Updated November 2022.
The trip from Hoi An to Da Nang airport is a popular route for travelers. As there is no Hoi An airport, Da Nang is the closest airport for visitors to Hoi An, and being the biggest city in Central Vietnam, it also has a train station linking north and south.
With Hoi An and Da Nang being so close together, there’s a great choice of transport between the two cities. Whilst we focus on the journey to the airport here, the same methods can be used for those simply wanting to see the city itself – just hop off a little earlier! The journey from Hoi An to Da Nang can of course be made in the opposite direction and travel links remain the same. Read our guide to the best methods and their prices below.
How Far From Hoi An to Da Nang Airport?
Hoi An is approximately 30km from Da Nang and the airport is just 2km outside the main city centre. Although it’s possible to reach Da Nang from Hoi An in around 40 minutes, it’s best to allow 1 hr 30 mins for the journey in case of heavy traffic.
How to Get From Hoi An to Da Nang Airport
Taking a local bus is by far the cheapest method of transport between Hoi An and Da Nang. If you’re traveling solo or in a small group with minimum luggage then you can make great savings here. Preferred by backpackers and budget travelers, the journey from Hoi An to Da Nang bus station will also take longer than a taxi or motorbike. If you’ve a lot of luggage, a family or are in a big group, a local bus is probably not for you.
Da Nang Bus Station is approximately 2 miles from the airport, so you’ll need to arrange a car or motorbike taxi to take you the rest of the way. Likewise, if you’re flying into the city, there’s no direct bus from Da Nang airport to Hoi An – best to book a cab from inside the airport.
Depart from: Corner of Le Hong Phong & Nguyen Tat Thanh, Hoi An
Time: 5:30am – 5:30pm (buses leave from Hoi An every 20 minutes)
Journey: 1hr 30mins
Price: 30,000 VND
Contact: +84 (0) 235 3861 240
Route: From Hoi An Bus Station – Le Van Hien – Ngu Hanh Son – Tran Thi Ly Bridge – Bach Dang – Phan Dinh Phung – Yen Bai – Le Duan – Dien Bien Phu – Ton Duc Thang – the Centre of Da Nang bus station
Note: If you’re not traveling to the airport but having a trip to see the sights of Da Nang City, then alight at Ngu Hanh Son for Marble Mountain & Bach Dang for Han Market, Da Nang.
Hoi An to Da Nang Train Station
Hoi An does not have a train station, so train isn’t an option for an airport run. It’s also worth noting that the station in Da Nang is 3km from the city centre.
However, if you’re visiting Central Vietnam as part of a longer excursion through the country, then Da Nang’s Train Station is connected to both Hanoi in the north and Ho Chi Minh in the south. The No.1 bus from Hoi An stops at Da Nang train station for those wanting to make a longer journey by train.
Hoi An Express Shuttle Bus
The Express Shuttle bus service is a great, cost-effective Hoi An to Da Nang airport transfer for those traveling light. Hoi An Express travel is a shared service running from early morning until late at night. The van picks up from hotels across Hoi An and of course does the return leg too – picking up from Da Nang airport and dropping off at your hotel.
The Hoi An Express airport shuttle needs to be booked in advance and is understandably a popular option so try not to leave it till the last minute! If traveling in the opposite direction, your driver will arrive in the Da Nang terminal holding a piece of paper bearing your name.
Depart from: Corner of Le Hong Phong & Nguyen Tat Thanh, Hoi An
Time: 5am – 11pm (hourly)
Journey: 1hr 15mins
Price: 140,000 VND
Contact: +84 (0) 938405917 & email@example.com
Route: Hoi An Express (Hoi An Office, 30 Tran Hung Dao) – hotel pick-ups (Hoi An centre, Cua Dai beach, An Bang beach) – My Khe Beach – Han Market – Hoi An Express (Da Nang Office, 108 Bach Dang) – Nguyen Van Linh – Da Nang Airport (Domestic Terminal)
Luggage allowance: 1 x bag (56cm x 28cm x 23cm, max weight 20kg) + small personal bag
Note: a free airport bus is available outside the terminals to travel between International and Domestic.
Taxi from Hoi An to Da Nang Airport
There’s a vast choice of car taxis available when traveling from Hoi An to Da Nang airport, or vice versa. And with them comes a vast difference in price. Prices vary between regular 4-seater cars and 7-seaters, as well as between drivers and companies.
Always book a taxi in advance of your journey to avoid scams, however unlikely these may be, and ensure you have an agreed price estimate. If you’re unable to do this yourself, your hotel will be happy to arrange one for you. If traveling from Da Nang airport to Hoi An and you’ve been unable to book a fare in advance, book one from inside the airport when you land. You might pay a little more but that way you’ll avoid any surprises.
Mai Linh & Faifoo Taxis
The two main taxi companies seen on the streets of Hoi An are Mai Linh (green) and Faifoo (yellow). You can book these over the telephone or hail them in the street. Both firms use meters but are reliable and honest.
Mai Linh: +84 (0) 235 3914 914
Faifoo: +84 (0) 235 3919 191
Grab is fine for short trips around Hoi An but at 450,000+ VND to Da Nang Airport other options should be preferred. Traveling from Da Nang international airport to Hoi An by grab is no better.
Grab is well-known and reliable. You’ll be advised of your waiting time and a fixed price in advance (around 150,000 VND).
You’ll also find various other ‘xe om’ (motorcycle taxis) around Hoi An. Many of these can be hailed on the street and are reliable, but the safest method is to book a Grab in advance. If going down the hail-a-bike route, agree on the price before you set off and write it down to be on the safe side. Unless it’s a Grab, be cautious using a motorbike taxi at night.
Various operators run private car services for distances long and small. For travel between Da Nang Airport and Hoi An private car is the preferred option for most, especially groups. Prices are as follows, depending on the size of your party:
- 4 seater car around 250,000 VND
- 7-16 seater car around 350,000 VND
Find our recommended private car with driver services here.
As anyone who has spent some time in Vietnam will know, motorbike is the number 1 method for traveling around. If you’re an experienced rider, then making the airport journey from Hoi An to Da Nang is a great option – if you miss the traffic you can be there in around 40 minutes.
However, you’ll have to shop around for a company that allows you to drop off your vehicle in another city. If you’ve never ridden before or haven’t experienced riding through Da Nang – a much busier city than Hoi An – then stay safe and don’t risk it.
Daily rental prices for motorbike hire are around 150,000 VND, depending on your bike’s power and the trip you’re planning. But you’ll usually find a higher, fixed cost for a 1-way rental.
Remember that you may not be able to drop off your motorbike directly by the airport, so factor travel time from your drop-off place into your journey.
Important note: even if you have a motorcycle license from your home country, riding in Vietnam without a local one may mean you won’t be insured should anything go wrong. Read our full guide to motorcycle hire here.
What’s the Best Way to Travel?
For convenience, the Hoi An Express Shuttle or a private car are the best options when traveling between Hoi An and Da Nang. If you’re traveling light and don’t mind a 90-minute journey, then the shuttle is a great option for you or a small party. And for peace of mind, a private car is still cheap by Western standards. Avoid delays and surprises by sticking to these methods and ensure your adventure in Vietnam continues with aplomb!