How to get from Hue to Hoi An; Bus, train, car and tour
Hue and Hoi An are both great destinations to visit when travelling through Vietnam and lucky for you they’re only 120km from each other, meaning it’s easy to tick both off the bucket list.
Situated right in the middle of the country it’s pretty much inevitable you will plan to visit at least one of them if you are travelling from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi or vice versa. But wondering how to make the journey? Don’t worry, we have you covered. This post gives you all the nitty-gritty information you’ll need to get from Hue to Hoi An. Once you arrive in Hoi An – you should check out An Bang beach whilst you’re there!
Let’s look what’s included in this post;
- Getting the train
- Doing the bus ride from Hue and to Hoi An
- Hiring a car
- Doing the Hai Van Pass
- The Hue to Hoi An tour
- Renting a motorbike
- Final thoughts
Hue Train to Hoi An
If you’ve decided to take the scenic rail route, hop on the train at Hue Station located South West of the city centre. There’s plenty of café’s and shops nearby to fuel up for the journey. Unfortunately, Hoi An doesn’t have its own train station, so you need to depart at Da Nang which takes around 2.5hrs. From here you can get a local bus or taxi into Hoi An.
There are 4 trains that depart daily from Hue Train station starting at 08:37 and finishing at 22:38. I’d recommend getting the 09:31 train, which arrives in Da Nang for 12:20 as this is the quickest of all 4 trains and you get an afternoon to explore the wonders of Da Nang. Travellers get to choose the seat type when purchasing tickets, which includes the hard seat, the soft seat, hard berth (6 berths in a cabin) and the sort berth (4 berths in cabin). I’d recommending spending an extra few dollars for a soft seat as the carriages are air-conditioned and you don’t want a numb bum by the end of the journey – believe me!
Baggage is allowed at no extra cost but with a weight limit of 20kg, I wouldn’t worry if you’re slightly over, nobody weighed our bags at the station, but just be aware! You’re able to store them above your seat so you know they’re easily accessible and more important safe from any potential thieves. I’d still always recommend keeping any valuable items on you.
So once you’ve done exploring Da Nang you have two options, head to the local bus station and catch the number 1 bus directly into Hoi An, which takes around 45-60 minutes traffic depending or hail a local taxi.
I always encourage tourists to use local transport options when travelling to a foreign country, but on this occasion, you might want to skip this one due to the awkward location of the bus station. If you’re willing to walk the 5km route from the train station in 30+ degree heat with a 20kg rucksack on your back then be my guest, but believe me, from personal experience it’s not worth it. Spend an extra few dollars and hail a local cab. Bus services start at 5:30 in the morning and stop operating at 6 PM, with a frequency of one bus every 20 minutes and set you back $1.5 USD.
There is a new service that recently launched in Da Nang called Dichungtaxi .By booking your taxi on their site, the system will send your booking information to drivers and have them pick you up. You can share the taxi with other people heading the same way by choosing the “share” option, which is a great way of meeting new people and saves you money or stick with a private option. Shared taxis will be around 150,000 VND (7 USD) a private taxi will set you back around 220,000 VND (10 USD).
Check out the Hue to Hoi An train prices
Hue Bus to Hoi An
There are several direct bus options to get to Hoi An. I’d suggest using The Sinh Tourist or Hanh Cafe services, they are notably good buses to use, with comfortable seats, experienced drivers and reliable timetables. Costing around 5 USD, The Sinh Tourist bus has two schedules: one departing at 8:30.a.m and arriving around 12:30.p.m;. The second departing at 1:45.p.m and arriving around 5:15.p.m.
It is a sleeper’s bus, so you can lie down and relax while enjoying incredible views over the beach and mountains. Top tip – Try to get a seat on the left side of the bus to enjoy incredible ocean views and take as little hand luggage on board with you as there’s very little room to store this. But don’t worry, there’s plenty of hold luggage storage area for all your belongings. The last thing to remember is make sure you go to the toilet before you depart as there’s no toilet on board. Although they do have rest stop areas, where you can stretch your legs, use the restroom or buy some snacks there bus isn’t going to be stopping solely for you to empty your bladder!
You get the Hue to Hoi An bus tickets here
Hire a Car to Hoi An From Hue
If there’s a small group of you why not hire a car with a private driver to enjoy a day of sightseeing on the route. There’s plenty of Vietnam’s world wonders to see including; The Marble Mountains, My Khe Beach, Cham Sculpture Museum, Hai Van Pass, Elephant springs and Lan Co Beach. There are plenty of companies that offer these types of services, just make sure to do your research beforehand to choose the most reliable ones.
The majority of companies offer free WIFI hotspot, an English speaking driver, bottled water and pick-up at your hotel in Hue city centre. Prices start from just $57 USD and this divided by 4 people make if well worthwhile.
