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Ho Chi Minh City is Vietnam’s busiest city. With bustling boulevards, fantastic nightlife and lots of fascinating war history, it’s a great place to learn about Vietnam, both past and present. After Mui Ne’s sun, sea and sand dunes, you might be ready for big city life. In Ho Chi Minh City, that’s exactly what you’ll get.
For the 220km (137 mile) journey to Ho Chi Minh City from Mui Ne, you have four options:
Pro tip: Sometimes Ho Chi Minh City is referred to as either HCMC or Saigon. All names refer to the same city, and are entirely interchangeable!
While Mui Ne is a laid-back haven of relaxation, Ho Chi Minh City is a non-stop extravaganza of noise, action and excitement. Because of that, visiting both Mui Ne and Ho Chi Minh City makes for a brilliant way to experience the contrasting sides of Vietnamese life - and this journey is a quick and easy way to do it!
If you travel by bus, car or minivan to Ho Chi Minh City from Mui Ne, the first part of your adventure will be waving goodbye to the shores and sands of chilled-out Mui Ne. As the dunes and dust diminish behind you, you’ll make your way towards farmland, roadside food stops and gradually bigger towns.
As you begin to approach the massive metropolis of Ho Chi Minh City, the roads will become bigger and busier, the buildings taller and the noise more noticeable. With busy roads, endless scooters and the sights and sounds of a huge city, exciting and entertaining Ho Chi Minh City is nothing like the golden shores you’ve left behind.
If you travel by train to Ho Chi Minh City from Mui Ne, you’ll be treated to much the same sights, but without speeding through the madness of Ho Chi Minh City’s chaotic roads.
The fastest route to Ho Chi Minh City from Mui Ne is by either Comfort Car, Luxury Minivan or train. All of these journeys take around 4 hours. Of these three options, the train is the most affordable. If you take the train, you have two options: Sleeping Train and Second Class Train.
From these two options, the most affordable is the Second Class Train. The Second Class Train to Ho Chi Minh City from Mui Ne costs around $15 and takes around 4 hours.
The cheapest way to get to Ho Chi Minh City from Mui Ne is by Local Sleeping Bus, operated by Hanh Cafe. This bus costs around $7 and typically takes 5 hours. Some journeys take place during the day, while others take place at night. For all journeys your ticket entitles you to a bed (which is similar to a reclining seat) rather than a standard seat.
The most popular way to get to Ho Chi Minh City from Mui Ne is by Luxury Minivan by G5Car. The journey costs around $16 and takes 4 hours.
Buses are a very affordable way to get from Mui Ne to Ho Chi Minh City. If budget is your priority, a bus is the best pick!
Some buses offer beds, while some offer seats.
While some buses are a basic (but typically very comfortable) option, others offer the luxuries of WiFi, charging points, snacks and blankets.
None of the buses have onboard toilets. Instead, buses make toilet stops along the way.
Taking a car to Ho Chi Minh City from Mui Ne is a great option for those who want a little more comfort and class.
With a car, you can choose either to purchase an individual seat, or to hire a full car with your traveling party. If you choose the second of these options, you can select your own departure and arrival times, and you can stop en-route whenever you like!
Some cars offer refreshments, WiFi and charging points.
Choosing to take a minivan to Ho Chi Minh City from Mui Ne gives you lots of options for convenience and comfort.
Again, as with a car, you can choose either to purchase an individual seat, or hire a full minivan with the people you’re traveling with.
With some minivans, you can choose your own departure times. Some minivans also have charging points, refreshments and WiFi.
Taking a train to Ho Chi Minh City from Mui Ne is fun, fast and comfortable.
All trains have some refreshments and onboard toilets. Some train tickets entitle you to a bed, while others entitle you to a standard seat. If you get a bed, you also get a blanket!
There are around 96 total journeys leaving from Mui Ne to Ho Chi Minh City every day. You’re also able to book a private transfer for whatever time you want, so your options are limitless!