Da Nang to Hue @ train, bus Mar 5, 2017

26 trips (THB 184 — 1,111)

From Danang to Hue by train

#SE6
Vietnam Railways
03:05
Danang, Da Nang
05:40
Hue, Thua Thien-Hue
2h 35m
food WC aircon steward
฿ 258
× 2 = ฿ 516
  available
#SE6
Vietnam Railways
03:05
Danang, Da Nang
05:40
Hue, Thua Thien-Hue
2h 35m
food WC aircon steward
฿ 273
× 2 = ฿ 546
  available
#SE6
Vietnam Railways
03:05
Danang, Da Nang
05:40
Hue, Thua Thien-Hue
2h 35m
food WC aircon steward
฿ 218
× 2 = ฿ 436
  available
#SE22
Vietnam Railways
06:15
Danang, Da Nang
09:45
Hue, Thua Thien-Hue
3h 30m
food WC aircon steward
฿ 248
× 2 = ฿ 496
  available
#SE22
Vietnam Railways
06:15
Danang, Da Nang
09:45
Hue, Thua Thien-Hue
3h 30m
food WC aircon steward
฿ 201
× 2 = ฿ 402
  available
#SE22
Vietnam Railways
06:15
Danang, Da Nang
09:45
Hue, Thua Thien-Hue
3h 30m
food WC aircon steward
฿ 235
× 2 = ฿ 470
  available
#TN2
Vietnam Railways
08:35
Danang, Da Nang
12:15
Hue, Thua Thien-Hue
3h 40m
food WC aircon steward
฿ 244
× 2 = ฿ 488
  available
#TN2
Vietnam Railways
08:35
Danang, Da Nang
12:15
Hue, Thua Thien-Hue
3h 40m
food WC aircon steward
฿ 199
× 2 = ฿ 398
  available
#TN2
Vietnam Railways
08:35
Danang, Da Nang
12:15
Hue, Thua Thien-Hue
3h 40m
food WC aircon steward
฿ 231
× 2 = ฿ 462
  available
#SE2
Vietnam Railways
12:50
Danang, Da Nang
15:35
Hue, Thua Thien-Hue
2h 45m
food WC aircon steward
฿ 247
× 2 = ฿ 494
  available
#SE2
Vietnam Railways
12:50
Danang, Da Nang
15:35
Hue, Thua Thien-Hue
2h 45m
food WC aircon steward
฿ 233
× 2 = ฿ 466
  available
#SE2
Vietnam Railways
12:50
Danang, Da Nang
15:35
Hue, Thua Thien-Hue
2h 45m
food WC aircon steward
฿ 207
× 2 = ฿ 414
  available
#SE4
Vietnam Railways
14:15
Danang, Da Nang
16:50
Hue, Thua Thien-Hue
2h 35m
food WC aircon steward
฿ 247
× 2 = ฿ 494
  available
#SE4
Vietnam Railways
14:15
Danang, Da Nang
16:50
Hue, Thua Thien-Hue
2h 35m
food WC aircon steward
฿ 233
× 2 = ฿ 466
  available
#SE4
Vietnam Railways
14:15
Danang, Da Nang
16:50
Hue, Thua Thien-Hue
2h 35m
food WC aircon steward
฿ 207
× 2 = ฿ 414
  available
#SE18
Vietnam Railways
15:10
Danang, Da Nang
17:50
Hue, Thua Thien-Hue
2h 40m
food WC aircon steward
฿ 1,088
× 2 = ฿ 2,176
  available
#SE18
Vietnam Railways
15:10
Danang, Da Nang
17:50
Hue, Thua Thien-Hue
2h 40m
food WC aircon steward
฿ 363
× 2 = ฿ 726
  available
#SE18
Vietnam Railways
15:10
Danang, Da Nang
17:50
Hue, Thua Thien-Hue
2h 40m
food WC aircon steward
฿ 1,111
× 2 = ฿ 2,222
  available
#SE20
Vietnam Railways
18:40
Danang, Da Nang
21:35
Hue, Thua Thien-Hue
2h 55m
food WC aircon steward
฿ 184
× 2 = ฿ 368
  available
#SE20
Vietnam Railways
18:40
Danang, Da Nang
21:35
Hue, Thua Thien-Hue
2h 55m
food WC aircon steward
฿ 207
× 2 = ฿ 414
  available
#SE20
Vietnam Railways
18:40
Danang, Da Nang
21:35
Hue, Thua Thien-Hue
2h 55m
food WC aircon steward
฿ 222
× 2 = ฿ 444
  available
#SE8
Vietnam Railways
23:00
Danang, Da Nang
01:40
Hue, Thua Thien-Hue
2h 40m
food WC aircon steward
฿ 277
× 2 = ฿ 554
  available
#SE8
Vietnam Railways
23:00
Danang, Da Nang
01:40
Hue, Thua Thien-Hue
2h 40m
food WC aircon steward
฿ 221
× 2 = ฿ 442
  available
#SE8
Vietnam Railways
23:00
Danang, Da Nang
01:40
Hue, Thua Thien-Hue
2h 40m
food WC aircon steward
฿ 262
× 2 = ฿ 524
  available

