Hanoi to Hue

Hanoi to Hue

Wed, Jun 19
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Hanoi to Hue Schedule

Hanoi to Hue Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Techbus VN JSC VIP 20 05:15 - 18:45VND 708k
Vietnam Railways VIP Sleeper 06:10 - 20:33VND 1,144k
Vietnam Airlines Economy #VN154108:10 - 09:15VND 2,490k
VietJet Air Economy #VJ56711:40 - 12:55VND 1,892k
Vietnam Railways VIP Sleeper 13:05 - 03:32VND 1,084k
Vietnam Railways VIP Sleeper 15:30 - 05:34VND 1,164k
Techbus VN JSC VIP 17:45 - 05:50VND 504k
Techbus VN JSC Luxury Sleeper 34 18:00 - 08:30VND 420k
Violette Express Train VIP Sleeper 4x 21:10 - 11:06VND 1,630k
Vietnam Railways Class II AC 22:15 - 10:25VND 1,322k

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.

Transportation from Hanoi to Hue

Facts about the transport from Hanoi to Hue

Cheapest Transport$15
Fastest Transport1h 15m
Earliest Departure5:10 AM
Latest Departure10:30 PM
Departures per day30
Distance875 kilometers
Transport CompaniesDamitrans, Damitrans, Duc Duong Bus, Duy Khanh Transport, Full Moon Party Tour, Green Trips, Grouptour, Hahn Air Systems, Laman Express, Lotus Train, Luxury Van Limousine, NewLivitrans Express, Queen Cafe Bus, Queen Cafe Bus, Sapa Discovery Travel, Techbus VN JSC, To Vietnam Travel, Viet Nam Travel Bus, VietJet Air, Vietnam Airlines, Vietnam Luxury Travel, Vietnam Railways, VietNam Travel Bus, Violette Express Train

Hanoi to Hue Destination Reviews

It was nothing special, quite cramped and the rooms were fairly hot. Only snacks provided, personally I would go by bus or air instead.
Train #SE19 VIP Sleeper 4x, Laman Express, May 13, 2024
The bus was over an hour late on departure and the drop off was on the outskirts of Hue and not in the city where we would have a few steps to accommodation. If we wouldn't recieve the email with the licence plate number we would have missed the bus. And also the staff was ignoring us for the first part, even when we showed the voucher. We also had to show the email with the licence plate. They even tried to make us only take 2 beds. As we are a family of 3, but we booked and payed for 3 pax so they couldn't do nothing regarding that. And at the next stop they tried it with another group of 3 pax... The driver that drove the first part, was driving too agressive and they smoked, so the smoke was all over the bus. The comfort was ok, but with the agressive driving it all got lost as I was all over my space.
Bus VIP Luxury 22, Duc Duong Bus, May 9, 2024
Generally pleasant. Though arrived 20 minutes late due to holiday traffic and the pick up location was quite dirty. Only 1 out if the 3 usb charging ports were working
Bus VIP 20, Duc Duong Bus, May 1, 2024
Carriage, compartment and definitely the toilet had seen better days. "VIP"? Not one bit.
Train #SE3 VIP Sleeper 4x, NewLivitrans Express (SONG HONG RAILWAY TOURIST SERVICES COMPANY LIMITED), Apr 17, 2024
Unfriendly bus driver who screamed at us and touched us, even we were awake already. The bus was dirty and smelled like smoke.
Bus VIP 20, Vietnam Luxury Travel, Apr 4, 2024
This is a really good option for travelling from Hanoi to Hue, it was well organised and pretty comfortable for a train bed! There was a good selection of free things in the room and the food cart came round pretty regularly. It was on time and the toilets were clean, give it a go!
Train #SE19 VIP Sleeper 4x, Laman Express, Apr 3, 2024
One guy contacted me through WhatsApp and they picked me up from my hotel and dropp me off in my hotel too. Thanks very much!
Bus VIP Sleeper 34, Luxury Van Limousine (Luxury Van Limousine), Mar 25, 2024
Could’ve been worse. Any 14h train ride I feel wouldn't be ideal, especially when you’re on the top bunk and you can barely see out the window. The beds weren’t soft beds (by Vietnam standards anyway) they just felt like hard mats but was able to get sleep anyway. Toilets were filthy. Make sure you bring your own toilet paper. Staff weren’t that helpful helping you board like they say they would but they do alert you when it’s your stop. Overall, a very average experience and definitely the maximum amount of time I would take the train.
Train #SE7 1st Class Sleeper, Vietnam Railways (Đường sắt Việt Nam), Mar 23, 2024
Basic comfort And be careful with suitcases or bags We found one of our bags torn in two layers + a T-shirt inside. I'm waiting for customer support to get back to us, and I hope they'll compensate me.
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Bus Sleeper, Queen Cafe Bus (Queen Cafe Bus), Mar 15, 2024
They change the bus and location of the departure. WhatsApp service help a little but sometimes informations missing. Bus arrived 40 min before the real time and go 5 min after. Got sick on the bus because of AC. Also team was really friendly but can’t help you or answer any question. Finally i arrived to my destination. Rating on Vietnamese standard.
Bus VIP 20, Duc Duong Bus, Mar 10, 2024
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