HOW TO TRAVEL FROM DANANG TO HOI AN

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Written either Da’Nang or Danang, this city on the central coast of Vietnam is key transport hub & popular beachside resort at the same.

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And just down the road, less than 30 km away, is another hugely popular Vietnam destination – the charming thành phố of Hoi An with its historic centre and beautiful-lantern lit streets.

Given their proximity together, as well as the value they provide for travellers, it’s no coincidence that both Da’Nang & Hoi An make popular stops on any Vietnam itinerary, & yes, they were part of mine too!

As such, knowing how lớn get between these 2 destinations is a key question for many independent travellers and, having made the journey myself, I’m pleased to say I can bring you the full lowdown from a solo female traveller whose been there & done it.

Covering bus, taxi, rideshare and shuttle, here’s my full guide on how to travel from Da’Nang khổng lồ Hoi An.

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Arriving into Da’Nanag

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As I mentioned, it’s less than 30 km between the 2 great travel must-see’s of Da’Nang và Hoi An, meaning many people visit at least one or both of these spots during their time in Vietnam.

Regardless of whether they are spending the night in both locations however, almost every traveller will arrive into Da’Nang first.

This is because Hoi An lacks both an airport và a railway station, meaning that for those of us arriving into Central Vietnam from other spots around the country, as I did, you’re likely to lớn touch down in Da’Nang.

If you’re travelling from farther away, such as cities like Hanoi of Ho chi Minh City, you might want to take a short flight lớn Da’Nang, especially if you’re on a tight timeframe.

As always, I use Skyscanner to find the best flight giao dịch on domestic flights in Vietnam.

Alternatively, if you’re looking to lớn save some money, you may want to opt for a train khổng lồ Da’Nang.

Much cheaper, but taker longer too, trains in Vietnam are very well organised và comfortable. They also often run overnight, which can help save time & money too.

If you ever want lớn book long distance trains (or buses) in Vietnam, then I highly recommend the site 12Go, which makes comparing & booking services in English secure and easy.

Once you get to Da’Nang (and perhaps enjoy a few days here), you’ll then want to make your way khổng lồ Hoi An và here’s how…


#1 By Public Bus

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So the first way lớn travel between Da’Nang và Hoi An is by public bus.

This is the cheapest option for moving between the 2 cities, và is used by many locals, however it does require a bit more hassle.

For starters, you’ll have khổng lồ get from the airport or railway station lớn the bus station – easy enough, but it is something khổng lồ think about.

The good news is that, if you’re arriving by railway into Da’Nang, the station where the bus khổng lồ Hoi An departs from, is just 1km away.

Otherwise, if you’re already staying in Da’Nang, the public bus might be a good option for you too.

Once you arrive into Hoi An, you’ll then have to lớn find the right bus. Again, this is easy enough to vị by asking around, but is something else to bear in mind.

You” want lớn look out for the bus marked #1 – this is the bus to lớn Hoi An.

The journey takes around 45 mins and is very cheap – little over a dollar – you’ll need cash lớn pay the bus driver.

Also worth bearing in mind is the fact that this bus can only accommodate small bags so, if you have large suitcases, the bus is probably not for you!

Once you arrive in Hoi An, you’ll then have to also get from this bus station to your accommodation.

This extra hassle, và the likelihood of paying for a taxi, kind of negates the advantages of getting the public bus from Da’Nang khổng lồ Hoi An & therefore I wouldn’t pick it as a top option unless you’re on a super tight budget & travelling with very little luggage.

#2 By Taxi

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The second option when it comes to travelling from Da’Nang khổng lồ Hoi An is by taxi.

This is the most expensive option, but doesn’t have lớn be arranged in advance và is therefore hassle-free.

It is also private and, in general, secure.

This is a great option if you’re arriving into Da’Nang airport as taxis hang around outside the arrivals terminal và are therefore super easy lớn find and catch.

Getting a taxi is also a quick option – you’ll be taken straight from Da’Nang khổng lồ Hoi An without making any stops – và in general taxi drivers picking up tourists will usually speak a good level of English.

Again you’ll need cash khổng lồ pay the driver và just ensure they understand exactly where you want khổng lồ go and are from a reputable company, such as the recognisable yellow taxis of Faifoo, which are common in Central Vietnam.

Also ensure that xe taxi drivers use a meter or you agree a price in advance. A good price from Da’Nang lớn Hoi An is around $20 USD.

This can be made more affordable if you can find other people to chia sẻ a taxi with you.

#3 By Rideshare

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The third option for travelling from Da’Nang to Hoi An is by rideshare.

Rideshares are very popular in Southeast Asia, including in Vietnam, and essentially compromise of companies like Uber that bring together independent drivers through their phầm mềm technology.

The most popular rideshare option in Vietnam is Grab, which offers incredibly affordable rides in both cars and motorbikes.

Unless you’re travelling with almost no luggage, you’ll probably want to get a Grab car.

You can order a Grab there & then in Da’Nang and it will come & pick you up from wherever you are.

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Always check with the driver they are happy khổng lồ take you as far as Hoi An & also that you clearly mark your accommodation option as the drop-off point.

