The distance from Halong Bay to Hue is quite far, so not many options of transportation. The most popular are bus, train, and flight. We will learn in detail about each option below.
Bus from Halong Bay to Hue
There are direct local buses from Halong Bay to Hue. Traveling time is around 15 hours and more. However, most tourists prefer traveling back to Hanoi after the Halong Bay cruise, then take an overnight bus from Hanoi to Hue. Traveling on an overnight bus to Hue saves time and money for accommodation, so it becomes a favorite choice for many backpackers in Vietnam.
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Bus from Halong Bay to Hue
NoBus company Number of seatsPrice TicketPick up pointDrop off pointPick uptimeDuration Hotline 1Van Luc Tung46330.000 VNDBai Chay station Along 1A National Road14:3015.5 hours0987 231 7772Hung Duc45400.000 VNDBai Chay station, Cai Rong stationLao Thai supermarket10:30, 12:3015- 16 hours097 1576 5763Viet Son Anh45400.000 VNDHalong, Cua Ong, Mong Cai, Uong BiAlong 1A National Road6:30, 9:00, 10:00, 10:5016 hours 84975504825
Bus from Hanoi to Hue
NoBus company Number of seatsPrice TicketPick up pointDrop off pointPick uptimeDuration Hotline 1Hung Thanh Bus45300.000 VND162B Tran Quang Khai Street, Hanoi6 Chu Văn An, Hue18:00, 19:00, 19:3015 hours0243 9900 3332Camel Travel38250.000 VND459 Tran Khat Tran, Hanoi15C Nguyễn Thái Học, Hue17:00, 18:00, 18:4515.5 hours024 8585 05553Queen Cafe Open Bus40280.000 VND208 Tran Quang Khai Street, Hanoi11 Doi Cung Street, Hue18:00, 18:3016 hours0243 9036 036
Camel Bus from Hanoi to Hue
Train from Halong Bay to Hue
There is no direct train from Halong Bay to Hue city in the Central. Tourists can still enjoy a train trip to Hue by traveling to other places such as Hanoi or Ninh Binh to catch Hue’s train. Most tourists travel to Hanoi, then catch an overnight train from Hanoi train station to Hue train station. Like most of the trains in Vietnam, the train from Hanoi to Hue are all equipped with air-conditioned; they are safe, comfortable & inexpensive. Each train offers various types of tickets for you to choose from soft-seat to hard-sleeper, soft-sleeper. Traveling on the train, tourists will be able to enjoy the marvelous sightseeings of Vietnam.
Something to note for traveling on the train from Hanoi to Hue:
- Meals are not included on the train.
- It would be best if you showed up at the train station at least 45 min – 1 hour before
- The train can be very noisy; it is not an ideal way to transfer for tourists who have difficulty sleeping.
- Do not forget to bring the Voucher/tickets.
- Contact our hotline number in any emergency cases.
Hue train station
Train from Hanoi to Hue schedule
There are 7 Vietnam Railways trains from Hanoi to Hue, including SE1, SE3, SE5, SE7, SE17, SE19, and TN1 train. Train route Hanoi – Hue takes around 13-14 hours. TN1 is the slowest train, while SE trains are the fast trains. Most of Halong Bay cruises drop off their customers in Hanoi Old Quarter; tourists can take a taxi to get to Hanoi’s train station. The taxi costs around 30.000VND.
Train noDepartureArrivalSoft seatHard sleeperSoft SleeperLevel 1Level 2Level 2Level 1Level 2SE3 Hanoi – Hue (Violette Train)22:0010:27NANANANAUS $64US $64SE1 Hanoi – Hue (Livitrans Express)19:3004:48NANANANAUS $68US $68SE17 Hanoi – Hue20:4011:17US $33US $48US $46US $40US $52US $50SE19 Hanoi – Hue20:1009:42US $34US $52US $49US $43US $58US $55SE1 Hanoi – Hue19:3004:48US $34US $52US $49US $43US $58US $55SE3 Hanoi – Hue22:0010:27US $34US $52US $49US $43US $58US $55
- Hard Sleeper: 6 berths cabin sharing (Level 1: Lower berth; Level 2: Middle berth; Level 3: Top berth)
- Soft Sleeper: 4 berths cabin sharing (Level 1: Lower berth; Level 2: Upper berth)
Train from Ninh Binh to Hue
Halong Bay’s distance to Ninh Binh is around 300 km, and it takes around 4.5 hours. Traveling on the train from Ninh Binh to Hue is a good option for tourists who want to spend time in Ninh Binh before heading to Hue. Vietnam Railways operates 6 trains from Ninh Binh to Hue, including SE1, SE3, SE5, SE7, SE19, and TN1 train. Traveling time on the train from Ninh Binh to Hue is about 10-12 hours. SE trains are fast trains, while TN1 is a slow train.
Flight from Halong Bay to Hue
There is no direct flight from Halong Bay to Hue. Tourists can travel to Noi Bai airport in Hanoi, then fly to Phu Bai airport in Hue. Traveling time from Halong Bay to Noi Bai airport is about 3.5 to 4 hours. Flying time from Hanoi to Hue is 1 hour and 15 minutes. 2 airlines are operating the flight from Hanoi to Hue: Vietnam airline and Vietjet.
Schedule and price for the flight from Hanoi to Hue with Vietnam airline
Schedule and price for the flight from Hanoi to Hue with VietJet
Alternatively, tourists can get to Hai Phong airport, fly from to Da Nang, then take 2 hours car transfer from Da Nang to Hue. Not many tourists traveling this way; however, it is a good option when the flight ticket from Hanoi to Hue is high. Moreover, Da Nang to Hue road is among the best route in Vietnam that you should never miss!
Schedule and price for the flight from Hai Phong to Da Nang