How to go → HO CHI MINH to DONG HOI? ☀️

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How do you get from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) to Dong Hoi? You can travel to Dong Hoi by plane, train or bus.

1. Train – Saigon to Dong Hoi
2. Flight – Saigon to Dong Hoi
3. Bus – Saigon to Dong Hoi
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From Saigon to Dong Hoi you can travel by train, bus or plane (direct flight).

    • The distance from Ho Chi Minh City to Dong Hoi spans approximately 1250 km by train or tourist bus, and 750 km by plane. Opting to travel by plane stands out as the quickest mode of transportation. Direct flights are available, with a travel time of about 1.5 hours and ticket prices ranging from $20 to $50 per person. These flights operate between Tan Son Nhat Airport and Dong Hoi Airport. Alternatively, travelers can choose to journey from Saigon to Dong Hoi by train via Vietnam Railways or tourist sleeper bus. Train travel from Saigon to Dong Hoi takes roughly 21-25 hours, with train tickets priced between $20 and $45 for hard or soft seats and sleeper berths. It’s advisable to book a comfortable sleeper berth. Although sleeper tourist buses are available via Da Nang or Hue, train travel, with the option to book a sleeper berth, is recommended due to greater comfort. Upon arrival in Dong Hoi, travelers can proceed to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park by local bus or taxi, a renowned tourist destination in the area. Booking flight, train, or bus tickets from Saigon to Dong Hoi can be conveniently done online. From Phong Nha, travelers can journey to Ninh Binh or Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam.

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    • Dong Hoi (Quang Binh province) may not be as renowned as other cities in central Vietnam, such as Da Nang or Hue, but it serves as a gateway to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park. Divided by the Nhat Le River before it merges with the sea, Dong Hoi boasts a picturesque riverside promenade. The majority of the city lies on the western bank, where remnants of the Dong Hoi citadel can be found. Located approximately 50 km west of Dong Hoi city, Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is an ideal destination for exploring caves, natural beauty, and the renowned Son Doong Cave, the largest cave in the world. To reach Phong Nha, travelers can utilize local buses or private taxis, as there is no railway station in the area. There are three primary ways to travel from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) to Dong Hoi: by train, bus, or plane. As Dong Hoi has an airport, air travel is a convenient option, with direct flights available. Phong Nha-Ke Bang can be accessed from Dong Hoi via local public buses or private taxis. Before embarking on your journey to Dong Hoi, familiarize yourself with the weather conditions by reading this article: Weather in Dong Hoi.
Transfer Mode – Saigon to Dong Hoi: Travel Time Cost Range
Plane (direct flight) 1.5 hours $20-50/pp
Train 21-25 hours $20-45/pp (seats, sleeper berth)
Sleeper Bus (via Da Nang) 30 hours $25-30/pp

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How do I get from Ho Chi Minh City to Dong Hoi?


1. TRAIN from Ho Chi Minh City to Dong Hoi

    • travel by train from Ho chi Minh City to Dong Hoi takes about 21-25 hours
    • comfortable seat and sleeper trains, you can buy snack or food
    • one-way train ticket from Ho Chi Minh to Dong Hoi costs about $20-45/pp (seat or sleeper berth)
    • railway station in Ho Chi Minh City – Saigon Railway Station (Phường 9, District 3)
    • railway station in Dong Hoi – Đồng Hới Railway Station (tiểu khu 4, Nam Lý)
    • Book and buy train e-tickets from Ho Chi Minh City to Dong Hoi on Baolau ➜ or 12go.asia ➜
    • this is a top travel route from Saigon to Dong Hoi it is recommended to book train tickets online!
    • you will receive your train e-ticket to Dong Hoi by email, ready to print or carry in your smartphone/tablet
    • you can check Vietnam Railway Map
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Train of Vietnam Railways from Ho Chi Minh City – Saigon to Dong Hoi (photo: Baolau).


2. FLIGHTS from Ho Chi Minh City to Dong Hoi

    • the best and fastest way how to travel from Ho Chi Minh City to Dong Hoi
    • one-way direct flight from Ho Chi Minh to Dong Hoi costs about $20-50/pp
    • direct flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Dong Hoi takes about 1.5 hour
    • airlines from Ho Chi Minh City to Dong Hoi: VietJet Air, Vietnam Airlines, Pacific Airlines, Bamboo Airways
    • airport in Ho Chi Minh City – Tân Sơn Nhất International Airport
    • airport in Dong Hoi – Đồng Hới Airport (QL1A, Lộc Ninh, Đồng Hới)
    • you can check this article: Airports in Vietnam
    • Book your direct flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Dong Hoi on Baolau ➜ or 12go.asia ➜
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Direct flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Dong Hoi is the most fastest option.


