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

Should you visit Hue or Hanoi?

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

Hue

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.

Hanoi

Hanoi is the chaotic capital of Vietnam, and it serves as a great introduction to the country for many travelers. It's the second largest city in the country after Saigon and is an interesting combination of East meets West. There's traditional Vietnamese culture with subtle influences brought by the French. The city continues to grow and change rapidly and it's easy to get lost amidst the chaos.

Which city is cheaper, Hanoi 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 Hanoi is $41. 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 Hanoi in more detail.




Accommodation

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 Hanoi is $44. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Hue $20
    Hanoi $22
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Hue $40
    Hanoi $44


Food

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.

The price of a meal in Hanoi can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is $11 per person, and a typical meal will cost around $4.40 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Hue $13
    Hanoi $11
Typical Food prices in Hue

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


  • River Night Market Dinner (for Two)
    $8.68
  • Two Sugarcane Drinks
    $0.87
  • Quick Lunch (for Two)
    $2.39
  • Sitdown Dinner (for Two)
    $4.77

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

Typical Food prices in Hanoi

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Hanoi:


  • High End Dinner (for Two)
    $13
  • Casual Lunch (for Two)
    $4.77
  • Bowl of Pho
    $0.87
  • Italian Dinner (for Food)
    $6.73

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Hanoi

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

  • Hanoi Old Quarter Walking Street Food Tour - Small Group: $5.00
  • (Private) Hanoi Street Food Tour By Volunteer Guide: $5.13
  • Hanoi Street Food Tours with Volunteer Guide ($5 / Group): $5.13
  • (Small Group) Hanoi Street Food Tours with Volunteer Guide: $5.13
  • Dinner with a Local Family in Hanoi: $13
  • Street Food Tour + Old City sightseeing Ticket: $15
  • 3-Hours Hanoi Street Food Tour with Guide and Meal: $16
  • Lunchtime Street Food Tour of Hanoi: $21
  • Hanoi Walking Street Food Tour: $21
  • Small Group: Ha Noi Walking Street Food Tour With Professional Tour Guide: $22
  • (Small Group) Hanoi Local Street Food Tour with a Real Foodie: $25
  • Hanoi street food tour: $25


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 Hanoi is $5.92 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
    Hanoi $5.92
Typical Local Transportation prices in Hue

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


  • Cyclo
    $0.52
  • Short Taxi Ride
    $0.95
  • Taxi Ride to Tombs
    $15

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

Typical Local Transportation prices in Hanoi

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Hanoi:


  • Taxi to Bus Station
    $1.30
  • Shuttle Bus From Airport (for Two)
    $3.47
  • Local Bus Ride (for Two)
    $0.43
  • Short Taxi Ride
    $1.48
  • Short Motorbike Ride (10 Minutes)
    $0.87

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Hanoi

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Hanoi:

  • Hanoi city center to Noi Bai airport - Private transfer: $7.90
  • Hanoi City Center to Noi Bai Airport - Private Transfer: $7.90
  • Noi Bai Airport transfer to Hanoi Center and more: $8.00
  • Hanoi Airport Transfer to the city center: $10
  • Private Transfer: From Ha Noi city to Ha Noi Airport, Noi Bai (HAN): $11
  • Transfer between Hanoi and Sapa: $12
  • Hanoi Airport Departure Transfer: $12
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Hanoi to Noi Bai International Airport (HAN): $12
  • Hanoi airport transfer: $13
  • Hanoi Airport and Hanoi City Private Transfer: $13
  • Private Transfer: From Ha Noi Airport, Noi Bai (HAN) to Hotels in Ha Noi City: $13
  • Private Transfer Between Hanoi Airport (han) And Hanoi City Center: $14


Entertainment

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.

Hanoi's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $7.39 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
    Hanoi $7.39
Typical Entertainment prices in Hue

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


  • Boat Ride
    $8.46
  • Bicycle Rental (One Day)
    $1.21
  • Imperial Citadel Entrance
    $3.47
  • Massage at Institute for the Blind
    $1.74

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

Typical Entertainment prices in Hanoi

Here are a few typical costs in Hanoi for activities, ticket prices, and tours that come from previous visitors:


  • Puppet Theater
    $1.74
  • The Hanoi Hilton Entrance
    $1.74
  • National History Museum
    $1.74
  • Puppet Theater Ticket
    $3.04

Tours and Activities in Hanoi

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

  • Skip the Line: Thang Long Water Puppet Tickets: $4.78
  • Skip the Line: Thang Long Water Puppet Tickets: $4.79
  • Skip the Line:Water Puppet Show Ticket - Plus Free Tour for Hanoi (Optional): $4.93
  • (Evening) HANOI CUSTOMIZED Walking Tour: $5.00
  • Private Walking Tour of Hanoi City: $5.00
  • Hanoi Old Quarter Private Walking Tour with Student Guide: $5.00
  • Private Guided Tour of Hanoi: $5.13
  • Hanoi Old Quater Walking Tour: $5.13
  • Hanoi City Tour By Volunteer Guide: $5.13
  • Skip the Line: Thang Long Water Puppet Show Ticket - with Hotel Ticket Delivery: $5.13
  • (Half Day) Hanoi Old Quarter Walking Tour: $5.13
  • Skip the Line: Lotus Water Puppet Entrance with Hanoi Hotel Ticket Delivery: $5.50


Alcohol

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 Hanoi may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $6.69 per day on alcoholic beverages.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Hue $5.03
    Hanoi $6.69
Typical Alcohol prices in Hue

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


  • Beer
    $1.08



When comparing the travel costs between Hue and Hanoi, we can see that Hue is more expensive. However, the two cities are actually relatively comparable in price, as the difference is somewhat minimal. Generally, this means that you could travel with generally the same travel style and level of luxury in each place. Since both cities are in Asia, it's no surprise that their costs are relatively close, as many destinations here have somewhat similar travel prices overall.

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