From Danang Sinh to Hue by bus

The SinhTourist
09:15
Danang Sinh, Da Nang
12:30
Hue Sinh, Thua Thien-Hue
3h 15m
snack food WC aircon TV steward
฿ 259
× 2 = ฿ 518
20 seats available
The SinhTourist
14:30
Danang Sinh, Da Nang
17:45
Hue Sinh, Thua Thien-Hue
3h 15m
snack food WC aircon TV steward
฿ 259
× 2 = ฿ 518
20 seats available

How to get to Hue from Danang

What about

If your Vietnamese trip itinerary does not feature exclusively beach resorts, chances that at some point you find yourself in the old imperial capital of Hue are high. The decaying imperial citadel is a grey shadow of a once mighty stronghold of the Nguyen lords, and the beautiful Perfume River cuts through the vibrant modern city. Hue attracts both local and foreign tourists, many arriving on package tours. Beat the crowds, visiting the most popular places in the morning or at sunset and do not hesitate to discuss your tour in details before you commit, if you want to hire a guide.

From Danang to Hue

Both buses and trains need more or less three hours to cover 100 km between Danang and Hue. There is not much difference whether to take a bus or a train to get to Hue from Danang but bus tickets can be slightly cheaper. A part of the whole trip follows the littoral route and is quite picturesque – go by daytime and you will not be disappointed.

From Danang to Hue by train

All the trains of the Vietnam Railways between Saigon (Ho Chi Minh) and Hanoi pass via both Danang and Hue. These are usual Vietnamese trains with a choice of first and second class sleepers and seats only cars. All of the cars are air-conditioned and certain trains have been allegedly equipped with free Wi-Fi (e.g. SE2 and SE4). Most probably all the remaining ones will provide the wireless Internet on board very soon, too.

As the journey between Danang and Hue is quite short, seats are most probably a better choice. They cost slightly less than berths –(USD5-USD6/VND120.000-130.000) compared to USD6/VND135.000 for a berth in a second class sleeping car and USD8-USD9/VND170.000-VND200.000 for a berth in a first class sleeping car.

Night trains from Danang (SE7 at 7.55pm and SE5 at 10.50pm) are most inconvenient as they arrive late at night and you are bound to have your accommodation already booked to be on the safe side and not to cruise the town by night in a search of any dig available. The early SE21 train at 6.20am is probably the best choice as it reaches Hue at 9.35am leaving you with a whole day in front of you. It has seats only cars, too (USD6).

Though there are private cars in certain trains between Danang and Hue (e.g. Livitrans and Violette Express), there is no sense in trying to get pricier tickets for this short trip. Normally you would not be able to do it at all as these tickets are sold for the whole trip from Saigon to Hanoi only.

From Danang to Hue by bus

Many long-haul buses between Saigon and Hanoi call to either of the two large Hue bus stations to the south and to the north of town. There are also local buses serving the same bus stations from different cities and towns. Local buses are dirt-cheap but expect your journey to be devastatingly long for this distance and quite spartan: forget about air-conditioning. If you take a local bus from Danang to Hue, tickets will cost about VDN60.000 and the trip will take you over four hours.

A step up in the sense of comfort is special tourist buses, e.g. those of The Sinh Tourist. The company operates two buses a day which call to Danang at 8am and 1.15pm on their way further north, arriving to Hue some 2½–3 hours later. Tickets are twice as expensive as on local buses and the both buses are sleeper buses, which is not an always-welcome option. On the bright side of taking a tourist bus is that they pick up and drop off their passengers in the middle of the tourist crowd: right on the main drag along the Han River in Bach Dang, between Pham Phu Thu and Tran Quoc Toan, parallel to touristy Tran Phu in Danang and in Nguyen Lo Trach in Hue.

