A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Hanoi vs. Da Nang

Should you visit Hanoi or Da Nang?

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Hanoi and Da Nang can help. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Hanoi

Hanoi is the chaotic capital of Vietnam, and it serves as a great introduction to the country for many travelers. It's the second largest city in the country after Saigon and is an interesting combination of East meets West. There's traditional Vietnamese culture with subtle influences brought by the French. The city continues to grow and change rapidly and it's easy to get lost amidst the chaos.

Da Nang

Halfway between Ho Chi Minh City in the south and Hanoi in the North is the easy-going beach city of Da Nang (or Danang, for some). The third most populated city in Vietnam, Da Nang draws in crowds with its beautiful and calm beaches as well as its history as a French colonial port.

With beaches, mountains, and cityscape, there's bound to be a point of interest for all travelers. Da Nang is also a transit hub to get to the four Vietnamese UNESCO World heritage sites: Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park, Hue, Hoi An, and My Son.

Da Nang experiences wet season from September through March and dry season from April through August with average temperatures of around 80?.

Da Nang is also known to have some of the friendliest locals, probably due to the peace and quiet and lack of heavy traffic, even in the city.

Which city is cheaper, Da Nang or Hanoi?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Hanoi is $41, while the average daily cost in Da Nang is $40. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each city. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Hanoi and Da Nang in more detail.




Accommodation

The average price for accommodation for two people in Hanoi is $44. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.

If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around $17. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Da Nang the cost is $34 on average.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Hanoi $22
    Da Nang $17
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Hanoi $44
    Da Nang $34


Food

The price of a meal in Hanoi can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is $11 per person, and a typical meal will cost around $4.40 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.

Food in Da Nang costs travelers about $14 per day on average. Restaurants can vary significantly in price, so choose wisely if you're trying to save money. Fast food and street stalls are typically your cheapest options, which sit down restaurants can be significantly more expensive.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Hanoi $11
    Da Nang $14
Typical Food prices in Hanoi

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Hanoi:


  • High End Dinner (for Two)
    $13
  • Casual Lunch (for Two)
    $4.77
  • Bowl of Pho
    $0.87
  • Italian Dinner (for Food)
    $6.73

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Hanoi

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Hanoi.

  • Hanoi Old Quarter Walking Street Food Tour - Small Group: $5.00
  • (Private) Hanoi Street Food Tour By Volunteer Guide: $5.13
  • Hanoi Street Food Tours with Volunteer Guide ($5 / Group): $5.13
  • (Small Group) Hanoi Street Food Tours with Volunteer Guide: $5.13
  • Dinner with a Local Family in Hanoi: $13
  • Street Food Tour + Old City sightseeing Ticket: $15
  • 3-Hours Hanoi Street Food Tour with Guide and Meal: $16
  • Lunchtime Street Food Tour of Hanoi: $21
  • Hanoi Walking Street Food Tour: $21
  • Small Group: Ha Noi Walking Street Food Tour With Professional Tour Guide: $22
  • (Small Group) Hanoi Local Street Food Tour with a Real Foodie: $25
  • Hanoi street food tour: $25

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Da Nang

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Da Nang.

  • Half Day Private Street Food Tour By Scooter from Da Nang: $0.44
  • Hoian Mama Home Cooking Class: $19
  • Da Nang Home Cooking Class: $30
  • Home Cooking Class: $30
  • Jolie Da nang cooking class only (JDN3): $31
  • DaNang Small Group - Vietnamese Breakfast food Tour: $31
  • Bicycle experience countryside & cooking class in Hoi An & free foot massage: $32
  • Market Tour and Cooking Class in Danang: $35
  • Jolie Da Nang Cooking Class- Market-Coffee-Cooking: $36
  • Da Nang Local Food Tour: $39
  • Basket Boat Riding and Cooking Class from Da Nang City: $40
  • Da Nang Local Food Tour: $40


Local Transportation

The average price of local transportation around Hanoi is $5.92 per person, per day. As this average includes both taxis and public transport, keep in mind that the prices of private drivers and taxis are significantly more expensive than public transportation.

The average price of local transportation around Da Nang is $9.98 per person, per day. As this average includes both taxis and public transport, keep in mind that the prices of private drivers and taxis are significantly more expensive than public transportation.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Hanoi $5.92
    Da Nang $9.98
Typical Local Transportation prices in Hanoi

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Hanoi:


  • Taxi to Bus Station
    $1.30
  • Shuttle Bus From Airport (for Two)
    $3.47
  • Local Bus Ride (for Two)
    $0.43
  • Short Taxi Ride
    $1.48
  • Short Motorbike Ride (10 Minutes)
    $0.87

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Hanoi

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Hanoi:

