HO CHI MINH TO HOI AN

Ho đưa ra Minh lớn Hoi An is approximately 846 kilometres (526 miles) to 940 kilometres (594 miles) depending on which route you take. Khổng lồ most travellers’ surprise, the shortest route is not the fastest!

Whether travelling by motorbike, bus, train or plane, we’ve got you covered with our guide on how to get from Ho bỏ ra Minh to lớn Hoi An (and vice versa). Our guide will help you roll into Hoi An with ease & a smile.

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Ho bỏ ra Minh thành phố to Hoi An Travel

A lot of factors come into play when trying lớn get from point A to lớn point B: transportation method, personal comfort, privacy preferences, budget, & time, to lớn name a few. Keep in mind that the journey is expected khổng lồ take around 20 hours straight through by land, and, no matter what method of transportation you choose, you will have to lớn enter & exit Hoi An from domain authority Nang (read more on how lớn get to lớn Hoi An from da Nang in our article here).

Firstly, you will need khổng lồ select a mode of transport. We’ve listed them in order from cheapest lớn most expensive, along with the duration of the ride straight through khổng lồ Hoi An:

Bus (20 hours trăng tròn minutes, plus 1-hour bus ride to domain authority Nang)Train (17 hours, plus 1-hour bus ride to da Nang)Plane (1 hour trăng tròn minutes, plus 1-hour bus ride to da Nang)Motorbike (17-18 hours; we don’t advise you ride directly there. Instead, allow for at least two lớn three overnight stops)
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A woman wearing a Vietnamese conical hat paddles her boat through Hoi An.

Now that you’ve chosen your mode of transport, it’s time lớn either book a ticket or plan a multi-stop trip và enjoy the ride. Hidden recommends using 12GoAsia for reliable timetables và ticket booking. The site lists any available options for buses and planes on any given date & has proven lớn be most reputable for company ratings. Be sure to search for rides to domain authority Nang rather than Hoi An, or the tìm kiếm may show zero results.

Bus from Ho bỏ ra Minh to Hoi An

Catching the bus from Ho chi Minh lớn Hoi An (drop-off at the bus station in domain authority Nang) is perhaps the easiest mode of transportation & definitely the cheapest. A straight-through bus will cost around 500,000 VND (21.50 USD) & can be made overnight or through the day. All buses from Ho đưa ra Minh to domain authority Nang will depart from Mien Dong station, located North of District 1at 292 Dinh Bo Linh, Phuong 26, in the heart of Ho chi Minh City.

Depending on where you’re staying you may be able lớn request a pickup from your accommodation by one of the bus station’s shuttle cars. A taxi or Grab will also deliver you lớn the station for varying prices depending on your location and the time of day.

Our Sleeper Bus Can The Best Transporter For Your Journey

Due lớn the length of the journey, this is a sleeper bus, it has three rows of “bunk beds,” or reclining seats. The good news is you’ll have your own bed and be able khổng lồ recline, but the bad news is that these seats are generally uncomfortable over long periods of time. A blanket và pillow are provided, as well as a water bottle. There are no toilets on the bus, but consider the discomfort of lingering odours before you start groaning! The bus makes frequent stops and it’s possible to lớn request a stop if it’s urgent.

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Bui Vien street in Ho chi Minh City.

Hidden recommends the overnight bus option to lớn travellers who find it difficult khổng lồ entertain themselves in a vehicle for long hours & the day bus option to travellers who fear missing out on the scenery while travelling in the dark.

Hidden Hint: Be prepared lớn put the majority of your belongings under the bus. Riders have the option to bring their bag on the bus, but there are no overhead compartments or place khổng lồ put your bag other than your lap.

Upon arrival in domain authority Nang bus station (201 Ton Duc Thang), travellers can catch a bus khổng lồ Hoi An from the same bus station for 20,000 VND (1 USD), which takes about 45 minutes lớn one hour depending on passenger pick up. If you dread getting on a back-to-back bus, then note that the da Nang bus station is located close khổng lồ the heart of the city và is also worth exploring.

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Students at Ho chi Minh’s War Remnants Museum.

Train from Ho đưa ra Minh lớn Hoi An

The train can be a more comfortable alternative if you’re planning on travelling the long distance straight through. It is faster but more expensive. The Saigon Train Station is located khổng lồ the west of District 1 at 1 Nguyen Thong but is relatively close (around five kilometres). Download the Grab phầm mềm or ask the front desk at your accommodation lớn book a taxi.

When booking a train ticket, it’s important to lớn be clear on your seating options to ensure a comfortable ride. Options include a soft seat, hard sleeper, & soft sleeper, with prices increasing in respective order. Follow this links to our full guide lớn Vietnam’s railways, which has all the info on train tickets and booking options.

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Watching the world go by on the train from Ho chi Minh to Hoi An.

Soft seat

Soft seat is as it implies. It does not recline, but it is cushiony. The soft seats are lined along the train car, similar lớn an aeroplane with two seats on each side of the aisle. Prices are generally around 1,000,000 VND (44 USD) but are subject to change.

Hard sleeper

Aside from being, well, hard, they are stacked in threes, making a total of six beds in a single cabin. Great if you are travelling in a big group and can secure the whole cabin to yourselves. Also great if you prefer less fluff in your mattress. Prices are generally around 980,000 to 1,240,000 VND (49 lớn 62 USD) depending on the time of the train và whether you choose to be on the top, middle, or bottom bunk.

