Da Nang to Hoi An – Complete transportation guide

Navigating between two most famous destinations of Central Vietnam, Da Nang to Hoi An, you’re in for a journey filled with captivating scenery and cultural experiences. This region of Vietnam holds a special allure, and knowing the best methods of transportation can make your trip even more memorable. 

Whether you’re drawn to the historical charm of Hoi An’s ancient town or Da Nang’s vibrant urban energy, this comprehensive guide on Da Nang to Hoi An transportation will ensure you don’t miss a beat. With options ranging from classic to modern, you’ll find the perfect way to bridge the gap between these two remarkable destinations.

Da Nang to Hoi An map – Overview of the trip

da nang to hoi an

Da Nang and Hoi An consistently top the list of Central Vietnam’s tourist hotspots. Given their close proximity, many travelers incorporate both into a single itinerary, making it essential to know the most efficient way to journey from Da Nang to Hoi An.

The distance between the two is a mere 30 kilometers, taking around 40 minutes by car. With this convenient proximity, visitors can savor both destinations during one expedition. Several routes connect Da Nang to Hoi An:

  • Route 1: Begin from Truong Sa Street, leading to Vo Nguyen Giap Street or Lac Long Quan Street, then make a right turn into Hoi An Ancient Town.
  • Route 2: Commence from Vo Chi Cong Street, continue to Lac Long Quan or Vo Nguyen Giap Street, then veer right towards Hoi An.
  • Route 3: Follow National Road No. 1A southward for approximately 27 kilormeters. Upon reaching Vinh Dien Street, turn right into Huynh Thuc Khang Street to access Hoi An.
  • Route 4: Embark on Le Van Hien Street, then follow the Da Nang – Hoi An provincial road, ultimately reaching Hoi An.

Everything you need to know on how to get from Da Nang to Hoi An

With the relatively short distance between Da Nang and Hoi An, you have several transportation options at your disposal. Whether you prefer the bus, motorbike, or car, the journey from Da Nang to Hoi An usually takes just over an hour. The exact duration depends on your selected mode of travel and the prevailing traffic conditions.

If you’re unsure about the optimal means of getting from Da Nang to Hoi An, let us provide guidance through our detailed guide below.

Opting for the bus when traveling from Da Nang to Hoi An is not only a budget-friendly choice but also provides ample chances for engaging with local communities. You can select from two types of buses: the local bus and the shuttle bus.

Local bus

The local bus offers a convenient option for traveling from Da Nang to Hoi An, departing from the Da Nang central bus station, making it accessible for travelers arriving at the train station. 

Operating daily from 5:30 to 17:50, it runs frequently, with departures every 20 minutes during the high season and every 30-35 minutes during the low season. The journey typically takes about 1-1.5 hours, although this may vary based on traffic conditions. Using a map application can help you track the route and identify the nearest stop for your destination. You’ll pay the fare when you board the bus, eliminating the need for advance booking. 

It’s worth noting that the local bus lacks luggage compartments underneath, so travelers should keep a close watch on their belongings, especially when the bus is crowded. While the local bus offers an economical and culturally enriching experience, it might not be the best choice if you’re seeking a quicker and more private transfer from Da Nang to Hoi An.

Travel duration: 1 hour to 1 hour and 30 minutes

Cost: 20,000 VND ~  1 USD/person

Shuffle bus/Tourist bus (Limousine)

Opting for a stopover in Da Nang before your Hoi An adventure opens up a world of travel options. In Da Nang, numerous travel agencies and guesthouses offer a range of Da Nang to Hoi An bus services, ensuring a comfortable journey. These tourist buses are typically equipped with air conditioning to enhance your travel experience. Booking a tourist bus in advance, either through online platforms or via a travel agency, ensures a convenient arrangement for pick-up and drop-off points. This streamlined process simplifies your transition from Da Nang to the charming streets of Hoi An.

Travel duration: 1 hour

Cost: from 80,000 VND ~  3.5 USD/person

Below are some of the operator that are highly recommended:

Bus OperatorTimePriceContact
The Sinh Tourist10:30, 15:3080,000-100,000 VND (US $3.5-4)

00283 838 9596

0283 838 9597

0283 838 9593

0283 838 9594

Hanh Cafe11:30, 16:30100,000-120,000 VND (US $4-5)0905 395 368
Green Tour08:00, 11:00, 14:00150,000 VND (US $6)0905 187 802

Motorbike – The adventurous choice

Travel on motorbike in asia/ Credit: bublikhaus/freepik
Travel on motorbike in asia/ Credit: bublikhaus/freepik

For thrill-seekers, motorcycling from Da Nang to Hoi An is the ultimate adventure. It’s a preferred choice among locals for its convenience and flexibility, offering the freedom to spontaneously explore any tourist attraction along the way.

Travel duration: 45 – 60 minutes

Cost: 110,000 – 300,000 VND ~ 5 – 11 USD

Here are some essential considerations when opting for this mode of transportation:

Vehicle Types:

  • Automatic Motorbikes: These are user-friendly but tend to be more expensive to rent.
  • Manual Transmission Motorbikes: While cost-effective, these require more riding expertise.

Rental Locations:

  • Motorbikes are readily available for rent, either at your accommodation or from local rental agencies. Be prepared to leave your passport as collateral.
  • Before finalizing the rental, conduct a thorough inspection of the bike, focusing on its tires, horn, brakes, and lights.
  • Most rental motorbikes are typically low on fuel, so be sure to locate the nearest gas station and refuel before hitting the road.

Caution for Novice Riders:

If you’re a first-time rider in Vietnam, it’s advisable to reconsider this option. The country’s traffic can be overwhelming, characterized by congestion and unpredictable situations. Safety should be a top priority.

