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Historic Da Nang is way more than just one of Vietnam’s most exciting beach destinations. With its iconic marble mountains, French colonial architecture and two of Southeast Asia’s strangest bridges, there are plenty of attractions on offer. And because it’s so close to Hue, many tourists travel from Hue to Da Nang every day.
For the short 93km (58 mile) journey to Da Nang from Hue, you have four simple and accessible options:
All journeys are comfortable and simple, and some are very affordable. Some of these transport options offer views of the iconic Hai Van Pass, one of Vietnam’s most vivid vistas.
The big attraction on this journey is the unparalleled Hai Van Pass. One of Vietnam’s most incredible sights, the Hai Van Pass is a 20-kilometer mountain pass which sits between Hue and Da Nang. At an elevation of 500 meters, it offers a phenomenal panorama of Vietnam’s deep-blue ocean along with crashing waves, verdant drops and golden shores.
If you want to travel over the pass on your journey from Hue to Da Nang, you should travel by private minivan, private car or train. By train, you don’t travel on the pass itself, but you get much the same views.
If you choose to travel in a private vehicle, you can request your own route and your own photo stops, making this your best option if you really want to indulge in Hai Van’s views.
If you travel by road in a non-private vehicle, your ride is likely to use the more convenient tunnel route, instead of driving over the pass itself.
If you want to take the fastest route to Da Nang from Hue, you have four options: Economy Bus, Standard Minivan, Luxury Minivan and VIP Minivan. All of these journeys take around 2 hours. Some are cheaper than others, and some will take you over the Hai Van Pass. To choose the best journey for you, think about what is more important to you: saving money or seeing the Hai Van Pass.
Of these three options, the most popular is the Luxury Minivan, from Hav Travel. The journey costs around $13.
This minivan has power sockets, WiFi and very comfortable seats.
The cheapest way to get to Da Nang from Hue is by Second Class Train. The journey costs a little less than $7 and takes 2.5 hours. The train has a toilet on board along with a trolley for food and drinks.
The most popular way to get to Da Nang from Hue is exactly the same as the fastest way listed above - by Luxury Minivan, from Hav Travel. The journey takes 2 hours and costs around $13.
Buses are a simple and affordable way to get from Hue to Da Nang. Some of these buses have sleeper-style seats, while others offer standard upright seats.
Some buses from Hue to Da Nang offer blankets AC, power sockets, and English-speaking staff.
None of the buses from Hue to Da Nang have toilets onboard. Instead, they stop for short toilet breaks along the way.
Taking a car from Hue to Da Nang is the best guarantee that you’ll get to fully enjoy all the views of the Hai Van Pass. If you take a car from Hue to Da Nang, you must hire the entire car instead of buying a single seat. Because of this, you can choose your own route and you can stop for photo opportunities whenever you like.
Though this offers lots of freedom and convenience, it is a more expensive option.
Some cars from Hue to Da Nang offer English-speaking drivers.
If you decide to take a minivan from Hue to Da Nang, you can either purchase a single seat in a minivan or hire the entire vehicle. If you hire the full minivan, you can choose your own route and stop whenever you like, just like you can with a private car!
Some minivans from Hue to Da Nang offer power sockets, WiFi, English-speaking staff and blankets.
Taking a train to Da Nang from Hue is the best option for combining great views with low prices. The train from Hue to Da Nang doesn’t take you over the actual Hai Van Pass road, but it brings you very close, making the views equally good.
Different train tickets offer different levels of comfort, but all trains have onboard toilets.
There are around 52 journeys to Da Nang from Hue each day. But because you can also book a private car or minivan for any time you like, your options are endless!