Centrally located in the country, getting to Hue, Vietnam by land and by air from all the major cities is easy. Hue was the country’s capital city and the seat of the Imperial government until 1945 when the King Bao Dai went into exile. Today, much of its Imperial structures still holds up, making the city a historically interesting place to see while in Vietnam.
GETTING TO HUE BY AIR
The Phu Bai International Airport, which is about 15 kilometers South of downtown Hue, serves international and local flights. For domestic flights, the Jetstar Pacific Airlines and the Vietnam Airlines operate two to three flights daily, to and from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.
In 2005, the Phu Bai International Airport started receiving international flight from Laos. It currently has chartered international flights from Austrian Airlines. It is also possible to get to Hue from other countries via the Tan Son Nhat International Airport at Ho Chi Minh City and the Noi Bai International Airport from Hanoi. Both serve international flights extensively, and the trip takes about three hours.
GETTING TO HUE BY LAND
Located 660 kilometers South of Hanoi and 1080 kilometers North of Ho Chi Minh City, getting to Hue by land is simple. Regular train services run through the many cities of Vietname, including Hue. Regular public buses also serve routes passing through Hue from North to South of the country.
You can rent a car and book it through the many local agents in the country. The price of a rental with a driver can be reasonably good, especially if you consider comfort for traveling and being on the road for 13 to 16 hours.
The Thong Nhat Express operates several trips daily from Hanoi, Danang, and Ho Chi Minh City to Hue. Express trains from Danang in the South, only take about three and a half hours.
Major cities in Vietnam connect to Ben Xe Hue – Hue, the main bus station in the city. Public bus and open tour bus run through the station daily. It takes about four to six hours from Danang in the South, and13 to 16 hours from Hanoi in the North, with only two to three toilet and meal stops.
There are sitting and sleeping buses and most sleeping buses offer overnight trips. The sitting seat and sleeping seat cost the same, though, and since the trip is rather a long one, it would be wise to get a seat in a sleeping bus. In a sleeping bus, the seats are reclining with your body from your knee down under the reclining seat in front of you. There’s not much room, but the ride is comfortable enough.
It’s best to take some medicine if you suffer from motion sickness, though. Some bus drivers are notorious for driving fast to quickly get to the destination, which some consider satisfactory.
Whatever you plan to do, getting to Hue, Vietnam will be well worth your time for all the cultural and historical attractions that await you at the end of the trip.