Travelling between Hoi An & Da Nang

Da Nang is Vietnam’s fasthử nghiệm growing đô thị, a sprawling metropolis of modern high rise mixed with a sprinkling of French colonial architecture lounging between the Bach Dang river and My Ke, one of the longest stretches of beach in Vietphái mạnh. It’s very much a Vietnamese thành phố — as bewildering and as it is beguiling, and not for the faint-hearted. If you are one of those travellers who likes khổng lồ explore, then Da Nang really is worthy of at least a day trip from Hoi An. Here are your options for how to get there.

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View of Da Nang from the Marble Mountain.

If you are really confident on a motorbike then it’s a good option, và a good way of getting from A lớn B in the city’s manic streets. It’s a 30 kilometre drive sầu along the coastal road, giving you the option of a stop at the majestic but rather kitch Marble Mountain. It’s certainly worth a stop even if it’s just so you can get your bearings of the đô thị from one of the highest viewpoints on the coast. Once you hit coastal Da Nang, take a left by the Furama Resort and go straight across the roundabout & over the bridge to the heart of the action.

If you are comfortable zipping around Ho Chi Minch then you should just about be alright. Be warned that you are not ambling around country roads here; it’s fast paced and can be dangerous if you are not sure where you are going. There are also a lot of police checks so dress correctly và always wear your helmet.


The 18,000 VND local bus.

Another option is khổng lồ get the local bus and at 18,000 VND each way it’s almost the cheapest one. Buses leave from the station just off Le Hong Phong – a 15-minute walk from town — every half hour or so, and drop you off at the main bus station on the outskirts of Da Nang about 45 minutes later. Return buses run until 18:00 so bear that in mind if you want khổng lồ get back in a day. A few drivers are known for charging a little more for foreigners, so a good tip is lớn have the exact money ready, hvà it over and take your seat. If you have any problems the price is advertised just inside the door so point that out và you’ll be fine.

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Easier lớn traông chồng down than the miễn phí chợ giao thương Big C bus.

Free buses leave sầu from various points on the outskirts of town. Ask at your hotel for the nearest one to lớn you. They drop you off right outside Da Nang’s Big C, which is well located in the centre of town. These leave around 08:30 and return once the bus is full, so take advantage of it for a one-way if you plan on ambling around the thành phố for the day. Look out for the big green bus with Big C on the side.

To hire an air-conditioned oto and driver for a day will set you bachồng about 500-700,000 VND. If you can get enough people together & have some kind of itinerary then this is your best option as Da Nang is a big thành phố that is hard khổng lồ negotiate. Your driver will happily wait as long as you need, but vì rethành viên lớn give him enough time at some point khổng lồ grab himself a bowl of noodles along the way.

If you need lớn get khổng lồ Da Nang for onward travel by either plane or train, the local bus is doable but you will need to make separate arrangements from the city bus station, which adds on both time and money. One way by oto will cost you 200 to lớn 250,000 VND or you could get Go Travel’s shuttle bus service, which leaves from town several times a day & costs just 80,000 VND, dropping off at both the train station và airport.

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There is a không tính phí bản đồ that you can pick up at the airport or in town from Go Travel called Tic — vày get one as you will use it!

Local bus station, Hoi AnLe Hong Thuong St

Local bus station, Da NangTruong Chin St

Reviewed by Caroline Mills

After years of camping in her baông xã garden in the New Forest, Caroline Mills’ parents went wild and jetted her off to Morocco where her dream of becoming a traveling belly dancer was born.