Hoi An, located in Quang Nam province, is one of the World’s cultural heritage. Once a major port, it now becomes a famous tourist attraction for its remained unique and delightful architecture including tottering Japanese merchant houses, Chinese temples, and ancient tea warehouses. Traveling from Hue to Hoi An now is becoming a popular trend of tourists.
The distance from Hue to Hoi An is 132 kilometers and 40 kilometers from the center of Da Nang city. Because it has neither any airport nor train station, the only way to get there is by road. However, you can travel from Hue to Da Nang – the neighboring city by any means of transportation and then find a suitable way (bus, taxi, Grab, private car or rented motorbike) to Hoi An. Overall, there are 4 main ways to get from Hue to Hoi An and each one has its pros and cons.
I. GETTING FROM HUE TO HOI AN BY TRAIN
Since Hoi An has no railway station, the journey from Hue to Hoi An has to be divided into 2 parts: getting from Hue to Da Nang by train and getting from Da Nang to Hoi An by other means of transportation. It often takes about 2.5 – 3 hours to travel from Hue to Da Nang by train and 30 – 90 minutes to get from Da Nang to Hoi An.
1. How to book a train ticket from Hue to Da Nang
Normally, you can buy offline tickets at any railway stations in Vietnam (in Hue, the main station is located at 02 Bui Thi Xuan Street). But a more convenient and faster way is purchasing online tickets on the website of Vietnam railway dsvn.vn. The price varies, depending on time, type of seat, seat position, type of passenger
Here is the information of trains from Hue to Da Nang:
|Train||Departure time||Arrival time||Price|
|Hard seat||Hard air-conditioned seat||Soft air-conditioned seat||4-bed air-conditioned room||6-bed air-conditioned room|
|SE9||05:02||07:49||VND 46,000||VND 53,000||VND 89,000||VND 113,000 – VND 122,000||VND 87,000 – VND 113,000|
|SE21||06:47||09:40||VND 56,000||VND 58,000||VND 61,000 – VND 67,000||VND 98,000 – VND 111,000||VND 74,000 – VND 102,000|
|SE1||08:56||11:26||N/A||N/A||VND 100,000||VND 137,000 – VND 152,000||VND 110,000 – VND 137,000|
|SE19||09:34||12:05||N/A||N/A||VND 70,000||VND 115,000 – VND 125,000||VND 85,000 – VND 110,000|
|SE3||10:35||13:00||N/A||N/A||VND 100,000 – VND 107,000||VND 137,000 – VND 152,000||VND 110,000 – VND 137,000|
|NH1||16:08||19:34||N/A||VND 66,000||VND 86,000 – VND 92,000||VND 143,000 – VND 152,000||VND 112,000 – VND 122,000|
|SE7||19:53||22:31||N/A||N/A||VND 74,000||VND 116,000 – VND 125,000||VND 89,000 – VND 115,000|
|SE5||22:50||01:28||N/A||N/A||VND 63,000 – VND 68,000||VND 104,000 – VND 112,000||VND 80,000 – VND 104,000|
2. Getting from Da Nang to Hoi An
After getting off the train, you have to find another way to travel to Hoi An. Travelers can choose between a private car, taxi, shuttle bus, motorbike rental or Grab to get to Hoi An. Each of these transportations has its own characteristics, so think carefully what kind of transportations is the most suitable. The transportation guide below will help you save your time and leave you stress-free when deciding how to travel.
a. Getting from Da Nang to Hoi An by private car
You can order a private car through a car rental service in the city. It often costs VND 350,000 for a 4-seat car and VND 460,000 for a 7-seater and single trip. However, bear in mind to ask for the price before booking. But if you have already booked your stay in Hoi An, ask your accommodation if they could arrange a private pickup car for you. It should cost almost the same price as the amount given above.
Call the car service company and provide them your information, such as pickup time, location, or even the train number if you want to be picked up at the train station. The private car option is comfortable in case you are traveling in a group of friends or family because it is available at any time and you can arrange with the driver if you want to visit some sites along the way, but by the way, it certainly costs more than other transportations.
Here are the recommended and trustworthy companies:
|Da Thanh travel||(+84) 236 355 0022|
|Quang Da Thang travel||(+84) 236 363 8638|
|Vu Khoa travel||(+84) 236 355 2768|
b. Getting from Da Nang to Hoi An by taxi
Taxi is the most convenient and also considered as the easiest way to get to Hoi An from Da Nang because all you need to do is catching a taxi and getting on it without any prior arrangement most of the time. Occasionally, it costs around VND 11,000/km if the distance to your destination is under 10 km. But with the distance over 10 km, you can call the directory inquiries to have a discount. It often costs you around VND 350,000 to VND 400,000 to travel from the city center to Hoi An and also, it takes you around 30-45 minutes.
