Hanoi to Hue @ train, bus, flight Feb 25, 2017

29 trips (THB 184 — 2,703)

From Hanoi to Hue by train

#SE7
Vietnam Railways
06:00
Hanoi
19:55
Hue, Thua Thien-Hue
13h 55m
food WC aircon steward
฿ 1,011
× 2 = ฿ 2,022
  available
#SE7
Vietnam Railways
06:00
Hanoi
19:55
Hue, Thua Thien-Hue
13h 55m
food WC aircon steward
฿ 750
× 2 = ฿ 1,500
  available
#SE7
Vietnam Railways
06:00
Hanoi
19:55
Hue, Thua Thien-Hue
13h 55m
food WC aircon steward
฿ 1,104
× 2 = ฿ 2,208
  available
#SE5
Vietnam Railways
09:00
Hanoi
22:50
Hue, Thua Thien-Hue
13h 50m
food WC aircon steward
฿ 1,011
× 2 = ฿ 2,022
  available
#SE5
Vietnam Railways
09:00
Hanoi
22:50
Hue, Thua Thien-Hue
13h 50m
food WC aircon steward
฿ 1,104
× 2 = ฿ 2,208
  available
#SE5
Vietnam Railways
09:00
Hanoi
22:50
Hue, Thua Thien-Hue
13h 50m
food WC aircon steward
฿ 750
× 2 = ฿ 1,500
  available
#TN1
Vietnam Railways
13:10
Hanoi
03:50
Hue, Thua Thien-Hue
14h 40m
food WC aircon steward
฿ 674
× 2 = ฿ 1,348
  available
#TN1
Vietnam Railways
13:10
Hanoi
03:50
Hue, Thua Thien-Hue
14h 40m
food WC aircon steward
฿ 889
× 2 = ฿ 1,778
  available
#SE1
Vietnam Railways
19:30
Hanoi
09:00
Hue, Thua Thien-Hue
13h 30m
food WC aircon steward
฿ 1,193
× 2 = ฿ 2,386
  available
#SE1
Vietnam Railways
19:30
Hanoi
09:00
Hue, Thua Thien-Hue
13h 30m
food WC aircon steward
฿ 1,326
× 2 = ฿ 2,652
  available
#SE1
Vietnam Railways
19:30
Hanoi
09:00
Hue, Thua Thien-Hue
13h 30m
food WC aircon steward
฿ 751
× 2 = ฿ 1,502
  available
#SE1
Livitrans Express
19:30
Hanoi
08:50
Hue, Thua Thien-Hue
13h 20m
food WC aircon steward
฿ 2,611
× 2 = ฿ 5,222
 
#SE1
Violette Express Train
19:30
Hanoi
08:50
Hue, Thua Thien-Hue
13h 20m
food WC aircon steward
฿ 2,703
× 2 = ฿ 5,406
10 seats available
#SE19
Vietnam Railways
20:10
Hanoi
09:50
Hue, Thua Thien-Hue
13h 40m
food WC aircon steward
฿ 837
× 2 = ฿ 1,674
  available
#SE19
Vietnam Railways
20:10
Hanoi
09:50
Hue, Thua Thien-Hue
13h 40m
food WC aircon steward
฿ 1,160
× 2 = ฿ 2,320
  available
#SE19
Vietnam Railways
20:10
Hanoi
09:50
Hue, Thua Thien-Hue
13h 40m
food WC aircon steward
฿ 1,290
× 2 = ฿ 2,580
  available
#SE17
Vietnam Railways
20:40
Hanoi
11:25
Hue, Thua Thien-Hue
14h 45m
food WC aircon steward
฿ 903
× 2 = ฿ 1,806
  available
#SE17
Vietnam Railways
20:40
Hanoi
11:25
Hue, Thua Thien-Hue
14h 45m
food WC aircon steward
฿ 852
× 2 = ฿ 1,704
  available
#SE17
Vietnam Railways
20:40
Hanoi
11:25
Hue, Thua Thien-Hue
14h 45m
food WC aircon steward
฿ 982
× 2 = ฿ 1,964
  available
#SE3
Vietnam Railways
22:00
Hanoi
10:35
Hue, Thua Thien-Hue
12h 35m
food WC aircon steward
฿ 1,206
× 2 = ฿ 2,412
  available
#SE3
Vietnam Railways
22:00
Hanoi
10:35
Hue, Thua Thien-Hue
12h 35m
food WC aircon steward
฿ 1,339
× 2 = ฿ 2,678
  available
#SE3
Vietnam Railways
22:00
Hanoi
10:35
Hue, Thua Thien-Hue
12h 35m
food WC aircon steward
฿ 184
× 2 = ฿ 368
  available
#SE3
Livitrans Express
22:00
Hanoi
11:20
Hue, Thua Thien-Hue
13h 20m
food WC aircon steward
฿ 2,611
× 2 = ฿ 5,222
19 seats available
#SE3
Violette Express Train
22:00
Hanoi
10:30
Hue, Thua Thien-Hue
12h 30m
food WC aircon steward
฿ 2,688
× 2 = ฿ 5,376
10 seats available

