A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Hue vs. Halong Bay

Should you visit Hue or Halong Bay?

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Hue and Halong Bay can help. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.


Hue is a major city in central Vietnam and was historically the imperial capital. The city was the base for the imperial Nguyen Dynasty, which ruled from 1802 to 1945. During the Vietnam War the city faced many challenges. It was conquered by the Viet Cong and held for 24 days. During this time about 3,000 people were slaughtered for their political views, education level, or religious affiliation.

Halong Bay

Halong Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the north of Vietnam, near the Chinese border. Known for its thousands of beautiful limestone karsts and stalactite-filled caves, it is one of the most visited destinations in Vietnam. If you appreciate natural scenery and want an adventure at sea, you'll love cruising among more than 1,900 islands in Ha Long Bay.

Which city is cheaper, Halong Bay or Hue?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Hue is $42, while the average daily cost in Halong Bay is $52. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each city. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Hue and Halong Bay in more detail.


The average price for accommodation for two people in Hue is $40. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.

The average price for accommodation for two people in Halong Bay is $48. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Hue $20
    Halong Bay $24
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Hue $40
    Halong Bay $48


Food in Hue costs travelers about $13 per day on average. Restaurants can vary significantly in price, so choose wisely if you're trying to save money. Fast food and street stalls are typically your cheapest options, which sit down restaurants can be significantly more expensive.

On average, meal and food prices in Halong Bay cost around $15 per person, per day. While this price can vary widely by location, the type of restaurant, and the amount of food ordered, a typical meal often costs around $6.00.

  • Food Meals for one day
    Hue $13
    Halong Bay $15
Typical Food prices in Hue

Some typical examples of dining costs in Hue are as follows:

  • River Night Market Dinner (for Two)
  • Two Sugarcane Drinks
  • Quick Lunch (for Two)
  • Sitdown Dinner (for Two)

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Hue

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Hue.

  • Hue Authentic Street Food tour: $29
  • Visit Hue By Clyclo With Dinner: $31
  • Hue : Enjoy Night City Cyclo Tour & Happy Dinner: $32
  • Hue Walking Food Tour | Savor 5 Hue Local Food in the evening: $33
  • Hue Off the Beaten Path Motorbike Tour and Cooking Class: $35
  • Hue Food Tour By Bicycle: $36
  • Hue Specialty Food Cooking Class: $36
  • Royal Dinner Cruise: $39
  • Hue Street Food Tour: $41
  • Hue Morning Bike Tour and Cooking Class: $45
  • Hue Street Food Tour At Night By Scooter: $45
  • Hue Vegetarian Food Tour By Scooter: $45

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Halong Bay

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Halong Bay.

  • 1-day private Hanoi city tour with fun and night street walking food tour: $101

Local Transportation

While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $11 per day to get around in Hue.

The average price of local transportation around Halong Bay is $14 per person, per day. As this average includes both taxis and public transport, keep in mind that the prices of private drivers and taxis are significantly more expensive than public transportation.

  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Hue $11
    Halong Bay $14
Typical Local Transportation prices in Hue

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Hue:

  • Cyclo
  • Short Taxi Ride
  • Taxi Ride to Tombs

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Hue

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Hue:

  • Bus Transfer from Hue to Hoi An with Sightseeing: $16
  • Car transfer from Hue - Golden Bridge in Ba Na Hill - Hoi An or Vice Versa: $91
  • Custom One-Way Transfer between Hoian and Hue: $71
  • Custom One-Way Transfer from Hue to Hoi An: $69
  • From Hue to Golden Bridge - Ba Na Via Hai Van Pass (Private Roundtrip Transfer): $80
  • Full-Day Hue Tour by Military Jeep Including One-Way Transfer to Hoi An: $167
  • HUE - HOI AN | Most Convenient Private Transfer service. Hotline 24/7: $80
  • HUE PRIVATE TRANSFERS TO HOI AN (With English speaking Drivers): $69
  • HUE To PHONG NHA by Private Transfer and sightseeing on the way: $125
  • Half-Day Hai Van Pass and Lang Co Beach Transfer with Guide from Hoian: $67
  • Hu City to Da Nang Airport Departure Transfer: $33
  • Hue Airport Transfer: $15

