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Asia > Vietnam > Hue > Useful Info
Submitted on Aug 08, 2019 Useful Info

Best way to get to Huế from Da Nang

  • Hue is about 100km north of Da Nang. There's no flights between these two cities because of how close they are
  • The best way to travel is by train, but a coach bus option is also available. If you want something more convenient, you can also book private transfers


  • Da Nang to Hue by train (best option):
  • This is the best option because it's fast and cheap
  • Most trains take around 2h30min, but some can take longer than 3 hours
  • Fares:
  • 45,000 VND ($2USD) for a hard seat, which is basically a wooden bench. Note that not all trains have this class
  • 70,000 VND ($3USD) for a soft seat, which is a standard 2nd class seat and what I recommend getting for this trip
  • 90,000 VND - 115,000 VND ($4-$5 USD) for a bed in a 6-bed compartment
  • 117,000 VND - 127,000 VND ($5-$5.5 USD) for a bed in a 4-bed compartment
  • These fares listed above are if you buy the ticket directly from Vietnam Railways, which is the state-owned operator that runs all these trains. If you buy tickets from a 3rd party agency, the fares will be 40%-50% higher
  • 8 daily trains:
  • 2:23am -> 4:52am (2h29min)
  • 6:30am -> 10:10am (3h40min)
  • 10:03am -> 12:58pm (2h55min)
  • 12:49pm -> 3:26pm (2h37min)
  • 1:55pm -> 4:19pm (2h24min)
  • 6:45pm -> 9:24pm (2h39min)
  • 7:53pm -> 11:00pm (3h7min)
  • 11:04pm -> 1:34am (2h30min)
  • All classes in all trains are air conditioned
  • You can either buy tickets at any train station in Vietnam with cash and your passport. You can also buy online, but only through a 3rd party agency at the inflated rate. The reason is that while Vietnam Railways has its own official ticket booking site (https://dsvn.vn), this site does not accept credit card payment. It only lets you pay with local Vietnamese bank account
  • You can still use https://dsvn.vn to check the official fare and the current schedule
  • Da Nang Railway Station is very centrally located, and you can get there by Grab or taxi for a few USD. Hue Railway Station is located within 10-20 minute walk to the city center, you can also take a taxi for a few USD


  • Bus from Da Nang to Hue (don't recommend):
  • The alternative to taking the train is to travel by coach bus
  • To my knowledge, there is only one bus company that runs this route: The Sinh Tourist (https://www.thesinhtourist.vn/)
  • Fare is 119,000 VND ($5.25 USD) per person each way, so it's actually more expensive than train
  • They have two daily departures:
  • 9:15am -> 12:30pm (3h15min)
  • 2:30pm -> 5:00pm (2h30min)
  • You need to book ahead of time, either through their website, or through an agency like 12Go. Either way you can pay by credit card
  • Once you book, you can work out the pick up point and drop off point. I've never taken them before so I'm not sure exactly where they are. Hue is a tiny city and I'm sure the drop off point will be close to everything or just a few USD taxi ride away from everything
  • Another reason I don't recommend this option is that the Sinh Tourist have terrible reviews on Tripadvisor, rated 3 out of 5. Seems like the buses are frequently delayed