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Ho Chi Minh to Vung Tau: 5 Best Ways to travel

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Located not far from Ho Chi Minh City, Vung Tau has become a popular destination for tourists to escape from the busy city, enjoy the sandy beaches, mouth-watering seafood, and many others. If you plan to travel to Vung Tau from Saigon, do not miss the below article Ho Chi Minh to Vung Tau: 5 Best Ways to travel.

Ho Chi Minh City (or Saigon) is Vietnam’s largest and most chaotic city. This city is the departure city for many tourists when they start to travel the whole of Vietnam. Being in this city, you can visit many famous tourist attractions, go shopping in many wonderful shops, enjoy the fantastic nightlife, or try delicious food.

Vung Tau is a pretty seaside town in the south of Vietnam. It is a great place for tourists to spend few days, relax, soak up the sea breeze, and indulge in fresh seafood. The city has many beautiful beaches such as Truoc, Sau, Vong Nguyet, Dua. All are ideal for sunbathing, swimming, and relaxing. It also has many unique relics such as Vung Tau Lighthouse, Jesus Statue, Niet Ban Tinh Xa Pagoda, Long Son large House...


Distance from Ho Chi Minh to Vung Tau

The distance from Saigon to Vung Tau is approximately 125 km, making Vung Tau a great place for a weekend getaway from Ho Chi Minh. There are five main ways to get from Ho Chi Minh City to Vung Tau: shuttle bus, limousine luxury bus, ferry, motorbike, and private car.

Depending on the travelling route, kind of transfer, the time you need to get to Vung Tau from Saigon is from 2 to 3.5 hours

Ho Chi Minh to Vung Tau maps


5 best ways to travel from Ho Chi Minh to Vung Tau

It is easy to find transportation from Saigon to Vung tau, please see more detail of the 5 best ways to travel below.

1. Shuttle bus

Shuttle bus is a popular way to travel. You can go to Ben Xe Mien Dong, Or Ben Xe Mien Tay to catch the bus to Vung Tau bus station. Travelling time is from 2.5 hours to 3 hours, and the price ticket ranges from 80.000 VND to 150.000 VND.

Please see the recommended shuttle bus below:

Bus providers Departure time Number of seats Departure station Arrival station Price (VND)
Phuong Trang  From 6:00 to 19:00 every 1 hour 45 272 -274 De Tham, Pham Nu Lao, District 1 Vung Tau station 115.000 
Thien Phu From 4:00 to 19:00 every 20 minutes 14 Ben Xe Mien Dong Vung Tau station 95.000
Kumho From 5:00 to 19:30 every 15 minutes 45 Ben Xe Mien Dong Vung Tau station 100.000

Alternatively, you can use the public bus which is much cheaper. However, you need to change the bus twice.

  • Bus number 150: Cho Lon station – Tan Van. Price ticket: 6.000 VND
  • Bus number 11: Vung Tau intersection station – Tan Thanh station. Price ticket: 17.000
  • Bus number 6: Tan Thanh station – Vung Tau station. Price ticket: 20.000 VND

Ho Chi Minh to vung Tau bus


2. Limousine Luxury Bus

If you want door-to-door service, high-class car, you can choose a limousine luxury bus to get to Vung Tau. This kind of bus is more expensive than the shuttle bus, however, it gives customers more comfort. The limousine is equipped with Wifi, a USB charging port near the seats, a large LED screen, free wet tissues, and mineral water. The seats are designed to slip and fall by the adjustment buttons so you can choose the most suitable and comfortable position. Moreover, travelling time is shortened to 2 hours.

Please see the recommended limousine luxury bus providers below

Bus providers Number of seats Departure time Pick up location Drop off location Price  (VND)
Hoa Mai limousine 14  Every 30 minutes from 4:00 to 18:30 82 Nguyen Chanh Vung Tau 140.000 -150.000
Vie limousine  9 Every 60 minutes from 4:00 to 21:00 131 Nguyen Thai Binh Any places in Vung Tau city 140.000 -160.000
Thang Toan limousine 9&18 Every 15- 30 minutes from 4:00 to 19:00 21 Nguyen Thai Binh Any places in Vung Tau city 150.000 - 160.000


Ho Chi minh to Vung Tau Limousine


3. Speedboat and Ferry

Speedboat and fеrrу is thе bеѕt аnd fаѕtеѕt but thе mоѕt ехреnѕіvе option to travel from Saigon to Vung Tau. Тhе fеrrу lеаvеѕ аt Веn Nhа Rоng Наrbоur (1 Nguyen Tat Thanh), or Bach Dang Wharf (5 Nguyen Tat Thanh) to arrive Vung Tau after 1.5 to 2 hours.  The three best providers are Pacific Express. Greenlines DP, and Vina Express. The price ticket is more and less than 10 USD

Please see the timetable for the speedboat and ferry below:

Providers Departure time Departure port Price (VND)
Pacific Express  8:00,10:00, 12:00, 14:00, (and 16:00 only on Saturday) Nha Rong port 200.000 for adults, 100.000 for children
Greenlines DP 8:00, 10:00, 12:00, 14:00, (and 9:00 & 14:00 only on Saturday) Bach Dang port

Age: 12- 62: 240.000

Age: above 62: 170.000

Age: 6 - 11: 120.000

Below 5: free

Vina Express 6:00, 8:30, 10:30, 12:30, 14:30, 16:00 Bach Dang port  250.000


Ho Chi Minh to Vung tau Speedboat


4. Private car

A private car is a great choice if you travel in a big group and want privacy. Using the private car, you can get to Vung Tau from Saigon after only 2 hours of traveling. You can start from Saigon center to Phu My Bridge, then continue to ring-road 2, turn right onto HCMC highway, Ho Chi Minh - Long Thanh - Dau Giay. Continue going about 20km, then turn right onto Highway 51 and go straight and you can reach  Vung Tau city.

