Opened in 2013, the cable cars at Ba Na Hills hold several Guinness World Records, including the longest gap, heaviest cable and the greatest change in elevation. The cable cars were built to feed the mountaintop resort complex, but they’re also the perfect way to get spectacular views of Danang and the surrounding forests.
There are two cable car lines that leave from the Sun World Ba Na Hills Gateway, which is approximately 25 kilometres (16 miles) from the Dragon Bridge in the centre of Danang. The easiest way to get there is by arranging a set fee with a taxi driver. They’ll wait for you at the base of the mountain as part of the agreement. Try to negotiate to between 500,000vnd ($22 USD) and 900,000vnd ($40 USD). For a private car, expect to pay more than 1,200,000vnd ($53 USD). The drive takes around 45 minutes.
Find the cable car schedule here. The cars leave in bursts during the scheduled blocks, so try to arrive on the earlier side of when they start up. The Debay–Morin line doesn’t leave from the bottom, so don’t worry about that one just yet.
The cable car system was built with Australian technology, with equipment imported from Germany, Switzerland and Sweden. Basically, these cable cars are similar to those you’d find in the Alps.
For adults, a cable car ticket is 650,000vnd ($29 USD). Children from 1m–1.3m in height pay 550,000vnd ($24 USD). Children under 1m are free. The tickets include return and also grant you admission to the resort complex and Fantasy Park.
The different lines
There are three cable car lines at Ba Na Hills, but you only need to worry about the two leaving from the Sun World Ba Na Hills Gateway: Dream Spring Station and Toc Tien Station. To see the overall map, go here.
Dream Spring Station–Ba Na Station
Also known as the Mo Stream–Ba Na line, this is for people who want to visit the giant Buddha statue and the famous Linh Ung pagoda. You can also take the Funicular to the Le Jardin D’Amour, which are French-style gardens with an accompanying ancient wine cellar. After you’ve finished strolling around, take the Debay–Morin cable car line to the top of the mountain to visit the resort complex and Fantasy Park.
Toc Tien Station–L’Indochine Station
If you’ve come to Ba Na Hills just to ride the cable car, then this is the line you want to be on. The Toc Tien–L’Indochine line holds multiple Guinness World Records: the longest one-wire sling, the greatest elevation between stations, the longest unpatched wire, and the heaviest cable roll in the world. The ride takes approximately 17 minutes and travels over the beautiful Toc Tien waterfalls.
Bring a sweater or a warm jacket. The top of the mountain can be fairly chilly, especially in the winter months. Also, you should monitor the weather. If it’s raining or overcast, you won’t really be able to see anything as you get closer to the top. Try to go on a clear day.