Last updated: Oct 25, 2019

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How To Get From Hanoi to Hoi An?

Coming from Hanoi’s French Quarter, Hoi An’s 15th to 19th-century architecture is a delight. In this Old Town, you will find a mix of Japanese and Chinese influence brought by merchants to this once major port. Make sure to walk further than the crowded tourist spots to get a better feel of local life in Hoi An.

The best option when traveling the 800km distance from Hanoi to Hoi An is by flight. Flying takes 3.5 hours, including bus transfers. Other options include taking the train or the bus, which take about 17 hours.

Taking the train is also a good alternative option to flying. It is quite a long journey at 17 hours, but you will save a night on accommodation when you take the sleeper train. Tickets start at $37.50 for a bed in a 4-berth cabin.

If you are on a strict budget, you can also take the bus for as low as $15.50. But bear in mind that traveling by bus is not as safe and comfortable as taking the train, especially for such long journeys.

Transport modeDurationCostsAvailability
Flight3.5 hours925,000 VND ($40)Check flights
Train17 hours870,000 VND ($37.50)Check train tickets
Bus17 hours360,000 VND ($15.50)Check bus tickets

 

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Hanoi to Hoi An travelroute

Flight

Hanoi to Hoi An by Flight


Duration: 3.5 hours
Costs: 925,000 VND ($40)

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 Da Nang only takes 1h 20min.

From Hanoi center, you can take a shuttle bus to the airport for about 1 hour and costs 40,000 VND ($1.80). See Hanoi Airport for more details.

Step 1: Hanoi to Da Nang by Flight

Duration: 1h 20min
Costs: 745,000 VND ($32)

Bamboo Airways and Jetstar offer cheap flights starting from 745,000 VND ($32). You have to book at least several weeks in advance to get this rate. Otherwise, expect to pay around 900,000 VND ($39).

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Step 2: Da Nang Airport to Hoi An by Bus

Duration: 45min
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.

 

Train

Hanoi to Hoi An by Train


Duration: 17 hours
Costs: 890,000 VND ($38.50)

When you want to travel by train from Hanoi to Hoi An you have to take the train to Da Nang railway station. From Da Nang railway station, Hoi An center is only 45min away.

Step 1: Hanoi to Da Nang by Train

Duration: 16 hours
Costs: 870,000 VND ($37.50)

There are 3 good options when taking an overnight train from Hanoi to Da Nang. Rates vary daily so if you have a flexible schedule, check online which train and schedule fit your budget.

See below an overview of the night trains

TrainScheduleDuration4-Berth Sleeper
SE319:25-11:0315h 38m880,000 VND ($38)
SE1920:00-12:2516h 25m945,000 VND ($40.50)
SE122:20-13:2215h 02m870,000 VND ($37.50)

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Step 2: Da Nang Railway Station from Hoi An by Bus

Duration: 45min
Costs: 20,000 VND ($1)

From Da Nang railway station, you can reach Hoi An center via a 45min public bus ride.

See the page about Da Nang railway station for the bus schedule and more details.

 

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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 three companies below:

Bus OperatorScheduleDurationCosts
Hung Thanh18:00-11:00
18:30-11:30
17h360,000 VND ($15.50)
Queen Cafe18:00-12:3018h 30m360,000 VND ($15.50)
Hey Travel18:30-11:3017h435,000 VND ($18.50)

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Although $3 more expensive than the other options, Hey Travel is one of the more trusted bus operators. You can book a seat via BookAway, which also provides better services compared to other booking websites.

  Hotel

My favourite places to stay in Hoi An


HaLo HomeStay

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: $11

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Flame Flowers Homestay

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: $25

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Vina Beach Pool Villas

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

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ActivitiesThings 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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