How to get from TAM COC to PHONG NHA?

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How you can travel from Tam Coc in Ninh Binh to Phong Nha-Ke Bang? You can travel by sleeper bus or train + bus/taxi.

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Phong Nha-Ke Bang is one of the most beautiful national parks in Vietnam.

    • Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is a unique place full of nature, caves and also tourist attractions. It is located about 45 km from Dong Hoi City and it is accessible only by road, because there is no railway station and no airport in Phong Nha. The closest airport is in Dong Hoi City, but there are no flights between Ninh Binh and Dong Hoi (only flights between Hanoi – Dong Hoi). Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is also a place by Kong: Skull Island movie, this movie was filmed in 2017 on this site. There is also the biggest cave in the world – Son Doong. There are 2 popular ways for travelers how it is possible to travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang from Tam Coc in Ninh Binh. You can travel by sleeper tourist bus or train + local bus/taxi via Dong Hoi. You can also travel on motorbike to Phong Nha (about 2 days), but this option is a good way only for the most experienced motorbike drivers (IDP in Vietnam is necessary).
    • Book tickets from Tam Coc (Ninh Binh) to Phong Nha (Dong Hoi) online

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From Tam Coc to Phong Nha you can travel by bus, train+bus or plane+bus.

    • Travel distance from Tam Coc to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is about 420 km by land via Dong Hoi. The best way is to take a sleeper bus from Tam Coc to Phong Nha, travel by sleeper bus takes about 8 hours. It is also the most cheapest option and you will save a time. Bus tickets to Phong Nha from Tam Coc cost about $12-15/pp. Buses depart from various places, read carefully these informations before you book your tickets. You can also travel by train (Vietnam Railway or Violette Train) + local bus, there are trains from Ninh Binh town (about 5 km from Tam Coc Wharf) to Dong Hoi City. From Dong Hoi you can take a local bus to Phong Nha. Travel by train of Vietnam Railways to Dong Hoi and local bus to Phong Nha takes about 11-12 hours, you can book sleeper berth or hard/soft seat. From Dong Hoi City you can travel to Da Nang – the most visited biggest city of central Vietnam. Book and buy train/bus tickets to Phong Nha-Ke Bang from Tam Coc in Ninh Binh easily online.

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How do I get from Tam Coc to Phong Nha?


1. BUS from Tam Coc to Phong Nha

    • from Tam Coc (+Tam Coc Wharf) in Ninh Binh you can travel by sleeper tourist bus
    • there are tourist sleeper buses from Tam Coc to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
    • bus companies from Tam Coc in Ninh Binh to Phong Nha: Hey Travel, Queen Café…
    • one-way bus ticket from Tam Coc to Phong Nha-Ke Bang costs about $12-15/pp
    • travel by tourist sleeper bus from Tam Coc to Phong Nha-Ke Bang takes about 8 hours
    • Book your bus tickets from Tam Coc to Phong Nha-Ke Bang on Baolau icon-external-link-square
    • you will get your bus e-tickets to Phong Nha by email, ready to print your ticket and present when boarding the bus in Tam Coc – Ninh Binh, read carefully the instructions before you book and buy your bus tickets
    • recommended for travelers – come about 30 minutes before departure of the bus to the departure place
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Bus of Hey Travel from Tam Coc – Ninh Binh to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park (photo: Baolau).


2. TRAIN + BUS from Tam Coc to Phong Nha


There is no direct train from Tam Coc to Phong Nha
, but you can travel by train from Ninh Binh town to Dong Hoi City. So you can take a taxi from Tam Coc to Ninh Binh town and from Ninh Binh you can travel by sleeper or seat train of Vietnam Railways. There is also private sleeper Violette Train.  The next step is to travel by local bus or private taxi from Dong Hoi to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park (about 45 km, travel time is about 1-1.5 hour).