From Hanoi Sinh to Hue by bus

The SinhTourist
17:30
Hanoi Sinh
06:30
Hue Sinh, Thua Thien-Hue
13h
snack food WC aircon TV steward
฿ 536
× 2 = ฿ 1,072
10 seats available
The SinhTourist
18:00
Hanoi Sinh
07:00
Hue Sinh, Thua Thien-Hue
13h
snack food WC aircon TV steward
฿ 536
× 2 = ฿ 1,072
20 seats available

From Noibai Airport to Hue by flight

#VJ569
VietJet Air
12:35
Noibai Airport, Hanoi
13:45
Phu Bai Airport, Thua Thien-Hue
1h 10m
WC aircon steward
฿ 1,788
× 2 = ฿ 3,576
  available

From Giap Bat to Hue by train

#TN1
Vietnam Railways
13:30
Giap Bat, Hanoi
03:50
Hue, Thua Thien-Hue
14h 20m
food WC aircon steward
฿ 674
× 2 = ฿ 1,348
  available
#TN1
Vietnam Railways
13:30
Giap Bat, Hanoi
03:50
Hue, Thua Thien-Hue
14h 20m
food WC aircon steward
฿ 889
× 2 = ฿ 1,778
  available

How to get from Hanoi to Hue

What About

Hue was the imperial capitol of the Nguyen Dynasty in Vietnam from 1802 until the communist revolution in 1945. The city sustained heavy damage during the last war but the imperial citadel, royal tombs and temple complex still attract both foreign and domestic visitors. Hue is situated on the always beautiful Perfume River and the peaceful city is a welcome change from the rush of Hanoi.

Traveling from Hanoi to Hue

Traveling from Hanoi to Hue can be quite an enjoyable trip and you will have many transportations options. The journey from Hanoi to Hue on land takes about 14 hours and can be done by bus or train. Unlike neighboring countries, the bus is usually not faster than train due to poor road conditions. Going from Hanoi to Hue by train will either give you the chance to view the beautiful scenery by day or get a good sleep by night. Hanoi to Hue by airplane is only an hour of flight time but neither airport is located near the cities and delays are to be expected on domestic flights.

From Hanoi to Hue by Train

Taking the train from Hanoi to Hue is very popular amongst our users and deserves special attention as it is serviced by two private railroad companies. These firms operate luxury cars which are attached to the Vietnam Railways trains running from Hanoi to Hue. The fastest trains run at night and make the trip from Hanoi to Hue in around 13 hours. These would be the SE1 and SE3 which depart at 7:30 and 10:00pm respectively and arrive in Hue at 9:00 and 10:30am. VIP Sleeper Cabins with 4 berths in each are available on Livitrans Express and Violette Express Train. These cabins are considerably cleaner and the staff more attentive than Vietnam Railways making them ideal for going from Hanoi to Hue by train. The luxury train operators will provide more comfortable sleeping arrangements and higher quality amenities than you are likely to find elsewhere. Livitrans and Violette Express berths for the route from Hanoi to Hue will cost about $75 for the slower train and $85 for the fastest .

Vietnam Railways also operates two day trains which can give you the chance to take in the scenery along the way but they are not serviced by any private train companies. These services depart at 9:00am and 1:10pm, arriving in Hue at 11pm and 4:00am. A hard seat on Vietnam Railways for getting from Hanoi to Hue will be about $25 but we recommend that you avoid both hard and soft seats for this trip if possible as they can get quite uncomfortable after a few hours. The price for a 1st class sleeper will be around $45 and should make for a much more enjoyable trip from Hanoi to Hue.

From Hanoi to Hue by Bus

To get from Hanoi to Hue by overnight bus is one option the budget traveler can consider. Small bus companies that operate between Hanoi and Hue have questionable service records with regards to cleanliness and safety and so we advise you to travel with a well known operator that has a history of serving foreign travelers. One such company is the Sinh Tourist which operates a sleeper bus from Hanoi to Hue that departs at 7:00pm and arrives at 8:00am. Customers have only sent good feedback for the service from Hanoi to Hue and the price is $13.50.

