How to get from Hue to Hanoi?
The fastest way to travel the 675km distance from Hue to Hanoi is by flight. This plane journey takes around 3 hours and costs $26. Other options include taking the train (14.5 hours) or taking the bus (13 hours).
Flying from Hue to Hanoi saves lots of time, which is why we prefer booking a flight. The entire journey only takes 3 hours, including the bus from and to the airport.
Flight, Train or Bus?
|Flight||3 hours||600,000 VND ($26)||Check flights|
|Train||14h 24min||670,000 VND ($29)||Check train tickets|
|Bus||13 hours||300,000 VND ($13)||Check bus tickets|
Taking the sleeper train is sometimes even more expensive than flying and can take up to 14 hours. However, you can save a night on accommodation with this option.
The bus is the cheapest option. If you’re on a tight budget, taking the night bus is your best bet.
Itinerary from Hue to Hanoi
- Hue Airport
- 1h 15min
- Hanoi Airport
- 14h 24min
Hue to Hanoi by Flight
Duration: 3 hours
Cost: 600,000 VND ($26)
We recommend taking a flight from Hue to Hanoi as the entire journey takes only about 3 hours. If you book a flight in advance, this option can even be cheaper than taking the train.
Step 1: Hue to Hue Airport (Phu Bai)
Duration: 30 min
Cost: 50,000 VND ($2.20)
You can take a taxi or a shuttle bus to get from Hue city center to Hue Airport. A taxi costs around 250,000 VND ($11) and the shuttle bus only 50,000 VND ($2.20). If you prefer the shuttle bus, ask your hotel or a local agency.
You can also check our page on Hue Airport for more details.
Step 2: Hue Airport (Phu Bai) to Hanoi Airport (Noi Bai)
Duration: 1h 15min
Cost: 510,000 VND ($22)
There are many flights operating between Hue and Hanoi daily.
Vietjet Air offers the cheapest flights, with tickets starting from 510,000 VND ($22). The flight takes 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Vietnam Airlines also offers multiple flights from Hue to Hanoi, but their tickets are priced slightly higher than Vietjet Air. Tickets with Vietnam Airlines start from 650,000 VND ($28).
Han Air and Bamboo Airways also operate direct flights from Hue to Hanoi daily.
Step 3: Hanoi Airport to Hanoi
Duration: 1h 15min
Cost: 40,000 VND ($1.80)
From Hanoi Airport, it is easy to take a shuttle bus to the city center. A ticket costs 40,000 VND ($1.80) and the trip takes about 1 hour.
See the page about Hanoi Airport for more details.
Hue to Hanoi by Train
Duration: 14h 26min
Cost: 670,000 VND ($29)
Taking the train from Hue to Hanoi can take up to 14 hours. You can have a bed in a 6-berth cabin for at least 670,000 VND ($29). That is often more expensive than a plane ticket, but it can save you a night on accommodation.
We suggest taking one of the trains listed below as they will cross the largest part of the journey by night. They depart Hue late in the afternoon or evening.
Hue railway station is a 10-min taxi ride or 30-min walk from Hue city center.
|SE2||16:35-05:30||12h 55m||805,000 VND ($35)|
|SE20||21:34-12:00||14h 26m||670,000 VND ($29)|
Hue to Hanoi by Bus
Duration: 13 hours
Cost: 300,000 VND ($13)
If you prefer to make the journey by bus, we recommend taking the night bus so you can save on valuable day time.
Hung Thanh, Queen Cafe and The Sinh Tourist offer trips that depart Hue between 17:00-18:00 daily. Expect to pay 300,000 VND ($13) for the bus ticket.
|13h||300,000 VND ($13)|
|Queen Cafe Bus||17:00-06:00||13h||300,000 VND ($13)|
|The Sinh Tourist||17:30-06:30||340,000 VND ($14.50)|
Note that the companies above have different departure and arrival points. If you are staying at the Old Quarter in Hanoi, it would be better to take either Queen Cafe or The Sinh Tourist.
- Departs from 12 Duong Van An in Hue city center
- Arrives at 1 Tran Khanh Du, south of Hanoi city center
- Departs from 11 Doi Cung in Hue city center
- Arrives at 208 Tran Quang Khai, near Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi city center
The Sinh Tourist
- 38 Chu Van An in Hue city center
- Arrives at 64 Tran Nhat Duat, near the Old Quarter in Hanoi city center
My favourite places to stay in Hanoi
Looking for a room in the middle of the Old Quarter? Ancient Lane Hotel offers very clean rooms nicely decorated with ancient attributes. The hosts Thuy and Tuan will make sure you'll have a great stay!
Double room from: $28
Just landed in Hanoi? In this hotel, you will get the best night of sleep you had since ages. The friendly staff will give you a warm welcome and serve a wonderful breakfast buffet the next morning! Located in the middle of the center, but completely isolated from all the noise.
Double rooms with city view from: $42
Visiting Halong Bay
For many travellers, Halong Bay is one of the highlights of Vietnam. The stunning landscape and breathtaking views over the limestone rocks look almost unreal!
To experience Halong Bay in the best way, you can book a boat cruise departing from Hanoi. Organized tours departing from Hanoi are often cheaper than tours sold by agencies in Halong Bay and another advantage is that you don't need to organize your transport to get there.
We recommend to book your boat tour online to get the best prices and be certain that you book with a trusted company. I already spoke to many travellers who booked boat trips from a random agency on the street and were very disappointed by the service and conditions of this boat.
See here our recommendtion of well-rated boat cruises
*Both tours include free pick-up and drop-off in Hanoi.
Want to have a broader choice of tours? Check out Halongbaytours for more boat cruises around Halong Bay and Lan Ha Bay (Cat Ba).
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