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Hanoi to Hue: Complete Guide to Travel 2023

March 16, 2023 - 547 views

The route from Hanoi to Hue is not short and requires proper preparations before you travel, among which choosing which transportation to go is the most important. If you are about to get to Hue from Hanoi, keep reading as we will give your a complete guide below.

A trip from Hanoi to Hue is not just a simple one but a trip from the current capital to the used-to-be one of the country, from the vibrant Hanoi to the peaceful Hue, and from modernity to antiquity. The province of Hue is formerly the capital of Vietnam. For detail, it is known as the capital during the Nguyen Dynasty, which is the latest dynasty of Vietnam history. Therefore, many of its legacies and ancient sites remain intact till nowadays located in central Vietnam with many interesting ancient sites to explore.

Coming here, you will have a chance to explore the historical values of Vietnam as well as many interesting traditional customs of the country. If you have been interested in traveling to Hue already, then pack your back and go. From Hanoi, there are several ways to get to Hue. Among them, which is the most suitable for you? Let’s have a quick look at the guide below to find out to have the best experience in the tranquil capital of Hue.

Hanoi to Hue distance & travel time

The route from Hanoi to Hue is about 700 km long and through several other provinces like Hung Yen, Phu Ly, Ninh Binh, Thanh Hoa, Vinh, Ha Tinh, Dong Hoi, and Quang Tri. Due to such a long distance, the time you have to spend on traveling is considerably great. On this route, you have three main options to travel.

  • The first also the fastest one is by air. Usually, a Hanoi to Hue flight will take you an hour 15 minutes.
  • Additionally, traveling by train is another recommended option. This way is much longer, for about 13 hours to get to Hue from Hanoi.
  • Besides, you can get on a sleeper bus which also takes 13 hours.

Some adventurous travelers can also get on a motorbike and ride from Hanoi to Hue, which is quite a good idea but last for much longer and sometimes incur risks. Which one fits you the best?

Hanoi to Hue

Best ways to travel from Hanoi to Hue

From Hanoi to Hue, there are several ways to travel. You can go in the air, by bus, train, on your motorbike, or even ride a bike throughout the route. The fact of such variety in vehicles would confuse you sometimes. to our recommendations, if you don’t have much time for getting around and prefer a completely comfortable experience to be ready for the trip right after reaching there, traveling by flight will be your best choice. If not, then traveling by train or sleeper bus is great, especially for those who like slow experience, admire the stunning sceneries of both sides through the window, and take some artistic background pictures. 

1. Hanoi to Hue flight

Traveling from Hanoi to Hue by flight, you can have a lot of time during your trip, just for about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Usually, flights to Hue from Hanoi will pick you up at Noi Bai International Airport and let you alight at Phu Bai Airport. Every day, there are about 7 direct flights run every day.  There are only 2 flight operators are Vietnam Airlines and VietJet Air, you can easily find the one that fits the bill without hesitating. For you to choose the flight operators more wisely, we recommend that if you are seeking a high-standard experience, then Vietnam Airlines will be the more suitable. If not, the VietJet Air will be a worth-considering option with its low price and acceptable service. 

In particular, Vietnam airline is the national airline, which has come to operation for 20 years and serves millions of passengers every year. The airline itself, with its 4-star service, has received quite a lot of good feedbacks from passengers, both locals and foreigners. 

Some of the airline’s strengths are perfect safety, great convenience, professional service, and information transparency. Vietnam Airlines are now using Boeing 787, Airbus A350, Airbus A321 for transportation, all of which are cutting edge with modern amenities and can ensure your safety as well as comfort. On experience a flight of Vietnam Airlines, you will be served with friendly staff, a comfort seat, and out-of-this-world food. Whenever there is a delay or change in the flight’s schedule, it will be informed to you at least 24 hours before the due time. Besides strengths, weaknesses still exist and need overcoming. They are flight delay (from 1 to 2 even 3 to 4 hours) and slow check-in process (about 50 minutes to 1 hour). You can avoid these by getting to the airport early and constantly check for the update about your flight. Recommended flight time when you choose Vietnam Airlines is 8.50 am (you will arrive at Phu Bai Airport at 10.05 am). Prices are from $38.04 to $83.63 per person. 

