Motorbike Rental Shops in Hoi An
Whether you are in Hoi An for a few days, weeks, or months, the first thing you are going to notice is that life is so much easier on a motorbike. Renting a motorbike will definitely add value to your trip as you’ll enjoy the autonomy, be able to visit remote places, have flexibility in the city, and save some time and money on taxis and private cars. However, finding reliable motorbike rental shops in Hoi An might feel similar to looking for a needle in a haystack.
Motorbikes are the mode of transport of choice in Vietnam. Used for everything from transporting entire families to carrying pigs, furniture, and bicycles! It’s no surprise that you can rent one just about anywhere. We really do mean anywhere: homestays, hotels, street sites, travel agencies, and specialised stores… you name it!
But don’t worry, Hidden has done all the hard work. Sorted through dozens of options and narrowed it down to the most reliable motorbike rental shops in Hoi An. So, if you’ve made up your mind on renting a motorbike, then read this guide to find your ideal dealer and rent one as fast and hassle-free as possible.
- Motorbike Rental Requirements in Vietnam
- Where can you Rent a Motorbike in Hoi An?
- Top Motorbike Rental Shops in Hoi An
- Hidden’s thoughts
Motorbike Rental Requirements in Vietnam
All you need is a passport—and that is only if you do not wish to leave a security deposit for the motorbike. However, you may present all the legal documents you need to actually rent and ride a motorbike while in Vietnam.
Most companies will not ask to see your legal documents. However, in order to ride a motorbike in Vietnam, you are required by law to have a Vietnamese driver’s license or an International Driver’s Permit (IDP), which is recognised by the Vietnamese authorities.
Since it’s very easy to rent a motorbike in Vietnam, many decide to do it. This is the case even for those who don’t have proper documentation. However, the downside to this is that they aren’t covered in case of an accident or if pulled over for a document check. For more information, read Hidden’s Introductory Guide to Motorbike Rental in Vietnam.
Where can you Rent a Motorbike in Hoi An?
Renting a motorbike from a hotel
The first motorbike rental offer that you’ll receive in Hoi An is probably from your hotel or accommodation (Even if they don’t, then your concierge likely knows someone who is willing to rent theirs out to you). Renting from your hotel can be a nice, convenient option for riding around Hoi An. It can also be very inexpensive (as low as 115,000 VND, or 5 USD per day).
Keep in mind that most accommodations will not provide a rental agreement, and this leaves you vulnerable. A common issue you may face is being blamed for existing problems with the motorbike and then being left to cover the cost of repairs. As such, make sure to inspect the motorbike with your concierge before you use it and then take some pictures to be on the safe side.
Another downside is that hotels rarely, if ever, negotiate rental rates. So, if you are staying in Hoi An for a few weeks and are searching for the best rates, then you are probably better off renting from an independent vendor. They face greater competition and are willing to make better offers for long-term rentals.
Hiring a motorbike from a roadside rental shop in Hoi An
Another popular way to rent a motorbike in Hoi An is by approaching one of the many roadside rental shops. Here, you will probably find a greater variety of motorbikes available, so you can choose the best one for you. Also, at most of them, you will be able to bargain the price. Daily rates usually start at 115,000 VND (5 USD), but if you rent it for a few weeks, then these roadside rentals might be able to drop prices to as low as 50,000 VND (2 USD).
Hidden Hint: If renting for a few weeks, don’t forget to bargain! Most motorbikes are rented out at 1,000,000 VND (40 USD) per month. However, the longer the rental period, the higher the chances of negotiating this rate.
The problems with renting a motorbike from a roadside rental shop in Hoi An are similar to renting from a hotel. There is no rental agreement, the motorbikes are mostly old and not properly maintained, and there will be little support if you run into mechanical trouble. So, it would be best to expect motorbikes with scuffs and scratches.
Hidden Hint: Inspecting, testing, and taking pictures of the motorbike before renting it out is absolutely essential when renting from a roadside rental.
Look out for unstable mirrors and broken brakes. Check its horn, lights, speedometers, and/or fuel gauges. Use our guide which contains all the tips on how to inspect your motorbike before renting.
Hiring a motorbike from a reputable company in Hoi An
This is the most reliable option when it comes to renting a motorbike during your stay in Hoi An. These motorbike rental shops in Hoi An have a national network of stores and affiliated garages, well-maintained motorbikes, and 24/7 customer support. Most offer helmets, protective gear (e.g. gloves, knee pads, and elbow pads), luggage racks, bungee cords, phone holders, USB chargers, guided tours, downloadable maps, one-way rentals, and baggage transfer to your final destination.
Hidden Hint: Reputable motorbike rental companies are the safest shops for either long-term or short-term rentals in Hoi An.
