Best Way to Travel from Da Nang to Hue

The cities of Da Nang and Hue are part of the popular tourist route in Central Vietnam. When traveling between Da Nang and Hue, you have many options to choose from. This article presents all main means of transportation operating between two cities so you could choose the best way to travel from Da Nang to Hue.

Hai Van Pass

Distance between Da Nang and Hue

The distance between the coastal city of Da Nang and Hue is about 100 km and it can take about 2-3 hours to travel from Da Nang to Hue. However, the travel time depends on the mean of transportation you choose. In particular, traveling by car is the fastest way as it takes only 2 hours. If you are not that much in a hurry, you can also choose to travel from Da Nang to Hue by train, bus or even motorbike.

Train from Da Nang to Hue

Vietnam Trian

With the convenience and wide choice of departure times as well as the experience that brings this way of traveling, taking a train from Da Nang to Hue is preferred by many people. Train is a safe and economical way to travel between Da Nang and Hue. The distance between Da Nang Railway Station and Hue Railway Station is about 110 km and the average time of the journey is from 2 hours 30 minutes to 3 hours 30 minutes, depending on the train. Traveling by train from Da Nang to Hue can be delayed, which is the biggest drawback of this transportation.

However, the positive point is that trains are the safest way to travel in Vietnam. When taking a train, you get a comfortable seat in the cool air-conditioned carriage and have the freedom to admire the beauty through the large glass windows. The route between Da Nang and Hue is really impressive as you can see the Truong Son mountain range, the spectacular Hai Van Pass and the blue sea of Lang Co Bay and Lap An Lagoon.

We did the trip from Da Nang to Hue by train recently and loved our travel experience. Our review of taking this train: From Da Nang to Hue by Train.

Train Ticket Price

The train ticket for a trip from Da Nang to Hue costs from 70,000 - 120,000 VND per way, depending on the train and seat type.

Train Schedule

Trains from Da Nang to Hue depart daily and there are 6 trains per day serving this route: SE2, SE4, SE6, SE20, SE22, and TN2.

Train SE6

  • Fare: About 70,000-90,000 VND
  • Schedule: Departure 03:04 – Arrival 05:33
  • Travel time: 2 hours 29 minutes

Train SE22

  • Fare: About 70,000-90,000 VND
  • Schedule: Departure 06:43 – Arrival 10:15
  • Travel time: 3 hours 32 minutes

Train TN2

  • Fare: About 70,000-90,000 VND
  • Schedule: Departure 09:25 – Arrival 12:33
  • Travel time: 3 hours 8 minutes

Train SE2

  • Fare: About 90,000-100,000 VND
  • Schedule: Departure 12:46 – Arrival 15:23
  • Travel time: 2 hours 37 minutes

Train SE4

  • Fare: About 120,000 VND
  • Schedule: Departure 14:13 – Arrival 16:39
  • Travel time: 2 hours 26 minutes

Train SE20

  • Fare: About 110,000 VND
  • Schedule: Departure 18:55 – Arrival 21:25
  • Travel time: 2 hours 26 minutes

Where to buy train tickets?

You can buy train tickets for a trip from Da Nang to Hue at the following places:

Da Nang Railway Station: 791 Hai Phong, Thanh Khe District, Da Nang City

Hue Railway Station: 02 Bui Thi Xuan, Dieu Ward, Hue City

Book tickets online: Train from Da Nang to Hue

Private Transfer from Da Nang to Hue

When traveling in a group, another popular option is booking a private transfer from Da Nang to Hue as this way is much more convenient and less time consuming. When taking a private transfer, you will not have to worry about anything and will have more time to explore the cities. The transfer from Da Nang to Hue takes only 2 hours.

The rental rates for 4-seater, 7-seater and 16-seater cars will vary, so you can choose according to your needs.

If you are flying to Da Nang International Airport (DAD) and want to head right to Hue, you can book a private transfer with airport pickup here: Transfers from Da Nang Airport to Hue. The price of the transfer starts from 1,150,000 VND per car.

Bus from Da Nang to Hue

Among the vehicles used for traveling from Da Nang to Hue, buses are quite popular because they are cheap enough and relatively convenient. You can consider choosing a bus if you are not interested in admiring the views of Hai Van Pass because buses on the Hue - Da Nang route go through the Hai Van road tunnel. Taking a bus is more time consuming and sometimes creates inconveniences with not the best travel experience.

Some of the most popular bus companies offering buses from Da Nang to Hue:

Hanh Cafe

  • Schedule: 9:00, 14:30
  • Price: Starting at 164,000 VND

The Sinh Tourist

  • Schedule: 8:45
  • Price: Starting at 164,000 VND

Intercity Bus from Da Nang to Hue

At the start of 2020, the intercity bus route Da Nang – Hue / Hue - Da Nang was officially launched by the government.

Operating Hours: From 5:00 to 19:00 daily

Frequency: Depart every 15 minutes

Route: Da Nang Central Bus Station - Ton Duc Thang Street - Nguyen Luong Bang Street - Nguyen Van Cu Street - Hai Van Tunnel - Highway 1 - An Duong Vuong Street - Nguyen Tat Thanh Street - South Bus Station in Hue.

