We are excited to announce the integration of trains to Hue, a popular tourist destination in central Vietnam well known for its historic buildings and monuments listed as UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites.
Hue was the ancient capital of Vietnam during the Nguyen Dynasty. In the heart of the city, the Citadel contains the old Imperial City, former palace of the ruling emperors of Vietnam who lived in the Purple Forbidden City. Also, the Thien Mu Pagoda situated on the side of the Perfume River, the official symbol of the city. Outside Hue, tourists can visit the impressive royal tombs of Minh Mang, Khai Dinh and Tu Duc emperors.
Travellers can easily get from Hanoi to Hue by train with Vietnam Railways and multiple private railway companies operating sleeper coaches running the North–South Railway line, a journey that takes 12 to 13 hours.
Hanoi to Hue with Vietnam Railways
Since we integrated train ticket booking with Vietnam Railways, we have been listing information of schedules and prices as well as facilitating advance ticket booking for SE1, SE3, SE5, SE7, SE9 and SE19 trains operated by the state-owned railway company.
Vietnam Railways operates both standard and upgraded sleeper train services with 2 types of fares: Hard bed arranged in 6-Berth compartments and Soft bed arranged in 4-Berth compartments.
Sleeper 6-Berth, Hard bed
Sleeper 4-Berth, Soft bed
Hanoi to Hue with private railway companies
Private railway companies operate their own carriages that are attached to the SE1, SE3 and SE19 trains hauled by Vietnam Railways locomotives and depart / arrive according to the same schedule.
Private railway companies provide 2 types of fares: Sleeper 4-Berth for 1-4 passengers and Sleeper 2-Berth for 1-2 passengers. Customers who wish to enjoy some privacy and book the whole cabin can select the maximum number of passengers and purchase all the tickets.
The coaches operated by the private railway companies provide a slightly higher level of comfort than the upgraded coaches operated by Vietnam Railways and have on-board staff dedicated to assist international passengers. The service also includes bottled water and snacks.
How to book your train tickets from Hanoi to Hue
Online booking is open 60 – 90 days in advance until 2 days before departure. Once you submit your order and your booking is confirmed, we will send you an electronic ticket by email. For trains operated by Vietnam Railways, the e-ticket is a valid boarding pass and it can be used to board the train. For private railway companies, the e-ticket is not a valid boarding pass and must be presented to check-in and collect the boarding tickets at Hanoi Railway Station and Hue Railway Station, 60 minutes before departure.
We hope that you enjoy the experience of travelling to Hue by train. Don’t forget to read our travel guide for Hue, as it will help you prepare your trip.
Updated on Aug 22, 2019.