Get from Hoi An to Hue (and vice versa)

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Last Updated on 3 years by Tam Le Van

Hue is in top list of the best destinations throughout Vietnam. The city is very rich of ornate architectural buildings constructed by kings from past two hundred years, delicious foods well-known nationwide, poetic natural landscapes and friendly people speaking with a distinct accent what nice to know and learn. And more than that, it’s just located 120 kilometers away from Hoi An, so lots of travelers choose Hue as their next city to visit. If have not much time, day trips are very possible to make. Hue’s charm fascinates you in the first moments and all tiredness is easy to be forgotten. In this article, Hoi An Life shares ways to get from Hoi An to Hue (and vice versa).

Hoi An to Hue by bus

Organised tours

Most tour operators are able to provide packaged trips from Hoi An to Hue. These may be come with or without attractions in Da Nang like Hai Van pass, the Marble Mountains, My Khe beach or sites inside its historic center. Among all, Hai Van pass is usually picked due to its out-of-this-world landscape as well as fascinating rides given. In fact that it is the most sought-after destination between Hoi An and Hue. However, it’s also excluded if you travel in stormy days to keep passenger’s safety (check weather forecast once make any decision).

Price of organised tours from Hoi An to Hue is varied, in general. Hoi An Life thinks that doing a personal research online is the best way to get good deals. The main reason belongs to the bulk of tour operators in town being re-sellers. If like to have something special, jeep tours are good choices to you. To know the highlighting selections, browse our ariticle via

Bus companies from Hoi An to Hue

It takes you around three hours on bus from Hoi An to Hue. While many operators provide the options including some sites to sightsee (Hue Tourist for example), several ones do not. Usually their duration is full-day, to cover every highlight between two cities from Lang Co lagoon, Hai Van pass, Dragon bridge, Cham sculpture museum to the Marble Mountains. Location of the restaurant for lunch will be up to each travel itenerary, Da Nang in many tours but others pick somewhere in Lang Co beach town. There is easy to customize your private trip as well. If traveling within one day, you are likely to concenstrate your budget of time for stunning things to do in Hoi An. However, there is a short time at each stopping point to explore its everything. In case you want to focus on spectacular Hai Van pass and places after it, read our guide about Da Nang’s attractions for another fascinating day out.

For non-stop bus, check out online sites of Camel Travel, The Sinh Tourist or Hanh Cafe to know the reschedule, price, policies, how to book and other services.

Hoi An to Hue by motorcycle through Hai Van pass

On a guided motorbike tour

On a motorbike tour, you have time to enjoy everything instead of focusing on driving. In other words, you can appreciate all picteresque landscapes en route and record them by phone or camera without danger (it’s hard to do when drive or have to stop). Hai Van pass gets famous for its zigzag road with giant mountains on a side and deep valley&sea on another one. If had not much previous experiences in motorcycle, being on tour will help you avoid unexpected troubles. More than that, going with a local driver as well as other tourists makes your trip become more awesome if you’re a solo traveler. See our article about the best motorbike tours in Hoi An for more details.

Self-drive motorcycle from Hoi An to Hue

For explorers, conquering rugged Hai Van mountain pass is a can-not-miss-out experience across Vietnam. And more than any vehicles, the motorcycle itself stands as the most popular choice.

In order to have a good trip, first thing you should take note of, is the motorcycle. Well-maintained, . See our article about the best motorbike rental shops in Hoi An to know top-rated places and their pros&cons. Keep in mind to ask where you leave hired motorcycle at Hue (it’s important to book hotel rooms). Beside that, many companies have an extensive network of shops that allow you travel further (to Phong Nha, Hanoi or Ha Giang). They’re ready to give you travel advices when needed. Read our guide to make out your trip on motorbike from Hoi An to Hue via

Hoi An Life’s motorbike route recommendation: Hoi An coastal road-Da Nang coastal road-Hai Van pass-No.1A national highway-Phuoc Tuong mountain pass-49B road-An Bang ‘ghost city’-Hue.

Besides cross over Hai Van mountain pass, local people also select transfer service through the tunnel to Hue at Tram trung chuyen Nam Hai Van. 25.000 and 30.000 VND will be charged for one scooter and motorcycle respectively. Additionally, every passenger also pay 10.000 VND for himself.

Hoi An to Hue by train

You need to come to Da Nang railway station (Ga Da Nang) before enjoy your 3hrs journey to Hue on train due to there is none of its kind existing in Hoi An. Basing on the city center location, car, bus and motorcycle are all convenient to get it. Read our article here to get detailed information about ways of transport from Hoi An to Da Nang railway station.

Three selections you can pick to buy a train ticket: booking online on Vietnam Railways’s webpage, in local tour operators or buying directly at the station. Each one has different advantages and disadvantages. While you’re more proactive to design your plan with online bookings, some tour operators offer travel advices and even get ticket in advance for you to make sure it’s on your hands. Additionally, you may face few issues if buy right at the station such as staffs not well-spoken in English or over-booking (especially during Vietnamese new year festival). Keep in mind that a bunch of students and workers will return Hue to see their family in the weekend.

