By train its takes between 7 and 8 hours to travel 368 km from Vinh to Hue depending upon which train you take and any delays you encounter on route.
Train Times from Vinh to Hue
- The fastest train service from Vinh to Hue is Train #SE1 departing from Vinh at 03:49 and scheduled to arrive in Hue 7 hours 12 minutes later at 11:01.
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Location of Hue Train Station
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Imperial Citadel in Hue
Hue was the capital city of the last royal dynasty of Vietnam before the country became a Communist state. The Imperial Citadel, where the Emperors resided, was constructed in the early 19th Century. The Imperial Citadel occupies an area of approximately 3,154,700 sqm and is surrounded on three sides by moats and fortification and on the South Side by the Perfume River. The Imperial Citadel in Hue has many similarities to the Forbidden City in Beijing. One big difference between the Imperial Citadel in Hue and the Forbidden City in China is that most of the Imperial Citadel was largely destroyed during fighting, first between the North Vietnamese and the French colonial powers and then between the North Vietnamese and American Forces. It has been estimated that by the time the fighting in Hue had finished only 10 out of the 160 buildings in the Imperial City were left standing. The Imperial City has undergone extensive restoration work since the end of the Vietnam War to attempt to reconstruct what was once there, and this process is ongoing.
The Imperial Citadel is located in the centre of Hue City on the opposite side of the Perfume River to the train station. The citadel is open from 08:00 to 17:30 every day and we recommend that you go early in the morning. The Imperial Citadel is one of seven UNESCO World Heritage sites in Vietnam and as such its on the itinerary for a fairly high percentage of tour groups to Vietnam. For the best experience of the Imperial Citadel aim to complete your visit before the tour buses arrive mid-morning. Entrance to the Imperial Citadel costs 150,000 VND or adults and 75,000 VND for children (about $3 to $6 USD).