Last updated: Sep 17, 2019


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How To Get From Hoi An to Hue?

To start with, we recommend to book a tour or rent a motorbike from Hoi An to Hue. This is the best way to explore the Hai Van Pass which is an unforgettable experience!

If you don’t want to ride a bike, we recommend taking the train. The train goes along the same coast and offers almost the same views.

Although the direct bus is an easier way of traveling from Hoi An to Hue, we still prefer the train. The bus takes a different route through a tunnel, so you will miss this highlight.

Traveling the Hai Van Pass by motorbike

The Hai Van Pass is often compared to the ‘Great Ocean Road’ in Australia and 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.

Transport modeDurationCostsAvailability
Train4 hours120,000 VND ($5.50)Check train tickets
Bus4 hours130,000 VND ($6)Check bus tickets


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Hoi An to Hue travelroute



Hoi An to Hue by Train

Duration: 4 hours
Costs: 120,000 VND ($5.50)

When you want to travel by train from Hoi An to Hue, you first have to go to DaNang railway station. From Hoi An to DaNang railway station takes a bit less than one hour.

The Railway station in Hue is a 10-minute taxi ride or 30min walk to Hue city center.

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

Duration: 45min
Costs: 20,000 VND ($1)

From the bus station in Hanoi, you can take a public bus to Da Nang railway station for 20,000 VND ($1). Alternatively, you can take a shuttle bus or a taxi.

See the page about DaNang railway station for more details.

Step 2: Da Nang to Hue by Train

Duration: 3 hours
Costs: 100,000 VND ($4.40)

We recommend taking the SE10 train, leaving at 10:03 in Dong Ha and arriving at 12:58 in Hue. With this option, you still have an afternoon to walk through Hue and visit the Citadel if you are interested in history.

TrainScheduleDurationSoft seat
SE1010:03-12:58 2h 55m100,000 VND ($4.40)
SE412:49-15:262h 37m95,000 VND ($4.10)
SE2 13:55-16:192h 24m85,000 VND ($3.70)
18:45-21:242h 39m75,000 VND ($3.30)

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Hoi An to Hue by Bus

Duration: 4 hours
Costs: 130,000 VND ($6)

There are several buses from Hoi An to Hue. Hanh Cafe and Sinh Tourist Bus are the ones we recommend since they have the best reputation. See the schedule of 3 bus companies below:

Hanh Cafe08:00-12:00
4h130,000 VND ($6)
Sinh Tourist bus8:30-12:30
4h130,000 VND ($6)
Queen Cafe13:00-17:004h220,000 VND ($9.50)

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When you book with BookAway, you can use the pick-up service that Queen Cafe Bus offers for 80,000 VND ($3.50) more.

Tip: Before you hop on the bus, get some delicious Phi Banh Mi. This is a 2-minute walk from Hanh Cafe and Sinh Tourist pick up point.


My 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 $14 and double rooms from $23.

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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 $23.

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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 $35! 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.

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