Hanoi to/from Phong Nha
It is relatively easy to reach Phong Nha from Hanoi, and vice versa. There are a number of transport options: including train, bus and plane. Most bus companies will now stop directly in Phong Nha. Therefore, the bus option is becoming a popular choice among travelers, as it saves on the additional transfer required from Dong Hoi (closest train station and airport to Phong Nha).
(Please be aware that all suggested bus, train and airline companies, and their agencies, operate entirely independently of Oxalis Adventure Tours. The following information is given in good faith, and Oxalis Adventure Tours accepts no responsibility for the service provided by any other company)
You can catch Camel Travel Bus. With Camel Travel bus, the bus will depart at 7:00PM from Ha Noi to Phong Nha. You can either book in person, or telephone the Camel Travel Bus office at 459 Tran Khat Chan St.,Tel: 0243.9036.036 (8:00AM – 5:00PM) – 0243.9036.036 (8:00AM – 10:00PM) with the price of VND250,000/person.
The bus stops in Phong Nha, outside the Phong Nha Backpackers Hostel between 4 and 5 AM the next morning.
Camel Travel Bus also provides a Phong Nha – Ha Noi route, departing at 9:00 PM, and arriving into Ha Noi at 6:00 AM. You can buy tickets in Phong Nha at Phong Nha Backpacker Hostel.
The sleeping bus is air-conditioned, and occasionally has wi-fi, if you are lucky. There is a small toilet at the back of the bus, and you will also make a stop along the way, near Ninh Binh, where there are basic toilet facilities.
Trains are an enjoyable way to travel, and see a bit of the countryside. They are especially comfortable if you purchase a ticket in a soft-sleeper cabin. There are only 4 beds in the cabin, so there is enough room to sit up or lie down. A hard-sleeper cabin does not provide enough room to sit up, and there are 6 beds per room. Overnight trains are also a good option, you not only get somewhere to sleep for a night, but you avoid missing out on another day of adventure.
We recommend the following overnight train from Hanoi to Dong Hoi:
Unfortunately, train schedules cannot be guaranteed. Therefore, if you plan to join in any 1 day tour, we advise that you travel directly by bus, arriving in Phong Nha, on your tour commencement date. Or, if you choose to fly, or travel by train, you should plan to arrive in Phong Nha 1 day before the tour commences.
If you choose to arrive in Dong Hoi by train on the same morning the tour depart, please make sure you take the train numbers SE3 and have the private transfer arrange with Oxalis in advance.
If you plan on traveling to Hanoi, on the same evening that you complete your tour with Oxalis, we highly recommend you to take the overnight bus departs at around 9:30PM in Phong Nha for Hanoi. If train is your prefer transportation, you will need to book a private transfer from Phong Nha to Dong Hoi, ahead of time. You can check the train schedule via the Vietnam Railway official website http://dsvn.vn (English/Vietnamese) or contact https://www.baolau.com to book your train tickets in advance.
Of course, the fastest mode of transport is to fly direct: Hanoi to Dong Hoi, this is just a 1 hour and 25 minute flight. However, you have to factor in the time travelings to the airport (1 hour from Old Quarters). It is best to check the Vietnam Airlines or Bamboo Airways websites ahead of time to ensure an available flight on your desired travel dates. Otherwise, we suggest using the train or bus. Note that if you choose to fly, then you will have to book a transfer from Dong Hoi to Phong Nha.