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 (motorbike taxi), and by bicycle. 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 km from the UNESCO World Heritage site, such as pristine beaches, local villages, and verdant mountains. Naturally, these require a vehicle to get to. For a hassle-free vacation, we’ve compiled a helpful guide on Hoi An transportation.



    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 8.30 am to 11 am and 3 pm to 9.30 pm. 

    You can easily rent a bicycle from your hotel or any bike rental shop, generally quite cheaply. There are also cycling tours where you can visit the surrounding countryside, rice paddies, fishing villages, fields of buffalo, and the 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. 

    It's at least a 45-minute taxi ride from Da Nang International Airport to Hoi An, though the cost is fairly reasonable. Rates can be higher if your hotel arranges a taxi service for you.



    Motorcycles are great for exploring Hoi An’s rural villages, expansive coastline, and even the Marble Mountains in Da Nang. Most shops offer daily rentals for reasonable rates, 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 that they 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 2 passengers at a time and most cyclo operators are more than happy to provide information on the city’s history and landmarks. 

    While cyclos are usually charged by the kilometre, you can also negotiate a fixed fee or hourly rate if you’re planning on exploring beyond the city.

    Penny Wong | Compulsive Traveller

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