In the journey to explore Viet Nam, Do not miss Hue. This city is an ancient capital of the Nguyen Emperors. Although not as famous and vibrant as other cities of Viet Nam, Hue has specific beauty with the antique and meditate feature. Hue owes its charm partly to its location on the Perfume River – picturesque on a clear day, atmospheric even in less flattering weather. Being the final province of the North Central area along the length of Viet Nam, Hue  is about 700 km (430 mi) south of Hanoi and about 1,100 km (680 mi) north of Hồ Chí Minh City, is separated with Da Nang which has biggest international airport of central Viet Nam by Hai Van Pass. It is the reason why most tourist travel to Hue from Da Nang. Therefore, for anyone who is still confused about which means of transports to choose, this article will give you all information that you need.

The distance from Da Nang to Hue is about 100km. So, the only transports to move is by road and the travel time is just 1,5-3hours.

I. TRAIN FROM DA NANG TO HUE – A GREAT EXPERIENCE

Da Nang to Hue: Best ways to travel - 2018 Travel Guide
Source: baolau.com

1. Why should you choose train when you travel?

Every day there are trains running between the North and South of Viet Nam, so it is obviously easy to buy a train ticket from Da Nang to Hue. With a total length of 103km railway and takes 2.5 – 3 hours to go, you should take a train because the fare is so cheap and stable, Comfortable, even luxurious, private carriages tagged onto the back of trains offer a classy way of traveling, safe journey, simple procedure. Taking the Thong Nhat Train through Hai Van pass, you will enjoy the sea view extremely poetically.

There are about 10 trains every day of Vietnam Railways. The one-way train ticket costs about 50 000 – 150 000 VND (hard seat, soft seat, SE+NH trains, 1st+2nd class)

  • Train station in Da Nang – Da Nang Railway Station (791 Hải Phòng)
  • Train station in Hue – Huế Railway Station (Nguyen Tri Phường Street)

You can buy tickets in advance from the Vietnam Railways bookings site (dsvn.vn); (vietnam-railway.com); (vr.com.vn/en) or You can also book online using the travel agency Bao Lau (baolau.vn), which has an efficient website, details seat and sleeper-berth availability, and accepts international cards. Most of the time you can book train tickets a day or two ahead without a problem, except during peak holiday times. For sleeping berths book a week or more before the date of departure.

2. You should consider: Traveling by train still, have disadvantages!

Traveling by train bring you a lot of great experiences and give you the chances to explore the culture, life, humans of the country you come. But, compared to cars that provide the maximum flexibility, and planes that have much more time and travel alternatives, railways are not as flexible. They often have fixed schedule that cannot be tailored for a single individual. Moreover, It depends on the budget you have and the country you are traveling in. There are super expensive and brand trains, as well as super cheap alternatives.

If you chose to travel during the evening time, you will want to find the most comfortable option, especially if you are traveling for long hours on end. You must share your journey with strangers, which might not be so nice when the passenger next to you is a crying child or someone who speaks loudly on their telephone while you are trying to sleep or even you use the Toilets, bathrooms and other public areas on trains can often be dirty or non-functional. Although this is the low route, it would still affect you if you are a quiet and private person. The train is the least popular option if you are not the person who has time and health because Traveling by train can take longer.

II. TRAVEL FROM DA NANG TO HUE BY LOCAL COACH OR MINIVAN – CHEAPEST FOR BACKPACKER

Da Nang to Hue: Best ways to travel - 2018 Travel Guide
Source: hueprivatetaxi.com

                                                                           

1. What are advantages of the local coach?

In all countries, coach along with public transports are the most popular and convenient ways to move from place to place. Another reason for it to become everyone’s favorite transportation is its cheap price. A coach can make your trip much more comfortable and simpler. Especially if you’re not a good map reader yet an eager traveler, a coach is really helpful. The common route of all coaches is National Highway 1A. the journey is just about 2-3hours long. The price for one way ticket can vary from US$ 5$-15$ depending on coach’s quality and size. You can ask the accommodation’s reception to help you book transportation or you can search for some reference information as below.

