You are in Hue and want to go from Hue to Hoi An? You wonder what is the fastest way and cheapest way for your travel in Central Vietnam. Traveling by bus is definitely a good choice that you shouldn’t miss out. In this article, we will help you to find what companies provide good bus services from Hue to Hoi An and what attractions you will see en route.
Bus Hue to Hoi An: General information
The distance between Hue and Hoi An is 160 kilometers and takes around 3-4 hours by bus. Most people choose bus option as it is the fastest way and also very economical for travelers who have been on the road for over a month.
Bus ticket price to travel from Hue to Hoi An ranges from 80,000 VND for soft seat bus and 120,000 VND for sleeping bus option. Now bus most companies understand your need of having a nice resting place that fits Westerner body size, they equip their bus mostly with sleeping bed option which make price go down a bit. This benefits hugely for travelers like you.
Most bus company that travel to Hoi An departs at 8 am and 1330 in the afternoon. These buses pick you up from your hotel and go straight to Hoi An center. There are limited sightseeing en route for you. Some company offer only one departure time during the day and takes around 6 hours to get to Hoi An. However, you get to sightseeing many spectacular attractions en route that we are about to list below.
Attractions En Route Hue to Hoi An You Will Pass By
Lap An Lagoon
After 2 hours on bus from Hue, the first stop bus company will stop for a photo and bathroom stop for you is Lap An lagoon. This enormous trendy lagoon is a brackish water area with surface of over 800 ha in the West of Lang Co Bay. It stretches from the foot of Phu Gia Pass to Hai Van Estuary. Surrounding the lagoon is the winding small road where few local community nestle peacefully. They mainly go fishing and grow seafood in the lagoon as way to earn a living. Bus company usually stop for 45 minutes in a drink shop where you can walk towards Lap An and take some photos.
Check out this video below to see what you will expect to see in Lap An Lagoon:
Lang Co Beach
Not far away from Lap An Lagoon is the Lang Co Beach. It was listed as top 30 most beautiful bays in the world with palm-shaded white sand and turquoise water surface. This is a must-stop for you during your road trip from Hue to Hoi An. There are ranges of seafood restaurants and breathtaking views for you in this place. Unfortunately, your bus will take the Hai Van tunnel route. Thus, most bus riders won’t have chance to view Lang Co Beach.
Many travelers urge to visit Lang Co Bay en route from Hue to Hoi An, instead of traveling by bus, they hire a private driver to enjoy this awesome road trip. Economically, if you travel with 3-4 friends, renting a private car is a great option. It costs only $60/ car for 3 passengers. However, you get to take you time and enjoy famous attractions en route.
Our local partner at Bee Bee Travel offer excellent private car service if you think of traveling to Hoi An by car option.
Hai Van Pass
Hai Van Pass is a group of rocky mountains standing between Hue and Danang. This most-conquered pass is 21 kilometer long and scenic which is about 500 meters above the East Sea level. It’s undoubtedly a great road trip linking central Vietnamese destinations of Hue, Danang and Hoi An.
On top of Hai Van Pass, there are many US bunkers remained from the war time and a big gate built during Minh Mang Emperor era. Its aged atmosphere combined with the generous air on top of the mountain make Hai Van a favorite spot for many bikers and adventurers.
- Watch out for vehicles.
- Do not buy pearl or any jewelry from vendors in Hai Van mountain.
- For bathroom break, you can use for free in Pearl Shop. However, it’d be nice for you to buy a drink as way to thank shop owners.
Travel by bus, you only see it from distance as the bus will take the Hai Van Tunnel route. Below is a peak of what Hai Van Pass look like in winter in Hue, mysterious and tempting to be explored!
Nam O Beach
Your bus will continue to exit Hai Van tunnel and enter Nguyen Tat Thanh boulevard to Danang city. The first airy area your bus will pass by is the Nam O beach. It’s famous for its century-old fish sauce brand. One surprising fact for those who loves the Vietnam War history, the first American troops first landed in the South Republic of Vietnam in Nam O beach.
