Hanoi to Hue @ train, bus, flight Jan 22, 2018

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From Hanoi Sinh to Hue by bus

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From Hanoi to Hue by train

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From Hanoi Nuoc Ngam Station to Hue by bus

07:00
Hanoi Nuoc Ngam Station
21:45
Phia Nam Hue
14h 45m
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03:45
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From Noibai Airport to Hue by flight

08:40
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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 3,990 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 ^_^

★★★★★ Jan 15, 2018 (train #SE19 Class II Sleeper AC, Vietnam Railways) :
Everything went to perfection.
★★★☆☆ Jan 10, 2018 (train #SE1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Violette Express Train) :
The luxury sleeper train did not really meet the expectations. For £60 from Hanoi to Hue I was hoping for a bit of service. There was a small bottle of water and a biscuit for each passanger. Each bed had a pillow and thin duvet cover, but not the actual duvet. It was about 10C when we left Hanoi and the air-conditioning was on very strong! This is winter in Vietnam and they still put AC on? Also disappointed there was no actual duvet. Luckily I had my sleeping bag so was covered from the cold. The food provided on the train was a rice soup with chive and some dried meat - I ate it as I was hungry (you have to pay for it, it's not free of charge). Other than that there was a grilled sweetcorn available and some drinks. Do bring plenty of food for the long journey! While I was sleeping I had couple of cock roaches drop on my face from the ceiling... Didn't have a sound sleep after that. Also found couple of bugs in my luggage..oh well. The bed is super hard, no duvet, ac strongly on, food miserable, I know it is Vietnam I am travelling so I don't want to complain. Just giving honest review (it's not worth the £60).
★★★★★ Jan 5, 2018 (bus VIP Sleeper 41, The SinhTourist)
★★★★★ Jan 5, 2018 (bus VIP Sleeper 41, The SinhTourist) :
Very comfortable trip
★★★★★ Dec 30, 2017 (train #SE19 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
Great flexible response when our plans changed.
★★★★☆ Dec 28, 2017 (train #SE3 VIP Sleeper 4x, Violette Express Train) :
Good but beds were really hard
★★★☆☆ Dec 28, 2017 (train #SE19 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
Four berth sleeper was clean and comfortable. Train left on time and taxis were efficiently organised upon our arrival in Hue. Unfortunately, there were some really drunk and noisy backpackers in our carriage, so we didn't sleep very well.
★★★☆☆ Dec 26, 2017 (bus VIP Sleeper 41, The SinhTourist) :
No room for feet. Near impossible to sleep for more than 30 minutes at a time
★★★★★ Dec 24, 2017 (train #SE3 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways)
★★★★★ Dec 23, 2017 (train #SE19 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways)
★★★★★ Dec 22, 2017 (train #SE3 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways)
★★★★★ Dec 20, 2017 (train #SE7 Class II Sleeper AC, Vietnam Railways) :
12Go Asia service is great. Train from Hanoi to Hue was nice, we took daily hard berth coach, it was clean, non english speaking stuff was wery attentive and took care of us...very pleasant journey.
★★★☆☆ Dec 20, 2017 (train #SE1 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
Bunks/sheets were clean, but quite a few bugs randomly crawling out.
★★★☆☆ Dec 20, 2017 (train #SE9 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
I wouldn’t call it a VIP sleeper. The bed was hard, my light was broken, and you could only use the outlet to charge your phone if you turned the light out (socket too close to light switch and plug didn’t fit well). But it was pretty clean and there were free water bottles and plenty of food for sale. I think it would be an ok way to travel during the day when you can enjoy the view and not need to sleep, but the train is too loud to sleep in. In addition, our door kept slamming and making more noise. This wasn’t the train company’s fault, but a really loud woman came into our car around 11 pm; when I woke up after hearing weird noises I noticed that a man was in the bunk with her. A 4 person car should mean 4 people, not 5, and it also weirded me out that someone else had entered the car while I was sleeping.
★★★★☆ Dec 11, 2017 (train #SE3 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
Trains were clean and comfy. Being our compartment was at the end of the train it shook back and forth a lot and made it hard to sleep.
★★★★☆ Dec 9, 2017 (train #SE1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Livitrans Express) :
‘‘Twas a very nice experience, all good! Even holiday decorations lol
★★★★☆ Dec 9, 2017 (train #SE1 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways)
★★★★☆ Dec 8, 2017 (train #SE1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Livitrans Express) :
We took the train from Hanoi to Hue. Don't worry about exchanging voucher for tickets, just go to your platform and carriage once the platform is open(45minutes before departure in our case) for passengers(train number and coach number is on the voucher). Livitrans person was there at the carriage to direct us to our sleeper cabin. No problem with the journey, it's not a Shinkansen as this is Vietnam. Rocked and rolled, had a good sleep and arrived in Hue on time.
★★★★★ Dec 6, 2017 (train #SE3 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
The soft berths are nice and we could smoke on the train
★★☆☆☆ Dec 4, 2017 (train #SE19 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
The train left on time however the cabin smelt damp, beds were very hard and uncomfortable. The train ride was very bumpy/rough leaving us with aches and headache in the morning.
★★★★★ Dec 2, 2017 (train #SE3 VIP Sleeper 4x, Livitrans Express) :
Very comfortable and clean sleeper bunks. We were told not to expect much in terms of refreshment, but our cabin came with water, soft drinks, fruit and instant noodles. There was also a power point to charge our gadgets. Toilets were decent and water bidet was available too. I was afraid I wouldn't be able to sleep, but I slept like a baby for most of the trip it actually didn't feel like such a long one. The experience was worth the pricier ticket!
★★☆☆☆ Nov 30, 2017 (train #SE1 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
It was ok but A/c was on all night and you only had a thin blanket was really cold
★★★★☆ Nov 26, 2017 (bus VIP Sleeper 41, The SinhTourist) :
Mostly very good. Stops for bathroom were often enough, bus was good and comfortable, but Wi-Fi did not work for much of the trip, was the only problem.
★★★☆☆ Nov 17, 2017 (train #SE1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Livitrans Express) :
Toilets could have been cleaner
★★★★☆ Nov 14, 2017 (train #SE19 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
All Ok clean and safe. Easy to fine the train at the station in Hanoi.
★★★★☆ Nov 14, 2017 (bus VIP Sleeper 41, The SinhTourist) :
A good cheap way to get around. You are provided with blankets and bags to put your shoes in. The space is quite comfortable and decent albeit snug. The only issue I had was that my blanket smelt quite bad and that isn't so much the fault of the company for not cleaning them so much as it was the person who used it before me.
★★☆☆☆ Nov 12, 2017 (train #SE1 Class II Sleeper AC, Vietnam Railways) :
Freezing, very thin mattress and cockroaches, we had thought we’d hired a 4 berth but arrived to find it was a 6 berth. Same train so cockroaches are probably in all carriages
★★★☆☆ Nov 9, 2017 (train #SE3 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
Carriage was cancelled due to typhoon (though there was still a carriage labelled 12 but it was apparently 11a?) So our bottom bunk beds became top bunks which werent suitable as my girlfriend has five slipped discs in her back. We were advised to discuss it with the guys we were sharing with who gave up one bunk. Trip was good otherwise. Arrived on time no food brought round but train left at 10pm so we had already eaten.
★★☆☆☆ Nov 7, 2017 (train #SE3 VIP Sleeper 4x, Violette Express Train) :
Beds really hard. No air con.
★★★★☆ Oct 30, 2017 (train #SE19 Class II Sleeper AC, Vietnam Railways) :
Pay for what you get, bed is hard but I slept fine. It was my first over night bus experience and I actually loved it. We paid for ‘breakfast’ but we never got it.. not sure if it was a con man
★★★★☆ Oct 25, 2017 (train #SE3 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
I slept all the way through. Definitely recommend it. Perhaps we were lucky of being alone in our cabin.
