How to travel from Ho Chi Minh City to Con Dao Island by Con Dao ferry

How to travel from Ho Chi Minh City to Con Dao Island by Con Dao ferry

Con Dao has long been known as a paradise island when it owns many beautiful beaches filled with clear blue water. Not only that, Con Dao is also given the favor of wild landscape, rustic but no less seductive.

There are two means to get to Con Dao:

  • Airlines: Currently only Vietnam Airlines in conjunction with Vasco exploit this flight. You can fly directly from Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) or Can Tho City to Con Dao island. Travel time is only about 1 hour. Average ticket price is about $75 to $85 USD depending on time. To buy the ticket online, visit the airline's official website: http://www.vietnamairlines.com/.
  • Ferry: save more money than the plane, about 14 USD to 24 USD. Travelers can take Con Dao ferry (13 hours, depart from Vung Tau City) or Superdong speedboat (2 hours 30 minutes, depart from Soc Trang).

Each means has its advantages and disadvantages and brings its own experiences. Depending on the financial conditions and preferences you can choose for yourself the appropriate way to get there.

In this article, I would like to share the way from Ho Chi Minh City to Con Dao Island by Con Dao ferry.

Con Dao ferry
Con Dao ferry - the main means of transportation to help people connect with the island

This route is suitable for those who has:

  • Excess time.
  • No motion sickness
  • Want to drive from HCMC to Vung Tau and Con Dao (can send motorbike on board). The road from Ho Chi Minh City to Vung Tau has many interesting attractions.

Because the Con Dao ferry depart from Vung Tau City, so from HCMC to Con Dao you will go 2 following stages:

1. HCMC – Vung Tau (2-3 hours)

You can travel by motorbike, fast ferry or bus. Everyone can read about how to get from Ho Chi Minh City to Vung Tau: http://backpackingvietnamtravelguide.com/get-ho-chi-minh-city-vung-tau-city/

By any means, you must also be present at Cat Lo port (1007/36, 30/4 St.,  Ward 11, Vung Tau City) before 12:00 noon (5 hours before departure) to get ticket. Visitors only need to come and leave ID card / Passport at the ticket counter, go to play freely until 16h00 then return to get the ticket.

  • Motorcycles: the most active means. On the way from HCMC to Vung Tau, visitors can visit Long Son ancient house and coastal fishing village. You should go early to the Cat Lo port, leave ID card/Passport and then travel around Vung Tau City, or visit Suoi Nghe sheep field about 28km from the port. If you want to send a motorcycle on the ferry, remember to buy tickets for the motorbike (2-3 USD). When back to port, bring your motorbike on board (the cost of loading up less than 2 USD), you should empty your motorcycle gas tank to avoid the spill. If you don't want to bring your motorbike on board, overnight parking is also available at the port.
    Con Dao ferry
    Suoi Nghe sheep field - a famous destination for many young people to snap an avatar
  • Fast ferry: from HCMC to Vung Tau City, the ferry will drop guests at the Ho May Tourism Area Pier (01A Tran Phu St., Ward 1, Vung Tau City). From here, you take a taxi to the Cat Lo port about 15 km.
  • Bus: You tell the driver to stop at the nearest place of Cat Lo port, then take a taxi to the port. 

2. Vung Tau – Con Đao Island (12-13 hours)

Con Dao ferry
Watching the sunset from Con Dao ferry

Booking ferry tickets is quite difficult, especially for foreign tourists. The number of passengers is increasing while the limited number of ships, so there is a shortage of tickets. In addition, the ferry's usually canceled due to the weather, so you should reserve more time for the trip, the port staff will assist with changing ferry tickets for you.

The ferry schedule is only scheduled for 1 month, visitors should book tickets before departure 15 days.

How to buy ferry tickets specifically as follows:

  • Booking online: visit http://vetaukhachcondao.com/. Nowadays, this website doesn't support English, so it is best to ask local people for help. After booking, send money to the bank account of port with your ticket code information. Ticket price's about $ 18 for sitting, the bed is about $ 24. Departure time: 17:00 PM.
  • If you want to send a motorbike to the ferry, call the ticket office, because the number of vehicles is limited.

Some other notes:

  • On departure day, you must be at the port before departure for 5 hours to get tickets.
  • You should regularly update the ferry situation. If the schedule changes or you want to cancel the ticket, the ferry company will refund it.
  • On the ferry only sell instant noodles and eggs, so you should prepare food.
  • About 6:00 AM the next morning, you are at Ben Dam port, 12km from Con Dao town. From here, you can take a taxi to the center about 8-10 USD.
Con Dao ferry
Canteen on the Con Dao ferry. Photo: Duy An To

As I mentioned above, buying ferry tickets is not easy, especially for foreigners. So I am willing to support if you need to buy tickets online.

If you have any questions about how to get from HCMC to Con Dao Island, you can contact me directly. I really hope this information will be useful to everyone. I wish you a lot of wonderful experiences when visiting my country.

This Post Has 10 Comments

  1. Hi there. Great blog post. I was just talking to a local who said that you can now get from Vung Tau to Con Dao on a boat and it only take 3 hours. Do you know anything about this option? We can’t find anything online. Thanks in advance -Hannah

    1. Hi Hannah,
      From 15th Feb 2019, you can take the boat from Vung Tau to Con Dao Island. It will take you around 3 hours and a half. But you can’t buy the ticket online, you can buy it at the travel agent or ask the local people to buy it. Because that website just works in Vietnamese.
      I hope this reply isn’t too late. Any problems or questions, you can contact me on Facebook Messenger, I’ll reply to you as soon as possible.
      Miki.

  2. Hi Miki
    My name is Koby
    Me and my wife are traveling to Vietnam on March and we are planning to go to Con Dao on Mar 14
    But I didn’t find any flights from http://www.vietnamairlines.com so I don’t know what will be the most fastest way to get to Con Dao fron HCMC ?

    1. Hi Koby,

      I think I replied to you on Facebook Messenger :).
      I didn’t find any flight for that route, so you can take the bus and boat to go there.

      If you need any more information, please contact me.

      Miki.

  3. Hi Miki,
    Thanks a lot for this informations. I travelling in Vietnam with my boyfriend and we want go To Con Dao Island from Vung Tau City with the ferry the next week. We have time and no a lot money.

    1. Hi Sophie,

      I m really happy to see your comment.
      I hope you have a great time in Con Dao 🙂

      Miki.

  4. Hi Miki,

    Great website and so useful! Looking forward to a trip to Vietnam in November for 3 weeks. My husband and I want to travel from Ho Chi Minh to Can Son by fast ferry/speed boat. Hopefully you can help us.

    1. Hi Alyah,

      It still rains a little bit in Con Son in November. However, I hope that the weather will be great when you come.

      You can go to Soc Trang by bus first (contact me in November, I’ll help you book the bus) and Superdong speedboat to Con Son (For this, you can buy the ticket online). I’m going to have the article to share about booking boat ticket online. OR I’ll meet you later in Viet Nam and book the speedboat ticket for you.

      Welcome to Viet Nam 🙂

  5. Amazing travel tips, hey, I am planning to visit Vietnam. Can you tell me, what time will be good to visit?

    1. Hi Darren,

      Thank you for your reading.

      Well, About the best time to visit Vietnam, it depends on where you want to go. In my opinion, you can travel to the North of Vietnam from October to March. The central of Vietnam will be the ideal chosen for the summer because there is a lot of beaches there. And about the South of Vietnam, you can enjoy any time of year but except the rain season (May to Oct).

      Hope you have a wonderful trip in my country.

      Miki.

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