Prices for a rental motorbike can vary by the type of motorbike you want to rent. Refer to the list below for a better understanding of the price range:

TypeCost of rental per dayCost of rental: 3 daysCost of rental over 5 days
MotorbikeSirius130,000 VND/day120,000 VND/day110,000 VND/day
Jupiter130,000 VND/day120,000 VND/day110,000 VND/day
Wave130,000 VND/day120,000 VND/day110,000 VND/day
ScooterLead 110180,000 VND/day170,000 VND/day160,000 VND/day
Vision 110180,000 VND/day170,000 VND/day160,000 VND/day
Airblade 110180,000 VND/day170,000 VND/day160,000 VND/day
Lead 125200,000 VND/day190,000 VND/day180,000 VND/day
Vision 125200,000 VND/day190,000 VND/day180,000 VND/day
Airblade 125200,000 VND/day190,000 VND/day180,000 VND/day
MotorcycleExciter300,000 VND/day290,000 VND/day250,000 VND/day
Winner 150300,000 VND/day290,000 VND/day250,000 VND/day

Car – The utmost comfort choice

For the journey from Da Nang to Hoi An, a car offers a comfortable and expedient mode of transportation, surpassing many alternatives. Private car rentals are readily accessible, and taxis can be hailed in both Da Nang and Hoi An. Additionally, travelers can efficiently secure a car through the Grab mobile application for added convenience.

Travel duration: 1 hours

Cost: 

  • One way: 350,000 VND (US $14) to 450,000 VND (US $18).
  • Round trip: 750.000 VND (US $30) to 950.000 VND (US $38).

Taxi

Taxi services connecting Da Nang to Hoi An are easily accessible, providing a convenient choice for transportation, including transfers from Da Nang airport to Hoi An. No prior arrangements are necessary. Just inform the driver of your destination, and they’ll ensure you arrive at your desired location. In Da Nang, you’ll find numerous reputable taxi companies to choose from.

Below are some of the operator that are highly recommended:

Taxi BrandNotable PointsContact
Mai Linh TaxiNational Taxi Brand0236 3565 656
Vinasun TaxiNational Taxi Brand0236 3686 868
Tien Sa TaxiLocal Taxi Brand0235 595 959
Song Han TaxiLocal Taxi Brand0511 372 727

Useful Tips for Traveling from Da Nang to Hoi An by Taxi:

  • When it comes to taxis, there are several convenient options: you can hail one on the street, call their hotline, or simply ask the front desk at your Da Nang hotel to arrange a taxi for you. For those journeys from Da Nang Airport to Hoi An, taxis are readily available just outside the gate.
  • Keep in mind that taxi fares are calculated based on the meter, but in some cases, drivers might take a longer route to overcharge you. To avoid this, you can either negotiate the fare with the driver in advance or use a mapping app on your smartphone to monitor the route during your journey. These precautions will help ensure a smooth and fairly priced taxi ride from Da Nang to Hoi An.

Grab

The widely-used Grab app offers a convenient means to secure taxis, motorcycles, or rideshare cars. It boasts extensive coverage across Vietnam, including Da Nang and Hoi An, providing an effortless solution for intercity travel. Opting for a Grab car is a smart choice, saving you time and offering transparent fares, eliminating concerns about potential scams.

The fares can fluctuate based on factors like weather conditions and increased demand. 

  • 380,000 VND (US $15) for a 4-passenger sedan.
  • 460,000 VND (US $19) for a 7-passenger sedan.

To use Grab, you’ll need a smartphone with internet access, the Grab app installed, and a Vietnamese SIM card with data, or you can connect using available Wi-Fi to book your ride.

You can easily choose your pickup and drop-off locations with the following service types:

  • Grab Premium for a luxurious experience.
  • Grab Car for a private ride.
  • Grab Motorbike for solo travelers looking to save on expenses.

Private car

Traveling in a private vehicle stands out as one of the most cost-effective choices, particularly for group or family travel. It’s a swift, comfortable, and convenient means of transportation, allowing you to make stops as you please throughout the journey. Additionally, you can arrange for a pickup from any location in Da Nang, eliminating concerns about scams and haggling over prices.

Fares can varies from your time of booking:

  • Daytime travel: Prices typically range from 450,000 VND (US $18) to 690,000 VND (US $28) per person.
  • Nighttime travel: Costs can go up to 850,000 VND (US $34).

For Booking options, you can choose one of the following:

  • Hotel Reception: If you’ve already reserved accommodations in Hoi An, your hotel can coordinate a private transfer from Da Nang to Hoi An. The vehicle will arrive promptly at your location, ensuring a hassle-free journey.
  • Personal Booking: This is a swift, convenient, and secure method of travel. Moreover, you won’t need to rely on your Hoi An hotel’s service, possibly securing a more favorable deal. Opting for this method minimizes concerns about scams, delays, or navigation issues.
  • Online Pre-Booking: You can make arrangements with Da Nang hotel staff in advance. If you’re budget-conscious, this choice represents a solid option.

Final thoughts

In your quest to explore the enchanting route from Da Nang to Hoi An, you’ve now armed yourself with a comprehensive guide to transportation options. While these practical details are essential, don’t forget to consider the invaluable experiences that a Viland Travel customized tour can offer. 

This journey through Da Nang to Hoi An is more than just distance; it’s a passage to the heart of Vietnam’s beauty and culture. With our tailored tours, you can transform a simple commute into an immersive, unforgettable adventure. Be it the bustling streets of Da Nang, the ancient charm of Hoi An, or the breathtaking landscapes in between, let Viland Travel enhance your voyage with personalized insights and unforgettable moments. 

The path from Da Nang to Hoi An is not just a physical journey; it’s a tapestry of experiences. Book now and let us give you the journey of your lifetime!