Last updated: Sep 18, 2019

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Overview | Flight | Train | Bus | Secret Escapes

 

How To Get From Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh?

If you want to travel straight from Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh, we recommend to book a flight. Taking the train will take more than 17 hrs and the bus takes an entire day.

The closest airport to Hoi An is DaNang airport which is a 30-45min drive from Hoi An. The flight departing from DaNang airport to Ho Chi Minh takes only 1hr 15min

When you want to take the train, you also need to head to Da Nang first as Hoi An also doesn’t have it’s own railway station. However, this journey will take over 17hrs and is often even more expensive than flying. The good thing about this option is that this is more sustainable way of travelling as a train ride is better for the environment than flying. But for this route, flying is so much quicker that it makes more sense to take a flight instead of a train.

The last option is to take the bus, but we don’t recommend this option. The journey will take over 24hrs while the flight only takes 1hrs 15min. Also take in mind that buses in Vietnam are less safe than in well-developped countries so bettter avoid a long bus ride like this.

Transport modeDurationCostsTickets
Flight + Bus + Bus3 hours1,050,000 VND ($45.50)Check Flights
Train + Bus18 hours860,000 VND ($37.50)Check Train Tickets
Bus24.5 hours440,000 VND ($19)Check Bus Tickets

 

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Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh travelroute

 

Flight

Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh by Flight


Duration: 3 hours
Costs: 1,050,000 VND ($45.50)

Step 1: Hoi An to Da Nang Airport by Bus

Duration: 45min
Costs: 120,000 VND ($5.20)

From Hoi An center to Da Nang airport takes 45 minutes with the shuttle bus. Another option is the local bus which brings you for only 20,000 VND ($0.90) to Hoi An.

See the page about DaNang airport for more details.

Step 2: Da Nang to Ho Chi Minh by Flight

Duration: 1h 25min
Costs: 870,000 VND ($37.50)

The flight from Ho Chi Minh to Da Nang only takes a bit more than one hour. Vietjet Air offers cheap flights starting from 870,000 VND ($37.50).

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Step 3: Ho Chi Minh Airport to Ho Chi Minh City Center by Bus

Duration: 45min
Costs: 40,000 VND ($1.80)

Ho Chi Minh airport is located 45 minutes from the city center. We recommend taking the shuttle bus (also called the airport bus) from the airport to the center. Tickets only cost 40,000 VND ($1.80) and the buses offer a good level of comfort.

See the page of Ho Chi Minh Airport for more info.

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Train

Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh by Train


Duration: 18 hours
Costs: 860,000 VND ($37.50)

Because Hoi An does not have a railway station, you have to book the train from Ho Chi Minh to Da Nang. From Da Nang to Hoi An takes 45min.

Ho Chi Minh railway station is located close to the center. It’s about a 30-min walk or 15 min taxi ride from the city center.

Step 1: Hoi An to Da Nang Railway Station by Bus

Duration: 45min
Costs: 20,000 VND ($0.90)

From the bus station in Hanoi, you can take a public bus to Da Nang railway station for 20,000 VND ($0.90). Alternatively, you can take a shuttle bus or a taxi.

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

Step 2: Da Nang to Ho Chi Minh by Train

Duration: 17.5 hours
Costs: 840,000 VND ($36.50)
There are 7 trains leaving from Da Nang to Ho Chi Minh every day. We recommend taking SE7 since this train has the most convenient departure and arrival times.

See 2 suggested options below:

TrainScheduleDurationSleeper berth
SE113:45-05:4516h950,000 VND ($41)
SE722:36-16:1017h 34m840,000 VND ($36.50)

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Bus icon

Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh by Bus


Duration: 24.5 hours
Costs: 440,000 VND ($19)

We do not recommend to travel this long distance by bus since it will be a really long and exhausting journey.

Still want to travel by bus? Then go for a combined bus ticket with Hanh Cafe. Futa Bus does not leave from Hoi An but from Da Nang.

You can take the bus that leaves at 17:30 and will arrive in Hoi An the next day at 18:00. Again, we don’t see any good reason why you should travel this long journey by bus.

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  Hotel

My favourite places to stay in Ho Chi Minh


Boholand Hostel

Want to enjoy a great atmosphere with a bit more privacy than the typical backpack hostel? Boholand hostel offers lovely decorated private rooms. The super friendly host will give you the best recommendations of where to go. And best of all, she serves a delicious home-made breakfast for a perfect start of the day!

Double rooms from: $20

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Chez Mimosa

This boutique hotel is located just oustide of the center, but everything is still in walking distance, or just $1 by taxi to the center. Enjoy a wonderful breakfast at the balcony after a great night of sleep in the comfy beds. The very helpful owners also provide airport shuttle service.

Double rooms from: $31

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SGN Living Artist Apartment

This apartment is located a few minutes walk from the backpacker street and offers great value for money. Expect stylish modern rooms with lots of space and very comfy beds.

Double rooms from: $40

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ActivitiesMekong Delta


One of the popular activities from Ho Chi Minh is visiting the Mekong Delta.

We recommend to check out Klook to get a better impression about this tour. Tickets start from $16.50 for a full day tour including entrance fees.


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