4 Ways to Travel from Da Nang to Nha Trang: A Comprehensive Guide

Da Nang and Nha Trang are cities that are really awkward to travel between.

As coastal resort cities, the two cities have very similar characteristics to each other, and there are not many transportation options, nor are they geographically close.

When traveling in Vietnam, from the perspective of Da Nang , Nha Trang is just a city to pass through to visit Ho Chi Minh City.

This post mainly explains how to travel from Da Nang to Nha Trang, but the same methods can be used in reverse to travel from Nha Trang to Da Nang.

What is the distance from Da Nang to Nha Trang?

Located in central Vietnam, Da Nang is about 530km away by vehicle from Nha Trang, which is further south in the south-central region.

Based on the land area of Vietnam, it’s not a very far distance, but due to Vietnam’s very poor public transportation, it takes about 10 hours by car.

How to get from Da Nang to Nha Trang

You can use the following 4 methods to travel from Da Nang to Nha Trang.

The prices listed are the lowest fares, regardless of time or day of the week, and are all based on one-way travel.

Transportation Travel Time Price
Phuong Trang Bus 11 hours 290,000 VND
Intercity Bus 10 ~ 11 hours 330,000 ~ 700,000 VND
Train 10 hours 780,000 VND
Airplane 1 hour 15 minutes 1,300,000 VND

Phuong Trang Bus

The bus is the most commonly used means of transportation when traveling from Da Nang to Nha Trang.

Vietnam’s largest passenger transport company, Futa Bus (Phuong Trang Bus), operates a sleeping bus from Da Nang Bus Terminal to Nha Trang’s southern/northern bus terminals once or twice a day.

The official website is very well made so that foreigners can easily make reservations, and the bus facilities are quite good.

If you plan to travel by bus, I recommend considering this Phuong Trang bus first.

The 20:00 departure goes to Nha Trang’s southern bus terminal, while the 40-minute departure goes to the northern terminal. Check Google Maps and choose the terminal closest to your hotel.

How to book Futa – Phuong Trang Bus

After booking, you need to exchange the ticket at the Da Nang Bus Terminal. Visit at least 30 minutes early.

At Vietnam’s bus terminals, each company has its own ticket booth inside the terminal. Exchange your ticket at the booth marked “Phuong Trang – Futa Bus”.

Location of Da Nang Bus Terminal

Place Name Da Nang Bus Terminal
Place Name (Vietnamese) BBến Xe Trung Tâm Đà Nẵng
Address 97 Cao Sơn Pháo, Hoà Minh, Cẩm Lệ, Đà Nẵng 550000, Vietnam
Closed None
Phone Number +84 23 6376 7428

Intercity Bus

As Phuong Trang bus has a limited number of trips, you may also use other bus companies.

Almost all passenger transport companies in Vietnam use the central city of Da Nang as their base. Therefore, there are various bus companies operating on the Da Nang to Nha Trang route besides the aforementioned Phuong Trang bus.

Among them, some buses have even better facilities than Phuong Trang, but reservations are nearly impossible on their own websites, so you need to book through an agency site.

How to Book Intercity Buses

Vexere is a widely used passenger transport price comparison site in Vietnam. Knowing just this one site allows you to travel all over Vietnam by bus.

If you enter the Da Nang to Nha Trang route on Vexere, a list of dozens of bus companies and their operating buses will be displayed as shown in the following photo.

Bus booking screen for traveling from Da Nang to Nha Trang
Choose your desired time slot, bus, after reading the ratings and reviews.
You can also check the interior photos of the bus or real-time booking status.

These bus companies have different boarding/alighting locations depending on the company. While you can get off at the common bus terminal, some allow boarding at their downtown office that may be closer.

The pick-up point / drop-off point is indicated when booking, so if there is a place close to your hotel, you can board from there.


※ Leave the train only as an absolute last resort. In Vietnam, trains symbolize poor conditions.

There are 5 trains running daily from Da Nang to Nha Trang: SE1, SE3, SE5, SE7, SE21.

The journey takes about 10 hours, but delays are very frequent in Vietnam, so it’s best to assume a minimum of 10 hours.

Train schedules operating Da Nang – Nha Trang

Train Number Departure Time Arrival Time Duration
SE21 08:10 20:00 11:50
SE5 08:46 20:34 11:48
SE3 11:45 22:00 10:15
SE1 14:01 23:58 9:57
SE7 23:33 09:58(+1 day) 10:25

How to Book Train Tickets and Seats

  1. Book directly at the station – Book in advance as tickets often sell out.
  2. Book on the official website.

The official website supports English and allows you to check real-time seat availability for each train. If possible, always choose the lower berth in the 4-bed cabin.

Select your desired train and cabin, then choose the white seats in the 4-bed cabin.

The upper berths are too cramped, so be sure to pay a little more for the lower berth. Are the 4-bed cabins / sleeper seats sold out? Then we recommend taking the bus instead.

How to Board the Train

In Da Nang and Nha Trang, the train stations are not too far from the city center, so you can easily visit using Grab.

  • Da Nang Station (Ga Da Nang): 791 Hải Phòng, Tam Thuận, Thanh Khê, Đà Nẵng
  • Nha Trang Station (Ga Nha Trang): 17 Thái Nguyên, Phước Tân, Nha Trang, Khánh Hòa

In our Vietnam Guide, when explaining how to travel across Vietnam, we always recommend excluding trains from your options for long-distance travel.

Only board if you have a strong adventurous spirit and want to test your luck.


While Da Nang International Airport has excellent accessibility close to the city, Cam Ranh International Airport in Nha Trang takes about 1 hour to the city and has poor accessibility.

Reference article: How to visit Nha Trang city from the airport

By plane, it takes 1 hour and 15 minutes from Da Nang to Nha Trang, but considering the time to arrive early at the airport and wait + the time to get from Nha Trang airport to the city, the actual travel time will be at least 3 hours.

Just taking a plane is very tiring, so be sure to compare it with the sleeper bus.

Airlines operating on the Da Nang – Nha Trang route

Airline Frequency Time
Vietnam Airlines 1 flight / day 07:10 ~ 08:25

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