Fare: 70,000 VND

Limousine from Da Nang to Hue

Taking a limousine is one of the best ways to travel from Da Nang to Hue. It is also one of the most popular transportation options because travelers can experience high-class and luxurious services for a really affordable price.

There are a number of high quality Limousine companies operating on this route and they are offering plenty of departure times.

Huong Giang Limousine

  • Schedule: 9:00, 12:00, 14:00, 17:30
  • Price: Starting at 230,000 VND

HAV Travel

  • Schedule: 6:30, 8:00, 10:00, 12:00, 14:00, 16:00, 18:00, 19:00
  • Price: Starting at 270,000 VND

Hoang Duc Limousine

  • Schedule: 5:00, 6:00, 7:00, 8:00, 9:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 14:00
  • Price: Starting at 230,000 VND

Taking a Tour

Hue is a charming land cut by the romantic Perfume River with exampled of traditional architecture, cuisine, special historical period and culture. You can easily take a day trip from Da Nang to Hue to visit the most famous landmarks and must-sees in Hue.

Bus

You can join this Hue City Tour from Da Nang and visit the most important historical sites in Hue.

Hue Day Tour Itinerary

8:00-8:30 Meeting up at Cham Museum in Da Nang

9:15-9:45 Hai Van Pass

10:00 Lang Co Beach

11:30 Lunch

12:30 Khai Dinh Tomb, Thien Mu Pagoda, Hue Imperial City

16:00 Depart for Da Nang city

18:00 Drop off at meet up point

Taxi from Da Nang to Hue

If you are traveling with young children or elderly parents, taking a taxi from Da Nang to Hue might be the ideal choice for you. However, the distance between 2 cities is more than 100 kilometers so the journey won’t come cheap.

Hue Taxi

Usually taxi fare from Da Nang to Hue is from 1,300,000 VND to 2,000,000 VND. Taxi fare depends on the number of seats, route and the company as different taxi companies have different rates and each company also has different pricing policies.

Some of the most reliable taxi companies:

  • Mai Linh Taxi
  • Taxi Tien Sa
  • Taxi Huong Lua
  • VinaSun Green Taxi
  • Airport Taxi
  • Han River Taxi

If you want to avoid any misunderstandings, consider booking a private transfer instead of taking taxi.

From Da Nang to Hue by Motorbike

Motorbike rides from Da Nang to Hue or vice versa is the most thrilling way to travel on this route, especially for couples who love adventures and want to explore the scenic route closely. The road trip Da Nang - Hai Van - Lang Co - Hue is always among the most attractive and challenging motorbike routes in Vietnam.

Hue Moterbike

When traveling from Da Nang to Hue by motorbike, you can go by Hai Van Pass or the tunnel. If you follow the Hai Van Pass, you can stop and rest at the back of the pass to admire the beautiful scenery of Lang Co and Hai Van Gate. This will surely be a very amazing experience and you will have a chance to take lots of beautiful photos along the way. However, this road is quite dangerous so you should be careful. It is best to move via the pass during the day and to travel in a group of people.

If you are not ready to drive via the mountain pass, you can go to Hai Van tunnel. If you will choose this way, drive to the tunnel and park your motorbike at the office of the Hai Van Pass Tunnel Management Office. The truck will take your motorbike to the other side of the tunnel, and you will take the transfer bus and get your motorbike back on the other side.

For completing this journey, it is possible to rent a motorbike in Da Nang and return it in Hue. The motorbike rental price is about 80,000-150,000 VND per day.

Flight from Da Nang to Hue

Another luxury option to travel from Da Nang to Hue or vice versa is by airplane. This flight has been operated by Hai Au Aviation since April 2019.

When taking this flight, you will get on board of a modern seaplane and will fly from Da Nang International Airport to Phu Bai Airport in Hue. This flight gives you an opportunity to admire the famous places of Hue and Da Nang from above. The flight lasts about 30-60 minutes, depending on the flight package.

The price of air tickets from Da Nang to Hue starts from 28,000,000 VND.

Attractions on the way from Da Nang to Hue

Hai Van Pass: This is the first place you must experience when traveling from Da Nang to Hue. The pass is bordered by the sea, creating a majestic natural landscape.

Hai Van Pass

Lang Co Bay: This is one of the most beautiful bays in the world, just down from Hai Van Pass.

Lang Co Beach

Bach Ma National Park: If you love nature, animals, streams and waterfalls, Bach Ma is a great choice. Standing on the top of Bach Ma, which is over 1400 m high, you almost conquer the whole beautiful Thua Thien - Hue province.

Bach Ma Mountain

Historic Monuments in Hue: The Complex of Hue Monuments consists of historical and cultural sites built during the Nguyen Dynasty from the early 19th to the mid-20th century in Hue ancient capital (now it is Thua Thien Hue province). Situated on the northern bank of Perfume River, the Complex of Hue Monuments occupies a total area of over 500 hectares with a system of 3 circles of ramparts, namely Hue Capital Citadel (Kinh Thanh Hue), Hue Royal Citadel (Hoang Thanh Hue) and Forbidden Citadel (Tu Cam Thanh Hue).

Hue Imperial City

Other attractions in Hue that you must definitely visit once there: Top Tourist Attractions in Hue.

Tips

If you are flying to Da Nang International Airport DAD), book a discounted Vietnam SIM Card online and pick it up at the airport to stay connected with your family and friends.