Hue to Hoi An

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How to get from Hue to Hoi An

The best way to travel the 120 km from Hue to Hoi An is by riding a motorbike over the Hai Van Pass — often referred to as the Great Ocean Road of Vietnam. If riding a motorbike isn’t your thing, you have 4 other options: a 4-hour train, a 3.5-hour bus, a 3.5-hour van, and a 3-hour private transfer. Rates range between 113,000 VND ($4.55) and 1,725,000 VND ($69).

4 ways to get from Hue to Hoi An

Transport modeDurationCostsAvailability
Train4 hours113,000 VND ($4.55)Check train tickets
Bus3.5 hours130,000 VND ($5)Check bus tickets
Minivan3.5 hours300,000 VND ($12)Check van tickets
Private Transfer3 hours1,725,000 VND ($69)Book a private transfer

The train is the best alternative to riding a motorbike from Hue to Hoi An. While there is no direct train between these two towns, you can take one to Da Nang and still get the same views as when you take the motorbike. Also, the train is the cheapest option with fares from 113,000 VND ($4.55).

Taking a bus is easier than travelling by train because the bus brings you directly from the centre of Hue to the centre of Hoi An. But there’s a downside — buses take a different route through a tunnel. For us, the main attraction of this journey is the view and we don’t want you to miss it by taking the bus!

The minivan also departs and arrives at the centre of both Hue and Hoi An. But like the bus, minivans pass through the Hai Van Tunnel. This means that you will still miss the scenic views of Hai Van Pass when you take a minivan.

Travelling in a group? Taking a private transfer isn’t that much expensive when you split the cost. Prices start from 1,725,000 VND ($69) for a 4-seater car. If you’re travelling in a group of 4, that’s just 431,250 VND ($17) per person.

Travelling the Hai Van Pass by motorbike

The Hai Van Pass is a 21km mountain pass overlooking the sea and the lush forests between Hue and Da Nang. With its stunning views, the Hai Van Pass is one of the highlights of central Vietnam.

The most popular way to explore this area is by motorbike. There are several companies offering motorbike rental with a pick-up in Hoi An and drop-off in Hue. This includes transport of your luggage with their own van to Hue.

When taking the motorbike, we recommend that you depart from Hue early in the morning so you can take your sweet time throughout the ride. Time it well to arrive at the Marble Mountains by sunset, the perfect finale to this amazing journey.

Itinerary from Hue to Hoi An

Hue to Hoi An travelroute

Hue to Hoi An by Train

Duration: 4 hours
Cost: 113,000 VND ($4.55)
Duration: 4 hours
Cost: 113,000 VND ($4.55)

We highly recommend taking the train from Hue to Hoi An — that is, if you’re not comfortable riding a motorbike for this route.

There is no direct train between Hue and Hoi An. You will first take a train to Da Nang, from where you can transfer to a bus or taxi to Hoi An. Despite this not being a direct transfer, we still think the train is the best alternative to taking the motorbike.

With the train, you will still have a full view of Hai Van Pass. And we mean it when we say, this is one view you shouldn’t miss when travelling through central Vietnam!

Step 1: Hue to Da Nang by Train

Duration: 2.5 hours
Cost: 93,000 VND ($3.70)
Duration: 2.5 hours
Cost: 93,000 VND ($3.70)

There are four trains operating from Hue Train Station to Da Nang daily. We recommend taking one of the trains travelling during the day so that you can enjoy the view as it passes along Hai Van Pass.

Ticket prices start from 93,000 VND ($3.70) for a soft seat. Travel time is around 2.5 hours.

Train schedules from Hue to Da Nang (Soft seat)

TrainScheduleSoft seat
SE506:02-08:5293,000 VND ($3.70)
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SE309:02-11:33116,000 VND ($4.65)
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SE111:08-13:36125,000 VND ($5)
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SE720:29-23:0094,000 VND ($3.75)
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Step 2: Da Nang Railway Station to Hoi An by Bus

Duration: 1 hour
Cost: 20,000 VND ($0.80)
Duration: 1 hour
Cost: 20,000 VND ($0.80)

From Da Nang Railway Station, you can take either a bus or a taxi to Hoi An centre.

The bus is the cheaper option at 20,000 VND ($0.80). You will find the nearest bus stop at 155 Le Duan Road, a 10-minute walk from the train station. Hail Bus #1, which will take you to Hoi An Bus Station, 2 km northwest of the Old Town.