Make sure your driver knows where to take you to. The area of Hoi An may not be familiar with some drivers and these drivers may end up driving round and round trying to find the destination. Also, you should choose a well-known taxi brand to avoid scams.
Here are some popular taxi brands and their contact number:
|Mai Linh Taxi||(+84) 236 352 5252|
|Song Han Taxi||(+84) 236 372 7272|
|Tien Sa Da Nang Taxi||(+84) 236 379 7979|
|Vinasun Taxi||(+84) 236 368 6868|
c. Getting from Da Nang to Hoi An by shuttle bus
There is a direct bus line between Da Nang and Hoi An – bus no.1 – for just VND 25,000. The earliest bus starts operating at 5:30 a.m and it stops serving at 18:00 and there is 1 bus every 20 minutes. You can use Google Maps to pinpoint the nearest bus stop and the arrival time of the bus. The nearest bus stop of Da Nang railway station is at 162 Ong Ich Khiem Street, which takes only 6 minutes to walk. The ticket is purchased on the bus, but make sure to pay the right price: VND 25,000. Although the bus is the cheapest travel option, it will take a bit longer, about 1,5 hours to get to Hoi An. This, hence, may not be a smart choice if you are tired after a long way getting from Hue to Da Nang by train.
d. Getting from Da Nang to Hoi An by motorbike rental
If this is your first time in Vietnam and you are not familiar with driving a motorbike, we would not recommend this option because it is fairly dangerous. But if you are skillful enough, traveling by motorbike is the most exciting option of all because of its flexibility to visit destinations along the way.
The average price for a bike rental is VND 130,000/day. You will have to leave your ID or your passport (sometimes they accept a copy) at the rental shop in order to ensure the bike’s safe return. You can go directly to the shop or pay the extra money and they will bring it to your place. Some shop will give you a discount for a longer rental. Make sure all functions are in good condition and take the shop’s contact and address in case you need help when something unexpected happens on your way.
Here are 7 famous motorbike rental shops in Da Nang city:
|1||Memory hostel – Motorbike rental service||3 Tran Quoc Toan||memoryhostel.com||(+84) 236 374 77 97|
|2||Da Nang bike rental service – small motorbike for rent||129A Dong Da||thuexedulichdanang.com.vn||(+84) 91 212 77 44|
|3||Da Nang bike rental shop – Product/services||14 Ha Bong||khachsanphuongbinh.com.vn||(+84) 90 567 06 90|
|4||Da Nang – Bike rental shop||14 Nguyen Thien Ke||N/A||(+84) 93 797 11 11|
|5||Motorbike for rent Da Nang||Slot 6 B9 Area South of Tuyen Son Bridge||xemaythue.tk||(+84) 125 512 51 27|
|6||Dat Phat – Bike rental service||75 Huynh Tan Phat||xemaydanangchothue.com||(+84) 94 708 00 89|
|7||Hoang Long – Bike rental service||85A Ly Thai To||huexemay.danang.vn||(+84) 92 655 53 33|
e. Getting from Da Nang to Hoi An by grab
As grab is becoming increasingly popular for its convenience and cheap price, many people choose it as a way to travel. There are several kinds of Grab, each of which has different types of price and depends on different time. You have to book online through the mobile app (named “Grab”). The advantages of this option are that you will know how much it costs after entering your location and destination in the given space, as well as a lot of discounts for you.
Here is the information of some popular types of Grab:
|Type of Grab||Reference price||Advantages||Disadvantages|
|GrabBike||VND 120,000 – VND
|Suitable for traveling alone||Cannot take much luggage|
|4-seat GrabCar||VND 400,000 – VND
|Comfortable||Unsuitable for those who suffer from motion sickness
Expensive if traveling alone
|7-seat GrabCar||VND 470,000 – VND 500,000||Comfortable||Unsuitable for those who suffer from motion sickness
Expensive if traveling alone
|4-seat round-trip Grab||VND 500,000||Comfortable
Include the return
|Unsuitable for those who suffer from motion sickness|
|7-seat round-trip Grab||VND 600,000||Comfortable
Includes the return
|Unsuitable for those who suffer from motion sickness|
Although Grab is recently available in Da Nang, the chance of getting your ride accepted is comparatively low compared to the options above.
