Hanoi to hoi an

Are you travelling around Vietnam và want khổng lồ know the best way to get from Hanoi khổng lồ Hoi An?

Vietphái mạnh can be quite tricky to lớn explore, especially for first-time travellers. Most of the things you know about public transportation bởi vì not apply here. Trains can be more expensive sầu than flights, buses require seat reservations, most stations look chaotic, official prices are difficult to find and scams are comtháng.

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But take a deep breath and let the Hidden team alleviate your worries! In this guide, we provide all the different ways lớn get from Hanoi to lớn Hoi An, along with everything you need to know khổng lồ make your trip safe & enjoyable. We warn you of the common mistakes & scams, so you can achieve stress-free travel. You are after all in one of the most exotic & compelling countries in the world, so start planning!

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Hanoi’s famous train street, one of Hanoi’s most photographed locations. Photo: Hidden Hoi An

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Bus ServiceBus Stoping PlaceTrain Cheapest PricePlaneMotorbikeVery Easy To Rent And Riding

Hoi An lớn Hanoi Travel Options:

Hoi An is located 798 kilometres south of Hanoi. As a rule of thumb, you are looking at a solid 17 hours on the road to cover the distance và 1 hour và đôi mươi minutes by air khổng lồ reach the nearest airport in Da Nang. If you’r looking for great travel advice in and around Hanoi North Vietphái mạnh are a great guide.

Luckily there are quite a few ways to lớn get to Hoi An from Hanoi. Depending on your budget and time constraints, you can opt for a bus, train, aeroplane or even motorbike—all of which come with pros & cons.

Bus & motorxe đạp will get you directly into Hoi An, while the train và plane will get you to lớn Da Nang thành phố, just 30 kilometres north of Hoi An. From Da Nang, you are a short ride away (45 lớn 90 minutes) khổng lồ Hoi An, either by local bus, express shuttle bus, xe taxi, or private oto. You can read more on how to get to Hoi An from Da Nang in our article here.

ModeTimePrice (VND)Price (USD)Stop
Bus18h320,000 - 740,00014 - 32 Direct
Train và Transfer16h 30m Train + 45-90 min Transfer396,000 - 1,840,000 Train& trăng tròn,000 - 500,000 Transfer18 - 80 Train & 1 - 25 TransferDa Nang
Plane & Transfer1h20m Flight+ 45-90 min Transfer560,000 - 2,800,000 Plane& 20,000 - 500,000 Transfer24 - 120 Plane& 1 - 25 TransferDa Nang
Motorbike Rental14h 40m - 15h 46mFrom 230,000 (per day)From 10 (per day)Direct

Hidden has put together everything you need lớn know about each mode of transport, along with some tips & comtháng traps you need to lớn avoid, so you can make an informed decision & get the most out of your journey!

Bus Service

If you choose lớn travel by bus, you will be spending cthất bại to 18 hours in a Vietnamese Sleeper Bus. Likely, these are a bit more comfortable than regular buses. Most of them have inclined, allocated seats or padded flatbeds, Wi-Fi, TV, và charging outlets.

There are quite a few companies that will take you from Hanoi straight to Hoi An. However, it is also quite challenging lớn figure out which are the good ones & how khổng lồ avoid being overcharged.

Sinc Tourist and Hung Tkhô giòn Travel are the two companies commonly prefered by locals. Both have sầu daily buses leaving Hanoi at 6 pm. If you decide khổng lồ go directly to lớn Hoi An your ticket will cost you around VDN 3trăng tròn,000 (14 USD), and you will arrive sầu between 11 am & 1 pm the following day. You take the bus from their offices in Hanoi và will be dropped off at their offices in Hoi An. See the maps at the foot of this article for the piông xã up và drop off locations.

Hidden Hint: Keep in mind that prices vị vary. So, before booking, ask around to lớn find the best deal!

