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Hanoi and Hoi An are two of the most popular cities to visit in Vietnam. They are both wonderful destinations that have a lot to offer. Hanoi, the bustling capital city of Vietnam, invites you to explore its Old Quarter, a labyrinth of culture and history. Hoi An's tranquil Ancient Town, on the other hand, tells tales of cultural convergence through its varied architectural tapestry. Traveling between these two iconic cities also means you'll experience a shift in landscapes and climates, from the cooler temperatures and misty skies of Hanoi to the warm, sunny beaches and lush greenery of Hoi An. In this Hanoi to Hoi An guide for your Vietnam trip, we'll explore the various transportation options, travel times, costs, and tips to ensure a smooth journey.

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Ways to Get from Hanoi to Hoi An

The distance between Hanoi and Hoi An is around 800 kilometers and can be covered by plane, train, bus, or a two-wheeler. The best way to get from Hanoi to Hoi An depends on your circumstances, priority, and availability.

By Flight

People checking in at Noi Bai Interntional Airport in Hanoi.
You can fly to Hoi An from Hanoi from Noi Bai International Airport.

For the fastest journey from Hanoi to Hoi An, hop on a plane to Da Nang, the nearest airport. Vietnam Airlines, Vietravel Airlines, and Vietjet Air offer flights that take about 1 hour and 20 minutes. From the Da Nang airport, it's a 30-kilometer (roughly 1 hour) ride to Hoi An, easily covered by taxi, motorbike, or shuttle bus. Enjoy the scenic views along the trip and make stops for pictures. Bus service is available up to l around 7 pm.

Pro tips:

  • Book your ticket from a reputable ticketing website, such as Vietnam Airlines, Expedia, Skyscanner, and Traveloka.
  • On average, the ticket price is around USD 60 to USD 100, though fares may differ based on the airline and booking period.
  • It's a good idea to check the weather conditions before booking a flight as it may affect flight timing.
  • Travel during the dry season (February to May) to avoid typhoons and deluges.

By Train

An express train in that came from Hanoi to Hoi An.
Enjoy the thrill of traveling in the old-school express trains to get to Hoi An, going through picturesque landscapes.

Another convenient option for traveling from Hanoi to Hoi An is by train. Although they aren’t as economical as the bus, trains are still a budget-friendly alternative (about half the price of a flight) that allows you to soak in the scenic countryside of central Vietnam. While the journey is lengthy, taking roughly 16 to 17 hours depending on the train service and route, it saves on a night’s accommodation if you opt for a sleeper train.

The ticket price depends on the type of seat or cabin you choose. Tickets are available at stations, travel agencies, hotels, and online via the Vietnam Railways website, Bao Lau, and 12go. Asia. Around six trains depart from Hanoi for Da Nang daily; the first train leaves at 6:10 am and the last at 8:55 pm. You can take a motorbike, bus, or taxi from Da Nang to Hoi An.

Pro tips:

  • It is wise to book tickets in advance to save costs and to get the best seats.
  • You can choose air-conditioned carriages for a more comfortable travel.
  • Explore various options (hard seat, soft seat, hard sleeper, and soft sleeper). Soft sleepers are recommended for longer distances and would be convenient for traveling to Hanoi. Book a ticket in advance as there are limited soft sleepers.
  • Train times are prone to change, so stay updated on the Vietnam Railways website.

By Bus

A tourist bus going from Hanoi to Hoi An.
Tourist sleeper buses with wifi that go from Hanoi to Hoi An are a comfortable mode of travel.

Taking a bus from Hanoi to Hoi An is the most affordable option for traveling, and it also provides you with an up-close view of the beautiful Vietnamese landscape. Buses have a reputation for being well-organized as traveling long-distance on buses is common in Vietnam. The Sinh Tourist, Hoang Long, and Queen Cafe VIP Open Bus are some of the reputable bus service operators that ply the route.

Pro tips:

  • Book your bus tickets early to access promotional discounts and preferable seats.
  • Only a few buses travel directly from Hanoi to Hoi An, and you may need to arrive in Da Nang first. Choose the bus that directly reaches Hoi An so you don’t have to take a transit.
  • It is helpful to check the weather forecast and road conditions beforehand to plan accordingly.
  • The travel duration can vary according to the traffic, route, and driving conditions. The average travel time is 17-18 hours.

By a Two-Wheeler

A scooter parked in a Vietnamese street.
Traveling in a scooter gives you the freedom to stop wherever and whenever you want on your way to Hoi An.

The fourth option for traveling from Hanoi to Hoi An is to rent a two-wheeler. Despite the long distance between the two cities, it is a popular option that many travelers opt. There are many companies that offer scooter rental service. While motorbike rental may incur higher costs than public transportation, it is still affordable even for travelers on a backpacker budget. Destinations like Ninh Binh, Phong Nha National Park, and Hue are commonly favored as overnight stops along the way.

Pro tips:

  • Be prepared to wear helmets and other protective clothing, as they are non-negotiable for your safety.
  • You must have prior motorbike experience and recognize that road conditions in Vietnam may differ significantly from those in your home country.
  • Plan your trip considering comfort, weather conditions, and luggage volume.
Mode Time Cost Why Choose This?
Flight 1 hour 20 minutes flight plus 1 hour on the road USD 70 to USD 100 for flight Time-saving
Train 16 to 17 hours total USD 25 to USD 70 Scenic view, convenient
Bus 17 to 18 hours USD 15 to USD 25 Cheapest, no need to change the mode of travel
Two-Wheeler Variable, depending on detours USD 20 to USD 30 per day Freedom to explore other places along the way

*Note: The prices mentioned are as of 2024 and are subject to change.

Hanoi to Hoi An Itinerary

A couple sightseeing Tran Quoc Pagoda in Vietnam.
Before traveling to Hoi An, visit the Tran Quoc Pagoda in Hanoi that is famous for being a sacred sanctuary.
Aerial shot of tourists on basket boats in Bay Mau Coconut Forest.
Enjoy a unique basket boat ride through the Bay Mau Coconut Forest, Hoi An.

 Embark on an unforgettable journey from Hanoi to Hoi An, cities full of captivating landscapes and cultural treasures. While you could extend your trip to delve deeper into each destination, a suggested five to seven-day itinerary ensures you experience the highlights.

Begin your trip in Hanoi, where vibrant streets await exploration. Discover iconic landmarks such as Hoan Kiem Lake, the Old Quarter, Jade Island, and the Temple of Literature. Indulge in the flavors of authentic Vietnamese cuisine at local eateries and immerse yourself in the charm of ancient temples and bustling markets.

On the way to Hoi An, you can stop at the gorgeous coastal city of Da Nang and explore its beautiful beaches, Hai Van Pass, the Dragon Bridge, and other delightful attractions. To start off your Hoi An trip, rent a bicycle to travel the scenic routes from the Ancient Town to the serene locales of Cam Thanh and Cam Chau. Delve into the authentic Vietnamese rural lifestyle amidst lush vegetable gardens, quaint duck ponds, and lively repair workshops. Explore the vibrant cafe scene, unwind with a leisurely beach day, or catch captivating cultural performances by Lune Production, featuring contemporary circus, dance, and musical displays.

Please complete our customized Vietnam trip form so our experts can craft the perfect Hanoi and Hoi An itinerary. For more information before planning your trip, read our Vietnam guide and article on the best time to visit Vietnam.

Published by Supriya Rayamajhi, updated on March 30, 2024

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