How To Get From Hanoi to Hoi An?
We recommend flying from Hanoi to Hoi An. This is by far the fastest option and can be even cheaper than taking the train.
Taking the train is the second option we recommend. It is quite a long journey, but you will also save a night on accommodation when you take the sleeper train.
If you are on a strict budget, you can also take the bus. But, bear in mind that traveling by bus is not as safe and comfortable than taking the train. Especially for such long journeys.
|Flight||3.5 hours||990,000 VND ($43)||Check flights|
|Train||17 hours||820,000 VND ($35.50)||Check train tickets|
|Bus||17 hours||360,000 VND ($15.50)||Check bus tickets|
View itinerary from Hanoi to Hoi An
- 1h 20min
- Da Nang Airport
- Hoi An
- 16 hours
- Da Nang
- Hoi An
- 17 hours
- Hoi An
Hanoi to Hoi An by Flight
Duration: 3.5 hours
Costs: 990,000 VND ($43)
To reach Hoi An by flight, you have to book a ticket from Hanoi to Da Nang. Da Nang Airport is 45 min from Hoi An and it is easy to get there by shuttle bus. The flight from Hanoi to Hoi An only takes one hour.
From Hanoi center to the airport takes about 1 hour and costs 40,000 VND ($1.80) with the shuttle bus. See Hanoi Airport for more details.
Step 1: Hanoi to Da Nang by Flight
Duration: 1h 20min
Costs: 850,000 VND ($37)
Jetstar and Vietjet air offer cheap flights starting from 850,000 VND ($37). You have to book at least several weeks in advance to get this rate. Otherwise, expect to pay around 900,000 VND ($39).
Step 2: Da Nang Airport to Hoi An by Bus
Costs: 140,000 VND ($6)
From Da Nang airport to Hoi An center takes 45 minutes with the shuttle bus. Another option is the local bus which brings you for only 20,000 VND ($1) to Hoi An.
See From DaNang airport to Hoi An for more details.
Hanoi to Hoi An by Train
Duration: 17 hours
Costs: 820,000 VND ($35.50)
Step 1: Hanoi to Da Nang by Train
Duration: 16 hours
Costs: 800,000 VND ($34.50)
We recommend taking train SE19, since this option is slightly cheaper, while there is no difference in standard.
See below an overview of the night trains:
|SE3||19:30-11:05||15h 35m||900,000 VND ($39)|
|SE19||20:10-12:20||16h 10m||800,000 VND ($34.50)|
|SE1||22:20-13:25||15h 5m||870,000 VND ($37.50)|
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Step 2: Da Nang Railway Station from Hoi An by Bus
Costs: 20,000 VND ($1)
From Da Nang railway station to Hoi An center takes 45 min by public bus.
See the page about Danang railway station for the bus schedule and more details.
Hanoi to Hoi An by Bus
Duration: 17 hours
Costs: 360,000 VND ($15.50)
We do not recommend to travel this long distance by bus since it will be a really long and exhausting journey. If you don’t want to fly, consider taking the train instead (also much safer).
If you still want to take the bus, we recommend to book a bus with one of the two companies below:
|Hung Thanh||18:00-11:00 |
|17h||360,000 VND ($15.50)|
|Queen Cafe||18:00-12:30||18h 30m||360,000 VND ($15.50)|
If you wish to avail of Queen Cafe’s pick-up service, book your bus ride through BookAway. You pay an extra 80,000 VND ($3.50) for the additional service.
My favourite places to stay in Hoi An
You think you can only find good banana pancakes in Thailand? Wait till you get them for breakfast at HaLo HomeStay. This homestay has it all: The high-end standard of a hotel combined with the family feeling of a homestay. The owners serve a lovely breakfast and will do everything to get most out of your stay. You can explore Hoi An with their free bicycle rental and reach the Old Quarter or beach within 5 minutes.
Double rooms from: $12
When Halo Homestay is already fully booked, there are still several other great options to stay in Hoi An. Flame Flowers Homestay is one of them. Expect a very warm welcome from the owners. They will feel like family from the moment you meet them.
Double rooms from: $16
Looking for a more luxurious experience right next to the beach? This little villa is within walking distance from the beach and is a perfect place to stay when you want to escape from the busy city life. Chill at the beach, relax at the pool and have a great night of sleep in a comfy bed.
Double rooms from: $40
Things to do in Hoi An
The online activity platform Klook offers many tours in Hoi An at great prices. I used it now for a couple of times and had great experiences. And the prices are often even lower than when you book with a local travel agent!
And most important, by booking the activity in advance, you avoid the problem of fully booked tours.
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