The train journey from Hanoi to Hue is one of the most popular train journeys in Vietnam. Hue is a city rich in history and blessed with fantastic Vietnamese architecture in its famous Imperial Citadel. This is a journey of around 13 hours which you can travel very comfortably in a VIP Sleeper berth or alternatively more cheaply in a 2nd Class A/C seat during the daytime which gives passengers the opportunity to enjoy the impressive scenery on route.
Train Times from Hanoi to Hue
- The fastest train service from Hanoi to Hue is Train #SE1 which departs from Hanoi at 22:15 and is scheduled to arrive in Hue 12 hours 32 minutes later at 10:47.
- The slowest of the train services is Train #SE7 departing at 06:00 and arriving in Hue at 19:51, a journey time of 13 hours 51 minutes.
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Hue is the former capital city of Vietnam and home to the last Imperial Dynasty of Vietnam, which ended in 1945 when the Emperor Bao Dai abdicated in favour of the Communist Government established in Ha Noi. The city’s connection to the last royal family of Vietnam is the main attraction for visitors to Hue, who come to tour the Imperial Citadel of the Nguyễn Dynasty which is surrounded by a moat and located on the north bank of the Perfume River.
The construction of Hue’s Imperial Citadel began in 1804 and the Emperors of Vietnam carried on adding buildings, and other features, to the Citadel until the last Emperor abdicated. The site covers 4 square kilometres and is surrounded by water on four sides; on three sides of the Citadel there is a moat, and on the south side there is the Perfume River. The citadel’s most famous features are it ornate gates, of which 10 remain today. Equally impressive are the temples and the palace buildings, the architecture of which is reminiscent of the Forbidden City in Beijing indicating the strong connection between China and the last Imperial Dynasty of Vietnam.