Hanoi to Hue

Hanoi to Hue

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Hanoi to Hue Schedule

Hanoi to Hue Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
VietJet Air Economy #VJ56505:55 - 07:10VND 1,150k
Bamboo Airways Economy #QH120307:25 - 08:40VND 1,825k
Vietnam Railways Class II Sleeper AC 08:45 - 00:37VND 1,061k
VietJet Air Economy #VJ56711:40 - 12:55VND 1,260k
Vietnam Railways VIP Sleeper 12:25 - 02:41VND 761k
Vietnam Railways Class II AC 15:30 - 05:51VND 511k
Cua Ong Limousine Sleeper 40 17:00 - 06:00VND 435k
Grouptour VIP Sleeper 41 18:30 - 09:00$ 19.83
Vietnam Railways Class II AC 20:25 - 11:13VND 568k
Vietnam Railways Class II Sleeper AC 22:00 - 10:45VND 1,249k

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$14
Fastest Transport1h 15m
Earliest Departure6:10 AM
Latest Departure10:00 PM
Departures per day29
Distance724 kilometers
Transport CompaniesBamboo Airways, Grouptour, KT Travel Hue, Laman Express, Lotus Train, NewLivitrans Express, Techbus VN JSC, Vietnam Airlines, Vietnam Railways, Violette Express Train

Hanoi to Hue Destination Reviews

Even though we originally booked 2 lower births in a cabin. After a couple of stops the guard insisted that I moved to the upper birth to allow a lady to have the lower one. But the upper birth was comfortable once I had managed to get up there. The guard knocked on the door to let us know that our station was next and directed us to our exit.
Train #SE1 VIP Sleeper 4x, NewLivitrans Express (SONG HONG RAILWAY TOURIST SERVICES COMPANY LIMITED), Sep 20, 2023
first-class compartment is overpriced. For more than 130$ you have very poor breakfast and hot soft drinks and beer (that should be cold actually), no toiletries, no towel, even no trainman in our coach. AC works well. Toilet is clear. Wifi is promised but doesn't work.
Train #SE19 1st Class Sleeper, Laman Express, Sep 13, 2023
Someone went into my bag and stole money while I was sleeping
Bus VIP, Techbus VN JSC (Techbus Vietnam Joint stock company), Sep 4, 2023
All was very good but there was no wi-fi even though it's supposed to be provided.
Train #SE19 VIP Sleeper 4x, Laman Express, Aug 27, 2023
We are 2hours late. Driver stop every 2 hours for do nothing. Was smoking inside the bus whole night. It was disgusting for everyone but he doesn’t care. We paid extra money for a bus confortable and it wasn’t. No wifi. Not recommend!
Bus VIP, Techbus VN JSC (Techbus Vietnam Joint stock company), Aug 24, 2023
I’m easy to please. The VNR train wasn’t what I booked or paid for but the views are the same from any window. I was bumped from Lehman and placed on a VNR car. It seems this is too commonplace. The communication from 12go.asia was top notch. Timely and thorough.
Train #SE9 1st Class Sleeper, Vietnam Railways (Đường sắt Việt Nam), Jul 19, 2023
Overall experience was good. Seats were comfortable private. However, no toilet paper or running water. Tv didn’t work.
Bus VIP, Techbus VN JSC (Techbus Vietnam Joint stock company), Jun 19, 2023
Easy to book, details confirmed within hours and clear information in the mail. Arrives at pick up point where a minibus picked a handful of people and we then went to another location. It took about 1h to get sorted and separated in buses but then we were on our way. Ride was OK, seats were comfortable enough but a lot of beeping and movement meant I woke up several times overnight. Arrived to destination as advertised. Good value for money, would recommend the VIP one as it has charging points and newer seats. I'd use it again
Bus VIP 33 Sleeper , Grouptour (Công ty du lịch quốc tế Grouptour), Jun 1, 2023
Both the lower and upper berth were long enough for us (at least 185 cm). The air conditioner was weak, so it wasn't very cold. The sheet doesn't cover the entire bed, so either bring your own sheet or wear pyjamas.
Train #SE3 1st Class Sleeper, Vietnam Railways (Đường sắt Việt Nam), May 23, 2023
The berth are really really hard, almost impossible for me to sleep. The train is shaking so much you have the impression to be on Harry Potter's magic bus. But the train was very clean, personnel very polite and we were on perfect time !
Train #SE19 1st Class Sleeper, Vietnam Railways (Đường sắt Việt Nam), May 17, 2023
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