Photo: Binh Tien beach, near Cam Ranh Bay.

How to get to and from Cam Ranh Bay

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Cam Ranh International Airport (CXR) is 16 kilometres from Cam Ranh city centre. The airport is predominantly used as the gateway to Nha Trang, which is 30 kilometres north along the coast. There are daily flights to major cities in Vietnam, as well as international and charter flights.

CXR is a small airport overwhelmed by the number of passengers. As of August 2015, there was only one Vietinbank ATM. A few cafes serve pho, coffee and sandwiches, plus there's a money exchange and service desks for Vietjet, Vietnam Airlines and Jetstar Pacific.

Domestic destinations include:
Da Nang (Vietnam Airlines)
Hanoi (Vietnam Airlines, VietJet Air, Jetstar)
Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam Airlines, VietJet Air, Jetstar)

International destinations include:
Chengdu, China
Chongqing, China
Guangzhou, China
Hangzhou, China
Ningbo, China
Wenzhou, China
Wuhan, China
Seoul, South Korea

Tan Phu Hung, a hotel and travel agency across Long Ho bridge, five kilometres from the airport in the direction of Cam Ranh city, can book flights and arrange transport.

There’s a Vietnam Airlines booking office in Nha Trang at 91 Nguyen Thien Thuat, T: (058) 352 6768, F: (058) 352 5956.

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There is no train station at Cam Ranh. The closest train station is Nha Trang.

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A row of bus agencies forms a small bus depot on Duong Le Duan (at the big roundabout with Coop Mart). Several different bus companies serve intercity routes so exact times and prices will vary, but take the following as a guide. Some routes require a change of bus in Nha Trang – it will be indicated on the agency’s posted schedule.

HCMC: Departs 08:00, 10:00, 12:00, 18:00, 19:00, 20:00, 21:00, 22:00, 23:00, 24:00, costs 225,000 VND.
Da Lat: Departs 07:00, 08:00, 11:00, 13:00, 15:00, costs 140,000 VND.
Da Nang: Departs 17:00, 18:30, costs 240,000 VND.
Hoi An: Departs at 17:00, costs 245,000 VND.
Hue: Departs at 16:30, costs 265,000 VND.
Gia Lai: Departs 04:00, costs 180,000 VND.
Buon Ma Thuoc: Departs at 06:30, costs 100,000 VND.
Quy Nhon: Departs at 06:00, 06:30, costs 80,000 VND.
Phu Cat: Departs at 06:00, costs 90,000 VND.

Futa Bus (aka Phuong Trang) to Nha Trang departs from the Cam Ranh bus station every 30 minutes from 07:00-21:30, and costs 20,000-25,000 VND. There are stops along Hung Vuong/National Route 1. Look for the bright orange bus/orange bus stops.

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As of August 2015 boats were strictly off limits to foreigners and overseas Vietnamese as it crosses military waters. Those purchasing tickets are required to show their local identity card. If you want to explore islands such as Binh Ba, you’ll have to arrange the boat trip from Nha Trang. This may change as tourism in Cam Ranh Bay continues to develop.

In any case, to give you an idea of the prices, the speedboat (for locals) to Binh Ba was 100,000 VND one way.

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Getting around

Lily Hotel, a block from the bus station, has motorbikes available to rent for 100,000 VND per day. Needless to say, you’ll have far more selection available in Nha Trang.

Xe om and taxis can be found in the city centre around the bus depot. Hotels can also call a taxi for you.

If you need a driver for a daytrip, like we did for our exploration of the Vinh Hy-Binh Tien pass, head to Hotel Tan Phu Hung and talk to Ngoc (aka “Ruby”) who speaks a little English, or call driver Mr Tuan directly, who speaks no English. Mr Tuan looks like he is a teenager (he’s in fact in his early twenties) but he is an outstanding driver. He drives the speed limit and doesn’t take unnecessary risks, is very patient and his new Hi-Lux truck is solid, has air-con and is comfortable. Though he doesn’t speak English, we were successfully able to communicate by writing destinations down, charades and drawings. You can arrange a per kilometre rate (8,000 VND/km) or a flat rate with a set time. Price will depend on length of time, number of passengers and distance. To give you an idea, we hired Mr Tuan from 08:00 to 18:00, travelled a total of 100 kilometres including many stops along the way, for 1,000,000 VND.

Hotel Tan Phu Hung / Mr. Tuan: 72 Nguyen Chi Thanh, P. Cam Nghia, Cam Ranh (west of Long Ho bridge); T: (058) 653 5677; (0974) 418 019.

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