How to get to Hue? That question might come up in the minds of many visitors to Vietnam.
Hue is a beautiful city located on the bank of Song Huong, or Perfume River. Nowadays, it is the capital of Thua Thien Hue Province, and it was once the capital of Vietnam in the past during the Nguyen Dynasty. Under the control of the Nguyen Dynasty, it became the national capital, and the political, cultural, and religious center of Vietnam in 1945.
Being home to the Nguyen Emperors, it accommodates a huge complex of imperial monuments with high values until nowadays. Indeed, Hue has been recognized as one of the World Heritage Sites by UNESCO thanks to its historic values.
With golden imperial constructions, a historic atmosphere, and a slow pace of life, this land gives off a tranquil energy, healing anyone living in its arms. Certainly, this most intact royal city in Vietnam has enough charm to attract millions of visitors every year.
Hue is situated in Central Vietnam. It is 700 kilometers away from Hanoi to the south, 1100 kilometers away from Ho Chi Minh City to the north, and only a few miles from the sea. With this central location, there are many ways to get to Hue, such as private cars, trains, buses, airplanes, and so on.
Which transport you should choose depends on your location and budget. As follows, Phong Nha Private Car will give you some details about these transfer options so that you can make better decisions for your next trip.
If you are going to have a long trip to Hue, you might think of a flight or train. Yet, a private car is also a good option for long routes as it’s very flexible. Its flexibility shows when you want to see more things along the road of Vietnam, instead of being transferred directly from one place to another.
Apart from good facilities, private cars can stop at any spot you want along the way, making your trips more diverse and interesting. By hiring a private car, you might have one of the most memorable and unique trips with Vietnam landscapes. If you haven’t decided which spot to visit, our travel experts can give you good advice and itinerary.
So, where can you book a long car trip in Vietnam? You can have a look at some online websites below:
For shorter trips, you can refer to some private car online websites, which provide car rental services in Dong Hoi, Quang Tri, Hue, Danang, Hoian, and Nha Trang:
Besides, if you are about to land at Hue Airport (Phu Bai International Airport), you can book a door-to-door pick-up by private car: Transfer From Hue Airport. The airport pick-up service offers a safe and comfortable car ride to other places, with experienced and punctual drivers.
Although you have to wait for procedures and sometimes meet delays, coming to Hue by air is a good idea thanks to its comfort and time-saving. There are many daily flights from other cities to Hue in only a short duration.
Also, it’s the most expensive way, but it’s convenient, safe, and especially faster than trains or coaches. It’s advisable you get cheap airline tickets, which are good value for money. Below are examples of advice for some popular routes among tourists, which you can apply to other routes:
From Ha Noi
There are many flights from Ha Noi to Hue City every day from different airlines, such as Vietnam Airlines, Jetstar, and VietJet Air. You can choose one based on your budget. It takes 1 hour and 15 minutes to fly from Hanoi to Hue.
From Ho Chi Minh City
The average flight duration from Ho Chi Minh to Hue City is over an hour. There are various airlines providing Ho Chi Minh flights to Hue City, such as Vietnam Airlines, Jetstar, and VietJet Air. You can easily search on the Internet for the prices. Normally, Vietnam Airlines offers the most expensive flights to Hue in comparison to others.
From Nha Trang
There is no direct flight from Nha Trang to Hue. The best choice for you is to take a flight from Nha Trang to Da Nang, and then book a train or bus ticket to Hue.
There are many train trips to Hue every day, yet it takes longer time with 1-2 days of transfer from Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City, which requires overnights on the train.
One disadvantage of train transfers is that it often gets quite crowded on the train and you cannot feel comfortable. Also, it’s not as clean and quiet as on a plane or private car. On the other hand, it saves you some money. Plus, you can find basic facilities on trains, such as nice seats, fans or sometimes A/Cs, and toilets.
To get a train trip more conveniently, like other vehicles, you’d better book online in advance.
A bus trip to Hue is the most affordable of all. Obviously, it is not as comfortable and safe as a plane or private car, but you can have a decent trip at low prices. Its lowest price is only 10 USD/trip. Some buses can provide toilets, free Wi-Fi, A/Cs, sleeper seats, or at least you always have fine soft seats to relax on.
Some bus brands you can refer to: Hung Thanh Bus, Queen Cafe Bus, Camel Bus, or Duc Thinh Bus. They are available in nearly every province and city in Vietnam.
In brief, based on your budget and your preferences, you can choose one of the above options. Phong Nha Private Car hopes that you can find what you need on our blog. We wish you a wonderful trip around Vietnam. Thanks for reading!
By the way, to help you build a more complete travel plan, we would like to recommend some Hue Tours: