How to go → NINH BINH to DONG HOI? ☀️

How to get from Ninh Binh to Dong Hoi
There are many caves in Phong Nha-Kebang National Park. How to get from Ninh Binh to Dong Hoi? You can get there by train or bus.

1. Train to Dong Hoi
2. Bus to Dong Hoi
3. Flights to Dong Hoi
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From Ninh Binh to Dong Hoi you can travel by train, bus or bus+plane.

    • Embark on a scenic journey from Ninh Binh to Dong Hoi, covering approximately 400 km by land. You have multiple travel options, including the popular choice of a train ride or the convenience of a tourist sleeper bus or bus+flight combo via Hanoi. Opting for a train journey, which takes around 8 hours, allows you to enjoy the picturesque landscapes along the way, with ticket prices starting at $8 per person for a hard seat. For added comfort, consider luxury tourist sleeper trains such as the Violette Train and Livitrans Express. Alternatively, sleeper bus tickets to Dong Hoi are available for about $12 per person, although the travel time of 12-13 hours may be less comfortable compared to the train. While Ninh Binh lacks an airport, you can catch a direct flight from Hanoi’s Noi Bai Airport to Dong Hoi, with flights lasting about 1.5 hours and often offering affordable fares. Although there’s no airport in Phong Nha-Ke Bang, Dong Hoi city provides easy access via local buses or taxis. Accommodation options around Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, including homestays, hotels, and hostels, cater to various preferences and budgets. Secure your train or bus tickets from Ninh Binh to Dong Hoi conveniently online, ensuring a hassle-free travel experience. From Dong Hoi, continue your adventure by train to Da Nang and Hoi An.

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Dong Hoi – Gateway to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

    • Discover Dong Hoi City in Quang Binh province, a lesser-known gem nestled between the renowned cities of central Vietnam, such as Hue and Hoi An. Positioned approximately 500 km south of Hanoi and 150 km north of Hue, Dong Hoi serves as the ideal starting point for exploring Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park and the awe-inspiring Son Doong Cave (Sơn Đoòng), the world’s largest cave. Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, located just 45 km from Dong Hoi, offers a plethora of activities for travelers, including trekking, hiking, boat trips, and homestays. Embark on cave explorations, kayaking adventures, boat tours, and nature treks, immersing yourself in the stunning natural landscapes and local culture. When traveling from Ninh Binh to Dong Hoi, you have three main options: train, tourist bus, or bus+flight via Hanoi’s Noi Bai Airport (Ninh Binh lacks an airport). While the bus+flight combo offers the quickest route, note that flights land in Dong Hoi rather than Phong Nha, as there’s no airport in the latter. Secure your train or bus e-tickets from Ninh Binh to Dong Hoi online, ensuring a smooth and convenient journey.
Transfer Mode – Ninh Binh to Dong Hoi: Travel Time Cost Range
Train by Vietnam Railways 8 hours $8-70/pp
Sleeper Bus 12-13 hours $12-14/pp
Bus + Flight (via Hanoi) 6-8 hours $35-80/pp

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How do I get from Ninh Binh to Dong Hoi?


1. TRAIN from Ninh Binh to Dong Hoi

    • trains in Vietnam is quite an interesting experience
    • travel by train from Ninh Binh to Dong Hoi takes about 8 hours
    • comfortable and new day and night sleeper trains, you can buy snack + foods
    • see the Vietnam Railway Map
    • one-way train ticket from Vietnam Railways costs about $8-25/pp (hard or soft seat, sleeper…)
    • luxury sleeper tourist trains – Violette Train, Livitrans Express, Laman Express ($60-80/pp)
    • train station in Ninh Binh – Ninh Binh Railway Station (1 Hoàng Hoa Thám)
    • train station in Dong Hoi – Đồng Hới Railway Station (Tiểu khu 4, Nam Lý)
    • Book and buy train e-tickets from Ninh Binh to Dong Hoi on Baolau ➜ or 12go.asia ➜
    • this is a top travel route from Ninh Binh to Dong Hoi – recommended – book your train tickets online!
    • you will receive your train e-ticket by email, ready to print or carry in your mobile phone or tablet and present when boarding the train in Ninh Binh Railway Station
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From Ninh Binh to Dong Hoi you can travel by train of Vietnam Railways, there are seats or sleeper berths (photo by Baolau)