  • Hanoi city center to Noi Bai airport - Private transfer: $7.90
  • Hanoi City Center to Noi Bai Airport - Private Transfer: $7.90
  • Noi Bai Airport transfer to Hanoi Center and more: $8.00
  • Hanoi Airport Transfer to the city center: $10
  • Private Transfer: From Ha Noi city to Ha Noi Airport, Noi Bai (HAN): $11
  • Transfer between Hanoi and Sapa: $12
  • Hanoi Airport Departure Transfer: $12
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Hanoi to Noi Bai International Airport (HAN): $12
  • Hanoi airport transfer: $13
  • Hanoi Airport and Hanoi City Private Transfer: $13
  • Private Transfer: From Ha Noi Airport, Noi Bai (HAN) to Hotels in Ha Noi City: $13
  • Private Transfer Between Hanoi Airport (han) And Hanoi City Center: $14

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Da Nang

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Da Nang:

  • Afternoon private transfer from Da Nang city to Golden Bridge in the theme park: $55
  • Airport Private Transfers between Hoi An and Da Nang: $19
  • Airport pick up and transfer from Danang airport to Hoian: $25
  • Arrival Transfer from Da Nang Airport to Hotel in Army Jeep: $58
  • Asia Park - Sun World Da Nang Wonders Theme Park Ticket With Round Trip Transfer: $38
  • Car Transfer to Explore My Son Holyland & Marble Mountain in Da Nang City: $55
  • DA NANG AIRPORT to Da Nang Hotel By Private Transfer: $13
  • Da Nang (Ngu Hanh Son District) - Ba Na Hills Return Transfer: $24
  • Da Nang (Ngu Hanh Son District) - Hue Private Transfer: $37
  • Da Nang Airport Arrival Private Transfer: $27
  • Da Nang Airport Private Arrival Transfer: $27
  • Da Nang Airport Private Round-Trip Transfer: $41


Entertainment

Hanoi's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $7.39 per person, per day. This cost can vary widely by the type of activity, however, as this includes admission tickets, day tours, museums, and other things to do.

Da Nang's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $12 per person, per day. This cost can vary widely by the type of activity, however, as this includes admission tickets, day tours, museums, and other things to do.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Hanoi $7.39
    Da Nang $12
Typical Entertainment prices in Hanoi

Here are a few typical costs in Hanoi for activities, ticket prices, and tours that come from previous visitors:


  • Puppet Theater
    $1.74
  • The Hanoi Hilton Entrance
    $1.74
  • National History Museum
    $1.74
  • Puppet Theater Ticket
    $3.04

Tours and Activities in Hanoi

Here are a few actual costs in Hanoi for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • Skip the Line: Thang Long Water Puppet Tickets: $4.78
  • Skip the Line: Thang Long Water Puppet Tickets: $4.79
  • Skip the Line:Water Puppet Show Ticket - Plus Free Tour for Hanoi (Optional): $4.93
  • (Evening) HANOI CUSTOMIZED Walking Tour: $5.00
  • Private Walking Tour of Hanoi City: $5.00
  • Hanoi Old Quarter Private Walking Tour with Student Guide: $5.00
  • Private Guided Tour of Hanoi: $5.13
  • Hanoi Old Quater Walking Tour: $5.13
  • Hanoi City Tour By Volunteer Guide: $5.13
  • Skip the Line: Thang Long Water Puppet Show Ticket - with Hotel Ticket Delivery: $5.13
  • (Half Day) Hanoi Old Quarter Walking Tour: $5.13
  • Skip the Line: Lotus Water Puppet Entrance with Hanoi Hotel Ticket Delivery: $5.50

Tours and Activities in Da Nang

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Da Nang are as follows:

  • Upside Down World Da Nang Ticket: $5.50
  • Monkey Mountain & Son Tra Peninsula Tour - U.S Army Jeep - 1HR: $25
  • Da Nang Small Group City Tour: Marble Mountain & Lady Buddha from Da Nang: $26
  • Hoi An Ancient Town Tour: Japanese Covered Bridge & Old House from Da Nang: $30
  • Ba Na Hills & Golden Bridge Small Group Tour from Da Nang – Full Day: $31
  • Hoi An Half - Day From Da Nang Daily In-group Tour: $31
  • Half day Hoi An city tour: $31
  • DA NANG – Shopping tour: $32
  • Da Nang hafl day tour (Marble mountain, monkey mountain around 4 hour): $32
  • Day trip to Da Nang city tour with private car and driver: $33
  • My Son Sanctuary Small Group Tour & Cultural Ceremony from Da Nang – Full Day: $33
  • Cham Culture Traces _my Son Joining Tour: $33


Alcohol

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Hanoi may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $6.69 per day on alcoholic beverages.

The average person spends about $8.16 on alcoholic beverages in Da Nang per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Hanoi $6.69
    Da Nang $8.16



When comparing the travel costs between Hanoi and Da Nang, we can see that Hanoi is more expensive. However, the two cities are actually relatively comparable in price, as the difference is somewhat minimal. Generally, this means that you could travel with generally the same travel style and level of luxury in each place. Since both cities are in Asia, it's no surprise that their costs are relatively close, as many destinations here have somewhat similar travel prices overall.

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