Getting around in Hue

The town itself is relatively small and you can easily walk around from your hotel to restaurants or the Citadel. To visit other attractions like tombs of the Emperors or Thien Mu Pagoda you may want to consider hiring a taxi or renting a scooter. Taxis in Hue are metered, but you need to keep your eye on metres as some of them run too fast. It always pays to have an idea of the approximate distance you are going to cover. There are also cyclos but you need to negotiate the price and the itinerary before the ride. To be on the safe side, write the amount (and the currency!) agreed on a piece of paper and try to avoid cyclos at night as the drivers often act as pimps.

You can pedal around Hue for about VND30.000 per day, or rent a motorbike for about VND100.000 per day. Helmets are compulsory but you are unlikely to find really good helmets in Hue useful for anything more serious than protecting you from a fine.

Tip: If you are not a confident motorbike rider, consider other options to move around or, at least, take a motorbike taxi first to get an idea of traffic and driving style in Hue.

Where to stay in Hue

Cheap and mid-range accommodation in Hue do not lack and the quality is often comparable to Hanoi and Saigon but prices are lower. Unless you are travelling during the busy periods of local holidays, there is no need to book accommodation in advance. You may want to arrange a hotel room in advance if you arrive late at night, though. A great part of budget accommodation in Hue is clustered within a few blocks of the Perfume River across from the citadel – check Pham Ngu Lao and adjacent lanes. Expect to pay anywhere from USD10 to USD15 for a decent air-con room with hot water. Solid mid-range deals are about USD30.

Things to do in Hue

Sitting on the northern bank of the Perfume River, the former Royal Palace, or the Citadel, as it is dubbed today, is easily visited by your own. A guide can make your visit much more informative, but if you are not too interested in the Vietnamese history of 19th–20th century, you can just walk around all by yourself. Do not forget to pop in to the Royal Theatre to have a glimpse of a half-an-hour cultural performance held four times a day.

The star attraction of Hue is Emperors’ tombs dotting the banks of the Perfume River south of the city. The tombs vary from modest to grandiose and are numerous enough to keep you busy for a whole week should you want to spend your days in lazy walks around Hue.

The official symbol of the city of Hue, the Thien Mu Pagoda is about four km south of the city perched on a bluff over the Perfume River.

There are a couple of hot springs around Hue, the closest one being My An Hot Spring&Spa, just seven km out of the city. It is a great place to relax after a day of wandering among the emperors’ tombs and exploring the environs of Hue.

Apart from visiting the most popular Hue attractions, there are many other pleasant things to do in Hue. Famous for its imperial cuisine, Hue lures foodies with imperial banquets. You may not be amazed by the taste, but the presentation is always striking. Street food in Hue is also a great thing to try, and bun bo hue soup is an absolute must (expect to pay between USD1 and USD2). For a ‘with-locals-like’ experience, sip sweet iced coffee in any of the numerous coffee houses around town.

Longing for the sea? Visit Lang Co from Hue

Lang Co is an easy day trip from Hue. It offers a beautiful stretch of sand fringed with palm trees bordered by a lagoon on one side and the sea on the other one. You can combine a lazy day in Lang Co with a strenuous hike in Back Ma National Park on the following day. To reach Lang Co from Hue, take the morning train SE21 leaving Hue at 6.20am and reaching Lang Co at 7.50am (VND100.000) or hire a taxi. With your own transport you can get to the Elephant Springs, 10 km north of Lang Co, or enjoy the winding Hai Van Pass which once used to be the main highway between Danang and Hue.

Stunning jungle walks in Bach Ma National Park

Easily reachable both from Danang and Hue, Bach Ma National Park boasts one of the most stunning stretch of jungle you are likely to have ever seen. The wettest place in Vietnam, Bach Ma teems with plenty of wild life and is filled with picturesque waterfalls and wonderful trails for hiking. The park makes for a great stop between the two cities or an easy jungle escape from either Danang or Hue. Once elegant and now elegantly decaying French villas of the Hill Station at Bach Ma are seen here and there and add a special flavour to the experience.

