Da Nang Airport Overview
Da Nang Airport is the third-largest airport in Vietnam after Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN) and Noi Bai International Airport (HAN), it is much lesser in terms of size and arrivals. The Da Nang Airport was built in 1940 and operated as a major military post until 1975 when Vietnam was reunited. The old airport base was decommissioned in December 2011 and replaced with a brand modern structure nearby.
The newly opened terminal, which features modern facilities and a more convenient location as well as a comprehensive range of airport services, including a number of shopping areas and dining options, has revolutionized the way tourists are welcomed into Danang. Not only the appearance of Da Nang Airport but also its services has been greatly improved.
Da Nang Airport Terminal
Domestic Terminal T1 and International Terminal T2 are the airport’s two terminals. The ultramodern international terminal, which is located north of the domestic terminal, has been in operation since 2017.
T1: Domestic Terminal
The domestic terminal is divided into three stories, with the center floor reserved for airline offices. Arrivals are located on the ground floor, along with some restricted amenities such as cafes, SIM card services, and money exchanges. Check-in counters, security checks, and departure gates make up the upper level. This is accessible through a lift from the parking lot and a drive-through drop-off.
Cafes, boutiques, and restaurants are gradually being built at the domestic terminal. However, there are plenty of places to grab a drink or a bite to eat. Especially since the hour-and-a-half flight from Da Nang to Ho Chi Minh City is the longest domestic trip.
Vietnam Airlines, VietJet Air, VASCO, and Jetstar Pacific are the airlines that fly in and out of the Domestic terminal. Domestic flights to the larger cities of Hano, Ho Chi Minh City, and Nha Trang are the most popular.
T2: International Terminal
The International Terminal in Da Nang is a four-level facility that is regarded as one of the best in Vietnam. Baggage claim, arrival and immigration, visa on arrival, customs, gates, gate lounges, and lost & found are all located on the ground floor. In addition, there are certain services available such as SIM card services, restaurants, and souvenir shops.
The arrival halls and gate lounges are located on the second floor. The third section is departures, which has 44 check-in counters, immigration, customs, and security checks. The lounges, which include the green lounge and the CIP orchid lounge, are located on the fourth floor. On the first three levels, there are baby changing facilities and restrooms.
Seoul – Danang (Korean Air and Asiana Airlines), Guangzhou – Danang (China Southern Airlines), and Singapore – Danang (Singapore Airlines) are among the international flights available, particularly from Southeast Asia and East Asia (SilkAir). More flights from popular destinations in adjacent territories such as Hong Kong, Japan, and Thailand are likely to arrive at the airport in the near future.
Da Nang Airport Services
If you want to chill in a relaxing environment while sipping your favorite beverage or keeping up with work on your laptop, both terminals have lounges available to you to use. Regardless of airline or ticket class, every traveler gets fair access to these facilities.
The Domestic Terminal Lounge will let you access 360.000 VND (15.50 USD) and they offer charging stations, massage chairs, newspapers, and magazines, as well as food and beverages.
No matter which airline you go with or what ticket class you have, passengers have access to first-class lounge facilities at The VIP Orchid Lounge at the International Terminal. The admission charge is 575,000 VND (25 USD), 253,000 VND ($11) for children, and free of charge for babies (under 2 years old). You can buy vouchers for the lounge at the entrance. The lounge offers luxurious and comfortable furnishing, massage chairs, showers, a smoking area, nap boxes with LCD TV for entertainment as well as newspaper and magazines in different languages. They also provide a buffet with healthy, delicious foods and drinks so you can fill up before your departure.
Passengers who enjoy a relaxing setting can enjoy a cocktail at the bar or a dessert in a private room. Passengers who wish to check their work or deal with important situations can do so in a working station that fully equipped with modern amenities such as strong Wifi internet, iMacs, printer and a lot of power socket. Additionally, passengers who wish to rest have access to a nap box that has a television inside for entertainment.
Shopping and Duty-Free
At Danang Airport, there are a few shopping opportunities. A shopping mall is located next to the domestic departure terminal, which is next to the international departure terminal. There are souvenir stores in the domestic departure terminal’s waiting area that sell a variety of local products, ranging from everyday items to local unique specialties such as clothing and accessories.
The international departure lounge, which includes some duty-free stores, is another area where passengers can shop at Da Nang Airport. Lotte and Alux duty-free shops are the stores where you can find a large selection of drinks, booze, cigarettes and cigars, fragrances, cosmetics, and sweets to choose from. These stores also sell foreign clothes and accessory brands, as well as jewelry, and electronic products. On the first and second floors, there are gift shops selling anything from handcrafted trinkets to local tea and coffee, also because no tax is added to these prices, they are a little less expensive. Still, do not put off shopping until you reach the airport.
On the first and second floors, there are gift shops that are perfect for passengers looking for one-of-a-kind souvenirs from Vietnam. These shops feature a good selection of Vietnamese traditional products such as specialty dishes, local handicrafts, and silk cloth for passengers to take home.
Foods & drinks
Passengers at Da Nang Airport can choose from a wide selection of food and beverages available at each terminal while waiting for their flight or after a long journey. Local cuisine, like pho and banh mi, as well as quick food chains, cafes, and restaurants, are available throughout the airport. There are a few food courts and restaurants inside this airport, similar to those found in other international airports such as Ho Chi Minh City’s Tan Son Nhat Airport or Hanoi’s Noi Bai Airport. Just a friendly reminder that the price here is not cheap and you should expect to pay the standard international airport food and beverage prices.
