Vung Tau has long been known as an attractive tourist destination with beautiful beaches, intimate natural landscapes and a fresh supply of seafood.
Locating just about 120 km from Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), you can easily tour Vung Tau within one day. In this article, I will guide you on how to get to the coastal city of Vung Tau.
There are 3 main ways to get to Vung Tau, depending on your preference and health condition, you can choose the path that fits you most from below.
Motorbike riding from Ho Chi Minh City to Vung Tau will take you about 3 hours.
Option 1: From the center of Ho Chi Minh City, take Hanoi Highway North, pass Dong Nai Bridge, at the traffic roundabout (Vung Tau Crossing), turn right onto National Highway 51. Stay on it for about 100 km to Vung Tau City.
Option 2: From the center of Ho Chi Minh City, go about 13 km to Cat Lai ferry (district 2), to Nhon Trach (Dong Nai). This will lead to Highway 51 through Nhon Trach Industrial Park. Go about 70 km on Highway 51 to Vung Tau City. This road saves you about 20 km.
For both paths, on Highway 51, about 27 km from Vung Tau will be posted signs to Long Son. This is a new road with less traffic and a beautiful floating fishing village shortcut to Vung Tau. You can also make a stop here to visit the ancient Long Son House – a colorful and familiar architecture house and as idyllic as the countryside of historic Vietnam. And not too far from the Long Son House is fresh seafood that you shouldn’t miss before the rest of the ride to Vung Tau.
There are many buses that run to Vung Tau every 20 minutes or so intervals until 18:00 PM or 19:00 PM. It’s as simple as going straight to the Bus Station, pick a time, get a ticket and hop on, no reservations required.
Here are some prestigious bus companies from the center of District 1, Ho Chi Minh City:
– Hoa Mai: 44 Nguyen Thai Binh street, Nguyen Thai Binh Ward, District 1, HCMC. Ticket price is about 90,000 VND. In addition, the company also provides high-class 7 seat Limousine service for about 190,000 VND.
– Phuong Trang (Futa): 272-274 De Tham, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1, HCMC. Ticket price is about 95,000 VND.
– Kumho: 239 Pham Ngu Lao, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1, HCMC. Ticket price is about 95,000 VND.
Note: The above price is only on weekdays, holidays may increase slightly.
You can easily go straight to Vung Tau from Tan Son Nhat International Airport once you arrive. At the airport, there are many car companies running this route every 30 minutes or so until midnight for about 120,000 VND such as Phuong Nam, Toan Thang, and Huy Hoang. You can ask the staff at the airport for directions.
3. Greenline fast ferry
The ferry is another option that travels from Ho Chi Minh City to Vung Tau and vice versa every day. The ferry runs from 8:00 AM to 14:00 PM daily with an estimated trip duration of about 2 hours. If you go on a regular day, go straight to the pier, no need to book or buy tickets. If you go on weekends or holidays, it is better to buy tickets in advance. Saturdays and Sundays will have more ferries than usual.
Information about the port of arrival and departure is as follows:
- In Ho Chi Minh City: Bach Dang Speed Ferry Terminal (10B Ton Duc Thang St., Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, HCMC).
- In Vung Tau: Ho May Tourism Area Pier (01A Tran Phu St., Ward 1, Vung Tau City).
Schedule HCMC – Vung Tau:
- From Monday to Friday: 08:00 10:00 12:00 14:00
- Saturday & Sunday: 08:00 09:00 10:00 12:00 14:00 16:00
Schedule Vung Tau – HCMC:
- From Monday to Friday: 10:00 12:00 14:00 16:00
- Saturday & Sunday: 10:00 12:00 13:00 14:00 15:00 16:00
- Adults (from 12 to 62 years old): 220.000 VND
- Children (from 6 to 11 years old, accompanied by an adult): 120.000 VND
- Elderly people (above 62 years old): 160.000 VND
From Vung Tau City, you can experience the sunrise and sunset on the East Sea. On your way to Vung Tau, the comfortable, spacious roads will make you feel calm to breathe in the fresh air from the Sea as you get closer.
I hope this information will be useful to you and I do wish that you will have a wonderful experience when coming to this coastal city.