The best way to travel from Hue to Hoi An is by riding a motorbike over the Hai Van Pass. This 120km route offers stunning views and is often compared to the Great Ocean Road of Australia. Not into biking? Enjoy similar views by taking the train from Hue to Da Nang as this goes along the same route.
Taking the direct bus is easier than travelling by train, but takes 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!
Traveling the Hai Van Pass by motorbike
The Hai Van Pass is one of the highlights of central Vietnam and often referred to as the ‘Great Ocean Road’ of Vietnam. 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.
When travelling by train from Hue to Hoi An, you first have to travel from Hue to Da Nang railway station. This is the nearest train station to Hoi An and is 45 minutes away.
From Hue city center, you can reach the Hue railway station via a 10-minute taxi ride or 30-minute walk.
Step 1: Hue to Da Nang by Train
Duration: 2.5 hrs Cost: 62,000 VND ($2.70)
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. You can also save a few bucks if you take the first train leaving at 06:25.
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Step 2: Da Nang Railway Station to Hoi An by Bus
Duration: 45 mins Cost: 21,000 VND ($0.90)
When you arrive at Da Nang railway station, you can take either a shuttle bus or a public bus to Hoi An center. The public bus stop is just a 5-minute walk from the railway station.
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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.
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.
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.
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.