Should I pre-book my ticket or get it when I arrive. I want to travel by train between Hoi An & Hue, any suggestions please
#1 archiebaby has been a member since 12/9/2007. Posts: 22
It depends on when you're travelling, ie in peak season it may be worth booking in advance, but bear in mind a lot of trains do that run every day, so you should be able to get a seat without too much difficulty as long as you're a bit flexible on which train to catch.
Note, the closest mainline station to Hoi An is Da Nang.
it's a very pretty trip
#2 somtam2000 has been a member since 21/1/2004. Location: Indonesia. Posts: 7,764
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I suggest you forget the train for this short trip.
The Hue station is way out from downtown and getting a seat is difficult as it is a busy line and you still need wheels after arrival in Da Nang. Often, for short trips like this the rail people will make you ride a 'local' train, making space on the Reunification class for people who are on longer, more profitable, trips.
The Opentour crowd all have buses departing both Hue and Hoi An, in opposite directions, at 08.00H and 12.00H. VND30,000 either way between the cities.
The journey is about 3-4 hours including the usual 'make the driver rich' coffee stop - just north of Lang Co.
The advantage is that you get taken into Hoi An and Hai Ba Trung is where the economical hotels are located AS WELL as several bus line offices.
BTW ONLY RIDE AN PHU or SINH BUSES - the rest are, literally, killers, often with buses that are mechanically unsafe.
#3 CatBa has been a member since 5/3/2007. Posts: 349