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How to get from Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An
How to get from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) to Hoi An or Da Nang? You can travel to Hoi An by plane + bus, train or bus.
1. Train+Bus – Saigon to Hoi An
2. Flight – Saigon to Da Nang
3. Bus to Da Nang / Hoi An
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From Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An + Da Nang by plane, train or bus.

    • Embark on a captivating journey from Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An, an iconic tourist destination in central Vietnam, with a travel distance spanning approximately 930 km by land along the scenic coastal road. Explore three transportation options from Saigon to Hoi An: train, bus, or a combination of flight and bus via Da Nang. Opt for the swiftest and most convenient route by taking a direct flight to Da Nang, boasting a travel time of just 1-1.5 hours. Direct flights from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Nang by various vietnamese airlines are priced between $40 to $170 per person, with buses readily available from Da Nang Airport to Hoi An.
    • Alternatively, travelers can opt for an economical train journey spanning 17-20 hours to reach Da Nang, followed by a short bus, taxi, or minivan ride to Hoi An. For those seeking budget-friendly options, sleeper buses offer a wallet-friendly alternative, albeit with a longer travel time of 21-23 hours. Enhance your journey by exploring other enchanting destinations along the way, such as the vibrant city of Nha Trang or the coastal gem of Quy Nhon. Secure your tickets to Hoi An or direct flights to Da Nang from Saigon conveniently online.

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    • Discover the allure of Hoi An, a prominent tourist hotspot in central Vietnam, situated just 20 km from Da Nang, the third-largest city in Vietnam. Renowned for its rich historical heritage, Hoi An beckons visitors with its ancient cityscape and diverse attractions, including boat trips, culinary delights, and bicycle or other culture tours. Da Nang serves as a vital transportation hub for central Vietnam, with Da Nang International Airport conveniently located approximately 30 km from Hoi An’s town center.
    • Explore multiple routes to reach Hoi An from Ho Chi Minh City, including road travel via bus or train, as well as air travel to Da Nang. From Hoi An, travelers can easily journey to Da Nang by bus or taxi, or venture further to Hanoi or Ninh Binh. Delve into detailed instructions on reaching Hoi An from Saigon in Vietnam provided below.
Transfer Mode – Saigon to Hoi An: Travel Time Cost Range
Train + Bus (via Da Nang) 18-21 hours $20-70/pp.
Tourist Bus 21-23 hours $16-50/pp
Flight + Bus (via Da Nang) 4-6 hours $45-180/pp

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How do I get from Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An?


1. TRAIN + BUS from Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An

The first and popular low-cost transportation option from Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An, also intended for solo travelers, is a train and bus trip via Da Nang city. This transfer option has 2 steps, the first step is to travel by train from Saigon to Da Nang and the second step is to travel by bus / minivan from Da Nang to Hoi An. Hoi An is only about 25 km from the center of Da Nang. Expect a longer transfer time and a price range approximately the same as the price of the cheaper buses.

So the first step is to travel by regular train of Vietnam Railways or even tourist sleeper train from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Nang City. This is a popular and very long railway route, on which you can also use sleeping beds in ordinary trains or the tourist sleeping train Violette Train. The train journey time from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Nang City is approximately 17-20 hours and the trains arrive at the station which is well located in the city center.

You should definitely choose a sleeping bed on the train, but seats are also available, they are the cheapest option, sleeping beds are more expensive. Train tickets from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Nang City cost between $20-50/pp, the tourist sleeper train Violette Train costs about $70-80/pp (sleeper bed). The tourist train Violette Train offers better comfort and better services especially for foreign tourists who use this train.

Trains leave from Saigon Railway Station (01 Nguyễn Thông) and arrive at Da Nang Railway Station (202 Hải Phòng, Phương Tân Chinh). You can search and buy train tickets from Saigon to Da Nang online even in advance, it is recommended for sleeper or tourist trains. Regular trains to Da Nang also accept mobile phone tickets, but always read the current information when ordering tickets.

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The second step is to travel by bus or minivan from Da Nang to Hoi An. It is a route that is only about 30 km long and there are many different buses, minibuses or minivans between the cities and the tickets are relatively cheap. Traveling by bus or minivan from Da Nang to Hoi An costs approximately $2-15/pp and the travel time is approximately 1-1.5 hours.

There are many different private transport companies that go to Hoi An and they will mainly offer you smaller minivans or minibuses or even classic buses. Some of these companies operating services between Da Nang and Hoi An are Barri Ann Travel, April Adventure, Techbus VN, Queen Cafe, Hoi An Express, Luxury Van Limousine, VietNam Travel Bus, Vietnam Explore Travel, Hoi An Food Tour, Duc Duong, Green Trips, Hanh Cafe.

