A beautiful view from within central Hue-mobile

How to get from
Hanoi to Hue

Hanoi to Hue Trip Overview

Distance572 km (357.5 miles)
Price range$13-$392
Ride Duration Range1h 5m-15h
Earliest Departure22:05
Latest Departure23:55

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Travel Schedule Options from Hanoi to Hue

Taking a bus from Hanoi to Hue

Fastest bus: 8h 55m

Cheapest bus: $13

The fastest: 8h 55m

The cheapest: $13


Flexible cancellations/changes


Time advantage

Luggage allowance

Comfortable seats


No WiFi

Few rest breaks

Bumpy roads

Traffic delays

Crowded conditions








Reclining Seats


The fastest: 12h 10m

The cheapest: $22


Great value

Beautiful views

Overnight accommodation replacement

Clean cabins

Direct journey


Noisy speakers

Language barrier confusion

Bumpy ride

Overpriced food

Drop off/pick up not included








English Speaking Staff



English Speaking Staff

The fastest: 1h 5m

The cheapest: $49




A beautiful view from within central Hue

About the ride from Hanoi to Hue

After the manic mayhem of Hanoi, you might be craving somewhere a little more serene. Hue is exactly that. With its location on the beautifully-named Perfume River and laid-back charm, it’s the perfect place to unwind after spending some time in Vietnam’s chaotic capital.

For the 670km (416 mile) journey to Hue from Hanoi, you have two options: 

  • Bus from Hanoi to Hue - typically around 13 hours
  • Train from Hanoi to Hue - typically around 13.5 hours

All buses to Hue from Hanoi are overnight journeys. 

Most trains to Hue from Hanoi are overnight journeys, but a few take place during the day.

Though both options are great for the right traveller, it’s usually better to take the bus to Hue from Hanoi. Buses are cheaper (typically substantially cheaper!) than trains, making them a much better choice for budget travel. And because they all take place during the night, they’re an excellent way to save on accommodation costs.

That said, many travelers enjoy the novelty of taking the train in Southeast Asia, where most journeys are taken by bus. And train journeys are often a little more comfortable than taking the bus.


What to see when traveling from Hanoi to Hue

That depends upon the time you travel. If your journey is largely at night-time, you won’t see very much!

If you travel during daylight hours, you’ll notice Hanoi’s sprawling cityscapes make way to smaller settlements and gorgeous greenery. You’ll pass through small towns and verdant flatlands. Along the way, you’ll see animals, small roadside stores and endless countryside rolling past. 

If you’re traveling by bus, don’t be surprised if your ride has to stop for dogs, cows, chickens or any other type of animal invader. In Vietnam, it’s a regular occurrence. 


How to get from Hanoi to Hue

Taking a bus 

Buses are an excellent and easy way to get from Hanoi to Hue. They’re very affordable and surprisingly comfortable, especially given how cheap they are. 

All buses are overnight journeys, so you will arrive in Hue during the morning, giving you plenty of time to explore Hue’s exciting attractions. An overnight bus allows you to arrive in Hue refreshed and ready to have fun - and saves you on accommodation costs for the night!

All buses have air conditioning and semi-reclinable seats. Though these seats don’t go fully flat, they’re definitely horizontal enough for a good night’s sleep. 

Some buses offer TVs, WiFi, blankets, sockets, onboard toilets and English-speaking staff, but you should check with each individual provider for the perks provided on the journey.

The buses without onboard toilets make toilet stops along the way.

Taking a train

Taking a train to Hue from Hanoi can be a very fun experience. Most tourists in Southeast Asia get around exclusively by bus. And for most journeys, that’s your best option. 

But while a train is on offer, it can make for an unusual and exciting alternative.

Trains also offer you the chance of a very luxurious journey. After many basic bus trips, the idea of a little decadence and indulgence might be a welcome one. If that’s the case, you’ll absolutely love taking the train.

If you take a train, you have many different options. Your most affordable and simple option is a Second Class Train, a basic affair with soft upright seats. 

The most luxurious option is a VIP train. Though very expensive, it’s an unforgettable experience. If you don’t mind spending a lot of money to receive the ultimate in indulgence, you’ll get outrageously comfortable beds, plush leather interiors and brilliant service. Other freebies include beer, pastries, breakfast and wet towels.

Other train options include varying levels of luxury and comfort.

If comfort is your priority, trains have the edge over bus journeys. The beds are flatter and more comfortable, the vehicle is much more spacious, the ride is smoother and there’s lots of space to walk around and stretch your legs.

Some trains offer food, drinks, WiFi, TVs, charging sockets and English-speaking staff. You should check with individual providers to check the individual perks for each journey. 

All trains have onboard toilets.

While most trains from Hanoi to Hue depart in the afternoon and arrive in the early hours of the morning, a few are daytime journeys. Both options are popular, but the former can allow you to save both time and money.


Companies Operating from Hanoi to Hue

Average time

13h 16m - 13h 30m

Average price

$64 - $268


Average time

13h 25m

Average price

$70 - $140


Average time

13h 30m

Average price

$61 - $71


Average time

13h 4m - 14h 23m

Average price

$22 - $51


Popular stations and stops in Hanoi and Hue

Departure stations in Hanoi

Hanoi Noi Bai Airport (HAN)

8 Bat Su, Old Quarter

208 D. Tran Quang Khai

Office 208 Tran Quang Khai, Old Quarter

Hanoi Train Station

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Arrival stations in Hue

Phu Bai Airport (HUI)

7 Doi Cung

Laurel Hotel/Queen Cafe

Hue Train Station

62 Chu Van An

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