★★★☆☆ Oct 23, 2017 (bus VIP Sleeper 41, The SinhTourist) :
The bus is a bit old but the seats are comfortable enough. They give you a blanket as well. I have moderate motion sickness and the bus did shake a bit. Suggest take meds if this happens to you as well. The ride was super safe and stopped periodically for bathroom breaks
★★★★☆ Oct 17, 2017 (train #SE19 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
Without bugs it would be 5
★★★★★ Oct 15, 2017 (train #SE3 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
Perfect! Thanks!
★★★★☆ Oct 11, 2017 (train #SE5 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
Everything was very good except the toilets were dirty and the train was 2 hours late to arrive at our destination
★★★★★ Oct 8, 2017 (train #SE19 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
The train was punctual both at departure and arrival and the staff were nice and quite friendly even though we didn't share the language
★★★☆☆ Oct 7, 2017 (train #SE1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Livitrans Express) :
I loved this experience but it was an experience and sleep was a rare commodity!
★★★★☆ Oct 7, 2017 (train #SE1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Livitrans Express)
★★☆☆☆ Oct 5, 2017 (train #SE7 Class II AC, Vietnam Railways) :
Not the best. Seats were a little cramped fold down tables broken cock roaches everywhere. Train delayed by flooding. 16 hours on this train was very unpleasant.
★★★★★ Oct 4, 2017 (train #SE1 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
Compared to the nighttrain to Sa Pa and back to Hanoi this was a pleasant trip. The beds were of a good size ( I ‘m 2 meters tall) and the railway to Hue is not so bumpy.
★★☆☆☆ Oct 2, 2017 (train #SE19 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
Really easy and helpful website to book with, would definitely recommend. We stayed in 1st Class sleeper (soft beds with 4 people). I didn't feel very safe as men walked up and down the corridors shouting for people to buy things. The toilets were also horrible with no toilet paper. I did sleep well but in the morning a Vietnamese man was moved from our cabin and replaced by two older woman, one sat on my bed as they talked very loudly! Was definitely an experience...
★★★★☆ Oct 1, 2017 (train #SE1 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
First class trip was okay ! A bit too cold due to excessive air conditioner but we had no problem getting in and out of the train at both stations. It felt very safe too and we were able to sleep just fine.
★★★☆☆ Sep 29, 2017 (train #SE19 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
SE-19, it was okay, not good not bad, just okay. Booking through 12Go Asia was hassle free and very easy
★★★★★ Sep 24, 2017 (train #SE19 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
Its was great experince. This is another relax way travel from hanoi to hue
★★★★☆ Sep 21, 2017 (train #SE3 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways)
★★★☆☆ Sep 17, 2017 (train #SE3 VIP Sleeper 4x, Violette Express Train) :
Blanket on bed was wet and sheets and pillows were dirty. Found out way once we got off at end of trip as they just folded the blanket back up for the next trip.
★★★☆☆ Sep 17, 2017 (train #SE3 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways)
★★★★☆ Sep 15, 2017 (train #SE1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Livitrans Express) :
The cabins were good and the staff frendly. The were just two ting i didnt like. 1. I was a singel woman traveler and because of that chose the bed for me. It would be ok but i got a bed in a cabine alone and then in the night 3 of the staff sleept in ther... and there were other travelers who had space in the cabins... so that was the only dislike. They diden bothered me but i just woud like to bo informed in such meters. All together it was fine. Just a bumpy ride :))
★★★☆☆ Sep 6, 2017 (train #SE1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Livitrans Express) :
Overall good night train for vietnamese standards, but people were definitely smoking inside by the smell of it. We had a lot of trouble getting the station and train staff to understand our voucher which we showed on the phone screen, but they were ok with it at the end. Toilets were awful and aircon was way too high as any other train in Vietnam. The views in the morning were stunning though
★★★★☆ Sep 6, 2017 (train #SE1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Livitrans Express)
★★★★★ Sep 2, 2017 (train #SE19 Class II Sleeper AC, Vietnam Railways)
★★★★☆ Aug 28, 2017 (train #SE19 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
Good booking experience with 12goAsia as ever. Tickets sent very quickly. Could of risked not buying until we arrived but wanted to secure a bottom bunk so used 12go. Have had good experiences with them in other Asian countries. Train very similar to others in South East Asia. Complimentary bottle of water. A few cockroaches running around but its a hot country so expected. Bedding discoloured as a bit old. Not too hot or too cold. Toilets okay. Run out of paper so bring own. Our 4 berth wasn't full when we left Hanoi so the attendant said he would ask the other passengers to board in another bunk if we paid 500,000 Dong. We said no and he negotiated down to 300,000 still said no, happy to share. Bit of a bumpy ride as usual but got some sleep so was fresh for next day of sightseeing. Saves a night of spending money on accommodation and means you are in the city centre.
★★★☆☆ Aug 19, 2017 (bus VIP Sleeper 41, The SinhTourist) :
Seats were very comfy. No plugs, no toilet, driver beeped way too much, other travellers were very noisy. Very difficult to sleep.
★★★★☆ Aug 16, 2017 (train #SE19 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
Generally nice service but for VIP class the beds were a bit hard.
★★★★☆ Aug 14, 2017 (train #SE19 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways)
★★★★☆ Aug 13, 2017 (train #SE1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Violette Express Train) :
Nice trip. Temperature was low in the sleeping compartment and impossible to set it up.
★★★★★ Aug 9, 2017 (bus VIP Sleeper 41, The SinhTourist) :
The travel was very good.
★★★★★ Aug 7, 2017 (train #SE19 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways)
★★☆☆☆ Aug 6, 2017 (train #SE5 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
Clean train, really kind workers,but toilets very dirty, very loud children all the time (14h of screaming and shouting) people smoking that would affect the air in the cabin and very long journey. An experience but I don't recomend.
★★☆☆☆ Aug 6, 2017 (train #SE1 Class II AC, Vietnam Railways) :
None spoke English and there wasn't any announce of the train stops so people don't know where they are and when they should get off the train. Fortunately a kind Vietnamese man helped us translating to the train crew to tell us when we would be arrived.
★★★☆☆ Aug 6, 2017 (train #SE7 Class II AC, Vietnam Railways) :
Old train and often the airco did not work. Bugs and other insects all over. Toilets were dirty. Windows full of mud etc.
★★★★★ Aug 3, 2017 (train #SE19 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
Just perfect, a little bit to cold at the departure, but later got better
★★★★★ Jul 30, 2017 (train #SE1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Livitrans Express) :
We travelled with Livitrans. Great trip. Twelve hours guarantee that you will get enough rest!
★★★☆☆ Jul 28, 2017 (train #SE17 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
The basics were there. We had two lower bunks that seemed far more comfortable than the top. The toilet was pretty smelly but not the worst I've seen. The air con is super high so make sure you have layers. The blankets seemed OK but I'm pretty sure they weren't freshly washed. Bring snacks, there was a cart and an opportunity to buy food on the platform at the stops on the way but I was never sure as to when this would be. The people were great and the scenery grand :)
★★★★☆ Jul 27, 2017 (train #SE3 VIP Sleeper 4x, Livitrans Express)
★★☆☆☆ Jul 27, 2017 (train #SE19 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
The cabin was tiny with hardly any room to put your luggage, the air con was noisy and couldn't be turned off which made for a freezing night due to the cabin's small size. There was no discernible canteen and a very basic trolley service in the morning with no coffee only cold drinks. The toilet was disgusting and I had to ask the porter for more toilet roll in the morning which he begrudgingly gave me. I understand that things are different here in SE Asia, but this was an expensive trip by Vietnamese standards and I took a similar trip in Thailand which was excellent with clean facilities, a towel and a well-equipped canteen for a lot less money. Vietnamese Railways need to get their house in order.