Another option is to take a taxi from the train station to your hotel for around 446,000 VND ($17.50).

See our guide for Da Nang Railway Station to Hoi An for the bus schedules and more details.

Hue to Hoi An by Bus*

Duration: 3.5 hours
Cost: 130,000 VND ($5)
Duration: 3.5 hours
Cost: 130,000 VND ($5)

COVID-19 UPDATE: The last time we checked (November 2022), buses have yet to resume operations for the Hue to Hoi An route. Please check the link provided to see if anything has changed.

The bus is a direct way to get from Hue to Hoi An. This may make it seem like the more convenient option. But unfortunately, unlike trains, buses pass through the Hai Van Tunnel instead of the Hai Van Pass.

That means that when you take the bus, you will miss the splendid views this route has to offer.

Still want to travel by bus from Hue to Hoi An? You can choose from two main companies: Hanh Cafe and Sinh Tourist. Fares start from 130,000 VND ($5) for the 3.5-hour journey.

Bus schedules from Hue to Hoi An*

BusScheduleCosts
Hanh Cafe08:30-12:00
13:00-16:30
190,000 VND ($7.50)
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Sinh Tourist07:30-11:30
13:15-16:45
130,000 VND ($5)
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COVID-19 UPDATE: The last time we checked (November 2022), buses have yet to resume operations for the Hue to Hoi An route. Please check the link provided to see if anything has changed.

Hue to Hoi An by Van

Duration: 3.5 hours
Cost: 300,000 VND ($12)
Duration: 3.5 hours
Cost: 300,000 VND ($12)

Another direct option when travelling from Hue to Hoi An is the minivan. All minivans operating on this route depart and arrive at the city centre, so you shouldn’t have a hard time finding your way to/from van terminals.

Like the bus, though, minivans travel through the Hai Van Tunnel. So you will still miss the impressive views along the way!

Prices start from 300,000 VND ($12) for the 3.5-hour minivan journey.

Departure and arrival station

All minivans depart from Qua Luu Niem in Hue city centre.

Dong Hanh Limousine arrives at its headquarters in Hoi An, while Barri Ann and April Adventure park at their terminal along Hai Ba Trung Street. You can find both offices 1 km north of Hoi An’s Old Town.

Van schedules from Hue to Hoi An

BusScheduleCosts
Dong Hanh Limousine08:00-11:15
12:00-15:15
16:00-19:15
300,000 VND ($12)
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Barri Ann Travel07:30-11:30
13:15-16:45
448,000 VND ($18)
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April Adventure08:00-11:00
12:00-15:00
16:00-19:00
464,000 VND ($18.50)
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Hue to Hoi An by Private Transfer

Duration: 3 hours
Cost: 1,725,000 VND ($69)
Duration: 3 hours
Cost: 1,725,000 VND ($69)

Looking for a door-to-door ride? You can get a private transfer from Hue to Hoi An.

Rates for a 4-seater sedan start from 1,725,000 VND ($69) when you book with BookAway, which offers comfortable cars that come with professional drivers.

Book a Private Transfer with BookAway

 

Our favourite places to stay in Hoi An

HaLo HomeStay

HaLo Homestay is an incredible budget option. You won't quite believe the standard of the rooms for the price you're paying. They're large, modern and very clean. The owners serve a delicious breakfast and will do everything they can to guarantee you a perfect stay. They even have free bikes for you to use. From the homestay you can reach the Old Quarter or beach within 5 minutes.

Double rooms from: $11

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Flame Flowers Homestay

Expect a warm welcome when you arrive at Flame Flowers Homestay. The owners feel like family from the moment you meet them. Guests have been known to extend their stays here as they just can't face leaving. The spacious rooms provide you with everything you need - a good nights sleep and ultimate comfort!

Double rooms from: $25

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Vina Beach Pool Villas

Dreaming of a luxurious retreat right next to the beach? Vina Beach Pool Villas tick all the boxes. There's a relaxing pool, lush gardens and it's only steps away from the beach. And after a hard day of relaxing, their super comfortable beds offer the best nights sleep. On top of that, the owners can't do enough to ensure you have an unforgettable stay.

Double rooms from: $40

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ActivitiesThings to do in Hoi An


The online activity platform Klook offers many tours in Hoi An 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.

Explore activities in Hoi An

 

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