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How To Get From Hue To Hoi An in Vietnam

Are you planning to travel from Hue to Hoi An? With so many options available where do you start?

We break this down for you so that you can make the right choice at the right time on how to go from Hue to Hoi An.

Best way to get from Hue to Hoi An

When we started to research how to travel from Hue to Hoi An these are the options:

  • Hue to Hoi An by train
  • Bus from Hue to Hoi An
  • Private car transfer from Hue to Hoi An

Hue to Hoi An distance is 122 km.

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How to travel from Hue to Hoi An by Train

There is no direct train service from Hue to Hoi An.  You can book a train from Hue to Danang and then you will need to get a taxi from Danang to Hoi An. You can use 12goAsia to book the train from Hue to Danang. Through 12goAsia the train travel time is approximately 2.5 hours with prices from USD10

For a taxi from Danang to Hoi An you can download Grab (similar to Uber).

How to travel from Hue to Hoi An by Bus

There are several bus companies that travel this route – details through 12goAsia

You will need to put in Hue Hanh Cafe to Hoi An Sinh for a small minibus with prices from USD24 for the 3-hour journey.

 

When we weighed up the costs for both of us and the sights we could see along the way, the private car transfer was the winner.

You can book your private one-way transfer from Hue to Hoi An here

NB

Since we travelled the company is adding in the Hue Fishing Village, Lang Co Beach and the Linh Ung Pagoda which makes it much better value and more unique sights to see along the way.

Here is the new full tour description:

Catch the best sights on your journey from Hue to Hoi An or from Hoi An to Hue with a private transfer service.

Drive along the Hai Van Pass and stop to explore the Linh Ung Pagoda while riding in the comfort of an air-conditioned car or van with a professional driver.  The journey begins at 8:00 AM in Hue or Hoi An.

If travelling from Hue, the itinerary will go as follows: Pickup from your hotel with a stop for sightseeing at Hue Fishing Village on the shores of the Tam Giang Lagoon. See how the locals live catching fish and shrimp from the lagoon.

Next, visit the Lap An Lagoon and Oysters Farming Village, nestled between Phu Gia Pass and Hai Van Pass. Admire the verdant trees, clear waters, and cloud-covered mountains surrounding the village.  Just 60 km from Hue is the serene fishing township of Lang Co. The Lang Co beach was recognized in 2009 as one of the 30 most beautiful bays in the world for its gently sloping beach filled with fine sand. Ask your driver to make a stop and fall in love with the white sand beach and turquoise waters.  Next, drive along the Hai Van Pass – one of the most scenic hillside roads in Vietnam – and admire the green trees and beautiful water below. On the top of the pass, see the vestiges of an old fortified gateway.

Continue to Linh Ung Pagoda, the highest statue of Lady Buddha in Vietnam. The trip would not be complete without a stop at Marble Mountain, whose famous rocky peaks rise above the homes and resorts of Da Nang Beach below. Take the lift to the top and admire the large stone dragons and seated figures of Buddha. The total journey, with stops, takes between 6 and 7 hours. At the end of the tour, the driver will drop you off at your hotel.

 

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Our guide on how to get from Hue to Hoi An in Vietnam in comfort, safely and with a knowledgeable Vietnamese local guide.

We had the opportunity of visiting:

  • Lap An Lagoon fishing village,
  • Hai Van Pass,
  • Marble Mountain and the
  • Cham Museum in Danang

We had planned to spend over 3 weeks in and around Hoi An as it has so much to see and do it warranted more than just a few nights.

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Map of How To Get From Hue To Hoi An Vietnam

Map of journey from Hue to Hoi An
Distance from Hue to Hoi An

 

 

Our Journey: How To Get From Hue to Hoi An

Nau was our driver from Hue to Hoi An, he was a safe and responsible driver.  The car was spacious, clean, with air conditioning. Our guide Ms Hoe was excellent, very knowledgeable and we had a great time on our journey.  Water was provided for us.