★★★☆☆ Jul 21, 2017 (train #SE1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Livitrans Express) :
Got us from A-B, left on time and arrived pretty much as stated, some comp food( banana and a roll) and some coke and water for booking VIP, had no choice as this was only offering left. Beds okay, train rocked a lot and there was a few hard breaking moments, one that left everything off the table on the floor and us all nearly out of beds, but slept okay for the most part. Cabin clean enough, loos really grim, no paper or soap, very dirty!
★★☆☆☆ Jul 17, 2017 (train #SE19 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
Well, train was delayed by 10 hours due to storm, which isn't the trains' fault, but a heads up would have been nice. Saw a small cockroach in my cabin. Not the newest/cleanest, but ok.
★★★☆☆ Jul 10, 2017 (train #SE17 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways)
★★★☆☆ Jul 10, 2017 (train #SE19 Class II AC, Vietnam Railways) :
I was in the cheap soft seat section. It wasn't as bad as reviews usually say. The seat was quite comfy even though the train is positively from soviet era. Just make sure you don't bring super massive bags and you'll be fine
★★★☆☆ Jul 7, 2017 (bus VIP Sleeper 41, The SinhTourist)
★★★☆☆ Jun 29, 2017 (train #SE19 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
Old wooden carriage which led to a few cockroach sightings, small space for travellers with bags. Spent my night hiding in the blanket so I didn't have to see the unwanted pests. Did manage to get some sleep, not awful but I wouldn't be in a hurry to do it again
★★★★☆ Jun 25, 2017 (train #SE17 Class II Sleeper AC, Vietnam Railways) :
Trip was quite easy and comfortable. 2nd class bed is hard but with nice blanket and pillow. Train was on time. The berth was full and most others went to bed earlier than I did, but I slept well and really no complaints for the price.
★★☆☆☆ Jun 12, 2017 (train #SE17 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
No real complaints with the train - cabins fairly clean and as expected. However bathrooms were vile. Worst part was the guard appeared to allow one of his mates to upgrade for free, and he shared our cabin. This was fine until he started filming my girlfriend sleeping and touching himself at the same time...I would strongly recommend getting a private cabin or flying!
★★★☆☆ Jun 11, 2017 (train #SE19 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
We were disappointed with our cabin. One side of the ceiling was boarded up so there wasn't enough space to sit up on the bunk bed. The aircon was very noisy and people kept switching it off for our entire carriage in the middle of the night and making it too hot to sleep. We were top bunks in 1st class and in the night there were 6 people sleeping below us (two adults and 4 children) between 2 beds. The children were very loud from 5.30am.
★★★☆☆ Jun 1, 2017 (train #SE19 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
Train on time, however the wagons are not the freshest and could do a refurbishment. No possibility to control the ac on the compartment either, either full blast ice-age style or not switched on at all.
★★★★☆ Jun 1, 2017 (train #SE1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Violette Express Train) :
Train was on time and ran to schedule. Bed was larger enough for me (6'4") and pillow and duvet were clean. It was very warm on the bottom bunk and cold on the top bunk, which suited my partner and me. Three coachroaches in the carriage, and the toilet wasn't brilliant but acceptable.
★★★★★ May 6, 2017 (bus VIP Sleeper 41, The SinhTourist)
★★★☆☆ May 4, 2017 (train #SE19 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways)
★★★★☆ Apr 27, 2017 (train #SE19 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
Neat cabins with good air conditioning. Reached hue 15 mins early from arrival time. The only drawback is its very noisy.
★★★★☆ Apr 17, 2017 (train #SE19 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways)
★★★☆☆ Apr 16, 2017 (train #SE3 VIP Sleeper 4x, Violette Express Train) :
It is what it is, people expect too much. Take own pillow case. Our coach was a totally western tourist one, however staff allowed a dodgy looking couple to sit on 2 tiny plastic chairs blocking access along the corridor. They may not have been pickpockets but why were they in our carriage? They were shifted eventually
★★★★★ Mar 28, 2017 (train #SE1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Violette Express Train) :
we purchased overnight sleeper train tickets on the Violette coach via 12go.Asia. We had comfortable clean beds on our journey and had no problems at all. There is no ticket office for Viollette in Hanoi train station. You go straight to the train carriage and your e ticket is checked by their staff member and you are then told what berth you are consigned to. I would use Viollette again...and 12go.asia Many thanks Karen
★★★☆☆ Mar 28, 2017 (train #SE3 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
Slept well but the toilet was smelly and another couple who joined us decided to play music late at night and in the early morning.
