Shortly, only facts about Da Nang - Hoi An buses.
There is a pleasant feature of Danang --- this Vietnamese city has public transportation, buses. And even a website about this, danangbus.vn with the English version.
To get all timetables, prices and routes, download the app DanaBus. A good one, I use it, this is for free. This app will change your life if you are going to stay in Danang for long.
The bus number 1 connects Da Nang with Hoi An City. The starting point of the buses is at Da Nang Bus Station (location https://goo.gl/maps/kLWMVrQtiFN2). The buses #1 go to the Da Nang City center, then, and, after that, head to Hoi An.
In Hoi An, they stop at the public bus station (location https://goo.gl/maps/qf16FKW73PH2 that is NOT the main Bus Station of Hoi An) from where you can walk for 15 minutes to get to the Old Town of Hoi An.
This is a map that includes the main facts about buses from Da Nang to Hoi An.
Details on bus stops of Danang - Hoi An buses on DanaBus app.
Timetable of Da Nang - Hoi An buses
They go every 30 minutes from 5:30 to 17:50 according to DanaBus app. The whole trip from Da Nang City center to Hoi An takes around 50 minutes.
I have no facts about the earliest buses but I can share info about the late ones.
One of the drivers said me the last one goes from Hoi An to Danang at 17:30 and, who knows, maybe there would be one more at 18:00, he said. So, I guess, this is the core idea about the first and last buses --- "who knows".
In my experience, you'd better come to the mentioned Hoi An bus stop around 17:00, not later. Buses can departure earlier and they can be canceled. Once, the last bus that left Hoi An at 17:15 didn't go to the Da Nang Bus Station -- all foreigners were just asked to get out of the bus in the city center.
How much does the ticket cost
It is written 18.000 dongs on DanaBus app. I have never tried to pay 18 000 dongs ... I always paid 20 000. Maybe because I was preparing they would rip off much more...
Internet reports a bus conductor can ask up to 50 000 dongs if you are a foreigner. Some reviews say a conductor can even ask you to leave if you refuse to pay this money. A big piece of information about this on https://wikitravel.org/en/Hoi_An
(In general, travel stories about Vietnam conductors and drivers ask passengers to go away in the middle in nowhere are regular).
I didn't have exactly such experience in October 2018. But I always paid without change (20 000 dongs). And I had only a small backpack with me - I was on a day trip from Da Nang to Hoi An and back.
If you have a big backpack, they will ask you extra 10 000 dongs. The 'big' means that your luggage takes additional space. If you keep it on your knees or between knees and the forward seat, it is probably okay and you have a chance to avoid paying the extra.
When people with big luggage come in, the conductor asks (pointing with finger) to put their big stuff at the front of the bus, near the driver. If you agree, they will definitely ask 30 000 dongs instead of 20 000.
They can ask 30 000 dongs for no reason as well. It was like that when I was waiting for the departure at Hoi An bus stop. I gave a conductor 20 000 dongs. He showed me 30 000 dongs with his fingers. I shortly replied: No. He immediately quit.
This is one more reason why it is better not to go by the last bus. I mean, if the bus conductor decides to be tough, he will be in the most advantageous position.
- Prepare your money for the bus payment - you should have banknotes enough to pay without change.
- Find a bus stop.
- Wave your hand to stop a coming bus.
- Take a seat and wait a conductor ask the payment. Pay without change.
- When you need to get out, ask (with gestures) the conductor to stop somewhere.
The bus is alright.