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Whether you are traveling in Vietnam from north to south or viceversa, you will have to choose how to get from Da Nang to Hue when you are halfway there, and the answer to this question is by train!

Jump to our train booking tutorial here

The beautiful Hai Van Pass lies in the middle between Da Nang and Hue, boasting stunning views of the mountains and the jungle on one side, and amazing tropical beaches and the sea on the other side.

Your 3-hour long trip will be full of great views! Here’s how to get your train ticket.

There are 3 ways to book a seat on a train in Vietnam:

  1. Book online on the Vietnamese railway website dsvn.vn. After you choose your seat, date and time, you will have to go yourself to the nearest train station with the e-mail confirmation in order to pay for your ticket in VND cash (unless you have a Vietnamese credit card to proceed with payment online, foreign cards are not accepted). You don’t need to go to the station you are leaving from to collect your tickets, for example we got our tickets to travel from Nha Trang to Da Nang when we were in Dalat station!
  2. Book online on amt.12go.asia, a very nice and clear website which allows you to use all the main global credit cards. Prices are fair, same as on the Vietnamese one, you will only have to pay a processing fee (around 1.5$). You will receive your e-tickets straight to your e-mail, and you will have to show it when you board the train. We used it when we were in Cambodia to buy tickets from Ho Chi Minh to Phan Thiet, it was a very nice surprise, sometimes we can’t even use this simple system back home! Keep in mind that tickets are available online 60-90 days in advance.
  3. Just head to the train station and buy the ticket that suits you. Most of the employees can speak a basic English which is enough to do the job.

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Night train at Da Nang station

What seat/bed do I need to buy?

Follow our tutorial here.

It depends on how long your journey is. The Da Nang to Hue train is a 3-hour ride, so a seat is the best option, just skip to the seat type info.

In case you will travel longer distances later in Vietnam, read here about bed options. Trains in Vietnam are very slow, which is good both to enjoy the landscapes by day, and to get some sleep at night. If it’s gonna be a 6-hour travel or more, we recommend to do it on a sleeper train overnight. You have these choices:

  • 6-bed compartment with hard beds: they are really hard and thin mattresses. The compartment is quite narrow and crowded, good if you want to chat with other travellers and if you are on a budget (the price is even cheaper if you choose the upped bed), not that good if you are looking for some rest and/or privacy. Normally there’s a fan on the ceiling very close to the upper bed.
  • 4-bed compartment with soft beds: comfortable enough to fulfill their name. Good space, decent mattress. We used this option, got the upper beds, shared the compartment with a very polite Vietnamese family (mum, dad and baby), had a very good sleep, and woke up at 8 am, in time to get ready to step off in Da Nang.

On every coach, there’s a toilet, a pair of sinks with mirrors, basic needs to prepare for the night.

If you have a shorter journey, you can try a very local experience like:

  • hard seat: you will enter a bare coach with nothing but wooden benches on the long sides. Not really comfortable as a sofa, but for a few hours that will do. Very nice experience to see how local people travel everyday. No numbered seats, so get on early to secure a decent spot. Ridiculously cheap, we even got served a snack with a bottle of water complementary.
  • soft seat: a “normal” train seat as we know it, less crowded coach with numbered seats.

Basically every Vietnamese train runs from Hanoi all the way to Ho Chi Minh City, or the other way round. For this reason, timetables are variable, you need to book some days before to find a soft bed which normally are the first to sell out.

Standard seats are bookable at the station only on the same day of travel, so just show up at the station as early as you can. Book online in advance to be sure you will have your numbered seat.

Train travelling in Vietnam is a rewarding experience that we definitely suggest to try! Plane tickets don’t cost much more than a night ride on a train, but on the latter you’ll be able to relax, sleep, meet new people, and enjoy the views.


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My Khe Beach, Da Nang
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A Million Travels @Dragon Bridge, Da Nang

Da Nang has been our home town for more than 1 year, so feel free to ask us anything you would like to know! The city of Da Nang is definitely underrated and not well known among travelers, which makes it not very busy with tourists as other Vietnamese locations, but at the same time full of outdoor activities with awesome beaches and great landscapes.

Read here what to do&see in Da Nang.

If you need inspiration search stays in Da Nang here. One of our favorite places along the beach is Mercury Beach Da Nang, a cool spot located very close to the beach.


Hue historical city features a bunch of activities to do, from visiting the imperial city within the walls to hitting the local market along the river. Probably two half days and one night are good enough to make the most of your stay, or you can add one more day if you are keen on visiting all the emperor’s tombs. There are many cheap stays in Hue that will allow you to meet other fellow travellers, before you continue your trip in Vietnam either southbound or northbound. Recently we stayed at Hue Nino Hotel and it was just perfect: the staff speak good English and are very friendly, the rooms are nice and clean, the location is great nearby the river, and you get all this for a cheap price! Find your deal here.

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Huè imperial city

This should be a good start to plan your train trip, if you have any more doubts, don’t hesitate to contact us!

Enjoy your travel!

  • Mercury Beach Da Nang: nice seaside location, neat rooms, great atmosphere;
  • Sala Da Nang Beach Hotel: one of the most established hotels right in front of My Khe beach in Da Nang, with amazing rooftop views from the pool&bar;
  • Hue Nino Hotel: great staff, located in the city centre close to riverside, awesome value for money.
  • You can pre-book all your stays in Da Nang and Hue with free cancellation here.


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  1. Patty
    March 6, 2018 / 4:41 pm

    Hello. Great info. Going to Hue on Thursday from DaNang. Can we purchase soft seat at the train station about an hour before travel time? Do you know a travel agent that can book us tickets tomorrow? Thanks such, Patty

    • amilliontravels
      March 6, 2018 / 5:40 pm

      Hi Patty,
      yes you should be able to get your ticket at the station, they speak basic English. I don’t know any agents but simply click this link if you want to book your ticket online in advance –> https://www.baolau.vn/s/da-nang/hue?source=amt

      Hope that helps,


  2. amilliontravels
    May 18, 2018 / 12:43 am

    Glad you liked it Maarten! :)

  3. Inna
    June 10, 2019 / 10:53 am

    Hi there guys, what is the best time of the year to come to Danang? We were thinking of coming in August. Also, we have 3 kids, what are the best 3 cities you would recommend visiting without traveling for too long in between? Thank you@

    • amilliontravels
      June 11, 2019 / 4:04 pm

      Hi Inna!
      August is a good time to visit Da Nang, the sun is out all day, it’s very hot and dry. If you don’t want to travel too much, the 3 hotspots in Central Vietnam Hue, Da Nang and Hoi An are close to each other. Da Nang is the biggest city with the international airport, with a nice beach and riverside. Hue is 100km north, more historic with the ancient capital city of Vietnam. Hoi An is 30km south to Da Nang and it’s the most touristy place, a nice little town especially beautiful by night when it’s all lit up with lanterns. Both Da Nang and Hoi An have long beaches that would be ideal for families, plus it’s fun to cycle around Hoi An through the rice paddies. As you read above, the train between Hue and Da Nang takes 3 hours and has amazing views, whilst it’s super easy to get to Hoi An from Da Nang by taxi!


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