Getting Around

Hue is a fairly compact city and most attractions (except the royal tombs) will be within walking distance. Cyclos and motorbike taxis are common so ask your hotel about reasonable prices before heading out. To avoid confusion and conflict agree on a price beforehand and write the number (including all zeroes) on a piece of paper.

While not known for having as many scams as Hanoi, Hue has few major taxi companies and thus service can be hit or miss. All taxis should have a working meter but be generally aware of how to get to your destination to avoid being overcharged. Your best option may be having a hotel or restaurant arrange the taxi for you.

Bicycles and motorbikes are widely available for rent and can be a good option for getting around town since traffic is more manageable than in the big cities. Bicycles are rented out for a few dollars a day and motorbikes for under $10. Ask your hotel to arrange the rental.

Where to stay in Hue

Popular accommodations in Hue are clustered within a few blocks of the Perfume River across from the citadel. Their rates tend to be lower than Hanoi or Saigon and the quality comparable. It is usually not necessary to book far in advance but you should consult a calendar to ensure that your time in Hue does not coincide with a holiday as the city is a popular domestic tourism destination.

Activities in Hue

The imperial citadel in Hue attracts domestic and foreign visitors alike despite sustaining heavy damage during the American War. 20 structures remain on the site and you can spend several hours exploring it and the adjacent To Mieu temples. The site is near the Perfume River, across from most accommodations and guides are available should you want a detailed history.

To the south of Hue are the tombs of several emperors from the Nguyen Dynasty, each with a unique style inline with the story of the person buried. There are four prominent sites 8 to 12 kilometers away from the center of Hue and are within biking distance if you have good directions. Each tomb is a short walk from the river and you can hire a boat to take you on a tour for the day. Expect to pay a few dollars to enter the sites but they are well worth it.

The Thien Mu Pagoda is the official symbol of Hue and it’s tiered, octagon shaped tower is an icon recognized across Vietnam. The pagoda is on a hill overlooking the river 4 kilometers south of the citadel and can be reached by both bicycle and boat.

Onward travel from Hue

Several hours south of Hue by bus or train is the city of Danang and the nearby tourist attraction of Hoi An Town, a restored trading post dating back hundreds of years. The journey by train from Hue to Danang is considered especially beautiful and takes only three hours with a cost of $5 on Vietnam Railways. There are three trains daily but only the 10:30am departure will allow you to enjoy the scenery during daylight hours. To travel on to Hoi An you will need to catch a taxi from the train station or book a charter taxi to avoid being overcharged. The transfer takes about one hour and costs $40. The Sinh Tourist offers bus services at 8am and 1pm from Hue to Danang for $5 and continuing on from Danang to Hoi An for under $15.

Passenger reviews out of total 1,379 passengers traveled with us on this route

At 12Go our operators offer three types of service:

Cheap, Fast, Good - but you can usually pick only two of them!
Cheap & Fast won’t be Good. (e.g. buses from/to Khao San Road, local buses or 3rd class trains)
Cheap & Good won’t be Fast. (e.g. VIP trains in Thailand)
Fast & Good won’t be Cheap. (e.g. private limousine services, or VIP24 buses vs Express buses)

Make your choice! Please remember that though we are closely monitoring services, we are still an agency marketplace - meaning we focus on ticketing service and route availability / coverage rather than on factual seat recline angle you got today ^_^

