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How to get to Phong Nha from Hue

How to get to Phong Nha from Hue

Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park is located in Quang Binh province in the North central coast, about 180km to the north of Hue. In 2003, the national park was recognized as a UNESCO’s World Heritage. Phong Nha - Ke Bang is home to the largest caves in the world and covers 300 different grottoes and caves. It is well-known as “The kingdom of the cave”.

How to get to Phong Nha from HuePhoto Mr&Mrs Backpacker

You can learn more about this attraction here

Phong Nha is a extraodinary natural cave from the perspective of all tourists and scientists. The cave possesses many first ranks, which are listed on the world record book. Phong Nha has the longest underground river, the highest and longest cave, the most spectacular stalagmites and stalactites, and the broadest and most beautiful fine sand and stone beaches.

You may want to watch this video about PhongNha– Ke Bang

Therefore, there is no surprise when all tourists are completely impressed by the beauty of Phong Nha cave. It is really a great destination and a heaven of tourists and scientists who want to explore the marvelous nature after discovering the old imperial Hue city of history buff, exotic cultures and excellent foods. It's such a great combination!

How to get to Phong Nha from Hue

Hue is an ideal stop before heading to Phong Nha. If you intend to visit Phong Nha, try to combine Hue to your itinerary to not only ensure to have plenty of rest before your jungle and caving adventure but also to discover this dreaming city by the peaceful Huong river and enjoy the best Hue cuisines. If you are staying in Hue and want to make a trip to Phong Nha, you can choose any means of transportation as private car, bus, motorbike or train.

1.By Train

How to get to Phong Nha from HuePhoto by phongnhaheritagetravel


You can book a train from Hue to Dong Hoi and then take a taxi or a bus to Phong Nha. The railway from Hue station to Dong Hoi station is about 166 kilometers. There are 5 trains including SE2, SE4, SE6, SE8 and SE20 (which belong to the Reunification Express train) from Hue to Dong Hoi and trains SE1, SE3, SE5, SE7 and SE19 from the return route. They depart every day and take about 3/ 3,5 hours (one way). The types of seats include hard seat and soft seat, called cabin with air conditioner and air-conditioned soft seats, beds.


Price depends on each type. You need to know the distance to choose a suitable seat. The price costs no more than 250,000 VND.

Under 2 years: Travel free

From 2 to under 5 years old (and shorter than 1.3m):

Price will be 50% of adult price for the North - South trains and vice versa. But for trains from Hanoi to Sapa and vice versa, the children will have to pay full price like adults.

Over 5 years old: 100% of adult price.


Carry-on Bags: The train cabins are allowed to carry baggages not to exceed the weight limitation of 20 kgs of adults and 10 kgs of children. These baggages are wrapped neatly and reliably.

Train station

Hue Railway station:

Hue station located at 02, Bui Thi Xuan street, Hue city, about 1 km from the city center. Hue station is the same Dong Hoi station with one gate and you can find it easily.

  • Address: 02 Bui Thi Xuan, Hue city
  • Phone: (84-54) 3822175
  • Fax: (84-54) 3845920

Dong Hoi Railway Station:

Dong Hoi station located at Sub-regional 4 (TiểuKhu 4), Nam Ly Ward, Dong Hoi City, QuangBinh. This station is only one gate and very big so you can arrive in the station by taxi or motorbike taxi.

  • Address: Zone 4, South Lee Street, Dong Hoi Town
  • Province / City: QuangBinh
  • Tel: (84-52) 3820558
  • Fax: (84-52) 3837429

Detail information

Train fares for all trains departing from Hue to Dong Hoi
Unit: USD

Train from Hue to Dong Hoi



Train No

Hard Seat

Soft Seat



Reunification Express TrainSE2

How to get to Phong Nha from Hue$19

How to get to Phong Nha from Hue$23



Reunification Express TrainSE4

How to get to Phong Nha from Hue$20

How to get to Phong Nha from Hue$24



Reunification Express TrainSE6

How to get to Phong Nha from Hue$19

How to get to Phong Nha from Hue$23



Reunification Express TrainSE8

How to get to Phong Nha from Hue$19

How to get to Phong Nha from Hue$23



Reunification Express TrainSE20

How to get to Phong Nha from Hue$19

How to get to Phong Nha from Hue$23

If you travel from Hue to PhongNha, you should choose the train SE6 or SE8 to be present in Dong Hoi in the morning. Then you will have much time to book hotels ( you should book hotels near Nhat Le beach in Dong Hoi because they offer the best price hotels in that area), then go to Phong Nha and visit famous caves.

Train return from Dong Hoi to Hue



Train No

Hard Seat

Soft Seat



Reunification Express TrainSE1

How to get to Phong Nha from Hue$19

How to get to Phong Nha from Hue$23



Reunification Express TrainSE3





Reunification Express TrainSE5

How to get to Phong Nha from Hue$19

How to get to Phong Nha from Hue$23



Reunification Express TrainSE7

How to get to Phong Nha from Hue$19

How to get to Phong Nha from Hue$23



Reunification Express TrainSE19

How to get to Phong Nha from Hue$19

How to get to Phong Nha from Hue$23

If you want to travel from Dong Hoi to Hue directly after your tour, you can consider the following option if you don’t mind arriving in Hue a bit late in the evening.

