Although Hoi An is a small town and very walkable, at certain stages of your trip, you may require some form of transportation in Hoi An. Fortunately, the tourism options in Hoi An are reliable and affordable. Find our guide for getting around Hoi An and on longer excursions here.
Danang airport & city.
Driving by car from Da Nang to Hoi An takes about 30 minutes. The easiest and most cost-effective way to travel to Hoi An for you (if your group has more than two people) is to “rent a car & driver.” If you have a lot of luggage or have more than four people in your group, consider renting a small bus with a driver. Also, check out the bus services – Da Nang to Hoi An / Da Nang airport & city.
The method of transportation to Hoi An
Hoi An taxi
In Hoi An, the taxis are cheap and reliable, and the drivers are generally honest. The two main companies are Mai Linh (green color): +84 (0) 235 3914 914 and Faifoo (yellow color): +84 (0) 235 3919 191. Both companies use meters.
You can call a taxi on the street, ring a bell, or go to places like Lê Lợi corner and Trần Hưng Đạo, where they often gather.
The English-speaking taxi phone number for tourists is +84 (0) 235 3 929 929.
Bus service: Hoi An to Da Nang/ Da Nang airport.
If you are someone with a tight budget or a solo traveler, the cheapest means of transportation to reach Da Nang city or airport is by bus. There are several bus services operating between Hoi An and Da Nang.
Taxi Grab & FastGo
Grab Taxi and Xe Om are great ways to get around Hoi An. The equivalent of Grab in Vietnam is FastGo. It operates in the same way and provides a cheaper alternative solution to regular taxis.
If you are considering traveling to Da Nang by Grab, please note that Grab is more expensive than hiring a private car and driver.
Renting a motorbike in Hoi An is very easy. However, the roads are not! Read Hoi An Now’s rules of the road. If you rent a motorbike over 50cc, make sure that your insurance company will pay in the event of an accident. Due to changes in Vietnam’s motorbike licensing laws, many foreigners may not qualify for insurance. Read more about motorbike insurance to find out if you are among them and what alternative options are available if you are. For information on costs, tips and where to rent a motorbike, see renting a motorbike.
Agree on the price before getting on the motorbike or, even better, write it down on paper and show it to the driver to avoid confusion. Xe ôm (motorbike taxi) is a cheap way to travel around Hoi An. For short rides, you don’t need to pay more than 30,000 dong. For longer trips from Hoi An Old Town to An Bang Beach or Cua Dai, the cost is around 40,000 dong.
If you feel that the driver is going too fast or putting your life in danger, make sure to voice your opinion.
Hoi An is a bicycle town. Because Hoi An is small and flat, it is easy to move around anywhere by bicycle. However, be careful because the traffic flow is unpredictable. Please read our road rules. If riding a bicycle seems too difficult, an electric bike is a convenient choice. Electric bikes are a fun way to zip along the streets without using muscle power and are a good option for those unsure of their motorbike-riding abilities.
Renting a car and driver.
Taxi is the best means of transportation to travel around Hoi An. However, if you find yourself wanting to venture beyond the city limits, we recommend hiring a private car/driver. Whether it’s a trip to or from Danang airport, Ngu Hanh Son, My Son, or even Hue, a private car/driver will always be cheaper than a tour or taxi. If your hotel arranges for it, it may cost more. These drivers are reliable, inexpensive, and very familiar to foreigners.
Go boating in Hoi An
Consider avoiding completely the roads and accessing the city from the water. The Thu Bon River at night, amidst the candles of prayer and the sparkling lanterns of the ancient town, is truly beautiful. The trip back to the water palm forest during the day is also quite special.
The cost is for the boat, not the people. You will have to pay 150-200,000 dong for one hour of boat rental. The vendors on the boat are very concerned about your business and most of them are not only very good people but also quite poor, so don’t haggle too much with just a few thousand dong.
The white and green electric buses that you will see on the streets around Hoi An operate in a similar way to Hoi An shuttle buses. To use them as a taxi, you just need to call them, let them know how many passengers will be traveling, and they will give you a quote and pick you up. They operate from 7am to 2pm and will take you anywhere in Hoi An. From 2pm to 10pm, there are continuous buses running from 487 Hai Ba Trung (the corner of Hai Ba Trung and Ly Thuong Kiet) to 1 Cao Hong Lanh in the Old Town. You can purchase tickets at two locations (487 Hai Ba Trung and 127 Phan Chu Trinh) for a price of 10,000 VND per trip.
Is there any better way to admire the Old Quarter than on a cyclo? Early evening is the best time when the heat of the sun subsides and the town transforms into a picturesque land of colorful lanterns.
A 15-20 minute ride around the Old Quarter costs 150,000 – 200,000 VND, depending on your negotiation skills (and how busy they are). After negotiating and agreeing on the price, write it down and agree again! All cyclos have license plates and are managed by local police.
Hoi An to Hue
The trip from Hoi An to Hue is a familiar route for tourists, because both cities are must-visit destinations in any Vietnam itinerary. With a distance of about 130 km between the two places, it is a wonderful trip to make, and with the option of passing through the Hai Van Pass, where there are many beautiful landscapes.
To Ho Chi Minh City
There are many options for traveling to Ho Chi Minh City. Of course, a bus is much cheaper than a flight and there are many sleeper options. A train journey will cost an amount equivalent to a flight but will still take nearly a day to travel – however, a train journey provides the most beautiful views on the way. And there are short and extremely convenient flights!
Go traveling to Hanoi
When traveling from the bustling capital city of Hanoi to the serene town of Hoi An, you will enjoy the experience both in reaching the destination as well as the destination itself – like a beautiful painting come to life, regardless of your mode of transportation. Whether you decide to travel by air or by road, we will explore the advantages and disadvantages of each method of transportation. Discover all the details below to ensure your journey is both safe and enjoyable!
The traffic laws in Vietnam can be considered quite different from those in the West. There are certain dangers to be aware of and using your Western-style driving approach simply may not be effective here. However, with a bit of knowledge, you can see the logic behind the driving habits of many Vietnamese people, and by driving slowly and focusing on what’s ahead, you can learn how to navigate safely. Find our guide on road regulations in Hoi An here.
Having a valid driving license in Vietnam is mandatory for foreigners who want to drive cars and motorbikes. Since cars are very expensive, many foreigners choose to ride motorbikes. Many people may not face many difficulties without a driving license, but if you intend to ride a motorbike over 50cc and want your health insurance to be valid in one of the most dangerous traffic environments in the world, please apply for a valid motorbike driving license in Vietnam.