Located in Central Vietnam, Hoi An is a lovely little town well-known for its photogenic historical architecture and delightful atmosphere. Unfortunately, the town has neither a train station nor an airport for your direct traveling. The easiest way you could get there is through Da Nang, “the most livable city” only 30 kilometers away. Thus, it can take from 45 to 90 minutes depending on your mode of transportation.
Save yourself the hassle, check out our complete transportation guide below on how to travel from Da Nang to Hoi An for every budget.
Probably the fastest, most convenient (and luxurious) option you can get. If you travel as a family or a big group, this option is strongly recommended, for it can be even cheaper than some taxis and loads of tickets for a shuttle bus.
There are a bunch of resources available when it comes to private vehicles from Da Nang to Hoi An. It can be booked directly with your hotel or homestay in Hoi An or through websites that provide private transfers. The service price ranges from 300,000 – 400,000VND (USD 15.00 to 20.00) according to your type of car.
Just provide your pickup address, estimated time of arrival and you will be heading to your destination, effortlessly.
Call a Grab
Like Uber, Grab is a ride-sharing app that offers similar services in the area of Southeast Asia. If you have a mobile phone with the internet and a Grab app installed, this is one option for you. (Tips: you can install the app once you arrive in Vietnam, just remember to have one Vietnam sim card so you can receive their activation code).
With Grab, you have a variety of options, from Grab Premium for a luxury experience, to Grab Car for your privacy, to Grab Motorbike for solo travelers who want to save some cash. Just enter your pickup point, preferred destination, wait until the driver arrives, and enjoy the ride.
Hail a taxi
This is another option for your hassle-free experiences. With the huge supply of taxis around Da Nang and Hoi An, you can hail one right from the airport (and even along the road). However, as there are a bunch of options available, beware of the scams.
All travelers are recommended to get yourself a cab from a well-know taxi brand in Vietnam, like Mai Linh or Vinasun taxi. No prior booking required and set price issued, taxi is your to-go pick for it is fast and convenient. Just make sure your driver knows the route and aware of your destination as some of the taxi drivers are not familiar with the route in Hoi An.
- Vinasun Taxi: +84 511 368 6868
- Song Han Taxi: +84 511 372 7272
- Mai Linh Taxi: +84 511 352 5252
- Tien Sa Da Nang Taxi: +84 511 379 7979
If you have a little more time, this P2P (point-to-point) bus service between Da Nang and Hoi An will save a lot of your travel budget. Although it will take you a bit more time (approximately 60-90 minutes from the center of Da Nang), the bus costs only 25,000 VND (USD 1.00) for you to arrive in Hoi An. The bus departs every 20 minutes, starting from 5.30 am until 6.00 pm. Just look for a yellow bus with number 1 and you can commute between the two places without breaking your wallet.
For all the adventures, this mode of transportations is meant for you. With just around 30,000VND (USD 6.00), you can rent a motorbike for yourself for a whole day. Blending in on the streets, this is apparently how you would like to get the local vibes. Remember it could feel a bit overwhelming in the busy streets in Vietnam. Go for motorbikes only if you know how to drive.
Tip: Some hotels might provide motorbike rental services. Check with your place first so you can easily get the bike right at the spot. Prepare one copy of your ID for the smooth rental experiences.
Road trip guide to Hoi An
Especially if you opt for riding a motorbike on your own, below are the route options. You can easily navigate yourself through the streets between Da Nang and Hoi An.
The Coastline Route:
This is the perfect route to enjoy the sea breezes, beach view, and all its glory. Starting from Da Nang city, the Dragon Bridge then turn right at Vo Nguyen Giap street. You will see yourself riding along An Bang Beach coastline. Keep straight ahead and before you know it, Hoi An Welcome sign will appear in front of you.
The Highway Route:
Start from Tran Thi Ly Bridge, this route will take you passing through downtown Da Nang. Once you arrive at the roundabout then make a turn to the right, onto Ngu Hanh Son street. Continue straight on until you see a line of charming ancient yellow houses. You know you have just arrived at Hoi An town.
Hoi An has always been bursting with tourists coming and falling in love with this charming peaceful town. People come here to get back to the vintage atmosphere, to save their memories in those photogenic corners all around the town. Thus, before your arrival at this little ancient town, consider this travel guideline to save yourself the hassle and keep that peaceful delight senses throughout your whole trip.
Now with all this completed information, book your flight, get your accommodation, and before you know it, you will be wandering around the lantern-lit streets of the old town while having some local delicacies.