Genuine rental companies offer new and well-maintained types of motorbikes. So, if you prefer an automatic or a manual (or just aren’t sure yet), then the rental company will be able to help you figure out the best option for you. Most of them have locations in numerous cities, allowing you to pick a motorbike up in one location and then drop it off in another. Don’t be put off by the security deposit (200 to 1,500 USD). You can easily leave your passport with them instead. (Just make sure that you get a few copies first when checking-in to a new hotel).
24 hour breakdown assistance
Most importantly, reputable motorbike rental companies provide help in the case of an accident or breakdown. They offer a 24/7 helpline, where an experienced English speaking mechanic will guide you step-by-step. Its customer service representative will also direct you to a nearby garage if needed. In case of a breakdown, you will usually be covered for the repairs (Just ask about engine repair reimbursement policies before you head out). Also, because rental companies have a maximum liability agreement, you are protected from covering costs if you get into an accident or if your motorbike is stolen.
Finally, most of them accept payments in a variety of ways: credit and debit cards (3% service fee), PayPal, OnePay (5% service fee), and cash (VND, EURO, USD, and GBP). In a country like Vietnam where paying with a card is a luxury, this couldn’t be more convenient!
Hidden Hint: If they have the available currency, most motorbike rental shops in Hoi An are willing to give back your deposit in USD, EURO, or GBP, even if you gave them VND upon booking.
Top Motorbike Rental Shops in Hoi An
There are several great rental companies within Hoi An. They offer rentals within the city, one-way rentals to and from other cities, and guided tours. Listed below are the top motorbike rental shops in Hoi An.
Style Motorbikes is the new motorbike rental shop in Hoi An. Over the past couple of years, it has expanded its presence to Hoi An, Hue, Hanoi, and Ho Chi Minh. It focuses on offering the best possible value to customers, which basically means great quality at an affordable price. If you don’t need a lot of extra services, like guided tours or travel services, then Style Motorbikes is one of the best options. It is committed to providing a safe and enjoyable riding experience.
We tried a one-way rental with Style from Hue to Hoi An, and we were very satisfied with its services. You can read more about our experience and what to expect when renting with them in this article.
Its motorbikes are brand new (2017 to 2019 models), dependable, and all equipped with phone holders and USB chargers for easy navigation. If you wish to ride in maximum safety, then it is the only store in town that offers world class helmets and body protection equipment for sale. Its mechanics speak good English and will be happy to help you with anything you need. They will even take you for a small driving lesson to show you a few things about your new motorbike. Daily rentals start at as low as 230,000 VND (10 USD).
Its motorbike selection (nine models) and volume (50 motorbikes) are quite small compared to other companies. In high season, it might be difficult to find an available motorbike. Plus, if you are interested in guided tours or any other travel services, it will not be able to assist you as it specialises only in motorbike rental.
Motorbike Models: Detech, Suzuki, and Honda | 110cc to 150cc
Daily Rental Rates: 230,000 VND (10 USD) to 345,000 VND (15 USD)
Rental Fees Include: Drop off in another city, local helmet, luggage rack, USB charger, lock, bungee cords, downloadable maps with suggested stops, and driving lesson
Support: 24/7 helpline: also helps resolve accident-related issues
Extras: Helmet and protective equipment for sale, shipping of backpacks
How to Book: Contact via phone or email
Flamingo offer over 300 motorbike units, 26 different models, 20 years of experience, and four branches across Vietnam (Hanoi, Saigon, Hoi An, and Lao Cai). It also has English speaking mechanics and plenty of extra services. It claims to be the best motorcyle rental shop in Hoi An, so if you are looking for something more than just renting a reliable motorbike, then its 25+ guided and self-guided motorbike tours will allow you to travel across Vietnam.
Flamingo strives to offer a service level close to European/American standards. It has the best English speaking personnel we encountered in our research, a welcoming reception area that doesn’t look like a garage, and a variety of extra services to give you the royal treatment. In most cases, it brings and collects your motorbike from your hotel. If the need arises, Flamingo will also pick it up for repair. It offers free training courses to make you feel more comfortable with your new motorbike.
Flamingo’s daily rates are very competitive, and it also offers great deals on monthly rentals (920,000 to 1,380,000 VND, or 40 to 60 USD). However, what sets it apart from the competition is organised tours. Flamingo has a variety of all-inclusive guided and self-guided tours all over Vietnam on offer—and this includes everything: routes, stops, meals, and accommodation. You just have to choose if you would like to ride with a guide or by yourself.
Hidden Hint: If you’re travelling off the beaten track, then ask for its GoPro! Flamingo usually lends it to bloggers or experienced travellers for free and then uses your footage for its YouTube channel.
