Getting around in Hoi An is very convenient compared to other cities in Vietnam due to its compact size, numerous pedestrian lanes, and budget-friendly public transportation. Prominent attractions, restaurants, bars, and shops within Hoi An Ancient Town are easily accessible on foot, cyclo, and bicycles. For the safety of visitors, motorised vehicles are prohibited from entering Hoi An Ancient Town for several hours every day.
A wealth of natural attractions can be explored within 10 kilometres from the UNESCO World Heritage Site, such as pristine beaches, local villages, and verdant mountains which therefore require a vehicle. For a hassle-free vacation, we’ve compiled a helpful guide on Hoi An transportation.
- Private Cooking Lesson & Home-Hosted Meal
- Private Half-Day Hội An Eco Tour & Cooking Class
- Market Boat Tour & Cooking Class with Local Guide
- Private Thu Bon River Bicycle Ride & Eco Tour
- Half-Day Hội An Eco Tour & Cooking Class
- Fish Like a Local Tour on the Cua Dai River
- Bamboo Sculpture Workshop
- Small-Group Hoi An Food Adventure
- Hoi An Motorbike Street Food Tour
- Explore Hội An Town & Tra Que Vegetable Village
Cycling is the easiest and cheapest way of getting around, especially in Hoi An Ancient Town. Traffic is rarely busy on most days, and the roads within Hoi An Ancient Town are closed off to cars, taxis, motorcycles, and xe om from 08:30 till 11:00 and 15:00 till 21:30. You can easily rent a bicycle from your hotel or any bike rental shops for about VND 30,000 per day. There are also cycling tours where you can visit the rural countryside, rice paddies, fishing villages, fields of water buffalo, and Bamboo Bridge.
Taxis are readily available outside Hoi An Ancient Town, though we recommend looking out for reliable taxi companies such as Faifoo and Mai Linh. A 45-minute taxi ride from Da Nang International Airport to Hoi An costs between VND 250,000 and 350,000 (US$ 10-15), though rates are higher if your hotel arranges a taxi service for you.
Motorcycles are ideal for exploring Hoi An’s rural villages, expansive coastline, and even Marble Mountains in Da Nang. Most shops offer daily rentals for about VND 100,000 onwards, which includes a standard bike and helmet. When renting a motorbike in Hoi An, check the condition of the vehicle carefully, photographing any major scratches and dents. Check the headlights and brakes before leaving the shop, and remember, the drive on the right hand side of the road in Vietnam.
Cyclos can be found within Hoi An Ancient Town, offering a leisurely cruise along the pedestrian-friendly streets. It can accommodate up to two passengers at a time and most cyclo operators are more than happy to provide information on the city’s history and landmarks. A standard fare for cyclos costs about VND 22,000 per kilometre, but you can also negotiate on a fixed fee or hourly rate if you’re planning on exploring beyond the city.