3. Advantages & disadvantages of traveling by train
a. Advantages of traveling by train from Hue to Hoi An
It is undeniable that traveling by train is a budget-friendly option for any tourist. Besides, since the quality of train has been enhanced day by day, it is more comfortable to travel by train, especially with those who suffer from sickness motion. More interestingly, you can have the chance doing sightseeing while the train gets over Hai Van Pass.
b. Disadvantages of traveling by train from Hue to Hoi An
Although traveling from Hue to Da Nang by train may have some benefits, there are some certain drawbacks. Firstly, due to the fact that Hoi An has no railway station, you have to think of not only which train to choose, but also other types of transportation to get from Da Nang to Hoi An, which is complicated and may sometimes cause tiredness when setting up the travel plan.
4. Tips for traveling by train from Hue to Hoi An
First and foremost, you should check the time and the train carefully when purchasing the tickets, make sure you will not buy the wrong ticket or get on the wrong train. Second, be punctual, try to arrive at the station at least 15 minutes before departure time, watch out your luggage as well as be aware of the arrival station. Also, prepare something to entertain (books, mp3 players,..) and snacks (in case you may not find the food on the train tasty) and a U pillow if you get the seat ticket. Finally, take the chance to enjoy the scenic views outside because it can make your trip more delightful.
II. GETTING FROM HUE TO HOI AN BY SLEEPING BUS/COACH
1. How to book a sleeping bus/coach ticket from Hue to Hoi An
Basically, there are 2 ways to get a bus ticket from Hue to Hoi An. The first one is purchasing directly from the bus company or the bus station. The second way is booking through the company’s website/contact number and give them your information, such as name, seat priority, address (in case some buses have the pickup service). If your bus does not have the pickup service, go to the main station because all buses stop here before departing.
2. Advantages & disadvantages of sleeping bus/coach
a. Advantages of sleeping bus/coach from Hue to Hoi An
There are reasons that many tourists choose sleeping bus/coach as their main transportation. Like the train, this is a budget-friendly option because it is cheap. Moreover, these buses are air-conditioning and comfortable, since its target customer is foreigners. Most importantly, this is one of few choices that take you directly to Hoi An without any transitions, so it is time-saving when traveling by sleeping bus/coach.
b. Disadvantages of sleeping bus/coach from Hue to Hoi An
However, if you are keen on doing sightseeing, you will be disappointed because these buses always go through Hai Van tunnel in order to save time. Therefore, traveling by bus is boring than others. The service of the sleeping bus is not so good as other private options and maybe rather disturbing to some people, especially those who suffer from motion sickness. As a result, this may not be your cup of tea if you prefer a comfortable, relaxing and more private means of transportation.
3. Contact information of bus companies in Hue
There are several bus companies for you to choose from, however, their service quality, as well as the price varies. Thus, we will give you some suggestions to pick the most suitable sleeping bus/coach for the journey.
Here is the information of some bus companies in Hue:
|No||Company||Type of seat||Departure time||Arrival time||Price||Address||Contact number||Pros||Cons|
|1||The Sinh tourist||39-bed||08:00
|VND 100,000 – VND 120,000||37 Nguyen Thai Hoc||(+84) 234 384 86 26
(+84) 234 384 50 22
|A well-organized and convenient reservation system||No English speaker employees|
|11 Nguyen Cong Tru||N/A||English speaker employee
|3||KT Travel Hue||35-seat||08:00||12:00||VND
90,000 – VND
|32 Ba Trieu||N/A||Punctual
Lots of foreign tourists
|Problems with the air-conditioning system|
4. Tips for traveling by sleeping bus/coach from Hue to Hoi An
First, check the time and the name of bus carefully, make sure you will not get on the wrong bus. Second, be punctual, try to arrive at the station at least 15 minutes before departure time. During the journey, watch out your luggage and be aware of the arrival station because you may over-sleep and cannot hear the notice of the driver. Because traveling by sleeping bus/coach is somehow boring, you should prepare something to entertain (books, mp3 players,..) and snacks (in case you may get hungry)and a U pillow if you take the coach.
