Da Nang to Hue by bus, train, taxi

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From Danang Sinh to Hue by bus

08:45
Danang Sinh, Da Nang
12:00
Hue Sinh
3h 15m
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14:30
Danang Sinh, Da Nang
17:30
Hue Sinh
3h
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14:30
Danang Sinh, Da Nang
17:45
Hue Sinh
3h 15m
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From Da Nang Hanh Cafe to Hue by bus

09:00
Da Nang Hanh Cafe
12:00
Hue Hanh Cafe
3h
14:30
Da Nang Hanh Cafe
17:30
Hue Hanh Cafe
3h

From Da Nang Huetourist to Hue by bus

08:00
Da Nang Huetourist
11:10
Hue Huetourist
3h 10m
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15:00
Da Nang Huetourist
17:20
Hue Huetourist
2h 20m
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From Da Nang to Hue by train

02:22
DNA Da Nang
05:00
HUE Hue
2h 38m
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02:22
DNA Da Nang
05:00
HUE Hue
2h 38m
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02:22
DNA Da Nang
05:00
HUE Hue
2h 38m
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06:43
DNA Da Nang
10:15
HUE Hue
3h 32m
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06:43
DNA Da Nang
10:15
HUE Hue
3h 32m
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06:43
DNA Da Nang
10:15
HUE Hue
3h 32m
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09:57
DNA Da Nang
13:00
HUE Hue
3h 3m
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09:57
DNA Da Nang
13:00
HUE Hue
3h 3m
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09:57
DNA Da Nang
13:00
HUE Hue
3h 3m
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12:41
DNA Da Nang
15:25
HUE Hue
2h 44m
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DNA Da Nang
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HUE Hue
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12:41
DNA Da Nang
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HUE Hue
2h 44m
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14:01
DNA Da Nang
16:34
HUE Hue
2h 33m
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14:01
DNA Da Nang
16:34
HUE Hue
2h 33m
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DNA Da Nang
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HUE Hue
2h 33m
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DNA Da Nang
16:34
HUE Hue
2h 33m
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14:40
DNA Da Nang
17:15
HUE Hue
2h 35m
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DNA Da Nang
17:15
HUE Hue
2h 35m
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14:40
DNA Da Nang
17:15
HUE Hue
2h 35m
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18:45
DNA Da Nang
21:31
HUE Hue
2h 46m
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DNA Da Nang
21:31
HUE Hue
2h 46m
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DNA Da Nang
21:31
HUE Hue
2h 46m
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23:23
DNA Da Nang
02:09
HUE Hue
2h 46m
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23:23
DNA Da Nang
02:09
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2h 46m
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From Da Nang HoangLong to Hue by bus

03:18
Da Nang HoangLong
06:33
Phia Nam Hue Bus Station
3h 15m
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04:18
Da Nang HoangLong
07:33
Phia Nam Hue Bus Station
3h 15m
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10:48
Da Nang HoangLong
14:03
Phia Nam Hue Bus Station
3h 15m
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13:48
Da Nang HoangLong
17:03
Phia Nam Hue Bus Station
3h 15m
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14:18
Da Nang HoangLong
17:33
Phia Nam Hue Bus Station
3h 15m
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14:48
Da Nang HoangLong
18:03
Phia Nam Hue Bus Station
3h 15m
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16:42
Da Nang HoangLong
19:57
Phia Nam Hue Bus Station
3h 15m
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From Danang to Hue by taxi

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Danang, Da Nang
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Hue
2h
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From Danang Airport to Hue by taxi

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Danang Airport, Da Nang
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Hue
2h 55m
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Danang Airport, Da Nang
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Hue City Center
2h 55m
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Da Nang to Hue Schedule

Da Nang to Hue Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
DichungTaxi Comfort 00:00 – 02:00VND 1,715k
Vietnam Railways Class II Sleeper AC 02:22 – 05:00VND 188k
Hoang Long Standard AC 04:18 – 07:33VND 165k
Vietnam Railways Class II AC 06:43 – 10:15VND 141k
The SinhTourist Semi Sleeper 08:45 – 12:00VND 145k
Hoang Long Standard AC 10:48 – 14:03VND 165k
Vietnam Railways Class II Sleeper AC 12:41 – 15:25VND 165k
Hue Tourist AC Seater 15:00 – 17:20VND 192k
Hoang Long Standard AC 14:18 – 17:33VND 165k
Hoang Long Standard AC 16:42 – 19:57VND 165k
Vietnam Railways Class II AC 18:45 – 21:31VND 149k
Vietnam Railways VIP Sleeper 23:23 – 02:09VND 209k