Some Coach/Minivan providers information:

NamePhone/WebsiteAddress
Time/Location departure
Time/location arrivalNote

Coach Phương Trang
1900 6067
+84-2838386852
+84-2633585858
Twice per day

Da Nang Bus Station - 201 Ton Duc Thang Str, Hoa Minh Ward, Lien Chieu Dist, Da Nang

11:00
19:30
At Da Nang Bus Station - 201 Ton Duc Thang Str, Hoa Minh Ward, Lien Chieu Dist, Da Nang
13:00
21:30
At South central Hue Bus Station - 97A An Duong Vuong - Hue City
- Sleeping bus 45 seats
- Air condition
-Cold tissue and 1 bottle of water

Hanh Cafe Coach

+842839205679
+842838376429
+84905395368
Twice per day

105 Str 3/2 - Lien Chieu - Da Nang
8:45
14:15
105 Str 3/2 - Lien Chieu - Da Nang
12:15
17:45
28 Chu Van An Str - Hue City
- Bus 41 seats
- Air condition
- Cold tissue and 1 bottle of water

The Sinh Tourist Coach

+842838389597
Twice per day



154 Bach Dang Str - Da Nang

9:00
14:00
154 Bach Dang Str - Da Nang
12:30
17:30
12 Hung Vuong Str - Hue City
- Bus 45 seats
- Air condition
- Cold tissue and 1 bottle of water

Hieu Hoa Coach

+84905888547
Twice per day

Da Nang Bus Station - 201 Ton Duc Thang Str, Hoa Minh Ward, Lien Chieu Dist, Da Nang

19:45
20:15
Da Nang Bus Station - 201 Ton Duc Thang Str, Hoa Minh Ward, Lien Chieu Dist, Da Nang
22:15
22:45
At South central Hue Bus Station - 97A An Duong Vuong -
- Bus 46 seats
- Air condition
- Cold tissue and 1 bottle of water

KT Travel Hue Coach

+84905615715
+842343932868
Once per day

24 Str 3/2 - Lien Chieu - Da Nang

14:30 - 24 Str 3/2 - Lien Chieu - Da Nang
17:30 - 86 Le Loi Str - Hue City
- Bus 35 seats
- Air condition
- Cold tissue and 1 bottle of water



Hue Tourist Coach
+84913458464
+84913558464
Twice per day

99 Duong Dinh Nghe Str - Son Tra Dist - Da Nang
8:00
15:30
99 Duong Dinh Nghe Str - Son Tra Dist - Da Nang
11:00
18:00
120 Le Loi Str - Hue City
Bus 29 seats
- Air condition
- Cold tissue and 1 bottle of water

2. Why should you not choose the coach to travel from Da Nang to Hue?

In spite of all advantages mentioned above, the coach is not a completely ideal transport to travel from Hanoi to Halong Bay. The coach mainly serves local people. Consequently, most of the time, neither the salesman or saleswoman nor drivers can speak English. The language barrier will create a lot of difficulties in communicating and understanding. This will lead to big troubles if there’s any delay or you miss your stop.

Furthermore, most of local coaches/minivans go from Da Nang to Hue through the longest tunnel in Southeast Asia – Hai Van Tunnel. You will miss an opportunity to see some incredible sceneries of Central Vietnam, like Hai Van Pass, view of Danang and Lang Co beach from the mountain. It is believed to be one of the most dangerous ways to travel due to a large number of accidents

III. SHUTTLE BUS: CONVENIENT AND STRAIGHTFORWARD

Da Nang to Hue: Best ways to travel - 2018 Travel Guide
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1. What’s so good about shuttle bus?

The shuttle bus is also known as the tourist bus. As the main customers of the shuttle bus are foreign tourists, it offers more comfort and convenience for them. It is usually small high-quality bus including Ford Transit, Limousine Bus which have from 9 to 16 seats. Simultaneously, it doesn’t stop in the middle of the way to catch more customers but runs straight to Hue. There is just a small break which is about 15 minutes for the passengers to go to the toilet. Therefore, it will take less time to travel from Da Nang to Hue than going by coach, about 2 hours.

