Hoi An to Hue

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How to get from Hoi An to Hue

The best way to travel the 120 km from Hoi An to Hue An is by riding a motorbike over the Hai Van Pass — often dubbed as the Great Ocean Road of Vietnam. Not a bike rider? You have 4 other options to get from Hoi An to Hue: a 4-hour train, a 3-hour bus, a 3.5-hour minivan, and a 3-hour private transfer. Fares range from 111,000 VND ($4.70) to 1,725,000 VND ($73).

Transport modeDurationCostsAvailability
Train4 hours111,000 VND ($4.70)Check train tickets
Bus3 hours132,000 VND ($5.50)Check bus tickets
Minivan3.5 hours300,000 VND ($12.50)Check van tickets
Private Transfer3 hours1,725,000 VND ($73)Book a private transfer

The train is a great alternative to riding a motorbike from Hoi An to Hue. The train goes along the same coast and offers almost the same views. Also, it is the cheapest option with rates from 111,000 VND ($4.70).

The bus and the minivan are direct transfers — from Hoi An city centre to Hue city centre. They may be more convenient, but we still prefer the train. Both the bus and the minivan take a different route through a tunnel, so you will miss the route’s scenic highlight.

When travelling in a group, you can consider taking a private transfer from Hoi An to Hue. This takes you door-to-door with rates starting from 1,725,000 VND ($73) for a 4-seater car.

Travelling the Hai Van Pass by motorbike

We highly recommend booking a motorbike tour or renting a motorbike from Hoi An to Hue. The motorbike is the best way to explore the Hai Van Pass and is an unforgettable experience!

With its 21 km winding road overlooking the sea, the Hai Van Pass is one of the highlights of central Vietnam. There are several companies offering motorbike rental with a pick-up in Hoi An and drop-off in Hue. They also transport your luggage with their own van to Hue.

Itinerary from Hoi An to Hue

Hoi An to Hue travelroute

Hoi An to Hue by Train

Duration: 4 hours
Cost: 111,000 VND ($4.70)
Duration: 4 hours
Cost: 111,000 VND ($4.70)

If you’re not a fan of riding motorbikes, the train is a good alternative.

There is no direct train from Hoi An to Hue, but you can take one from Da Nang to Hue. This route offers almost the same views as a motorcycle ride.

To get to Da Nang, you can take a bus or a taxi from Hoi An.

Step 1: Hoi An to Da Nang Railway Station by Bus

Duration: 1 hour
Cost: 20,000 VND ($0.85)
Duration: 1 hour
Cost: 20,000 VND ($0.85)

There are 2 ways to travel the 1-hour journey from Hoi An to Da Nang Railway Station: by bus for 20,000 VND ($0.85) or by taxi with rates from 446,000 VND ($19).

If you decide to take the bus, just find Bus #1 at Hoi An Bus Station. This will take you up to 155 Le Duan Road. From here, it’s a 10-minute walk to Da Nang Railway Station.

If you’re taking a taxi, we recommend booking one through BookAway, which offers spacious cars with trusted drivers.

See our page about Da Nang Railway Station for more details.

Step 2: Da Nang to Hue by Train

Duration: 3 hours
Cost: 91,000 VND ($3.85)
Duration: 3 hours
Cost: 91,000 VND ($3.85)

There are 4 trains operating from Da Nang to Hue, but only three of these travel during the day. Book a daytime train to enjoy the views of Hai Van Pass!

Ticket prices start from 91,000 VND ($3.85) for the 2.5-hour train journey.

Train schedules from Da Nang to Hue

TrainScheduleSoft seat
SE610:51-13:4491,000 VND ($3.85)
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SE412:28-15:08108,000 VND ($4.60)
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SE213:42-16:09117,000 VND ($4.95)
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SE800:57-03:2785,000 VND ($3.60)
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You are to get off the train at Hue Railway Station, some 2 km away from the city centre. You can get to your hotel on foot or via a short taxi ride.

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Hoi An to Hue by Bus

Duration: 3 hours
Cost: 132,000 VND ($5.50)
Duration: 3 hours
Cost: 132,000 VND ($5.50)

Travelling by bus is convenient because it takes you from the centre of Hoi An to the centre of Hue.

But there’s a catch, buses take a different route through a tunnel. This means that you will completely miss the amazing views from the Hai Van Pass.

Still want to take the bus from Hoi An to Hue? Camel Travel and Techbus VN JSC are among the main operators for this route.

Bus fares start from 132,000 VND ($5.50) and travel time is around 3 hours.

Departure and arrival station

Camel Travel departs from its headquarters in Hoi An, some 2 km east of the Old Town. It arrives at the Camel Travel Office in the centre of Hue, 2 km east of the Imperial City.

Techbus VN JSC leaves from its bus station in Hoi An, 1.5 km north of the Old Town. It parks along Doi Cung Street in Hue city centre.

Bus schedules from Hoi An to Hue

BusScheduleCosts
Camel Travel13:00-16:00132,000 VND ($5.50)
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Techbus VN JSC12:45-16:45
13:00-17:00
230,000 VND ($9.50)
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The Sinh Tourist*8:00-12:00
13:45-17:45
160,000 VND ($6.50)
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Hanh Cafe*08:00-12:00
14:00-18:00
175,000 VND ($7)
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*COVID-19 UPDATE: Last time we checked (November 2022), The Sinh Tourist and Hanh Cafe have yet to resume operations for this route. Check the link provided to see if anything has changed.

PRO TIP: Before you hop on the bus, get some delicious Phi Banh Mi! This is a few minutes walk from the Old Town.

Hoi An to Hue by Minivan

Duration: 3.5 hours
Cost: 300,000 VND ($12.50)
Duration: 3.5 hours
Cost: 300,000 VND ($12.50)

Another way to travel directly from Hoi An to Hue is by minivan. But like the bus, minivans take the Hai Van Tunnel instead of the Hai Van Pass.

Since you will miss the scenic views either way, we recommend taking the bus instead of the minivan. Buses are cheaper and more spacious.

Minivan fares start from 300,000 VND ($12.50) for the 3.5-hour journey.

Departure and arrival station

Dong Hanh Limousine, Barri Ann Travel, and April Adventure depart from their own offices in Hoi An, about 1 km north of the Old Town.

All minivans arrive at Qua Luu Niem in the centre of Hue, 2 km east of the Imperial City.

Van schedules of Hoi An to Hue

BusScheduleCosts
Dong Hanh Limousine08:00-11:15
12:00-15:15
16:00-19:15
300,000 VND ($12.50)
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Barri Ann Travel07:45-10:45
16:00-19:00
448,000 VND ($19)
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April Adventure08:00-11:00
12:00-15:00
464,000 VND ($19.50)
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Hoi An to Hue by Private Transfer

Duration: 3 hours
Cost: 1,725,000 VND ($73)
Duration: 3 hours
Cost: 1,725,000 VND ($73)

With a private transfer, you can travel door-to-door from Hoi An to Hue.

Rates start from 1,725,000 VND ($73) for a car that can fit 4 people. We recommend booking your ride online through BookAway. They offer excellent customer service as well as spacious cars with polite drivers.

Book a Private Transfer with BookAway

 

Our favourite places to stay in Hue

Hong Thien Ruby Hotel

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 $16 and double rooms from $24.

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Hotel La Pere

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 $24.

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Cherish Hue Hotel

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 $42! 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.

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ActivitiesThings 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.

Explore activities in Hue

   

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