Flight, Train or Bus from Hanoi to Hue?
- 3 hours
- 13,5 hours
- 13,5 hours
How to get from Hanoi to Hue?
We prefer to fly from Hanoi to Hue because it saves you a lot of time compared to the train or bus. However, flights are not very cheap so you should consider booking in advance.
If you prefer to travel by night, you can also book a sleeper train. Sleeper trains are pretty convenient, but won’t save you much money compared to flying. Since the journey takes 13 hours instead of 1,5 with the flight we do not recommend this option.
The bus ride also takes much longer, but if you are on a tight budget it can save you some money.
Your options at a glance
|Flight||3 hours||766.000 VND (€29,50)||Check flights|
|Train||13 hours||722.000 VND (€27,50)||Check train tickets|
|Bus||13 hours||280.000 VND (€11)||Check bus tickets|
Flight from Hanoi to Hue
Duration: 3 hours
Costs: 766.000 VND (€29,50)
The flight from Hanoi to Hue takes only 1 hour and 10 minutes. Since both cities have an airport, it doesn’t take much extra time to travel to the airport.
Vietjet Air, Hanh Air and Vietnam Airlines are the 3 airlines operating on this route.
Vietjet air offers cheap flights starting from 766.000 VND (€29,50) when you book in advance. But tickets are more expensive in the high season or close to the travel date. When booking only a few days in advance, expect to pay around 1.995.000 VND (€76,50).
Hanoi Airport (Noi Bai)
From Hanoi center to the airport takes about 1 hour and costs 40.000 VND (€1,50) with the shuttle bus. See Hanoi Airport for more details.
Hue Airport (Phu Bai)
Phu Bai Airport is 15km south of Hue and takes only 30min from the city center. Expect to pay around 250.000 VND (€9) for a taxi or 50.000 VND (€1,90) for a shuttle bus. You can find the shuttle buses when you walk out of the airport.
Train from Hanoi to Hue
Duration: 13h 16min
Costs: 722.000 VND (€27,50)
The railway station in Hue is a 10-minute taxi ride or 30-min walk to Hue city center. When you decide to travel by train, we recommend taking one of the two night trains below.
|SE1||22:10-10:52||12h 32m||840.000 VND (€32)|
|SE19||20:10-09:26||13h 16m||722.000 VND (€27,50)|
There are also several day trains leaving from Hanoi to Hue, but we don’t see the point of spending more than 12 hours of your valuable day time in a train.
Looking for more luxury?
Although the trains mentioned above are not bad, you can get a lot more luxury when you book with Lotus Express. More expensive options don’t always offer a lot of extra value, but this company really receives exceptional reviews.
Expect very clean conditions, very comfortable bed, excellent wifi and great staff. In short, it’s a little luxury hotel room in a train!
See here their schedule:
|Lotus train||20:10-09:26||13h 16m||1.275.000 VND (€50)|
Bus from Hanoi to Hue
Duration: 13 hours
Costs: 280.000 VND (€11)
There are several bus companies which go from Hanoi to Hue. Below we will provide a selection of night buses with convenient travel times.
We do not recommend to take a bus during the day since you will lose a full day on traveling. If you want to travel by day, it’s better to book a flight.
|The Sinh Tourist||18:00-07:00||13h||280.000 VND (€11)|
|Queen Cafe||19:00-06:00||11h||390.000 VND (€15) + free pick-up|
|Vietnam Tourist||19:00-08:30||13h 30m||440.000 VND (€17)|
|Vietnam Transports||17:30-10:00||14h 30m||575.000 VND (€22) + free pick-up|
|Khanh Sinh Tour||17:30-07:00||13h 30m||715.000 VND (€27)|
Queen Cafe and Vietnam Tourist both provide free pick-up service.
My favourite places to stay in Hue
Hong Thien Ruby Hotel offers great value if you don't want to spent too much on an accommodation. Excellent breakfast, good location and friendly staff. What do you need more? Single beds incl. breakfast from €13 and double rooms from €21.
Another hotel that offers great value for money is Hotel La Perle. This eco-friendly hotel is located in the same area and also offers an outstanding breakfast plus fresh fruit all day long! Double rooms start from €21.
Want to treat yourself? The experience you get a Cherish Hue Hotel would cost you over €100 in a Western country, but here it won't cost you more than €32! The staff is super professional and a breakfast buffet like this is hard to find anywhere else! The hotel also has a spa where you get a 30% discount as a guest and you can get a massage or other treatment for very reasonable prices.
Things to do in Hue
The online activity platform Klook offers many tours in Hue at great prices. I used it now for a couple of times and had great experiences. And the prices are often even lower than when you book with a local travel agent!
And most important, by booking the activity in advance, you avoid the problem of fully booked tours.
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