To get to the Bach Ma National Park from Danang or Hue, take a public bus (USD4 or USD3 respectively). From the point where the bus drops you off you will need to walk about three km to the entrance of the park. If you do not want to walk or take a motorbike taxi (USD1), consider using a pricier tourist bus (e.g. The Sinh Tourist), which brings the passengers right to the park entrance.

Note that it makes more sense to visit Bach Ma from Hue and then proceed to Danang and Hoi An.

Your onward travel from Hue

Trains and buses connect Hue with Hanoi. Both take about 14 hours to get to the capital. There is no direct train service from Hue to Haiphong (for the Halong Bay) – you will need to connect via Hanoi. A train journey back south from Hue to Saigon will rob your off 20 hours at least.

Passenger reviews out of total 637 passengers traveled with us on this route

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★★★★☆ Feb 25, 2017 (train #SE2 Class II AC, Vietnam Railways) :
+ Smooth ride + comfortable seats + lovely views - not enough luggage space - could do with a wipe down
★★★☆☆ Feb 22, 2017 (train #SE2 Class II AC, Vietnam Railways) :
3 hour one way trip, on time no problems would do again.
★★★☆☆ Feb 18, 2017 (train #SE22 Class II AC, Vietnam Railways) :
Would choose a later time. Too many stops and longer travel time on the 6.15am
★★★☆☆ Feb 18, 2017 (train #SE2 Class II AC, Vietnam Railways) :
Food cart ran out before getting to us. Train info in english please
★★★★☆ Feb 10, 2017 (train #SE22 Class II AC, Vietnam Railways) :
The train was late getting into Danang. Considering how little I paid for the ticket I have no complaints. The drinks and snack carts came down the aisle often and service was helpful and friendly.
★★☆☆☆ Feb 9, 2017 (train #SE18 Class II AC, Vietnam Railways) :
I was there more than an hour before the departure time and I still somehow 'missed' my train. So I had to buy another ticket on another train, the 'express' service. This one was also very late, very slow, but comfortable and virtually empty. However, the toilets were disgusting! Perhaps one of the 3 TV screens in the waiting room in Da Nang could be used to show a real-time schedule of departing (and perhaps arriving) trains.
12Go response:

Dear Reka Felleg We are very sorry that you missed the train and thank you for letting us know about this as it very unusual. Our team is inquiring with Vietnam Railways as to what went wrong here. Hope the rest of your time in VIetnam goes more smoothly. Best regards, Spencer Tiesse, 12Go Business Development Team [Support case #101870](https://12go.asia/en/support-case?token=UzYzMHl2TE15cy8wRFhHczhIZEpMdmZNTE0rTUN2WTA4OHlOeWtseXI4aUpNdmJLU1RSeWM0d3lNc3hJREM4dmpUU3lMUEhNTTR3S3p2WXNUODVPTVFnT056RU1DL1dzU0hWTkx2YzFDc3RORGZVckJ3QT0,)