A) TRAIN from Ninh Binh to Dong Hoi

    • there are seats / sleeper berths of Vietnam Railways trains
    • travel time by train form Ninh Binh to Dong Hoi is about 7.5-8.5 hours
    • + tourist sleeper luxury train of Violette Train
    • train tickets to Dong Hoi from Ninh Binh costs about $9-25/pp (seats, sleeper berths)
    • read this article: How to go to Dong Hoi from Ninh Binh?
    • you will receive your train e-ticket to Dong Hoi by email, ready to print or carry in your smart phone and present when boarding the train in Ninh Binh Railway Station, read carefully the instructions before you book your train tickets to Dong Hoi City

C) BUS / TAXI from Dong Hoi City to Phong Nha-Ke Bang

    • Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is about 45 km from Dong Hoi City
    • you can travel by local bus from Dong Hoi to Phong Nha-Ke Bang Park – read this article on Wikitravel
    • travel by local bus from Dong Hoi to Phong Nha takes about 1.5 hour
    • you can also take a private taxi, car to Phong Nha
    • there is no train station in Phong Nha, the best option is to arrive to Dong Hoi Railway Station
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Train of Vietnam Railways from Ninh Binh to Dong Hoi (photo: Baolau)


icon-info-circle FAQ + Tips – Travel route from Tam Coc to Phong Nha:

1️⃣ How to book + buy bus and train tickets from Tam Coc to Phong Nha?

    • You can book tickets from Tam Coc to Phong Nha-Ke Bang online on Baolau or 12go.asia.
    • You can search + book another travel route, e.g. Ninh Binh > Dong Hoi, Phong Nha > Hue…

2️⃣ How long does it take to get from Tam Coc to Phong Nha-Ke Bang?

    • Travel by sleeper tourist bus from Tam Coc to Phong Nha-Ke Bang takes about 8 hours.
    • Travel by train + local bus from Tam Coc to Phong Nha-Ke Bang (via Dong Hoi) takes about 11-12 hours.

3️⃣ How much does it cost to travel from Tam Coc to Phong Nha-Ke Bang?

    • Travel by sleeper tourist bus from Tam Coc to Phong Nha-Ke Bang costs about $12-15/pp.
    • Travel by train + local bus from Tam Coc to Phong Nha-Ke Bang (via Dong Hoi) costs about $12-30/pp.

4️⃣ What is the travel distance from Tam Coc to Phong Nha-Ke Bang?

    • Travel distance from Tam Coc to Phong Nha-Ke Bang Park via Dong Hoi is about 420 km by land.

5️⃣ Is there some direct train from Tam Coc to Phong Nha / Dong Hoi?

    • If you want to travel by train you have to go to Ninh Binh town. From Ninh Binh town you can travel by train of VR (seats or berths) to Dong Hoi City. Tam Coc and Phong Nha have no railway stations. Ninh Binh Railway Station is about 5 km from Tam Coc Wharf.

Is there a flight from Tam Coc – Ninh Binh to Phong Nha?

    • It is not possible to travel by plane because there are no flights from Tam Coc to Phong Nha, there are no airports. There are only direct flights from Hanoi to Dong Hoi City. Travel by plane from Hanoi to Dong Hoi takes about 1.5 hour.

What is the best way of transport to Phong Nha from Tam Coc?

    • Because there are tourist sleeper buses from Tam Coc to Phong Nha-Ke Bang, take a sleeper bus.

Where you can go from Dong Hoi or Phong Nha?

    • From Dong Hoi you can travel to central and southern Vietnam. E.g. you can travel by train or tourist bus to Hue, beautiful historical place of central Vietnam. There are also some tourist buses from Phong Nha-Ke Bang to Hue. You can search for these bus tickets on Baolau or 12go.asia.

Where to stay in Phong Nha?

    • Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park offers various cheap small guesthouses or hotels and there are also various local homestays in various sites in this park. Check this and book your accommodation in Phong Nha easily online.
    • Book your accommodation in Phong Nha (Discount up to 60%).

BOOK a TOUR / ACTIVITY in Phong Nha

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From Dong Hoi City you can travel by local bus or taxi to Phong Nha.
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You can visit various caves in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.
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You can also book your private tour to Son Doong Cave – the largest cave in the world.


icon-arrow-circle-right Book tickets from Tam Coc to Phong Nha-Ke Bang + Schedule:

(You can also book another tickets, e.g. Ninh Binh > Dong Hoi, Phong Nha > Hue…)

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