As a seaside hotel owner in An Bang village outside Hoi An, travelers often ask me for tips on getting around central Vietnam. One popular route is taking the train from the bustling city of Da Nang up the coast to Quy Nhon. This scenic railway journey takes you through beautiful countryside and small towns. Here’s my insider guide on how to take the train from DaNang to QuyNhon, including tips on booking tickets, where to stop along the way, and what to expect on this adventurous rail trip.
Why Take the Train from Da Nang to Quy Nhon
Taking the train is my favorite way to travel this stretch of the central Vietnamese coastline. Here’s why it’s a great transport option:
- Scenic views – The train hugs the coastline most of the way. Gaze out at beaches, fishing villages, rice paddies and more.
- Cultural immersion – On the train you’ll be among locals going about their daily lives. It’s a glimpse into authentic Vietnam.
- Relaxing pace – The gentle rhythm of the train ride is a peaceful way to travel. Time slows down so you can enjoy the landscapes.
- Cost savings – The train is very affordable, especially compared to hiring a private car.
- Convenience – Trains run frequently each day between Da Nang and Quy Nhon making this option easy for travelers.
How to Book Tickets for the Da Nang to Quy Nhon Train
Booking train tickets in advance is highly recommended, as many routes sell out, especially during peak season. Here are some tips:
- Book online – The official Vietnam Railways site lets you securely book tickets online. Print your ticket voucher to board.
- Use a travel agent – Many hotels and tour agencies can book tickets on your behalf, for a small fee.
- Go to the station – You can buy tickets in person at the Da Nang or Quy Nhon stations, but may face long queues.
- Confirm your details – Double check the date, time, number of passengers, etc. to avoid problems later.
- Print receipts – Have copies of all booking confirmations, e-tickets and receipts with you for the journey.
The Da Nang to Quy Nhon Train Route and Duration
The journey from Da Nang to Quy Nhon covers a distance of about 286 kilometers up Vietnam’s central coastline.
- The travel time is roughly 9 – 11 hours depending on the train.
- There are 14 stops along the way at stations like Tam Ky, Tuy Hoa, and Nha Trang.
- Some trains only go as far as Tuy Hoa, so confirm your train terminates at Quy Nhon.
- The route hugs the shoreline for gorgeous ocean vistas much of the trip.
What to Expect Onboard the Da Nang – Quy Nhon Train
Vietnam’s rail network uses older trains that are basic but comfortable. Here’s what to expect during the journey:
- Assigned seating – Your ticket will have a designated seat number. The carriages have rows of padded benches facing each other.
- Storage space – There are overhead racks and space under seats to stow luggage. Keep valuables on you.
- Dining car – Some trains have a dining carriage serving simple noodle dishes, snacks and drinks. Bring your own food too.
- Western toilets – Bathrooms with Western-style toilets are at each end of the carriages. Keep toilet paper and hand sanitizer on you.
- No WiFi – Don’t expect internet access onboard. Disconnect and enjoy the ride!
- AC compartments – Some trains have air-conditioned cabins that are more comfortable for long journeys.
Fun Stopovers to Add Between Da Nang and Quy Nhon
One of the best parts of the train trip up Vietnam’s coast is hopping off along the way to explore. Here are suggested places to add as a stopover:
- Hoi An – Just 30 mins from Da Nang, this charming UNESCO town is a must-visit for history, food, shopping and ancient architecture.
- Hue – The former imperial capital, 2 hours north of Da Nang, is rich in historic temples, tombs, and the grand Imperial City.
- Nha Trang – Break up the trip with a beach day in this popular coastal resort town with great seafood and offshore islands.
- Quang Ngai – Stop to see the poignant My Lai Massacre Memorial and nearby Son My Memorial Museum.
- Quy Nhon – End your journey in this up-and-coming coastal city, with a blossoming food scene and long sandy beach.
Tips for Riding the Train from Da Nang to Quy Nhon
To make the most of your train adventure up the Vietnamese coast, keep these tips in mind:
- Arrive early to find your seat and settle in before departure.
- Keep valuables in your lap or waist pouch rather than stowed luggage.
- Bring snacks, water, entertainment, toilet paper and hand sanitizer for the journey.
- Dress comfortably in layers you can add or remove.
- Keep doors and windows shut for safety, photos are fine through closed glass.
- Be mindful of other passengers by keeping your voice down and giving up your seat if needed.
- Enjoy chatting with locals also riding the train – you’ll get great insider tips!
Why Quy Nhon is an Underrated Gem of a Destination
Ending your train trip in Quy Nhon brings you to one of Vietnam’s most underrated destinations. Here’s a taste of what makes this coastal city special:
- A long stretch of beach with golden sand and great seafood restaurants.
- Bustling fish markets where the daily catch comes in from local anglers.
- Impressive Cham towers and museums showcasing the kingdom’s history.
- Phuong Mai Peninsula’s secluded coves, tropical forest, and resident monkeys.
- Binh Dinh cuisine like banh xeo pancakes, bun bo Hue noodles, and fresh seafood.
- A low-key, local vibe as an off-the-radar destination.
So don’t miss the chance to end your Da Nang-Quy Nhon train ride by soaking up the charms of this up-and-coming central Vietnamese coast destination! Let me know if you need any Quy Nhon tips to round out your rail journey.
I hope this guide gives you all the essential details for planning your Da Nang to Quy Nhon train trip. The views along the way and stopovers in coastal towns make it an incredible ride. Please reach out to me at An Bang Seaside Village with any other questions. Safe travels up the scenic central Vietnam shoreline!