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Vung Tau

Getting there and away

Bus

Buses leave from the Mien Dong Bus Station in Ho Chi Minh City from 07:00 and run throughout the day. The tickets cost 32,000 dong.

Unless you're travelling alone and on a desperate budget, the boat or private car might make a lot more sense for some.

The trip takes around three hours.

Updates from Travelfish readers

  • Price now 100,000 dong($5). Used Phuong Trang Futa (big orange buses) for many years and they are comfy and reliable, in my opinion best in Vietnam (and I've used most of em'
    Andrewk

    17 June 2013

    Update by andrewk (1)
    Written on 16th June, 2013

  • We have used the bus from Vung Tau to HCMC [Saigon] about 10 times during our 4 months living here - we use the FutaLines bus, by Phuong Trang, at So 3 Ta Uyen, P3, TPVung Tau - they use full-on coaches, with aircon & a bottle of water / face wipe - they will even collect you from your house, and take you to the bus, then drop you off when you get back to Vung Tau - all included, for VND 85,000 - so $4 or £3 at today's prices - an excellent service & price, not to be ignored - AND they stop at Mekong Rest stop on the way, a service station from heaven :-)

    Update by tobyholland (2)
    Written on 2nd January, 2013

  • The going rate for bus tickets from Ho Chi Minh City to Vung Tau is now 60,000 dong, I believe. I've gone with two different companies: Mai Linh and Hoa Mai, and that's how much it was on both. Really, it's only a 3 hour bus ride in a well-kept-up 15-passenger van -- not as miserable as you made it sound, and it should be a shorter and more enjoyable ride next year when the road construction is completed.

    Update by vansistm (1)
    Written on 1st November, 2010

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Boat

Boats depart from Bach Dang Wharf in Saigon. The ferry terminal is on the Saigon River, by the intersection of Ton Duc Thang St and the bottom of Nguyen Hue St. Journey time is one hour 30 minutes via the Vina Express hydrofoil service (or GreenLines, who run the same service). The boat departs six times daily starting from 06:00, the last return trip being at 16:00. A ticket costs 120,000 dong (US$7.50). Pick up tickets in Saigon from 2 Nguyen Hue St, the ferry terminal on Ton Duc Thang or see http://www.vinaexpress.com.vn/?l=en for details.

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Other

If travelling in a group it may be easier to hire a car and driver to travel to Vung Tau. These can be arranged via one of the numerous travel agencies on Pham Ngu Lao. The drive should take between one and a half and two hours.

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