Experience on train to Hue, specially during going through Hai Van mountain pass is very worth it. You can expect for hidden beautiful sandy beaches, rocky cliffs, vast blue sea and jungle-soaked mountains in an enjoyable manner. The train moves leisurely to climb up and down to breath-taking Lang Co bay side making your trip slower to appreciate all beauties. If travel on a tour van, you may not get this chance.

In fact, train passengers forget leaving the train at Hue railway station (Ga Hue) at sometimes therefore set alarm after departure in Da Nang (three hours later) will make you easier to notice where should stop.

Cycling tours from Hoi An to Hue

Not only the motorcycle, bike is another well-liked vehicle for a day of adventure to fantastic lands between Hoi An and Hue. But differently, organised tours are selected more than self-guided one.

At where massive Annamite range meets the sea, Hai Van pass is the dream ride for every cyclists worldwide so it’s always encompassed in all tours with a bike from Hoi An to Hue. Some operators also offer bus transfer to its base and then your expedition is kicked off. Additionally, you have another choice, only explore the pass and move to Hue by tour bus after. Browse our article about the best cycling tours in Hoi An to know different options as well as stars of their kind.

Hue to Hoi An by bus

Guided tours

You have no difficulty to look for an all-inclusive tour from Hue to Hoi An, both online and offline.

Bus companies from Hue to Hoi An

Around three hours in total it takes you from Hue to Hoi An without stopping at any tourist attractions. Check online sites of Camel Travel, The Sinh Tourist or Hanh Cafe to find out your most proper one. If don’t like to miss out several must-see places in between such as Hai Van pass, the Marble Mountains or Non Nuoc stone sculpture making village, hop-on hop-off bus covering on its itenerary will suit your wanting. Hue Tourist provides an option in which you will be picked up at the hotel in the afternoon and sightsee a couple of sites before dropped off in Hue. This shared tour is run by an English speaking guide, its passengers self-exploring after leaving the bus with his/her instructions and often excludes meals. See more details in the company’s webpage.

Hue to Hoi An by motorcycle through Hai Van pass

Organised motorbike tours

Traveling on back of a motorbike will make your time in Vietnam more special. In the Central coast, scenic road from Hue to Hoi An is one of the most worthy to experience of its kind. Therefore, many companies arrange packaged tours on motorbike to bring holiday makers the chance for exploring this breath-taking part of coast. In common, you spend a day if take part in. Read our article about the best motorbike tours from Hue to Hoi An to get more information via

Self-drive motorcycle from Hue to Hoi An

Hiring a nice motorcycle is first thing you need to do. Similar to Hoi An, there are numerous selections of rental shop in Hue where you can find highly-satisfying motorcycles with competitive prices, frequent maintenance, roadside service and helpful staffs. Hoi An Life’s choice for best motorbike rental shops in Hue as following:

#1: Style Motorbike

Address: 45 No.42 alley of Nguyen Cong Tru street

Opening hours: 8 a.m to 7 p.m daily

Telephone number: (+84) 915139796

#2: Hue Motorbike Rental

Address: 29C Chu Van An street

Opening hours: 8 a.m to 8 p.m daily

Telephone number: (+84) 935373735

#3: Hidibike

Address: 11 Ly Thuong Kiet street

Opening hours: 8 a.m to 11 p.m daily

Telephone number: (+84) 945418111

Hoi An Life’s motorbike route recommendation: 49B road-An Bang ‘ghost city’-Phuoc Tuong mountain pass-No.1A national highway-Hai Van pass-Da Nang coastal road-Hoi An coastal road.

Hue to Hoi An by train

Ga Hue (Hue railway station) situates in the city center, 2.5 kilometers away from the weekend pedestrian streets where plenty of accommodations stand. Many holiday makers buy train ticket at tour operators because of their convience and for time-saving but someone go straight to the station to do it.

Because of no station in Hoi An, you need to stop at Da Nang and then transfer by another vehicle. Depending on when arrive Da Nang railway station (Ga Da Nang), you have different choices of transport. Within daytime, all vehicles are convenient because of city center position of the station. For further information, browse Hoi An Life’s article here. By contrast, only car (Grab, taxi and private car) may be available in the evening and midnight. It takes you around 45 minutes to get Hoi An.

Which part brings the best experience? Definitely, Hai Van mountain pass where the train goes along its striking coast. White sandy beaches, multi-shaped rocks or green mountains are all in your sight. Get window seat if possible to enjoy this one of the most impressive areas for taking a trip on train. Moreover, check out Nha Trang coast too in case you travel in South Vietnam.

If travel to Da Nang or Hoi An by train on Saturday and Sunday, make sure you booked a ticket. At that time, lots of students or workers return home to see family.

Cycling tours from Hue to Hoi An

If you are looking for cycling tours from Hue to Hoi An, online reservation will be the best way. Overally, their program is a day duration with high-standard bike, lunch and tour guide/mechanic inclusions. Probably spectacular Hai Van pass gets covered (a must-see) and other famous sightseeing places like the Marble Mountains, Dragon bridge, My Khe beach or Cham sculpture museum are available on request. Buffalo Adventures offers a two day program including staying overnight at Lang Co town. See its official website for further details via—hue-cycling/.

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Tam Le Van

Tam is a tour leader and passionate traveler who has beautiful memories over 50 provinces of Vietnam. During the time Corona virus spreads out globally, he decides to become a blogger to share his experiences.
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