We need to get from Hoi An to Hanoi but can't find any difinitive advice on whether train or overnight sleeper bus is best, or even if both are available; What would you recommend - comfort wise and safety and convenience...the cost isn't so much of an issue.
#1 journey has been a member since 13/6/2008. Posts: 3
#2 somtam2000 has been a member since 21/1/2004. Location: Indonesia. Posts: 7,739
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From someone who took the bus last night go with the train. If you take the bus anyway try and not get the back seats as you may end up with your neighbour sleeping on you!!!!!!!! The seats are also not made for anyone over about 5'4" so it will be uncomfortable if you are tall.
#5 thegingerbird has been a member since 30/4/2008. Posts: 23
Overnight train to Da Nang then taxi rides to Hoi An hard sleeper bottom or middle bunk is better as the top bunk tends to get no air flow , but does have xtra storage spots for your luggage , also storage under the bottom beads , train costs about 800,000 vnd for a sleeper , as a air ticket can cost you about the same , so if you are only here for a few days or weeks fly as it will save you time. also there have been no added attractions in some 50 years , and most historic places will have mold and mildew everywhere so bring masks , they have not learned to use a pressure cleaner yet.
train price from danang to hanoi is the same price for air tix?? cant believe it??
can i know how long is the train ride??
#8 sn0wman has been a member since 8/3/2012. Posts: 11
Overnight train ride to DaNang runs about 800k for hard sleeper but if you are near the old quarter it is cheaper than going by air as it costs taxi fare to Airport where as train station is only 1 km from old Quarter.
Yes overnight bus's are not regulated and can be over crowded and often the drivers play chicken with traffic , so your life is worth about what the National average is , which is about 287.00 usd is what your life is worth if the bus crashed and you Die , this is what the bus company has to pay you for your life, if they are found at fault . But if you travel with allot of luggage then you are stuck as traveling by bus with allot of luggage is the cheapest way possible.
Took a night bus from Nah Trang to Hoi an a few days ago. 11 hours and no toilet. It was proper ****. The train on the other hand was OK. It costs a bit more but worth it. also just geta ticket from the train station and not from your hotel. Its the same as buying in the uk apart from the fact people wish push in front of you. Take a motor taxi too - its fine with 2 bags of luggage. Takes about 30 - 40mins. I took a little less but my driver hauled it. More fun on bikes anyway. In Hanoi now and I'm not that wowed. Siagon kicks the ass of the place. Its also cold and cloudy (although I knew this before I came). Seriously thinking of flying to Lao and coming back in a few months when it warms up, but remember its only my opinion. Ultimatly its up to you. One mans junk is another mans treasure etc
#12 PeterW has been a member since 29/8/2011. Posts: 31
I took the overnight bus...never again. Absolute Hell. No toilet paper, tiny space to sleep, driven like it was stolen and the aircon was ridiculously cold...to name but a few of the issues. I'll eat the price for the plane tickets in Vietnam every time from now on.