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

Should you visit Hue or Hoi An?

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Hue and Hoi An 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.

Hoi An

Located just south of the city of Da Nang, Hoi An is famous for it's beautiful old town. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Unfortunately, since its designation as a World Heritage Site in 1999, mass tourism has grown and the city has felt the growing pains. Most of the homes and shops in the old town are now used for commercial purposes. The city is still quaint, but the old town is lined with tailor shops, souvenir stores, and restaurants. Foreigners are required to purchase a ticket to enter the old town of Hoi An (120,000 VND, about $5).

Which city is cheaper, Hoi An 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 Hoi An is $40. 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 Hoi An 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.

For a normal double-occupancy room in Hoi An, $36 is the average cost for a hotel room. Also in Hoi An, the typical price for a place to stay for one person is $18, such as in a hostel.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Hue $20
    Hoi An $18
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Hue $40
    Hoi An $36

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.

Food in Hoi An costs travelers about $8.66 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.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Hue $13
    Hoi An $8.66
Typical Food prices in Hue

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


  • River Night Market Dinner (for Two)
    $8.70
  • Two Sugarcane Drinks
    $0.87
  • Quick Lunch (for Two)
    $2.39
  • Sitdown Dinner (for Two)
    $4.78

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 Hoi An

For Hoi An, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:


  • Dinner at Bamboo Village (for Two)
    $15
  • Casual Lunch (for Two)
    $4.35
  • Casual Dinner (for Two)
    $8.70

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Hoi An

For Hoi An, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Vietnamese cooking class: $13
  • The “Cafe’s” Tour – Cooking By You: $25
  • Hoi An Eco tour(Local market, Basket boat,crab fishing and cooking class: $28
  • Hoi An Eco Tour & Papa's Cooking Class with Experience by bamboo Basket Boat: $29
  • Eco cooking class & Fishing tour by bamboo basket boat: $29
  • Hoian Cooking Class And Foot Massage Countryside Private Tour: $31
  • Cooking class and basket boat tour: $31
  • Best cooking class in Hoi An with Jolie (JHA3): $31
  • Buffalo Riding, Basket Boat Tour And Cooking Class: $31
  • Hoi An Eco Cooking Class(Local market, Basket boat, crab fishing& cooking class): $31
  • Hoi An Market, Cooking Class & Basket Boat Eco Tour – Half Day: $32
  • Eco cooking class & Crab Fishing by bamboo basket boat Tour: $32

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.

To get around in Hoi An, the average visitor spends $16 per day, per person. This includes the costs of taxi rides and private drivers as well as public transportation, which tends to be much more affordable.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Hue $11
    Hoi An $16
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
    $0.96
  • Taxi Ride to Tombs
    $15

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Hue

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Hue:

  • private cars transfer from hue to phong nha cave: $102
  • private cars transfer from hue to hoi an: $67
  • Transfer from hotel in Hue city to Phu Bai airport: $17
  • Transfer from hotel in Hue city to Danang Airport: $99
  • Transfer from Phu Bai Airport to Lang Co beach: $58
  • Transfer from Hue city to Phu Bai airport: $15
  • Transfer Phu Bai Airport to/from Hue City by Private Car Transport: $19
  • Sightseeing Transfer Hue - Phong Nha by Private Car with DMZ Tour: $119
  • Sightseeing Transfer Hue - Hoi An by Private Car via Hai Van Pass: $79
  • Sightseeing Transfer Hue - Danang by Private Car via Hai Van Pass: $75
  • Roundtrip Transfer to Ba Na Hills - Golden Bridge via Hai Van Pass from Hue City: $80
  • Rental of a Scooter from Hue to Hoi An with Bag Transfer: $22

Typical Local Transportation prices in Hoi An

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Hoi An are as follows:


  • Taxi From Danang to Hoi An
    $9.57
  • Bus From Hoi An Bus Station to Town
    $0.65

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Hoi An

Also for Hoi An, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Ngu Hanh Son District / Hoi An to Da Nang Airport Departure Transfer: $7.35
  • Transfer to the airport or train station in Da Nang from Hoi An by private car: $8.00
  • Shared Departure Transfer: Hoi An Hotel to Da Nang Airport: $8.48
  • Shared Departure Transfer: Hoi An to Da Nang (City or Airport or Train station): $8.48
  • Private Transfer: From Hotels in Hoi An Ancient Town to Da Nang Airport (DAD): $9.34
  • Private transfer from Hoi An to CITY or Airport or Train station in Da Nang: $9.48
  • Private transfer from Hoi An to Da Nang (City centre, Airport, Train station): $9.50
  • Private Transfer From Hoi An Old Town to Vinpearl Nam Hoi An: $9.54
  • Private transfer from Hoi An to City or Airport or Train station in Da Nang: $9.54
  • Private transfer from Hoi An to City or Airport or Train station in Da Nang: $9.54
  • Private transfer between Hoi An ancient town and Da Nang aiport: $11
  • Share Car transfer with others from Hoi An to Da Nang airport or trainstation: $13

Entertainment

Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around $9.72 per person, per day in Hue. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.

In Hoi An, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $11 per person, per day.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Hue $9.72
    Hoi An $11
Typical Entertainment prices in Hue

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


  • Boat Ride
    $8.48
  • Bicycle Rental (One Day)
    $1.22
  • Imperial Citadel Entrance
    $3.48
  • 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:

  • 1-day DMZ tour from Hue city centre: $51
  • 1-day Hue full day city tour: $38
  • 12 Hours Experience Different Hue: $175
  • 2 Day Motorbike Tour from Hue to Hoi An by Mister T Easy Rider: $148
  • 2-Day Phong Nha-Ke Bang Cave Adventure from Hue: $244
  • 5-Day Vietnam Central Coast Bike Tour from Hue to Nha Trang: $1,122
  • Bach Ma National Park Full Day Experience: $101
  • Bach Ma National Park Trekking Full Day Tour: $45
  • Best Hue City Tour- Private Tour: $90
  • Bike to Thanh Toan Village - Hue Biking Tour: $44
  • Bus From Hue to Danang With Sightseeing Stops: $14
  • Bus Hue To Da Nang With Sightseeing Stop: $17

Typical Entertainment prices in Hoi An

Below are a few sample prices from actual travelers for Hoi An's activities, tours, and tickets:


  • Golf (for Two)
    $161
  • Short Boat Ride
    $1.74

Tours and Activities in Hoi An

For Hoi An, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • HOI AN WALKING TOUR - A truly Legend History: $5.00
  • coconut boat tour: $6.00
  • Skip the Line: Hoian Water Puppet Show Entrance Ticket: $8.00
  • Hoi An Cyclo Tour In Vietnam Traditional Ao Dai: $9.00
  • Sitting Bus Ticket from Hoi An to Hue: $11
  • Skip the Line: HoiAn Water Puppet Show Ticket: $11
  • Hoi An Water Puppet Show Ticket: $11
  • Basket Boat Experience Hoi An: $11
  • Adventure Sightseeing Tour In Hoi An: $13
  • From Half-Day Tam Thanh Mural Village Tour: $14
  • Hoi An Basket Boat Tour ( basket boat, visit water coconut forest, fishing crab): $15
  • Hoi An Basket Boat Tour ( basket boat, visit water coconut forest, fishing crab): $17

Alcohol

The average person spends about $5.04 on alcoholic beverages in Hue per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

Typically, people visiting Hoi An spend on average $7.89 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Hue $5.04
    Hoi An $7.89
Typical Alcohol prices in Hue

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


  • Beer
    $1.09

Typical Alcohol prices in Hoi An

Some typical examples of the costs for nightlife and alcohol in Hoi An are as follows:


  • Bottle of Wine
    $10


When comparing the travel costs between Hue and Hoi An, 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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