Traveling on the night train is a very convenient option for this journey. You can get a good night of sleep and won’t lose a day travelling. The railway station in Hue is a 10-min taxi ride or 30-min walk to Hue city center.
If you choose to go by train, we recommend taking one of the three night trains below.
The trains of VNR are not a bad option. But if you prefer a bit more comfort, I recommend to check out the train of Lotus Express. This company has started operating new trains on this route and receive exceptional reviews.
Expect a very tidy train and cabins, very comfy bed, excellent wifi and very friendly staff. In short, expect a little luxury hotel room within a train!
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Ninh Binh to Hue by Bus
Duration: 10h 30m Cost: 325,000 VND ($14)
There are a few bus companies that go from Ninh Binh to Hue. But, we do not recommend to travel this long distance by bus. The night train is much safer and offers more comfort since you will have a mattress instead of a reclined seat.
Below you find 3 options for the bus from Ninh Binh to Hue.
Duration: At least 6 hours Cost: 1,500,000 VND ($65)
Because Ninh Binh does not have an airport, you will have to catch a flight from the closest airport which is in Hanoi.
We do not recommend this option as you will lose the largest part of the day on travelling. This option will also involve a few transfers and will not save you that much time. Taking the train is very convenient and also saves you a lot of daytime compared to taking the flight.
If you still want to take the flight, you can choose between a few flights from Hanoi to Hue.
Vietjet Air has a flight leaving at 10:30 for 1,370,000 VND ($59) but this means you have to leave Ninh Binh quite early. You can take the earliest minivan from Khanh Anh, which leaves Ninh Binh at 5:30 so you can be in Hanoi by 7:45. From here, you can take a 1-hour taxi ride to the airport.
If you don’t want to get up that early, Vietjet Air and Bamboo Airways have more flights leaving for Hue throughout the day.
In the end, the total journey will take about 6-7 hours and cost at least 1,500,000 VND ($65).
Hong Thien Ruby Hotel offers great value if you don't want to spent too much on an accommodation. Excellent breakfast, good location and friendly staff. What do you need more? Single beds incl. breakfast from $16 and double rooms from $24.
Another hotel that offers great value for money is Hotel La Perle. This eco-friendly hotel is located in the same area and also offers an outstanding breakfast plus fresh fruit all day long! Double rooms start from $24.
Want to treat yourself? The experience you get a Cherish Hue Hotel would cost you over $100 in a Western country, but here it won't cost you more than $42! The staff is super professional and a breakfast buffet like this is hard to find anywhere else! The hotel also has a spa where you get a 30% discount as a guest and you can get a massage or other treatment for very reasonable prices.
The online activity platform Klook offers many tours in Hue 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.