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, Ling Ung Pagoda, 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, you 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! Each option will vary in duration, price, itinerary and comfort so make sure you take time to know which is best for you, as this is a journey you may only do once in a lifetime!
TRAVELING FROM HOI AN TO HUE BY BUS
(travel from Hoi An to Hue by sleeper bus)
Traveling by bus is one of the most popular options when traveling from Hoi An to Hue, especially for two types of travelers; those on a budget and those wanting to arrive quickly. The bus from Hoi An to Hue will take approximately 3 hours. . The bus is a great option for those who aren’t too concerned with comfort and sightseeing along the way, however I would recommend against for those wanting more. The bus runs twice per day, at 8:15am and 1:30pm. Please note that the bus does not cross the Hai Van Pass – it takes the direct route through the tunnel which reduces the trip by approximately 30 minutes.
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 simply click “BOOK NOW” and we will happily help you with your trip.
Cost: The cheapest bus service Bus from Hoi An to Hue is around 120,000VND (around $5USD) depending on where and how you book.
Tip: Booking through hotels can always be more expensive, make sure to price compare before!
- Fast and direct
- Less comfortable than other options
- No sightseeing
- Must depart at designated times
- No Privacy
TRAVELING FROM HOI AN TO HUE BY TRAIN
(travel from Danang to Hue by train)
Traveling by train is another popular 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. Traveling by the local bus to Danang is only 20,000VND ($1USD), although taking up to 90 minutes. Traveling by taxi will be around 300,000VND ($15USD) and will take just 45 minutes. If you have spare time throughout your journey, this is a great way to travel from Hoi An to Hue!
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 Danang to Hue is fantastic for some photo opportunities, as well as having the chance to rub shoulders with the locals and witness some of the rural living along the way.
How to book: Similar to the bus, you can book train tickets either through your hotel or a tourism office. Nowadays 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 60,000VND ($3USD). This is for a hard seat with no air-conditioning. Prices go up from there for a soft seat or a bed inside a cabin, depending on your travel preference!
Tip: Trains leave for Hue city almost hourly, apart from some schedule changes. If you want to visit Danang during the day and do sightseeing or go to the beach, it’s a great option to get the mid-afternoon train to Hue! These times will also typically have less passengers.
- Better sightseeing than the bus
- More frequent timetable
- Limited privacy
- No stopping at wanted places
- Must travel from Hoi An to Danang separately
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. Both options are fantastic and based on your level of experience and whether you want to travel on your own terms or not, you can decide from there.
How to book: Most hotels will offer motorbike services, either to rent or in an organized group tour. Motorbike tour itineraries may vary so make sure you are knowledgeable on which destinations you would like to visit when traveling from Hoi An to Hue.
Cost: The cost to rent a motorbike one-way where your luggage will be taken for begins from 650,000VND ($26USD) depending on which company you use. This doesn’t include petrol, which will cost you between 50,000-150,000VND for your trip depending on which motorbike you rent and where you go. Organised group tours will normally cost between 800,000-1,000,000VND per person ($40-50USD) and sometimes can include lunch, entrance fees etc.
Duration: Traveling directly by motorbike (including the Hai Van pass) will take around 3.5 hours. If stopping at all destinations listed above, it can take anywhere between 6-10 hours, including stops for food.
- Completely control your own itinerary
- The ability to see the most scenery
- Navigating the Hai Van Pass on your own
- 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 become one of the most popular options when go to Hue from Hoi An or return in recent years for several reasons. It offers complete flexibility of your itinerary whilst also providing the comfort and privacy that other methods of transport do not offer.
Traveling from Hoi An to Hue allows you to depart Hoi An at your own chosen time, as well as customize your own sightseeing along the way. All of this is made much more easier with an English-speaking driver who is able to cater to your needs throughout the trip. One of the best parts of traveling by private car is that the sightseeing itinerary is included in the price of the vehicle!
Another popular reason for traveling by private car is that it is considered the safest option (alongside traveling by train) due the drivers being very experienced and taking their time to navigate the Hai Van Pass at slower speeds. Traveling by private car may have a higher price than other methods of transport, however most travelers will only take this trip once within their lifetime. It is especially ideal for couples and families, as the price is then very fair because a private car is rented per vehicle, not per person!
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 1,350,000VND ($59USD) for the 4 seat vehicle! There are no hidden costs when traveling by private car. Don’t be afraid to work with the customer service team of the company you book with, to make any changes to your journey that you’d like.
Duration: Traveling directly by private car (through the tunnel) will take around 2.5 hours for those wanting to arrive quickly. For those following the sightseeing itinerary on offer, visiting Marble Mountains, Hai Van Pass, Lap An Lagoon and Lang Co Bay then the trip will generally take 6-8 hours, including a stop for lunch and coffee.
- Couple/Family friendly
- Opportunity to visit all sightseeing destinations
- Safest way of traveling
- Travel via the Hai Van Pass and stop at the peak
- Most ideal during cold/wet weather
- More expensive than the bus/train for the solo traveler
In summary, all ways of traveling from Hoi An to Hue have their own pros and cons, so it is important that you think before you travel – this is one of the most beautiful stretches of land on South East Asia so if you enjoy scenery, culture and are willing to take the time then you should take full advantage of this opportunity! You will not regret it.
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