★★★★☆ Feb 19, 2017 (train #SE1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Violette Express Train) :
Room was clean. Beds were hard but ok.
★★★☆☆ Feb 15, 2017 (train #SE3 VIP Sleeper 4x, Livitrans Express) :
Ok, but I think the Livitrans carriage was absent and we were moved to other first class sleeper accommodation. Slightly disturbed night from a drunk tour guide and not much sleep from the noise. The food was a can of beer, a bottle of water, a banana and a crisp packet covered sweet loaf of bread. But it's an experience to talk about!
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★★★☆☆ Feb 9, 2017 (train #SE3 VIP Sleeper 4x, Livitrans Express) :
Very pleased with service from 12Go. No problems with tickets and we were shown directly to our births at Hanoi Station. However the very efficient air conditioning in our carriage and a single thin cover made it a very cold night. Some other carriages had extra covers but when we tried to get some we were told there were none. This could possibly be because the train staff had them all!! Toilets grim, facilities poor and no coffee on offer so bring your own. Disappointing as we had paid twice as much for the Livitrans carriage and it didn't look any better than the cheaper ones.
★★★★☆ Feb 9, 2017 (train #SE1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Livitrans Express) :
Bit of confusion in trying to find our cabin initially but got there in enough time, the staff at the station were not sure about our printed booking voucher. Room was clean and beds were reasonable. Ride was better than expected, quite a lots of noise and bumps but that goes with any train ride. Provided with bread, banana and water which was good. Toilet was clean at the start of the trip but a disaster by the end. A clean a long the way would have been greatly appreciated. Staff all very friendly in the cabin and helpful.
★★★★☆ Feb 9, 2017 (train #SE1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Livitrans Express) :
Good value, bananas, bread and water provided. Beds close together. Traveled as a couple. Killed two cockroaches and two mosquitos. Train clicks and clacks as trains do. Toilets fine.
★★★☆☆ Feb 8, 2017 (train #SE1 Class II Sleeper AC, Vietnam Railways) :
12Go Asia works very well. But as they had warned the 2nd class sleepers on the 'Reunification Line' are HARD and the toilet is a mess. But.. we got in Hue exactly on time. So 5 stars for 12Go Asia but only 3 for the train experience.
★★☆☆☆ Feb 8, 2017 (train #SE1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Livitrans Express) :
Hanoi to Hue, couldn't sleep due to loudness and shocking of the train. Cockroaches crawling on the wall (was warned of this beforehand though, so no big surprise). Toilet was fine.
★★☆☆☆ Feb 5, 2017 (train #SE1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Livitrans Express)
★★★☆☆ Jan 31, 2017 (train #SE19 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
An older 1st class sleeping cabin due to Tet peak travel period. Bathroom was poorly designed almost impossible to get in and close door behind you.
★★★★☆ Jan 27, 2017 (train #SE1 Class II Sleeper AC, Vietnam Railways) :
Second class sleeper, clean sheets, secure. A little cramped since it's 6 per cabin, bring warm clothing, otherwise good ride.
★★★☆☆ Jan 23, 2017 (train #SE3 Class II Sleeper AC, Vietnam Railways) :
Booking was great with 12go. The train ride itself was interesting; The berths were hard but the bedding seemed fairly clean. The toilet smelt from the beginning of the ride and no-one seemed capable of using the flush button which made the conditions worse. Our fellow travellers ranged from over friendly to just plain rude. We had tried to book lower bunks but none were available. However there was at least one lower bunk in our compartment (and others in the carriage) that had no-one in them until after the train started and the attendants ushered others in, apparently from the seated area. To top this off the pair of them spent half the night talking and keeping those who paid for our berths awake. We ended the night in the seating ourselves to get some peace.
★★★★☆ Jan 17, 2017 (train #SE1 Class II AC, Vietnam Railways) :
Easy booking. Easy way to find the seat. No problem except the door who can not be close between the 2 cars and make the inside noisy and smoky. Very good food and sceneries.
★★★★☆ Jan 15, 2017 (train #SE1 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
With wifi it would have been perfect!
★★★★☆ Jan 13, 2017 (train #SE19 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
Easy instruction, Clean bedding if not a little worn. Toilets not the best. Slept well considering rather go by the train than the hassle of the plane and you get the real travel experience.
★★★★★ Jan 10, 2017 (train #SE19 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
The booking with 12go asia went sooth as silk. The train was fine and arrived almost on the time.
★☆☆☆☆ Jan 6, 2017 (train #SE19 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
The trip started with 2,5 hours delay in Hanoi. The average speed if the train was 40kmph, it took 16,5 hours to travel 660 km. Our cabin was full of croakroaches and different bugs. This train was operated by the state. Take the airplane
★★☆☆☆ Jan 6, 2017 (train #SE1 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways)
★★☆☆☆ Jan 4, 2017 (train #SE1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Livitrans Express) :