2. BUS from Ninh Binh to Dong Hoi

    • you can also travel by tourist sleeper bus from Ninh Binh to Dong Hoi
    • travel by sleeper bus from Ninh Binh to Dong Hoi takes about 12-13 hours
    • bus company from Ninh Binh to Dong Hoi in central Vietnam: Hoang Long
    • bus ticket from Ninh Binh to Dong Hoi costs about $12/pp
    • Book and buy bus e-tickets from Ninh Binh to Dong Hoi on 12go.asia ➜
    • Note: there are also tourist buses from Tam Coc to Phong Nha-Ke Bang

3. FLIGHTS from Hanoi to Dong Hoi

    • other way how to get very fast from the north of Vietnam to Dong Hoi
    • go back from Ninh Binh to Hanoi by train or bus (100 km) and take a direct flight to Dong Hoi
    • Đồng Hới Airport (4 km from the city centre) and Noi Bai Airport about 20 km from Hanoi city centre
    • you can check this article: Airports in Vietnam
    • direct flight to Dong Hoi from Hanoi takes about 1.5 hour
    • airlines to Dong Hoi: Vietnam Airlines, VietJet Air, Bamboo Airways
    • flight from Hanoi – Noi Bai Airport to Dong Hoi costs about $25-80/pp
    • Book and buy your direct flight from Hanoi to Dong Hoi online on Baolau ➜

How to travel from Dong Hoi to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park?


Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is about 45 km from Dong Hoi City. You can rent a motorbike in the city or find a taxi or mototaxi. It is also possible to go by bus from Dong Hoi to Phong Nha – read this article on Wikitravel.

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Son Doong Cave in Phong Nha-Kebang National park.

What is Baolau? Online ticket booking portal.

– sells the train, bus, ferry tickets, flights mainly for Vietnam (also a tickets for Cambodia, Malaysia and Laos)
– you can buy tickets of various companies (Sapa Express, Mai Linh, Hoang Long, EcoSapa, TheSinh Tourist, Futabus…)
– flights of Vietnamese airlines, JetStar Pacific, VietJet Air, Air Asia as well as flights to neighbouring countries
– ferry tickets in Vietnam (eg. ferry to Cat Ba, ferry to Phu Quoc, Con Dao to Saigon, ferry from Chau Doc to Phnom Penh…)
– tickets for various routes in Vietnam (eg. Sapa to Cat Ba, Da Lat to Hoi An, Lao Cai to Hanoi…)
– the price of tickets or flights is from the official price of transport company or airlines
– the final price you will see before making of payment transaction
– you can use online train e-ticket in mobile phone in Vietnam (I recommend to print a ticket)
– read other information about ticket in order, read also frequently asked questions on Baolau

What is 12go.asia? Online ticket booking portal.

– sells the train, bus, ferry tickets, flights mainly in Thailand (also tickets for Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos)
– from 2018 you can book train tickets for China online (Beijing to Xian, Beijing to Shanghai, Shanghai to Suzhou..)
– ferry/boat tickets in Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, eg. ferry to Vung Tau, Koh Rong, Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, Koh Tao
– tickets for the main routes in Thailand, eg: Bangkok to KrabiBangkok to Chiang Mai, Bangkok to Phuket, Bangkok to Surat Thani
– you can use an online train ticket in Vietnam in your phone
– if you buy a ticket of private trains in Vietnam to Lao Cai on 12go.asia or Baolau (Fansipan Express, Sapaly…), you must pick it up at the station
– information about 12go.asia read in article about transportation in Vietnam

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, about 45km from Dong Hoi.


FAQ + Tips – Travel route from Ninh Binh to Dong Hoi:

1. How to book train and bus tickets from Ninh Binh to Dong Hoi?

    • You can book bus/train tickets from Ninh Binh to Dong Hoi on Baolau or 12go.asia.
    • You can also search another route, e.g. Ninh Binh > Hanoi, Hanoi > Dong Hoi…

2. How long does it take from Ninh Binh to Dong Hoi?

    • Transfer by sleeper tourist bus from Ninh Binh to Dong Hoi takes about 12-13 hours.
    • Transfer by train of Vietnam Railways from Ninh Binh to Dong Hoi takes about 8 hours.
    • Transfer by plane – direct flight from Hanoi to Dong Hoi takes about 1.5 hour.

