The Hoi An Old Town is an amazing UNESCO world heritage area that draws hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. This area with its French colonial architecture, faded yellow buildings, small streets and shops is must visit when in Vietnam.
But how do you get to Hoi An? Hoi An does not have an airport and it does not have a train line. Da Nang is the nearest and biggest access point to Hoi An. So how do you get from Da Nang to Hoi An?
Like most tourist attractions there is a huge amount of options. You can get from Da Nang to Hoi An by Car, Oragnised Tour, Bus and even bike. You see Da Nang is only located 29.7 kilometres from the Hoi An old town.
Bus Da Nang Hoi An
The public bus from Danang to Hoi An is route 1. Route 1 departs and arrives from Da Nang Central bus station. The buses are small, not like a big coach or anything.
If you have a lot of luggage you may struggle with this option
The local bus runs from 5.30am to 5.30 pm every day. There is no shortage of bus running with 76 departures or around one every 10minutes heading to Hoi An. There are 18 bus stops between Da Nang and Hoi An.
Travel time is approximately 45 minutes to an hour depending on traffic and the cost is 18,000 Dong ($1.20 AUD). You can also buy a 48 pass for the Route 1 bus which allows unlimited use for 250,000VND. You get 48 hours from the time you first hop on the bus.
Ride a bike form Da Nang to Hoi An
One could expect to take 2-3 hours to ride your bike to Hoi An. The road is flat and in good condition. You follow the same path for 95% of the trip. The road hugs the coastline most of the way before turning off to the Hoi An Old Town. There are plenty of places to stop off and look at the beach or grab a drink along the way.
Hoi An Tours
Guided tours are the easiest way to see Hoi An. There are no worries about getting the right transport and you don’t have to worry about planning what to see in Hoi An while you are there. All that is taken care of for you by the tour company and staff. You get picked up and you get dropped off after doing Hoi An tours from your chosen hotel or accommodation.
Below we have a selecvtion of the best Hoi An tours from Da Nang for you to consider during your trip to Vietnam
Hoi An: Mysterious Night from Da Nang
Hoi An at night is very busy and crowded with a number of tourists walking around the ancient city. The city really comes alive at night.
You will see the glistening lantern lights on the river, enjoy traditional folk music, eating and shopping. At night, the traffic is gone, locals and tourists walk the streets to take in the peace and tranquillity. Walk along the ancient streets at night and admire the ancient beauty of Hoi An City.
Visit Hoi An Lantern Town, the Japanese Covered Bridge, and the Ancient Town and eat at one of the many great Hoi An restaurants.
The tour includes
- Hotel pick up and drop off
- Entrance fees
- English speaking tour guide
- Travel insurance
- Duration 4 hours
Best places to stay in Hoi An
Hoi An has lots of accommodation options for all budgets and all travellers. You can stay at hostels, homestays, apartments and hotels during your stay. Please check the map below for your accommodations needs
Half-day Hoi An Ancient Town Walking Tour From Da Nang
Explore Hoi An’s Ancient Town on this interesting and informative walking tour that highlights the sites and attractions of this popular UNESCO World Heritage which have gone unchanged or more than 200 years. Enjoy the small streets and colonial buildings, chat with locals, try the food at a Hoi An restaurant and learn about culture and heritage from your friendly professional guide.
The tour includes
- Hotel pick up and drop off
- Bottled drinking water
- Transfer and transportation as per itinerary
- English speaking tour guide (other languages available upon request)
- Travel insurance
Catching a GRAB to Hoi An from Da Nang
For those that don’t know GRAB is the Asian version of UBER. The Grab app assigns a driver of a private car or a taxi to nearby commuters through a location-sharing system. You need a mobile phone that has a data connection to use this method.
Grab works like this
- Book A Ride. Set your pick up and drop off point and tap next.
- Get a Driver. We’ll find you the nearest available driver.
- Track Your Driver. Know your driver’s details, location, and estimated arrival time.
- Share Your Ride.
As of the 15/6/2019 at 12.45pm the current price for a GRAB car from Da Nang to Hoi An on my GRAB app is 311,000VND (11.86 Euro/13.40 USD/19.35 Aud) Prices will vary slightly depending on the time of day.
If you are a solo traveller to Hoi An you can catch a GRAB motorbike from Da Nang. As of the 15/6/2019, the price of a GRAB motorbike to Hoi An is 104,000VNV (4 Euro/4.45 USD/6.45 AUD)
Drive from Da Nang to Hoi An
Renting a car on vacation is always a great idea. It allows you a certain freedom to see things and explore locations that you can not do any other way. As mentioned earlier the Da Nang to Hoi An distance is a short 29 kilometres to Hoi An from Da Nang. It is one road that runs all along the coast till you turn off to the Hoi An Ancient Town. Parking may be an issue.
Visiting Hoi An by taxi
If you must use a taxi try and use any of the following. Mai Linh taxi company has green taxis and the drivers normally wear a white and green jacket. Faifoo taxi are yellow with Faifoo written down the side of each vehicle.
VinaSun uses white cars with red and green arrows in a circle as their logo. Make sure you have some idea of where your hotel is. Prices vary but expect to pay between 400,000-500,000VND for the trip
Da Nang Airport to Hoi An
You will find no shortage of options waiting for you at Da Nang airport. There will be taxis, private cars, luxury transfers all coming at you. I for one won’t ever just jump straight in a taxi in Asia. You are just looking to be ripped off.
Private transfer by car
You know you’re coming to Da Nang airport, you know you want to go straight from Da Nang Airport to Hoi An. You don’t want the hassle of finding a ride after a long flight. We recommend booking a private taxi.
If there are two or more people the price works out cheaper than the shared shuttle bus.
Shared Shuttle bus
We recommend booking an airport shuttle bus to or from DaNang airport to Hoi An on Klook. Klook delivers that personal touch. A representative from Klook will be waiting for you after you picked up your luggage and the ride only costs 128.000 VND ($9AUD)
Money in Vietnam
The Vietnamese Dong is the official currency. Notes issued are as follows 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, 10,000, 20,000, 50,000, 100,000, 200,000, 500,000₫. ATMs are easy to find in most towns and most of the time will dispense up to 3million Dong at one time.
Always exchange your currency at banks. The government-run Vietcombank can exchange Dong for US dollars, Euros, British Pounds, Japanese Yen, Thai Baht, and Singapore dollars. Banks in major cities like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City will let you change foreign currencies. If you plan to do this please remember to take your passport with you as you may be denied if you don’t.
Best Places to eat in Hoi An
We all love to eat and Vietnam is renowned for its food. Below you will find some of the best places to eat in Hoi An Vietnam.
Nha Hang – Goc Viet
Local restaurant on a side street just 100 meters from the night market. Goc Viet has some amazing staff who are so friendly. They have a few standout dishes the Grilled pork platter, beef with 5 vegetables and the Cao Lau. We ate at this place a few times and certainly recommend it for quality and price
Babas Kitchen – Indian
This place just blew us away. I will say now say this is the best Indian I have had anywhere on this planet! Yes, a big call but certainly one of the best places to eat in Hoi An. All the favourites are amazing Butter Chicken, Chicken Korma, Tikka and the list goes on. The Chicken samosa is a standout as is the Kheema naan. Don’t even think about just go and eat the food.
How to get to Da Nang
The nearest airport is Da Nang International Airport. Da Nang is the third international airport in Vietnam. Da Nang airport received over 11 million passengers in 2017.
Transfer options include shuttle bus, private car, taxi and GRAB.
Vietnam has an extensive train network that runs along the coast of Vietnam from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi and on into China. Taking an overnight train is a popular ways to travel to Da Nang from the North and south.
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