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There are 5 ways to get from Hạ Long Bay to Son Doong Cave by ferry, bus, bus and ferry, train or plane

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Ferry, bus  •  14h 51m

  1. Take the ferry from Hạ Long Bay to Ha Long Bai Chay
  2. Take the bus from Ha Long to Hanoi
  3. Take the bus from Hanoi to Phong Nha Ke Bang

$66 - $98

4 alternative options

Ferry, bus and ferry, train  •  16h 24m

  1. Take the ferry from Hạ Long Bay to Cat Ba
  2. Take the bus and ferry from Cat Ba to Ninh Binh
  3. Take the train from Ninh Binh to Minh Le

$81 - $138

Ferry, bus and ferry, bus  •  18h 25m

  1. Take the ferry from Hạ Long Bay to Cat Ba
  2. Take the bus and ferry from Cat Ba to Tam Coc
  3. Take the bus from Tam Coc to Phong Nha Ke Bang

$70 - $95

Ferry, fly to Dong Hoi  •  10h 56m

  1. Take the ferry from Hạ Long Bay to Cat Ba
  2. Fly from Haiphong (HPH) to Dong Hoi (VDH) HPH - VDH

$101 - $257

Ferry, fly to Danang, train  •  13h 58m

  1. Take the ferry from Hạ Long Bay to Cat Ba
  2. Fly from Haiphong (HPH) to Danang (DAD) HPH - DAD
  3. Take the train from Da Nang to Dong Hoi

$105 - $183

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The cheapest way to get from Hạ Long Bay to Son Doong Cave is to ferry and bus which costs $65 - $100 and takes 14h 51m.

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The fastest way to get from Hạ Long Bay to Son Doong Cave is to ferry and fly which takes 10h 56m and costs $100 - $260.

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The distance between Hạ Long Bay and Son Doong Cave is 392 km.

The best way to get from Hạ Long Bay to Son Doong Cave without a car is to ferry and bus which takes 14h 51m and costs $65 - $100.

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It takes approximately 14h 51m to get from Hạ Long Bay to Son Doong Cave, including transfers.

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There is no direct flight from Haiphong Airport to Dong Hoi Airport. The quickest flight takes 5h 30m and has one stopover.

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Vietjet Air, FlexFlight ApS and Vietnam Airlines offer flights from Haiphong Airport to Dong Hoi Airport.

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There are 94+ hotels available in Son Doong Cave. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Hạ Long Bay to Son Doong Cave.
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  • Distance: 392.4 km
  • Duration: 14h 51m

What companies run services between Hạ Long Bay, Vietnam and Son Doong Cave, Vietnam?

There is no direct connection from Hạ Long Bay to Son Doong Cave. However, you can take the walk to Hạ Long Bay, take the ferry to Ha Long Bai Chay, take the taxi to Ha Long, take the bus to Hanoi, take the walk to Hanoi, take the bus to Phong Nha Ke Bang, then take the taxi to Son Doong Cave. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from Hạ Long Bay to Son Doong Cave via Hạ Long Bay, Cat Ba, Cat Ba, Ninh Binh, Ninh Binh, and Minh Le in around 16h 24m.

Airlines
Vietnam Airlines
Website
vietnamairlines.com
Flights from Haiphong to Dong Hoi via Tan Son Nhat
Ave. Duration
5h 47m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $320
Flights from Haiphong to Dong Hoi via Cam Ranh, Tan Son Nhat
Ave. Duration
6h 55m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$50 - $350
Flights from Haiphong to Dong Hoi via Buonmethuot, Tan Son Nhat
Ave. Duration
8h 45m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$50 - $330
Flights from Haiphong to Dong Hoi via Phu Quoc, Tan Son Nhat
Ave. Duration
10h
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$55 - $380
Flights from Haiphong to Dong Hoi via Dalat, Tan Son Nhat
Ave. Duration
10h
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$50 - $340
Flights from Haiphong to Danang
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$45 - $220
Vietjet Air
Website
vietjetair.com
Flights from Haiphong to Dong Hoi via Tan Son Nhat
Ave. Duration
5h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$25 - $150
Flights from Haiphong to Dong Hoi via Danang, Tan Son Nhat
Ave. Duration
9h 25m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$25 - $150
Flights from Haiphong to Dong Hoi via Quinhon, Tan Son Nhat
Ave. Duration
9h 25m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$26 - $160
Flights from Haiphong to Danang
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$2,200 - $4,600
FlexFlight ApS
Website
flexflight.dk
Flights from Haiphong to Dong Hoi via Tan Son Nhat
Ave. Duration
6h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$5,000 - $8,500
Flights from Haiphong to Dong Hoi via Phu Quoc, Tan Son Nhat
Ave. Duration
7h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$5,500 - $10,000
Flights from Haiphong to Dong Hoi via Quinhon, Tan Son Nhat
Ave. Duration
9h 40m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$5,000 - $9,000
Flights from Haiphong to Danang
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$2,900 - $6,000
Bamboo Airways
Website
bambooairways.com
Flights from Haiphong to Danang
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $90
Train operators
Vietnam Railways
Phone
19006469
Email
support1@dsvn.vn
Website
dsvn.vn
Train from Ninh Binh to Minh Le
Ave. Duration
7h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$8 - $25
Website
http://dsvn.vn
Book at
https://12go.asia/
Hard seat, air-conditioned
$8 - $13
Soft seat, air-conditioned
$10 - $15
Bed, air-conditioned
$18 - $25
Train from Da Nang to Dong Hoi
Ave. Duration
5h 26m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$7 - $22
Website
http://dsvn.vn
Book at
https://12go.asia/
Hard seat, air-conditioned
$7 - $11
Soft seat, air-conditioned
$8 - $12
Bed, air-conditioned
$15 - $22
Bus operators
Xe Luxury
Phone
0901 291 290
Website
xeluxury.vn
Bus from Ha Long to Hanoi
Ave. Duration
2h 40m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$13
Schedules at
xeluxury.vn
Book at
baolau.com
Hung Thanh
Phone
04.36337575
Website
hungthanhtravel.com.vn
Bus from Hanoi to Phong Nha Ke Bang
Ave. Duration
9h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$11 - $16
Schedules at
booking.baolau.com
Cat Ba Discovery
Phone
+84988 558 392
Email
Catbadiscoverytravel@gmail.com
Website
catbadiscovery.com
Bus and ferry from Cat Ba to Ninh Binh
Ave. Duration
4h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$15
Schedules at
catbadiscovery.com
Book at
12go.asia
Good Morning Cat Ba
Website
goodmorningcatba.com
Bus and ferry from Cat Ba to Ninh Binh
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$12
Schedules at
goodmorningcatba.com
Book at
baolau.com
Bus and ferry from Cat Ba to Tam Coc
Ave. Duration
4h 45m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$12
Schedules at
goodmorningcatba.com
Book at
baolau.com
bus
Bus from Tam Coc to Phong Nha Ke Bang
Ave. Duration
9h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$18
Schedules at
bookaway.com
Ferry operators
ferry
Ferry from Hạ Long Bay to Ha Long Bai Chay
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$21 - $45
ferry
Ferry from Hạ Long Bay to Cat Ba
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$21 - $45

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