The route Ho Chi Minh City – Nha Trang is very popular among travelers to Vietnam. Despite the fact that the capital of the country is Hanoi, it is in Ho Chi Minh City that Vietnam’s largest international airport is located and the largest number of international flights arrive here. In addition, the distance from the resort city of Nha Trang to Ho Chi Minh City is almost three times less than to Hanoi. On this page you will find detailed information on all modes of transport, which allows you to quickly and cheaply get from Ho Chi Minh City to Nha Trang, the timetable for this transport and its cost in local currency and USD.
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Ho Chi Minh –Nha Trang: the distance between cities
Both cities are located in the southern part of Vietnam, while Ho Chi Minh City is located much further south, while Nha Trang is somewhat closer to the center of the country, on the coast of the South China Sea. The direct distance between cities is 320 kilometers (200 miles). The distance between the airports of a little less – 310 km (193 miles). But it is important to remember that Ho Chi Minh Airport is located within the city limits, and Nha Trang Airport (Cam Ranh Airport) is located about 27 km south of the city. Vietnam has a difficult terrain – many rivers, hills and mountains. Therefore, the distance between Nha Trang and Ho Chi Minh City on roads is much more than the direct distance between cities.
The shortest route between the central areas of cities is 434 km and is partly along toll roads. Given the fact that this route Ho Chi Minh – Nha Trang runs along the coast of the country, it is most interesting for foreigners, and the trip by car takes about 8 hours. The second route is only a few kilometers longer than the first, but due to the presence of serpentines in the mountains, it takes an average of one hour more. It is on the second route that the main route passes from Ho Chi Minh to Dalat – a beautiful mountain resort of Vietnam.
Buses from Ho Chi Minh City to Nha Trang from 9 USD
The cheapest way to get from Ho Chi Minh City to Nha Trang is a trip on Vietnamese buses. And the cheapest bus route from the company Hanh Cafe. The trip to the final stop on the company’s buses lasts 9 hours and 30 minutes. Therefore, there are morning and evening flights. Accordingly, your journey will take the whole light day or most of the night. For example, a bus from Ho Chi Minh City at 08:00 am arrives in Nha Trang on a schedule at 17:30. And the night bus at 21:00 will arrive in Nha Trang early in the morning – at 06:30.
The cost of morning and night buses of the company Hanh Cafe is identical and amounts to 9 USD or 210,000 VND. Despite the good reviews, the company’s buses have one major drawback: they are regular buses with regular seats. Those. not every passenger will be able to get comfortable during the trip and sleep in such a bus during a long night trip. Also, the buses do not have the usual amenities for many travelers, like a blanket, and the air conditioning on the buses always works. Important advantages include the shortest trip from Ho Chi Minh City to Nha Trang among all bus companies.
More comfortable are The SinhTourist buses. The number of passengers in the passenger compartment of this transport company is less, because the bus is semi sleeper. The seats are wider and located in a bus in three rows. During the trip, passengers are given blankets. The cost of their trip to Ho Chi Minh City in Nha Trang by bus The SinhTourist is 11.7 USD or 271,000 VND. At the same time there are only two buses daily: morning at 07:00 and night at 21:00. The trip by day bus is more than 11 hours, while the night bus takes you to Nha Trang in just 10 hours.
A similar offer from the third bus company – Phuong Trang. This company sends daily on the route Ho Chi Minh City – Nha Trang 7 buses: three before noon and 4 at night. The first flight from Ho Chi Minh City at 08:00 am, and the last – at 22:00. The cost of all buses is the same and amounts to 12.68 USD. The duration of the trip between the cities is 11 hours. Buses are also semi-sleeper, with wide seats in three rows. During the trip, passengers may be provided with blankets. Choosing buses for trips from Ho Chi Minh City to Nha Trang, we recommend reading the reviews of bus companies (you can read on the links on the search results page).
Also note that the bus companies have different landing and disembarking points in Ho Chi Minh City and Nha Trang. Departure points for The SinhTourist and Hanh Café buses are approximately in the same area in Ho Chi Minh City. And they also have a number of points of arrival in Nha Trang, near the central beach. But the bus station company Phuong Trang elsewhere in both cities. At the same time, in Nha Trang the company’s bus station is located about 2.5 kilometers from the sea. We remind that the places of departure and arrival can always be seen on the map, to open which you should click on the name of the point of departure of a particular bus company on the search results page.