5. Compare sleeping bus/coach and train
|Duration||3 – 6 hours||3 – 5.5 hours|
|Reference price||VND 90,000 – VND 220,000||VND 71,000 – VND 600,000|
Directly travel to Hoi An
III. GETTING FROM HUE TO HOI AN BY CAR
1. How to rent a car in Hue
Hue itself is a tourist destination, so it is not too difficult to find a car rental shop. Most shops are located in some tourist areas (near the Huong river banks), such as Hung Vuong, Nguyen Tri Phuong, Chu Van An, Vo Thi Sau,… All you have to do are getting the information (address, contact number, website) of these stores and hire the cars in an offline or online way. The price varies depending on the kind of car: 4-seat car rental costs 1,600,000 VND, 7-seater 1,800,000 VND and 16-seater 2,600,000 VND
2. Advantages & disadvantages of private cars
a. Advantages of traveling by private cars from Hue to Hoi An
Privacy and convenience may be the 2 first things that appear in one’s mind when it comes to private cars. It gives you and your friends/family the private space to talk or sleep without being disturbed. By the way, some drivers know English and they can understand what you mean; therefore, don’t be worried about the language problem during the trip.
b. Disadvantages of traveling by private cars from Hue to Hoi An
The only noteworthy downside of traveling by private car is the high involved fee. It is a rather expensive traveling in a private car. Hence, if you are planning a low-budget journey, this may not be an appropriate selection. But if your budget is greater, don’t hesitate to hire a car because it will leave you stress-free on the way to Hoi An. Last but not least, you can choose another option if you get motion sickness.
3. Contact information of some car rental shops in Hue
|Hue Car Rental||15 Cao Xuan Duc||(+84) 93 515 77 00||huecarrental.com.vn|
|Hidden Land Travel||35D Chu Van An||(+84) 94 136 55 63||hiddenlandtravel.com|
|Hue Car Rental||29C/103 Nhat Le||(+84) 98 500 51 13||hueprivatetours.com|
|Hue Smile Travel||42 Nguyen Cong Tru||(+84) 93 548 44 15||huesmiletravel.com.vn|
|Car Hire Hue: Kha Tran||Avenue 6, An Cuu City||(+84) 166 447 67 89||xedulichhue.com|
|Xe Du Lich Hue||11/34 Tran Quy Cap||(+84) 91 392 32 52||xedulichhue.info|
|Thue Xe Hue||10/10 Nguyen Tri Phuong||(+84) 94 531 39 89||thuexehue.com.vn|
4. Tips for traveling by private car from Hue to Hoi An
Take the contact information or business card of the rental store in case something unexpected happens. Discuss carefully with the shop owner about the rental service and make sure the hire fee is not too much, normally it should be around the amount mentioned above. And finally, tell the drivers the sites which you want to pay a visit during the way in order that they may make some preparations.
IV. GETTING FROM HUE TO HOI AN BY MOTORBIKE RENTAL
1. How to rent a motorbike in Hue
Motorbike rental service is not too difficult to find in Hue because Hue is a famous tourist destination. Many of them are available in Huong riverside area, such as Le Loi, Chu Van An, Vo Thi Sau, Nguyen Tri Phuong, Hung Vuong. Don’t hesitate because the owners are friendly and wise enough to understand what you mean even they do not know English. Moreover, they always give you some suggestions and advice on which is suitable for you.
Some rental shops offer one-way pick-up as well as drop-off services, which allows you to ride in just one direction without having to give the bike back to your starting point.
2. Advantages & disadvantages of motorbike rental
a. Advantages of traveling by motorbike rental from Hue to Hoi An
Biking is the best way to enjoy the nature because you will have the perfect view of the amazing things around. This option outperforms others since you can stop on the way to do sightseeing and take photos, or just take a rest if you get tired whenever you want without disturbing anyone. Moreover, traveling by motorbike is effective to run away from the daily hustle and bustle life, whether you go with friends or take an individual trip, especially with the ones who love adventure.
b. Disadvantages of traveling by motorbike rental from Hue to Hoi An
Danger will be the first disadvantage of this transportation that appears in everyone’s mind. This is certainly because the Hai Van Pass route is rather hard to ride, though it may seem attractive for its picturesque scenery.
Getting from Hue to Da Nang by motorbike may be time-consuming and tired. The Pass route is a bit longer than going through the tunnel (165 km), so after spending about 5 hours riding to Hoi An, you will have no energy left to do anything. One more thing should be considered is the weather, which affects the ride directly. Because Bach Ma mountain is situated between Hue and Da Nang, there is a difference between these 2 areas’ weather. You may be able to experience the change in 2 parts of Hai Van pass: the Northern part is raining while the other is not. And watch out, the road may get slippery and dangerous when it’s raining.
