With a beautiful UNESCO-designated town centre, fascinating local culture, incredible food, and with some of Central Vietnam’s natural beauty just a short ride away, it’s no surprise that Hoi An is a major hot spot for tourists. However, the common question that comes up when planning your trip is, “does Hoi An have an airport”? In short, no—Hoi An does not have an airport or even it’s own train station.
In this article, we will briefly go over the best airports to fly into if you’re heading to Hoi An. The town itself is quite small and much less congested than other cities in the country, along with being very well connected and incredibly easy to reach from its neighbouring cities and towns.
Da Nang International Airport:
Located just 35 kilometres away from Hoi An, in the city centre of Da Nang, is Da Nang International Airport. This incredibly modern airport is the third busiest in the country and is your best bet to fly into if you’re planning a trip to Hoi An. The facility holds all the amenities a traveller needs, including wifi, free drinking water, SIM cards, lounges, shops, and various food and drink choices. To learn more about what the Da Nang airport has to offer, be sure to read our Da Nang Airport Guide.
The trip to Hoi An can take anywhere from 45 to 90 minutes, depending on your choice of transport. There are many transport options to choose from, including private car, Hoi An Express Airport shuttle, Grab, local bus, tourist bus, and motorbike taxi. To get all the details about transport options and which is right for you, make sure to read Hidden’s article “How to get from Da Nang to Hoi An.”
Phu Bai International Airport (Hue)
Phu Bai Airport lies 108 kilometres north of Hoi An and 15 kilometres north of Hue’s city centre. Phu Bai is a small single terminal international airport and features a VIP lounge, business class lounge, food court, refreshment areas, and souvenir shops. The airport predominantly serves domestic flights, but it is progressively welcoming an increase of international passengers. It’s expected that by December of 2020, a second airport terminal will be open for passengers as well.
Hoi An is best accessed with a private car from Phu Bai, and the trip can take anywhere from 2.5 to 3 hours. For more details on how to get from Hoi An to Hue, read Hidden’s article: How to get from Hue to Hoi An.
Chu Lai International Airport (Tam Ky)
Another option to consider is Chu Lai International Airport—a small facility located 80 kilometres south of Hoi An and 33 kilometres south of Tam Ky, the biggest city in the Quang Nam Province. Chu Lai has excellent connections to and from Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, and also serves a couple of international flights, mainly from Bangkok, Vientiane, and Beijing. The journey from Chu Lai to Hoi An will take roughly an hour and a half, making it another option for your Vietnam trip.
Hidden Hint: Warning! Transport options from here to Hoi An can be scarce, so it would be wise to arrange a car ahead of time!
Hidden’s thoughts For Hoi An Airport:
Despite having no Hoi An airport, it is still very accessible. The best and most straightforward option is to fly into Hoi An via Da Nang International Airport. Hoi An is an incredibly picturesque town and deserves to be on your Vietnam travel route, so don’t let the lack of an immediate airport remove it from your itinerary as traveling from Da Nang International Airport could not be easier.