We traveled from Hanoi to Hue. Staff directed us to the correct carriage and cabin. When the train pulled away no one else was on our 4 birth room so the guy that seemed to be in charge tried to charge is more for a "private room". I declined so he found someone from another cabin (local ladies who was very quiet) to sleep in there (it seemed she had to pay for an "upgrade"). That wasn't really an issue. The 2 big issues I had were: 1- The staff member that tried to charge us extra then came in and slept in that room as well! I don't care that he was quiet... I don't really expect staff in the "VIP" cabin! 2- it was FREEZING all night as the aircon was on full blast. I ended up breaking into the control cupboard at the end of each carriage myself and adujsuting the aircon which helped a little bit my wife still had to sleep in her coat (with my coat around her feet!). Not impressed.
★★★☆☆ Jan 4, 2017 (train #SE1 Class II Sleeper AC, Vietnam Railways) :
Booking on 12go.Asia was absolutely fine. Train ride-I was expecting the worst after reading reviews but the cabin was clean so was the linen. The train left on time and arrived 15 minutes late. I must say that there was one small roach that was running around.. Warning-the AC is on full blast and it gets very cold so choose the lower berths. Also have some ear plugs at hand as it gets very noisy.
★★★★★ Jan 4, 2017 (train #SE19 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
We took the first class sleeper from Hanoi to Hue, Service was on time, room and bed comfortable and staff instructions very easy to follow. Really easy to book and didnt have any issues getting to our bed. Great experience all round.
★★★★★ Jan 2, 2017 (train #SE19 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
Train departed on time but arrived 30mins later (SE19) clean cabins (not so clean toilets...) but had a good sleep regardless! (First class soft sleepers)
★★★★☆ Jan 2, 2017 (train #SE1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Livitrans Express)
★★★☆☆ Dec 30, 2016 (train #SE1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Livitrans Express) :
No problem with the ticket or finding our cabin. For the price of the ticket I would expect more to eat than a banana and a pot noodle. A cup of coffee in the morning would've been nice. Why do they play "I am a woman in love" at full blast at 7am? Very strange. The driver slammed the brakes on regularly throughout the night which made sleeping difficult. There was a cockroach squashed on the door to our cabin. The toilets are not cleaned at all during the journey which means you have to hover children over the loo to prevent them from having to sit in a puddle of wee.
★★★☆☆ Dec 29, 2016 (train #SE19 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
As expected, easy to find our train, coach and cabin. Cabin clean if in need of refurbishment. Toilets smelly as result of rocky train vs male limitations peeing into bowl. ???? Very rocky ride but managed to sleep quite a bit. Cabin companion ( my husband!) snores loudly but couldn't distinguish his noise above train rumbling. Would like to have travelled on SE 1-5, I believe the coaches are refurbished, think they would be nicer but couldn't get a sleeper on one.
★★★☆☆ Dec 28, 2016 (train #SE19 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
The beds were comfortable. The toilets however were small and had hardly any room to come in or go out let alone use the facility. They could also have been much cleaner.
★★☆☆☆ Dec 27, 2016 (train #SE19 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
Hard beds!!
★★★☆☆ Dec 24, 2016 (train #SE19 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways)
★★★★☆ Dec 23, 2016 (train #SE1 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
We had a pleasant train journey on the SE1 overnight train from Hanoi to Hue. The train was quite bumpy through the night but still able to sleep. The sleeper cabins are comfy with enough space for us and our luggage. The facilities on the train are okay too.
★★★★☆ Dec 23, 2016 (train #SE1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Livitrans Express) :
Train was a great experience and the sleeper car was ideal for the trip. The only downside was the state of the toilets which were shocking after and hour and not cleaned throughout
★★★☆☆ Dec 22, 2016 (train #SE 3 VIP Sleeper 4x, Violette Express Train) :
Sleeper train hmm a tour group decided to have a party in the bar which included the 2 guys sharing our berth not much sleep!! Constant noise and awakenings and it was VERY cold on the top bunk!
★★☆☆☆ Dec 22, 2016 (train #SE19 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
Finally we traveled on 1clas from saba to hanoi, there was another quality with both water and various snacks So perhaps it is difficult to compare, it appears depends on which company you travel with 1class is not the same everywhere .. obviously ..! not the same, depends on which company you travel with Maybe just do not expect was right, after the last trip we had ????
★★★★☆ Dec 22, 2016 (train #SE1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Violette Express Train) :
It was a train in Vietnam, so not smooth or super nice but it got us to Hue. The Violeete representative was not there when we arrived so there was a lot of confusion. If it hadn't been for a tour guide getting the right person to help us, we might have been kicked off. Wish our voucher had said our berth numbers. That would have been very helpful.
★★☆☆☆ Dec 21, 2016 (train #SE19 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
