The direction from Ho Chi Minh City to Phu Quoc Island by bus and speedboat

The direction from Ho Chi Minh City to Phu Quoc Island by bus and speedboat

It is not unreasonable that Phu Quoc is known as the Pearl Island of Vietnam. This is a tropical paradise where there are many pristine beaches and clear blue oceans. Along with the friendly people of the island, fresh seafood and many famous specialties such as fish sauce, pepper, pearl, … Phu Quoc became one of the most attractive tourist islands in Vietnam.

In addition to the beautiful nature, this place is changing more day by day. Tourism is promoted for the most comfortable experience, meeting the needs of many visitors.

From Ho Chi Minh City to Phu Quoc, tourists can travel by plane. Vietnam Airlines, Vietjet Air or Jetstar (travel time is about 1 hour, the price is from $30 to $90 1 way depending on time) are popular choices. Apart from airplanes, bus + speedboats is the top choice for many travelers because of affordability.

Photo: Hoai Nam Nguyen

In this article, I will share the way from Ho Chi Minh City to Phu Quoc Island by sleeping bus and Superdong speedboat.

To complete this route, visitors have to go 2 routes including Ho Chi Minh City – Ha Tien/Rach Gia (by bus) and Ha Tien /Rach Gia – Phu Quoc (by speedboat). The detailed instructions are as follows:

1. Ho Chi Minh City – Ha Tien/Rach Gia

Ha Tien Town and Rach Gia City are in Kien Giang Province. From Ha Tien or Rach Gia, travelers can take the Superdong speedboat to Phu Quoc Island.

1.1. HCMC – Ha Tien (7 – 8 hours)

Travel time from Ho Chi Minh City to Ha Tien Town (Kien Giang Province) is about 7 to 8 hours. It’s as simple as going straight to the Bus Station, pick a time, get a ticket and hop on, no reservations required. For holidays or weekends, you should buy tickets in advance. You should go at 22:00 PM or 23:00 PM to arrive at about 5:00 AM or 6:00 AM, then go on the speedboat. Here are some bus companies from Ho Chi Minh City:

  • Phuong Trang (Futa): 231 Le Hong Phong St., Ward 4, District 5, HCMC or the Western Bus Station, 395 -397 Kinh Duong Vuong St., An Lac Ward, Binh Tan Dist., HCMC. Schedule: 8:15 AM, 9:15 AM, 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 12:30 PM, 20:30 PM, 21:30 PM, 22:05 PM, 22:30 PM, 23:05 PM, 24h:05 PM. Ticket price is about $8. With this company, you can buy tickets online at https://futabus.vn/en-US. In case you have received an e-ticket via e-mail, you need to be at the bus station 1 hour ahead to change the ticket and get on the bus.
  • Kumho: the Western Bus Station, 395 -397 Kinh Duong Vuong St., An Lac Ward, Binh Tan Dist., HCMC. Ticket price is about $8. Schedule: 8:30 AM, 9:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 1:30 PM, 1:30 PM : 30 PM, 22:00 PM, 23:00 PM.

From the bus station in Ha Tien, they provide the shuttle bus to transfer you to Superdong speedboat station (about 1km from the bus station).

1.2. HCMC – Rach Gia (6 – 7 hours)

Travel time from Ho Chi Minh City to Rach Gia City (Kien Giang Province) is about 7 to 8 hours. There is a bus available every 30 minutes. No reservation is required making this very convenient for travelers. Pick up a ticket at the bus station and you’re ready to go. You should go at 23:00 PM or 24:00 PM to arrive at about 5:00 AM or 6:00 AM, then go on the speedboat. Here are some prestigious bus companies from Ho Chi Minh City:

  • Phuong Trang (Futa): 231 Le Hong Phong St., Ward 4, District 5, HCMC or the Western Bus Station, 395 -397 Kinh Duong Vuong St., An Lac Ward, Binh Tan List., HCMC. Ticket price is about $7. With this company, you can buy tickets online at https://futabus.vn/en-US. In case you have received an e-ticket via e-mail, you need to be at the bus station 1 hour ahead to change the ticket and get on the bus.
  • Kumho: the Western Bus Station, 395 -397 Kinh Duong Vuong St., An Lac Ward, Binh Tan Dist., HCMC. Ticket price is about $7.

Similar to in Ha Tien Town, they also provide the shuttle bus to transfer you to the Superdong speedboat station (more than 1km from the bus station).

2. Ha Tien/Rach Gia – Phu Quoc (1 hour 30 minutes – 2 hours 30 minutes)

Currently, there are many companies operating the ferry or speedboat services from HaTien/Rach Gia to Phu Quoc. But Superdong is the most prestigious speedboat and is chosen by many passengers.

To buy speedboat tickets, here are your options:

  • Buy tickets online: you can buy tickets online at http://superdong.com.vn/. I will have another article separately to share my experience with booking Superdong tickets online.
  • Contact by phone: (028) 38 666 333, this is the telephone number of the ticket office in Ho Chi Minh City. Guests can contact the staff for reservations. The staff speaks basic English and can help answer questions you might have. Then, you transfer money via the bank or pay directly to the office as required.
  • Email: you can contact the ticket office via email at superdong_2008@yahoo.com.vn. Then, you transfer money via the bank or pay directly to the office as required.
  • Buy tickets at the office: the office isn’t located in the center of District 1, about 4-5km from the center of Ho Chi Minh City. Here is the Superdong office address in HCMC, 12 Nguyen Ngoc Loc St., Ward 14, District 10, HCMC.
  • Buy tickets from travel agents in the center of District 1, HCMC: this is the easiest and fastest way for foreign visitors. You can go to any travel agent to buy speedboat tickets, the fare will be slightly different than the announced price of the carrier. Therefore, you should bargain if the price is too high.
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Information about the Superdong office:

  • In HCMC: 12 Nguyen Ngoc Loc, Ward 14, District 10, HCMC. Phone: (028) 38 666 333.
  • In Ha Tien Town: 11 Tran Hau St., Binh San Ward, Ha Tien Town, Kien Giang Province. Phone: (0297) 3955 933.
  • In Rach Gia City: 14, Tu Do St., Vinh Thanh Ward, Rach Gia City, Kien Giang Provine. Phone: (0297) 3877 742.

Schedule:

  • Ha Tien – Phu Quoc (1 hour 30 minutes): 6:15 AM, 7:30 AM, 8:00 AM, 13:45 PM
  • Phu Quoc – Ha Tien (1 hour 30 minutes): 8:00 AM, 8:20 AM, 9:45 AM, 13:00 PM
  • Rach Giá – Phu Quoc (2 hours 30 minutes): 7:00 AM, 8:10 AM, 8:30 AM, 10:40 AM, 13:10 PM.
  • Phu Quoc – Rach Giá (2 hour 30 minutes): 7:10 AM, 10:10 AM, 12:40 PM, 13:00 PM, 14:00 PM.

Price (Ha Tien – Phu Quoc):

  • Adults: $10.
  • Children (from 6 to 11 years old): $7.
  • Elderly people (above 60 years old, Vietnamese): $8.

Price (Rach Gia – Phu Quoc):

  • Adults: $15.
  • Children (from 6 to 11 years old): $11.
  • Elderly people (above 60 years old, Vietnamese): $12.

If you have any questions about how to travel from Ho Chi Minh City to Phu Quoc Island, you can contact me directly.

I really hope this information will be useful to everyone. I hope you have a lot of wonderful experiences when visiting my country.

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