Trains from Ho Chi Minh City to Nha Trang
The state-owned company Vietnam Railways, which is the operator of railways in the country, offers to use passenger trains from Ho Chi Minh City to Nha Trang. Above you can see a map of the railways of the southern part of Vietnam. At the same time Ho Chi Minh City is designated as Sai Gon. You can see that the railway runs along the coast of the country. The cost of travel between cities starts from 14 USD (316,000 VND) for a trip in a 2nd class carriages with seating. Places in sleeping carriages of the 2nd class are a bit more expensive – from 19.4 USD. More expensive places in sleeper carriages of the 1st class – from 27.8 USD (490 000 VND). Sleeper carriages of the 1st class imply accommodation of 4 people in a compartment, and sleeping carriages of the 2nd class – 6 people. At the same time, food is included in the cost of a 2nd class ticket.
If you want to get from Ho Chi Minh City to Nha Trang by train with maximum comfort, you should purchase a ticket to a VIP class sleeping carriages at a price of 52 USD (1,220,000 VND). Sleeper carriages on the route Ho Chi Minh – Nha Trang VIP class service 2 companies: Livitrans Express and Saigon Golden Train. Seating in a VIP-class sleeper carriage means placing 4 people in a luxury coupe. Meals included in the cost of the trip. All trains between cities depart from the city’s main railway station, the Ho Chi Minh City Train Station, and arrive at the Nha Trang Train Station.
The journey by train from Ho Chi Minh to Nha Trang is 7 to 9 hours. At the same time, a higher ticket price does not guarantee a higher speed, but only a higher level of comfort. In general, the railways of Vietnam do not differ evenness, so the movement of trains is often accompanied by rocking cars and shaking. This does not add comfort to passengers, especially in class 2 carriages. But this is a great opportunity to meet and chat with the locals and feel the local flavor.
As you can see in the search results, trains depart from Ho Chi Minh City mostly in the morning from 9:00 am until noon. These trains allow you to see the country from the window while driving during the day. There are also several evening trains that depart from Ho Chi Minh City after 7:00 pm and arrive in Nha Trang either in the middle of the night or early in the morning. For many travelers, it is the second option that is most preferable. It allows you to sleep in the train and save on hotel accommodation. In this case, the next day can be entirely devoted to rest in Nha Trang.
Flights from Ho Chi Minh City to Nha Trang
Due to the large distance between the cities, the shortest train or car ride from Ho Chi Minh City to Nha Trang will take about 7-8 hours. But what to do when you need to overcome the distance between cities quickly and inexpensively? Only local flights can help you. Indeed, there is direct air communication between the cities, and the flight to Nha Trang from Ho Chi Minh City takes only 1 hour. At the same time, airfare is very affordable even for the most budget travelers.
Using the search form at the top of the page, you can easily find direct flights from Ho Chi Minh City to Nha Trang for only 24 USD (562,000 VND) per person. These tickets are offered by the local airline VietJet Air and they include carriage in your hand luggage weighing up to 7 kg. You can also take advantage of regular flights of the state airline Vietnam Airlines. The cost of the flight between the cities on the aircraft of this airline is slightly higher and starts from 36 USD (836,000 VND). The flight lasts 1 hour and 10 minutes, while the cost of the ticket includes baggage carrying up to 20 kg
Thus, the cost of direct flight between cities is even lower than the cost of travel by train in a VIP class carriage. However, you must be prepared for the fact that additional costs will be required for traveling from Cam Ranh airport directly to Nha Trang. A trip by taxi or bus takes from 20 minutes to an hour (depending on the chosen transport and company). The cost of a trip to Nha Trang from the airport by taxi starts from 14 USD (332,000 VND). There are more expensive options (up to 30-38 USD), so we advise you to choose the company Dichung Taxi (direct link to the route), which operates around the clock. When traveling several passengers, the cost for each is cheaper than the bus or train.
Taxi from Ho Chi Minh City to Nha Trang
There are options to get from Ho Chi Minh City to Nha Trang by taxi. But because of the large distance between cities, the cost of such a trip is very high. For example, the KiwiTaxi car transfer service offers trips from Ho Chi Minh Airport or from any hotel in the city to Nha Trang at a price of 185 USD for a car with 3-4 passengers. In this case, a long car trip for each passenger will cost almost as much as a direct flight with luggage. Those. In this case, a taxi from Ho Chi Minh City to Nha Trang is a transport for those who are afraid to fly and do not want to use public transport – low-cost trains and buses in Vietnam.
Now you have information about the available modes of transport between cities and its cost. We hope this helps you plan your holiday in Vietnam and moving between the cities of this country. Pleasant and safe trips and flights!