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Halong Bay

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Halong Bay:

  • Hanoi to Halong Bay Private One-Way Transfer Service, for up to 10 Travelers: $26
  • Rosa Eco Bus Luxury Transfer Ha Long to Ha Noi: $27
  • Quang Ninh Bai Chay transfer to Ha Noi with luxury van: $32
  • Transfer Ha Long to Ha Noi Super Limousine Morning Bus: $33
  • Halong Bay Full Day With Cave, Kayaking And Swimming - Highway Transfer: $45
  • Private Transfer from Hai Phong Airport to Halong Bay: $50
  • Ha Long bay full day tour (6 hours in bay, transfer via express highway): $52
  • Private Departure Transfer - Ha Long Bay to Hanoi Airport: $64
  • From Ha long Bay: Hanoi city tour with private transfer: $67
  • Luxury Wonder Bay Cruise: Full Day Explore Halong Bay With Transfer From Hanoi: $82
  • Hai Phong airport transfer to Halong Bay with private car 4 seat from Hai Phong: $87
  • Halong Bay Day Trip - Sen Cruise included Limousine transfer roundtrip: $97


Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around $9.70 per person, per day in Hue. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.

Halong Bay's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $14 per person, per day. This cost can vary widely by the type of activity, however, as this includes admission tickets, day tours, museums, and other things to do.

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Hue $9.70
    Halong Bay $14
Typical Entertainment prices in Hue

Some typical examples of activities, tours, and entrance ticket prices in Hue are as follows:

  • Boat Ride
  • Bicycle Rental (One Day)
  • Imperial Citadel Entrance
  • Massage at Institute for the Blind

Tours and Activities in Hue

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Hue are as follows:

  • Phong Nha Cave from Hue Daily In-group Tour: $0.53
  • Hue Private Tour with Local Student by Motorbike: $9.99
  • Hue City Night Cyclo Tour 1 hour: $10
  • Bus From Hue to Danang With Sightseeing Stops: $14
  • Half-Day Hue Kite-Making Tour by Bicycle: $15
  • Bus Hue To Da Nang With Sightseeing Stop: $17
  • Hue Motorbike Rental with Driver for Sightseeing Tours: $17
  • Bus Hue To Hoi An With Sightseeing Stops: $18
  • Hue City Tour: $19
  • Hue sightseeing 3 tombs with private driver: $20
  • Hue city tour full day: $21
  • Hue Tour: $21

Tours and Activities in Halong Bay

Here are a few actual costs in Halong Bay for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • Ha Long Hiking Tour: $25
  • Cat Ba Trekking Tours National Park Half Day From Cat Ba Island: $26
  • Cat Ba Tours 1 Day Lan Ha Bay Ha Long Bay Bai Tu Long Bay Kayaking From Cat Ba: $37
  • Halong Bay Discovery With 6 Hours Boat Tour: $41
  • Halong Bay boat Tour 4 hours from Halong city: $41
  • 6 Hours Halong Bay Cruise On Titop Island & Swimming With Lunch On Deluxe Cruise: $42
  • Cat Ba Biking Tours Half Day depart from Cat Ba Town: $45
  • 6 Hours Halong Bay Cruise On Titop Island & Swimming -go By New Highway: $45
  • Full-Day Halong Bay Cruise with Lunch from Hanoi: $49
  • Halong bay Fullday tour: $50


The average person spends about $5.03 on alcoholic beverages in Hue per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Halong Bay may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $11 per day on alcoholic beverages.

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Hue $5.03
    Halong Bay $11
Typical Alcohol prices in Hue

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in Hue:

  • Beer

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Hue and Halong Bay, we can see that Halong Bay is more expensive. And not only is Hue much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Hue would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Hue and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Halong Bay would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Halong Bay than you might in Hue.

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Hue vs. Halong Bay Travel Comparison

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