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Getting there & away
Information for travellers about getting to and from Hoi An by air, road, rail.
Most visitors to Hoi An arrive from Danang airport 30kms away. Vietnam Airlines and Jetstar Pacific offer loads of domestic services each day from Saigon and Hanoi and a smaller number of other points like Nha Trang and Dalat. Fares on both Vietnam Airlines and Jetstar Pacific are very reasonable and often start as low as 40USD one-way.
The major port of air entry for Hoi An is Da Nang International Airport (DAD). There are daily flights from Hanoi and Hochiminh City and without delay, it is one-hour flight.
From the airport, it takes about 45 minutes by car to Hoi An center. Taxi are plentiful as you walk out of the luggage area. It should cost around 15-18 dollars by meter taxi.
Tip: when booking your hotel in Hoi An, check if they have a pick-up service. The service usually costs about 10 dollars. Another way of saving your bucks is to bargain with the taxi driver for a fixed price instead of having your trip metered. The fixed fee should be 13 dollars at most.
Danang airport is designated an international gateway and during the past decade, a number of international carriers have commenced and then suspended services. Singapore Airlines’ subsidiary Silk Air is the only major international carrier operating direct services into Danang as we write. Its fares are on the high side, however, making a short transit or stopover in Saigon or Hanoi a better option.
A taxi from Danang airport to Hoi An will cost between 250,000 and 300,000 VND and takes around 45 minutes. Many small hotels offer competitive airport pickup services so check with your hotel and see how they compare.
Danang’s railway station is the most convenient rail access point to Hoi An. A number of travellers use the rail network to reach Danang and Hoi An from Hue and Hanoi to the north and Quy Nhon and Nha Trang to the south.
Taxis will also cost between 250,000 and 300,000VND and take around 45 minutes. It’s worth negotiating a fixed fare.
Hoi An is an easy three-hour road trip to or from Hue to the north. Plenty of traveller buses operate on the route and the fares are very cheap - less than 200,000VND. It’s easy to book a taxi or minibus as well if you want some flexibility or your travelling in a group. Prices are also reasonable.
Road travel south will likely be to Quy Nhon or Nha Trang - both much longer journeys. Both points are covered by Vietnam's traveller bus network. A smaller number of travellers visit Quang Ngai, around three hours south of Hoi An to visit the memorial to the victims of the massacre at My Lai.
Open tour bus run from most major destinations to Hoi An. If you catch a bus from Hanoi, it will most likely be an overnight bus. From Hue, it takes about 2.5 hours to arrive. You can purchase your tickets from most tour companies in the tourist area.
From Da Nang, city bus runs every hour from the Bus station at 33 Dien Bien Phu, Thanh Khe district. It costs about 1 dollar for one-way ticket.
Buses run daily from Southern destinations such as Nha Trang, Da Lat and Ho Chi Minh City. The same open tour rule applies and it’s advisable you book your ticket in advance to guarantee good seating.
Bus from Danang to Hoi An
Route 1: Danang Central Bus Station - Hoi An Bus Station
Departure: Danang Central Bus Station - Ton Duc Thang - Nguyen Sinh Sac - Kinh Duong Vuong - Ly Thai Tong - Thanh Khe 6 - Dung Sy Thanh Khe - Tran Cao Van - Dien Bien Phu - Le Duan - Tran Phu - Trung Nu Vuong - Nui Thanh - Tran Thi Ly Bridge - Ngu Hanh Son (Marble Mountains) - Tran Dai Nghia - Hoi An Bus Station.
Return: Hoi An Bus Station - Tran Dai Nghia - Ngu Hanh Son (Marble Mountains) - Tran Thi Ly Bridge - Nui Thanh - Trung Nu Vuong - Bach Dang - Phan Dinh Phung - Yen Bai - Le Duan - Dien Bien Phu - Tran Cao Van - Dung Sy Thanh Khe - Thanh Khe 6 - Ly Thai Tong - Kinh Duong Vuong - Nguyen Sinh Sac - Ton Duc Thang - Danang Central Bus Station.
Frequency: 20 minutes / visit.
The number of trips: 76 trips.
Daily operation time: 5:30am to 5:50pm
Fares: 8.000 VND - 15.000 VND / passenger / trip
* Danang Bus & Service Transport JSC - Phone: +84-(0511) 3680670;
* Hoi An Transportation Cooperative - Phone: +84-(0510) 3861240.
Motorbike from Danang to Hoi An
From Danang City to Hoi An has two travel direction. One is to follow Highway 1 south about 27 kilometers to Vinh Dien Road and turn left further 10km. If you go to Hoi An along Huynh Thuc Khang Street you can visit the Bang An Cham Tower in Vinh Dien.
The second path closer, more wilderness, go to from the center of Da Nang over the Han River bridge, turn the Da Nang - Hoi An provincial road, visit Ngu Hanh Son (Marble Mountains), Hoi An about 30km.
If motorbiking you can check out a Google map of ancient Cham sites near Hoi An (actually (actually, the Chiên Đàn Towers are about 500 meters to the north-east from their marked position, they are on the AH1 road), also...
- My Son - UNESCO World Heritage Site, ruins of the ancient Cham empire, in the jungle at the start of the Central Highlands a little over an hour from Hoi An
- Đồng Dương - Ruined Cham tower, the sole major remnant of a large Buddhist Cham period (9th century, 875-915 under Indravarman II) temple-complex that was originally 155 m x 32 6m. Other minor remnants are also visible.
- My Khanh - Rare seaside ruin of a Cham tower dating from the 8th century.
- Cham Islands - UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Cu Lao Cham - Hoi An 9 nautical miles offshore.
- Ba Na Hills - Located in the Truong Son mountain range 25 km to the SW of Da Nang at an altitude of 1,487 m.
- The Marble Mountains, 9 km short of Da Nang, are well worth a morning or afternoon trip from Hoi An.
- Lang Co - fishing village that includes mountains, a river, a lagoon, an island and a 32 km beach located between Da Nang and Hue.
- Hue - the former imperial capital, a few hours away by car or train. Bus leaves twice a day and costs about $6.
- Da Lat - originally the playground of the French, who built villas in the clear mountain air to escape the heat and humidity of the coast. The main (only?) option is an overnight sleeper coach bus, which costs $14 USD if booked directly (confirmed in July 2014). Typical prices will be $20 as travel agents or hotels will tack on commission.
- Nha Trang - Sleeper buses with hotel pickup depart 6:00pm, costing 250,000 dong ($12).
- Kon Tum - There are no buses from Hoi An. You must take a bus to Da Nang where the buses to Kon Tum depart from. Apparently, the buses depart Da Nang at 6am. Tourist bus price $20
See more Hoi An travel guide at here.