People smoking in thw corridors on the train - disgusting. Train so noisy it made a big banging noise like someone was slamming the door every 30 seconds so hardly slept. Filthy toilets. Left on time but arrived 30 minutes late. Aircon was absolutely FREEZING. Only real positive was train guard knocking on our door to tell us our station was next as otherwise we would have no idea because we didnt know how delayed the train was.
★★★★★ Dec 18, 2016 (train #SE1 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
Comfortable and peaceful journey.
★★★☆☆ Dec 11, 2016 (train #SE1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Livitrans Express) :
Full train and cabin made for loud tight quarters. Slept ok, but there were bugs in the upper berth and the bathrooms were disgusting. People bring huge luggage so there was no place to move or stand because the beds are so low they don't fit underneath. We got thru it but it was not enjoyable.
★★★★★ Dec 9, 2016 (train #SE1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Livitrans Express) :
With ease the train transport me from hanoi to Hue. Relaxing and peaceful
★★★★★ Dec 4, 2016 (train #SE1 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
No issues with our trip, all as described. Cabin was comfortable
★★★★☆ Nov 27, 2016 (train #SE19 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways)
★★★★☆ Nov 26, 2016 (train #SE19 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
AC was tragic. It was freezing. Other than that, OK.
★☆☆☆☆ Nov 25, 2016 (train #SE1 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
Not what I would call " VIP 1st class Sleeper" The berth was dirty including many cockroaches, my wife lifted up the mattress and they must have been nesting there, so we killed as many as we could, but still felt some of them crawling over us during the night. The toilets were also disgusting. If this is 1st Class then I feel sorry for the poor souls in 2nd class. Dreading our train journey next week from Hoi An to Saigon.
★★★★☆ Nov 23, 2016 (train #SE19 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
I've never been on such a rocking train! 4 hours since getting off and I feel like I'm still on it. Very easy boarding. Beds okay. Seemed safe. Toilets were as to be expected. Kids loved it.
★★★☆☆ Nov 20, 2016 (train #SE1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Livitrans Express) :
Hi the booking form does present some confusion at the train but the staff on the platform sort it out would be better if the booking itinerary receipt had what Carriage and seat number printed clearly in English and local language (Vietnamese) all else was excellent there was a clear difference in cleanliness on the Hanoi to Hue but no difference using veloite from Da Nang to Saigon. the train ticket at Da Nang presenteted more problem as there is less time to get confirmation that the ticket is correct when you get on as there is no seat/bunk allocation on the booking confirmation
★★☆☆☆ Nov 14, 2016 (train #SE1 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
Although I realize the trains in Vietnam are basic to begin with, I would still like to think that a rodent and cockroach free berth should still be high priority for the train system. But maybe that's asking for too much in Asia. Upon arrival, myself and the 3 other travellers spent about 60min killing cockroaches that kept appearing from underneath the mattresses, from under the bunk and then to much to our surprise, a mouse made its way under one of our bunks never to be seen again. I'm disappointed that my last trip on the trains here in Vietnam was as described but I'm also happy that it was, in fact, my last trip on a train here.
★★★★☆ Nov 12, 2016 (train #SE1 Class II Sleeper AC, Vietnam Railways) :
Great journey, had some lovely Vietnamese young people to share our hard sleeper with
★★☆☆☆ Nov 11, 2016 (train #SE1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Violette Express Train) :
5 stars to 12goasia, 1 star to Violette express. Everything went well with the reservation and the cabin was the one we booked. Free water, crisps (and beer) for the ride and a good mattress. Unfortunately, there seemed to be a cockroach infestation in the carriage as they showed up all around the place...
★★★☆☆ Nov 7, 2016 (train #SE1 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
Requested 2 bottom and one top bed for my family. Got 3 top bunks across 2 cabins. Not happy as I cannot climb onto top bunk and could not be with my family. Would have preferred to have been contacted re other options. Won't use this service again
★★★★☆ Nov 6, 2016 (train #SE19 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways)
★☆☆☆☆ Nov 6, 2016 (train #SE1 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
Booked a bottom bunk on the train and they gave me a top instead it was freezing because of the air con not a nice 14 hour journey
★★★★☆ Nov 6, 2016 (train #SE19 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
