We wanted to visit Hue and Hoi An in Central Vietnam, and the easiest way is to take an Air Asia flight to Danang and go from there. From Danang we took a local train to Hue from the central train station which is right in the city centre. The distance is around 105km, and the train journey takes around 2 hours. There are 4 trains plying the route daily. The ticket counter staff speak very little English - we bought the tickets and hoped for the best!
The train is quite clean and wellmaintained - but don't expect Euro train standards. The 1st class cabin have soft seats that are quite comfortable. Passengers are mostly locals.
The route between Danang and Hue is quite scenic. Bring a tablet or a book, some snacks and you will be well- sorted for the trip.