3. BUS from Ho Chi Minh to Dong Hoi (via Da Nang, Hue)

    • you can also travel by tourist sleeper bus via Da Nang or Hue in central Vietnam
    • 1.step – bus from Saigon to Da Nang, 2.step – bus from Da Nang (or Hue) to Dong Hoi
    • bus companies: Futabus, Hung Thanh… (sleeper + overnight buses)
    • bus tickets from Ho Chi Minh to Dong Hoi costs about $25-30/pp
    • transport by tourist sleeper bus from Ho Chi Minh to Dong Hoi (via Da Nang, Hue) takes about 30 hours
    • if you can – it is better to travel by regular train of Vietnam Railways, this option is not comfortable
    • Book bus e-tickets from Ho Chi Minh City to Dong Hoi on Baolau ➜ or 12go.asia ➜
    • you can change your departure, arrival, e.g. Ho Chi Minh > Da Nang, Da Nang > Dong Hoi…
    • you will receive your bus e-ticket to Dong Hoi by email, ready to print or carry in your mobile phone or tablet and present at the ticket counter of the bus station before boarding the bus in Saigon
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Dong Hoi is a starting place for exploring Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.
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Dong Hoi city is a starting city for exploring Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

✈️ Flight Schedule – Ho Chi Minh City to Dong Hoi:

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Flight Schedule - Ho Chi Minh to Dong Hoi

Departs in Ho Chi Minh

Arrival in Dong Hoi

VietJet Air

08:15

09:50

VietJet Air

16:05

17:40

Vietnam Airlines

17:35

19:20

Bamboo Airways

18:20

20:05

Pacific Airlines

07:20

08:55

Pacific Airlines

14:10

15:45


🚆 Train Schedule – Ho Chi Minh City to Dong Hoi + Train Tickets:

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Train Schedule - Ho Chi Minh to Dong Hoi

Departs in Ho Chi Minh

Arrival in Dong Hoi

Train SE2 (soft seat, sleeper)

20:55

19:24

Train SE4 (soft seat, sleeper)

19:00

18:31

Train SE8 (hard + soft seat, sleeper)

06:45

07:03

Train SE6 (hard + soft seat, sleeper)

15:30

16:41

Train SE10 (hard + soft seat, sleeper)

14:30

16:00

Train SE12 (hard + soft seat, sleeper)

07:45

09:47

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Frequently Asked Questions – Ho Chi Minh to Dong Hoi:

1. How to book and buy tickets and flights from Ho Chi Minh to Dong Hoi?

    • You can book e-tickets and flights from Saigon to Dong Hoi on Baolau or 12go.asia.
    • You can also book another tickets and routes, e.g. Ho Chi Minh > Hue, Hue > Dong Hoi…

2. How long does it take to get from Ho Chi Minh City to Dong Hoi?

    • Travel by plane from Saigon to Dong Hoi takes about 1.5 hour (direct flight).
    • Travel by train from Saigon to Dong Hoi takes about 21-25 hours.
    • Travel by sleeper bus from Saigon to Dong Hoi (via Da Nang) takes about 30 hours.

3. What is the travel distance from Ho Chi Minh City to Dong Hoi?

    • Travel distance from Saigon to Dong Hoi is about 1215 km by road and about 750 km by plane.

4. How much does it cost to travel from Ho Chi Minh City to Dong Hoi?

    • Direct flight from Saigon (Tan Son Nhat Airport) to Dong Hoi costs about $20-50/pp.
    • Travel by train from Saigon to Dong Hoi costs about $20-45/pp (set, sleeper berth).
    • Travel by sleeper tourist bus from Saigon to Dong Hoi (via Da Nang or Hue) costs about $25-30/pp.

5. What is the best + fastest way of transport from Ho Chi Minh to Dong Hoi?

    • The best and fastest comfortable option how to get to Dong Hoi from Saigon is to travel by plane. There are some direct flights operated by Vietnam Airlines or VietJet Air. VietJet Air offers low-cost flights to Dong Hoi.

6. What is the cheapest way of transport from Ho Chi Minh to Dong Hoi?

    • The most cheapest option of transport to Dong Hoi from Saigon is to travel by tourist sleeper bus. But this way is not so comfortable. Another cheap way is to travel by regular sleeper train of Vietnam Railways. There are also low-cost flights.

7. Is there a flight to Phong Nha from Saigon?

    • No, Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park has no airport, the closest airport is in Dong Hoi city, about 45 km from Phong Nha-Ke Bang. Flight schedule from Saigon to Dong Hoi is a bit limited.