Bus Stoping Place

You also have sầu the option to stop at major cities along the designated routes (Ninc Binc, Phong Nha, Hue, and Da Nang). This way you will be able khổng lồ see more of the country và break your journey inkhổng lồ smaller sections. An open ticket costs a little more than a standard ticket (570,000 VND or 25 USD). If you choose this option make sure lớn kiểm tra the bus route, as not all buses stop at the same cities. Remember lớn also reserve a seat on the next leg of your trip a couple of days in advance.

If you want khổng lồ save sầu yourself a journey to lớn the bus offices, the easiest way to lớn book your ticket is to talk khổng lồ your hotel receptionist or accommodation host. They will usually book the ticket for you & explain all the details. Travel agencies are also a popular option & usually offer hotel pichồng up service within the Old Town area.

Pros:

Sleeper buses are the cheapest way lớn travel around Vietnam giới. Their prices are very alluring, especially for last minute or low budget travellers, & they can be a good alternative to trains. Their greachạy thử advantage is the “xuất hiện Tour” option. By buying an open bus ticket you get to lớn hop on và off the bus at major cities along the route. The beauty of the open ticket means you can spend longer in places you like and less time in those you don’t. It is the perfect way you to see more of Vietphái nam & travel spontaneously without hassle.

Cons:

If you are going directly to Hoi An you will spover almost a full day on a bus. Between the onboard music, bumpy roads, honking và swerving, you might find it difficult to lớn get some sleep. Ear plugs và eye masks are highly recommended. Also, there is no nhà wc on the bus, you will have to wait till the next rest stop.

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Busses line up on the outskirts of Hoi An

Train

There is no railway station in Hoi An. The nearest railway station is in Da Nang, which receives several trains a day from Hanoi. From Da Nang lớn Hoi An you will need lớn take a different transportation method. It is a very short trip with lots of available options for all budgets referred lớn earlier in this article.

The train journey from Hanoi khổng lồ Da Nang takes 15h 30m to 16h 30m. Most travel agents & hotels will buy you a train ticket for a small commission. But, you can also buy it online using 12goasia. Hidden recommends buying your tickets at least one day in advance lớn ensure a seat or sleeper. Allow even more time during peak holiday seasons.

The seat types include a hard seat (wooden seat), soft seat (aeroplane seat), hard sleeper (6 berths, 3 tiers in a cabin) và soft sleeper (4 berths, 2 tiers in a cabin). Ticket prices vary depending on the train, with the fasthử nghiệm being more expensive. Lower berth is the most expensive, while upper berth is the cheapest.

Generally, prices start from VND 396,000 (18 USD) for a hard seat, VND 5trăng tròn,000 (22 USD) for a soft seat, VND 749,000 (32 USD) for a hard berth, và VND 943,000 (41 USD) for a soft berth.

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The Reunification Express train winds through the lush Vietphái nam landscape. Photo: Hidden Hoi An

Cheapest Price

If you wish lớn travel in a bit of luxury, there are some four-berth VIP options available at VND 2,005,000 (87 USD) per bed, these promise the most comfortable surroundings và a classier way of travelling.

You can also sover your motorbike in all major coastal cities including Vinh, Dong Hoi, Hue và Da Nang. However, you vị not travel with your motorbike; it goes on a separate freight train. From Hanoi, it will take up lớn two days for your bike to arrive sầu in Da Nang, and it will cost around VND 530,000 (23 USD).

Hidden Hint: Try not to lớn sleep during the Hue khổng lồ Da Nang leg of the trip as it offers some of the most scenic views of the country. We recommkết thúc you take a night train from Hanoi and secure a seat on the left-hand side so that you can experience the spectacular view in daylight.

Pros:

The Vietnamese rail system offers a reliable, affordable and relaxing way khổng lồ travel around the country. The route from Hanoi khổng lồ Hoi An offers spectacular scenery and excellent coastal views. It is a great mode of transport for those looking khổng lồ see a little more of Vietnam giới in a comfortable way. Travelling in an air-conditioned sleeping berth sure beats an overnight bumpy bus ride along the QL1A highway.

