How to transfer between Hue and Phong Nha

About 214 km away from Hue, Phong Nha stands out with their prehistoric caves systems as well as their ancient landscape made up of dense jungle, snaking rivers and limestone karsts. If you are a truly adventure lovers, Phong Nha is a must-see on your list. If you are travelling to Hue and wondering how to transfer from Hue to Phong Nha, this article is written for you with details in tickets, schedule and more of it.

PRIVATE CAR

It is probably the most convenient way of transfering from Hue to Phong Nha if you don’t want to spend too much time checking tickets, finding buses schedule or taking taxi to the station or so on.  
visit hue imperial with transfer guide
photo: Jenni G
Hoi An transfer services will do the rest for you. At your leisure, pick you up directly from your hotel or anywhere else you want then transfer you straight from Hue to Phong Nha. Would like to stop along the way for a photo? Always available as your requirement !
  • Comfy: 5*
  • Duration: 5 hrs
  • Price: 2,500,000 VND ($ 108) (a 4 seater car or a pick – up)

TRAIN

There is no direct train which transfer you from Hue to Phong Nha, so you need to travel to the nearest train station – Dong Hoi train station which is about 45 km from Phong Nha.

Step 1: Hue train station – Dong Hoi train station

From Hue city center, it is easy to access to Hue Train station with just 10 mins taxi driving and 30 mins walking. Below are some train references transfer you to Dong Hoi. Depends on your schedule, the earliest one leaves at 2:09 am and the latest leaves at 9:34 pm
Train No.ScheduleDurationPrice (soft seat)
SE6
5:00 am – 8:23 am3h 23m118,000 VND
SE10
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm3 hrs128,000 VND
SE45:25 pm – 8:23 pm2h 58m127,000 VND
SE2
4:25 pm – 5:27 pm2h 52m141,000 VND
SEE MORE AT  (bao lau) Notes: The train may come a bit late and it will be announced at the station.  

If you need a transfer from Dong Hoi to Hue train station, see references below or check online available ticket here (baolau)

Train No.ScheduleDurationPrice
SE35:30 am – 8:25 am2h 55m127,000 VND
SE196:26 am – 9:34 am3h 08m
123,000 VND
SE17:57 am – 10:47 am2h 50 m134,000 VND
SE74:23 pm – 7:51 pm3h 28m118,000 VND

Step 2: Dong Hoi Train station – Phong Nha

There are 3 options to get a transfer to Phong Nha from as below.
PRIVATE CAR
If you already booked your accommodation then it would be done easily, let your hotel staff know your train’s schedule. No matter what time they’re ready holding a sign with your name written on it and you can recognize them easily.
  • Comfy: 5*
  • Duration: 45 minutes
  • Price: 500,000 VND ($ 22) (negotiable) 
TAXI
As we normally wave a taxi but here abundance of taxi waves at you first when you just head out of the station. Always make a price in advance, price varies depends on the vehicles size.
  • Comfy: 5*
  • Duration: 45 mins 
  • Price: start from 300,000 VND ($ 13) for a spacious 4 seater
LOCAL BUS 
Luckily the Nam Ly bus station lead you to Phong Nha is just 1,4 km away from train station. Call a taxi with 30,000 VND ($ 1,2) and stop you there. Ensure that you take the bus #B4 with Dong Hoi – Phong Nha across the windscreen. The bus departs from Dong Hoi at 05:00am, 6:00am, 7:00am, 8:00 am, 9:00 am 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm, 4:00 pm, 5:00 pm Please note that there will be no AC on this bus so it might cause you inconvenience issue
  • Comfy: 3*
  • Duration: 1h 30m
  • Price: 40,000 VND ($ 1,7) they may charge  10,000 VND ($ 0,4) more for your big luggage

BUS COMPANY

These buses below run daily from Hue to Phong Nha, contact to your hotel staff to assist you in booking. Here are some trusted buses recommended by most of travellers.
Bus company
SchedulePriceType of Transport
Hung Thanh
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm120,000 VNDsleeper bus
Queen5:00 pm – 9:00 pm120,000 VNDsleeper bus
Camel5:00 pm – 9:00 pm120,000 VNDsleeper bus
Hey Travel5:00 pm – 9:30 pm170,000 VNDsleeper bus
DMZ bus2:00 pm – 6:30 pm150,000 VND

seater bus
  If you travel from Phong Nha to Hue, check your schedule here:
Bus company
ScheduleDurationPriceType of Transport
DMZ bus6:00 am – 1:00 pm7 hrs500,000 VNDseater bus
Duy Tan Travel
3:30 pm – 6:30 pm4 hrs100,000 VNDseater bus
Hung Thanh4:00 am – 8:00 am4 hrs120,000 VNDsleeper bus
Queen4:00 am – 8:00 am4 hrs120,000 VNDsleeper bus
Camel4:00 am – 8:00 am4 hrs120,000 VNDsleeper bus
Hey Travel4:00 am – 7:00 am3 hrs120,000 VNDsleeper bus
Nam Ha8:30 pm – 12:30 am4 hrs120,000 VNDsleeper bus
Hanh Luyen8:30 pm – 12:30 am4 hrs120,000 VNDsleeper bus

RENTAL MOTORBIKE

You are the one who seek for the feeling of freedom, the cold and the power of wind fighting with you, you want to meet the locals, want to be alone in a eternal road from a remote land. To get friend with the nature and learn to respect it. This is definitely for you ! motorbike to Phong Nha via hoian hue transfer services It is the scenic drive from Hue to Phong Nha via Khe Sanh by following the western Ho Chi Minh highway. Takes almost a day to drive but well worth it. Highway #1 is not worth the risk of driving as as it’s very dangerous. Eastern Ho Chi Minh highway is not as risky but also not as scenic. If driving whole day make you tired, book a 2-day  tour with Hue motorbike  is also recommended. Wonder how to book you next transfer from Hue? See more at complete guide how to travel from Hue to Hoi An 

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