How to get from Hoi An to Hue
|Train||4 hours||116.000 VND (€4,50)||Check train tickets|
|Bus||4 hours||130.000 VND (€5)||Check bus tickets|
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 High Van Pass which is an unforgettable experience!
Bus + Train from Hoi An to Hue
4 hours, 116.000 VND (€4,50)
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.
Bus from Hoi An to Hue
4 hours, 130.000 VND (€5)
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.
High Van Pass
The high 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.
Option 1: Bus + Train
Route: Hoi An Da Nang Hue
Duration: 4 hours
Costs: 116.000 VND (€4,50)
The Railway station in Hue is a 10-minute taxi ride or 30min walk to Hue city center.
Bus: Hoi An Da Nang Railway Station
Costs: 20.000 VND (€0,80)
From the bus station in Hanoi, you can take a public bus to Da Nang railway station for 20.000 VND (€0,80). Alternatively, you can take a shuttle bus or a taxi.
See the page about DaNang railway station for more details.
Train: Da Nang Hue
Duration: 3 hours
Costs: 96.000 VND (€4)
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.
|SE10||10:03-12:58||2h 55m||96.000 VND (€4)|
|SE4||12:49-15:26||2h 37m||93.000 VND (€3,50)|
|SE2||13:55-16:19||2h 24m||82.000 VND (€3)|
|SE20 ||18:45-21:24||2h 39m||75.000 VND (€3)|
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Option 2: Bus
Route: Hoi An Hue
Duration: 4 hours
Costs: 130.000 VND (€5)
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 Cafe||08:00-12:00 |
|4h||130.000 VND (€5)|
|Sinh Tourist bus||8:30-12:30|
|4h||130.000 VND (€5)|
|Queen Cafe||13:00-17:00||4h||220.000 VND (€8,50)|
When you book with BookAway, you can use the pick-up service that Queen Cafe Bus offers for €3 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 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
Unfortanetely, I don't have a list of things to do yet. But, at least I can recommend you a good website.
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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