Furthermore, it also includes some advanced services such as wifi, water on the bus. Especially, there won’t be a severe language barrier. The drivers normally have enough English to communicate with you and solve some of your problems. However, the cost for the better service will definitely higher. You will have to pay about US$7-15 for a one-way ticket/person.

2. Where to catch the shuttle bus from Da Nang to Hue?

As mentioned above, the shuttle bus mainly serves foreign customers. Therefore, instead of departing from the local stations, the shuttle bus will mostly pick up the passengers from the center for foreigners in Da Nang. However, some shuttle buses can also be found in the local coach stations. Some other buses offer hotel picking up service. One thing to notice that the picking up time is usually a half to one hour before the departure time. Similar to the coach, you can also find the bus providers’ contacts on vexere.com or travelertick.com and book through the website or call them to book. A more convenient way for customers having accommodation in the center of Da Nang is going straight to the tourist bus agencies.

Suppliers Phone/Website Address
HAV Limousine havtravel.vn/

+84 2346 545454

20 Duong Van An Str – Hue City – Viet Nam
Hoian Express Shuttle Bus hoianexpress.com.vn/ha/transportation/

(+84 )908 039 699

32 Tien Giang St, ward 2, Tan Binh Dist, HCMC, Vietnam
Tan Quang Dung Limousine (+84) 967 737 475 348 Nguyen Huu Tho – Cam Le – Danang
Vexehue.com (+84) 120 3763268 445 Hai Phong Str – Da Nang
BNT Travel (+84) 917 458 000

bnttravel.com.vn

35 Ba Trieu Str – Hue City

3. Is there any hesitation for the shuttle bus?

Although compared to the local coach, the journey by shuttle bus is shorter and has much better services. But same to the local coach, you will miss a chance to enjoy the stunning view from Hai Van Pass. Nevertheless, it will still take much of your time. You can’t be 100 percent sure there will be no incident on the way which can ruin your whole journey.

IV. PRIVATE CAR/TAXI: CAREFREE AND PAINLESS

Da Nang to Hue: Best ways to travel - 2018 Travel Guide
Source: danangprivatecar.com

1. Who to take private car/taxi to Hue?

If the local coach and shuttle bus can’t satisfy you, private car/taxi can be your choice to travel from Da Nang to Hue. While private car/taxi is not really economical and also takes as much time as the local coach and shuttle bus, it will give you a carefree direct journey and more space of privacy in return. It suits flexible travelers who don’t like to follow any rules or schedules. This is also a good choice for a small group of friends or family. In addition, everyone can sit nice and close to each other to have a chit chat or lean on each other sleeping. The private car/taxi is also ideal for a businessman who wants to work on the way without being disturbed.

2.  How to get a private car/taxi from Da Nang to Hue?

A. Taxi from Da Nang to Hue

There should be no difficulty getting a taxi to travel from Da Nang to Hue. You can call to the taxi brands which are familiar and credible to you to book one. Normally, the price will be measured by the electricity meter. However, you can deal with the driver on an all-in journey to have a better price. The price can vary from US$45-65 per way depending on the size of the taxi and if you want to share or not. You also can call some taxi brands in Da Nang to check whether they have any taxi heading back to Da Nang. If you’re lucky, you can go there with half price or even less.

Name Area Phone
Mai Linh Taxi – Green Cars Da Nang +84 511.3.56.56.56
Da Nang Taxi – White cars with I love Danang logo Da Nang +84 511.3.63.63.63
VinaSun Taxi Da Nang +84 511.3.68.68.68
Song Han Taxi Da Nang +84 511 372 7272
Tien Sa Da Nang Taxi Da Nang +84 511 379 7979
Airport Taxi Da Nang +84 511 327 2727


B. Private car from Da Nang to Hue

Private car with driver

There are a lot of agencies or individuals providing this service promoting themselves on the internet. You can check out the Danang Private Car or Viet Nam Budget Car Rental or Hura Car to book and get the updated price. The driver normally can speak English. You don’t have to worry about the miscommunication too much. They may make your journey less boring if you travel alone or give you a lot of interesting facts along the way. The experienced drivers can be helpful in giving you recommendations of accommodations or services to take.