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Soft sleepers

As the name suggests, these are said khổng lồ be softer and are limited khổng lồ four beds per cabin & are the most expensive of the options. Prices are generally around 67 USD depending on the time of the day the train departs Ho đưa ra Minh.

Similar to lớn the bus, the train also departs in the morning và at night, giving you the option of Vietnamese scenery or proper sleeping. This depends on your travel preferences, but take chú ý of the time your train arrives in domain authority Nang. The morning trains arrive late at night, while the night trains will arrive mid-day.

Once you arrive at da Nang’s train station, 791 nhị Phong, it’s just a matter of getting to lớn Hoi An. The bus station is a 10-minute walk away and the bus takes approximately 45 minutes lớn one hour lớn get lớn Hoi An.

NB: The bus only runs from 5:30 AM to lớn 5:30 PM, so if you arrive late at night, then you may want to book a hotel or hostel for the night in domain authority Nang and let them know in advance that you will arrive late. You can also book a private shuttle or taxi, but these should both be done in advance either through the train company, a taxi company or your hotel.

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The soft sleeper cabin on a Vietnamese train. Photo: Greg McKeever

Flying from Ho đưa ra Minh to lớn Hoi An

Travelling by plane is the quick, no-hassle option for travellers wanting to get from Ho chi Minh to Hoi An. The flight time is only 1 hour và 20 mins. Prices will vary depending on how far in advance you book them, the airline, the day of the week và the season (March through August is prime tourist season).

12GoAsia does a great job putting all flight options in one danh mục so travellers can browse price options và times easily. Make sure to search Ho đưa ra Minh to domain authority Nang, as that is the closest airport to Hoi An. Prices range between 650,000 VND (32.30 USD) and 3,000,000 VND (150 USD) so try a few variations khổng lồ get the best fare.

Hidden Hint: Flights tend to be cheaper if you plan lớn fly out on a Tuesday or Wednesday và book on a weekday.

Easy to Reach

The airport in Ho đưa ra Minh is easy và cheap lớn reach by Grab or xe taxi (approximately 100,000 VND from District 1) or simply ask your khách sạn or hostel to lớn book a shuttle for you. Lines và waiting times are completely dependent on the flight time & season, but the general rule of thumb is khổng lồ arrive two hours before the plane begins boarding.

This will ensure time to check bags, print tickets, và maybe grab a bite lớn eat after waiting in those unpredictable airport lines. Also, take into consideration rush hour when booking a flight, the traffic in Ho đưa ra Minh can turn your quick, hassle-free flight into a stressful race against the clock.

At domain authority Nang Airport, there are various inexpensive options khổng lồ get to Hoi An. You can read more about options & prices in our article here.

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The sun-soaked streets of Hoi An can be a welcome change of pace after the bustle of Saigon.

Motorbike from Ho đưa ra Minh to lớn Hoi An

For adventure seekers with a less-restrictive budget and timeline, we’d highly recommend a motorbike ride from Ho chi Minh khổng lồ Hoi An. A few years ago, this option wouldn’t have been possible without purchasing a motorbike, dealing with the mechanical issues and then trying khổng lồ sell the xe đạp at the end of the trip. Now, thanks to lớn hire companies like Tigit & Style Motorbikes, it is possible khổng lồ rent a xe đạp for a one-way trip from Ho bỏ ra Minh to Hoi An.

The rental company made the process extremely easy for travellers: simply select a bike, select a payment plan, and select point A & point B. Some bikes are cheaper in price than others, but they all come with insurance plans, luggage racks and helmets. Prices range from 5,000,000 VND (250 USD) for one month or 200,000 VND (10 USD) per day (minimum of four days) to 15,000,000 VND (750 USD) for one month or 700,000 VND (35 USD) per day. NB: This does not include the costs of gas.

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Taking the scenic route from Saigon to Hoi An by motorcycle. Photo: Greg Mckeever

With the freedom of a bike, you get khổng lồ choose a route with your own desired destinations và you won’t be held to lớn other peoples’ schedules. Although it’s possible to vị the ride directly, you would have to be mad to lớn attempt the 84 kilometresrs in one day.

Hidden recommends taking two or three days (at least) khổng lồ enjoy some other Vietnamese cities. Bikers can choose a coastal route, stopping in Mui Ne, Nha Trang và Qui Nhon; an inland route through mountains, stopping in da Lat và maybe heading west to lớn Buon Ma Thuot; or bởi vì a zig-zagging mixture of the two.

Hidden’s Thoughts:

Being one of the most-visited SE Asian countries, Vietnam has gradually become easier and more affordable khổng lồ manoeuvre around. After exploring all the options, we think that if you’ve got some time up your sleeve và are confident on a motorbike, then it’s a great road trip from Ho đưa ra Minh to Hoi An—just allow for a few nights along the way to lớn break up the long journey.

A bus is undoubtedly the best budget option, so you could try the novel approach of a sleeper train for the experience—but it could be the same price as a cheap flight. So, if you need lớn just get here, then grab a plane—you’ll be here in under one and a half hours. All that’s left to vị now is determine the best route for you và your travel companion(s) & enjoy the ride.