★★★☆☆ Feb 8, 2017 (train #SE2 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
Sleeper was great! Would have been nice to have new bed sheets and the rubbish from former guests removed, and for soap and toilets to be cleaned.
★★★☆☆ Feb 1, 2017 (train #SE4 Class II AC, Vietnam Railways)
★★★☆☆ Feb 1, 2017 (train #SE4 Class II AC, Vietnam Railways) :
I was expecting a newer train, but it was quite old and rickety, almost falling apart, and quite full. Our seats weren't on the coastline side even though there were available seats (conductors were sitting there). Regardless, the ride is pleasant and recommendable and the train got us in almost on time (~25 min late).
★★★☆☆ Jan 29, 2017 (train #TN2 Class II AC, Vietnam Railways) :
Scenic route from Da Nang to Hue. Train was very busy, lots of babies/kids so bring headphones if you want some peace! And try to use the toilet before you board.
★★★★★ Jan 16, 2017 (train #SE4 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
Wonderfully scenic. We were comfortable in our compartment. The route follows the coast for most of its duration. One minor problem . Our original compartment had some dirty linens so the conductor immediately switched us to a clean compartment.
★★★★☆ Dec 27, 2016 (train #SE2 Class II AC, Vietnam Railways) :
Train was 45 mins late arriving and ac was not switched on so quite warm
★★☆☆☆ Dec 26, 2016 (train #TN2 Class II AC, Vietnam Railways) :
Paid triple the price then it actually was
★★★☆☆ Dec 10, 2016 (train #SE22 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
Stanza molto sporca
★★★★★ Nov 29, 2016 (train #SE2 Class II AC, Vietnam Railways) :
The train was more modern than other trains we have taken in Vietnam. AC temperature was good and the whole trip was surprisingly very quiet, which was good. We left 10 minutes late but we arrived on time. Thumbs up for 12go Asia for booking us seats on the "good side" of the train!
★★★★★ Nov 22, 2016 (train #SE2 Class II AC, Vietnam Railways) :
It was a very pleasant trip. The seats where comfy and the train was clean. The train had wall outlets for charging.
★★★★☆ Nov 1, 2016 (train #SE2 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
All good from us, had a good trip
★★★☆☆ Nov 1, 2016 (train #SE20 Class II AC, Vietnam Railways) :
We booked the soft sitter. The train was on time, and cheap, you get what you pay for.. Carriage was full, so air not so cool. The carriage appeared clean enough. I would only recommend short trips this travel method.. We travelled from DaNang to Hue, and happy to see the last of it..
★★★★☆ Oct 26, 2016 (train #SE2 Class II AC, Vietnam Railways) :
Left on time. Newer seats and fairly clean coach. Beautiful trip. Terribly loud music and program on the TV though. Bring head phones or ear plugs.
★★★★☆ Oct 21, 2016 (train #SE2 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
Air-conditioning was slow to cool our compartment. Otherwise, views were first rate and railroad staff were very helpful.
★★★★☆ Oct 10, 2016 (train #SE2 Class II AC, Vietnam Railways) :
Really good trip, the only improvement would be better cooling as the seats tended to make you hot. Really good scenery on this route.
★★★★☆ Sep 25, 2016 (train #SE2 Class II AC, Vietnam Railways) :
Nice roomy seats, with A/C at a nice temperature. The only negative was that they played really loud music throughout the whole carriage which isn't the best when trying to have a conversation or take a nap.
★★★☆☆ Sep 22, 2016 (train #SE2 Class II AC, Vietnam Railways)
★★★★☆ Sep 14, 2016 (train #SE4 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
Mine was a short trip between Da Nang and Hue. Decided to take the train rather than bus for the view which is beautiful (the electrical lines are rather frustrating, being obstructively at eye-level most of the time). The cabin is ok. Pillow sheet looks dubious so I used my jacket to cover it before lying down. Toilet is clean. Rudely awaken with a very loud vietnamese folk song 30 mins before arrival, train-attendent also comes to the cabin to let me know we're about to arrived. Overall, quite a good trip.
★★★★☆ Sep 9, 2016 (train #SE4 Class II AC, Vietnam Railways)
★★★★★ Aug 30, 2016 (train #SE2 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
Nice and pleasant trip the carriage was quite modern and the view was amazing on this joruneu
★★★★★ Aug 12, 2016 (train #SE4 Class II AC, Vietnam Railways)
★★☆☆☆ Jul 24, 2016 (train #TN2 Class II AC, Vietnam Railways) :
Buying the ticket online via 12Go was very user friendly. The train we took TN2 however was dirty. The headrest was filthy and there were quite a few cockroaches running around. The view from the train was nice.
★★★★☆ Jul 23, 2016 (train #SE2 Class II AC, Vietnam Railways) :
Had to kick squatters out of our bunks at 140 am.
★★☆☆☆ Jul 11, 2016 (train #TN2 Class II AC, Vietnam Railways) :
We were hoping to sit on the sea view side of the train and were not... We ended up seeing nothing and it really wasn't worth the time. The train itself was perfectly acceptable, and so was the ease of buying the ticket.
★★★★☆ Jun 14, 2016 (train #TN2 Class II Sleeper AC, Vietnam Railways) :
Sleeper was ok, very loud due to other passengers' techno music through loudspeaker. Beds were a little bit dirty All in all it was ok

News @ Hue

23 February 2017

The government of Thailand says it would like to see a natural Chiang Mai Province attraction listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The site in question is a gorge officially known as Pha Chor but nicknamed the Thai Grand Canyon.

21 February 2017

The management body with jurisdiction over Hue Citadel says the complex will be open during the evening for the summer of 2017. The former imperial citadel will open from 19:00 to 22:00 between the 22 April and the 15 September.

14 February 2017

Thai Airways is marking the day of romance by serving a range of special desserts on its international and domestic flights. THAI’s team of master chefs have created a collection of red Valentine’s Day treats which are being served to passengers in all classes.