How to get from Danang to Nha Trang

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Wondering what the most popular seaside resort town in Vietnam is like? Look no further. Lively and urban, Nha Trang is most probably not the best spot to go if you are longing for solitude and tranquillity, but its white sand beaches, even if sometimes littered, running the length of a beautiful bay with several picturesque island scattered in the sea and quite a wide choice of activities are a big draw, and the title of the main diving centre in Vietnam ensures a constant flow of visitors of all budgets, both domestic and foreign, almost any time of the year.

From Danang to Nha Trang

Danang is an easy 1½ hour flight from Nha Trang or at least a 9-hour bus or train journey with road distance between Danang and Nha Trang of about 520 km. Almost all the trains heading south from Hanoi to Saigon call to both cities, and local and tourist buses are a decent alternative to the rail travel.

From Danang to Nha Trang by train

All the trains from Danang to Nha Trang are passing through trains on their way from Hanoi to Saigon. Usually there is an about 15-minute stop in Danang; the time indicated in your ticket is the time of departure: come earlier. It makes sense to opt for one of the two night trains: SE7 or SE5 departing from Danang and arriving to Nha Trang at 10.50pm/1.45am and 8.35am/11.35am the following morning respectively. Both trains offer first and second class AC sleeping cars plus soft seats but SE5 is cheaper: e.g. compare prices for berth in a second class sleeper: VND500.000 in SE5 and VND620.000 in SE7 (USD22/USD28).

SE3, which has Violette Express Train VIP sleeper car attached is less convenient from the point of view of its schedule: it departs from Danang after midday at 1.15pm and steals you the rest of the day arriving to Nha Trang late at night (10.15pm) well after dark. Though if you prefer to travel with comfort, do not mind spending a few extra bucks, enjoy seeing the country from a railway car and have your accommodation in Nha Trang already booked, it is obviously the best way to get to Nha Trang from Danang (VND930.000/USD42). If you do not mind travelling by day, consider TN1, as well (leaving at 7.10am and arriving at 5.55pm).

Note that it is highly advisable to book berths well ahead – especially if you are planning to travel to Nha Trang during weekends.

From Danang to Nha Trang by bus

There are both local and tourist buses ready to bring you from Danang to Nha Trang. Local buses use the new bus station in Danang which is about 6 km west of the main tourist headquarters near the river; while tourist buses depart right from the centre of the city. To get to the bus station from the centre of town, use bus #2. Prices for Danang-Nha Trang journey start from VND250.000 depending on the type of the bus. Travel time is from 10 to 12 hours.

Note Possibly the most convenient thing about taking a tourist bus from Danang to Nha Trang is that normally these buses pick up their passengers in the most popular tourist areas. That means you do not need to get to the ordinary bus station or railway station first. It is especially convenient if you have heavy luggage.

From Danang to Nha Trang by plane

Vietnam Airways operate two flights a day between Danang and Nha Trang at 7.55am and 12.55pm, flying time between the two cities being just a bit over one hour. Normally if you book at least a couple of weeks in advance, you are able to get tickets for about USD50 one-way and in any case under USD100 even in case with the most expensive tariff.

In Danang, the airport is conveniently located right in the centre of the city, some three km from Bach Dang and Than Phu area, which form the epicentre of tourist life in the city; but in Nha Trang, you will arrive to Cam Ranh airport, some 30 km south of the city. Airport minibuses bring you to the station in the southern end of Than Phu (USD3); otherwise take a taxi (VND400.000/~USD20).

Getting around in Nha Trang

While there are xe om (motorcycle taxi) drivers on every corner offering rides (and more), you are better off taking a metered taxi. If possible look for the green Mai Linh taxis as these tend to be the most reliable. Should you absolutely need to use a xe om, know that it should cost under USD2 (VND40.000) to go anywhere around the city centre.

Nha Trang is easy enough to get around by bicycle and these are widely available at most hotels for a dollar or two per day. For those venturing out of the city to the nearby attractions, your hotel should easily be able to arrange for a motorcycle rental for around USD5 (VND100.000).

Tip: We recommend staying on the roads near the coast and avoiding the AH1 as that can be a harrowing experience for even seasoned riders while the coast highways are relatively calm.

There are air-conditioned local buses in Nha Trang which are a great way to get around for only VND7.000 per trip. Check #4, which goes from the north, passes through the tourist centre and reaches Vinpearl (the local version of Disneyland).

Where to stay in Nha Trang

Nha Trang has hundreds of accommodation options in all price ranges and styles, most within several blocks of the beach. Prices can tend to reflect proximity to the water instead of overall quality, so take that into account when booking. During slow times you can often get large discounts when you book on the spot but do not count on this at 5am after your overnight train journey or during one of the Vietnamese national holidays.

The highest concentration of rooms is found in Tran Phu Boulevard (the street closest to the sea); Hung Vuong and Nguyen Thien Thuat, running parallel to the seafront, all south of Le Thanh Ton.

