Da Nang to Hue

Da Nang to Hue

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14:19
Da Nang
2h 38m ride in train #SE4
4.1+
16:57
Hue
10:45
Da Nang
2h 46m ride in train #SE6
3.0+
13:31
Hue
09:00
Vinh Trung Plaza, Da Nang
2h bus ride in VIP-Class
11:00
Duy Tan Huong Giang, Hue

From Da Nang to Hue by train

10:45
Da Nang
2h 46m ride in train #SE6
3.0+
13:31
Hue
14:19
Da Nang
2h 38m ride in train #SE4
4.1+
16:57
Hue

From Vinh Trung Plaza to Hue by bus

09:00
Vinh Trung Plaza, Da Nang
2h bus ride in VIP-Class
11:00
Duy Tan Huong Giang, Hue

Da Nang to Hue Schedule

Da Nang to Hue Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Vietnam Railways 1st Class Sleeper 01:09 - 03:47$ 8.83
HAV Limousine VIP-Class 07:00 - 09:15$ 7.12
HAV Limousine VIP-Class 08:30 - 10:45$ 7.12
Vietnam Railways 1st Class Sleeper 10:45 - 13:31$ 7.57
Huong Giang Limousine VIP-Class 11:00 - 12:30$ 9.31
HAV Limousine VIP-Class 12:00 - 14:15$ 7.12
Vietnam Railways 1st Class Sleeper 14:19 - 16:57$ 9.62
HAV Limousine VIP-Class 15:00 - 17:15$ 7.12
Hoang Duc Limousine VIP-Class 14:00 - 16:00$ 7.12
Huong Giang Limousine VIP-Class 14:00 - 15:30$ 9.31

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.

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Da Nang to Hue destination reviews

