By train the journey from Thap Cham to Hue is scheduled to take from 15 to 16 hours depending upon which train you take.
Train Times from Thap Cham to Hue
There are currently 3 direct train services a day from Thap Cham to Hue available to book online.
- The fastest train from Thap Cham to Hue is Train #SE2 which departs from Thap Cham at 02:45 and is scheduled to arrive 14 hours 51 minutes later at 17:36.
- The slowest train from Thap Cham to Hue is Train #SE6 which is scheduled to complete the journey in 16 hours 03 minutes.
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Location of Thap Cham Train Station
Location of Hue Train Station
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Imperial Citadel in Hue
The former Imperial Citadel in Hue is one of Vietnam’s major tourist attractions and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The site is on the other side of the Perfume River to the modern town of Hue and an easy 2 km walk from Hue Railway Station.
The opening hours for visitors are from 08:00 to 17:30, Monday to Sunday, and admission costs 150,000 VND for foreign visitors. We recommend either going early in the morning before 09:00 or after 16:00 so as to avoid the tour groups.
History of the Imperial Citadel
The Imperial Citadel was the home and centre of government for the Nguyen dynasty from 1804 until 1945.
Size of the Imperial Citadel
The Imperial Citadel is impressively large covering an area of around 10 square kilometres, surrounded by a thick defensive wall and moat.
Battle of Hue
The palace complex was unfortunately largely destroyed during the Battle of Hue in 1968. Fighting took place within the citadel, and heavy munitions were used destroying 150 out of the 160 structures on the site. The parts of the citadel which survived, most notably the the gates, are the most photographed parts of the complex. Since the Reunification of Vietnam there has been an ongoing project to restore and rebuild the Imperial Citadel and there is now a lot to see on a visit.
How Long to Stay at the Imperial Citadel
Allow 3 hours to fully appreciate the Imperial Citadel in Hue, and consider using the services of a guide to assist you in understanding what the Imperial Citadel looked like before the Battle of Hue.