One of the common travel routes in Vietnam is to travel from either North Vietnam down to the Southern Region or from the Southern Region up to the Northern Region. You can either take the bus or train. If you are adventurous enough, you can even ride the motorbike from Hanoi down to Saigon.
Buses are a common way to travel in Vietnam. If you plan to travel from North of Vietnam to South of Vietnam, you may want to check out the open bus ticket that allows you to book your bus ticket all the way from the North to South giving you the flexibility to stop at any province at any time you want. You may check out the open bus ticket from Sinh Tourist. Now that would be ideal only if you are travelling for a long period.
What if you are only travelling from Hue to Hoi An? I will be sharing more on that as you read.
Hue and Hoi An is a famous stop for travellers who are travelling in Vietnam. Located at both these places are two prominent sites which happen to be listed as the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. In Hue, there is the Imperial City which happens to be the former imperial capital of Vietnam. And in Hoi An, there is Hoi An Ancient Town which is a place you do not want to miss.
Apart from these two interesting places itself, another consideration you might want to look at is visiting the attractions in between these two cities.
What is between Hue and Hoi An?
Some of the prominent sites you may have heard of is the Hai Van Pass which is a 21km long mountain pass on National Route 1A and Marble Mountain which is a cluster of 5 marble and limestone hills. These are places worth stopping if you happen to travel pass them.
There are also other interesting places along the way such as Lang Co beach and Japanese Bridge. I do not find it that interesting but still a good stopover for a quick look out.
Travel From Hue to Hoi An
Back to the question on the best way to travel from Hue to Hoi An! There are of course tons of way to do so from train, bus, private drivers and etc. I will be listing down the various way you can opt for. This is only applicable if you have not booked an open bus ticket as you would have taken the bus if you have booked.
Train to Da Nang then bus to Hoi An
There is no train station in Hoi An so if you decide to take the train, it will stop in Da Nang station in which you can later take a bus to Hoi An. This is inconvenient but a good way for those who would want to experience train travel. Train cost range according to the seating type and bus from Da Nang city cost around VND 30,000.
Train Booking Site: Vietnam Railway
Direct Bus from Hue to Hoi An
Another option you can look at is taking the direct bus from Hue all the way to Hoi An. It will cost approximately VND 130,000 to do so. The downside of this option (same goes for the train option) is that you will miss out most of the attractions between Hue and Hoi An.
You can easily book your bus ticket from any agency around Hue!
The most expensive way would be hiring a private car from Hue to Hoi An. I have not made such arrangements but through the experience of other travellers, it will cost around USD95 for the private car booking. The amazing part of this arrangements is that you are able to stop over at the attractions along the way from Hue to Hoi An.
Definitely an option you can consider if you are travelling in a bigger group and have extra cash to spend on.
Motorbike riding is one of the most popular options taken by tourist travelling from Hue to Hoi An and vice versa. Hai Van Pass, the route which you will be riding through is a famous route that appeared on the Top Gear Series. You can watch more here on their Youtube Channel. I am sure that is something you can look into if you can ride the motorbike.
As you have full control of places you ride too, you can easily make a stopover along the attractions in between Hue to Hoi An as mentioned above.
To those who are looking for a cheaper alternative to travel from Hue to Hoi An and stop over at the attractions along the way can look into taking the tourist bus. The tourist bus is made available by TNT travel in which they have a daily bus that travels from Hue to Hoi An stopping over at the following 4 attractions.
- Japanese Bridge (Free Entrance)
- Lang Co Beach (Free Entrance)
- Hai Van Pass (Free)
- Marble Mountains (VND 40,000 entrance)
It costs around VND 220,000 (USD10) for the entire journey. USD4 on top of the direct bus from Hue to Ho An and you get the extras. Pretty good deal I would say. It saves you the hassle of separately arranging transport to each of the attractions. Of course, this only makes sense if you are planning to stop over at the attractions. If you are not planning to check out the places, the direct bus would be a better option.
Best Way to Travel
Again, there are no ideal options and it comes down to your plan. If your goal is to cruise along Hai Van Pass, the motorbike would definitely be the option you want to look at. However, if you are planning to head straight to Hoi An, the direct bus would be the cheapest option to do so. Lastly, if you are looking to stop over at the attractions along the way, you can consider the tourist bus.
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