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GETTING AROUND HUE


Unlike other big cities, the sightseeing in Hue is spread-out and scattered around a big area containing downtown, the suburban area, and the outskirts of the city. Since going from one point to another on foot is not a viable option, unless you will be limiting yourself to the Imperial City, you will need to think about transportation options.

Further on, if you wish to traverse to the tombs and pagodas, taking motorized transportation is a must. There are three main types of transportation available in Hue right now: Taxi/ Private Car, Cyclo/ Motorbike Taxi, and Renting your own two-wheels.

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A familiar sight

Buses in Hue are quite dodgy for foreigners and the routes are confusing, so I do not recommend this option just for your own safety. But if you are willing to try, you can do so easily with the help of Google Maps by pinpointing A to B and choosing the bus traveling option.

Taxi/ Private Car

In Hue, there are always flocks of cyclos and motorcycles, but there are fewer meter taxis compared to other cities. Taxis here are usually honest, but just for your own good: the meter should start at 15,000 VND for the first two kilometers, and it changes to 11,500 VND/km for the following kilometers.

Just keep this in mind and check with your navigation system for distance to avoid scamming, if such a thing happens, insist on paying the fair price you estimated or calling the police. Since the attractions are far away from each other, a trip to see two tombs should be around 300,000 VND (18 USD).

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Vinasun Taxi

If you are traveling in a group for a day trip, you should arrange a private car rental with your hotel or any travel agents in the downtown area. If you are already in Da Nang, it is better to arrange everything there since there are more reliable private car operators in Da Nang and they usually have drivers in Hue also.

Taxis in Hue operate the same as traveling in any city in Vietnam, you can catch a taxi on the street or make a call. Have your destination written down in Vietnamese to show to the driver. To avoid scams or high rate taxis, you should choose these trusted brands only:

  • Mai Linh Taxi (green taxi with Mai Linh Group logo): 0234 3 898989 or 0234 3 82 4747
  • Vinasun Taxi (white taxi with Vinasun Taxi logo): 0255 3 777 888
  • Taxi Thanh Cong (white taxi with blue stripe and Thanh Cong logo): 0234 3 575757

Grabtaxi in Hue

Grab is currently the largest technological transport company in Southeast Asia, including in Vietnam. Just download the Grab App to your phone (available in the Appstore and Google Play), you can book a taxi at any location and the car will pick you up. Integrated with a friendly-use map, you don’t need to struggle with telling the drivers your address.

The fee will be displayed on the meter according to the fare of the taxi carrier. Taxi fares in the region range from 14,000 to 16,200 VND per kilometer. The amount displayed on the Grab App is only an estimated fee based on taxi fare (for passengers to consult before booking).

Hue Friendly Cars

This travel company provides one of the best services in Hue, with the most positive reviews on TripAdvisor. You will be picked up by a private, comfortable car. A special feature of Hue Friendly Cars is that all driver-guides are extremely friendly, knowledgeable, and can speak English fluently. With the tour in Hue, you will travel to major tourist destinations like the Citadel, Thien Mu Pagoda, Tombs of King Minh Mang, Khai Dinh, and Tu Duc. The price ranges from 39 USD to 54 USD per package depending on the type of car. 

Xich-lo/ Xe Om (Cyclo/ Motorbike Taxi)

Since Xich-lo and Xe Om are more widely available in Hue and with the absence of Grab Bike, the cyclo and motorbike taxi is a great way to traverse the ancient city. Always pinpoint your destination on the map and negotiate a fixed price ahead of time. Just walk away if they insist on high prices. Inside the urban area and the Imperial city, no trip should be more than 20.000 VND. For longer trips, stand for half of the price quoted. Occasionally you will stumble on Xe Oms who double as Marijuana dealers, just politely decline the offer.

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Cyclo by Trung Nghia

To be safe, you can hire private xe om or xich-lo at local hotels and travel agencies. You may get in touch with English speaking drivers with many stories to share, and some of them are ARVN Vets (dressing 1960s US Army uniforms). Consider yourself lucky if you find yourself riding these guys’ bikes, they will take you around all the tombs and to some hidden sights, get you some beers and spring rolls or Hue savory pancakes just for around 15 USD. Beer and food are cheap overhead prices, but if you like your driver, try to cover him for his act of hospitality.

Bicycle Rental

Cycling around the Imperial city of Hue, amongst the beautiful traditional-dressed high-school students, should be one of your most memorable moment in Vietnam. You can arrange the rental with local travel agencies and hotels for around 50,000 VND/day (2 USD). It is best to travel around the urban area with a bicycle, but visiting the tombs from there is a doable exercise. Some of the bicycles have Smartphone holders, always choose these for your convenience.

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Bicycle

Remember to lock your bicycle if you stop for anything. There are many parking lots near the sights and tombs offering a reasonable price of 5,000 VND to watch your bike. And along the way, you should visit some local food stores and coffee shops for amazing treats of Hue cuisine. Check out our article on foods not miss in Hue for a better idea of what to try.

Motorbike Rental

Motorbike traffic in Hue is almost non-existent except for around the bridges, somehow it is even better than in Danang. I have come up with a detailed guide about motorbike rental basics in another article – Getting Around Danang. But let us jump into renting a bike in Hue. Motorbike rental in Hue is around 120,000 VND/day (5.50 USD). Make sure that it comes with a helmet so as to avoid being fined on your trip by the police.

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Motorbike

There is only one trusted place with proper English speaking operators and website that I can recommend to you – Hue Motorbike Rental.

Hue Motorbike Rental
Address: 29C Chu Van An, Hue city
Website: Hue Motorbike Rental 
Contact: +84 120 615 3615 (or +84 167 350 4767)

You will have to leave your ID or your passport – sometimes they allow a copy – at the rental shop in order to rent a motorbike and ensure the bike’s safe return. You can either go directly to the shop to retrieve the bike or you can pay the shop extra money and they will bring it to your place.

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