Mmmm ... I wouldn't take the train. Busses are far more frequent, far more flexible, there is more competition and they are easier to book. Also, not far south of Hue, just over the mountain, is a beautiful little town called Hoi An - well worth the time to get there and spending a few days there. Then you can also get busses easily on South. If you are in Hue make the time to head north to the DMZ. about 7 years ago
I took the train from Hanoi to Hue and then Hue to HCMC during a trip to Vietnam in Dec '08/Jan '09. It was certainly an experience.
It's best to book tickets in advance as they tend to book up quickly. There are a couple of types of berths, but for the Hue to HCMC trip you'll probably want a first-class sleeper cabin, which is roughly $50. The cabin has two sets of bunk beds and it's a lucky dip who you'll get. During that particular trip I ended up with a grandma and her screaming little 2-year-old.
Tickets can be booked at train stations, although I got mine through the hotel I stayed at in Hanoi. The manager there kindly organised tickets for us.
It's a 20-hour trip from Hue to HCMC. Prepare for toilets that are basically a stinky hole in the floor where you can see the train tracks passing below, and rats scampering across the floor. The blankets on the beds aren't changed between stops when people get off, so you might want to have your own thin sheet. I'd definitely advise that you take along some hand sanetiser. It helped keep me sane during the long trip. about 7 years ago
I took the second class train Hanoi - Hue a few years ago and I live to tell the tale! Actually, I thought it was kind of fun to in such close proximity to the people. However, Raelene is right...the facilities leave a lot to be desired.
Simon is also right, Hoi An is very cute. I took the bus for that section so that I could stop off there. My advice is to take earplugs! They play very loud karaoke so if you're trying to catch some zzzzzzs or maintain your sanity it can be tough. Also, I took a cable lock so I could sleep knowing my bag wasn't going to get nicked.
Have fun! about 7 years ago
I took the train from Hoi An to Hanoi in September and it took approximately 14 hours, I think it's about 10 from Hue. The difference between soft and hard sleepers isn't obvious but don't go for a seated carriage unless you want to arrive knackered into Hanoi.
Other than that I don't have much to add to that already provided by Raelene, which is really good advice.
You won't get a lot of sleep so it's worth bringing some beer and a book for the journey to make it slightly less uncomfortable. about 7 years ago
Hue- Ho chi Minh Train
SE1: 7:57 – 4:10
SE 3: 10:45- 5:00
SE5: 6:07- 5: 50
Hard seat: 37$- 42$, Sorf seat: 35$-43$, sorf bed: 57$-60$
Here are some tips for a first time passenger:
_Never, ever leave a cabin if another passenger asks you to leave for privacy while leaving your bags in the cabin. Either tell the other passenger to use the toilet for changing, or take your belongings with you.
_Try to secure the door handle of your cabin at night -- for instance with a coat hanger -- to deny theives access while you sleep.
_ Be wary of leaving valuable items near the window as when the train is stationary, someone may reach in and grab stuff off your lap -- they'll be long gone by the time you find your way out of the carriage.
_Chain, or tie your bags together.
_ Sleep with your valuables with you in your bunk. Do not stow expensive goodies in an easy-to-open bag out of your reach.
_ Don't drink to excess and stay in control.
To get more convenient, book train from Hue to Ho Chi Minh online at www.yourlocalbooking.com or email to email@example.com about 4 years ago
Train from Hue to Ho Chi Minh City
07:57 04:10 SE1 $41 $43 $60 $63
10:45 05:00 SE3 $42 $44 $64 $67
06:07 04:40 SE5 $32 $34 $57 N/A
19:07 15:05 SE7 $41 $43 $60 $63
05:25 07:10 SE21 $37 $39 $56
Please select a returning train?
The railway from Hue station to Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) station is about 1038 Kilometers. There are 4 trains including SE1, SE3, SE5 and SE7 (which belong to Reunification Express train) on this route. They depart every day and lost about 20 hours (From Hue to Saigon and return). The types of seats include the hard seat, the soft seat, the hard berth (6 berths) and the soft berth (4 berths), called cabin. Each of the cabin is designed with the air-conditioner and the comfortable seat.
http://vietnamhighlighttours.com/bookingtrainticket/ about 4 years ago