Most people – alas – use Danang as a way to get to/from Hoi An, 30km south. ‘OPEN BUSES’ ply through the center en route from Hue and Hoi An.

Danang’s airport is about 2km southwest of the center. VIETNAM AIRLINES ( flies at least a few times daily to Hanoi (US$66) and Saigon (US$56), plus daily flights to Cam Rang/Nha Trang, Quy Nhon, Ban Me Thuot and Pleiku. Pacific Airlines ( has cheaper rates – and more frequent delays – for its three daily flights to Saigon (US$34-42).

The TRAIN STATION (tel 0511-821-175; 122 Hai Phong St, at Hoan Hoa Tham St), about 1km west of the center, send daily trains to Nha Trang (US$20-23; 8-10hr), Saigon (US$28-33), Hue (US$11, 3hr) and Hanoi (US$28-29; 14-17hr).