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Da Nang to Hue Schedule

Da Nang to Hue Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
DichungTaxi Minivan 4pax 00:00 - 01:20VND 1,534k
Hoang Long Standard AC 03:18 - 06:33VND 165k
Hoang Long Standard AC 04:18 - 07:33VND 165k
Vietnam Railways 1st Class Sleeper 06:30 - 10:10VND 196k
Hanh Cafe Standard AC 09:00 - 12:00VND 140k
Hoang Long Standard AC 10:48 - 14:03VND 165k
Hoang Long Standard AC 13:48 - 17:03VND 165k
Hue Tourist AC Seater 15:00 - 17:20VND 192k
The SinhTourist Semi Sleeper 14:30 - 17:45VND 155k
Hoang Long Standard AC 16:42 - 19:57VND 165k
Vietnam Railways 1st Class Sleeper 18:45 - 21:31VND 183k
Vietnam Railways 2nd Class Sleeper AC 23:04 - 01:39VND 200k

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.

Da Nang to Hue destination reviews

480 customer reviews
78% of 480 travelers were presumably happy with this destination
train #SE22 Class II AC, Vietnam Railways, Aug 15, 2019
The train arrived with 2 hour of delay and was very dirty. The only good thing was the beautiful view along the travel
train #SE2 Class II AC, Vietnam Railways, Aug 11, 2019
The train was late, but other than that it was a a great trip!
train #SE4 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways, Aug 9, 2019
Everything was fine, the train was a bit in delay but is not depending from you
charter Comfort, DichungTaxi, Aug 9, 2019
Even though our flight was delayed and a long queue at immigration our driver was waiting for us with a smile. Very good service.
train #SE4 Class II AC, Vietnam Railways, Aug 8, 2019
Wonderful view from the train and not that late for the arrival
train #SE10 Class II AC, Vietnam Railways, Aug 7, 2019
Left on timesh from Danang. Great views of the coast, secluded beaches, jungle. Train rocked and rolls but it is soothing after a while. Got to Hue on time. Watch the thieving rip off taxis drivers at Hue station. One wanted to charge us an agreed 200 000 dong for our 4 km taxi trip. We told him to f off and so he then said he would charge by the taxi meter. We again said to f off we would support a thief. Got into a waiting taxi, who put the meter on automatically and it cost us 43 000 dong. We have found most taxi drivers in Hue have no idea about their roads etc. Use Google maps on your phone all the way to be sure they go direct and not a long arsed way.
train #SE4 Class II AC, Vietnam Railways, Aug 7, 2019
I’m 180 cm tall and the seat was really comfortable. A/C worked well. I got free water on the train. The view during the trip was amazing. The train was late, this is the only reason why I couldn’t give 5*.
train #SE2 Class II AC, Vietnam Railways, Jul 31, 2019
The trip self was a pleasant experience, the only disappointing part was lack of seats at the station waiting for the train!
train #SE4 Class II AC, Vietnam Railways, Jul 18, 2019
Great easy experience. The train was comfortable and second class soft seats were good with good leg room! Air con was fine also. Lots of nibble trolleys came through the carriage
train #SE4 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways, Jul 12, 2019
Very scenic; Nice ride; very comfortable and cheap. But train toilet looked unreliable; and train departed about 20 mins late and arrived even further behind schedule.
train #SE10 Class II Sleeper AC, Vietnam Railways, Jul 8, 2019
Beautiful scenery over the hills between Da Nang and Hué. The beds in sleeper are small otherwise a pleasant journey.
bus Standard AC, Hoang Long, Jun 28, 2019
The bus was old and worn and the staff weren’t the most helpful
train #SE10 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways, Jun 23, 2019
We had two soft beds in a first class sleeper cabin from Da Nang to Hue. Glad it was a short trip - the train was loud, bumpy, dirty, and our one other cabin mate facetimed someone loudly for the first hour. Halfway through the trip, the guard stopped by. I thought he was going to check our tickets, but instead he climbed into the bunk above me and took a nap. At the end of the trip, the blankets were folded up and placed back on the dirty sheets that don't ever seem to be changed. I had low expectations based on reading other reviews, but was hoping for something slightly better from first class.
train #SE2 Class II AC, Vietnam Railways, Jun 18, 2019
Ok, nothing bad, train was late, but i quess it common
bus AC Seater, Hue Tourist, Jun 18, 2019
The pickup was on time and the driver was careful. The bus was clean and comfortable
train #SE22 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways, Jun 13, 2019
Air conditioning is spotty. Hit 90 in first class sleeper. Not for anyone over 5'10"
train #SE4 Class II AC, Vietnam Railways, Jun 12, 2019
The train was smelly and stuffy, bathrooms were questionable. Pretty standard for Vietnam travel-but the views of beaches along the wya were nice.
bus Semi Sleeper, The SinhTourist, Jun 11, 2019
Such a unique setting of sleeper bus. Clean & very Vietnamese. A repeatable experience!
train #SE2 Class II AC, Vietnam Railways, Jun 10, 2019
Seats very comfortable and spacious but toilets smell.
bus Semi Sleeper, The SinhTourist, Jun 6, 2019
Sleeper bus was bunk-bed style relaxing chairs. Good for our 3 hour drive but not sure I would want longer as they are not really built for westerners! On time service so can't really complain.

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