DA NANG TO HOI AN IN 2021: YOUR COMPLETE TRANSPORT GUIDE

     

Written either Da’Nang or Danang, this đô thị on the central coast of Vietphái nam 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 Vietphái nam destination – the charming thành phố of Hoi An with its historic centre & 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 Vietphái mạnh itinerary, và yes, they were part of mine too!

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

Covering bus, taxi, ridechia sẻ và shuttle, here’s my full guide on how khổng lồ travel from Da’Nang khổng lồ Hoi An.

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Arriving inkhổng lồ 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 and Hoi An, meaning many people visit at least one or both of these spots during their time in Vietphái mạnh.

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

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

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

As always, I use Skyscanner lớn find the best flight đơn hàng on domestic flights in Vietphái mạnh.

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

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

If you ever want to book long distance trains (or buses) in Vietphái nam, then I highly recommover the site 12Go, which makes comparing and booking services in English secure and easy.

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


#1 By Public Bus

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So the first way khổng lồ travel between Da’Nang and Hoi An is by public bus.

This is the cheapest option for moving between the 2 cities, and 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 khổng lồ the bus station – easy enough, but it is something khổng lồ think about.

The good news is that, if you’re arriving by railway inkhổng lồ 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 inlớn Hoi An, you’ll then have sầu to find the right bus. Again, this is easy enough to vày by asking around, but is something else khổng lồ bear in mind.

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

The journey takes around 45 mins & 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 khổng lồ also get from this bus station to your accommodation.

This extra hassle, and the likelihood of paying for a taxi, kind of negates the advantages of getting the public bus from Da’Nang to Hoi An and therefore I wouldn’t piông xã 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 lớn travelling from Da’Nang khổng lồ Hoi An is by xe taxi.

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

It is also private và, in general, secure.

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

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

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

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

This can be made more affordable if you can find other people to lớn cốt truyện a taxi with you.

#3 By Rideshare

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The third option for travelling from Da’Nang to lớn Hoi An is by ridechia sẻ.

Rideshares are very popular in Southeast Asia, including in Vietphái mạnh, and essentially compromise of companies lượt thích Uber that bring together independent drivers through their app technology.

The most popular ridenói qua 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 và then in Da’Nang và it will come và piông xã you up from wherever you are.

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

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

Of course, lớn use Grab or Uber in Da’Nang you’ll need to lớn have sầu a Vietnamese SIM and data on your phone, so if you don’t have sầu 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 lớn provide one và 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 & Hoi An is a shuttle bus.

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

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

This also provides peace of mind and 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 sầu to lớn wait to gather all the relevant passengers & then bởi vì the rounds as everyone gets dropped off in Hoi An), but it’s often a small price to lớn pay for an organised and well-priced direct service.

You can also book shuttles in advance, which can be handy if you want lớn organise your itinerary & maps out your plans.

Book your shuttle from Da’Nang city lớn Hoi An at a great rate here.

Tours of Central Vietnam

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And finally, the last option on this danh sách, 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 menu of the 3 best tour options that include these top destinations in Central Vietnam…

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

Travel Guide khổng lồ Da’Nang and Hoi An

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When to Visit

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

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

At this time the humidity is not too bad và the water conditions are good if you want khổng lồ explore the coast and islands too.

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

Where lớn Stay

If you’re a budget traveller lượt thích me, then the best place to lớn stay in Hoi An is definitely the Love sầu.ly Hostel.

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

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

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

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

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

How lớn Long khổng lồ Stay

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

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

Although trust me, you’ll fall in love with it & want to lớn spover 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 like relaxing on the sand will largely dictate how long you want to spover in Da’Nang.

Most travellers spkết thúc 2-3 days here.

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Continuing on Your Journey

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

Alternatively, if you’re heading southwards, then you have sầu the great destinations of Dalat & Ho Chi Minh all lying in store for you.

5 Essential Central Vietnam Packing Items

#1 Good Day Paông chồng – I never travel anywhere without a good backpachồng, which is essential lớn 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 khổng lồ 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 giới especially around those temples & cities! As such, I advise packing a pair of good runners, like these New Balance trainers, which were perfect for my time here.

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

#4 Camera & Lens – I love sầu my Sony A6000 mirrorless, which was igiảm giá for capturing the colour, chaos and cuisine and charm of Vietphái mạnh.

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

For more information about what to lớn wear in Vietphái nam and paông xã for this country, kiểm tra out this full post I wrote about it.

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