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Hue, the imperial city complex and capital of Vietnam's Thua Thien-Hue province is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Situated on the banks of the Perfume River, Hue attracts a great number of visitors, sometimes rising up to 12,000 in a day. Owing to this huge quantity of visitors, the authorities have given a great amount of importance to the Transportation in Hue.

When visiting Hue City, tourists are offered a wide range of vehicles to travel around. Some are recommended such as mini-bus, taxi, motorbike taxi, or cyclo. Even, tourists can rent motorbike, bicycle or imperial boats at Hue travel agencies. Especially, nowadays, imperial boats have become a popular way to enjoy a wonderful trip on Perfume River. Listening to music and dropping flower garlands or colored lanterns, tourists will appreciate the special flavor of ancient Hue city.

Getting Hue by Air

Getting to Hue by Air is made extremely convenient by the position of its sole airport, the Phú Bài Airport, which is located just 13 kms to the south of the city. Hue's airport provides domestic service by Vietnam Airlines only, mainly to Hanoi (Noi Bai International Airport) or Ho Chi Minh City (Tan Son Nhat International Airport). However, since October 30, 2005, the Phú Bài Airport formally welcomed its first international flight was allowed to receive international flights by the Vietnamese Government in 2002, with the charter flight operated by Austrian Airlines carrying Austrian tourists from Luang Prabang, Laos.

From Phu Bai Airport, tourists can reach the city centre of Hue by catching a taxi or airport mini-bus.

Some Taxi Firms in Hue City which tourists can trust:

Mai Linh Taxi: (+84) 54 3898989

Phu Xuan Taxi: (+84) 54 3878787

Thanh Do Taxi: (+84) 54 3858585

There are airport 12-seat mini-buses with air-conditioned available at Phu Bai Taxi to transfer tourists from airport to the city center and vice versa. After 15 minutes on bus, tourists will get into Hue center.

Getting Hue by Road

Getting to Hue by Road quite easy considering that one can use either buses, or cars for traveling on the roads. There are three bus stations in Hue, namely An Cuu, An Hoa and Dong Ba. Bus services from the south come into An Cuu station, 3km southeast of the centre along Highway 1, while buses from Hanoi and the north dump you at An Hoa station, 4km northwest on Highway 1. Minibuses are also a very popular means of Getting to Hue by Road.

Southern bus station: From here, coaches depart to the Southern Provinces.

Address: 333 An Duong Vuong Street, Hue City

Tel: (+84) 54 3825070

Northern bus station: Coaches leave from here to the Northern Provinces.

Address: Huong So, Hue

Tel: (+84) 54 3522716

There are a number of bus-tour operators who operate services that facilitate Getting to Hue by Road, such as # Sinh Cafe open-tour buses, and Kim Travel open-tour buses....

Cars are another popular means of Getting to Hue by Road. However, as self-driven car hire is not very popular, and visitors to the country have to hire a car with a driver. Yet, there are also some, if extremely rare cases where one can hire cars without drivers, but on the condition of following certain road rules.

Getting Hue by Train

Getting to Hue by Train is the most convenient way to arrive at the picturesque imperial city of Hue. Its extensive train service spreading out to remote suburbs and regular service makes it a preferred mode of transport for locals as well as tourists traveling in and around the city.

For the purpose of Getting to Hue by Train is quite favorable because Hue lies on the main north-south line connecting Hanoi with Ho Chi Minh City, and is an express stop. Located at the far western end of Le Loi, a boulevard running along the south bank of the Perfume River, the Hue Station consists of two parts, with the terminus for local and Danang-bound trains on the right, and the larger, main terminus for trains to other places in Vietnam on the left.

There are two major types of trains that can be used for Getting to Hue by Train, namely SE (SE1-SE6) and TN (TN3-TN10). Generally, the SE trains are better, and come equipped with up to date air-conditioned coaches and bigger windows, as also a restaurant or buffet car.

Getting Hue by Sea

Vietnam has a long coastal area, bordered by the sea, and the province of Thua Thien Hue, with the imperial city of Hue is enclosed by a 100km long-coastline. Owing to this fact, Getting to Hue by Sea is one of the modes of transport that can be used. However, this route has been a very rarely used one for transport into Hue. It is only recently that Getting to Hue by Sea has become a viable option, as naval transportation has been re-established to the ports of Hon Gai, Hai Phong, Da Nang, Vung Tau, and Saigon.

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