Some of these companies also depart from Da Nang train station, so you can use them for a direct transfer if you don’t want to stay in the city. Buses will take you to various places in Hoi An or even directly to some hotels in the city.

You will always see this information when ordering bus/van tickets, read the all information carefully. Again, you can book bus tickets from Da Nang to Hoi An easily in advance online.

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From Saigon to Hoi An you can travel by train + bus via Da Nang (photo: Baolau)


2. FLIGHTS from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Nang

If you are looking for the fastest and most comfortable option of transportation from Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An or Da Nang, you can use a direct air connection. Sometimes these flights are roughly the same price as sleeping beds on the train, so it’s a good idea to research the prices of individual types of transport first.

Vietnam Airlines, Bamboo Airways, VietJet Air, Vietravel Airlines and Hanh Air Systems offer direct flights from Saigon’s Tan Son Nhat Airport to Da Nang Airport (see Vietnam airports map). Da Nang Airport is only about 3 km from the city center, and even directly from the airport you can use buses or minivans or private cars to Hoi An.

Various local buses or small minibuses and private cars of various companies go to the city center. The cheapest flights from Saigon to Da Nang are usually offered by the low-cost airline VietJet Air. Most of the direct flights operated are Economy class. Flight time from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Nang is about 1.5 hours and tickets cost between $40-170/pp.

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There are several direct flights between Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang throughout the day. You can search and book flights from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Nang easily online in advance. Always read carefully all the terms and conditions that apply to the air transfer.

The option of a direct flight is probably not the best for solo low-cost travelers, but sometimes it is possible to buy special cheap tickets to Da Nang. However, if you would like to see more of South and Central Vietnam, it is better to travel by train and stop at different places. You can also use direct flights on the return trip from Da Nang to Ho Chi Minh City.

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Direct flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Nang is the fastest way of transfer.


3. BUS from Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An (+Da Nang)

The last and also low-cost transportation option from Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An in central Vietnam is the trip by intercity sleeper bus. These sleeper buses also usually go to Da Nang city afterwards. Take into account that the journey is very long and the time from Da Nang to Hoi An by these sleeper buses is approx. 21-23 hours.

Buses can leave from different places or stops in Saigon and also arrive at different places in Hoi An, you will see this information when ordering tickets. Bus tickets from Saigon to Hoi An or Da Nang cost between $20-50/pp, so they are roughly the same price as Vietnam Railways trains.

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If you were to decide what to choose, bus or train, it is better to choose a sleeping bed on the train and use the train transfer. Companies that operate bus routes from Saigon to Hoi An are Viet Nam Travel Bus, Full Moon Party Tour, Phuong Trang (Futabus), Hanh Café or Techbus VN. They will offer you classic older or even very modern and air-conditioned buses.

Sometimes it is better to pay extra for a sleeping bed in a modern and newer bus, because the journey is very long and you will definitely want comfort. You can search and buy bus tickets from Saigon to Hoi An online even in advance. Always read all instructions regarding the bus transfer to Hoi An.

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From Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An you can also travel by tourist sleeper bus (photo: Viet Nam Travel Bus, 12go.asia).


FAQ – Travel route from Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An:

1. How to book tickets or flights from Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An?

    • You can book e-tickets + flights from Saigon to Hoi An online on Baolau or 12go.asia.
    • It is possible to search different travel routes, e.g. Ho Chi Minh to Nha Trang, Nha Trang to Hoi An…

2. What is the travel time from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) to Hoi An?

    • Travel by train+bus to Hoi An from Ho Chi Minh City takes about 18-20 hours.
    • Travel by plane from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Nang takes about 1-1.5 hour.
    • Travel by bus from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Nang takes about 21-23 hours.

3. What is the travel distance from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) to Hoi An + Da Nang?

    • Travel distance from Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An is about 950 km by train/bus and about 600 km by plane to Da Nang.

4. How much does it cost to travel from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) to Hoi An?

    • Transfer by train + bus to Hoi An from Ho Chi Minh City costs about $30+/pp.
    • Transfer by plane + bus from Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An costs about $50-180/pp.
    • Transfer by sleeper bus from Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An costs about $16-50/pp.

5. What is the best way of transport from Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An / Da Nang?

    • The best and fastest way of transport from Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An is to travel by plane to Da Nang and then take a direct bus to Hoi An. It the most fastest and comfortable way of getting to Hoi An and Da Nang.

6. What is the cheapest option of transfer to Hoi An from Saigon?

    • The most cheapest way how you can get to Hoi An from Saigon is to travel by tourist sleeper bus. The most cheapest bus tickets to Da Nang or Hoi An cost about $15-17/pp.

7. Is it possible to travel from Da Nang Airport to Hoi An by bus?

    • Yes, you can travel by bus/limousine from Da Nang Airport directly to Hoi An. You can book bus tickets on Baolau or check this bus schedule to Hoi An.