Cons:

Vietnamese trains are ageing. Although they are quite dependable, vày not expect lớn find modern, superfast, spotless, European-lượt thích trains here. If you have only a few days in Vietnam, spending 17 hours on a train might not be the best option for you, both time và comfort wise.

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A train sits in Da Nang train station. Vietnam’s rolling stock is fairly old, so you won’t find European levels of comfort or service.

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Plane

Flying is probably the most hassle-không lấy phí option. There are various daily connections from Hanoi lớn Da Nang. The closest airport khổng lồ Hoi An is Da Nang, & the flight from Hanoi takes just 1h & 20m. From Da Nang, it will take you 40 to lớn 90 minutes lớn reach Hoi An, depending on your means of transport. Read our Da Nang Airport Guide here.

Pros:

A plane is unquestionably the faschạy thử and most comfortable way to travel to Hoi An. If you book in advance, it can also be one of the cheapest ones as well. Flights start as low as VND 560,000 (24 USD) with all three local airlines, Jetstar Pacific, VietJet.Air, and Vietphái mạnh Airlines, holding the highest rankings for safety. We flew with low budget Jetstar Pacific airlines & found it really comfortable và punctual.

Cons:

Hopping by air from one city to another makes it hard khổng lồ get under the skin of a destination. If you are looking to lớn see more of Vietnam, crossing the country by bus, train, or motorbike will take you through its landscapes, giving you a greater idea of what the place truly has lớn offer và allow you khổng lồ visit more places along the way.

Hidden Hint: Hanoi’s international airport is the second biggest transport hub in Vietphái nam. Depending on the date and time of your arrival, you might come across long security queues. Make sure you arrive at least two hours before your scheduled departure time to lớn avoid any extra bức xúc.

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Da Nang Airport’s International terminal.

Motorbike

Another popular option lớn reach Hoi An from Hanoi is by riding a motorxe đạp. Don’t eliminate this option just because you don’t own a motorbike in Vietphái nam. There are many motorxe đạp shops operating throughout the country that offer ‘one way’ rental options. This simply means that you can start your journey in one city and leave the xe đạp in another.

Hidden Hint: If you know about bikes, you can easily buy one from a mechanic, a rental siêu thị, or a fellow backpacker for a few hundred dollars và then resell it when you reach your final destination. Most rental shops offer 24-hour tư vấn và a 1/2 buyback.

Style Motorbikes has shops both in Hanoi và Hoi An, with a large range of bikes available, which basically means that you can rent your bike in Hanoi và drop it off in Hoi An. Daily rates start at 230,000 VND (10 USD), while monthly rates start at 4,370,000 VND (190 USD). To rent you must pay a security deposit or leave your passport with them. Security deposits start at 13,800,000 VND (600 USD). We advise that you do not leave sầu your passport with them as although they will send it to your final destination, hotels in Vietnam giới require a passport to secure a room.

You Can Ride Without Feel Any Worries (Driving Licence)

Although you don’t need lớn show a driver’s licence to lớn rent a motorbike from Style Motorbikes (they offer không lấy phí driving lessons khổng lồ inexperienced riders), we highly recommend that you have a valid driver’s licence before you get on a bike. Roads in Vietphái nam can be busy, unpredictable & dangerous. The country has one of the highest road mortality rates in the world, 15,500 reported deaths per year, known as Vietnam’s “hidden epidemic.” Clearly, this is not the country lớn learn to ride, và there is no insurance that will cover you without a valid driver’s licence, should the worst happen.

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Scooters & cars giới thiệu Hanoi’s busy and narrow streets.

Very Easy To Rent And Riding

Bike rentals come with a helmet. There is also a large stoông chồng of helmets and safety equipment available for sale. Recommended routes with marked highlights are also available khổng lồ download on your phone.