On one side you will see the train bridge and on the other side is the Cu De river. Look out for some beautiful fishing nets in the river when your bus ride down this path.
Son Tra Peninsula and Linh Ung Pagoda
On your ride in Danang coastal road, you will notice behind you (if you travel from Hue to Hoi An) and on your right side (if you travel from Hoi An to Hue) a white statue standing in distance. It’s the Lady Buddha at Linh Ung pagoda. This complex sits in front of the Son Tra Peninsula. It’s said that the Lady Buddha statue at this location protects the city of Danang from being hit by typhoons every year, making it a very thriving city to live and start a business.
Known to visitors as Monkey Mountain, Son Tra has attracted international attention for being the ideal residence for a rare breed of monkey called Vooc Cha Va. For many visitors to Danang, Son Tra peninsula is a top attraction for them to do a day trip trekking around the mountain and look for monkey encounters.
My Khe Beach
Your bus will drive by this wonderful beach on way to Hoi An. Listed in Forbes Magazine as one of the ‘World’s Most Luxurious Beaches’, the stunning sands of My Khe Beach offer surfers and sun seekers a gloriously hideaway. With a very convenient location in the middle of Hue Imperial City and Hoi An Ancient town, My Khe deserves a stop for a peak in the trendy city of Danang. You can always come back to Danang by motorbike from Hoi An if you feel regretful not to spend time in this city.
The Marble Mountains are a cluster of five big rocky hills made from marble in Da Nang. Named after the elements metal, wood, water, fire and earth, Marble Mountains exist in a coastal area that is renowned for stone-cutting and sculpture.
During your road trip by bus from Hue to Hoi An, driver will help to point out the Marble Mountain for your quick look. It’s 30 kilometers from Hoi An. You can do a half day motorbike trip to visit this place once you settle down in Hoi An.
Marble mountain is also the last sightseeing attractions en route for you before your bus arrive in Hoi An city center.
5 Reliable Shuttle Bus Companies from Hue to Hoi An
Let’s have a look at our suggested bus company to use for your bus trip Hue to Hoi An. Depends on your travel plan, you can read information of their bus departure time and price below to make a right purchase for yourself and partner.
Coach type: —
Departure time: 08:00
Departure location: Hue BNT’s office
Arrival location: Hoi An BNT’s office
Duration: 3 hours 15 min
The Sinh Tourist: The most-chosen brand for bus service in Vietnam.
The Sinh Tourist
Coach type: 39 Berths – Sleeping
Departure time: 08:00 and 1330
Departure location: 38 Chu Van An Str, Hue
Arrival location: 587 Hai Ba Trung, Hoi An
Duration: 4 hours
Coach type: 39 Berths – Sleeping
Departure time: 08:00 or 13:00
Departure location: 32 Ba Trieu Str, Hue
Arrival location: 12 Nguyễn Tất Thành, Hội An
Duration: 3 hours
Coach type: 38 Berths – Sleeping
Departure time: 06:30
Departure location: 62 Chu Van An Str, Hue
Arrival location: 50 Tran Hung Dao, Hoi An
Duration: 5 hours 42 mins
Coach type: 38 Berths – Sleeping
Departure time: 08:15
Departure location: Your hotel in Hue center
Arrival location: Your hotel in Hoi An Center
Duration: 3 hours 30 mins
Pros and Cons of Traveling by Bus from Hue to Hoi An
|– Cheap price |
– Enjoy beautiful sightseeing on the way from bus windows
– Professional and experienced driver
– Flexible starting time
– You have energy to explore Hoi An immediately once arrive
|– Make sure you are in time for the departure |
– A huge number of travelers
– Time consuming
Note: For the best trip, you have to book the bus ticket at least 1 day before the arrival to ensure your seat. In addition, you have to be careful with your luggage. There have a lot of chaos which will lead to your loss of luggage.
Traveling by bus is undoubtedly the cheapest way to travel from Hue to Hoi An. It has advantage and disadvantage when you choose this travel option. However, for most of travelers who just need to get from point A to B, bus is their number one option.
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