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Results from Ninh Binh to Phong Nha on Wednesday, 29 March 2023
How to get from Ninh Binh to Phong Nha
There are two ways to travel from Ninh Binh to Phong Nha: by train and by bus.
How far is Phong Nha from Ninh Binh?
The travel distance from Ninh Binh to Phong Nha is 400 km. There is no flight between Ninh Binh and Phong Nha, so you have two options to travel from Ninh Binh to Phong Nha: taking a train or a bus.
How long does it take to get from Ninh Binh to Phong Nha?
It takes 8 hours to get from Ninh Binh to Phong Nha by bus and 9 hours by train. The train will stop at Dong Hoi Railway Station, and from there you can go to Phong Nha by public bus or taxi, which takes 1 more hour.
Depending on the traffic, sometimes the bus arrives 30 minutes earlier or later than scheduled. The train usually departs and arrives on time.
What types of trains operate the route from Ninh Binh to Phong Nha?
There are two types of train services running the route Ninh Binh to Dong Hoi that are managed by two operators: Vietnam Railways and Private railway companies.
Vietnam Railways: the state-owned railway company operates its own set of passenger coaches on the trains SE1/2, SE3/4, SE5/6 and SE7/8. Passenger cars are divided in four classes: Hard seat, Soft seat, Soft bed in compartments for 1-4 passengers and Hard bed in compartments for 1-6 passengers.
Private railway companies: a number of private companies operate their own passengers cars attached to the trains hauled by Vietnam Railways, hence depart and arrive according to the same schedule. The coaches operated by the private railway companies provide a higher level of comfort, with luxury cabins decorated with wooden floor and cozy soft beds. The service also includes bottled water and snacks. Passenger cars are divided in two classes: Sleeper 2-Berth in compartments for 1-2 passengers and Sleeper 4-Berth in compartments for 1-4 passengers.
For more information about travelling by train, please read our Train Guide in Vietnam.
How much does it cost to get from Ninh Binh to Phong Nha by train?
The train ticket with Vietnam Railways costs from 235,000 VND for Hard seat, 341,000 VND for Soft seat, 512,000 VND for Sleeper 6-Berth, and 557,000 VND for Sleeper 4-Berth. Meanwhile, the train ticket with private trains costs from 1,500,000 VND for standard Sleeper 4-Berth.
If you travel on a budget, Vietnam Railways is good enough as the passenger cars have been upgraded with the interior refurnished and higher quality components.
Where does the train from Ninh Binh to Phong Nha depart?
Trains on the North–South railway line depart from Ninh Binh Railway Station, located at 1 Alley 41 Hoan Hoa Tham, Nam Binh, Ninh Binh.
Please arrive to the station 30 minutes before the scheduled departure time to complete the boarding procedures or risk missing the train.
What types of buses operate the route from Ninh Binh to Phong Nha?
There is only one type of bus running the route Ninh Binh to Phong Nha.
Sleeper Bus: double-deck coaches equipped with fixed berths and capacity for 40–46 passengers. These are quite comfortable so you can sleep during most part of the journey.
For more information about travelling by bus, please read our Bus Guide in Vietnam.
How much does it cost to get from Ninh Binh to Phong Nha by bus?
The price of the bus ticket from Ninh Binh to Phong Nha varies depending on the type of vehicle that you choose. It starts from 280,000 VND.
Keep in mind that some bus companies in Vietnam increase the price on weekends and national holidays.
Where does the bus from Ninh Binh to Phong Nha depart?
Most buses from Ninh Binh to Phong Nha depart from the representative offices of the bus companies in Tam Coc area, outside Ninh Binh.
Please arrive to the point of departure at least 30-60 minutes before the scheduled departure time. Note that some bus companies will organize the transfer of passengers from the point of departure to the bus terminal by shuttle bus, therefore customers must show up in advance or risk missing the bus.
Where does the bus from Ninh Binh to Phong Nha arrive?
Most buses from Ninh Binh to Phong Nha arrive at the representative offices of the bus companies in Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park, Bo Trach District, Quang Binh Province.
Where to travel next from Phong Nha?
From Phong Nha, you can continue traveling by bus to Hue, Da Nang and Hoi An in Central Vietnam.