★★★★☆ Mar 24, 2017 (train #SE1 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
Fairly basic train but was OK for the price. "Soft" sleeper wasn't all that soft but acceptable. Maybe should be called "Sort of soft sleeper" Train ran fairly close to scheduled time. Overall a good, albeit basic, trip.
★★★★★ Mar 16, 2017 (train #SE19 Class II Sleeper AC, Vietnam Railways)
★★★★☆ Mar 12, 2017 (train #SE3 VIP Sleeper 4x, Violette Express Train) :
Excellent trip, great way to see a bit of the country only down side was there were quite a few cockroaches in the cabin with us and the toilet was filthy. Other than that it was good and despite that I would do it again.
★★★☆☆ Mar 11, 2017 (train #SE3 VIP Sleeper 4x, Livitrans Express) :
As safe, reliable and cheap(ish) way to get from Hanoi to Hue this couldn't be faulted. The train was on time, the berths comfortable and the linen clean. I'm not sure what some of the other negative reviewers on this site were expecting? Of course it wasn't a 5 star bedroom - its a train! - but we had no trouble sleeping, bed was comfortable and the rocking carriage probably helped us off to sleep, rather than keeping us awake. Two small quibbles: (1) when we arrived 60 mins before departure the friendly cabin steward had no record of our booking, but found us a couple of berths anyway. And (2) when I booked with 12Go Asia a month ago they couldn't honour my preferred journey so booked this alternative before I'd confirmed it because "with so few berths left we did not want to risk being unable to complete the booking". Yet the young German couple who shared our compartment had only booked the day before and paid 40% less than us. That said, this was still great value and good trip.
★★★☆☆ Mar 2, 2017 (train #SE1 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
Was super bumby and the soft berth are pretty hard, but all in all worth the experience.
★★★★☆ Mar 2, 2017 (train #SE1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Livitrans Express) :
The cabin and toilets were relatively clean for most of our journey, the guard was very helpful and professional - he introduced himself to us straightaway and answered any questions we had. We were provided with complimentary water, snacks and beer which was a pleasant surprise. The air-conditioning was excellent in our cabin. The train departed and arrived on time.
★★☆☆☆ Feb 28, 2017 (train #SE1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Livitrans Express) :
We just got off the train smelling like smoke. Though the train is no smoking, people were doing so between cars, and likely within the rooms themselves from the smell of it. In addition, one of the crew attempted to sleep in our 4-bed cabin (2 of the beds were empty) even though the staff has their own cabin. We expressed that we were not comfortable with this, and had to communicate via translation application to get the point across. Very uncomfortable and unprofessional. Otherwise, it's what you expect: little sleep from the constant extreme breaking and a bathroom that isn't cleaned for the duration of the trip. Unless you have a strong desire to see the countryside in the morning, FLY.
★★★★☆ Feb 26, 2017 (train #SE3 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways)
★★☆☆☆ Feb 25, 2017 (train #SE1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Livitrans Express) :
This is not for me. I suppose it is what is to be expected. The 4 berth soft sleeper was clean. The train was on time. The printout was already the reservation, nothing else needed to done at railway station. The soft sleeper was the hardest bed I ever slept on - or rather where I spent a night not sleeping, trying to position myself to have the least amount of back pain. Also, if you tend get nauseous, the shaking of the train is not helpful. Like turbulence on a plane for hours on end. If you're the rougher type, this is perfectly adequate, but if you like to be comfortable, take a plane instead. As I said, this train is probably what one should expect, but calling it luxury is really misleading. It's anything but.
★★★★☆ 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!
12Go response:

Dear Simon Rains

Thank you very much for the feedback, we investigating this case and will get back to you shortly.

★★★☆☆ 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.

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