There is one sit-down restaurant name Lucky, on the first level of the airport, that serves both Vietnamese and Western cuisine, as well as a few other fast-food franchises that provide sandwiches and quick snacks.
Access to the internet is really easy at the Da Nang Airport. Any device with Wi-Fi capability is eligible for a free connection. Connect to “Maltairport Wi-Fi” on your device first, then open a session in your browser and accept the terms and conditions—and that’s it! Free Wi-Fi is also available in all of the airport eateries and lounges.
Others: ATM, money exchange, etc.
Money exchange desks are situated in the arrival halls of both terminals, whether you wish to exchange your funds for Vietnamese Dong or another currency.
If you’re flying locally, another alternative is to go to the Demen coffee shop on the domestic terminal’s external wall, which offers reasonable currency exchange. It’s open from 6 a.m. until 11 p.m., making it a great late-arriving choice. ATMs are also accessible, including BIDV, Agribank, and Vietinbank in the international terminal and Techcombank, Vietcombank, Seabank, and Vietinbank in the domestic terminal.
Da Nang Airport Transfer Services
Da Nang Airport is a city airport so it’s super easy and convenient to get around, to the city center, beach resorts, or even to Hoi An. From the airport, there are various options to choose from. You can either choose from taxis, shuttle buses or private cars. Depending on your personal preferences, travel budget, compare and check out these recommended modes of transportation as follow:
Taxis are now the most convenient mode of transportation between the airport and the city area. As you leave Da Nang airport, you can hail one down. There are a big number of taxis waiting outside the airport, ready to take you to your designed destination. The taxi use meter to calculate the trip fare yet you can also negotiate a price in advance to avoid unexpected price. There are also many taxi companies that operate at the airport yet the most reputable taxi brands are VinaSun and Mai Linh. These two are national taxi cooperation in Vietnam and they offer reasonable fare. Some other taxi brands that also trustworthy are Tien Sa Taxi or Song Han Taxi.
If you don’t prefer traveling by traditional taxi and want to avoid any scams at all costs then taking a Grab is the best option for you. To book a Grab car, you need to download the app, connect the wifi at Da Nang Airport and choose which vehicle you want to go with.
Grab fares: less than 77,000 VND ($3.3USD) for a 4-seat sedan and 96,000 VND ($4.2USD) for a 7-seat van to downtown Danang. If you don’t have any luggage, you can also get a motorbike taxi for 26,000 VND ($1.2USD) to downtown
The app will provide you with specific directions on where to meet your driver. The driver will normally send you a message or call through the app to confirm your location, but don’t worry if you don’t speak the same language as them; the app will automatically translate the messages for you.
· Shuttle bus
Because there are no significant connections, public transportation is not a popular mode of transportation to and from the Da Nang airport. Hoi An Express, which offers shared shuttle bus transfers between Da Nang and Hoi An, is a good alternative. The minivan buses leave from the Domestic Terminal T1 in front of the terminal (Gate 4). The bus station is a five-minute walk from the International Terminal T2.
This bus service will take you to your Da Nang or Hoi An accommodation. In addition, you can exit at An Bang Beach or Cua Dai Beach, all of which are near to the lovely city of Hoi An. Between the hours of 05:00 and 23:00, buses leave the airport once per hour. The ticket cost is ranged from 115,000 VND ($5) to 250,000 VND ($10.9), depending on where you want to be dropped off. You can purchase a bus ticket from Da Nang Airport to Hoi An online or at their representative desk at Da Nang airport.
· Private Car
There are many travel agents provide the private car transfer services at Da Nang airport and if you traveling in a big group or with family and kids then this is the most perfect choice to choose from. It’s best to book the car ahead of time to save time, but if you forget, there is no need to worry. In the airport, you can still speak with a representative; they usually have their own desk and stall. Remember to inquire about the cost and route so that you can evaluate your options. The cost will vary depending on whether the trip is every day or over the holidays.
It is actually possible to travel from Da Nang Airport by motorbike. Motorbike travel is the most intriguing mode of transportation since it provides the greatest flexibility and independence on the road, you can enjoy the view on both sides and breathe in the fresh air. It is without a doubt the Vietnamese people’s favored mode of transportation. The road in Da Nang is more comfortable to drive because the traffic isn’t as bad as it is in larger cities like Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City.
Not to mention that you can explore and go about the area at your leisure. The cost of renting a motorcycle for a day range from 100,000 VND ($4.3) to 200,000 VND ($8.7), depending on the bike model. If you rent for a week or longer, you may receive a discount. Most rental shops in Da Nang will send their motorcycles to you at Da Nang airport so it’s better to call them, booked the motorbike in advance, and arrange the pickup time.
Da Nang Airport Map
How to get to Da Nang Airport
It will be very easy to get to Da Nang International Airport if you stay at Da Nang City. It takes roughly 30 minutes to get here. If you stay at Hoi An, it takes from 45 minutes to 60 minutes to get to Da Nang Airport. To be sure, you should book the airport transfer and pick-up services in advance from Vietnam Shore Excursions before arriving Vietnam.