Da Nang is the largest city in central Vietnam and often used as a gateway to nearby cities like Hoi An. For the longest time, Da Nang was mostly a transport hub where people get on and off the train or plane to reach their next destination. But not anymore.
Nowadays, travellers have been making Da Nang a part of their itinerary for its laid-back beaches, clear waters, and centuries-old pagodas.
When travelling the 30km from Hoi An to Da Nang, we highly recommend riding a motorcycle. You can rent a motorcycle for as low as $8 and you can do the journey at your own pace. Alternatively, you can take a bus for 1.5 hours ($1.30) or the taxi for 45 minutes ($17.50).
The motorcycle is the most popular mode of transportation from Hoi An to Da Nang. The roads between the two cities are quite easy to navigate as long as you have good experience with the motorbike. It also saves you money as you can use the same motorbike for a DIY tour between Hoi An and Da Nang.
Per day motorbike rental starts at $8. Note that if you’re not coming back to Hoi An, the bike can be picked up in Da Nang for $7 to $9, depending on the pick-up point.
If you are not an experienced rider, you can also take a bus or van. Travel time is between 45 minutes and 1.5 hours. Local bus tickets are very cheap and cost only $1.30. Van tickets start at $7, but they are faster and more comfortable than the bus.
Taxis are a convenient option when travelling with a group. You can rent a 3 to 4-seater car for at least $17.50.
Taking a motorbike is an exciting and very affordable way to travel from Hoi An to Da Nang. You will find plenty of rental shops in town, but we recommend Hoi An Bike Rental as they offer good bikes and even better customer service. Their rates are $1 to $2 more expensive than other shops, but they also receive much better reviews.
Bike rentals start at 185,000 VND ($8)/day. You don’t need a license when renting their motorbikes, but you will have to leave an ID.
Note that Hoi An Bike Rental does not have an office in Da Nang. However, they offer a bike pick-up service for 160,000 VND ($7) – 210,000 VND ($9), depending on the pick-up point in Da Nang. This charge already includes the delivery of your luggage, which you can leave at their Hoi An shop during your DIY tour.
Also, keep in mind that riding a motorcycle in Vietnam requires more than basic experience. Traffic is not as bad from Hoi An to Da Nang, but it might still be risky for an unfamiliar driver.
Hoi An to Da Nang by Bus
Duration: 1.5 hours Cost: 30,000 VND ($1.30)
Public buses operate between Hoi An and Da Nang from 05:30 to 18:00. Travel time is an hour and a half and tickets cost 30,000 VND ($1.30). Note that some drivers tend to increase the price for foreigners. Just insist on this amount and don’t let the drivers fool you!
When travelling by public bus, you need to take the yellow Bus #1. Ask your hotel where you can find the nearest bus stop.
Hoi An to Da Nang by Minivan
Duration: 50 min Cost: 160,000 VND ($7)
If you want a more comfortable transfer from Hoi An to Da Nang, you can also take a minivan. Tickets are more expensive at 160,000 VND ($7), but this already includes free pick-up from your hotel in Hoi An. The vans park at Furama Resort, 6km southeast of Da Nang city center.
April Adventure offers 10 trips daily, every hour from 08:00 to 17:00. The journey takes about 50 mins.