How To Get From Hue to Hoi An?
To start with, we do not recommend to travel this distance by train or bus. Instead, book a tour or rent a motorbike to drive over the High van pass from Hue to Hoi An.
If riding a bike is not for you, we recommend taking the train. The train also takes you along the same road and almost offers the same views. When traveling by train you can book one from Da Nang to Hue.
The direct bus is easier than taking the train but takes a different route through a tunnel. We don’t want you to miss this highlight.
Traveling the Hai Van Pass by motorbike
The Hai Van Pass is one of the highlights of central Vietnam and often compared to the ‘Great Ocean Road’ in Australia. 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.
|Train||4 hours||115,000 VND ($5)||Check train tickets|
|Bus||3.5 hours||130,000 VND ($6)||Check bus tickets|
View itinerary from Hue to Hoi An
Hue to Hoi An by Train
Route: Hue Da Nang Hoi An
Duration: 4 hrs
Costs: 115,000 VND ($5)
When traveling by train from Hue to Hoi An, you have to travel from Hue to Da Nang railway station. this railway station is 45 mins from Hoi An.
The railway station in Hue is a 10-minute taxi ride or 30-minute walk from Hue city center.
Step 1: Hue to Da Nang by Train
Duration: 2.5 hrs
Costs: 90,000 VND ($4)
There are over 10 different trains from Hue to Da Nang. We recommend to book a morning train, so you can still spend your afternoon in Hoi An.
See here some suggestions:
|SE1||10:59-13:25||2h 26m||105,000 VND ($4.60)|
|SE19||09:31-12:20||2h 49m||105,000 VND ($4.60)|
|SE3||08:37-11:05||2h 28m||90,000 VND ($3.90)|
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Step 2: Da Nang Railway Station to Hoi An by Bus
Duration: 45 mins
Costs: 21,000 VND ($0.90)
When you arrive at Da Nang railway station you can take a shuttle bus or public bus to Hoi An center. The public bus stop is just 5-minute walk from the railway station.
See From DaNang railway station to Hoi An for the bus schedule and more details.
Hue to Hoi An by Bus
Duration: 3.5 hrs
Costs: 130,000 VND ($6)
There are several buses a day leaving from Hue to Hoi An. Hanh Cafe and Sinh Tourist are the most popular ones, but Hung Thanh and Khanh Sinh Tour are also good options.
|3h 30m||130,000 VND ($5.50)|
|Sinh Tourist bus||08:00-12:00|
|130,000 VND ($5.50)|
|4h||130,000 VND ($5.50)|
|Khanh Sinh Tour||07:30-11:30|
|4h||245,000 VND ($10.50)|
The bus tickets on the button above re-direct to Baolau which has the cheapest option. However, for the most effortless booking experience, we recommend booking with BookAway. They are also the only option to go when you want to book with Khanh Sinh Tour.
My favourite places to stay in Hoi An
You think you can only find good banana pancakes in Thailand? Wait till you get them for breakfast at HaLo HomeStay. This homestay has it all: The high-end standard of a hotel combined with the family feeling of a homestay. The owners serve a lovely breakfast and will do everything to get most out of your stay. You can explore Hoi An with their free bicycle rental and reach the Old Quarter or beach within 5 minutes.
Double rooms from: $12
When Halo Homestay is already fully booked, there are still several other great options to stay in Hoi An. Flame Flowers Homestay is one of them. Expect a very warm welcome from the owners. They will feel like family from the moment you meet them.
Double rooms from: $16
Looking for a more luxurious experience right next to the beach? This little villa is within walking distance from the beach and is a perfect place to stay when you want to escape from the busy city life. Chill at the beach, relax at the pool and have a great night of sleep in a comfy bed.
Double rooms from: $40
Things 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.
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