Planning on coming to Hoi An but don’t know how to get here? It’s pretty much inevitable that you will have to pitstop in Da Nang, one of Vietnam’s most up and coming cities. It’s where the Hoi An’s closest train station and airport are. Here are some ways to get to Hoi An, along with our top recommendation.
If you’re travelling from Saigon or Hanoi, the quickest way is to fly into Da Nang. Flights take about 1 hour, and range from $50-$100 USD. After you arrive in Da Nang, you can take a car, bus, or shuttle into Hoi An. See below for more info on getting from Da Nang into charming Hoi An.
Avoid Taxi’s! Many people arrive in Da Nang, expecting it to be simple to get a taxi to Hoi An. However, it can be double the price or more, and the drivers will expect a big tip (Curious about tipping etiquette in Vietnam?- read this post). We recommend contacting your hotel to organize this for you.
Make sure to check with your hotel to see if they provide a shuttle, they usually cost around 110,000-200,000VND but do stop more frequently so may take some extra time.
It’s about a 45 minute- 1 hour ride on the motorbike from Da Nang to Hoi An, and not really too scenic- so it’s not high up there on our recommendation list. It’s pretty much a straight shot down one road so there’s no need to worry about getting lost. Motorbike taxi’s often wait outside of the train station and will offer you a ride to Hoi An, usually starting at 200,000VND, which you can bargain down to around 150VND.
Then, there’s the local bus. This is super cheap- only $1! However, you do get what you pay for, so don’t expect luxurious seats. Also, it may drop you off at an inconvient location in Hoi An and so you may have to then take a taxi to your hotel or homestay.
Our Top Recommendation
We think that one of the top options to get to Hoi An is a private car (this is usually how I get to the airport). There are tons of private car services, and don’t be scared by the word private! These are actually priced fairly and won’t break your bank. It’s a great way to get to Hoi An, and a one way service from the airport should cost around 200,000VND. It’s nice because they’ll stop wherever you ask them to, they are usually nice cars, and you’re not restricted by a shuttle schedule. You can easily call your hotel to organize a car, or look online for some private car services.