If you are visiting Da Nang and intend to use it as a base to explore the rest of Vietnam from, or even if you simply intend to exploit the sites and attractions which can be found close to Da Nang, then if your budget can stretch to it, hiring a car is the best of all travel options. Make sure the vehicle you choose to hire is fully insured, many smaller hire companies fail to supply an adequate level of insurance.
Additionally, there are local Da Nang firms that specialize in private taxi hire. These are available for airport transfers, and also seaport transfers. They also offer set pricing for longer journeys heading to other large Vietnamese cities such as Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh. These are a great travel option for groups, as the price is per vehicle, not per passenger.
If you chose the first option, and decide to hire your own vehicle whilst visiting Da Nang, then you need to drive safely. If you have never driven a car in Southeast Asia before, you need to be aware that very few of the laws of the road are practiced or enforced. The standard of driving is far below that of the western world and you will need to keep your wits about you at all time.
For most people visiting the City of Da Nang for the first time, arranging for a transfer from Da Nang International Airport to their hotel can be the most stressful experience of the entire trip. There are three main ways to get from the airport into the center of the City of Da Nang.
The first way, and hands down the best way, is to take a metered taxi. You will find dozens of these parked outside the airport, waiting for fairs. Make sure the taxi driver uses the meter, or agree a price for your airport transfer before you allow them to drive away.
The second option is to take a private fire taxi from the International Airport into the city center. These are simply privately owned vehicles, who offer to take travelers to their accommodation for a fixed fee. Please note, these are not regulated in any way, and there is no guarantee that the price will be standardized.
The final way, one which is on accessible to people with a very small amount of luggage, is to take a motorcycle taxi. This is cheap and quick, perfect for people who are travelling on a budget.
Although public transport is quite limited in the City of Da Nang, there are quite a few travel options for people who would like to explore Da Nang.
The primary transport system of use to tourists and visitors to Da Nana are the metered taxis. These can be found absolutely everywhere, simply flag one down and hop in. Make sure that you check the driver has turned on the meter before you allow him to drive off. If he refuses, jump out and find another.
Possibly the simplest and least stressful of transport options to get you around the City of Da Nang is to rent a bicycle. This is very cheap, and the city is small enough to enable you to reach all of it without having to pedal too far!
Local buses are also an option, although they can be far from comfortable, especially during the hottest part of the year. They are very cheap though, and perfect for people who are on a tight budget. Not recommended for families with young children as these busses can become very tightly packed, with standing room only.
Getting around Da Nang can be quite difficult, if you are only visiting for a few days, do yourself a favor and use a metered taxi, it will save you time.