The price for the private car to travel from Da Nang to Hue is in such a wide range. There are many factors affecting the price of this journey. A few to mention are the size, the brand and status of the car, if it’s one way or round trip, waiting surcharge, etc. The average price is about US$ 50 – 75$ for one way including parking fee, tolls, petrol, driver. If you get a private car you could probably negotiate a cheaper rate for the roundtrip. Private cars have the option of taking a tunnel that saves a bit of time on the pass but you tell the driver not to, at least one way so you get to see the whole pass.

The private car without a driver

The private car without driver can be a choice for you but it’s not highly recommended. The process to hire a car is too complicated. You have to have the B1 driving license, original identity card, original household and a bike with registration certificate (or cash instead). The price varies from US$ 25-65 per day and can be higher on the weekend and holidays. There are a lot of choices for you which are available at otochothuetulai.vn.  Honestly, to be easy to rent a private car without a driver in any country, you’d better have your friends or other travelers who will give the best guarantee for car owners

3. Why not to choose private car/taxi to travel from Da Nang to Hue?

Da Nang to Hue: Best ways to travel - 2018 Travel Guide
Source: commons.wikimedia.org

Taxi and private car share the same disadvantage as the coach and bus which is the long trip. Other than that, there are also some hidden risks. The taxi drivers may take a longer route to charge you more for example. Some other more serious ones lie at the private car without a driver. You will need to check the car and all the terms in the contract carefully because some unclear trapping terms can cost you a great amount of money. You might be charged more for damaging the car, not knowing the traffic rules. The worst scenario is you getting lost and messing up your journey. However, if you have experience, enough budget and a detailed plan for it, driving on your own also promises so much fun.

V. MOTORBIKE: ADVENTUROUS JOURNEY TO HUE FROM DA NANG

Da Nang to Hue: Best ways to travel - 2018 Travel Guide
Source: dichvuthuexedanang.com

1. What are advantages of the motorbike?

Although motorbike is not convenient for the long journey, yet to the eager travelers who want an adventure and explore, it is such a great means of transport. With a motorcycle, you can be completely flexible and active with your schedule. The total time to travel from Da Nang to Hue by motorbike is about 2.5 – 3 hours. However, you can stop wherever you want, spend time studying local lives. You can challenge yourself with non-stop driving and feel the air blowing through your hair. The price of the gasoline is fairly cheap that you don’t mind going the round way to see more and learn more. Especially when you get to Halong Bay, the feeling of achieving something will definitely satisfy you. If you don’t own a bike, it’s still possible to hire one. The process of renting a motorbike is much simpler than a car.

2. How to rent a motorbike?

Da Nang to Hue: Best ways to travel - 2018 Travel Guide
Source: 2banh.vn

It’s not hard to find a bike renting store. A lot of them are available in the Central of Da Nang City. Most of the owners can speak English fluently, so you can communicate with them easily. Once you go to the shop, you can ask to try the bike that you like. They will also give you some suggestions of which one is suitable for your driving experience and aim.

There are many kinds of bike available which are Honda Win, Honda Wave, Airblade and even more powerful motorbike. After having chosen the one will accompany you, the last step of the process is giving the owner the photocopy of your passport, the deposit, and the renting fee. Some owners may ask you for the original passport. However, it’s recommended to try to make a deal with them. The renting fee is US$ 4-15/day respectively and no need to deposit if you rent in an accommodation you stay.

