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Vung Tau at a glance

High season

Dec - May
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Pineapple beach
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When in Vung Ta, you may find yourself in the most perfect “Groundhog’s Day” situation, where everyday will feel exactly like the last. Blissful meetings with the beach, the glossy waters, repeating themselves day by day, over the endless plates of shrimp cakes, Banh Kot, and cups of sugary coffee. The repetitive resort town feelings of Vung Ta are nothing to be afraid of because truly, there’s lots of unique things to see. One such thing is the statue, a la Rio De Janeiro, of a towering Jesus Christ over the city and sea of Vung Ta.
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Top reviews

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Bus to VT
Seats were comfy. Plenty of space. They reclined back and were very large. We had a bathroom break, even during the short 2 hr trip. The massage feature didnt work, but it was still great.
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Ride
Pick up and drop off went great to and from Vung Tau. When I arrived at the station to get dropped off in Ho Chi Minh, the lady at the front told my grab that he couldn't park there for two seconds while I get in the car. This made absolutely zero sense because first of all taxis are parked there and my previous grab dropped me off at this location. Front lady at the desk is very rude and is just trying to make my road trip all the more difficult when I was already hauling around my heavy luggage. She then proceeds to tell me to take a bike and that cars can't come this way. Lady, all I wanted was to get in the car I don't understand her attitude towards me. Wont be booking again with this company.
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Good option for traveling to Vung Tau
The first trip was OK, bus left on time and they have a good office to wait in. The trip back was a bit less, bus was late and driver drove quite fast but I've had way worse in Vietnam so all in all, not a bad option :-)

About the ride from Ho Chi Minh City to Vung Tau

96 km (60 miles) south of Ho Chi Minh City, Vung Tau is a chilled-out coastal town popular with local tourists. With the closest beaches to Ho Chi Minh City, it’s a good choice for escaping the city at the weekend and has some authentic seafood restaurants serving tasty specialities like banh khot. From Vung Tau, you can beach-hop up the coast to Mui Ne, or take a ferry to the Con Dao islands.

 

You can get to Vung Tau from Ho Chi Minh City by bus, minivan or ferry. Buses and minivans depart frequently throughout the day. The bus usually takes 3 hours and a shared minivan usually takes 1 hour and 45 minutes. 

 

The most scenic way to get to Vung Tau is to take the ferry down the Saigon River to the sea, which usually takes around 1 hour and 50 minutes. If you want more flexibility, you can also book a private minivan or car.

 

What you’ll see when traveling from Ho Chi Minh City to Vung Tau

By road, the journey to Vung Tau isn’t that scenic, as you’ll be driving on the highways a lot of the time. By the sea however, the journey becomes more interesting. The ferry takes you along the Saigon River, past the suburbs of the city and out to the sea. It’s a busy seaway, with all kinds of boats coming and going. 

 

What is the fastest way to get from Ho Chi Minh City to Vung Tau?

The fastest way to get to Vung Tau from Ho Chi Minh City is in a Limo Minivan by Hoa Mai. This is a seat in a shared minivan, with several departures throughout the day. The journey usually takes 1 hour and 45 minutes. 

 

What is the cheapest way to get from Ho Chi Minh City to Vung Tau?

The cheapest way to get to Vung Tau from Ho Chi Minh City is in a Standard Minivan by Hung Phat, with prices starting at around $7 per person one-way. This is a seat in a shared minivan, with several departures throughout the day. The journey usually takes 2 hours. 

 

What is the most popular way to get from Ho Chi Minh City to Vung Tau?

Bookaway customers prefer taking a Limo Minivan by Hoa Mai to Vung Tau. This is a seat in a shared, air-conditioned minivan with several departures throughout the day. The journey usually takes 1 hour and 45 minutes. 

 

How to get from Ho Chi Minh City to Vung Tau

Taking a minivan from Ho Chi Minh City to Vung Tau

Traveling by shared minivan will get you to Vung Tau in the shortest amount of time. The journey isn't the most scenic, as you'll be driving on the highways a lot of the time, but it is convenient, with plenty of departures throughout the day. 

Depending on the company, the minivan might collect you from your hotel in the center of Ho Chi Minh City. During the journey, the driver will make stops where you can stretch your legs, use the bathroom and get food and drink.

If you choose the luxury minivan option, you’ll have more legroom and seats that recline (some even have massage settings) as well as a charging port for your phone or laptop. Again, depending on the company, the minivan might be able to drop you at your hotel or guest house in Vung Tau.