ZJ
Bus Standard AC, Hanh Cafe (Hanh Cafe), Mar 5, 2020
well,.. we left 10 min early, after first 50min we had 30min lunch break..then we arrived 30min sooner than expected and to totally different place - it was apx. 1.5km further away from the place 12go.asia had informed us in the ticket/their website. it looked like they deliberately made us go off the bus somewhere else so that their friends on motorbikes could earn some money by taking tourist to hotels (since we arrived to a totally different place).. luckily, nobody took the motorbikes :)) such scams should be avoided and the bus should end as anticipated in the ticket...
HA
train #SE4 2nd Class AC seats only, Vietnam Railways (Đường sắt Việt Nam), Feb 21, 2020
Great scenery. Some loud an impolite passengers. Comfortable.
ZV
train #SE4 2nd Class AC seats only, Vietnam Railways (Đường sắt Việt Nam), Feb 13, 2020
Vagon is very comfortbale, but little bit coldy (AC on max). Nice views on Van Hoi Pass.
GM
train #SE4 2nd Class AC seats only, Vietnam Railways (Đường sắt Việt Nam), Feb 13, 2020
Very good service. The tickets I purchased through 12GO were significantly cheaper then purchasing them through Vietnam Rail online.
SK
train #SE4 2nd Class AC seats only, Vietnam Railways (Đường sắt Việt Nam), Jan 30, 2020
Booking process easy and no issues with tickets at the station. A lot of discarded rubbish on train. Train a bit full after Tet so couldn't choose seat on view side; but that's life and the journey itself was a great way to see Vietnam.
AF
train #SE10 2nd Class AC seats only, Vietnam Railways (Đường sắt Việt Nam), Jan 30, 2020
More comfortable than expected.
KV
train #SE10 2nd Class AC seats only, Vietnam Railways (Đường sắt Việt Nam), Jan 30, 2020
Train avarage speed 47 km/h Train inside ok, like expected
RT
Bus AC Seater, Hue Tourist (Hue Tourist), Jan 22, 2020
Turned out to be a small van rather than a bus, very little AC and the driver was kind enough to stop for him to have a bathroom break while no one else got the chance. Have seen much better service for cheaper in Vietnam.
DK
Bus AC Seater, Hue Tourist (Hue Tourist), Jan 18, 2020
The bus did not come on time. There were small seats and l we arrived one hour later but overall it was okay. The bus driver was nice.
NA
train #SE2 2nd Class AC seats only, Vietnam Railways (Đường sắt Việt Nam), Jan 16, 2020
Lovely comfortable train, didn’t use services so can’t comment . Just a shame you’re not allowed on the platform prior to train arriving to buy some food Etc from the many stalls
RA
train #SE10 2nd Class AC seats only, Vietnam Railways (Đường sắt Việt Nam), Jan 15, 2020
very quick
EA
train #SE2 2nd Class AC seats only, Vietnam Railways (Đường sắt Việt Nam), Jan 13, 2020
Very nice views during train ride!
PW
train #SE2 2nd Class AC seats only, Vietnam Railways (Đường sắt Việt Nam), Jan 11, 2020
Comfortable service with absolutely stunning views!
NC
train #SE22 2nd Class AC seats only, Vietnam Railways (Đường sắt Việt Nam), Jan 7, 2020
Easy to use Just scan the qr code at the station
RL
train #SE4 2nd Class AC seats only, Vietnam Railways (Đường sắt Việt Nam), Jan 4, 2020
Booking the seats and trying to understand right-side and left-side of train was difficult. I wanted to get the right-side but got it wrong. If that could be made simpler, would be great. Otherwise great trip. Also, I found the attendants on the train to be particularly happy and very welcoming. Thanks Bob (Canada)
ET
train #SE10 2nd Class AC seats only, Vietnam Railways (Đường sắt Việt Nam), Jan 2, 2020
Great views
DA
train #SE20 1st Class Sleeper, Vietnam Railways (Đường sắt Việt Nam), Dec 31, 2019
The travel was ok, we didn't sleep as it was only a two hours trip, anyway the bed was not clean, the train was not clean at all. We stayed seated all the time. Not suggested
VM
train #SE2 2nd Class AC seats only, Vietnam Railways (Đường sắt Việt Nam), Dec 27, 2019
The train was on time. Comfortable seats just too many animals on board. Like bugs and other insects.
YY
train #SE22 2nd Class AC seats only, Vietnam Railways (Đường sắt Việt Nam), Dec 24, 2019
The seat of the train is comfortable and clean. The scenery is good. Highly recommended if you travel from Da Nang to Hue for a leisure trip.
ZB
train #SE22 2nd Class AC seats only, Vietnam Railways (Đường sắt Việt Nam), Dec 24, 2019
Normální průměrná velmi pomalá jízda. Pokud to pojmete ja vyhlídkovou jízdu, super.
CH
train #SE10 2nd Class AC seats only, Vietnam Railways (Đường sắt Việt Nam), Dec 22, 2019
Our family took the 2nd class train from danang to hue after reading about rave reviews on catching scenic views of hai van pass during the ride. We did manage to catch glimpses of the views along the way on the rainy day but the train is old and it was not a comfortable ride due to cleanliness of the train, local passengers sitting in front of us have pushed back their seats to the max and limited leg room left for us etc. We did the return trip via private bus, it’s definitely a much better choice as you can stopovers to take pics and truly catch the scenic views of hai van pass.
SJ
train #SE4 2nd Class AC seats only, Vietnam Railways (Đường sắt Việt Nam), Dec 22, 2019
The train trip was lovely. Great views, I booked seats 43 and 44 to be on the ‘right side’ which was meant to have better views but the seats were on the left side of the train. Can’t be helped and the mountains were still nice. Booking process super easy through 12Go and great price :)
