The distance between Hanoi and Hue is about 700 km by land, and the fastest way to get to Hue from Hanoi is flying. Train and bus are cheaper alternatives for travelers, and both methods take approximately 13 hours.
Hanoi to Hue train
- Duration: 12.5 ~ 14 hours
- Cost: $20
The railway from Hanoi station to Hue station is about 688 km, and the journey takes approximately 12.5 to 14 hours, depending on the train.
The seat types include the hard seat, the soft seat, the hard berth (6 berths per cabin), and the sort berth (4 berths per cabin).
Passengers can bring up to 20 kg/ per person and purchase food and drinks on the train from Hanoi to Hue.
Read more: Check my Vietnam train travel guide for more tips.
Private train from Hanoi to Hue
Travelers can take private trains and enjoy luxury services while traveling to Hue from Hanoi. Livitrans and Viollet Express Train are two companies offering private trains for this route.
- Hanoi railway station: 120 Le Duan, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi.
- Hue railway station: 2, Bui Thi Xuan street, Hue city (1 km from the city center).
How to book train tickets from Hanoi to Hue?
You can buy online train tickets easily with easily.
After entering your desired day of departure, you can find a fully detailed schedule with different trains.
Hanoi to Hue bus
- Duration: 13 hours
- Cost: $15
Traveling from Hanoi to Hue by bus is the cheapest option.
Hung Thanh and Queen Cafe offer sleeper buses departing at 6 pm/ 6:30 pm from Hanoi and arriving at 7:30 pm in Hue.
Hanoi to Hue flight
- Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
- Cost starts at $35
I always use Skyscanner to compare the prices and get the best deal.
Vietnam Airlines: 20 kg checked luggage and 7 kg carry-on luggage
VietJet Air: 7 kg carry-on luggage (can purchase extra for checked luggage)
After arriving at Phu Bai airport, travelers can take a private transfer to the city center or hotels. From there, you can join tours to visit attractions in Hue or rent a motorbike/ private car to visit the city.
How to get around Hue
You can book a car charter and tour Hue with your customized itinerary. You need to let the driver know your chosen places, and you’re good to go!
Alternatively, you can book rent motorbike to drive around the city.
Exploring Hue and surrounding
There are plenty of things to see and do in Hue. Thien Mu Pagoda, Hue Imperial City, and Khai Dinh tomb are must-see attractions in Hue. For a thrilling experience, Thuy Tien abandoned park is a great choice.
Where to stay in Hue?
Staying a night or more in Hue is recommended to enjoy the best of this city. You can experience the taste and lights of Hue at night by wandering around the town and visiting Hue Citadel.