 

 

Minivan pickup points in Ho Chi Minh City:

  • Minivan office in HCMC
  • Hotel pickup is available on this route (check in advance)

 

 

Minivan drop-off points in Vung Tau:

  • Minivan office in Vung Tau
  • Hotel drop-off is available on this route (check in advance)

 

 

Taking a bus to Vung Tau from Ho Chi Minh City

The bus to Vung Tau leaves Mien Tay Bus Station in HCMC several times throughout the day, and the journey usually takes 3 hours. The bus is a ‘sleeping bus’, which means you have more space to stretch out as the seats recline to almost-flat. This is great if you want to get some sleep on the journey. If you're tall, however, you might feel a little cramped as the seats are designed for locals who are typically not as tall as Westerners. 

There is air conditioning on the bus so wear something warm, as it can get pretty chilly. The driver will stop along the way for food and drink and so you can stretch your legs and use the bathroom. If you don't want to buy food from a roadside rest stop then bring something with you for the journey. 

The bus isn't the fastest way of getting to Vung Tau, but if you prefer slow travel, and like looking out of the window during a journey, then it's a good choice. 

 

 

Bus stations for the journey from Ho Chi Minh City to Vung Tau:

Ho Chi Minh City: 

  • Mien Tay Bus Station (located in the south west of the city)

 

 

Vung Tau: 

  • Vung Tau Bus Station (located in central Vung Tau)

 

 

Taking a ferry from Ho Chi Minh City to Vung Tau

The most scenic way to get to Vung Tau from Ho Chi Minh City is by ferry boat. The ferry departs from the Bach Dang Pier in downtown HCMC and travels down the Saigon River to the sea. 

As you leave Ho Chi Minh City, you’ll get good views of the downtown district from the water. Then, you’ll continue past the suburbs of the city, before leaving the built up areas behind and heading out to the open sea. There are large windows on the boat, and seating on deck if it isn’t too choppy. You’ll see all kinds of interesting boats using this busy seaway.

Ferries on this route are modern and in good condition. Seating is in an air-conditioned cabin, so you’ll want to take something warm to wear in case it gets chilly. Depending on how rough the sea is, you might be able to sit outside on the small deck. There is a bathroom on board the boat and you can purchase food and beverages. 

Be mindful that in bad weather, the ferry might be delayed or cancelled, in which case you’ll have to wait for a later boat. 

 

 

Ferry ports for the journey between Ho Chi Minh City and Vung Tau:

Ho Chi Minh City: 

  • Bach Dang Pier, Ho Chi Minh City Port (downtown)

 

 

Vung Tau: 

  • Vung Tau Port, Ha Long Street (western edge of the city)

 

 

Driving to Vung Tau from Ho Chi Minh City by private minivan

If you’re a group of friends or a family, you might want to book private transportation. A private minivan for 6 or 8 passengers will collect you from your hotel or from the airport, and drop you at your hotel in Vung Tau. This gives you the most flexibility, as you can depart whenever you want. 

Private minivans are air-conditioned and comfortable. During the journey, the driver will stop so you can stretch your legs and use the bathroom. While hiring a private minivan is a good choice for a group traveling together, it’s obviously a costly option for a solo traveler or couple. 

 

 

Private minivan pickups in Ho Chi Minh City:

  • Any hotel in HCMC
  • Tan Son Nhat International Airport

 

 

Private minivan drop-offs in Vung Tau:

  • Any hotel in Vung Tau

 

 

Driving to Vung Tau from Ho Chi Minh City by private car 

Another option if you want maximum flexibility is to hire a private car and a driver. Private cars can take up to 3 or up to 5 people depending on the vehicle and will collect you from the airport or from your guest house or hotel. You get to ride in air-conditioned privacy and you can depart at any time. You can even stop along the way to see the sights. While this is a good option for a couple or group, it's a pricey option for a solo traveler. 

 

 

Private car pickups in Ho Chi Minh City:

  • Any hotel in HCMC
  • Tan Son Nhat International Airport

 

 

Private car drop-offs in Vung Tau:

  • Any hotel in Vung Tau

 

 

Which operators can I book with for a ride from Ho Chi Minh City to Vung Tau?

Ho Chi Minh City to Vung Tau bus operators:

  • Futa Bus



Ho Chi Minh City to Vung Tau minivan operators:

  • Anh Quoc Limousine
  • Hoa Mai
  • Cattheinhai Vie Travel
  • Kumho Sanco
  • Huy Hoang
  • Vietnam Transport Service (VTS)
  • Mui Ne Go

 

 

Ho Chi Minh City to Vung Tau car companies:

  • Hoi An Express
  • Vietnam Transport Service (VTS)
  • G5Car
  • ACV Unico

 

 

Ho Chi Minh City to Vung Tau ferry operators:

  • Greenlines DP

 

 

How many departures from Ho Chi Minh City to Vung Tau are there each day?

There are around 104 shared minivan departures, 7 bus departures and 2 ferry departures leaving Ho Chi Minh City for Vung Tau each day. Private cars and minivans can depart at any time.