845 888
    Taxi Dong Hoi - tel: 0523 841 841
    Taxi Xuyên Viet - tel: 0523 84 84 84
    Sun Taxi Quang Binh - tel: 0523 53 53 53
    Taxi Quang Binh - tel: 0523 82 82 82

    Best time to visit Phong Nha - Ke Bang

    The best time to discover Phong Nha - Ke Bang is from April to August, its dry season.

    What to visit and what to do in Phong Nha?

    Get some ideas in our good plan here: Top 10 things to do in Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park

    Related articles:

    >> 3 days in Quang Binh and Phong Nha Ke Bang

    >> Things to do in Ninh Binh


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