Hoi An to Da Nang

Da Nang is the neighbouring city of Hoi An. It’s the capital of Central Vietnam and has the most important (busiest) transport hubs of the region, such as airport, train station, bus station, cruise port. No doubt, it’s the gateway of itself and sister town Hoi An with the rest of the country and the world. If traveling by air from abroad, travelers definitely land in Da Nang first and then have a transfer to Hoi An if they like to visit it. And vice versa, it’s needed to return to Da Nang to fly to the next destination or home. For those who explore Vietnam from south to north by train or most clearly, go to Hue, they also need to reach the train station there. Da Nang’s railway station is the only choice. This article outlines all the ways to get from Hoi An to Da Nang, to help travelers quicker find out the best transport for themselves.

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Distance from Hoi An to Da Nang

Hoi An city centre is the Old town world heritage and its surroundings, with a radius of 2 kilometers. The most central point is in the Hoi An Museum of History and Culture. Distance from it to the Dragon Bridge in Da Nang city’s core is 25 km and to the airport there is 27 km. If staying overnight in an accommodation at An Bang or Cua Dai beaches, the distances to Da Nang are 25 km and 28 km respectively. Of course, to get to the airport, travelers need to move further a couple of kilometers.  

Da Nang is a large city, with many urban and rural districts. It has many famous attractions that travelers all want to see. These are distances from center of Hoi An to the most visited ones:

– Hoi An to Marble Mountains: 20 km

– Hoi An to Museum of Cham Sculpture: 27 km

– Hoi An to Ba Na Hills and Golden Bridge: 55 km

– Hoi An to Lady Buddha and Linh Ung Pagoda: 35 km

– Hoi An to Pink Church: 27,5 km

– Hoi An to Asia Park (Sun World Danang Wonders): 25 km

– Hoi An to My Khe Beach: 25 km

– Hoi An to Hai Van Pass: 55 km

 

Hoi An to Da Nang Airport (Hoi An Airport Transfer)

Location of Da Nang Airport

Hoi An’s nearest airport is in Da Nang’s downtown, 27 km northwest. It was established by the French and then used by Americans as a major air base in the Vietnam War (sometime busiest in the world). This Central Vietnam’s largest airfield served 15,5 millions of visitors in a recent year. Today, its facilities include 2 passenger terminals, the domestic and the international. Both of them are well connected with the rest of the city and Hoi An.  

Travel Time from Hoi An to Da Nang Airport

Distance between Hoi An and Da Nang’s airport is 27 kilometers, via the shortest route. Meaning that it takes about 45 minutes if traveling by car and motorcycle riders for 1 hour.

Which is the Best Airport Transfer?

The best airport transfer from Hoi An to Da Nang is by private car. It should be booked on a dependable online site and provider. The reasons are its more affordable price than taxi, flexible departure times, suitability for small groups and families and comfort in any weather. Especially if you have heavy luggages and many souvenirs, it’s perfect to carry them with the passengers. Travel time is 45 minutes and shorter when starting in the early morning or late night. During the rainy season, a car is the best fit. The price of a four-seat car ranges from 200,000 to 350,000 VND depending on different times of the day and the year.

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Bus From Hoi An to Da Nang

The Bus and Hoi An Bus Station

Featuring a yellow color, Bus 1 is the only public bus from Hoi An to Da Nang. During the day, there are about 2 buses parked in the Hoi An Bus Station to serve the cheapest ride between cities. The terminal is at Le Hong Phong St, 1,5 km from the iconic Japanese Bridge, 4,5 km from An Bang beach and 6 km from Cua Dai beach. If staying in the city center, it’s possible to get there by foot and in further areas, a short taxi ride is needed.

Reschedule and Ticket of Hoi An to Da Nang Bus

Bus from Hoi An to Da Nang runs from 5:30 a.m to 5:50 p.m daily, with a frequency of 30 minutes. Travelers are advised to be in the bus station at least 5 minutes before the departure times. Parking is available just nearby, with a fee of 5,000 VND for bicycles. Passengers will pay 20,000 VND and this price covers the whole itinerary (from Hoi An bus station to Da Nang bus station). No matter where they get off, it’s unchanged. If traveling by luggages, the bus attendant may charge an extra 10,000 VND. Preparing small cash in VND in advance to avoid wrong exchange from him/her, keep in mind.

After leaving the station, Hoi An to Da Nang bus moves along Nguyen Tat Thanh and DT607 roads before Da Nang. It picks up and drops off randomly in this part, meaning that if someone hails, the rider will pull over and allow him/her to get on (and vice versa). Then, it stops in regulated stations along Le Van Hien, Ngu Hanh Son, 2 Thang 9, Bach Dang, Hung Vuong, Ong Ich Khiem, Nguyen Tat Thanh roads and others. The final one is the Da Nang Bus Station where the passengers can find buses to anywhere across the country.

The whole ride is over 1 hour. Therefore should time well your plan to feel more relaxed if aiming to get another bus to somewhere, like Hue.

Sightseeing Places in and near the Bus Itinerary

– The Marble Mountains: around 30 mins after leaving the bus station. The bus will drop off passengers near the crossroad Huyen Tran Cong Chua – Le Van Hien. To see ticket counters and entrances, walk along H.T.C.Chua St and all roads leading up to the mountain are to the left. Entry fee is 40,000 VND and it’s free in 2022.

– Museum of Cham Sculpture: the bus will stop at some places before this museum and after crossing the Han River. Travelers will see the largest collection of sandstone sculptures carved by Cham people prior to the fall of their kingdom in 19th century. Entry fee is 60,000 VND and it’s free in 2022.   

– Dragon Bridge: to visit this unique bridge, get off in the same station to Cham Museum, it’s just a few walks from there. The head of the dragon is on the opposite bank.

– Han Market: After the Cham Museum, the bus will stop at points along the Han riverfront Bach Dang including this market.

– Da Nang Cathedral: stop at the Han market and then take a short walk. Its entrance is in Nguyen Thai Hoc (back gate), not in Tran Phu St, free to visit.

– Con Market: dropping off points in both Hung Vuong and Ong Ich Khiem roads are near this traditional market. Travelers can shop and eat local foods at a local price here.

Getting to Da Nang’s Main Transport Hubs

Traveling by Bus 1 is a cheap method to get to major transport hubs in Da Nang from Hoi An. After getting off, the passengers often need to have a short walk or transfer by another vehicle. Sure, it’s free or inexpensive. The best way for each hub is outlined in brief as following below:

– International terminal of Da Nang airport: leave the bus in the Cham Museum and then take a taxi (around 2 km)

– Domestic terminal of Da Nang airport: leave the bus in the left bank of Tran Thi Ly bridge (after cross the river) and then take a taxi transfer for 2 km

– Da Nang train station: leave the bus in Ong Ich Khiem St and then walk along Hai Phong St, don’t need a taxi ride

– Da Nang central bus station: the last stop, so just enjoy watching the city until the bus arrives here. It’s easy to see a bus to go to Hue after.

Hoi An to Da Nang by Taxi vs Private Car

Getting a taxi is the easiest way to get from Hoi An to Da Nang. In the hotel, travelers can ask for help from receptionists, they definitely do. At luxury and famous places, there are some cabbies always available outside. Cost of a local-brand taxi is metered, ranging from 13,000 to 16,000 VND for each kilometer, depending on length of the drive. If traveling around the city and to a distance of 30 km, the cost is the same and it’s lower when getting somewhere further. Larger cars charge more than smaller ones. Therefore, a ride from Hoi An to Da Nang center by four-seat taxi is from 300,000 to 400,000 VND. It’s cheaper if travelers contact taxi firms in advance and have a contract.

Private cars are another popular way to transport between cities. Travelers can find and book in so many places, both online and offline. In common, the price of a four-seat car from Hoi An to Da Nang center and airport, is from 200,000 to 350,000 VND. It may be cheaper in low seasons and in promotions (especially on the internet). To select the best deal for yourself, you should ask a couple of sellers before booking such as the hotel, reliable online sites, tour operators near you. The ride is not long (45 mins to 1h), so the quality is quite the same between providers.

How to Get From Hoi An to Ba Na Hills in Da Nang

Ba Na Hills is a reputable entertainment complex in the top of Da Nang, at an elevation of nearly 1,500 meters. It’s widely known for cool weather all year round, world-record cable car network, breathtaking sceneries and exciting activities. In 2018, the Golden Bridge was opened and soon became a social media hit. Later, many magazines named it in the list of places to visit once in your lifetime. Ba Na Hills is a perfect place for a day trip outside of Hoi An. During the hottest or busiest times of the year, travelers are advised to depart in early morning or late afternoon.

The shortest distance from Hoi An to Ba Na Hills’s cable car terminal is about 55 km. It takes over 1 hour if traveling by car or bus and 1,5 hours for motorcycle riders. Getting there by yourself is not hard and quite cheap. No matter if you would like to join a tour or get free in a personalized plan, you should read details in How to Get from Hoi An to Ba Na Hills to know necessary information.

How to Get From Hoi An to Golden Bridge in Da Nang

The Golden Bridge (Cầu Vàng) is one of the world’s wonders in Vietnam. It’s located in the highest mountain of Da Nang, called Nui Chua, at an elevation of 1,414 meters. This inspirational, amazing building features a pedestrian walkway with gold-plated handrails that holded by two giant hands. The designers shared that it represents a string of silk that the Gold of Mountain wants to give to visitors worldwide. Now, the Golden Hand Bridge is the most famous of its kind in the city and the country.

The bridge is accessible by car and cable car, but tourists are allowed to the second only due to safety reasons. It takes around 17 minutes to get from the mountain foot to its nearest cable car station. See details in our guide for both self guided and guided travelers in Da Nang Golden Bridge Tour.

Hoi An to Da Nang’s Attractions by Motorbike

Motorbike Rental in Hoi An

It’s easy to rent a motorcycle in Hoi An. Possible places are hotels, local shops near the hotel and online sites including tour agencies. The price for one day rental of a semi-automatic bike is from 100,000 to 150,000 VND, and is more expensive if like to ride an automatic bike. Fuel is always not covered by these costs, but absolutely it’s cheap. A motorcycle can be shared for two people and the one in the front needs to have a driver license and an IDP (internal driving permit).

Getting to Da Nang’s Attractions and Parkings

There are many stunning places in Da Nang that travelers should not miss out on if have time. The best for motorcyclists is Hai Van Pass – a coast road with spectacular scenery and numerous hairpin turns, and then Son Tra Mountain or peninsula with off-the-beaten-path routes and beautiful outlooks. Riding around the city to see its iconic landmarks and local food markets is also popular. Parking fee is around 5,000 VND at most places. The coolest drives are along the riverfronts and seafronts.

Hoi An to Da Nang Train Station (to Get Hue)

Da Nang train station is in Hai Phong St, in the center of Da Nang. It’s 30 km away from Hoi An, therefore the travel time is around 45 minutes by car or taxi. If getting there by Bus 1 (public), the drive may be one hour. Travelers should get off at a station in Ong Ich Khiem St, to minimize the distance to the station. The ticket costs 20,000 VND only, so definitely the bus is the cheapest. Read more information in Hoi An to Hue.

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Hoi An to Da Nang in History

Boat from Hoi An to Da Nang

Da Nang and Hoi An are connected with De Vong river, flowing from Han river in Da Nang and into the larger Thu Bon river near its estuary. When Hoi An was an international trading port, this waterway was also busy by boats carrying cargo. In 1835, Minh Mang – the 2nd king of Hue-based Nguyen dynasty requested all foreign boats to stop only in Da Nang’s harbour. The decision was one of the reasons for the decline in commerce of Hoi An at the time. Over the years, Da Nang replaced its role and became a leading regional commercial center. On the other hand, the river was partially covered by sand and so did not support traffic anymore. In the near future, it will be dredged to make things alive and grow tourism.

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Hoi An to Da Nang by Train

In 1888, Da Nang became a French concession and the colonists gave the name “Tourane” to it. Quickly after, many state-of-the-art buildings were built in this area, including grid-like streets, hospitals, markets, post office, church, and especially a city train network. Many industries are also birthed and developed, making Da Nang soon turned into an important urbans in the country (although very young). In the 1890s, the busiest route to Hoi An – Co Co river partially got stucked” by sand. To keep the wealth of trade, in 1902, French businessmans requested to construct a railway and 3 years later, it came to reality. Every day, the train run three times, 2 in the morning and one in the afternoon. However, sand once again was the problem and many parts of the track were covered, making the transportation impossible in long hours. Traffic got lower after that due to a significant decrease of profits in Hoi An. The intention of abandoning the railway reached its peak in 1916 when a typhoon hit the area and damaged many things. French din’t use it anymore in the next year.    

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