Trains from Ho Chi Minh City to Hue

Trains are scheduled to take between between 20 and 22 hours to travel the 1,038 km from Ho Chi Minh City (also known as Saigon and HCMC) to Hue.

Train Times from Ho Chi Minh City to Hue

There are currently 4 direct train services a day from Ho Chi Minh City to Hue.

  • The fastest train from Ho Chi Minh City to Hue is Train #SE2 departing from Ho Chi Minh City at 20:55 and scheduled to arrive 19 hours 31 minutes later at 16:26 the next day.
  • The slowest train from Ho Chi Minh City to Hue is Train #SE6 which is scheduled to complete the journey in 22 hours 06 minutes.

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All train services travel overnight and we recommend that for your comfort you book a 1st Class Sleeper Berth. 1st Class Sleeper Berths are available on trains travelling from Ho Chi Minh to Hue but you need to book in advance to secure a 1st Class Sleeper Berth as they are likely to have sold out by the day of travel.

Location of Ho Chi Minh City Train Station

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Location of Hue Train Station

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About Travel to Hue

Hue is Vietnam’s 10th largest city with a population of approximately of over 350,000 people, living in a city covering approximately 70 square kilometres. From 1802 to 1945 Hue was the capital of Vietnam, which during that time was ruled by the Emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty. This ended in 1945 when the Emperor of Vietnam abdicated and a Communist Government of North Vietnam was established. At this point in time Hanoi became the capital. However, Hue remains a major attraction for tourists to Thailand because of royal places, temples and tombs built by the rulers of the Nguyen Dynasty.

Tomb of Emperor Khai Dinh in Hue
Tomb of Emperor Khai Dinh in Hue

Hue has two main historical sites:

  • The Imperial Citadel: A vast complex of palaces, museums and galleries surrounded by moats on the Northern bank of the Perfume River. You need to cross the Perfume River to reach the Imperial Citadel from the Railway Station. The main attractions of the Imperial Citadel are:
    • The Ngo Mon Gate: The ornate entrance to the Imperial Enclosure.
    • The Thai Hoa Palace: The Imperial Coronation Hall.
    • The Truong Sanh Residence: The ‘Palace of Longevity’ featuring ornate gardens.
  • The Tomb of the Emperors: Located on the Southern bank of the Perfume River, slightly over 5 km South from the Railway Station, the Tomb of the Emperors features a number of elaborate tombs built in the late 19th Century and early 20th Century. The three most interesting tombs to visit are the Tomb of Minh Mang, the Tomb of Tu Duc, and the Tomb of Khai Dinh partly because these three tombs are the best preserved and partly because they are the largest and best designed of the many tombs in the area.

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