The number one option to get from Da Nang to Hoi An is to rent a private car. It’s comfortable, fast, convenient and you can stop anywhere on the way. If you book your accommodation in Hoi An, you can ask the hotel to arrange a car to pick you up at a premium. The total can range from VND 300,000 – 400,000 (USD $15.00 to $20.00) depending on whether the car is a 4-seater or a 7-seater, making this the most expensive option of all. However, sharing the cost makes renting a private car worth it.
Call a Grab
Grab is a competitor of Uber, offering similar services in the Southeast Asian market and has recently acquired Uber, creating a monopoly. To be able to hail yourself a GrabCar, all you need is a mobile phone, internet and their app. Plug in your pick up location and destination, choose the type of vehicle you want (motorbike, 4-seater car, 7-seater car, or shared car), and book.
For solo travelers with a single backpack, the motorbike option (GrabBike) is extremely cheap and convenient.
Hail a taxi
Taxis are (generally) readily available at Da Nang airport during the day. No prior arrangements are required – just hand over your destination address to the driver who will take you there. The only downside is that some drivers aren’t aware of all the roads in the region and may have trouble finding your location.
Conquer the public bus
There is a direct bus line between Hoi An and Da Nang. For just VND $25,000 (USD $1.00), bus number 1 will commute you between the two cities. Buses depart every 20 minutes, starting from 5:30 a.m. and ending at 6:00 p.m., and the journey will last about an hour-and-a-half. Apart from time, another downside is that the bus stop is about two miles from the airport, so you will need to cab there anyway.
Drive a motorbike
Save the best and most exciting for last. Motorbike rentals are cheap, allow for flexibility and you can use them to get around the city. Expect to pay around VND 30,000 (USD $6.00) per day, with discounts for longer-term rental.
Bear in mind, renting a motorbike for a long period of time requires some form of ID to be left behind, which you will get back once the motorbike is returned safely. A copy of your passport should suffice.
Opt for this only if you have experience driving a motorbike. The traffic in Vietnam may overwhelm you, so do not take this risk if you are not an experienced driver.