How to get from Phong Nha to Hue is a frequently asked question that a lot of first-time travellers asking. As you know, the Phong Nha to Hue distance is about 215km and it takes about 3hours 50 minutes by private car. Nowadays there are many different ways to get to Hue from Phong Nha town/ Dong Hoi city. Some common transportations are by bus; by motorbike; by train, etc. Each of transportation has its advantage and disadvantage but it is suitable for different tourists time and budget.
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THE BEST WAY TO TRAVEL FROM PHONG NHA TO HUE
Located on the banks of the Perfume River, Hue, the ancient capital of Vietnam under the Nguyen dynasty from 1802 to 1945. It is 700 km southern Hanoi, 1100km northern Ho Chi Minh City, and only a few miles from the Thuan An beach. Most well-known for its historic values, Hue had been recognized as one of the World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.
Renowned for the most intact royal city in Vietnam, Hue has enough charm to keep you staying as long as you can afford the time to visit. So what is the best way to travel to Hue from Phong Nha?
1. Phong Nha to Hue by bus
Take a bus to get to Hue is a wise way to save your money because it is very cheap and easy to book. Phong Nha to Hue by bus is the common route that some bus companies provide the transfer services with the price from $12 to $23. It takes about 4 hours to travel by bus and we recommend you some bus companies such as
Hung Thanh Bus, departing from 4:00 – 4:30 am from Thanh Phat Hotel and arriving in Hue City around from 8:30 am.
Tan Nhat bus, departing from Phong Nha Tourist Center between 15:00 – 16:00 (3:00 – 4:00 PM) and arriving in Hue at 20:00 ( 8:00 PM).
Your last option is the DMZ bus, along the way to Hue, they will stop at the Vinh Moc tunnel and Ben Hai river; This bus departs at 6:00 AM from Phong Nha.
2. Phong Nha to Hue Train
As you know, there is no train station in Phong Nha so if you want to take the train, you have to get to Dong Hoi train station first. It takes about 1 hour to get from Phong Nha town to Dong Hoi train station then you can take the train to Hue city.
Phong Nha town to Dong Hoi train station costs USD 22/ taxi then the train ticket from Dong Hoi to Hue costs USD 1.5 about VND 60,000.
3. By Motorbike
This way is for people who have a lot of time because the Vietnam’s traffic and long hours drive on the motorbike. So you should rent a motorbike in Phong Nha Town then following the Ho Chi Minh road to get to Quang Tri province then to Hue. Please remember that, it is quite dangerous to drive in a rainny days and the traffic in Vietnam is quite complicated.
The price for a motorbike to Hue is from USD 18 to USD 25 way. And it takes about 8 hours to get to Hue from Phong Nha.It might take longer depends on the time you spend to visit attractions on the way.
4. By Private Car
Private car is the best option for a safe, reliable, and luxurious transfer. Because book the Phong Nha to Hue private car, you will be the boss, you can decide the departure time, the places along the way to visit or direct transfer. Moreover, along the way, if you would like to get some coffee, have lunch, stretch your legs, our private English speaking driver will be happy to help you! All you need is to take a seat in a private car with A/C, listen to music, enjoy the complimentary bottles of water, and enjoy your journey!
For shorter trips, you can refer to some private car online website to help you quote some car rental service in Dong Hoi, Quang Tri, Hue, Danang, Hoian, and Nhatrang.
In summary, based on your budget and your preference you can choose one of the above options