The journey is cthất bại lớn 800 km or 15 hours driving. The inl& Ho Chi Minh Trail route offers breathtaking scenery of mountains, rivers, and local villages. It will take you only an hour more on the road, but you will have avoided the heavy traffic of trucks và buses on the more direct coastal route of the QL1A highway. Hidden highly recommends that you don’t go straight to lớn Hoi An and then take at least three to lớn four days khổng lồ enjoy the scenery on offer.

Reservations are usually encouraged since stores often run out of motorbikes. You can liên hệ them directly via Facebook or tin nhắn. Payments are made via cash or credit cards, and you can also use PayPal for the security deposit.

Pros:

When riding a motorbike through Vietnam giới, it’s more about the journey than the destination. You get lớn have total freedom and your own tailor-made itinerary. You get to lớn decide how many days you want to spover on the road and which stops you would lượt thích lớn make along the way. If you lượt thích riding on the baông chồng of a bike, traversing half the country from Hanoi to lớn Hoi An is an amazing way lớn see this diverse land and experience untouched Vietnam.

Cons:

The roads in Vietnam giới are as unpredictable as its weather. If you are travelling halfway through the country you will run inlớn some average khổng lồ poor roads, heavy traffic, roadside markets, livestoông chồng, heavy rainstorms, and cold conditions. Make sure you are prepared for this adventure because riding in Vietnam is more than just a “sunny beach holiday.”

To enjoy this unique experience, you need khổng lồ spkết thúc at least three to four days on the road. If you are paying a short visit khổng lồ Vietphái nam, you might need to consider another travel option.

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A group of motorcycles wind up the Hai Van Pass on a clear day.

Common Stops Between Hanoi And Hoi An:

If you are taking your time travelling through almost half of the country, then there are a few stops we suggest you take a look at, that will have you picking your jaw up off the floor. Begin with Van Long Nature Reserve sầu in Ninh Binch, the most bio-diversified wetlvà natural reservation area in Vietphái nam, an absolute must-see. Continue with Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, a protected area in north-central Vietphái nam known for its ancient limestone karsts and a vast network of caves. It includes the huge Son Doong cave sầu & Phong Nha cave sầu, which is big enough for boats.

When you reach Hue, be sure to make a stop at its Imperial City, an old citadel housing the emperor’s residence, temples, palaces, & main government buildings. You can also make a detour khổng lồ Ho Thuy Tien, the abandoned waterpark pictured below. Right before you reach Da Nang, the Hai Van Pass is going to lớn convince you to lớn pull over multiple times to enjoy the view. You can read our complete guide lớn the Hai Van Pass here.

Ba Na Hills and Marble Mountains are also two top sights that are definitely worth a visit. Both of them are located very cchiến bại to lớn Hoi An và can be easily explored on your way there or as day trips from Hoi An. You will find everything you need lớn know about these very popular attractions in our articles: Ba Na Hills và Marble Mountains.

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Hue’s abandoned waterpark. Photo: Sara Wass

Hidden’s Thoughts:

Taking some time to travel from Hanoi to Hoi An makes for an unforgettable experience. If you feel comfortable enough lớn ride a xe đạp we highly recommkết thúc riding the Ho Chi Minch Trail. This incredibly quiet road offers spectacular scenery & is igiảm giá for nature lovers who want lớn experience untouched Vietphái mạnh.

If you’re not keen on getting on the baông chồng of a xe đạp but would still lượt thích to lớn see the country, an open bus ticket is your best bet. This very affordable option gives you the opportunity lớn explore the major cities en route at your own pace, without the hassle of driving yourself. If you’re travelling as a family or in a larger group và would lượt thích lớn see a little more of Vietphái mạnh, consider taking the train. It’s a novel option for a group/family of four to travel in your own private cabin. Otherwise, the easiest, most direct option is, of course, to lớn jump on a plane & be here on the ground in Hoi An, strolling the lantern-lit streets in less than two hours.


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