3. How much does it cost to travel from Ninh Binh to Dong Hoi?

    • Travel by sleeper tourist bus from Ninh Binh to Dong Hoi costs about $12/pp.
    • Travel by train of Vietnam Railways from Ninh Binh to Dong Hoi costs about $8-70/pp.
    • Travel by plane – direct flight from Hanoi to Dong Hoi costs about $25-80/pp.

4. What is the travel distance from Ninh Binh to Dong Hoi?

    • Travel distance from Ninh Binh to Dong Hoi is about 400 km by train/bus.

5. Are there some luxury sleeper trains from Ninh Binh to Dong Hoi?

    • Yes, from Ninh Binh to Dong Hoi you can travel by sleeper overnight tourist train of Violette Train, Livitrans Express, Laman Express. Laman Express from Ninh Binh to Dong Hoi has also 2-berths cabins.

6. Is there a direct flight from Ninh Binh to Dong Hoi?

    • There are no direct flights to Dong Hoi from Ninh Binh because Ninh Binh has no airport. You can travel by plane – direct flight from Hanoi – Noi Bai Airport. From Ninh Binh to Noi Bai Airport you can travel by private limousine/minivan, search and book tickets to Noi Bai Airport with Baolau.

7. What is the fastest way of transfer from Ninh Binh to Dong Hoi?

    • The most fastest option how to reach Dong Hoi from Ninh Binh is to travel by plane via Hanoi – Noi Bai Airport. You can travel by bus/train to Hanoi and take a direct flight to Dong Hoi.

8. What is the cheapest way of transfer from Ninh Binh to Dong Hoi?

    • The most cheapest option how to get to Dong Hoi from Ninh Binh is to travel by train – hard seat. But it is really better to book soft seat or sleeper berth. Another cheap option is tourist sleeper bus, but trains are better.

9. Where to travel from Dong Hoi?

    • From Dong Hoi you can travel to central+southern Vietnam and you can visit Hue or Da Nang and Hoi An. Hue, Da Nang + Hoi An are the most popular and visited cities in central Vietnam.

10. 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.

11. 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.

12. 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.

13. 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.

14. 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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🚆 Train Schedule / Timetable – Ninh Binh to Dong Hoi + Train Tickets:

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Train Schedule - Ninh Binh to Dong Hoi

Departs in Ninh Binh

Arrival in Dong Hoi

Train Ticket

Train SE1 (seat, sleeper)

00:13

07:43

From $15.50

Train SE3 (seat, sleeper)

21:39

05:32

From $15.50

Train SE7 (seat, sleeper)

08:30

16:35

From $12.40

Train SE19 (seat, sleeper)

22:05

06:02

From $17.00

Train SE5 (seat, sleeper)

17:51

02:19

From $17.00

Violette Train SE3 (sleeper)

21:39

05:32

From $74.70

Livitrans Express SE3 (sleeper)

21:39

05:32

From $69.50

Livitrans Express SE19 (sleeper)

22:05

06:02

From $69.50

Laman Express SE19 (sleeper)

22:05

06:02

From $74.70

Lotus Train SE19 (sleeper)

22:05

06:02

From $69.50

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2 Ways of Transfer from Ninh Binh to Dong Hoi:

1. TRAIN from Ninh Binh to Dong Hoi
Travel Time About 8 hours
Ticket Price About $8-25 per person
Train Companies Vietnam Railways, Violette Train, Livitrans Express, Laman Express
Departure Station Ninh Binh Railway Station (1 Hoàng Hoa Thám)
Arrival Station Đồng Hới Railway Station (Tiểu khu 4, Nam Lý)
2. BUS from Ninh Binh to Dong Hoi
Transport Option Sleeper Tourist Bus
Bus Company Hoang Long
Travel Time About 12-13 hours
Ticket Price About $12 per person

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