Things to do in Nha Trang

The main draw here is the beach which white sands stretch the length of the city. Beach chairs generally cost a few bucks to rent for the day and vendors stroll by regularly selling snacks and drinks. Depending on various factors both the sand and water can become quite dirty by foreign standards. If this is the case you may want to try Bai Duong beach which is a kilometre and a half north of downtown or if you are feeling adventurous – Bai Dai (Long Beach) which is south of Nha Trang, about half way to the airport along the same road. There are several places to relax and eat here and plenty of undisturbed sand to enjoy.

North of the city centre, on a hill overlooking the Cai River are the Po Nagar Cham Towers. The earliest were constructed in the 7th century and are remnants of the Champa civilization which ruled over much of Vietnam and Cambodia in ancient times. The site is still used today by Buddhist worshippers and is easily reached by bicycle from downtown. Wear modest clothes and expect to pay a small entry fee.

Most popular amongst local tourists is the Vinpearl Land located on an island in Nha Trang Bay and accessible via cable car from south of the city. The island boasts an amusement park, aquarium and water park plus all of the arcade style attractions one would expect to find at such a place.

Water sports of all types are available for people looking to enjoy the ocean. You can learn to surf at Bai Dai, go rafting down the Cai River or enjoy any number of diving and snorkelling outings. The sea life is still recovering from a long history of poorly managed construction and fishing practices but Nha Trang is emerging as a great place to get your diving certification and is certainly worth a few trips for experienced divers.

Onward travel from Nha Trang

For a different type of beach holiday, try Phan Thiet or Mui Ne. A train journey from Nha Trang to Phan Thiet takes four hours (VND220.000/USD21 for a seat in a second class AC car). It is less touristy than its neighbour resort town of Mui Ne and you can enjoy a very ‘go-local’ experience.

Tourist buses bring you from Nha Trang directly to Mui Ne in five hours (VND200.000/USD10). This long sandy beach has seen a lot of development in the recent decade and now is flooded with Russian package tourists and kitesurfing enthusiasts.

Apart from the two above mentioned beach resort towns, you can head inland from Nha Trang to Dalat in the central highlands. With the look and feel that is decidedly European and a climate to match, Dalat offers a nice change of pace after the heat of the coast. The Sinh Tourist busses depart daily at 7.30am and 1pm, costing USD5 and making the trip in four hours.

Buses, trains and planes connect Nha Trang with the biggest city in Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh, or Saigon. The distance between Nha Trang and Saigon is 400 km – allow from eight to 11 hours to get to Saigon if you go overland.

Da Nang to Nha Trang @ train, bus, flight Sep 28, 2017

21 trips (THB 495 — 3,337)

From Da Nang Hanh Cafe to Nha Trang by bus

16:00
Da Nang Hanh Cafe
03:00
Nha Trang Hanh Cafe
11h
฿ 495
× 2 = ฿ 990
 

From Danang to Nha Trang by train

01:43
Danang, Da Nang
10:57
Nha Trang
9h 14m
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฿ 1,117
× 2 = ฿ 2,234
 
01:43
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Nha Trang
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01:43
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07:10
Danang, Da Nang
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07:10
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09:35
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09:35
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09:35
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11:40
Danang, Da Nang
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11:40
Danang, Da Nang
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11:40
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11:40
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13:15
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13:15
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13:15
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13:15
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22:50
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22:50
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22:50
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฿ 1,001
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From Da Nang Airport to Nha Trang by flight

12:25
Da Nang Airport
13:35
Cam Ranh Airport, Nha Trang
1h 10m
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฿ 3,337
× 2 = ฿ 6,674
 

