Getting there & away
Dong Ha bus station (Ben Xe Khach Dong Ha; 851 488; 68 Ð Le Duan) is near the intersection of Hwys 1A and 9. Vehicles to Dong Hoi (30, 000d, two hours), Hué (25, 000d, 1½ hours), Khe Sanh (15, 000d, 1½ hours) and Lao Bao (20, 000d, two hours) depart regularly.
It is sometimes necessary to change buses in Khe Sanh for Lao Bao. Buses are also advertised to Savannakhet in Laos, but the station won’t book a ticket for foreigners. You’ll need to cross the road to Sepon Travel.
Motorbike hire tours to the DMZ start from US$10. A one-way car trip to the Lao Bao border will set you back US$25. Motorbikes can be hired from Melody Hotel.
Reunification Express trains stop in Dong Ha Train Station (Ga Dong Ha; 850 631; 2 Ð Le Thanh Ton). Destinations include Hanoi (235, 000d, 12½ to 15½ hours, four daily), Dong Hoi (38, 000d, two to 2½ hours, six daily) and Hué (25, 000d, 1½ to 2½ hours, six daily).
To get to the Dong Ha train station from the bus station, head 1km southeast on Hwy 1A to a big guesthouse called Nha Khach 261. Turn right here and the back of the train station is about 150m over the tracks.