How to get from Ninh Binh to Hue
There are 2 possibilities how to get from Ninh Binh to Hue:
- by train (560 000 – 1 000 000 Dong/22 – 45$ depends on seat quality, 11 – 12h )
- by bus (280 000 – 400 000 Dong/13 – 18$ depends on bus quality, 12h )
We chose (as we like Vietnamese sleeping buses) option 2 night sleeping bus departing at 7 p.m. and arriving around 7 a.m. in Hue including 2 refreshment stops. We booked our middle class ticket for 320 000 Dong/14$ at our hotel with pickup included. You can save some money if you buy ticket directly at bus station but you have to book the ticket in advance. It means more expenses for taxi – once to buy ticket and then transport to bus station. So at the end you will not have big savings. The bus was 30 minutes late, nothing unusual for pickups in Asia. We jumped on the board, had covered with blanket as again air-condition was turned on maximum. We got very lucky this time as the bus driver was driving really smoothly. No Vietnamese sleeping on the ground and after 1 hour reading we fell asleep and woke up just before Hue. It was our best sleeping bus in Vietnam! But another french couple took the same bus but one hour earlier and they had very bad journey. You just never know. In Hue the bus didn’t stop at bus station but in some parking place close to the center. There were taxi drivers waiting for us and offering drive. We felt like if they were bees and we honey 🙂 We walked off to the main road where we took taxi with taxa-meter to our hotel for 1/2 price 🙂 The train option would be more expensive but with one advantage – you always know where the train will stop.
Welcome in Hue
Hello!!! Thanks for sharing your experience with us! I happen to also have a blog (in Brazil) where I give travel tips (but only in Portuguese so far), and I know first hand how this is helpful! So, I’d lke to ask you if you remember the company you took the bus from Ninh Ninh to Hue. The thing is I’ll be traveling throughout Vietnam next January, and I’ve been trying to book that famous sleeperbus for this part of the trip (http://www.sleeperbusvietnam.com/Open_bus_tour_hanoi/Route_h7_hanoi_ninhbinh_hue_open_bus_vietnam.html), but with no success! They are not answering! And since I read in your post that there are other companies/options, I’d love to know more about them! Do you think I would be able to find tickets to the same day I wish to go to Hue? I’ll be coming from Hanoi in the morning and departing to Hue on the same day… I know, it’s tight, but we are used to doing this whenever we wish to visit a place that’s on our way, so we don’t miss the opportunity!
Thank you so very much for your help! And regards from Brazil! 😉
tudo bem? I am sure you can easily do it. If you dont sleep in the city just go directly to bus station and buy i ticket. Sorry we dont remember the bus company, just ask for sleeping bus to Hue, there are several companies. Just try to come at least 2 hours before departure…
Happy travelling 🙂