Which is the best way to travel from Hoi An to Hue?
Hoi an and Hue are two tourist destinations located along the coast of Central Vietnam. Located roughly 3 hours from one another (130kms), each location sees tens of thousands of tourist visitors each year due to their individual and unique charm. Additionally, when traveling from Hoi An to Hue, travelers have the opportunity to see famous destinations such as the Marble Mountains, My Khe Beach, Hai Van Pass, Lang Co Beach and Elephant Springs - making it one of the most popular short voyages in Vietnam due to it having so much to offer in such a short distance.
(Hai Van Pass between Hoi An and Hue)
When traveling from Hoi An to Hue, travelers have various modes of transport to choose from. Each has it's own pros and drawbacks, so in this post we will discuss the best ways to travel from Hoi An to Hue so that you can choose the best option for you!
TRAVELING FROM HOI AN TO HUE BY BUS
(travel from Hoi An to Hue by bus)
Traveling by bus is the most basic option when traveling from Hoi An to Hue. The buses run at 2 times at 8am and 1pm every day. The bus is an option who those aren't too concerned with comfort and traveling with other locals (likely no English speaking staff on the bus also) and they don't pickup at hotel so it isn't for everyone.
How to book: You can book this service online, through your hotel or through the many travel agent offices. The most popular companies are Camel Travel, Sinh Tourist and Futa Bus, Hanh cafe, Hung Thanh You can access their websites and see which one suits you the most or just click "BOOK NOW" and we will heelp you
Cost: The cheapest bus service Bus from Hoi An to Hue is around 120,000VND (about $5.3USD) and upwards from there.
Duration: Approximately 3 hours (the bus don't bypasses the Hai Van Pass but travels directly through a tunnel, although at times often moving slower than cars and motorbike)
- Fast and direct
- No sightseeing
- No English speaking staff
- Cannot leave at your exact desired time
- No Privacy
TRAVELING FROM HOI AN TO HUE BY TRAIN
(travel from Hoi An to Hue by train)
Traveling by train is another option for those wanting to travel from Hoi An to Hue -although those wanting to take this option will be required to travel into Danang first, as there is no train station in Hoi An. The trains run more frequently than the bus and also hold more seats. The train is the preferred option for travelers wanting to experience the beautiful scenery Central Vietnam has to offer, as it takes a route separate to the road in which the bus takes, Highway 1. The train ride from Hue to Hoi An is fantastic for some photo opportunities, as well as having the chance to witness some of the true rural living that you may not witness via the bus.
Please note: You can travel from Hoi An to Da Nang via bus, taxi or private car. The trip generally takes around 45 minutes. For those with luggage, we recommend a taxi or private car as they offer more space and also privacy. Taxis and private cars are roughly the same prices.
How to book: Similar once again the bus, you can book train tickets either through your hotel or a tourism office, however it is just as easy to book online.
Cost: Tickets for the train from Hoi An to Hue and vice versa are generally begin at 40,000VND. This is for a hard seat with no air-conditioning (it is always worth a dollar or two more for comfort!). If your hotel is charging you much more, book online yourself.
Duration: 3 hours. The onward trip to Hoi An from Da Nang will take around 40 minutes, making the total trip close to 4 hours.
- better sightseeing
- more frequent timetable
- limited privacy
- no stopping at wanted places
- difficult with luggage
TRAVELING FROM HOI AN TO HUE BY MOTORBIKE
(travel from Hoi An to Hue by motorbike)
Traveling by motorbike is a popular option for that backpacking throughout Vietnam, or even those just daring enough to scale the road between Hoi An to Hue! This trip will take longer than the other options, as motorbikes cannot pass through the tunnel and will have to go via the Hai Van Pass. This is no problem though, as the Hai Van Pass is one of the most popular roads in Vietnam - named by Jeremy Clarkson of Top Gear as "a deserted ribbon of perfection. One of the greatest coastal roads in the world". Traveling by motorbike to Hue can be done either by renting or buying a motorbike in Vietnam or with an organized group tour.
How to book: Most hotels will offer motorbike services, either to rent or in an organized group tour. If not, they can point you to the nearest tourism office in the area. Otherwise, you can book yourself via a quick google search!
Cost: The cost to rent a motorbike one-way where your luggage will be taken for you can be anywhere from 550,000-650,000VND ($25-30USD) depending on which company you use. This doesn't include petrol. Organised group tours will normally cost between 800,000-1,000,000VND per person ($40-50USD).
Duration: 3-3.5 hours if traveling directly by motorbike. Between 5-7 if making stops at all attractions along the way.
- Can stop at tourist destinations along the way
- A chance to witness more scenery than taking the bus
- Navigate the Hai Van Pass
- Potentially dangerous for inexperienced riders
- Not ideal in the wet season (October-February)
- More expensive than bus when traveling in large groups
TRAVELING BY PRIVATE CAR
(travel from Hoi An to Hue by HuePrivateCars)
Traveling by private car has fast become the most popular option when go to Hue from Hoi An or return in recent years, for several reasons. Most companies offer 4 seat, 7 seat and 16 seat vehicles to cater for all group sizes. Traveling from Hoi An to Hue by private car also allows you to customize your own journey, so you are able to stop at any destinations you like whilst skipping those you don't wish to see - with an English speaking driver! Another popular reason is that it is considered the safest option (on par with train) due the drivers being experienced and taking their time to navigate the Hai Van Pass. It may not be ideal for the solo-backpacker due to the higher price than the bus or train, but a great option for families who are wanting to make a memorable experience on their holiday!
How to book: click "BOOK NOW" to make inquire or make your booking for a private car from Hoi An to Hue!
Cost: The cost for this begins at 1,300,000VND ($59USD) for the 4 seat vehicle - per vehicle, not per person! No hidden costs. Don't be afraid to work with the customer service team to make any changes to your journey that you'd like.
Duration: Private car can travel direct for those wanting to arrive quickly in just 2.5 hours. For those wanting to make all stops, the trip normally takes between 5-7 hours. The driver is more than happy to wait at each destination for as long as you like however!
- Couple/Family friendly
- Cost effective for more than one person
- Travel via the Hai Van Pass
- Visit all destinations along the way
- More expensive than the bus/train for the solo traveler