If you’re looking for a way to travel from Da Nang to Hue, you couldn’t choose a more spectacular and local journey than the coast-clinging train route linked the two beautiful cities together.
The four-hour journey from Da Nang to Hue not only offers one of the quickest routes between the two cities but also give you the chance to travel along one of the most beautiful routes in Vietnam.
There are 4 fast trains run on this route daily, the SE 1 and SE3 traveling south and the SE2 and SE4 running north.
There are a couple of options to choose from if you want to travel from Da Nang to Hue on a train. The cheapest option is a hard seat in a non-air conditioned carriage, which costs from 40,000 – 46,000 VND ($2). The next one is soft seats with air-con from 60,000 VND ($2,70) or a hard bench with air-con for 85,000 VND ($3,80). Finally, the most expensive is soft bench with air-con for 89,000 VND ($4).The ticket price, however, is not fixed, it varies depending on time, date, and demand of the locals (but it shouldn’t vary too much from the prices above)
You can either book tickets online or buy directly at the train station in Da Nang (Address: 200 Hai Phong street, Thanh Khe District, Da Nang City ) or Hue (2 Bui Thi Xuan Street, Hue City, Thua Thien Hue Province)
In my opinion, the best option is air-con soft-seated. It’s just a 3-4 hour trip so I find that a bench is not very necessary. Air-con soft-seated will give you the peace and comfort to sit back and enjoy the view of one of the most beautiful routes in Vietnam.
For the best view, book window seats to the left of the train if you are heading south from Hue, and right if heading north from Da Nang for the view of the rugged cliffs overlooking the East Sea. If these seats are not available though, you won’t be disappointed either as you can watch the beautiful Vietnamese countryside.
What travel writer Paul Theroux write about the routes from Da Nang to Hue in his famous travelogue “The Great Railway Bazaar” still stand true till this day:
“‘No one knows it,’ said Cobra Two. No one in the States has the slightest idea how beautiful it is. Look at that — God, look at that!’
We were at the fringes of a bay that was green and sparkling in bright sunlight. Beyond the leaping jade plates of the sea was an overhang of cliffs and the sight of a valley so large it contained sun, smoke, rain and cloud — all at once — independent quantities of colour. I had been unprepared for this beauty; it surprised and humbled me in the same degree the emptiness had in India. Who has mentioned the simple fact that the heights of Vietnam are places of unimaginable grandeur? Though we can hardly blame a frightened draftee for not noticing this magnificence, we should have known all along that the French would not have colonized it, nor would the Americans have fought so long, if such ripeness did not invite the eye to take it.”