Travelling the Hai Van Pass by motorbike
The Hai Van Pass is often compared to the ‘Great Ocean Road’ in Australia and is one of the highlights of central Vietnam. Jump on a motorbike and take on the weaving roads through breath-taking mountains overlooking a stunning coastline. You struggle to find a most Instagram worthy road! Located half an hour outside of Da Nang and an hour and a quarter from Hoi An, we think driving the 21 kilometres long Hai Van Pass is essential when spending time in Hoi An, Da Nang, or Hue.
There are two main options most people choose when completing this mammoth adventure. Take on the highways solo and rent your own motorbike or join a group tour where you’ve got safety in numbers!
Join a Tour
If you’re not a motorbike enthusiast or feel a little daunted by Vietnams crazy roads (and I don’t blame you), why not join a day trip tour to experience what I believe to be one of the world’s wonders! You have the option to ride solo with a guide nearby showing you all the historic sites and hidden viewpoints or sit back and let an experienced ride take the wheels whilst you relax and snap some insta worthy pics. You don’t even have to worry about your backpack as a jeep meets you in Hoi An with all your belongings at the end of the day.
Prices start from around $95, which may seem pretty steep for a when the bus cost less than $10 but it’s the experience you’re paying for, not the method of transport.
Check out this Hanoi to Sapa bus guide!
Rent a Motorbike to Hoi An
If you’re an experienced motorbike rider then surely this is the best way to experience Vietnam’s best coastal road! With two wheels on the tarmac, the wind in your hair (obviously still wearing your helmet) and the ability to stop wherever and whenever you want, this is freedom at its absolute best!
There’s plenty of companies that offer one-way motorbike rentals, as well as bag transfer and protective clothing rental, as this is such a popular route to conquer worldwide. Just make sure you do your research beforehand to choose the best company at the right price.
Worried about hiring a bike? Get the Hue to Hoi An taxi!
Vespa Adventures Tours
Are you new to riding a bike and feel unsafe hitting the road with an engine between your legs? Don’t worry – you don’t have to ride the bike yourself! You can sit on the back and let a local ride do the driving. Easy peasy.
You can enjoy all the views of the Hai Van Pass motorbike experience – without doing any driving on the motorbike.
Vespa Adventures offer tours around Hoi An and all through Vietnam and Cambodia. If you want to cruise your way up the Hai Van Pass on the back of an authentic Vespa, then, book the classic Vespa tour through the Hai Van Pass to Hue is a full day adventure and starts at around 4,000,000 VND (170 USD).
This tour can also be done in the other direction, travelling from Hue to Hoi An. Check out the Vespa Adventures Website for some more details,
Where to stay Hoi An?
There’s plenty of brilliant Hoi An accommodation to choose from! There’s cheap guest houses and luxury hotels in Hoi An. It all depends on your budget. Anyway, let’s have a look at some of the best places to stay in Hoi An;
- Anantara Hoi An -Set along Thu Bon , An Resort is 3.1 miles from Cua Dai Beach. Featuring French colonial architecture, the resort has 4 meeting rooms and offers a variety of activities like a traditional Chinese painting. Guests can learn conversational Vietnamese or sign up for the daily yoga classes. The resort also organises boat trips along the river and walking tours to the Cham Imperial City of My Son or the Marble Mountain. For a relaxing day, the Anantara Spa offers beauty treatments and massages. Check the beautiful rooms here!
- Acicia Hoi An – Set in Hoi An, Acacia Heritage Hotel is just a 5-minute walk from Hoi An Ancient Town. Boasting views of Thu Bon River, the hotel has an outdoor pool and fitness centre. The rooftop restaurant offers views of Hoi An Ancient Town and complimentary use of bicycles is on offer. Featuring free WiFi access, modern rooms at the Acacia Heritage Hotel are air-conditioned and feature a private balcony and TV with satellite channels. They are equipped with a minibar and hairdryer. Rooms are fitted with a work desk and seating area. see the lush rooms here.
- Palm garden beach resort and spa – Located along Cua Dai Beach, is set amidst 5 hectares of landscaped . It features a spa and 50 yards outdoor pool. Resort-style rooms come with a balcony and free WiFi. Palm Garden Beach Resort and Spa offer a to An , 5 minutes’ away. International Airport is a 30-minute drive from the resort. The amazing rooms are here!
If you looking for the best restaurants in Hoi An – then you need to taste the food at the Morning Glory restaurant!
Here’s a quick summary of my personal thoughts regarding each of the available transport options.
|Type of Transport||Pros||Cons||Average Price|
|– Stunning scenery|
|– No direct trains|
|Bus||– Cheap||– Longer|
– Uncomfortable for taller passengers
– Experienced & Knowledgeable driver
– Option to car share
|– Expensive||$60 per car|
|– Unique experience|
– Experienced & Knowledgeable driver
|Rental Motorbike||– Freedom|
– Baggage transfer available
|– Potential for accident/getting lost|
– Need motorbike experience
*Prices can alter depending on travel dates, when tickets are purchased in relation to travel dates and time of day
Check out this YouTube video of the Hue to Hoi An adventure: