how to go from hoi an to danang

How to Go from Hoi An to Danang [Vietnam Buses, Taxi & Bikes]

Not many foreign visitors come to Danang, and that makes it magical.  Many people skip right to Danang or Hoi An, but there are some great things to see here in Danang and in the area, that’s its worth stopping off at.  Danang is Vietnam’s third-largest city and the largest commercial port in the region.   Danang is a fabulous place to start on heading over the Hai Van Pass or head up Danang too.  But I digress.  This guide covers you whether you’re going from Hoi An to Danang or Danan to Hoi An as you’ll need to know the best way to travel between these two destinations.  There are several options for transport between Hoi An and Danang, but what’s the best way to go from Hoi An to Danang?  And what are the options for traveling to Danang from Hoi An?  Here’s our guide on how to get to Danang from Hoi An.

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Where is Danang

Danang is the central commercial center of Vietnam. Danang is the largest city in the region and Vietnam’s fifth-largest city.   Danang is located on the eastern coast of Vietnam halfway between Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.  Danang is by road 760 kilometers from Hanoi, 840 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh City, and 30 kilometers from Hoi An.  Danang, sometimes, Da Nang is a great location for visiting the Vietnam War Sites around here, as it is in the area that was known as the DMZ during the Vietnam War.

Where to Stay in Danang

There are some great places to stay in Danang – here’s our pick of the luxury places to stay in Danang, mid-range places to stay in Danang, and budget accommodation in Danang

Sala Danang Beach Hotel, Danang: The Sala Danang Beach Hotel is ideally located just 170 meters from the beach in Danang and is conveniently surrounded by attractions and plenty of dining options. This luxury Danang hotel has rooms and suites equipped with a magnificent view of the beach, a flat-screen TV, a private bathroom with a bathtub, shower, a hairdryer, along with bathrobes and other toiletries, air-conditioning, a mini-bar, a safe, seating area, free WiFi, and soundproofing. The Sala Danang Beach Hotel has a gorgeous infinity pool overlooking the vast blue ocean and an in-house restaurant offering a wide range of menu choices. You can also enjoy a relaxing massage, spa sessions, and sauna sessions. The Sala Danang Beach Hotel provides guests with world-class services ideal for those visiting Danang. You can check rates and room availability at this Danang luxury hotel here.

Diamond Sea Hotel, Danang: The Diamond Sea Hotel in Danang is exceptionally located near Danang’s popular beach and other landmarks that are walkable from the hotel. Each room at this mid-range Danang Hotel provides a balcony with a view of the beach, a flat-screen TV, a seating area, a private bathroom with a shower, hairdryer, and other toiletries, a mini-bar, a safety deposit box, soundproofing, and complimentary drinks. The Danang Diamond Sea Hotel has a fantastic rooftop pool that offers a spectacular view of the ocean and the bustling city. This top-notch hotel in Danang also has the Honolulu Restaurant where you’ll be able to enjoy varying cuisines, the Aloha Bar, and the Pool Bar and Sky Bar located on the 20th and 21st floors. The Diamond Sea Hotel is a fabulous place to stay in Danang. See room rates and availability here.

Palmier Hotel, Danang: Located just 500 meters from central Danang, the Palmier Hotel sits beside the Han River. The Palmier Hotel’s rooms are equipped with air-conditioning, a flat-screen TV, a fridge, a private bathroom with shower, hairdryer, and toiletries, a safe, and free WiFi, some rooms also offer a view of the river.  Enjoy food from the in-house restaurant, bar, and coffee shop. This excellent value Danang hotel also has both an indoor and outdoor pool. The Palmier Hotel is an ideal budget-friendly but quality hotel in Danang. Read more reviews and check room rates and availability here.

How to Go from Hoi An to Danang – Transport Options

The distance from Hoi An to Danang is quite short, only 30 kilometers (19 miles),  so a road trip is in your future if this is your planned route.  That said you still have several options.  There are no train tracks that run from Hoi An to Danang, but you still have some options available.  In this guide on how to go from Hoi An to Danang, we’ll cover the fastest way to travel go from Hoi An to Danang, the easiest way to go to Danang from Hoi An, and the cheapest way to get to Danang from Hoi An, as well as the most fun way to get to Danang from Hoi An.  Our guide on the best things to do in Danang is here.

How to get to Danang from Hoi An

For transport from Hoi An to Danang, then you have several options.  You can take a direct bus from Hoi An to Danang, you can take a minivan to Danang from Hoi An, or you can take a taxi from Hoi An to Danang.  You can rent a motorbike and ride to Danang from Hoi An.

The Bus from Hoi An to Danang

It’s about 30 kilometers by road from Hoi An to Danang.  And the bus from Hoi An to Danang is the cheapest way to go from Hoi An to Danang.  There are (depending on the season) four direct buses a day that go from Hoi An to Danang.   The bus to Danang from Hoi An takes about an hour.  You can get to the bus station in Hoi An and buy your ticket there or you can book a bus ticket online here.

This is the cheapest way to go to Danang from Hoi An

Online booking of buses to Danang from Hoi An lets you select which seats you want.  Check availability, prices, and book seats on buses from Hoi An to Danang here.

Taking the local Hoi An to Danang Bus

The little yellow bus from Hoi An to Danang (from where we caught the train to Danang) was a most excellent Vietnamese experience.  You don’t need to prebook this, just rock up at the bus station in Hoi An and wait for the bus.

If you search for “bus from Hoi An to Danang”, then it’s likely that all the horror stories will amuse or scare you. You’ll find stories about westerners being charged 50k VND for a journey that costs locals 20k VND. And they’re true! As a westerner, we had to pay the 50k for us. We figured it would be, we also figured that we could have bargained, argued, and just not taken the bus.

hoi an to danang local bus

The 50k fee was worth it for the entertainment, it’s a glorious slice of Vietnamese life.  We can debate until the cows come home about the “ripping off” of foreign travelers and how rife that is in Vietnam, but I’m not going to do that here. Instead, I’ll remember how the little yellow bus was loaded with life, with a spare wheel (not for the bus, for something much bigger), with bags of fruit, of onions, and how the rearrangement of all this cargo continuously throughout the trip was most amusing.

hoi an to danang local bus luggage transfer

The Little Yellow Bus didn’t go particularly fast, in fact, we ambled along, but we rarely actually stopped, even to pick up passengers. And we did pick up passengers, but it was mainly on the move. We’d slow, the driver’s assistant would head down the steps at the front, haul up the individual wanting to get on and any bags and then we’d speed up again. Getting off was the same, you’re hustled to the door, held onto, and then almost pushed as you drift towards the stop area. Oh don’t get me wrong, it doesn’t feel dangerous, it’s just amusing, especially when they’re trying to push one person off and pull one person on at the same time.  Through the same door.

Minivans from Hoi An to Danang

This is – for me – the best way to travel to Danang from Hoi An.  Minivans are comfortable, they’re quick (about an hour) and they’ll also pick you up from your hotel and drop you at your hotel in Danang.  It’s well worth it for the lack of hassle!

Minivans from Hoi An to Danang run at scheduled times, starting at 6 am. There are (depending on the season) 16 minivans a day that go from Hoi An to Danang.   The minivans aka shuttles to Danang from Hoi An take about an hour.  This is the best way to go to Danang from Hoi An

There are 16 shuttles that you can book to go to Danang from Hoi An.  Shuttles pick you up at your hotel and leave Hoi An at 6 am and there are various schedules through until 9 pm.  Also if you want to travel to Danang outside of these times it’s possible, there’s just a surcharge that needs paying.  Check availability, prices, and book seats on shuttles from Hoi An to Danang here.

Taxis from Hoi An to Danang

Taking a taxi to Danang from Hoi is the quickest (and most comfortable) way to get there.  It can take as little as 45 minutes to go to Hoi An from Danang by taxi.  This is the quickest way to go to Danang from Hoi An

You can book a taxi to Danang from Hoi An and pay for it here.

Ride a Motorbike from Hoi An to Danang

And this is the most fun way to travel.  Motorbiking.  Of course, if you ride a bike to Danang from Hoi An, then you won’t want to stop there, you’ll want to carry on and ride the Hai Van Pass and head on up to Hue (here are some of the fab things to do there).  Renting motorbikes in Vietnam is a great way to see the country, and there’s now a fabulous service called Bikesbooking, where you can rent a bike or scooter.  (You can even rent a bicycle if you’re wanting a lot more exercise).  Put your travel dates in here and check out the rates for renting a motorbike between Hoi An and Danang – and the rest of Vietnam.

Map of Bus Stops for going from Hoi An to Danang

map of how to go from hoi an to danang

You can also see the train station and bus stops from Hoi An to Danang here

The quickest way to get from Hoi An to Danang

The quickest way to get to Danang from Hoi An is to take a taxi.  It takes as little as 45 minutes to drive from Danang from Hoi An and you can book a taxi from Hoi An to Danang here.

The cheapest way to go from Hoi An to Danang

The cheapest way to get to Danang from Hoi An is to take a bus, – reserve your seats here.

The best way to go from Hoi An to Danang

I’d say that taking a minivan or shuttle to Danang from Hoi An is the best way to get there.  You’ll get picked up from your hotel, and be sharing it with other travelers, so it’s not the quickest way to go, but it’s great for cost-effectiveness and you don’t have to lug your bags to the bus station (you can see on our map where the bus stations are in Hoi An and Danang) or find out how to get to your hotel in Danang from the bus station there.

Other key routes to travel in Vietnam

Want to know more about different forms of transport in Vietnam? Our guide to Vietnam transport is here. And here’s how to travel some of the popular routes around Vietnam, your options, and how we did it.

Travel Tips for Exploring Vietnam

Final Words on How to Go from Hoi An to Danang

This is a short journey and it’s easy to do.  There are taxi, bus, and shuttle options.  Heck, you can even cycle or use a motorbike to do this journey.  It won’t take you long to travel.

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