A bit more ad-hoc, but in general very safe và easy khổng lồ use (especially when it comes to navigating language barriers), Grab is great option for budget travellers và those who require flexibility.

Of course, to lớn use Grab or Uber in Da’Nang you’ll need khổng lồ have a Vietnamese SIM & data on your phone, so if you don’t have this, this might not be the option for you.

If you choose Grab or Uber bike, then ensure you wear a helmet – drivers are required to lớn provide one & you should wear it!

Learn more about using rideshare apps when travelling here.

#4 By Shuttle

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And finally, the last method of transport you can use to get between Da’Nang và Hoi An is a shuttle bus.

This is a great option for solo travellers who want to lớn join forces with others to lớn keep the costs of this journey down & also lớn ensure they are safe.

The other benefit is that shuttle buses will pick you up directly from the airport or railway station in Da’Nang and take you straight to lớn the door of your accommodation in Hoi An.

This also provides peace of mind & is great if you’ve got a lot of luggage.

Shuttles also tend to lớn be cheaper because they can be split between multiple travellers.

Often they take a bit longer (as you have lớn wait khổng lồ gather all the relevant passengers and then vì chưng the rounds as everyone gets dropped off in Hoi An), but it’s often a small price lớn pay for an organised & well-priced direct service.

You can also book shuttles in advance, which can be handy if you want khổng lồ organise your itinerary and map out your plans.

Book your shuttle from Da’Nang thành phố to Hoi An at a great rate here.

Tours of Central Vietnam

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And finally, the last option on this list, you can also take a multi-day tour in Vietnam that includes either the destinations of Da’Nang, Hoi An or both.

These tours will certainly include all transport across the country, not least between khổng lồ Hoi An from Da’Nang or elsewhere in the country.

Here’s my danh mục of the 3 best tour options that include these đứng đầu destinations in Central Vietnam…

14 Days Cycling in Vietnam10 Day Adventure Tour in South và Central Vietnam8 Day Tour of Vietnam’s Highlights

Travel Guide khổng lồ Da’Nang & Hoi An

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When khổng lồ Visit

The best time lớn visit Hoi An và Da’Nang is during the cooler drier season, which in this central part of Vietnam lasts from March khổng lồ August.

Within this, March through May are perhaps the optimum months.

At this time the humidity is not too bad & the water conditions are good if you want to lớn explore the coast & islands too.

Outside of these months, Hoi An and Da’Nang can experience monsoons and stifling humidity… you have been warned!

Where lớn Stay

If you’re a budget traveller like me, then the best place khổng lồ stay in Hoi An is definitely the Love.ly Hostel.

I totally loved this homely backpackers, where the communal dinners will have you feeling like part of the family in no time.

My private room even had a little balcony, which was lovely và the prices & location of this great spot were vị trí cao nhất notch.

Book your stay at Love.ly Hostel in Hoi An here.

When it comes khổng lồ Da’Nang, The Memory Hostel is the best place for budget travellers with its central location & lovely friendly owners.

For something a bit more private và comfortable, kiểm tra out the top-rated Square Villa in Hoi An & The Memory hotel in Da’Nang, close khổng lồ the beach.

How lớn Long lớn Stay

Hoi An is a small city you can easily explore in a day.

If you want to lớn include day trips – which you should! – I would allow a time period of 3-5 nights to lớn stay in Hoi An.

Although trust me, you’ll fall in love with it and want to lớn spend longer!

Da’Nang is a larger city, but the main attraction here is the beach (plus the water and fire dragon Bridge display!), so depending how much you lượt thích relaxing on the sand will largely dictate how long you want khổng lồ spend in Da’Nang.

Most travellers spend 2-3 days here.

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Continuing on Your Journey

From either Da’Nang or Hoi An you can head north to either Ninh Binh, the Phong Nha Caves, Halong bay or Hanoi.

Alternatively, if you’re heading southwards, then you have the great destinations of Dalat and Ho bỏ ra Minh all lying in store for you.

5 Essential Central Vietnam Packing Items

#1 Good Day Pack – I never travel anywhere without a good backpack, which is essential khổng lồ ensure I have everything I need for the day with me. This might be beach stuff, a guidebook, camera, rain jacket, snacks and water. Whatever it is, the Marmot Kompressor is my go-to, thanks lớn its water-resistant và lightweight qualities & the fact it packs down to next khổng lồ nothing.

#2 Walking Shoes – There’s likely khổng lồ be a lot of walking in Vietnam especially around those temples & cities! As such, I advise packing a pair of good runners, lượt thích these New Balance trainers, which were perfect for my time here.

#3 European và British power nguồn Adapters – Vietnam has a mix of nguồn outlets, but generally opts for a phối of the European và British ones, so make sure you come prepared with a Skross world adapter.

#4 Camera & Lens – I love my Sony A6000 mirrorless, which was ideal for capturing the colour, chaos và cuisine & charm of Vietnam.

#5 Travel Scarf – A great multi-purpose travel thành quả that can be used to safely store valuables, as well as cover your shoulders while you explore many of Vietnam’s đứng đầu sights, a travel scarf is a must for me!

For more information about what to lớn wear in Vietnam và pack for this country, kiểm tra out this full post I wrote about it.

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