We traveled on 1st class lower berths of SE19. It is quite easy to find the correct trackway as the train number and trackway number is shown on different displays in the waiting room and on tracks in Hanoi. A ticket inspector was waiting at each wagon at the door and the wagon number is clearly indicated on each one. Anyway the inspectors were very kind and checked our printed e-tickets before we get in, so don't be afraid to take the wrong train. Our train left Hanoi right on time and arrived in Hue at the expected time also. If you starting your journey from a terminus, I think arriving 30-45 min before departure time should be enough. The train in itself has a quite charming old fashioned style. Pillows and blankets were nice and clean. We used silk sleeping bags that we bought in Hanoi for that occasion anyway, but it is probably not mandatory. Cabin was also clean (didn't see any insects) and the door had a lock usable only from inside. The cabin was equipped with two 220V power plugs and a dustbin. There is two roof lights and each berth has a light for reading. There is room for aprox. 30cm tick luggage under the lower berths. The air conditioning was quite noisy and expect to be maybe a bit cold if you are not under the blanket or wearing a pullover on the upper sleeper as the air is coming from the roof. Of course, you can't shut it off or set the temperature. We brung some snacks and beverage so we didn't tested the food in the train, nor the dining wagon. A singing guy passes through the wagons with food and drinks from time to time, so you can purchase food without the need to leave your luggage unattended if you are tavelling alone. Although, it only travel at 75km/h at top speed the train is quite noisy and bumpy. But, if you are a bit tired you will for sure sleep a few hours at least. Bringing ear plugs is always a good idea, though. Your sleep quality will depend mostly on your neighbors and their will to sleep. Ours were also tired so, no problem hear. Toilet were clean at departure, but as the train is bumpy, it's not always easy to aim right for men. Therefore, it was stinky and wet after a few hours. It appears to have not been cleaned during our 14 hours journey. Bring toilet paper. The wagons are also equpped with a free water dispenser and a sink where you can brush your teeth or shave (If you like challenges). Overall, it's a very pleasant journey where you can see beautiful landscapes and have a general taste of Vietnam. You also don't loose your precious day time taking a plane and spare the money of the accommodation for that night. I would for sure recommend that adventure.
★★★★★ Nov 3, 2016 (train #SE1 Class II Sleeper AC, Vietnam Railways) :
Great experience - shared 2nd class sleeper with great locals. Clean, on board food ok
★★★☆☆ Nov 2, 2016 (train #SE1 Class II Sleeper AC, Vietnam Railways) :
Whole trip on train was good experience. Should be more room between beds. Can't seat properly. Quite good facilities on board. Helpful staff
★★★☆☆ Nov 2, 2016 (train #SE1 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
3 hours delay, freezing air conditioning, quite dirty
★★★★★ Oct 31, 2016 (train #SE19 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
The service provided re booking the train tickets and berths as requested was excellent. The train itself however left a lot to be desired.
★★★☆☆ Oct 24, 2016 (train #TN1 Class II AC, Vietnam Railways) :
The carriage was old, but the seat was comfortable, if a little cosy for someone of a more hefty build. I got off at Ninh Binh, even though I had booked Hanoi to Hue. The train arrived at Ninh Binh only a few minutes late.
★★★★★ Oct 12, 2016 (train #SE1 Class II Sleeper AC, Vietnam Railways)
★★★☆☆ Oct 10, 2016 (train #SE3 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
Train was on time. Cabin was clean and comfortable. Toilets were filthy by the morning and really smelled. Train was noisy during the night with people getting on and off. Duvet smelled a bit!
★★★★☆ Sep 30, 2016 (train #SE3 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
Train was on time, cabin clean but blanket did not smell pleasant. Luckily I travel with a pillowcase for this exact reason. All staff pleasant and helpful. This was my 4th train trip in the last month.
★★★★☆ Sep 15, 2016 (train #SE19 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
"1st class" cabin much as expected. The cabin was fine and the sheets and blanket appeared to be clean. I used a sleeping bag liner in any case. Toilets were pretty stinky, but were cleaned and refilled at least once in our 11 hour journey from Hanoi to Hue. The train is noisy and bumpy, so don't expect uninterrupted sleep. Iced Coffee from the dining car was on a par with the rest of Vietnam takeaways. We had 2 scams at the beginning of our journey - a guy on the platform grabbed our tickets and dragged us to our bunk and then demanded 2 dollars. I gave him 3000 dong and sent him packing. A while later the train guard came to check our tickets and then offered us a private cabin for an extra 2mil Dong. We declined. In fact we only had company for a short while in the middle of the night. Smoking seems to be allowed or tolerated on the trains, but wasn't a big problem.
★★★☆☆ Sep 11, 2016 (train #SE 3 VIP Sleeper 4x, Violette Express Train) :
Train was fine, we slept well. Toilet was a bit dodgy. Worst part was no one seemed able to read our Violette voucher at the Hanoi train station. It took a lot of asking to find out that the train in front of us was the right one. Maybe include local language on the voucher. People looked really confused.
★★★☆☆ Sep 10, 2016 (train #SE1 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
Dont expect to much! Not clean en a very noicy trip. However, it is better than taking the bus. 1,2 go asia is very easy en good! I can recomend this!
★★★☆☆ Sep 1, 2016 (train #SE19 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
Nothing fancy, but a bed you can lie flat on and views. Our cabin was a good temperature. Bring good ear plugs.
★★★★☆ Aug 28, 2016 (train #SE19 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
