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The closest airport is in Hue, 70 kilometres south of Dong Ha. Dong Hoi Airport is 100 kilometres away. Both only have limited domestic flights to Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City. The closest international airport is Da Nang, 170 kilometres south.
Dong Ha is on the main north-south railway line between Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi and is a routine stop. It is around 13 hours to Hanoi, 20-22 hours to Ho Chi Minh City, four hours to Da Nang and an hour to Hue.
Trains to Hanoi include: SE8, SE6, TN2, TN6, SE2, SE4, SE20
Trains to Saigon include: TN1, SE1, SE3, SE7, SE5
The main bus station is on Highway 1, just 1.5 kilometres south of Muong Thanh Quang Tri Hotel.
Transport out of Dong Ha is not so straightforward as it is serviced by local buses. You’ll be charged an arbitrary amount and you can be kept waiting for hours before departing on the sometimes painfully slow and uncomfortable bus. The more comfortable, efficient option is to get Tam’s Cafe or Sepon Travel to book you onto a coach bus passing through; they’ll stop and pick up passengers upon request.
Alternatively, if you’re heading south, get yourself to Hue, a major hub, and book it from there.
But if you want to give the local bus a try:
Hue: Departs every 15 minutes starting at 06:25, departs every 30 minutes from 12:00-18:00. Costs 38,000-44,000 dong and takes 1.5 hrs.
Da Nang: Departs every 25 minutes from 06:10-17:00. Costs 72,000-88,000 dong and takes 5 hrs.
HCMC: Departs at 05:00. Sleeping bus costs 730,000 dong.
Dak Lak (Buon Ma Thuot): Departs at 13:00. Sleeping bus costs 410,000 dong.
Gia Lai (Pleiku): Departs at 06:00. Costs 210,000-300,000 dong.
Da Lat: Departs at 18:30. Sleeping bus costs 370,000 dong.
Vinh: Departs at 06:00. Costs 130,000 dong.
Hanoi: Departs at 18:00. Sleeping bus costs 220,000 dong.
Tam’s Cafe: 211 Ba Trieu St; T: (090) 542 5912; firstname.lastname@example.org; tamscafe.jimdo.com.
Sepon Travel: 181 Ly Thuong Kiet St; T: (053) 3555 289; email@example.com.
For info on crossing the border into Vietnam, see our Introduction.
You'll get plenty of offers for a xe om in Dong Ha. Meter taxis are available. Green Mailinh taxis cost 4,900 dong for the first 0.4 kilometres, then 11,000 dong for every additional kilometre.