8. Does Phong Nha have a railway station?

    • No, Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park has no railway station, the closest main train station is in Dong Hoi city.

9. What to visit if you travel from Ho Chi Minh City to Dong Hoi?

    • If you will be traveling by train from Saigon to Dong Hoi, you can stop and visit Nha Trang. Nha Trang is one of the most visited places in southern Vietnam and important transport hub. From Nha Trang you can also travel by train, bus or plane to Da Nang – the 3rd biggest city of Vietnam.

10. Where to stay, in Dong Hoi or Phong Nha-Ke Bang?

    • There are various hotels or guesthouses and resorts in Dong Hoi, but a lot of visitors travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park. Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park offers various small hotels or bungalows for tourists and backpackers. Check this selection of accommodation facilities > Book your hotel/bungalow in Phong Nha.

11. Where to go and travel from Dong Hoi?

    • From Dong Hoi you can travel to northern Vietnam. You can travel by train/plane or bus to Hanoi. Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam and also one of the most important transport hubs in the north. You can also travel from Dong Hoi to Hue or Da Nang – another popular tourist sites in central Vietnam.

12. Which beaches can you visit in central Vietnam?

    • Central Vietnam is known for its stunning coastline and beautiful beaches. The best places for visit these beaches are in Cam Ranh coast, Nha Trang area, Quy Nhon or Hue. Read this article: The Best Beaches in Central Vietnam.

13. How to travel solo in Vietnam?

    • Discover the wonders of solo travel in Vietnam as you explore ancient temples, cruise through scenic landscapes or karst sceneries, hike various national parks and ethnic villages and connect with the warm-hearted locals, creating a personalized journey of cultural immersion and breathtaking experiences.

14. What are the most interesting things or facts about Vietnam?

    • Vietnam, a country with a captivating allure, is celebrated for its breathtaking landscapes, including the mesmerizing limestone karsts of Halong Bay, the terraced rice fields of Sapa, and the bustling waterways of the Mekong Delta. Its rich history unfolds through ancient temples in Hanoi, the imperial city of Hue, and the Cu Chi Tunnels, providing a glimpse into Vietnam’s resilience during wartime. The country’s vibrant culture, delicious cuisine, and warm hospitality further enhance the allure of this Southeast Asian gem. Read this: 15 Interesting Things of Vietnam.

15. What to expect from Vietnam Culture?

    • Expect a vibrant cultural tapestry in Vietnam, characterized by traditional values, a strong sense of community, and a deep-rooted respect for family. You’ll encounter a fusion of French, Chinese, and indigenous influences in art, architecture, and cuisine. Traditional water puppetry, folk music, and dance performances showcase the country’s artistic flair. The importance of rituals and festivals in daily life adds a colorful dimension, while the warmth and friendliness of the Vietnamese people make for a welcoming and enriching cultural experience.

16. What is the weather in Vietnam and what to expect?

    • Weather in Vietnam varies with a tropical climate featuring distinct wet and dry seasons. In the north, the dry season (October to April) brings cooler temperatures, while the wet season (May to September) is marked by higher humidity and heavy rainfall. Central Vietnam experiences a dry period (January to August) with lower humidity and a wet season (September to December) characterized by increased rainfall. In southern Vietnam, the dry season (December to April) offers warm temperatures, while the wet season (May to November) brings higher humidity and occasional heavy rainfall. For accurate information, check local forecasts.

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3 Ways of Transfer from Ho Chi Minh City to Dong Hoi:

1. TRAIN from Ho Chi Minh City to Dong Hoi
Travel Time About 21-25 hours
Ticket Price About $20-45/pp (seat or sleeper berth)
Railway Station in Ho Chi Minh City Saigon Railway Station – Phường 9, District 3
Railway Station in Dong Hoi Đồng Hới Railway Station – tiểu khu 4, Nam Lý
2. FLIGHTS from Ho Chi Minh City to Dong Hoi
Travel Time About 1.5 hours
Ticket Price About $20-50/pp
Airlines VietJet Air, Vietnam Airlines, Pacific Airlines, Bamboo Airways
Airport in Ho Chi Minh City Tân Sơn Nhất International Airport
Airport in Dong Hoi Đồng Hới Airport – QL1A, Lộc Ninh, Đồng Hới
3. BUS from Ho Chi Minh to Dong Hoi (via Da Nang, Hue)
Transport Option Sleeper Tourist Bus
Travel Time About 30 hours
Ticket Price About $25-30/pp
Bus Companies Futabus, Hung Thanh (sleeper + overnight buses)

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