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Hue to Hoi An Train: A Completed Guide

February 08, 2022 - 6287 views

Whether you are travelling in Vietnam from north to south or vice versa, you will need to consider how to get from Hue to Hoi An when you are halfway there, as there are numerous possibilities for transportation between these well-known destinations. Getting from Hue to Hoi An by train is one of the most spectacular and cost-effective ways to appreciate the country’s natural beauty. Let's learn detail about it via article below.

If you're seeking the most memorable way to travel in Central Vietnam, there's no better option than the coast-clinging train route between Hue and Hoi An. This train ride follows the Hai Van Pass on one side and winds through the steep cliffs overlooking the East Sea on the other. It not only provides one of the shortest routes between the two towns but also allows you to interact with local people and have fantastic photo opportunities.

Hue to Hoi An by train

Hue to Hoi An by train travel along the coastline


Getting from Hue to Hoi An by train

Hoi An does not have a railway station and the country train’s system does not run through the town. Da Nang station is the nearest train station to Hoi An that the southbound train can get to. Therefore if you would like to travel from Hue to Hoi An by train, you have to get down at Da Nang station and from there to Hoi An you choose other modes of transportation such as taxi, bus or motorbike. So if you don’t mind adding a little bit of extra time to your itinerary then this is a good choice for you. 

Train Code Departure Time  Arrival Time
SE3 09:37 AM 12:24 PM
SE5 10:50 PM 01:28 AM
SE7 08:40 AM 11:37 PM
SE21 06:47 AM 09:40 PM
NH1 04:08 PM 07:34 PM

You can either purchase the ticket directly at the train station or on the official website of the Vietnam Railway. Besides, you can also buy on the third-party website or through any travel agent with a little commission. 

Hue Train station

Hue Train Station 

You can find out the price of each seat on the train from Hue to Da Nang as follow, kindly note that this information is checked at the moment and will be updated regularly.

Soft seat with air condition 84,000VND ($3.65)
Cabin 6 beds – Top bed 134,000VND ($5.8)
Cabin 6 beds – middle bed 156,000 VND ($6.8)
Cabin 6 beds – bottom bed 170VND ($7.4)
Cabin 4 beds – top bed 172,000 VND ($7.5)
Cabin 4 beds – bottom bed 184,000 VND ($8)

The train ride from Hue to Hoi An (via Da Nang) takes around three hours and travels along the coast and through the mountains of Central Vietnam. This short ride rewards you with some of Vietnam's most magnificent and diverse sights. A breathtaking view of the rough shore, rural villages, and lush green mountain pass.


Getting from Da Nang station to Hoi An

After getting down from Da Nang to Hoi An, you will have various choices of transfer methods.

  • Taxi

The most convenient mode of transportation is by taxi, which is easily accessible outside the train station. Bear in mind of the well-established brands such as Mai Linh Taxi, Vinasun Taxi, and Tien Sa Taxi, which are green, white, and yellow, respectively. Check that the meter is operating before leaving the station, or you can bargain and agree on a fixed price. Typically, a taxi ride from the Da Nang railway station to Hoi An town is approximately 300,000 VND – 450,000 VND ($15 to $23) and it takes around 45 minutes, depending on the traffic situation.

  • Local Bus

Another option for you to get to Hoi An from Da Nang train station is to take a bus. However, the bus to Hoi An is not located at or near the train station, so if you want to take the local bus, take a taxi from the train station to the city bus station, which is about a 10-minute drive away. The bus fare is relatively low at 18,000 VND ($0.8), and the trip takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes. The bus will arrive at Hoi An Bus Station, from where you can either walk to the town centre or hire a motorbike taxi (xe ôm) to your booked hotel. Remember to haggle the price with them.

Local Bus - Hue to Hoi An by Train

Local bus from Da Nang to Hoi An

  • Motorbike

Traveling by motorcycle is the most exciting mode of transportation since it provides the greatest flexibility and independence on the road. It is without a doubt the favourite mode of transportation for Vietnamese residents. The road from Da Nang to Hoi An is quite straight, flat, and easy to follow. Because traffic is less congested here than in major cities such as Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City, driving is more pleasant. Not to mention, you can explore then travel around the area at your own pace and comfort.

Motorcycle rental fees range from 100,000 VND ($4.3) to 200,000 VND ($8.7) each day, depending on the sort of bike you desire. If you rent for a week or more, they may give you a discount. Most rental companies in Da Nang will have their motorcycles delivered to you at the railway station, so you may call ahead, rent ahead, and schedule a pickup time.


Tips to travel by train from Hue to Hoi An

  • Even while you can buy a ticket the day before or within 24 hours of the departure time, it is highly advised that you book your tickets in advance and even earlier if you want to get a better price, and also provide more time, especially during peak travel seasons and holidays. This ensures that you will be able to get your favorite seat at the most convenient time.
  • Make sure you have enough cash (Vietnam Dong) with you to purchase the ticket directly at the train station as they don’t accept credit cards. 
  • Keep in mind that you will be unable to redeem the ticket within 12 hours of the train's departure. As a result, you must be certain about your plan and itinerary in order to avoid any last-minute modifications.
  • When you travelling by train, especially from Hue to Hoi An (stop at Da Nang), reserve window seats to the left of the train for the greatest view of the coastline. If these seats are not available, you can go in and out of the restaurant carriage and obtain the finest view of all by filling open the window.
  • If you have serious motion sickness then taking a train from Hue to Da Nang and from Da Nang train station to Hoi An by motorbike is the perfect option to go. However, if you have much luggage then riding a bike is not advisable as it would be inconvenient to carry. 

Altogether, travelling from Hue to Hoi An by train is a wonderful choice of transportation and worth a go to add it to your itinerary. Visit BestPrice and join our Vietnam package tours to Hue and Hoi An to experience the best that these two cities can offer. 

Minah Trinh

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