Places to Visit From Hue To Hoi An:

  1.  Lap An Lagoon- 800 hectares, mangroves
  2.  Hai Van Pass
  3.  Marble Mountain

We could have also visited the Cham Museum in Danang but we had already visited on a previous trip.  Lunch stops along the way were also possible.

Lap An Lagoon

Address: Nguyễn Văn, TT. Lăng Cô, Phú Lộc, Thừa Thiên Huế,

Lap An Lagoon Fishing Village
First stop at the Lap An Lagoon Fishing Village

Lap An Lagoon is located near the Phú Gia Bridge of Lăng Cô town 64 km from Hue. The journey took around 1 hour 20 minutes.  It is such a peaceful location, no wonder it is so popular with travellers and locals. The locals’ farm for oysters here and on arrival we could see a group of them cleaning and opening the oysters ready for sale. In a small stall across the road from the Lagoon, you could buy local fresh fish and pink scallops. The locals say that the oyster is their ‘heavenly gift’.

The Lagoon is spread over 800 hectares and has the backdrop of Bach Ma Mountains.  It has often been described as where the mountain meets the ocean. Locals say the best time to visit the lake is at sunset, where the colours are reflected in the waters of the lagoon.

Free to visit.

Hai Van Pass

View from the top of Hai Van Pass
The view over Da Nang from the top of Hai Van Pass

In 2005 a tunnel was completed through Bach Ma Mountain and most traffic use this route to travel between  Hue and Hoi An and vice versa.  The Hai Van Pass is now used by travellers on motorbikes and buses and a few trucks.  Hai Van translated means “the pass of ocean mist”.  It is certainly a lot cooler at the top of the mountain than in either Danang or Hue.

Hai Van Pass is 500m high and it is the highest pass in the whole of Vietnam.  The 20 km long road joins Danang and the province of Hue. There are tourist shops and restaurants when you arrive at the top of the Pass.  From one side you can see Hue Province and from the other, you can view Danang and its beaches in the distance. The views are stunning over the South China Sea.

The UK Program Top Gear travelled the road in 2008 and named it one of the best coastal roads in the world.

The ancient gate at the top of the pass dates back to 12th century.  The Gate marked the border crossing between the Dia Viet and Champa Kingdoms. Later in the Vietnam War, the Hai Van Pass was a military outpost for the USA.  The VC forces would set up ambushes along the pass.  The dense mountain forest of the Bach Ma Mountain was ideal to manoeuvre their troops to attack the installations on Hai Van Pass.

Free to visit.

Marble Mountain

View from the top of Marble Mountain
The view from Marble Mountain

Marble Mountain is a cluster of 5 mountains 9 km south of Danang and 20 km from Hoi An that relate to the 5 elements: metal, earth, water, wood and fire. The mountains are made from limestone and marble. Marble Mountain was originally a sacred site for the Cham people for worship.  You can visit temples, caves and tunnels during your visit.

The views across to My Khe Beach and Danang are spectacular.

As you exit the lift you will see the Xa Loi Tower which is a 6-sided 7-storey temple worshipping Buddha with over 200 statues inside.

There is a Banyan Tree that is over 600 years old and 3 Bodhi trees ranging from 160 years old to 210 years.

We love a good legend! The Cham legend states that an elderly hermit was fishing in the South China Sea when a dragon appeared and deposited an egg on the coast. The dragon disappeared and a golden turtle then appeared and asked the hermit to protect the egg that was deposited by the dragon.  The hermit could not follow through with the responsibilities and buried the egg in the land. The egg broke into 5 pieces and formed the 5 Marble Mountains.

Buddha statue Marble Mountain
Tropical gardens with Buddha statues throughout

Visit Marble Mountains cost VND55,000 per person (USD$ 2.50) entrance fee which includes the 43-metre lift access (this saves a walk up the mountain)

Opening Hours: 07.00 to 17.30

Allow 1.5 hours for the visit

Cham Museum

Cham Museum
Cham Museum

The Cham Museum is located in Danang at Số 02 2 Tháng 9, Bình Hiên, Hải Châu, Đà Nẵng 550000, Vietnam.

