Want to know how to get from Hue to Hanoi? In this post, we’ll share a summary of the three ways to get there and compare each option on duration, costs and level of comfort. For each option, we go into more detail to help you decide which transport provider to book with and where to buy your tickets.
What to expect when visiting Hanoi
Hanoi is Vietnam’s bustling capital, where heritage and modernity collide. At its heart is the iconic Old Quarter bustling with cosy hotels, old residential buildings and neighbourhood cafes. Composed of 36 streets, just walking around this area will reward you with many amazing discoveries.
Must-visit sites include the Thang Long Imperial Citadel, the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, and the 19th-century gothic St. Joseph’s Cathedral. We recommend munching on as much street food as you can, strolling around Hoan Kiem Lake, and our favourite: watching the world go by from one of the many coffee shops in Hanoi.
3 ways to get from Hue to Hanoi
There are three ways to travel the distance of 675 km (419 miles) from Hue to Hanoi: by bus (12h30m-13h30m), train (13h24m-16h9m) and flight (1h45m). The journey takes between 1h45m - 16h09m and the quickest way is by flight. The lowest priced tickets start from 390,000 VND ($16.00) for the bus.
If you’re on a budget, you can also take the bus from Hue to Hanoi. Buses are neither as safe nor as comfortable as a flight or a train ride, but they offer a very affordable alternative.
Bus fares from Hue to Hanoi start from 390,000 VND ($16.00), just about half the price of taking a flight. Camel Travel, The Long Travel, and Queen Cafe are among the companies offering buses for this route.
All buses for this route operate overnight. So even though the travel time takes 12.5-13.5 hours, you won’t lose a whole day in the journey.
As buses arrive very early in Hanoi, you can either check in early at your hotel or spend the morning at one of Hanoi’s neihborhood coffee shops.
If the bus departure point is too far from your hotel, you can also take a taxi to the airport. Taxi rates start from 270,000 VND ($11.00). You can hail a taxi from the street, but we recommend pre-booking your ride through BookAway for a guaranteed comfortable ride.
You can also check our page on Hue Airport for more details.
Step 2: Hue Airport (Phu Bai) to Hanoi Airport (Noi Bai)
Duration: 1hr 15m
Costs: 620,000 VND ($25.50)
Duration: 1hr 15m
Costs: 620,000 VND ($25.50)
Vietjet Air, Bamboo Airways, and Vietnam Airlines offer several flights from Hue to Hanoi daily.
Airfares range from 620,000 VND ($25.00) to 740,000 VND ($30.00). It’s best to book your flight in advance for the best rates. Flight prices can go as high as 1,000,000 VND ($40.50) on really busy days or as the travel date nears.
The flight from Hue to Hanoi takes around 1hr 15m.
From Hanoi Airport, you’ll need to travel 30 km south to reach the city centre.
The most cost-efficient way to get to your hotel is via Express Bus 86. A ticket costs 45,000 VND ($1.80). Bus 86 makes several stops near the Old Quarter before finally parking at Hanoi Railway Station.
If you prefer a private ride, you can also take a taxi or hail a car via Grab. Taxi rates from the airport to Hanoi city centre start from 230,000 VND ($9.00).
It is quite a long journey from Hue to Hanoi by train. Travel time takes 13.5-16 hours, depending on which train you take.
The advantage of the train though is that you can travel overnight – you can just sleep for the most part of the journey and also save one night on accommodation.
It’s best to book a sleeper berth for more convenience. Ticket prices for a bunk in a 4-berth cabin start from 921,000 VND ($37.50). Rates are cheaper for soft seats and a 6-berth bunk, but they are not as comfortable.
TIP: Take either SE2 or SE12 so that you can have a good night’s sleep and arrive just in time to start the day in Hanoi. This way, you can explore the Old Quarter as soon as you arrive (or maybe after a cup of their amazing coffee)!
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 centre, but completely isolated from all the noise.
The fastest way to travel the Hue-Hanoi route is by flight. This flight journey takes around 3 hours, already including transfers. Combined fares start from 735,000 VND ($30.00).
How much is a train ride from Hue to Hanoi?
Ticket prices for a train ride from Hue to Hanoi start from 921,000 VND ($37.50) when you book a 4-berth sleeper. If you don’t mind sharing a train cabin with more people, 6-berth sleepers are cheaper at around 810,000 VND ($33.00) per person.
How long does it take to travel from Hue to Hanoi?
Travelling to Hanoi from Hue takes 3 hours by flight, 13.5 hours by train, and 12.5 hours by bus.
What are my options when travelling from Hue to Hanoi?
There are 3 ways you can travel from Hue to Hanoi: by flight, by train, and by bus. We recommend taking a flight for speed and convenience.
Can I take a bus from Hue to Hanoi?
Yes, there are a number of bus trips available from Hue to Hanoi daily. The bus is the cheapest option with fares from 390,000 VND ($16.00). It may not be the most comfortable way to travel this long journey, though. We think it will be worth spending more on a flight or a train journey.
Rounding it up
We hope this guide was helpful in planning how to get from Hue to Hanoi. If there's anything else you're wondering about, drop us a comment and we'll do our best to answer you within a few days.
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