Getting Around in Da Nang

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Getting around in Da Nang is fairly convenient compared to other cities in Vietnam thanks to its spacious roadways, bridges, and walkways as well as budget-friendly public transportation. Known as the tourist capital of South Central Vietnam, there are plenty of sightseeing, dining, and shopping opportunities available within the city centre. However, no trip to Da Nang is complete without making your way to its pristine beaches, breath-taking mountains, war memorial sites and ancient pagodas, all of which require the use of motorised vehicles such as motorcycle taxis, buses, and private cars.

Grab/Taxi

It is fairly easy to get a Grab car anywhere in Da Nang. This will save you a bit of money compared to a taxi. You just need to get the app ready for your smartphone before your travels. One big disadvantage you must think about is, these apps require an internet or data connection so think about a mobile data package before you visit Vietnam (Read more: Guide to Use Mobile Phone, Internet in Da Nang). Pinpointing exact pickup and drop-off locations should prevent miscommunication issues. In addition, using Grab will allow you to pay by credit card.

If you have a hard time using Grab, then you should resort to using taxis. From the city center or the airport, you can effortlessly catch a taxi without making prior arrangements. Every one of them is equipped with a reliable meter, and rarely a scam occurs, so expats appreciate them. Have your destination address written down to show to the driver, avoiding miscommunication. To avoid high rate taxis, you should choose a well-known taxi brand:

  • Mai Linh Taxi (green taxi with Mai Linh Group logo): +84 236 352 5252
  • Vinasun Taxi (white taxi with Vinasun Taxi logo): +84 236 368 6868
  • Tien Sa Taxi (yellow taxi with Taxi Tien Sa logo): +84 236 379 7979

There is a new shared taxi service, like Blablacar in Europe, that recently launched and is available in Da Nang – Dichungtaxi. Book your taxi online and the system will send the booking information to their drivers for pickup. To save money, you can share the taxi with travelers heading the same way by choosing the “share” option. If not, you can always take the “private” taxi. This new service is potentially cheaper than other options and it lowers the probability of being scammed since their pricing is fixed based on the package you select.

Bus

Going from place to place in Da Nang by bus is pleasant as well. Although the bus is the cheapest travel option, it will take a bit longer and consume more effort (getting there & waiting for the bus) compared to other options. Bus services start at 5:30 in the morning and stop operating at 21:00, with high frequency.

For your convenience, you can use Google Maps and its schedule explorer to pinpoint the nearest bus stop near your stay and the arrival time of the bus. The ticket can be easily purchased on the bus but make sure to pay the right price. If you just arrive at the airport with plenty of luggage, this option will be less convenient because the nearest bus stop is around 3 kilometers away.

There are 11 main routes in Da Nang (Including 6 normal and 5 subsided routes). See road map here

Normal Buses

Route No.01 Da Nang – Hoi An

Route No.02 Kim Lien – Cho Han (Han Market)

Route No.03 Da Nang – Ai Nghia

Route No.06 Da Nang – Phu Da

Route No.04 Da Nang – Tam Ky

Route No.09 Tho Quang – Que Son

Subsidies Buses

Route No.05 Nguyen Tat Thanh – Xuan Dieu

  • Time: 05h30 – 21h00 (10 minutes (peak time) & 20 minutes (off-peak))
  • Fare: VND 5,000
  • Stops at near Xuan Thieu Beach

Route No.07 Xuan Dieu – MM Mega Market – Pham Hung

  • Time: 05h30 – 21h00 (10 minutes (peak time) & 20 minutes (off-peak))
  • Fare: VND 5,000
  • Stops at MM Mega Market

Route No.08 Hoa Lu – Pham Hung – Mieu Bong

Route No.11 Xuan Dieu – Lotte Mart

Route No.12 Tho Quang – Truong Sa

Electric Cart

Electric cart is a kind of small bus with 5 or 7 seats. The electric cart operates on some streets with the fixed prices. Passengers can stop anywhere during the cart’s journey without some banned places. After getting off, you pay for the cart’s driver according to your distance. The cart is permitted to flow on some routes as Pham Van Dong, Hoang Sa, and Truong Sa from 07h00 to 22h00 daily.

There are 10 cabs which are often parked across seaside roads to pick up. The carts are attached electric engine and run by batteries with speed 25km/h so the tourist can’t miss memorable moments when taking photos on the cab. The electric carts have created further a new “line” in “picture” of Da Nang tourism.

  • Thinh Hung: (84) 236 3928 928
  • Phu Phong: (84) 236 3566 566
  • Anadi: (84) 1900 54 54 88

Bicycle 

Renting a bicycle is a good option if you prefer getting around Da Nang according to your own pace. Da Nang is considerably less congested compared to Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City, so you’ll be able to cycle without enduring busy traffic and pollution. If you’re staying close by My Khe Beach, travelling by bicycle is the best way to enjoy the seaside view and stop by its many seafood eateries.

  • Nui Da Center
    Address: 338 Le Van Hien Street, Ngu Hanh Son District, Da Nang City
    Tel: (84) 236 3958 950
  • Vy bicycle
    Address: 202 Bach Dang Street, Hai Chau District, Da Nang City
    Tel: (84) 905 845 414
  • Cloud tour
    Address: 54 Cach Mang Thang Tam Street, Cam Le District, Da Nang City
    Tel: (84) 3676 868
  • Da Nang Green Bicycle
    Address: 42 Dang Thai Mai Street, Thanh Khe District, Da Nang City
    Tel: (84) 236 3990 059

Motorbike Rental

Traveling by motorbike is the most exciting option of all. It is the most popular form of transportation in Vietnam for locals and travelers alike since it allows for ultimate flexibility.

There are 2 common types of motorbikes: manual and automatic transmission. Automatic bikes are the first choice for most travelers because they are easier to handle, especially in light of the slew of new traffic laws you must obey. Just turn the throttle and it will run. However, if you also plan to visit other nice spots in the area including Son Tra Peninsula or challenge yourself to Hai Van Pass, then the manual bike will be more suitable since you can manually control the torque (force) which is essential to going uphill.

Remember to check the bike carefully: tires, horn, brakes, and lights. If you have rented a manual bike, then also check the gear pedal. Make sure all functions are in good condition and take a photo of the shop, with contact and address, or take their business card with you in case something unexpected happens on the way and you need their assistance.

You will have to leave your ID or your passport – sometimes they allow a copy – at the rental shop in order to rent a motorbike and ensure the bike’s safe return. You can either go directly to the shop to retrieve the bike or you can pay the shop extra money and they will bring it to your place. (Related post: Guide to Motorbike Rental in Da Nang)