Although it offers the most extensive selection of motorbikes in town (26 models, from scooters to supermotos), it only has three models readily available (Yamaha Nouvo 125cc, Honda New Future 125cc, and Lifan CB 150 cc) in its Hoi An branch. If you wish to rent one of its other 23 models, then you will have to pay an additional 1,380,000 VND (60 USD) shipping fee. Moreover, for a one-way rental, sometimes there is a requirement of a drop-off fee (920,000 VND, or 40 USD). Make sure you factor these fees in when comparing prices!
Motorbike Models: Honda, Suzuki, Yamaha, Kawasaki, and Motorcross |125cc -650cc
Daily Rental Rates: 207,000 VND (9 USD) to 1,345,000 VND (60 USD)
Rental Fees Include: Helmet, tool kit, raincoat, 24-hour support and assistance, bungee cords, plastic bags for covering motorbikes, and training courses
Support: 24/7 helpline: also help resolve accident-related issues
Extras: Guided tours, self-guided tours, travel services, 3G SIM card, and YouTube channel tutorials and promos
How to Book: Contact via phone, Facebook, WhatsApp, or email (pre-booking is highly advised)
Reservations: 30% advance deposit of the total price of the trip
Return & Shipping Fee: Ask them (allow 14 days for your motorbike to be shipped to Hoi An)
Payment Options: Debit and credit cards (3% service fee), OnePay (5% additional fee), and cash (USD, GBP, EURO, or VND)
Motorvina is a well-known and highly rated motorcycle rental shop in Hoi An, and it has the reviews to prove it. The company has a large presence throughout Vietnam, with four branches (Hue, Hoi An, Da Nang, and Phong Nha) and over 300 motorbikes in inventory. But what really set it aside from all the other stores is their online booking system. No email, no phone call, and no drop-in. You just have to fill out a booking form, pick any extra services or equipment you would like to have on your journey, and proceed to checkout! It couldn’t be easier and more convenient. It sounds like pretty standard service right? But if you stay in Vietnam for a while, then you will begin to appreciate its services more!
Besides online booking, Motorvina truly tries to make your experience as simple and fun as possible. It offers a wide selection of motorbikes (13 different models) ideal for every kind of trip. It also offers the ability to drop your motorbike off just about anywhere (Hanoi, Ha Long, Ninh Binh, Phong Nha, Dong Hoi, Hue, Da Nang, Hoi An, Quy Nhon, Pleiku, Nha Trang, Da Lat, Mui Ne, and Ho Chi Minh City). They even offer a GoPro camera available for rent, so you can document the best parts of your trip. And, if you don’t want to ride alone, you will find information about the group tours they organise, along with some travelling tips, on its website.
Although there are well-rounded services on offer, almost all of them (protective gear, drop off, pick up, bag transfer, GoPro camera, and tool kits) – only available at extra cost. Its staff are really friendly, but not all of them speak good English. So it might be a little challenging to communicate when you visit them to pick up or drop off your motorbike.
Hidden Hint: Visit its website for the “Flash Deals.” It offers great discounts on selected motorbikes.
Motorbike Models: Yamaha, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Win, and Honda, KTM Duke | 50cc to 373cc
Daily Rental Rates: 345,000 VND (15 USD) to 1,121,000 VND (49 USD)
Rental Fees Include: Helmet, raincoat, 24-hour support and assistance, bungee cords, and plastic bags for covering motorbikes
Support: 24/7 helpline
Extras: Guided tours, GoPro, knee and elbow protection, gloves, a tool kit, bag transfer, and prepaid fuel
How to book: Online
Payment options: Debit and/or credit cards, PayPal, and cash (USD, GBP, EURO, or VND)
Renting a motorbike in Hoi An gives you maximum flexibility around the city. It also allows the opportunity for you to visit remote regions at your own leisure and pace. It’s an incredible experience that will help you not only explore, but also make you feel part of, the country.
When renting a motorbike in Hoi An, look for a reliable rental shop that will add value to your overall experience. This is about your safety in a foreign country. So we can’t stress enough, the importance of riding a properly maintained bike. Especially in Vietnam where there is a mad melee of riders constantly thronging its streets.
If you are looking for a bike to go around the city and its outskirts, then definitely try Flamingo. It has great short- and long-term rates on automatic scooters. Its 24/7 support and door-to-door services are a bonus. Also, check out its self-guided tours as they are the only ones offering organised trips for solo riders!
Interested in countryside excursions and looking for great value for money? Contact Style Motorbikes.
Finally, if you are all about the convenience of online booking, then Motorvina is your rental company! In just a few minutes, you will have arranged the details of your trip from the comfort of your couch, thanks to its website.
Whichever one you choose, these Hoi An motorcycle rental shops are going to support you 24/7. In a country where rules are an arbitrary concept, it is nice to know that someone has your back!