Da Nang is the gateway to the ancient town of Hoi An. The two towns are well connected making it easy to get from Da Nang Airport to Hoi An.
Distance between Danang and Hoi An is around 40km. It takes about an hour or 90 minutes to get to Hoi An from Da Nang Airport.
To get to Hoi An you need to reach Da Nang first, either by bus, train or flight. And among all the options, the best way from Da Nang airport to hoi an transfer is the shuttle bus.
Da Nang International Airport to Hoi An by Taxi
Da Nang International Airport to Hoi An Taxi fare is around 30,000 VND. I say this from my own experience as at the Da Nang International Airport I got offered for a taxi ride to Hoi An at 300k Dong but I refused. Neither, did I try to negotiate the taxi fare, my mistake.
Shuttle bus from Da Nang airport to Hoi An
The best way to get from Da nang airport to hoi an is by shuttle bus. The shuttle bus service which is actually a mini bus, runs from Da Nang International Airport to Hoi An everyday at a timing of 6 AM to 11 PM. Hoi An Express Shuttle Bus is convenient and fits well within the budget of a solo backpacker in Vietnam.
You can take the same express shuttle bus from Hoi An to Da nang Airport.
Da Nang International Airport to Hoi An by Bus
The cheapest way to travel from Da Nang International Airport to Hoi An is by the Public bus. But the problem lies in finding that public bus, and problem compounds as you will hardly find anyone on the road who speaks English.
I, of-course, decided to take the public bus to Hoi an despite the fact that I was late to arrive to the city. I knew the risk but I rationalized I was taking a calculated chance, or so I thought. Big mistake!
So, I hired a moto taxi from Da Nang airport to train station, which cost me 40k Dong. That’s about $2 USD, for 2 km distance. I tried to negotiate and this was the best deal I was offered.
Da nang to Hoi An public bus fare is about 20k Dong but foreigners are often overcharged to 30-40k VND. You can argue but I believe even at 40k Dong ($2) it is way cheaper than taking a taxi from Da Nang airport to Hoi An (300k VND).
The bus stop for Hoi An bus is near the Da Nang railway station. Unfortunately, there is no signboard at the Hoi An bus stop and the locals nearby didn’t know any English. I waited at bus stop for about an hour but didn’t see any bus. It was already late around 9:30 PM and I was beginning to wonder if I even stood at the right place.
Finally, I swallowed my pride and took the taxi from the bus stop for 300k VND. I offered 250k but the driver didn’t budge. It was around 10 in the night, and I had to make a quick decision.
The only other option for me was to stay back in De Nang. The hostels in Da Nang were nearby, I had already marked a few in Google Maps, thinking that just in case I decide to stay in the city for the night. I could walk to any of these hostels and get a bed for the night. To my surprise, the wifi internet from the nearby Tea House was working spotlessly and I could even book a local hostel if needed. But I decided to proceed anyway.
Lesson learnt! If you are arriving late at Da Nang airport, don’t take stupid chances, take the airport shuttle by inquiring at the counter before coming out the airport exit.
Also, save time by booking your hostels at least a day ahead, rather than sitting at the airport or train station and looking for options.
Plan ahead if you are arriving late. Public bus from Da Nang to Hoi An might not be available and if you don’t want to take private transport, book an accommodation in the city of arrival itself.
If you are backpacking Hoi An only for a day and arriving late, I’d suggest staying in Da Nang. By avoiding travel in the night you’d save the taxi fare or the shuttle bus fare. Instead take the public bus the next morning. The Da Nang to Hoi An bus starts early in the morning. While returning you can take the Hoi An airport shuttle bus which costs about 100k Dong.
Finally, by booking an accommodation in Da Nang I could have saved $7-8 easily, not to mention the convenience part of it.
Da Nang train station to Hoi an
To get to Hoi An from Da Nang train station you either take the public bus or the private cab. The Da Nang train station is located in a central location on Hai Phong St. The Da Nang ticket office is open till 11 PM al teast. This is verified by me as I waited for my 11 PM train at the station and ticket window was open, with many passengers booking the ticket. You can book the ticket on the spot for your train, there is no need to do advance booking in Hoi and paying hefty commissions to the travel agent.
You can get to Da Nang railway station from Hoi An by the same airport shuttle bus. And this is exactly what I did.
Get from Da Nang to Hoi An by Motorbike or Moto Taxi
You can easily spot a motor taxi right in the airport. These motorbike taxi are not really that cheap as compared to regular taxi. A trip from Da Nang to Hoi An by motorbike will cost you around 200,000 VND. It’s only good if you are doing a solo travel in Vietnam.
Alternatively, you can stay in Da Nang, and hire a motorbike for yourself and ride it to Hoi An. It is fun as well as cheap this way!