Please see the price for private transfer below:

Kind of car 4 seat car 7 seat car 16 seat car
Maximum Capacity  2 people 5 people  16 people
Price (USD) 75 80 90


Saigon to Vung Tau car


5. Motorbike

Gеttіng tо Vung Таu frоm Но Сhі Міnh bу mоtоrbіkе іѕ ѕurеlу аn ехсіtіng орtіоn as it is a short distance, and you will need only 2 to 3 hours to drive. There are no rough terrains, so the drive is not hard, and you can enjoy the beautiful scenery along the way.

Before starting the trip, you should check the brakes, wheels, and other motorbike segments to make sure that your motorcycle is still in good condition. Also, don’t forget to fulfill the petrol if necessary. You can choose one of the three following routes. 

Route 1: Through National Highway no.51

The route is Ho Chi Minh City - Nguyen Duy Street - Pham Hung - Vo Van Kiet Street -Mai Chi Tho Street - Ho Chi Minh Highway- Long Thanh – Dau Giay - National Highway no.51 - Vung Tau City

This route is pretty long and kind of roundabout. However, it has been chosen by many travelers as its road condition is good and broad. What’s more, there are a lot of traffic signs along the way so that you hardly get lost when following this route.

Route 2: Cat Lai Ferry Station – Nhon Trach

This route is 20 km shorter than the first one but you have to catch a ferry.

This route is  Thu Thiem Tunnel -  Mai Chi Tho street -  Dong Van Cong Street -  Truong Thi Dinh Street - Cat Lai Ferry Station - Ly Thai To Street - Tran Van Tra Street - Quach Thi Trang Street - Ton Duc Thang -  National Highway no.51 -  Vung Tau City.

Route 3: Long Son

This is the most popular route for those traveling from Ho Chi Minh City to Vung Tau by motorbike thanks to the road in good condition, low volume of vehicles,s and spectacular landscape.

This route is Thu Thiem Tunnel -  Mai Chi Tho street -  Dong Van Cong Street -  Truong Thi Dinh Street - Cat Lai Ferry Station - National Highway no.51 -  Long Son -  Cha Va Bridge and Go Gang Bridge - Vung Tau City.

Ho Chi Minh to Vung tau motorbike


How to get from Ho Chi Minh Airport to Vung Tau

Besides getting to Vung Tau from Ho Chi Minh city centre, many tourists travel from Tan Son Nhat airport to Vung Tau. The best way is to find a limousine bus which picks you up from the airport and transfer you to Vung Tau city. You can easily find them at the airport or can visit the limousin car website to book the transfer in advance. Popular limousine buses from Tan Son Nhat airport to Vung Tau are Hoa Mai limousine, Huy Hoang Limousine, Toan Thang limousine, Thanh Vinh, Phu Hai...


Recommended tours from Ho Chi Minh to Vung Tau

Another easy way to travel from Ho Chi Minh city to Vung Tau is to take a package tour where everything will be taken care of for you from transfer to hotel, activities, meals... You can take a day tour, or few days to relax on the beach, visit tourist attractions... Contact us to get free information about Ho Chi Minh to Vung Tau package tour.

Ho Chi Minh to Vung tau

Local tips to get from Ho Chi Minh to Vung Tau

  • Each kind of transfer has its own advantages and disadvantages. Therefore, knowing the good and the bad point of the transfer will be able to help to choose the best way to travel for you.
  • Shuttle bus is cheaper than other means of transfer, however, you need to make your own way to and from the bus station to catch the bus. It is a good choice if you are on a budget
  • Limousine bus is preferred by many tourists because of its convenience and reasonable price. It is the door to door service, so it is great if you travel with a lot of luggage.
  • Looking for privacy or traveling with friends in a big group, you can choose a private car. It can be cheaper than using a limousine bus as everyone will share the transfer cost. 
  • If money is not your big concern, and you love waterways, you can use a speedboat and ferry. It is the fastest one.
  • Many young backpackers choose motorbikes to get to Vung Tau from Ho Chi Minh city as it is a short distance, a lot of fun and they can enjoy the beautiful landscape.

All in all, moving from Ho Chi Minh to Vung Tau is easy. It is a short distance, a short journey. Therefore,  when you are in Ho Chi Minh city and want some days for relaxation, do not miss this city. Do not hesitate to contact us if you need any help like booking any kinds of transfer or tours in Vung Tau. 


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Are the ferry and speedboat to Vung tau from sSaigon safe? Do they have life jackets on board?

@Percy Thomas:

Hi! It's safe, the ferry & speedboat are quite new. Depends on each ferry/speedboat, they will have life jackets or lifebuoy rings on board. 

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