How to get from 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.

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Dong Hoi – the starting point for exploring Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

    • Dong Hoi City (Quang Binh province) is not so famous and visited city like another cities in central Vietnam, for example like Hue or Hoi An. Dong Hoi is about 500 km south from Hanoi and 150 km north from Hue. Dong Hoi is the starting point when you want to visit Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park or the largest and world famous cave – Son Doong cave (Sơn Đoòng). Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park (45 km from Dong Hoi) offers a lot of activities for travelers and tourists from all the world, trekking, hiking or boat trips, homestay… For example exploring the caves, kayaking, boat tours and trekking in the nature and exploring the local caves. There are 3 option how you can travel to Dong Hoi from Ninh Binh – by train, tourist bus or bus+flight via Hanoi – Noi Bai Airport (Ninh Binh has no airport). Travel by bus+flight via Hanoi is the fastest option, but you can book flight to Dong Hoi, not to Phong Nha – there is no airport.
    • Book your train or bus e-tickets from Ninh Binh to Dong Hoi on Baolau icon-external-link-square or 12go.asia icon-external-link-square

From Ninh Binh to Dong Hoi you can travel by train, bus or bus+plane.

    • Travel distance from Ninh Binh to Dong Hoi is about 400 km by land. From Ninh Binh to Dong Hoi you can travel by train (popular way) or you can use a tourist sleeper bus or bus+flight via Hanoi. Travel by train from Ninh Binh to Dong Hoi takes about 8 hours and train tickets start already at $8/pp (hard seat). There are also luxury tourist sleeper trains – Violette Train and Livitrans Express. You can also travel by sleeper tourist bus – bus tickets to Dong Hoi cost about $12/pp. But it is better to travel by train, travel time by bus is about 12-13 hours and it is not so comfortable. There is no airport in Ninh Binh, if you want to travel by plane to Dong Hoi you can take a direct flight from Hanoi – Noi Bai Airport. Travel by plane to Dong Hoi from Hanoi takes about 1.5 hour and flights are sometimes very cheap. There is no airport in Phong Nha-Ke Bang, but there are local buses or taxi from Dong Hoi city. It is not a problem to find accommodation around Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park (homestay, hotels, hostels…). Book your train or bus tickets from Ninh Binh to Dong Hoi easily online. From Dong Hoi you can travel by train to Da Nang and Hoi An.

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 takes about 8 hours from Ninh Binh to Dong Hoi
    • 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 icon-external-link-square or 12go.asia icon-external-link-square
    • 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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Trains in Vietnam are new and comfortable. Soft seats and 4-berth cabin (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: 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 icon-external-link-square
    • 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
    • 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 icon-external-link-square

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 not use an online train tickets in Thailand, you have to print it (12go can deliver these train tickets)
– more information about train tickets and trains in Thailand
– you can use an online train ticket in Vietnam in your phone (not in Thailand)
– 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

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Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, about 45km from Dong Hoi.
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Karst sceneries in Tam Coc – Ninh Binh.


icon-info-circle Faqs + Tips – Travel route from Ninh Binh to Dong Hoi:

1️⃣ 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…

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

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

3️⃣ 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.

4️⃣ 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.

5️⃣ 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

FULL UPDATED TRAIN SCHEDULE

Train Schedule - Ninh Binh to Dong Hoi

Departs in Ninh Binh

Arrival in Dong Hoi

Train Ticket

Train SE3 (seat, sleeper)

21:47

05:21

From $13.50

Train SE19 (seat, sleeper)

22:25

05:59

From $14.10

Train SE5 (seat, sleeper)

11:20

19:15

From $8.15

Train SE9 (seat, sleeper)

17:16

01:21

From $8.00

Train SE7 (seat, sleeper)

08:17

16:22

From $9.40

Train SE11 (seat, sleeper)

10:15

18:25

From $16.20

Violette Train SE3 (sleeper)

21:47

05:20

From $63.40

Livitrans Express SE3 (sleeper)

21:47

05:20

From $63.40

Laman Express SE19 (sleeper)

22:25

05:59

From $79.90

BOOK TICKET TO DONG HOI

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Vagibi Motel in Dong Hoi (photo: Agoda). 15 best cheap hotels + homestays in Dong Hoi.
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BeHome HomeStay in Phong Nha-Ke Bang (photo: Agoda). 15 best hotels + homestays in Phong Nha-Ke Bang.
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Muong Thanh Luxury Nhat Le Hotel (photo: Agoda). 10 best luxury hotels + resorts in Dong Hoi.


icon-arrow-circle-right Book your train or bus from Ninh Binh to Dong Hoi + Schedule:

(You can search and book another route, e.g. Ninh Binh to Hue, Hue to Da Nang…)


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