Hue to Hanoi

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How to get from Hue to Hanoi?

Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi is a vibrant mix of heritage and modernity.

At its heart is the Old Quarter, a favourite tourist destination bustling with cozy hotels, old residential buildings and neighbourhood cafes. Composed of 36 streets, just walking around this area will reward you with many amazing discoveries.

Hanoi’s must-visit sites include Thang Long Imperial Citadel, Temple of Literature, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, and the 19th-century Gothic St. Joseph’s Cathedral. Make sure to try as much street food as you can, lounge at one of their many coffee shops, and stroll around Hoan Kiem Lake.

3 ways to get from Hue to Hanoi

Transport modeDurationCostsAvailability
Flight3 hours735,000 VND ($31)Check flights
Train13.5 hours921,000 VND ($38.50)Check train tickets
Bus12.5 hours390,000 VND ($16)Check bus tickets

The fastest way to travel the 675km distance from Hue to Hanoi is by flight. This plane journey takes 3 hours and costs around 735,000 VND ($31). Other options include a 13.5-hour train and a 12.5-hour bus.

Flying from Hue to Hanoi saves a lot of time. Including airport transfers, total travel time only takes about 3 hours. Combined fares are quite reasonable too, starting from 735,000 VND ($31).

TIP: If you decide to travel by plane, please consider including a carbon compensation fee to reduce your impact on the environment.

Taking a train is an experience in itself, but takes around 13.5 hours. If you’re taking the train, pick one that travels overnight so you won’t lose a day on the journey. Also, we recommend getting a bunk on a 4-berth cabin for the most comfort.

The night bus is the cheapest option with fares from 390,000 VND ($16). Keep in mind though that the bus is neither the safest nor most convenient way to get from Hue to Hanoi.

Itinerary from Hue to Hanoi

Hue to Hanoi travelroute

Hue to Hanoi by Flight

Duration: 3 hours
Cost: 735,000 VND ($31)
Duration: 3 hours
Cost: 735,000 VND ($31)

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 minutes
Cost: 70,000 VND ($2.95)
Duration: 30 minutes
Cost: 70,000 VND ($2.95)

Hue Airport is located some 15km southeast of Hue city centre. We recommend taking a shuttle bus or a taxi to get from the city centre to the airport. Travel time is around 30 minutes.

A shuttle bus ride costs only 70,000 VND ($2.95). Buses depart from the Vietnam Airlines/Vietjet Air office in Hue city centre.

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). You can hail a taxi from the street, but we recommend pre-booking your ride through BookAway for a guaranteed comfortable ride.

Book a Taxi with BookAway

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
Cost: 620,000 VND ($26)
Duration: 1hr 15m
Cost: 620,000 VND ($26)

Vietjet Air, Bamboo Airways, and Vietnam Airlines offer several flights from Hue to Hanoi daily.

Airfares range from 620,000 VND ($26) to 740,000 VND ($31). It’s best to book your flight in advance for the best rates. Flight prices can go as high as 1,000,000 VND ($42) on really busy days or as the travel date nears.

The flight from Hue to Hanoi takes around 1hr 15m.

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Step 3: Hanoi Airport to Hanoi

Duration: 1 hour
Cost: 45,000 VND ($1.90)
Duration: 1 hour
Cost: 45,000 VND ($1.90)

From Hanoi Airport, you’ll need to travel 30km 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 ($1.90). 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 ($9.50).

See the page about Hanoi Airport for more details.

Hue to Hanoi by Train

Duration: 13.5 hours
Cost: 921,000 VND ($38.50)
Duration: 13.5 hours
Cost: 921,000 VND ($38.50)

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 ($38.50). Rates are cheaper for soft seats and a 6-berth bunk, but they are not as comfortable.

Departure & Arrival station

Trains depart from Hue Railway Station, located 2km south of the Imperial City.

You are to get off at Hanoi Railway Station, some 2km southwest of the Old Quarter. You can walk to your hotel or take a short taxi ride.

Train Schedules from Hue to Hanoi (Sleeper berth)

TrainScheduleSleeper berth
SE803:34-19:12921,000 VND ($38.50)
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SE613:51-04:171,085,000 VND ($45.50)
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SE415:15-05:001,066,000 VND ($45)
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SE216:16-05:401,012,000 VND ($42.50)
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SE1217:56-10:05963,000 VND ($40.50)
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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)!

Hue to Hanoi by Bus

Duration: 12.5 hours
Cost: 390,000 VND ($16)
Duration: 12.5 hours
Cost: 390,000 VND ($16)

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), 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.

Departure & Arrival station

Both Camel Travel and The Long Travel depart from 62 Chu Van An Street in Hue city centre. They park at the Camel Travel Office in Hanoi, about 2km south of the Old Quarter.

Queen Cafe departs from Laurel Hotel in Hue centre and arrives at the Queen Cafe Office in Hanoi, just a few minutes’ walk from Hoan Kiem Lake.

Bus Schedules from Hue to Hanoi

BusScheduleCosts
Camel Travel17:00-05:30390,000 VND ($16)
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The Long Travel16:30-05:30450,000 VND ($19)
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Queen Cafe Bus17:00-06:30463,000 VND ($19.50)
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For guaranteed seats, we recommend booking your ticket online via BookAway, which offers the most number of bus selections from Hue to Hanoi.

 

Our favourite places to stay in Hanoi

Ancient Lane Hotel

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

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Nova Luxury Hotel

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

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    Activities

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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