Four friends travelling together in VIP Sleeper Class. All agree the facilities are as described and all up to standard if not luxurious. Toilet facilities acceptable though a bit smelly and the toilet paper ran out and was not replaced. Fortunately we has our own. The snack carts were regular and the buns we purchased were fresh. We did not visit the dining car. Our train ran on time, 12GoAsia booking service very easy to use. I would use this service again.
★★★☆☆ Aug 20, 2016 (train #SE3 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
Train left on time, but washroom was a disaster with no toilet paper.
★★★★☆ Aug 16, 2016 (train #SE19 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways)
★☆☆☆☆ Aug 15, 2016 (train #SE1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Livitrans Express) :
The Livitrans carriage I paid for was fully booked so they bumped me down to a cheaper carriage saying it was the same one when it clearer wasn't. The staff at the station in Hanoi didn't know what my booking confirmation was and were quite rude about it. I wouldn't recommend booking.
★★★★★ Aug 9, 2016 (train #SE1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Livitrans Express)
★★★☆☆ Aug 6, 2016 (train #SE19 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
Did not announce stops until I went out and asked where we were. Bed was supposed to be vip 1st class but was really hard and uncomfortable. But phone charge point, time schedule were really good. Exactly as described timings when booked and ticket checking was easy I would have like a privacy curtain around the bed
★★☆☆☆ Aug 6, 2016 (train #SE 3 VIP Sleeper 4x, Violette Express Train) :
It was very confusing once I got to the train station. No one knew where I was supposed to get my train ticket and they didn't understand the printed voucher I kept trying to show. Some random woman showed up out of the blue and had my ticket but she didn't speak English and was not very helpful. I think you should improve this system.
★★★☆☆ Aug 3, 2016 (train #SE1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Violette Express Train) :
Violette trein wordt aangeprezen als nieuw en mooi. Viel tegen. Cabine is schoon, met alleen een lakenzak, zodat we het koud hadden die nacht. Verder geen service, geen handdoek, vieze toiletten en restauratie wagen aan het begin van de trein waar nauwelijks iets fatsoenlijks gegeten kan worden. Als je met de trein gaat neem dan wel een softsleeper. Je hoeft niet violette te nemen want alle softsleepers lijken op elkaar
★★☆☆☆ Aug 1, 2016 (train #SE17 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways)
★★★★☆ Jul 20, 2016 (train #SE1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Violette Express Train) :
Apart from the slight confusion about collecting tickets, there is no Violette office you just go straight to the train carriage, it was a really easy experience booking the tickets. The train is ok, only complaint was the state of the toilet where a broken flush meant water was sprayed all over your feet. 2 weeks after the trip we are still waiting for a refund of 25% for booking a child ticket. There is no way to purchase a child ticket online and do not expect to get the refund as promised by email.
★★★★☆ Jul 20, 2016 (train #SE19 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
Great train service. Smooth, hassle free and comfortable. No delays. Friendly and helpful staff at all points of the journey. 12GO Asia were easy to use and quick to respond and amend an error in the booking process. Two thumbs up all round.
★★★★☆ Jul 18, 2016 (train #SE1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Violette Express Train)
★★★★☆ Jun 3, 2016 (train #SE1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Violette Express Train) :
We had a pleasant journey and the amenities on board were quite nice. The train itself had seen better days and finding the correct car was difficult due to them all looking the same on the outside but the interior of the violette cabins is a fair deal better than the other cabins we saw. Our family is happy that we paid a little extra to make the long journey a nice time.
★★★☆☆ Jun 3, 2016 (train #SE5 Class II Sleeper AC, Vietnam Railways) :
The train was not so new and bathroom – I did not want to go in. I give 3 stars because 12go booking was easy, would use again but maybe buy nicer ticket ;), (
★★★★☆ May 21, 2016 (train #SE1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Livitrans Express) :
Very long time to get to Hue, I think we were delayed during the night but staff made us comfortable and had nice food & drink in the morning. Certainly a step above the regular vietanm raliways trains that we have also taken.), (

News @ Hue

14 February 2017

Thai Airways is marking the day of romance by serving a range of special desserts on its international and domestic flights. THAI’s team of master chefs have created a collection of red Valentine’s Day treats which are being served to passengers in all classes.

20 December 2016

Council officers in Hue have revealed details of a plan which will see one of the Vietnamese city’s best-known streets transformed into a museum quarter. The street in question is Le Loi and if all the proposals get the green light there could be six or more museums along its length.

14 December 2016

A spokesperson for the Vietnamese prime-minister’s office has confirmed double-decker tour buses will soon be hitting the streets of the nation’s main cities. The representative explained prime-minister Nguyen Xuan Phu had concurred that this kind of bus was the way forward and would offer tourists sightseeing excursions in comfort.