It houses the largest collection of over 300 terracotta and stone artefacts from the Cham people who were the indigenous people of Vietnam with roots dating back to 192 AD. As you wander the museum you will note that the statues have a Hindu influence and there are Buddha deities as well.

Entrance Costs: VND 60,000  (USD$ 2.60)

Opening Hours: 07.00 to 17.30 daily

How To Book Your Private Car Transfer

To book your private car transfer from Hue to Hoi An click here

 

Hotels In Hue

In Hue City we can personally recommend two hotels:

 

Hue Garden Villa Hotel located in the centre of Hue with a swimming pool, good Wifi and breakfast included. Suitable for all travellers. It is a few minutes away from the Weekend Walking Street.

Guest review: Great location – tucked away in quite lane, but close to many eating/drinking places. Very nice swimming pool. Elegant old building. My room had a good sized balcony overlooking the pool. Nice people


Emm Hotel is located further out, approximately 15 minutes walk to the centre or 5 minutes by car.  There is a swimming pool, good WiFi and breakfast included.  Our recommendation is to try their restaurant Spice Viet for the best local Vietnamese cuisine in Hue.

Guest review: Great location for a short stay in Hue, great to have the pool to cool down in after a day exploring the Citadel


 

Best Hotels in Hoi An

We spent 3 weeks in Hoi An and during that time we stayed in four hotels, from 5-star luxury to budget-price beach accommodation in An Bang Beach.

 

For 5 star accommodation, we can recommend the Victoria Hotel Beach & Spa Resort Hoi An.

The Victoria Hotel Beach & Spa Resort is located about a 15-minute drive from Hoi An and is located on its own private beach. They have some great tours available e.g. A sidecar adventure to Monkey Mountain. It is a beautiful resort, great restaurants and spa with views over towards Cham Islands.

Guest review: Everything about the resort was exceptional. The room was amazing (ocean view), the staff could not have been more friendly and helpful, the pool and breakfast were amazing. Would highly recommend

 

For 4-star accommodation, we can recommend the EMM Hotel in Hoi An.

The Emm Hotel is located just on the edge of the Old Town – it takes about a 10-minute walk to the centre of the Old Town. It is a funky style hotel, excellent swimming pool, lush tropical gardens, good WiFi and an extensive buffet breakfast is included.  We can recommend that you try out their Spice Viet Restaurant for good local Vietnamese cuisine.

Guest review: We loved our stay. Very friendly staff, lovely room. Nice cocktails at the pool and good location.

 

For 3-star accommodation (although we would rate this as 4 stars) the Ha An Hotel in the Old Town has a perfect location if you like to be where the action is. They offer good size bedrooms with balconies overlooking their tropical gardens, excellent buffet, swimming pool and good WiFi.

 

For budget beach homestay accommodation we can recommend the Hoi An Blue Seaside Homestay It is further out of town, they have their own restaurant, good clean accommodation and good WiFi.  For the beach restaurants of An Bang beach, it will take 20 minutes to walk via the beach or 5 minutes by car.

Guest review: The location of this place is amazing, its very secluded and has basically its own private beach only 50m walk away. The beach is very quiet compared to the rest of Cua Dai and An Bang, its amazing! The rooms are clean and comfy and the bungalows and breakfast area is covered by shade from some trees, it’ very peaceful. I rented a scooter to get around, everything is very close.

 

Do You Need a Visa For Vietnam

Most travellers to Vietnam will need to organise an e-visa online.

Tours Available in Hue

Imperial City Walking Tour

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Tours Available in Hoi An

There are so many things to do in the colourful town of Hoi An, we share with you some of the top things to do in Hoi An through our partner Get Your Guide.

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