After visiting Hue, you might wonder ways to get to Hoi An, your next dream destination in Vietnam. In fact, Hue and Hoi An are close to each other, it is quiet convenient and time-saving to reach Hoi An in three to four hours by any mean of transportation. However, finding a way to experience the best of this stunning route in Central Vietnam while saving your budget is question any travelers have in mind. Therefore, it is important to pick the best budget transportation while having a once-in-a-lifetime experience. If you are still unsure about your choice in transportation, here are 4 budget ways to travel from Hue to Hoi An.
TRAVEL HUE TO HOI AN BY TRAIN
Taking a train is the best budget way to travel from Hue to Hoi An most travelers consider. Traveling by train is not only cheap but also comfortable. Moreover, the scenery on the way is also stunning, as the train will go over the Hai Van Pass, while most vehicles will go through the Hai Van Tunnel.
One of the biggest disadvantage is there is no direct train from Hue to Hoi An, as there is only train station in Danang. People who choose the train will have to buy the train ticket from Hue to Da Nang, and then continue to take a local bus or taxi from Da Nang to Hoi An.
From Danang to Hoi An distance is 30 kilometres, about 30 minute ride by bus or taxi.
HOW TO PLAN
If you consider traveling from Hue to Hoi An by train, this guide is at your convenience:
1. Know your exact travel date
Traveling by train from Hue to Da Nang will take you about 2,5 hours. In addition, you have to travel from Da Nang to Hoi An by bus, so make sure to get there before 17:00.
2. Choose right site to buy train tickets:
There are two options of seats visitors choose:
- Hard seat with no air-conditioner: 40.000 VND (around $1.5)
- Soft berth with air-conditioner: 80.000 VND (around $3.5)
We recommend Soft berth with air-conditioner as it’s very comfortable and the price is not much different.
3. Pick the right bus from Da Nang to Hoi An:
The nearest bus station to Hoi An is only 500m away. The bus will depart every 20 minutes and it will take 1 hour to get to Hoi An. Therefore, just walk to the nearest bus station at 155 Le Duan, Danang, Vietnam. It’s near FAHASA bookstore.
The price is only 25.000 VND per person. There are many cafes near by for you to enjoy a Vietnamese coffee while waiting for your bus.
During Tet holiday time, aka Vietnamese New Year, there are a huge number of passengers riding train. Therefore, you should plan ahead if choosing the train.
PROS AND CONS TRAVELING BY TRAIN
RIDING ON A SLEEPING BUS FROM HUE TO HOI AN
The open bus is another choice for budget travelers who want to travel directly to Hoi An. Because traveling by bus is fast, convenient and cheap, many tourists choose the bus as their main transportation. The most popular kind of bus and convenient for tourists is the sleeping bus. Their service is excellent with AC and bottle waters provided. Moreover, traveling by bus is quite safe and comfortable.
The only disadvantage of this transportation from Hue to Hoi An is you will not experiencing the Hai Van Pass. Its breathtaking view of Hue and Danang is what attractions many visitors conquering this route. These buses always go through the Hai Van tunnel.
RECOMMENDED BUS COMPANIES
There are many bus companies to choose from. The quality of these buses also varies. Hence, here are some suggestions to help you pick the best bus for the journey. Just keep in mind that the service of sleeping buses is not as good as other private transportation and could be quite disturbing for some people. And, the queuing for bus is not fun at all.
- The Sinh Tourist – The best open bus tour in Hue, the ticket from Hue to Hoi An is 120.000 VND per person. There is no English speaker employee on the bus, however, the reservation system is quite organized and convenient. The drawback of this company is the size of each seat. If you are tall, you may find it uncomfortable for your legs.
- Camel Travel – One of the cheapest buses in Vietnam. Their price is 100,000 VND per person. However, the bus is quite disorganizing and it parks quite far from the city center. If you are travel on a budget then this is the right fit for you.
You can read more of 5 Most Reliable Bus Companies to Travel from Hue to Hoi An here.
Please notice that at Tet holiday time – Vietnamese New Year, the number of people using bus is rapidly increasing. Therefore, the tickets are expensive and quickly run out.
PROS AND CONS TRAVELING BY BUS
RENT A MOTORBIKE
There are motorbike tours in Hue which takes you on a great adventure to Hoi An. However, their price ($45/ person) is sometimes over budgeted to some people.
There is an option of renting a motorbike for you. The price for a motorbike from Hue to Hoi An is quite cheap, only 120.000 VND ( Around $5) for a motorbike. You might need to fill the gasoline with an extra of 50.000 VND.
However, keep in mind that this is not a safe way to travel from Hue to Hoi An. Unlike motorbike tour, you do not have a leader so you have to figure out the way by yourself.
If you are an experienced biker who frequently travels by bike around Vietnam, then you can consider taking this mean of transportation. If you are beginner in the world of motorbike drivers in Vietnam, please skip this option.
Make sure you check the quality of your scooter/ bike before riding. These are crucial parts to check:
- The breaks: Most Important!
- The tires: to see if it’s new or old to prevent slippery on road.
- Right keys for scooter/ bikes: Make sure you check the key for trunk also.
- Your ID documents: Always have a copy of your passport when they ask an ID to borrow bikes.
Recommend companies in Hue to rent good bikes: Dong Xanh Motorbikes.
PROS AND CONS
HIRING PRIVATE CAR WITH EXPERIENCED DRIVER
If you travel with a group of friends, why not considering of hiring a private car for your group. If you divide the cost for the whole group, it’s actually a great budget transportation to travel from Hue to Hoi An.
Moreover, traveling by Hue private car has all the advantages that other means of transportation do not have. You can sit comfortably in a private car and enjoy the stunning sights of Hai Van Pass and Lang Co Beach. In addition, you can stop at many amazing destinations on the way without extra charge. They are: Cham Museum in Danang or the Marble Mountain.
Moreover, you can also get a large discount on other services such as motorbike tours in Hue and Hoi An. An English guide on the way is also available upon request. The high-quality service of Hue private car will worth every penny.
The price for a 4-seat private car from Hue to Hoi An is only $60. A great deal for people who travel in group.
So if you want a relaxing journey and still see the best of Vietnam, Hue private car will be a perfect choice.
RECOMMENDED BEST HUE PRIVATE CAR COMPANY
Bee Bee Travel provides excellent Hue private car as an additional service along with their Hue walking tours service. The price will be flexible depend on the attractions on the way and other tours discount. They also have wonderful tour guide team to book. It’s also better to travel with a local guide so that you learn the best of Vietnamese culture and tips.
Let’s have a look at their wide range of car service here.
PROS AND CONS
In short, the journey from Hue to Hoi An is a top-rated thing to do in Hue. This is a once in a lifetime journey that you should not miss once you visit the center of Vietnam. We hope these 4 budget ways to travel from Hue to Hoi An helps you choose the right mean of transportation while getting to Hoi An safe and sound.
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