DC
train #SE2 Cabin 2x, Vietnam Railways (Đường sắt Việt Nam), Dec 21, 2019
Excellent
KL
train #SE10 2nd Class AC seats only, Vietnam Railways (Đường sắt Việt Nam), Dec 20, 2019
The booking service was easy to use. Gave it 4 stars as the email information was different to the pdf sent. Instructions weren't clear.
SB
train #SE10 2nd Class AC seats only, Vietnam Railways (Đường sắt Việt Nam), Dec 18, 2019
The seats were broken and there was no way of making the seat upright as the button was broken. Window glass was not clean. So 2*, but I've given 3* as I was able to find my bag which was left while deboarding.
SJ
train #SE20 1st Class Sleeper, Vietnam Railways (Đường sắt Việt Nam), Dec 17, 2019
Great sleeper carriage
CR
train #SE10 2nd Class AC seats only, Vietnam Railways (Đường sắt Việt Nam), Dec 12, 2019
very nice and comfortable
GW
train #SE10 1st Class Sleeper, Vietnam Railways (Đường sắt Việt Nam), Dec 11, 2019
Mid morning train that left on time and arrived 10 minutes early. Provided opportunities for great views of the coast and countryside. Cabin was clean and tidy but we suspect the sheets and pillows were not changed. Lucky there were no other travelers in our 4 sleeper cabin so we had lots of room and privacy.
JB
Bus AC Seater, Hue Tourist (Hue Tourist), Dec 9, 2019
Stopped halfway at some cinnamon oil factory to try to sell it to us, then stopped to wash the bus and fill up with gas. Otherwise, picked up a couple of km away from our departing hotel and dropped off right outside our arriving hotel. Wifi on the bus was fast and free.
PB
train #SE10 2nd Class AC seats only, Vietnam Railways (Đường sắt Việt Nam), Dec 8, 2019
Great views on this section of the railway. Train was perfectly on time, power points and the option to get a hot meal.
JA
train #SE22 2nd Class AC seats only, Vietnam Railways (Đường sắt Việt Nam), Dec 4, 2019
The ride was smooth, on time and the train was cleanish, the restroom was gross and filthy.
RF
train #SE4 1st Class Sleeper, Vietnam Railways (Đường sắt Việt Nam), Dec 3, 2019
Worked well for us from booking, to friendly staff at station and on train and a very scenic journey.
TS
train #SE2 2nd Class AC seats only, Vietnam Railways (Đường sắt Việt Nam), Nov 27, 2019
On time, nice views and experience.
CM
Bus AC Seater, Hue Tourist (Hue Tourist), Nov 27, 2019
Wonderful staff and trip
MW
train #SE4 2nd Class AC seats only, Vietnam Railways (Đường sắt Việt Nam), Nov 26, 2019
Amazing views, great service, better than most western trains. Cheap beers on train, and cheap tasty food on train. Anyone who complains simply has no understanding of what travelling is! Pay the money and take a private car if you don’t like a bit of dust or noise!
SL
train #SE20 2nd Class AC seats only, Vietnam Railways (Đường sắt Việt Nam), Nov 22, 2019
The AC was broken and it was really cold. There were also bugs around our seats (we killed around 5 of them during our train ride. Otherwise everything was okey.
GG
train #SE2 2nd Class AC seats only, Vietnam Railways (Đường sắt Việt Nam), Nov 22, 2019
Lovely and convenient. Very beautiful views.
ML
train #SE4 2nd Class AC seats only, Vietnam Railways (Đường sắt Việt Nam), Nov 20, 2019
good experience
EJ
train #SE10 2nd Class AC seats only, Vietnam Railways (Đường sắt Việt Nam), Nov 17, 2019
The service was on time and very good. However, the air conditioning was too cold, which made everyone uncomfortable.
DM
train #SE20 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Vietnam Railways (Đường sắt Việt Nam), Nov 16, 2019
Toilet was dirty. Bed sheets smelled disgusting.
SC
train #SE2 2nd Class AC seats only, Vietnam Railways (Đường sắt Việt Nam), Nov 14, 2019
The train was about an hour Late.
YB
train #SE2 2nd Class AC seats only, Vietnam Railways (Đường sắt Việt Nam), Nov 14, 2019
Very comfortable train journey
KW
train #SE10 2nd Class AC seats only, Vietnam Railways (Đường sắt Việt Nam), Nov 6, 2019
Amazing experience big roomy seats with lots of leg room.
KS
train #SE20 2nd Class AC seats only, Vietnam Railways (Đường sắt Việt Nam), Oct 28, 2019
ontime
JE
train #SE4 2nd Class AC seats only, Vietnam Railways (Đường sắt Việt Nam), Oct 24, 2019
Wonderful to see the country side from the train
DF
train #SE2 2nd Class AC seats only, Vietnam Railways (Đường sắt Việt Nam), Oct 18, 2019
Great views. Yep the train is a little old but it was a wonderful experience
MV
train #SE10 2nd Class AC seats only, Vietnam Railways (Đường sắt Việt Nam), Oct 16, 2019
Very comfortable trip by train. Enough to eat and drink is offered on the train. Comfortable seats with enough legroom, also for tall persons.
NB
train #SE2 2nd Class AC seats only, Vietnam Railways (Đường sắt Việt Nam), Oct 14, 2019
Loud advertisements and music playing on the tv’s the whole journey, would’ve been better without that
CS
train #SE10 2nd Class AC seats only, Vietnam Railways (Đường sắt Việt Nam), Oct 11, 2019
Beautiful ride and comfortable seats but train was very dirty
CJ
train #SE2 2nd Class AC seats only, Vietnam Railways (Đường sắt Việt Nam), Oct 11, 2019
Wonderful views from the train! The seats were quite comfortable and the ride was smooth. However service was delayed a bit, and there was no space for large luggage.
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