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4 Ways to Get from Ho Chi Minh Airport to Vung Tau

by Asia Car Service

When you’re on holiday or on a business trip in a place as beautiful as Southern Vietnam, the last thing you want to think about is last minute travel arrangements. Especially, because planning the logistics for your trip from the airport to Vung Tau can be a tedious task. You’d probably rather just enjoy your time from the moment you arrive. Well, lucky for you there’s no need to worry, we’re here to help!

Vung Tau is 96 km southwest of Ho Chi Minh Airport. With the information below, you can decide which method of transport is best suited for you, depending on your needs. Hopefully reading through and understanding this information will ensure you can prepare ahead of time and have a stress-free transfer to Vung Tau from the moment you step off the plane.

To begin our understanding of the route, there are four main modes of transportation from Ho Chi Minh (Tan Son Nhat) Airport to Vung Tau: ​ferry​, ​private car​, ​bus​, and ​coach​. Within these, there are 4 key areas of concern you should consider regarding this final leg of your journey:

  1. Length of Time:​ How long is the journey to Vung Tau with this transport?

  2. Convenience:​ Will there be transit switches and different modes of transport required during this trip?

  3. Comfort:​ How comfortable is the vehicle? Will you be sharing the transport with others? Is there enough luggage space?

  4. Cost:​ What is the necessary budget for this journey?

Option 1: Ho Chi Minh Ferry to Vung Tau

Ho Chi Minh to Vung Tau by ferry boat

 Travel Time: ​3-4 hours

Convenience: ​Low

Comfort: Medium

Travel Cost: ​$$

Summary and Recommendation:

Taking the ferry to Vung Tau is probably the most scenic way to get to the coast. You’ll have to take a taxi to the ferry terminal from the airport, which is about a 40-minute ride. However, once you’ve boarded the ferry, it’s a leisurely 2-hour journey to Vung Tau and you can appreciate the lovely scenery along the way. The ferry to Vung Tau runs four times a day on weekdays and six times a day on weekends. Ferry schedules may vary due to weather conditions and other such unpredictable factors.

The ferry terminal is located in District 1 of Ho Chi Minh. There, you can board the ferry and sit back as your captain sails along the waterways that lead down to Vung Tau. You can also ​book your ferry trip​ beforehand to ensure you get a seat and won’t have to wait for the next departure.

Travel Steps:

Step 1: Exit terminal

Step 2: Walk to the taxi queuing area

Step 3: Take a taxi to the ferry terminal

Step 4: Purchase a ticket for Vung Tau

Step 5: Board the ferry to Vung Tau

Step 6: Arrive and take a taxi to your final destination in Vung Tau

Option 2: Ho Chi Minh Airport Car Service to Vung Tau

A chauffeur opening the car doors

 Travel Time: ​2 hours

Convenience: ​High

Comfort: ​High

Travel Cost: Get a Quote

Summary and Recommendation:

For many travelers, hiring a private car service is the most convenient and preferable way to get around. This mode of transport is fast and reliable, especially in an Asian country where public transportation tends to get a bit chaotic and confusing. Ho Chi Minh airport car transfers take the hassle out of that final leg of your journey. To make it even better, the service is available 24 hours a day. Booking a car service online is simple and takes very little time to arrange.For the transfer, your driver will be holding a sign with your name on it at the airport terminal meeting area. He’ll then help get your luggage to the vehicle and from there your only concern will be to enjoy a comfortable, air-conditioned ride directly to the door of your hotel in Vung Tau.

Travel Steps:​ 

Step 1: Exit Airport Arrival Hall

Step 2: Locate and meet your driver

Step 3: Private comfort travel from airport to Vung Tau Drop off destination

Option 3: Ho Chi Minh Bus to Vung Tau

Ho Chi Minh Airport to Vung Tau by Bus

 Travel Time: ​2 – 3 h

Convenience: ​Medium

Comfort: ​Medium

Travel Cost: ​$

Summary and Recommendation

Bus services from the airport to Vung Tau are fast and convenient. You can board these buses in the International terminal parking lot of the Tan Son Nhat Airport. Bus 72-1 operates from midnight (00:00) to 11:30pm every day, with service from Tan Son Nhat Airport to Vung Tau. On its way to Vung Tau, the bus makes several designated stops along the way. You can leave the bus at whichever station is closest to your destination.

The trip from the airport into Vung Tau city takes about 150 minutes. The bus is equipped with wifi and air conditioning. This is a government operated bus service and tickets can be purchased at the ticket counter or kiosk at the airport. This bus service runs every 60 minutes, and every 20 minutes during peak travel times.

Travel Steps:

Step 1: Exit terminal

Step 2: Make your way to the International Terminal Parking Lot 

Step 3: Purchase bus ticket

Step 4: Ride bus to Vung Tau designated Stops

Step 5: Drop off in Vung Tau station closest to your hotel

Step 6: Walk or take a taxi to your final destination in Vung Tau

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Option 4: Ho Chi Minh Coach to Vung Tau 

Ho Chi Minh to Vung Tau by Coach

Travel Time: ​2.5 – 3 hours

Convenience: ​Medium

Comfort: Medium

Travel Cost: ​$$

Summary and Recommendation

There are luxury coaches available that run directly from the airport to Vung Tau. These coaches are often called “limos” but refer to mini buses, or MPVs, that seat up to ten people. They include convenient amenities such as wifi, additional luggage space, and air conditioning. Once your flight touches down and you depart the terminal, the driver will hold up a sign with your name on it, at either the international or domestic gate.

All preparations for these shuttles are done online, prior to arrival. Because everything is booked and paid for online, there should be no haggling over prices. If your flight is delayed or canceled, you’ll have to contact the company to ask for rescheduling or cancelation of the service. As it’s a shared ride, the same car may not be able to wait for your arrival and a secondary vehicle may have to be arranged. Also, as there are other passengers in the coach, you’ll likely make several stops along the way before reaching your hotel in Vung Tau.

Travel Steps:​ 

Step 1: Exit to Airport Arrival Hall

Step 2: Locate the pick-up station and greet the driver

Step 3: Board the Shared coach from airport to Vung Tau

Step 4: Go through several stops to drop off fellow passengers

Step 5: Drop off at final destination in Vung Tau


As Vung Tau is a popular beachfront destination for locals and tourists alike, you have many options for getting there from Ho Chi Minh Airport. It really depends on which is best for you and the people you are traveling with. For those traveling internationally and not familiar with the local language, having a private car that goes directly to your hotel, all with the help of an English-speaking driver, can be an invaluable benefit.

Alternatively, if you’re traveling from within the country, looking to save a little on transport costs and don’t mind waiting longer to arrive, there are several public transport routes than can prove more suitable. For those who value a more flexible and convenient service, tailored to your specific requirements, a private car service is the better choice. Whichever the service you choose, we hope you have a wonderful time in the paradise that is Vung Tau.

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