In recent years, Da Nang has become the most visited city in Central Vietnam. It belongs to the Eastern Sea Coast, midway from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City. So, what makes it stand out and achieve so much reputation?
- Where is Da Nang and Hoi An?
- How to get to DaNang and Hoi An from Hanoi?
- Ways to go from DaNang to Hoi An
Where is Da Nang and Hoi An?
Da Nang doesn’t have the ancient like Hanoi or the bustling atmosphere of Ho Chi Minh City. This city is known as a modern but extremely clean and environmentally friendly city and possesses a fair number of tourist attractions. We can list a few names: Ba Na Hills with spectacular sights and entertaining locations, the Golden Bridge that paints a graceful arc in the sky, or the Marble Mountains and its sacred pagodas.
And if you are a fan of beautiful beaches, or water sports like me, I want to tell you that Danang is a paradise of the beach. You can read more to know the beaches in Da Nang in this post:
Only 20 kilometers from Da Nang is the ancient town named Hoi An. The town is famous because of its historical heritage and unique architecture, which brings a feeling of nostalgia. The number of crafts such as ceramic production, tailoring workshops, wood carving, and lanterns also contribute to its attractiveness. In 1999, UNESCO accepted Hoi An ancient town is one of the World Heritage Sites and that makes it’s one of the places you should not miss when visiting Vietnam.
How to get to DaNang and Hoi An from Hanoi?
We have a wide range of choices to go from Hanoi to Da Nang. The distance is about 800 kilometers, hence buses, trains and airplanes are all available. What’s the best choice? Here are several pieces of advice.
– Traveling by train usually consumes about 17 hours. It’s a great choice if you want to visit another location on the way or enjoy the view outside the windows.
– There are not many buses from Hanoi to Hoi An. Beware, the distance is enough to make you feel tired.
– If you have everything planned already and Da Nang is the only destination in your mind, direct flights are the most comfortable way, and fastest to get Da Nang, Hoi An from Ha Noi.
Trains from Hanoi to DaNang
Every day, there are 6 trains of Vietnam Railways from Hanoi to Da Nang, departing from Hanoi Railway Station (120 Lê Duẩn Street, Ha Noi) and arriving at Da Nang Railway Station (791 Hải Phòng, Da Nang).
When you are not in a rush, don’t miss this exciting experience! As the duration lasts almost a whole day, you will have the chance to enjoy both day and night views on the way. Moreover, overnight trains also include comfortable beds and snacks to enhance the service.
Where to buy e-tickets for trains from Hanoi to Da Nang?
For $18 – $50, you will get a one-way ticket with either seat or berth of your choice. If your budget isn’t too tight, Lotus Train, Laman Express, Livitrans Express are luxurious choices to consider. The ticket costs approximately $77 – $135.
You will receive the e-ticket via email. You can print it or show your phone/tablet when boarding.
Flights from Hanoi to DaNang
As I have previously mentioned, if you are the type who wants to go straight to the final destination and waste no time on the way, booking a flight should be your top choice. The duration is only 2 hours and a half. Take a quick nap, and Da Nang will be right before your eyes when you wake up!
There are 20 flights from Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi to Da Nang International Airport per day, which means more options for you. Traveling by airplane is no longer an overly expensive method. In fact, you will find yourself smiling at the price between $35 – $65 for a low-cost flight.
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With that said, I would say your best transportation from Hanoi to Da Nang is flight. It’s fast, comfortable, safe, and economically beneficial.
From Da Nang International Airport to Hoi An, you need to take a taxi or bus.
Airline Brand in Viet Nam and your choice
Vietnam Airline: Being the leading international airline brand of Vietnam with top quality service will make you really satisfied. But besides that, the ticket price will often be more expensive than other brands. (20kg carry luggage and extra with fee)
Vietjet Air, or Jetstar: Not too expensive as Vietnam Airline brand. These are great options if you want to save some money when traveling between Vietnamese cities. (7kg carry luggage and extra with fee)
Bamboo Airways: is a new brand of Vietnam Airlines with young staff. This brand even serves free snacks or bread for short flights like from Hanoi to DaNang. (7kg carry luggage and extra with fee)
Bus from Hanoi to DaNang
The amount of time it takes if you go by bus is the same as going by train. Hence, the only remarkable difference is the price.
You will experience the same joy of sightseeing along the journey. I personally think you should go for a bus if noises of trains against the railway bother you. Another benefit of this option is how convenient it is. The frequency of buses is around 20 minutes per bus. It will be easy for you to catch a ride anytime.
Motorbike from Hanoi to DaNang
Motorbike is a favorite choice of many, not only because it’s the most popular transportation in Vietnam but also for how interesting and flexible it is. Along the way, you’re absolutely free to pull a halt at any spot that attracts your eyes. With a motorbike, everything is up to you.
The most common schedule usually takes 5 or 6 days:
Day 1: From Hanoi to Tan Ky (The ride is 12 hours long, thus, people also divide it into 2 days in order to not miss on many locations.)
Day 2: From Tan Ky to Phong Nha (Phong Nha – Ke Bang is on UNESCO World Heritage List.)
Day 3: From Phong Nha to Khe Sanh
Day 4: From Khe Sanh to Hue (The beautiful imperial city)
Day 5: From Hue to Da Nang
When you choose to rent a bike, be careful and check on its parts like gears, throttles, tires, and so on. It might be a hassle if you’re on the highway and something goes wrong. Last but not least, if Vietnam’s traffic isn’t familiar to you, riding a bike can be dangerous.
If you aren’t limited in terms of time, extending the duration of the road trip is also a favorable choice. Rather than darting along the routes relentlessly, you will have the opportunity to actually discover the beauty of Vietnam.
Ways to go from DaNang to Hoi An
There are plenty of ways for us to get to Hoi An from Da Nang. It depends on the number of members in your group, if you go alone, with family, or on a whole tour.
Bus: It is the least expensive, at the price of $1 – $2, from 5:30 AM to 6:00 PM. The ride takes about 70 – 80 minutes.
Taxi: It is faster than going by bus, only 45 – 55 minutes (of course, traffic plays an important role). You can halt a cab in Da Nang anytime and anywhere. Let’s not forget about the pluses like comfortable seats and spaces for your luggage. Be mindful of the fee, though, especially if you are on a tight budget.
Motorbike: Are you an experienced tourist who travels alone or with your couple? They love motorbikes. It doesn’t take more time than by taxi, and it’s much cheaper. Not only that, but you also can discover many new spots along the way.
Private Car: We recommend this as the best choice if you go in a group. Every hotel in Da Nang will gladly provide you with their car booking service. The cost is more reasonable than cabs, and you won’t be passive during your journey.
See more details about how to go from Da Nang to Hoi An.
Do you want to know a secret? Not everyone knows they can take a short break on the way to Hoi An and visit An Bang Beach. The beach left a great impression on me as it seemed like the investment and the development in traveling haven’t taken their toll on An Bang. They have resorts, restaurants, and bars, enough to be lively yet not overly crowded. You will have enough room for some beach activities.
And that’s everything you need to know about the routes from Hanoi to Da Nang. Before we relax and enjoy the wonders of Da Nang, how to get there is a question we shouldn’t look over. After you arrive in the beautiful city? There is so much more to see and try. For more information, please take a look at my comprehensive guides about Da Nang and Hoi An, right here on mihotravel.com!