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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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