Train no. SE5 – departs Dong Hoi at 7:40 PM and arrives in Hue at 10:42 PM

You will have more options if you stay an additional night in Phong Nha. There is some early morning trains departing from Dong Hoi to Hue at 5:50 AM, 6:28 AM and 7:40 AM. Don’t forget to arrange your transfer from Phong Nha to Dong Hoi in advance if you plan on making your early morning train.

2.By Bus

Bus seems to be the easiest and cheapest way to transfer from Hue to Phong Nha. If your time is limmited, you should choose this option. It is better to take 2 days trip to visit Phong Nha Cave. You can stay 1 day in Dong Hoi. There are many buses with various departure time for you to choose.

How to get to Phong Nha from HuePhoto by phongnhabus

3. By Private Cars

Everything has its advantage and disadvantage sides. Although bus is cheap but it’s inconvenient for those who want private space. Particularly, if you travel by bus, you can not visit some famous places on the way especially the DMZ zone as well as DMZ tour from Hue. Moreover, the experienced driver knows how to explore the surrounding on your way. In this case, private car is a perfect option.

How to get to Phong Nha from HuePhoto by Jeremy Couture

You can consider these below bus routes of gotophongnha travel company


Option 1*

Option 2

Option 3

Option 4


At 7 a.m

At 11 a.m

At 5 p.m

At 5 p.m






Pick up

Your hotel in Hue city center.

Drop off

Easy Tiger Hostel, PhongNha

Your Hotel in PhongNha

Easy Tiger Hostel, PhongNha

Ly ThuongKietst, Dong Hoi

Option 1*: On the way, the bus stop for you to visit Hien Luong Bridge, Ben Hai river, La Vang holly.

4. Tour to Phong Nha from Hue

With this tour, you can both discover PhongNha Cave by boat and admire the spectacular jungle scenery and visit other tourist attraction as Biki Grotto, Cung Dinh Cave, Hien Luong Bridge and Ben Hai river on the way back.

How to get to Phong Nha from HuePhoto by Mr & Mrs Backpacker

Phong Nha Cave 1 day Tour

45, Lê Lợi, Hue, Vietnam
Opening time: 07:00 AM - 19:00 PM

Phong Nha cave 1 day tour will take you to one of the most iconic Natural Heritage site of Viet Nam, Phong Nha cave, Quang Binh province.


There is nothing better than leading a ride the Vietnamese countryside with the wind on your face and shining sun. It's free to go wherever the road takes to. It is without doubt one of the best ways to get off the beaten to enjoy the sprite of Vietnamese Villages.

Motorbike/ scooter rental service is available in Phon gNha. When deciding a company to rent you should take the cost, maintenance of the motorbike, helmet quality and safety services into consideration. You are advised to spend a couple of dollars to get a good motorbike from a reputation company rather than getting from the cheaper one.

Phong Nha has great scenery but the roads are narrow and windy. Just make sure that you have good driving skill to go on the trip to remote landscape of the park

These are many good motorbike rental companies you should know.

Hue Motorbike Adventure Office – Rental – Self Rider

Hue Thanh Tu Travel

  • Motorbike for Rent - Motorbike Tour - Open Bus Ticket
  • Addess: 13 Vo Thi Sau st., Hue City
  • Phone: +84 (0)54. 3 833 506; Mobile: 0905 365 252
  • Email: [email protected]

Useful information

Parking your motorbike

Whenever you park your motorbike anywhere in Vietnam, you will probably be approached by someone who will want you to pay them about 2,000 vnd ($ 0.10). This is not a scam , it's how they do things there and everyone pays for their care of your motorbike. That person will write a number on your bike using chalk and give you a card with that number on .They might move it in busy places but do not panic if you get back and it's not immediately obvious where it is. Just give them the ticket and they will take you to the bike.

What to do if your bike break down ?

No need to worry! This is Viet Nam. There will no doubt be a friendly mechanic down the road who will help you get back on track in no time! Pumping tyres up is often 5,000 vnd / puncture tyres is often 30,000 VND.

On the street , you will see that sign board : Sửa Xe – Motorbike maintance.


There are thousands of Motorcycle and trucks on you way. If you ride more than 60km/ 1 hour, you break the rules.

in High Way , speed limit only: 40-50km/1 hour , you should ride 40km speed / 1 hour .

How to get to Phong Nha from HuePhoto by motorbiketourexpert


People always wear a helmet when driving motorbikes. It’s a rule. The rental of a helmet should definitely be free with bike rental so always ask for it before you ride off.


Warning to people who plan to do an organized motorcycle trip with motorbike for hire companies on the streets in Hue, Vietnam or rent a motorbike from unreliable company.

If you are planning to do or rent a motorbike, be careful with company you choose.

If you are going to visit Hue city, don’t miss these suggestions:

What to do in Hue for 1 day

An adventurous day in Hue

Things to do in Hue for 3 days with kids

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My name’s Catherine, you can call me Kate. I love animals, writing and travelling.I started my Asian journey since 2003; and I have been nearly 20 countries so far. The more I go, the more I fall in love with this incredible continent. It has a unique beauty and distinctive culture that never fully explored. This’s why there are many countries I still keep coming back over and over again. I’m here to share with you my fun, sad or even scared memory on my backpacking trails. Hope it works on you!

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