8. Where to travel from Hoi An or Da Nang?

9. What is the best way of transport from Hoi An to Hanoi?

    • If you want to get to Hanoi, the best and comfortable way of transport is to travel by plane from Da Nang. There are lots of direct flights from Da Nang to Hanoi every day, travel by plane from Da Nang to Hanoi takes about 2.5 hours.

10. Is there an airport in Hoi An?

    • No, there is no airport in Hoi An town, the closest airport is Da Nang International Airport, it is about 30 km from Hoi An. Da Nang International Airport is the main and biggest airport of central Vietnam.

11. Hoi An – Old Town – What to visit and what to expect?

    • Hoi An – Old Town is the most visited place in Hoi An. It is also good to know what you can expect, what to see and where to stay in this historical part of this town, read this article: Hoi An – Old Town (Travel Guide).

12. Which beaches can you visit in central Vietnam?

    • Central Vietnam is known for its stunning coastline and beautiful beaches. The best places for visit these beaches are in Cam Ranh coast, Nha Trang area, Quy Nhon or Hue. Read this article: The Best Beaches in Central Vietnam.

13. How to travel solo in Vietnam?

    • Discover the wonders of solo travel in Vietnam as you explore ancient temples, cruise through scenic landscapes or karst sceneries, hike various national parks and ethnic villages and connect with the warm-hearted locals, creating a personalized journey of cultural immersion and breathtaking experiences.

14. What are the most interesting things or facts about Vietnam?

    • Vietnam, a country with a captivating allure, is celebrated for its breathtaking landscapes, including the mesmerizing limestone karsts of Halong Bay, the terraced rice fields of Sapa, and the bustling waterways of the Mekong Delta. Its rich history unfolds through ancient temples in Hanoi, the imperial city of Hue, and the Cu Chi Tunnels, providing a glimpse into Vietnam’s resilience during wartime. The country’s vibrant culture, delicious cuisine, and warm hospitality further enhance the allure of this Southeast Asian gem. Read this: 15 Interesting Things of Vietnam.

15. What to expect from Vietnam Culture?

    • Expect a vibrant cultural tapestry in Vietnam, characterized by traditional values, a strong sense of community, and a deep-rooted respect for family. You’ll encounter a fusion of French, Chinese, and indigenous influences in art, architecture, and cuisine. Traditional water puppetry, folk music, and dance performances showcase the country’s artistic flair. The importance of rituals and festivals in daily life adds a colorful dimension, while the warmth and friendliness of the Vietnamese people make for a welcoming and enriching cultural experience.

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🚆 Train Schedule / Timetable – Ho Chi Minh City to Da Nang + Train Tickets:

FULL UDPATED TRAIN SCHEDULE – CLICK HERE

Train Schedule - Ho Chi Minh City to Da Nang

Departs in Ho Chi Minh

Arrival in Da Nang

Train Ticket

Train SE2 (soft seat, sleeper)

20:35

13:40

From $25.00

Train SE4 (soft seat, sleeper)

19:00

12:42

From $25.00

Train SE8 (soft seat, sleeper)

06:00

00:36

From $22.00

Train SE22 (soft seat, sleeper)

10:20

0555

From $25.00

Train SE6 (soft seat, sleeper)

15:00

10:10

From $23.00

Train SE12 (soft seat, sleeper)

19:25

15:28

From $35.00

Train SE10 (soft seat, sleeper)

12:20

08:49

From $25.00

Violette Train SE2 (sleeper)

20:35

13:40

From $75.00

Violette Train SE4 (sleeper)

19:00

12:42

From $75.00

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🚍 Bus Schedule / Timetable – Ho Chi Minh City to Da Nang + Bus Tickets:

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Bus Schedule - Ho Chi Minh to Da Nang

Departs in Ho Chi Minh

Arrival in Da Nang

Book bus ticket

Futabus - Phuong Trang

10:30

06:30

From $16.00

VietNam Travel Bus

07:30

03:00

From $31.00

VietNam Travel Bus

10:30

06:30

From $31.00

VietNam Travel Bus

12:30

06:00

From $40.00

VietNam Travel Bus

14:00

10:30

From $40.00

VietNam Travel Bus

17:00

13:00

From $23.00

VietNam Travel Bus

19:45

15:45

From $23.00

Techbus VN

07:45

09:45

From $31.00

Hanh Cafe

08:00

08:30

From $24.00

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15 best cheap hotels and homestays in Hoi An. Hoi An green apple hotel (photo: Agoda)
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15 best luxury hotels and resorts in Hoi An. La Siesta Hoi An Resort & Spa (photo: Agoda)


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