The Phu Bai Airport is located 14.66 kilometers (or 9.11 miles) south of the city center of Hue, the former capital city of Vietnam. It is currently the only air carrier found in Hue and the only runway in the whole of Thua Thien province among several airports that the country has.
The Phu Bai International Airport, by European and American standard is small for an international airstrip. At the moment, the airport can only handle 500,000 passengers per year, although it is expected to increase to 5 million by 2020. The government has actually approved a revamp of the airport worth $642 million and the upgrade for the runway has already started.
This upgrade was due to the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the People’s Committee of Hue with the Changi International Airport for the development of Phu Bai-Hue International Airport. This was part of the government’s strategy in promoting Hue as an international tourist destination in Vietnam.
Technically, the Phu Bai International Airport first opened its doors to international carriers in 2005. The first international flight was a chartered flight of the Austrian Airlines carrying passengers from Luang Prabang, Laos.
Currently, low-cost carrier Jetstar Pacific Airlines runs two daily flights from Tan Son Nhat Airport in Ho Chi Minh City to Phu Bai, while Vietnam Airlines operates four daily flights between Ho Chi Minh City to Phu Bai Airport.
In addition, Jetstar Pacific Airlines and Vietnam Airlines run daily flights between Hanoi in Noibai Airport and Hue in Phu Bai.
HOW TO GET TO HUE FROM PHU BAI AIRPORT
The Phu Bai International Airport is about 15- 20 minutes away from the city center of Hue. Private and public transportations are both available from there and heading to downtown Hue. There are private airport transfer companies operating in the airport, but there are also public transportation options available for the commuting tourists.
The most convenient way is to take a taxi. You can get a taxi and ride solo or get share-taxis you can share with other passengers, which will cost you less than riding privately. Currently, the fare starts at a rate of 13,000 dong for the first two kilometers and 8,000 dong per kilometer thereafter.
Getting a taxi obviously has more advantages than any other form of public transportation as it can bring you anywhere and right in front of your hotel’s doorstep. It is in fact the only way to get to Hue from the airport directly, without transferring to another vehicle, like you would do in buses with daily operations from Phu Bai to Hue.
If you think taking a taxi is too much, your best bet is to inquire with the hotel you plan on staying in if they do offer free shuttle to and from the airport. Most hotels and resorts in Hue offer free transport to and from the airport. If they don’t have a free service, ask if they’re offering the same service for a fee and just compare prices with private airport transport companies in Hue.
To get to the airport from Hue, you can get private taxi services as well. The Vietnam Mines at 23 Street of Nguyen Van Cu has its own airport shuttle service that offers to collect you from your hotel accommodation and bring you to the Phu Bai Airport.