Passenger reviews out of total 1,068 passengers traveled with us on this route

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★★★☆☆ Sep 14, 2017 (train #SE7 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
Bed not clean Have seen nicer cabins in vietnam so far Toilet unapproptiate
★★★★★ Sep 12, 2017 (train #SE1 Class II AC, Vietnam Railways) :
Easy and pleasant journey, plenty of space for bags and nice seats
★★★☆☆ Aug 11, 2017 (train #SE7 Class II AC, Vietnam Railways) :
The workers were not very friendly.
★★★★☆ Aug 11, 2017 (train #SE7 Class II Sleeper AC, Vietnam Railways) :
This travel wasn't good.all the night a.c. blowing cold ice.nobody of the staff was conscient that It was infernal?Because the staff entered in cabins without knocking at the door or ask permission,making a lot of noise And disturbing everybody Who was trying to sleep there.Beds too uncomfortable. Toilets are one of the most dirty I have Ever seen...really disgusting.5 minutes before we arrive yo our destinaron,the cabin staff begun to get Out us to prepare blankets (not cleaning).traín in general very dirty and noise.not a good experience.impossible sleep in that craizy coach.I think I'll never use It again.too expensive for a miserable service
★★★★★ Jul 29, 2017 (train #NH1 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
Train clean and on time! They also gave us water and towels!
★★☆☆☆ Jul 28, 2017 (train #NH1 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
Hi I do agree with the comments made before: Small cabins, doubt if the sheets were really clean, dirty toilets. overpriced. Staff was pretty helpful, but hard to find.
★★★★★ Jul 9, 2017 (train #NH1 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways)
★★★☆☆ Jul 8, 2017 (train #SE21 Class II AC, Vietnam Railways)
★★☆☆☆ Jun 29, 2017 (train #NH1 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
12go. Asai charged an excessive fee. Train was pretty low quality, as to be expected, but it was on time.
★★★☆☆ May 31, 2017 (train #SE7 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
Clean bedding, train on time, slept well. Downside was the toilet was filthy and the taps didn't work.
★★★☆☆ May 26, 2017 (train #SE1 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways)
★★★☆☆ May 21, 2017 (train #SE7 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
The cabin was too cold , the wc dirty and there was no linen, blankets and pillow cover changing before I enter the cabin nor after .
★★☆☆☆ May 10, 2017 (train #SE7 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways)
★★★☆☆ May 9, 2017 (train #SE1 Class II AC, Vietnam Railways) :
The train itself was good. A few things to improve on, the bathrooms were beyond unsanitary. It seemed like the A/C kicked on half way through the ride, so the second half of the ride was freezing but only some people had blankets. You didn't know which stop or if you could get off or even the dinner if it weren't for our friends we met on the train telling us. As no one spoke English.
★★★☆☆ Apr 24, 2017 (train #SE7 Class II AC, Vietnam Railways)
★★★★☆ Apr 18, 2017 (train #SE1 Class II AC, Vietnam Railways) :
Busy train but seats comfy enough, preferred the day train to the night train
★★☆☆☆ Apr 14, 2017 (train #SE7 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
The beds were comfortable enough, but the sheets and pillow were not clean. Prepare for a sleepless night unless you're a really heavy sleeper due to constant shaking and frequent announcements over the loud speaker.
★★★☆☆ Mar 24, 2017 (train #SE3 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
Had a bit of trouble at the station getting help as to where to wait for the train. When we arrived in our cabin others had already been on our beds.. the air con was set to artic on one side and unnoticeable on the other. Comfortable enough bed, but not a lot of space for suitcases (we had to put on our bed).
★★★★☆ Mar 22, 2017 (train #TN1 Class II AC, Vietnam Railways) :
Quite a good trip in 2nd class a/c seats. Quite acceptable all round except of course for the toilets which, quite frankly, are disgusting on all trains in Vietnam.
★★★★☆ Feb 1, 2017 (train #SE21 Class II AC, Vietnam Railways) :
We had some apprehensions about our journey from Da Nang to Nha Trang but had a very good trip. We were in 2nd class, A/C. Yes, it was long and very different from what we are used to but the place was clean and although we were told the train would be full because of the holidays, we finished the journey with the whole coach for ourselves. We had seats at the very end of the coach which helped a lot with our luggage. Travelling by train is a good way to experience a country differently, we were happy to do it.
★★★★☆ Jan 24, 2017 (train #SE1 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways)
★★☆☆☆ Dec 24, 2016 (train #SE5 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
Someone was already sleeping in my bed.
★★★☆☆ Nov 1, 2016 (train #SE1 Class II AC, Vietnam Railways) :
It's a long journey. Our train was delayed up to 1 hour. Left denang at 11am and arrived in nha trang at around 9pm. We had the iPad, extra travel blankets and eye masks, so made it comfortable. Also carried baby wipes and toilet paper ???? It helps ! If you want luxury, this isn't it, but it wasn't that tragic.
★★☆☆☆ Oct 19, 2016 (train #SE7 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
The night train was cancelled and changing to the next day was straight forward. The 11hour journey was marred by the smell and feel of the blankets in the soft sleeper which were foul. Unfortunately it was freezing so we needed to use them but made sure we kept the sheet between our bodies and the blankets and tried not to move too much to stop the smell emanating. Toilets were awful too.
★★☆☆☆ Sep 21, 2016 (train #SE7 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
Bedding was folded from previous user, hairs on pillow, smelt of damp and smoke- not nice when you're travelling/sleeping in such a small space for 11 hours. Train was easy to book & on time.
★★★☆☆ Aug 31, 2016 (train #SE7 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
Fresh bedding would be nice. Also cigarette smoke drifting through from other cabins. Train was on time.
★★☆☆☆ Aug 14, 2016 (train #SE7 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
Rest rooms were very dirty. Even the cabins n bed spreads were not clean. Cockroaches on the floor... One of the blankets was smelling
★★★★★ Jul 25, 2016 (train #SE7 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
Compliment operators or help them improve the service! After the click you can type your precious opinion that will also be sent to the bus company and shared with fellow travelers. Other peoples opinions on a similar trip Jade Stanger (VN, ): Beds were filthy and covered in hair. Air conditioning was absolutely freezing. Broken door to our sleeper berth...so it had to be forced open everytime some needed to leave to use the bathroom. Train was delayed by 30mins on arrival and then terminated early near the end of the journey...causing us to get off, take a replacement bus service to another train station to catch another train, in which we were seated in chairs with almost no leg room. No one helped or advised us of which stops we were at until everyone else was off the train. Very uncomfortable and stressful journey. Horrible in comparison to our train journey Hanoi to Da Nang that we took last week. Stefan Fairweather (NZ, ): Great train service. Smooth, hassle free and comfortable. No delays. Friendly and helpful staff at all points of the journey. 12GO Asia were easy to use. Two thumbs up all round.

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