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Da Nang

Getting there and away

Air

Da Nang is served by Vietnam Airlines, Vietjet, Silk Air and Jetstar, with regular flights to Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Qui Nhon, Nha Trang and Buon Ma Thuot. International flights to Singapore, Siem Reap, Tokyo, Incheon and Macau are also available.

Many hotels offer airport transfers for an additional fee or sometimes free when you book a room, so be sure to ask. A taxi from the airport into Da Nang should run about 150,000 VND, but taxis stranded at the airport after dropping off passengers are looking at driving back empty and may cut you a deal. A xe om should be US$8.

    Train

    Da Nang train station is located on Hai Phong Street approximately five kilometres form the city centre. As you can book tickets through most hotels and guesthouses with a minimal commission charge (usually 20,000 VND) there really isn't any need to go there to book your tickets. Soft seats are recommended for long journeys, but if you are just swinging up to Hue, go for the cheaper hard seat option, as it's far more fun. There are four trains a day that stop at Lang Co enroute to Hue for 23,000 VND (two hours). Lang Co has lots of hotels now and train is a far easier and cheaper way to get there from Da Nang than bus. The ticket office is open daily, 03:00 to 19:30. T: (0511) 3823 810.

    To Hue, Hanoi and Saigon
    Odd-numbered trains head north, even-numbered trains head south. The TN trains are slower but still good value. The SH (shuttle trains) go between Hue and Saigon -- they're as slow as you can go, making all local stops, and not that much cheaper than a hard seat. Recommended only if you must get off the train at a stop not on the main line.

      Bus

      Da Nang Central Bus Station (Ben Xe Tam Da Nang) T: (0511) 3680 670
      Da Nang's new bus station is located on Dien Bien Phu after it turns into Highway 1A. The simplest way to get there from the river is to take Quang Trang west, which turns into Tran Cao Van, veers left and meets up with Dien Bien Phu. Take a right and the station is 2.5 kilometres down on the left. This is where the local spur of the railway line intersects with Highway 1A just where it takes a sharp elbow turn. Traffic here is madness, so if you go out to the station by motorbike, use caution.

      The bus station is one of the busiest in Vietnam outside Hanoi and Saigon. Both the north and the south of the country are serviced from the same terminal, and there are numerous departures for all domestic routes from very early morning until late at night. The exception would be international departures to Laos, but otherwise you don't really need to book ahead -- just show up and buy a ticket for the next bus. First and second class fares are available for many routes, and will buy you a more comfortable, less crowded ride.

      Services within Vietnam

      Kon Tum: 280,000 VND (ordinary), 340,000 VND (2nd class). Takes 5 hours.
      Ho Chi Minh City: 727,000 VND (ordinary), 992,000 VND (2nd class), soft sleeper 1,132,000 VND. Takes 16 hours.
      Da Lat: 800,000 VND (ordinary), 2nd class 860,000 VND. Takes 12 hours.
      Nha Trang: 337 VND (ordinary) Hard sleeper: 474,000 VND, Soft Sleeper: 1,132,000 VND. Takes 10 hours.
      Vinh: 520,000 VND (ordinary), 600,000 VND (2nd class).
      Hue: 70,000 VND (ordinary), 108,000 VND (2nd class).
      Dong Hoi: 440,000 VND (ordinary), 620,000 VND (2nd class).
      Hanoi: 566,000 VND (ordinary), 874,000 VND (2nd class), 923,000 VND (first class). Takes 14 hours.


      Services to Laos
      Pakse: 450,000 VND. Departs at 06:30 daily. Takes 29 hours.
      Savannakhet: 800,000 VND. Departs at 19:30, Monday, Wednesday, Sunday. Takes 19 hours.
      Tha Khaek: 730,000 VND. Departs at 05:00, Tuesday, Thursday. Takes 22 hours.
      Vientiane: 940,000 VND. Departs at 14:00 and 15:30, except Sundays. Takes 29 + hours.

        Other

        To/from Hoi An
        Most travellers skip Da Nang in favour of Hoi An, but a plucky few make the effort to do both. Renting a motorbike from one city or the other and returning it makes sense -- it's easy enough to find onward transport from either place. Otherwise, many travellers settle on a taxi for about 450,000 VND, or a moto-taxi for 250,000. One of the cheapest options for getting to Hoi An is to hop on one of the open-tour buses travelling between Hue and Hoi An. They stop in Da Nang throughout the day and early evening, and cost about US$8 for the trip to Hoi An. You can book through most hotels, or any tourism office in Da Nang.

          Getting Around

          There are plenty of xe om in Da Nang, and you likely won't be able to get far without being stopped by a driver asking if you want a lift (though they may all want to take you to the Marble Mountains). Rides around town and down to My Khe beach should be around a couple of dollars. While it's fun to wander around Da Nang and most places are located around the Bach Dang/Tran Phu area, it's a big city, so if you're headed somewhere specific, you'll have to rely heavily on xe om and regular taxis.

          Mai Linh and Vinasun are the most trustworthy taxi companies and you should be able to flag one down easily in any of the touristed areas. Always go for the meter over negotiating a price. The flagfall is 12,000 VND and then it's about 15,000 VND per kilometre. If you have a phone and you feel your driver is scamming you there will be an emergency number on each passenger door; operators will speak English so don't be afraid to call the number while in transit to make a complaint, then hand the phone to your driver, whose English and directional skills will miraculously be reinstated.

          Mailinh: (0511) 352 5252
          Vinasun: (0511) 368 6868

          Local buses leave from the bus station and cruise the city to pick up passengers on their way to Hoi An for 20,000 VND with an additional charge for luggage. Look for the bus stop signs in the city.

          To/From the train station, downtown Da Nang
          Da Nang's train station is centrally located, and it makes sense to head here if you can't get the rates below elsewhere in town.
          To airport: 255,000 VND (taxi), 100,000 VND (xe om).
          To bus station: 50,000 VND (taxi), 20,000 VND (xe om).
          To China Beach: 100,000 VND (taxi), 60,000 VND (xe om).

          Motorbike rentals
          Most hotels can arrange for the rental of a motorbike. Otherwise, rentals are available throughout town, though the signs aren't always in English: look for the words cho thue xe may. Daily rates are approximately 120,000 VND. Be warned that if you do not have a local Vietnamese license, which is difficul to acquire, your travel insurance will likely be voided.


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