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.
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.
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.
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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