Noon Gate at The Citadel, Hue Noon Gate, The Citadel, Hue – Image courtesy of Luru Ly/Wikimedia

How to get to Hue

Hue is located on the banks of the Perfume River in central Vietnam about 700km (430mi) south of Hanoi and about 1100km (680mi) north of Ho Chi Minh City.

The most convenient route to Hue is by air to Phu Bai International Airport (HUI), located 24km (15mi) south of Hue city centre.

From most international destinations this requires flying first into Ho Chi Minh City's Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN) or Hanoi's Noi Bai International Airport (HAN), followed by a connecting flight to Phu Bai International Airport.

An alternative flight route is to Da Nang International Airport (DAD), located about 107km (66mi) south of Hue. Da Nang is the largest city in central Vietnam.

By taxi, Hue is 1 hr 40 minutes from Da Nang International Airport; and by bus, around 3 hours 30 minutes, including 1 hour transfer between buses.

By rail, the Reunification Express from Ho Chi Minh City, takes around 18 hours 24 minutes, five times daily.


Flight times to Hue

Within Vietnam: Jetstar Pacific, Vietjet Air and Vietnam Airlines offer the most convenient daily scheduled flights to Hue.
Ho Chi Minh City to Hue is 1 hr 25 min, direct flight
Hanoi to Hue is 1 hr 10 min, direct flight


Flight times to Ho Chi Minh City

The following are the most convenient flights to Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN), Ho Chi Minh City.

Within Vietnam: Jetstar Pacific Airlines, Vietjet Air and Vietnam Airlines offer the most convenient daily scheduled flights to Ho Chi Minh City.

Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City is 2 hrs 10 min, direct flight
Da Nang to Ho Chi Minh City is 1 hr 25 min, direct flight
Nha Trang to Ho Chi Minh City is 1 hr 5 min, direct flight


From China: Air China, China Southern Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, Vietnam Airlines and Cathay Pacific offer the most convenient flights to Ho Chi Minh City.

Beijing to Ho Chi Minh City is 5 hrs 50 min, direct flight
Shanghai to Ho Chi Minh City is 4 hrs 35 min, direct flight
Hong Kong to Ho Chi Minh City is 2 hrs 35 min, direct flight


From Singapore: Singapore Airlines, Scoot Tigerair and Vietnam Airlines operate regular flights to Ho Chi Minh City.

Singapore to Ho Chi Minh City is 2 hrs 5 min, direct flight


From United Arab Emirates: Emirates and Vietnam Airlines offer the most convenient flights to Ho Chi Minh City.

Dubai to Ho Chi Minh City is 7 hrs 30 min, direct flight


From Australia : Qantas, Singapore Airlines, Vietnam Airlines, Cathay Pacific and Jetstar offer the most convenient daily scheduled flights to Ho Chi Minh City.

Sydney to Ho Chi Minh City is 8 hrs 45 min, direct flight
Melbourne to Ho Chi Minh City is 8 hrs 45 min, direct flight

Adelaide to Ho Chi Minh City is 11 hrs 30 min, connecting flightˆ
Brisbane to Ho Chi Minh City is 11 hrs 35 min, connecting flightˆ
Canberra to Siagon is 10 hrs 35 min, connecting flightˆ
Perth to Ho Chi Minh City is 8 hrs 3045min, connecting flightˆ


From New Zealand: Air New Zealand and Jetstar offer the most convenient daily scheduled flights Ho Chi Minh City.

Auckland to Ho Chi Minh City is 13 hrs 50 min, connecting flightˆ


From United Kingdom: British Airways and Vietnam Airlines offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Ho Chi Minh City.

London to Ho Chi Minh City is 12 hrs 20 min, direct flight

Manchester to Ho Chi Minh City is 14 hrs 30 min, connecting flightˆ


From Ireland: Finnair and Emirates offers the most convenient flights to Ho Chi Minh City.

Dublin to Ho Chi Minh City is 14 hrs 40 min, connecting flightˆ


From France: Air France and Vietnam Airlines offers the most convenient daily direct flights to Ho Chi Minh City.

Paris to Ho Chi Minh City is 12 hrs 15 min, direct flight


From Germany: Vietnam Airlines, Lufthansa, Thai Airways International, MIAT Airlines, Finnair and Swiss Air offer the most convenient flights to Ho Chi Minh City.

Frankfurt to Ho Chi Minh City is 11 hrs 35 min, direct flight

Berlin to Ho Chi Minh City is 13 hrs 5 min, connecting flightˆ
Hamburg to Ho Chi Minh City is 14 hrs 10 min, connecting flightˆ
Dusseldorf to Ho Chi Minh City is 14 hrs 25 min, connecting flightˆ
Munich to Ho Chi Minh City is 13 hrs 45 min, connecting flightˆ


From United States: Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, Korean Air, Japanese Airlines, Eva Air, United Airlines and Vietnam Airlines offer the most convenient daily scheduled flights to Ho Chi Minh City.

Atlanta to Ho Chi Minh City is 20 hrs 40 min, connecting flightˆ
Boston to Ho Chi Minh City is 20 hrs 30 hrs, connecting flightˆ
Chicago to Ho Chi Minh City is 20 hrs 5 min, connecting flight
Dallas-Fort Worth to Ho Chi Minh City is 20 hrs 15 min, connecting flightˆ
New York to Ho Chi Minh City is 19 hrs, connecting flightˆ
Los Angeles to Ho Chi Minh City is 18 hrs 5 min, connecting flightˆ
San Francisco to Ho Chi Minh City is 17 hrs 35 min, connecting flightˆ


From Canada: Air Canada, Air France, Eva Air, and Vietnam Airlines offer the most convenient daily scheduled flights to Ho Chi Minh City.

Toronto to Ho Chi Minh City is 20 hrs 10 min, connecting flightˆ
Montreal to Ho Chi Minh City is 20 hrs 55 min, connecting flightˆ
Vancouver to Ho Chi Minh City is 17 hrs 5 min, connecting flightˆ

(ˆincludes transfer time.)


Flying in

Phu Bai International Airport (HUI) is located 24km (15mi) south of Hue city centre. Major hotels and resorts can meet quests on arrival with prior notice. Taxis are available.

Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN) is located 6km (3.7mi) north of Ho Chi Minh City. Noi Bai International Airport (HAN) is located about 28km (17mi) northeast of central Hanoi.

Major hotels may meet quests on arrival at Phu Bai International Airport by prior arrangement.


Entry requirements

A passport valid for at least six months beyond intended period of stay, a return/onward ticket and proof of sufficient funds. A prearranged visa from the Vietnam Embassy is required to enter Vietnam and is valid for a stay of up to 30 days – allow from two to five days.

Multi-entry visas are available on application; as are extensions once you are in Vietnam. Visitors should hold a spare passport photograph for use on the immigration form that must be filled out on arrival in Vietnam.


Getting around Hue

The city is easy to get around on foot, cyclo or bicycle – easily hired from most major hotels. For trips further afield take a metered taxi or hire a bike.


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Latest update: How to get to Hue: 23 September, 2019


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