The closest airport to Quang Ngai is Chu Lai International Airport in Quang Nam Province, 45 kilometres north of Quang Ngai city on the coast. It was constructed on the grounds of the US Marine Corps’ Chu Lai Air Base. There are no international flights, only daily flights to Hanoi and HCMC serviced by Vietnam Airlines, Jetstar and VietJet Air.
Da Nang International Airport is 130 km north of Quang Ngai.
Quang Ngai train station (Ga Quang Ngai) is located in the northwest part of the city. It’s a regular stop on the Reunification Express.
See the Vietnam Railways website for detailed timetable information; http://dsvn.vn/
A fleet of Mai Linh meter taxis and xe om await each arriving train. It’s 13 km from the station to Son My memorial.
Quang Ngai bus station (ben xe Quang Ngai) moved locations sometime in 2016. It is now located directly on Highway QL1A in the southeast corner of the city, 1 km south of Le Thanh Ton St.
One of the better bus companies is orange Futa (Phuong Trang), a popular national bus line. Their air-con sleeper buses have free WiFi and water. There’s an office at the bus station, as well as a kilometre north on Highway 1A at 26 Le Thanh Ton St; T: (055) 839 939; https://futabus.vn/en-US
HCMC (Mien Dong station): departs at 12:30, 14:30, 16:30, 18:30. Costs 295,000 dong and takes 18 hrs.
Da Lat: departs at 16:30. Costs 225,000 dong and takes 12 hrs.
Nha Trang: departs at 20:30. Costs 225,000 dong and takes 10 hrs.
Phan Thiet: departs at 12:30, 16:30, 18:30. Costs 285,000 dong and takes 15 hrs.
Qui Nhon: departs at 12:30, 16:30, 18:30. Costs 145,000 dong and takes 4 hrs.
Other bus companies:
Da Lat: departs at 13:00. Costs 250,000 dong.
Gia Lai (Pleiku): departs at 05:00. Costs 150,000 dong.
Vung Tau: departs at 12:00. Costs 280,000 dong.
Kon Tum: departs at 12:30. Costs 200,000 dong.
Da Nang is serviced by a local bus in the form of a 16-seater minivan. They were reluctant to tell us the time or price. It departs with demand. Train is probably the more comfortable option.
Another option, and one that takes some gumption, is to stand on Highway QL1A and flag down a passing bus to your desired destination. It’s a major north-south thruway. Buses will charge you the full fare and will probably overcharge foreigners.
Speedboat and slow boats to Ly Son island depart from Sa Ky port, 5 km up the coast from My Khe or 23 km from the train station. See Ly Son island guide for full details.
The frugal traveller will love Quang Ngai for its regional bus routes, serviced by Mai Linh. The green buses are air-conditioned, in good condition and dirt cheap, the fare based on distance travelled. You must wait at the bus stops, look for the blue signs with bus symbol and the route # (example, “so 3”). We noticed they won’t pick up passengers between stops within the city but could be flagged down once on more rural roads. Pay on the bus.
Buses depart on time from Quang Ngai bus station (ben xe Quang Ngai). The most helpful to travellers is likely Bus #3, which winds its way through the city, crosses Tra Khuc bridge, past My Tra Riverside Hotel and heads northeast with stops at Son My, My Khe beach and ends at Sa Ky port (which has fast boats to Ly Son island). If you only want to stop for a day trip to Son My and not stay overnight in Quang Ngai – and don’t mind taking it slow – with careful timing you could do it with these buses.
To Sa Ky: bus #3 departs at 05:30; 06:30; 07:45; 09:30; 10:45; 12:00; 13:30; 15:00; 16:15; 17:30. Costs 13,000 dong and takes 1 hr.
From Sa Ky to Quang Ngai: bus #3 departs 05:30, 06:30, 8:00, 09:30, 10:45, 12:00, 13:30, 15:00, 16:15, 17:30. Costs 13,000 dong and takes 1 hr.
Bus #2 to Sa Huynh: departs every half hour (except 12:00) from 05:30-18:00. Costs 22,000 dong and takes 1.5 hrs.
Check this Quang Ngai government link for all other routes and up to date schedule.
Quang Ngai isn’t big but things are spread out so walking isn’t ideal in most cases. Meter taxis are plentiful and cheap, green Mai Linh taxis are a reliable choice. Xe om park outside the bus and train station and in busy corners.
Mai Linh taxi Quang Ngai: T: (055) 383 83 83