Getting to Hoi An
The major port of air entry for Hoi An is Da Nang International Airport (DAD). There are daily flights from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City and, without delay, it is an one-hour flight.
From the airport, it takes about 45 minutes by car to Hoi An center. Taxis are plentiful just outside the luggage area. It should cost around 15-18 dollars by meter taxi.
Open tour bus run from most major destinations to Hoi An. If you catch a bus from Hanoi, it will most likely be an overnight bus. From Hue it takes about 2.5 hours to arrive. Tickets can be purchased from most tour companies in the tourist area.
Getting around Hoi An
Due to the increased number of tourists visiting Hoi An, a variety of activities are emerging which allow guests to get out of the old quarter and explore by motorbike, bicycle, kayak or motorboat.
Motorbikes are banned from the center at certain times of the day, so it is a good idea to ask around about when they can be used.
The best way to experience Hoi An is to rent a bicycle. This service is offered at most tour companies and hotels and it costs about 20,000 VND (about 1 USD) per day.
Motorbikes are about 100,000 VND, which is about $5, per day but note that the Ancient Town does not allow motorized vehicles for most of the day. It is always a good idea to have a local guide as a traveling companion, in order to avoid dead ends or even paying a fee for driving in restricted areas. Failure to wear a helmet results in the bike being confiscated and a $75 fine.
Taxi is a good option to get from one place to another fast in this peaceful town. As in most of Vietnam’s cities, there are two registered taxi companies, and many “wild” cabs. Faifoo taxi is yellow, and Mai Linh taxi is in white and green. Cars are banned from the Ancient Town area so one will have to walk certain distance (5-10 minutes) in order to get to the river. Taxis can be found in the middle of Le Loi St, over the river on An Hoi or called by phone. A local 15 minute taxi fare is around 60,000 dong, or around $3.
Cyclos are not as abundant as they are in Hue, but nevertheless may be a good way to slowly experience Hoi An’s beauty and take photos. An hour trip would cost about 30,000 VND, which is around $1.50.
The old Champa way was to travel by the river system. The rivers of Hoi An cover hundreds of km and offer an interesting and adventurous alternative to travelling by road. You can also charter boats for about $1/hour. Speedboats or traditional "ghe nang", which actually translates as “car seat”, still sail on the river or sea.
Although there are two different bus stations in Hoi An, they are only used for departures from and arrivals to the city, since there is no public transportation bus’ system in Hoi An. This seems logical, bearing in mind that much of the city’s center and traffic around its attractions are pedestrianised.