NamePhone NumberAddress
MEMORY HOSTEL – MOTORBIKE RENTAL SERVICE

0511 3 747 797
http://memoryhostel.com
3 Tran Quoc Toan, Danang
DANANG BIKE RENTAL SERVICE – SMALL MOTORBIKE FOR RENT
091 292 77 44
http://thuexedulichdanang.com.vn/
129A Dong Da, Danang
DANANG BIKE RENTAL SHOP – PRODUCT/SERVICES090 567 06 90
http://khachsanphuongbinh.com.vn/
14 Ha Bong, Da Nang
XE THUE DANANG – BIKE RENTAL SHOP – HOTLINE: 093 797 11 11093 797 11 11
http://xethuedanang.com/
14 Nguyen Thien Ke, Da Nang
XE THUE DANANG – BIKE RENTAL SHOP – HOTLINE: 093 797 11 11 093 797 11 11
http://xethuedanang.com/
14 Nguyen Thien Ke, Da Nang
TIN VU – BIKE RENTAL SERVICE – HOTEL096 667 88 99
http://chothuexedanang.com
MOTORBIKE FOR RENT DANANG

0125 512 51 27
http://www.xemaythue.tk/
Slot 6 B9 Area South of Tuyên Sơn Bridge
DAT PHAT – BIKE RENTAL SERVICE 094 708 00 83
http://xemaydanangchothue.com
75 Huynh Tan Phat, Danang
HOANG LONG – BIKE RENTAL SERVICE

092 655 53 33
http://thuexemay.danang.vn
85A Ly Thai To, Danang
DANANG BIKE RENTAL SERVICE – TRAVEL AGENCY

05113956996
http://xethuedanang.net

The only route for going by motorbike to Hue from Da Nang is through Hai Van Pass or Hai Van Tunnel. The Hai Van Pass can be ridden as a day-trip from any of the three main cities on either side of it: Hoi An, Danang, and Hue. Alternatively, the Hai Van Pass is a great way to ride all the way between these three cities via an extended coastal route, which avoids busy Highway 1 for the vast majority of the way, and uses quiet, scenic coast roads instead (see the blue line on a map). Although this route is slightly longer than taking Highway 1 (see the brown line on map), it’s far more scenic, more rewarding, and quieter (not to mention safer)

3. What are disadvantages of the motorbike?

Da Nang to Hue: Best ways to travel - 2018 Travel Guide
Source: Dantri.vn

There are actually many disadvantages of driving a motorbike. With the distance of 180km, it requires you to have good health and driving skill. Otherwise, you will easily get tired and have no energy left for other activities. A bigger obstacle for you is when your bike breaks down. If you’re in the middle of the highway, the chance that you can find a store to fix it is almost zero. Another disadvantage could be the weather, especially when it rains heavily. It’s challenging to drive in the rain, followed by the chance of an accident. Therefore, using a motorbike to travel from Da Nang to Hue could be really dangerous for people having no experience. Easily getting lost is also one of the disadvantages. The messy, chaotic traffic can confuse you and lead you in the wrong direction.

VI. The brief summary of all vehicles

VehicleDurationPriceDeparture Time
Convenience & ComfortAdvantagesDisadvantages
Train2,5-3 hoursVND 50.000 - VND 150.000 Earliest: 6 a.m
Latest: 10 p.m

9/10- More luggage
- Use time more Productively
- Safety First
- Best Value for Money
- Helping the Planet
- Fixed Schedules
- On board Comfort
- Sharing your Space with Foreigners
- Slower
Coach/Minivan/Shuttle Bus2-3 hours$ 5 - $ 15Earliest: 6 a.m
Latest: 10p.m
8/10- Cheap and convenient
- Closer look at local life and landscape
- Language barrier
- Time – consuming
Private Car/Taxi2,5 hours and more depend on the rest time$ 50 - $ 75Any time you want
8/10- Carefree and comfortable
- More privacy
- More space for luggage
- Time – consuming
- Unnecessary charge
Motorbike3 hours and more depend on the rest time$ 4 - $ 20Any time you want8/10- Flexible and active
- Cheap
- Adventurous
- Time – consuming
- Inconvenient
- Risky and dangerous
- Not allowed to drive without Vietnamese driving license

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