how to go from hoi an to hue

How to Go from Hoi An to Hue [Vietnam Buses, Trains, and Motorbikes]

Hoi An and Hue are two of the must-visit destinations on a trip to Vietnam and they’re often included in a Vietnam itinerary.  So whether you’re going from Hoi An to Hue or Hue to Hoi An, you’ll need to know the best way to travel between these two destinations.  There are several options for transport between Hoi An and Hue, from the straightforward to the adventurous and the quirky.  The town of Da Nang is a popular stop-off between the two cities and the glorious Hai Van Pass sits between Da Nang and Hue.  But what’s the best way to get from Hoi An to Hue?  And what are the options for traveling to Hue from Hoi An?  Here’s our guide on how to get to Hue from Hoi An.

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Where is Hue

Hue is in central Vietnam, it is on the river Huong, and is recognized as the cradle of Vietnamese culture.  By road, Hue is 666 kilometers from Hanoi, 956 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh City, and 121 kilometers from Hoi An.  The road from Hoi An to Hue goes via the city of Da Nang and then traverses the 24-kilometer mountain pass on National Route Route, called the Hai Van Pass. 

How to Go from Hoi An to Hue – Transport Options

There is an international airport in Hue, but the closest airport to Hoi An is Danang, and to be honest, it’s not worth it.  You’re better going to Hue from Hoi An on-ground transport.  And when it comes to ground transport between Hue and Hoi An you have three options.

In this guide on how to go from Hoi An to Hue, we’ll cover the fastest way to travel go from Hoi An to Hue, the easiest way to go to Hue from Hoi An, and the cheapest way to get to Hue from Hoi An, as well most fun way to get to Hue from Hoi An.  If you’re looking for what you can do in Hue, then our guide is here.

How to get to Hue from Hoi An

For transport from Hue to Hoi An, then you have several options.  You can take a direct bus from Hoi An to Hue, or you can take a taxi from Hoi An to Hue.  You can rent a car and drive from Hoi An to Hue.  You can take a bus from Hoi An to Danang and then take a train from Danang to Hue.  You can also rent a motorbike or scooter and ride the Hai Van Pass, definitely the most fun way to go to Hue from Hoi An.  No train goes from Hoi An to Danang

The Bus from Hoi An to Hue

It’s about 121 kilometers by road from Hoi An to Hue.  And the bus from Hoi An to Hue is the cheapest way to go from Hoi An to Hue.  There are (depending on the season) four direct buses a day that go from Hoi An to Hue.   The bus to Hue from Hoi An takes between 3.5 and 4 hours.  Bus sizes vary from minivans to large buses, with the larger bus being cheaper.  The minivan tends to be a little faster and (usually) a little more comfortable too.  You’ll need to check-in for your bus journey between 30 and 60 minutes before departure.  The check-in time depends on the company and the details will be marked on your ticket.  You don’t need to print a ticket for the bus from Hoi An to Hue, you can use an electronic ticket from your online bus booking from Hoi An to Hue.

This is the quickest way to go to Hue from Hoi An

Online booking of buses to Hue from Hoi An lets you select which seats you want.

There are FOUR buses that you can book to go to Hue from Hoi An.  They leave Hoi An at 7 am, 830am, 11 am, and 12:30 pm.

Check availability, prices, and book seats on buses from Hoi An to Hue here.

Bus from Hoi An to Danang + Train from Da Nang to Hue

This is a great option if you want to try out multiple forms of transport.  You’ll need to take the local bus from Hoi An to Da Nang and then take the train from Da Nang to Hue.  The train to Hue from Da Nang is a great way to see the Hai Van Pass while letting someone else do all the work!

The bus from Hoi An to Da Nang takes about 90 minutes.   Then the train from Da Nang to Hue takes 2.5 to 3 hours.  There are first and second-class seats on the train, and there are also luxury tourist trains that you can book. 

You can book the bus from Hoi An to Danang.  There are four buses that run this route that you can book online here.  These buses are the same ones that go all the way to Hue.

There are four trains a day from Da Nang to Hue – you can check the times here.  Depending on the time of day of your train, you can book regular seats or sleepers.  And there are first and second-class seat options.  All options have A/C.  Check availability and times on Danang to Hue trains here.

Private Transfer from Hoi An to Hue

The easiest way to go from Hoi An to Hue is to book a private transfer or taxi.  A private transfer to Hue from Hoi An will take around 2 hours and 45 minutes and you’ll pay by vehicle, so if you have four people it’s cheaper per person. You can check rates and book your transfer from Hoi An to Hue here.

Ride a Motorbike from Hoi An to Hue

The most adventurous option for the route from Hoi An to Hue is to ride a motorbike or scooter to Hue from Hoi An.  The road route is about 121 kilometers, 24 kilometers of which is the Hai Van Pass. You can rent motorbikes or scooters in Hoi An and drop them in Hue.  For this we recommend bikesbooking – and you can check availability and book here.  Riding a motorbike over the Hai Van Pass is very accessible and it’s a regular route that is set up by the motorbike rental companies for one-way drop-off.  You’ll get a fabulous view of the Son Tra Peninsula and Da Nang.  A tunnel was built in 2005, so it means that traffic is quite light so there’s no need to worry about huge amounts of other vehicles.   It will normally take 4 hours to ride a motorbike from Hoi An to Hue.

Book your motorbike for the Hai Van Pass here!

Map of Bus Stops and Train Stations for Going from Hoi An to Hue

how to go from hoi an to hue map of bus stations and train stations

You can also see the train station and bus stops from Hoi An to Hue here

The quickest way to get from Hoi An to Hue

The quickest way to get to Hue from Hoi An is to book the direct bus.  It takes between 3 and 4 hours to go to Hue from Hoi An and you can book tickets from Hoi An to Hue here.

The easiest way to go to Hue from Hoi An

The easiest way to get from Hoi An to Hue is to take the direct bus, you can check the times of buses from Hoi An to Hue here.

The cheapest way to go from Hoi An to Hue

The cheapest way to get to Hue from Hoi An is to take the direct bus – reserve your seats here.

The best way to go from Hoi An to Hue

Well, now this depends.  I think the direct bus is easy, I think that taking the little bus to Da Nang and then taking the train from Da Nang to Hue is glorious.  However, the Hai Van Pass is spectacular and I don’t mean when someone else is driving, but you might not be comfortable motorbiking the Hai Van Pass.

Other key routes to travel in Vietnam

Want to know more about different forms of transport in Vietnam? Our guide to Vietnam transport is here. And here’s how to travel some of the popular routes around Vietnam, your options, and how we did it.

Travel Tips for Exploring Vietnam

Final Words on How to Go from Hoi An to Hue

Traveling from Hoi An to Hue in Central Vietnam is a relatively easy journey.  You have options (which is always a good thing), there are direct buses from Hoi An to Hue, there’s an option to take a train for part of the way (another good thing) and if you want to experience the Hai Van Pass on the roads,  then you have the option of motorbike rental or car rental.  Take your pick, this is a glorious part of Vietnam, and don’t miss it!

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