Photo: Cham Tower, Phan Thiet.

Transport

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Train

Phan Thiet train station is located in the northwest corner of the city. There is only one train a day, SPT1 running between Ho Chi Minh City and Phan Thiet. From HCMC, it departs at 06:40, scheduled to arrive at 11:22. From Phan Thiet to HCMC, the train departs at 13:10, arrives at 18:27. Tickets for soft seat air-con are 190,000 dong; hard-berth air-con are 220,000 dong; soft berth air-con are 255,000 dong.

The red local bus goes from Phan Thiet train station to Ham Tien (Mui Ne tourist beach). It should cost around 20,000 dong. Otherwise, meter taxis and xe om are available.

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Bus

Phan Thiet's bus station (Ben Xe Phan Thiet) is located in the southwest edge of the city, two kilometres from the river at Tran Hung Dao bridge.

Phuong Trang (Futa Bus Lines) is a popular national bus company. They have air-con bus service to/from Ho Chi Minh City’s Mien Dong station and it includes shuttle pick-up/drop-off to your hotel in Phan Thiet or Mui Ne. Sleeper bus departs at 01:30, 11:00, 14:30 & 17:30. From Ho Chi Minh City to Phan Thiet and Mui Ne, bus departs 07:15, 10:15, 19:15 & 23:00. Bus costs 120,000 dong and takes 6 hours. Tickets available at the bus station, office in Mui Ne or their Phan Thiet office at 121 Ton Duc Thang; T: (062) 939 919; futabus.vn.

Kumho Samco bus company to HCMC: departs at 01:00, 02:00, 07:00, 08:45, 10:00, 12:30, 13:15, 14:00, 15:00, 16:15, 17:00. Costs 115,000 to 126,000 dong.

The best way to get to Vung Tau is to take the Quoc Phu bus which departs Mui Ne at 07:00. Call (or have a Vietnamese speaker call) to arrange for pick-up en route. When we took it the small air-con bus was new and comfortable. Service was efficient and it included drop off to your hotel in Vung Tau. Costs 90,000 dong and take 4 hrs. T: (093) 4174 768.

Sample departures from the bus station include:
Phan Rang: departs at 05:00, 06:00, 06:30, 07:00, 07:30, 08:00. Costs 60,000 dong.
Nha Trang: departs at 04:00, 04:30, 05:00, 05:30, 06:00, 06:30, 07:00, 07:30. Costs 92,000 dong.
Buon Ma Thuot: departs at 19:00. Costs 210,000 dong.
Kien Giang (Rach Gia): departs at 04:30. Costs 192,000 dong.
Da Lat: departs at 05:30, 07:30, 12:30, 13:30. Costs 115,000 to 120,000 dong.

Beware, horror stories about Hanh Cafe abound on the Internet. But should you want to try your luck, they service Nha Trang, Hoi An, Hue, Da Nang and Ha Noi. Bus departs at 00:30 & 12:30.

Alternatively, bus companies that depart from Mui Ne heading south can usually pick up passengers in Phan Thiet. You may need help from a Vietnamese speaker to make arrangements.

Or you can head to Mui Ne, which is serviced by many Open Bus tour companies, including The Sinh Tourist which has direct routes to Da Lat, Nha Trang and HCMC. See our Mui Ne transport section.

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Getting around

Xe om and meter taxis are easy enough to find, especially along the beach road and outside the Co-op Mart. Renting a motorbike is a bit trickier -- Phan Thiet isn't oriented to Western tourists the way Mui Ne is and you may have to rent a bike out from under a xe om driver or a hotel staff member. Ban Mai 66 Hotel rents good ones for around 150,000 dong.

Phan Thiet has several cheap local buses and savvy travellers can save money by grabbing the right one.

White and blue bus #1 “Tien Loi – Mui Ne – Hon Rom” connects Phan Thiet with the Mui Ne tourist strip, Hon Rom and Longson, Suoi Nuoc Beach, home to Longson Mui Ne Campground and Jibe’s Suoi Nuoc Beach Club. It departs every 20-30 minutes, starting early, the last bus around 19:00, costs 16,000 to 20,000 dong. The full route (listed by streets): Tien Loi – Tran Quy Cap – Tran Hung Dao – Nguyen Tat Thanh – Ton Duc Thang – Thu Khoa Huan – Nguyen Dinh Chieu – Huynh Thuc Khang – Ho Xuan Huong – Hon Rom.

White and blue bus #6 “Phan Thiet – Ke Ga – La Gi” connects Phan Thiet with the coastal road all the way to Ke Ga Lighthouse and La Gi. It would pass P&T Resort and Green Organic Villas along the way. Buses start at 05:30, run every 20 to 30 minutes, last bus at 20:00. The full route: KDL Thuong Chanh – Le Loi – Nguyen Tat Thanh – Tran Hung Dao – Tien Loi – Tien Thanh – Ke Ga – Tan Hai – Dap Da Dung –Thi Xa La Gi – Thong Nhat – Le Loi – Cang La Gi – SVD Phuoc Hoi.

The 20,000 dong red local bus from Mui Ne goes to Phan Thiet train station.

Sun Taxi Phan Thiet: (0062) 366 7788

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Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Phan Thiet? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Vietnam.


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