For VietJet Air, it is now one of the most popular budget carriers in Vietnam. During its 10 years of operation, the airline has served millions of passengers all over the world, mainly in Asia. Some of its strengths that are highly rated by passengers are cheapness and adequate service. As the budget airline, VietJet Air provides tourists with money-saving flights. Especially, every year, promotional programs such as Golden hour are launched to offer passengers chances to travel at an extremely low cost. During the flight, you can be served with acceptable service by well-trained staff. However, one thing that will annoy you on traveling on VietJet Air is the high rate of flight delays. To avoid this, you will have another plan for the inevitable situation or book an early flight. Available flight times from Hanoi to Hue are 10.20 am (get to Hue at 11m35 am) and 7.15 pm (get to Hue at 9 pm). Price is between $8.20 and $46.07 per person.

To book a flight from Hanoi to Hue, you can come to the operator’s website, fill in your information (departure point, destination, due date, number of people, etc.) to find out the flight the is suitable, then finish booking by paying for your flight. Alternatively, you can buy a ticket at flight agencies. If you don’t have time for booking, just call or contact us through our website and we will do it for you. You may book through flight to Hue.

Hanoi to Hue Flight


2. Hanoi to Hue train 

Secondly, if you are a heavy sleeper, you can opt for a train ticket, as a train from Hanoi to Hue ride lasts for 13 hours. You can book a ticket that leaves in the afternoon or evening so you can spend a night on the train. By doing this, you can save money on accommodation as well. The train tickets range from 720.000 VND to 900.000 VND ($31.2 to $39) and you can get a comfortable bed in a berth cabin.

There are always more expensive options for tourists if they are looking for trains from Hanoi to Hue. These options are offered by private companies that provide luxury berth cabins. Tickets for these cabin beds cost about 1.240.000 VND ($53.73) per person. The prices are more expensive than other normal cabins, but you get a more comfortable and clean bed with strong WIFI and supportive staff.

Hanoi to Hue train


3. Hanoi to Hue bus 

Lastly, if you want to save money for your trip, traveling by bus from Hanoi to Hue is the option that you should take into consideration. Bus tickets cost 360.000 VND ($15.6) per person and it takes 13 hours. To buy a bus ticket, it is recommended that you buy it directly at the bus station. You can also book it through the bus operator or pay for it when you get on the bus.

There are a few bus companies that provide night buses with convenient travel times for tourists. During the bus trip, you will have a chance to get closed to the locals, talk to them. And explore their daily life. You can also admire the stunning sceneries of trees and houses on both sides from the window. This way is quite convenient.

However, you should take into consideration the following disadvantages. Firstly, a bus or sleep bus is quite small; hence a great environment for the corona to spread out. This can be dangerous. Though the pandemic may come to an end in the future, the fact that the bus is usually overloaded (one sleeper for two people and many others lying on the floor) will still be so annoying. Therefore, think lucidly when you decide to travel by bus.

Hanoi to Hue Bus

Local tips to get from Hanoi to Hue

If you travel during the day, a flight might be the best option. However, taking a train or a bus will be better for an overnight ride. Because you don’t want to lose a day sitting on a bus or a train. Riding a motorbike is not recommended because it is quite a long route and traffic in Vietnam is always hectic.

On traveling by plane, you should book your ticket in advance, come to the airport 1 to 2 hours earlier than the due time for the check-in procedure to occur well. 

For booking tickets, you should come to the website to flight/ bus/train operators or have a trustful travel agency help you with this to avoid being scammed. It is Bestprice Travel that offers to help tourists book their flight.

Above are our recommendations for traveling from Hanoi to Hue. For more detailed information, please contact us through our website or call. We are always here to help you to get the best experience during your vacation in Vietnam.

If you are still hesitant about how to get from Hanoi to Hue, you can book one of our Vietnam package tours, which offers you all the transportation during your time in Hanoi and Hue. Come to our website and see some tours of ours, you can find the best one that fits the bill perfectly. Wish you have a great vacation in our beautiful country.

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