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While Hoi An’s compact size makes it easy to explore on foot, you may still need to rely on transportation at some point during your trip. Fortunately, Hoi An’s transportation options are both reliable and affordable. For a comprehensive guide to navigating the town and traveling further afield, look no further!

Da Nang Airport & City

The drive from Da Nang to Hoi An takes approximately 30 minutes. For groups of three or more people, renting a car and driver is the most convenient and cost-effective option. For larger groups or those with excess luggage, a minibus and driver might be a better fit. Alternatively, you can also consider bus services, which offer routes from Da Nang to Hoi An, as well as from Da Nang airport and city.

Methods of Hoi An Transport

Hoi An Taxis

In Hoi An, Grab car is a popular transportation option that allows you to pay via card or cash. With reasonable and transparent pricing, it’s a convenient way to get around town.

In Hoi An, taxis are an affordable and reliable option, with drivers known for their honesty. There are two major taxi companies in the area: Mai Linh (operating green taxis) with a contact number of +84 (0) 235 3914 914, and Faifoo (operating yellow taxis) with a contact number of +84 (0) 235 3919 191. Both companies use meters to ensure fair pricing.

In Hoi An, you can hail a taxi on the street, request one by phone, or visit popular gathering spots like the corner of Le Loi and Tran Hung Dao streets. Additionally, for tourists, there is a dedicated English-speaking taxi service available at +84 (0) 235 3 929 929.

Bus Services: Hoi An to Da Nang / Da Nang Airport

On a budget or traveling solo, the most affordable way to reach Da Nang City or the airport from Hoi An is by bus. Several bus services operate regularly between the two destinations. For more information, visit our page on Bus Services to Hoi An to Da Nang Airport & City.

 Grab & FastGo Taxis

In Hoi An, Grab taxis and motorbike taxis are a convenient way to get around. For a local alternative, consider FastGo, the Vietnamese equivalent of Grab, which operates similarly and offers a more affordable option than standard taxis. Note that Grab fares to Da Nang can be higher than hiring a private car and driver for the journey.

Motorbike Rental

Renting a motorbike in Hoi An is straightforward, but be prepared for chaotic roads! Familiarize yourself with Vietnam’s Rules of the Road to stay safe. If you hire a motorbike over 50cc, ensure your insurance covers you in case of an accident. Note that recent changes to Vietnamese motorbike licensing laws may render some foreigners uninsurable. Check our motorbike insurance page to see if you’re affected and explore alternative options. For costs, tips, and motorbike rental information, visit our motorcycle rental section.

Xe Om (Motorcycle Taxis)

Before hopping on, agree on the price with your xe om (motorcycle taxi) driver or better yet, write it down to avoid any misunderstandings. Xe om is a budget-friendly way to explore Hoi An. For short trips, you shouldn’t pay more than 30,000 VND. For longer rides to An Bang or Cua Dai beaches, expect to pay around 40,000 VND. If you feel the driver is driving recklessly, speak up. Note that using a xe om during the day is generally safe, but exercise caution at night when a different dynamic takes over.

Bicycle & Motorised Bike Rental

Hoi An is a cyclist’s paradise! With its compact size and flat terrain, exploring the town on two wheels is a breeze. Just be mindful of unpredictable traffic and check out our Rules of the Road for guidance. If pedaling feels like too much effort, consider an electric bike – a fun and effortless way to zip around town. Perfect for those who want to experience the thrill of cycling without the physical exertion. For more information on bicycle and electric bike hire, visit our dedicated page.

Rent a Car & Driver

For getting around Hoi An, taxis are the way to go. But when venturing beyond the city limits, consider hiring a private car and driver for a stress-free and cost-effective experience. Whether heading to Da Nang airport, Marble Mountain, My Son, or Hue, a private car and driver will likely be more affordable than a tour or taxi. If your hotel arranges one, expect to pay a premium. These drivers are reliable, accustomed to foreigners, and offer great value. Check out our private car and driver hire section for pricing and contact information.

Boat Ride Hoi An

Escape the city streets and experience Hoi An from a different perspective – the water. A nighttime cruise along the Thu Bon River, surrounded by twinkling wish candles and lanterns, is truly breathtaking. A daytime trip to the water coconut grooves and back is equally special. Boat hire is priced by the vessel, with an hour-long trip costing around 150-200,000 VND. Be kind to the vendors, who are often poor but very nice people – a little haggling is okay, but don’t be too pushy.

Electric Cars

In Hoi An, you’ll spot white and green electric buses zipping around town. Like the Hoi An Shuttle Bus, you can use these as a taxi service by calling ahead, specifying the number of passengers, and getting a quote. From 7am to 2pm, they’ll take you anywhere in Hoi An. Between 2pm and 10pm, they operate a continuous loop between 487 Hai Ba Trung (at the corner of Hai Ba Trung & Ly Thuong Kiet) and 1 Cao Hong Lanh in the Old Town. You can purchase tickets at two locations: 487 Hai Ba Trung or 127 Phan Chu Trinh. The one-way fare is a reasonable 10,000 VND.


Take a Cyclo

Experience the charm of Hoi An’s Old Town like a local on a cyclo ride. For a unique perspective, take a trip in the early evening when the heat subsides and the town is bathed in a kaleidoscope of lanterns. A 15-20 minute tour around the Old Town costs 150,000-200,000 VND, depending on your bargaining skills and the cyclo driver’s schedule. Be sure to negotiate the price, and once agreed upon, have it written down to avoid any misunderstandings. All cyclos are registered with number plates and are monitored by the local police for your safety.

Sometimes, please take note with the cyclos driver not take up all the street, and leave enough space for walkers. 

Hoi An to Hue

The popular route from Hoi An to Hue is a staple of any Vietnam travel itinerary. Spanning approximately 130 km, this scenic journey is a must-do, especially with the option to traverse the stunning Hai Van Pass, renowned for its breathtaking views.

Getting to Ho Chi Minh City

Getting to Ho Chi Minh City offers various transportation options. For a budget-friendly choice, buses are a cost-effective option, with sleeper buses available. Alternatively, the train journey takes around a day, offering scenic views, and is priced similarly to flights. If time is of the essence, flights provide a quick and convenient option.

Traveling to Hanoi

As you depart from Hanoi’s vibrant atmosphere and head to Hoi An’s relaxed charm, you’re in for a treat. The journey itself is visually stunning, regardless of the mode of transport you choose!

Whether you opt for a flight or a land journey, we weigh the pros and cons of each option below to ensure your travel is both safe and enjoyable.

Road Rules

Vietnam’s road rules may differ significantly from those in the West. It’s crucial to adapt to the local driving style, as relying on Western habits won’t suffice here. With a bit of understanding, you’ll find a method to the madness, and by driving cautiously and focusing on the road ahead, you can navigate safely. For a comprehensive guide to Hoi An’s road rules, click here.

Driving Licenses

In Vietnam, having a valid driving license is a must for foreign nationals operating cars and motorbikes. Due to high car costs, many opt for motorbikes, but many ride without licenses without much issue. However, to ensure your health insurance covers you in one of the world’s most hazardous traffic environments and ride a motorbike over 50cc, obtain a valid Vietnamese motorbike driving license.

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