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

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ML
4
train #SE4 2nd Class AC seats only, Vietnam Railways, Nov 20, 2019
good experience
EJ
4
train #SE10 2nd Class AC seats only, Vietnam Railways, Nov 17, 2019
The service was on time and very good. However, the air conditioning was too cold, which made everyone uncomfortable.
KW
5
train #SE10 2nd Class AC seats only, Vietnam Railways, Nov 6, 2019
Amazing experience big roomy seats with lots of leg room.
DF
4
train #SE2 2nd Class AC seats only, Vietnam Railways, Oct 18, 2019
Great views. Yep the train is a little old but it was a wonderful experience
MV
5
train #SE10 2nd Class AC seats only, Vietnam Railways, 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
4
train #SE2 2nd Class AC seats only, Vietnam Railways, Oct 14, 2019
Loud advertisements and music playing on the tv’s the whole journey, would’ve been better without that
CS
3
train #SE10 2nd Class AC seats only, Vietnam Railways, Oct 11, 2019
Beautiful ride and comfortable seats but train was very dirty
CJ
4
train #SE2 2nd Class AC seats only, Vietnam Railways, 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.
BS
3
train #SE22 2nd Class AC seats only, Vietnam Railways, Oct 3, 2019
We travelled from Nha Trang to Danang - soft seats and AC. The seats were soft; AC pretty non-existent. Managed to get some sleep on the train but will definitely book a berth with beds for future long journeys. While it's definitely manageable and more budget-friendly, it really is worth it just to pay for beds.
PS
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train #SE10 2nd Class AC seats only, Vietnam Railways, Oct 2, 2019
It was a bit dirty in the train. Not so cleaned as we were used from trains we travelled with before.
KS
4
train #SE22 1st Class Sleeper, Vietnam Railways, Sep 30, 2019
Our train was delay for 45 min. Our sleeper coach was not cleaned before boarding.
AL
5
Bus Semi Sleeper, The SinhTourist, Sep 29, 2019
Arrived 1h before plannned time. Really comfortable
OS
2
Bus Semi Sleeper, The SinhTourist, Sep 22, 2019
Rude staff. Switched busses halfway through with no explanation. Bus was comfortable though but would not book again because of the staff.
TC
4
Bus AC Seater, Hue Tourist, Sep 18, 2019
The bus was late but it came eventually and got us to Hue! The AC worked throughout the whole trip and the driver was very helpful.
AY
4
Bus Standard AC, Hanh Cafe, Sep 17, 2019
It was ok because we arrived 1 hour before the time but the air conditioning was very cold and theres no seatbelt....
GL
4
Bus Standard AC, Hoang Long, Sep 14, 2019
Bus was late, but made it up on route, so we arrived at expected time. Instead of normal bus - which was supposed to show up - we were in a sleeper one, with beds, no normal seats.
JG
4
train #SE4 1st Class Sleeper, Vietnam Railways, Sep 7, 2019
Quite an enjoyable trip. Cabin was comfortable and clean. No complaints at all.
SI
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train #SE10 2nd Class AC seats only, Vietnam Railways, Sep 4, 2019
Время отправления перенесли на 20 мин и на 10 еще опоздал. Не соответствует картинке на сайте), вагоны старые. Кондиционер работал с перебоями, очень душно. Разносят на продажу фрукты. Развозят горячую еду (рис и кура, не пробовали, но пахло вкусно). Есть туалет.
AB
5
train #SE10 2nd Class AC seats only, Vietnam Railways, Aug 31, 2019
Great views. Nice journey. No need to print off tickets that 12go emails you just show the email on your phone. Booked seat 1 & 2 carriage 5 but they were on the wrong side for the good view. Luckily the two opposite seats were empty.
JK
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taxi Minivan 4pax old, DichungTaxi, Aug 22, 2019
We arrived on an Airport earlier than expected but the driver was ready to pick us practically as soon as we got out from the airport building. Everything went as it should.

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