3. Contact information of some motorbike rental shops in Hue
|Gem’s Cafe||1/34 Nguyen Tri Phuong||(+84) 914 230 914 (Ms. Ngoc)|
|Uncle Hoe||2 Nguyen Cong Tru||(+84) 935 267 329|
|Nam Thanh||48 Le Loi||(+84) 234 382 8951|
|Motorcycle Vietnam Ltd||14/42 Nguyen Cong Tru||(+84) 123 200 5599|
|Hue Motorbike Rental||29 Chu Van An||(+84) 935 373 735|
|Hue motorbike tours||35/42 Nguyen Cong Tru||(+84) 98 500 5113|
|Thanh Tu Travel||13 Vo Thi Sau||(+84) 90 636 5252|
4. Tips for traveling by rented motorbike from Hue to Hoi An
There are 2 common kinds of motorbikes: manual and automatic transmission. Automatic bikes are easier to handle, all you have to do is just turning the throttle and then it will run. However, the manual one is more suitable and petrol-saving when going over Hai Van Pass because you can control the torque manually, which helps you to go uphill easier.
By the way, check the bike carefully: brakes, tires, horns, light and gear pedal (if you want to rent a manual motorbike). Make sure that all the functions are in good condition. Don’t forget to take a photo of the shop as well as contact information in case you need help on the way. Also, do a careful research of the route before setting off because it is challenging and dangerous, even to skillful bikers. And don’t forget to take the weather forecast. Last but not least, prepare a map in case you may get lost and your phone cannot connect to the Google Maps.
5. Compare with private car
|Motorbike rental||Private car|
|Duration||3.5 – 6 hours||3 – 4 hours|
|Reference price||100,000 – 200,000VND/bike/day depending on the kind of motorbike||1,600,000 – 2,600,000VND depending on the kind of car|
Not suitable when traveling in bad weather
Not suitable for whom suffering from motion sickness
V. HOW TO CHOOSE A SUITABLE TRANSPORTATION FROM HUE TO HOI AN
1. What is your budget
Budget is one of the most important factors that decide how you travel. If you intend not to spend too much money on transportation, an adequate choice is taking the train and then get to Hoi An by shuttle bus, or you can catch a sleeping bus or a coach because it doesn’t cost much. Otherwise, if your budget is greater and convenience is your priority, you should choose other options like a private car.
2. Who do you go with
The means of transportation you use depends on the number of travelers as well as who they are. If you go alone, a private car is absolutely not a good choice, but it would be really nice if that’s a family trip. Also, if you go with friends, almost every option is suitable, especially the motorbike tour.
3. When do you have your trip
It is true to say that you can travel at any time of the year because Hoi An is still picturesque in the rain season. But each season has its characteristics that you should bear them in mind in order to decide which option to take. If you plan to take a motorbike tour, the best time of the year is from April to September because at other times, Hai Van Pass is usually covered with cloud and the road gets wet, which is dangerous to ride. Other options would be suitable for all seasons.
4. How much luggage do you bring along
If you want to travel light, it does not matter so much how you intend to travel. But if you are to bring along a pretty much luggage, think carefully. Maybe traveling by private car, train and public transportations are better choices than going by motorbike rental.
VI. BRIEF SUMMARY OF ALL VEHICLES
|Means of transportation||Travel duration||Price||Convenience||Pros||Cons|
|Train||3 – 5.5 hours||VND 71,000 – VND 600,000||7/10||Budget-friendly
|Sleeping bus/coach||3 – 6 hours||VND 90,000 – VND 220,000||8/10||Budget-friendly
Not suitable for whom suffering from motion sickness
|Private car||3 – 4 hours||VND 1,600,000 – VND
2,600,000 depending on the kind of car
Not suitable for whom suffering from motion sickness
|Motorbike rental||3.5 – 6 hours||VND 100,000 – VND 200,000/bike/day depending on the kind of motorbike||7/10||Adventurous
Not suitable when traveling in bad weather
There are a variety ways to travel and each means of transportation has its own pros and cons. We think after reading this article, you will find it informative and interesting and thus can find a suitable one to travel. Whatever option you take, we all wish you an unforgettable experience with friends, family or with yourself. It wouldn’t be nicer to walk along the street, stop by the yellow Japanese-styled houses and paper flower trees and have some tofu dessert, or just simply enjoy the afternoon tea in an 80s teahouse. Now you have the necessary information, let’s set off and go exploring Hoi An!