I - Overview of the journey
The distance between Ho Chi Minh city and Nha Trang is about 430 km where the road is smooth and the travel time is about 8-9 hours.
Today's travel is much more convenient than before since there are various types of vehicles such as passenger cars, airplanes, trains, etc. Cost and travel time vary, depending on the means of transportation.
Train: There are many trains running to Nha Trang during the day that enable you to choose the desired time such as the SE6, SE2, SE22, which are all the fastest.
Airplane: There are three common airlines used at Tan Son Nhat airport with many flights from Ho Chi Minh City to Nha Trang: Vietjet Air with 8 flights a day, Vietnam Airlines 7 flights a day, Jetstar Airway (now renamed to Pacific Airlines) 2 times a day, all travel within a day. Travel time is about 1 hour.
Bus: If you take a bus, you can catch one at the bus station near where you live or you can call the limousine or high-end long-distance bus.
Note: In Ho Chi Minh city from 16:30 to 18:00 is a traffic peak period. So, if people are in a hurry, you can avoid these hours so as not to waste time.
II - How to get from Ho Chi Minh to Nha Trang
Here are the main ways of traveling from Ho Chi Minh to Nha Trang city:
1 - Train from Saigon to Nha Trang
Sai Gon Railway Station (Source: Saigon Railway Station)
The location and travel time of stations:
Saigon Railway Station: No. 01 Nguyen Thong Street, Ward 10, District 3, Ho Chi Minh city - Telephone: (028) 35264314 or (028) 35264314.
Nha Trang Railway Station: 17 Thai Nguyen, Phuoc Tan Ward - Nha Trang - Telephone: 02583827863 or call 02583820666 for advice and support.
The average time of each trip takes about 8-10 hours to arrive. Currently, Vietnam Railways serves about 8 flights/day with various departure times, classes and cabins. To be certain, visitors access the website: https://dsvn.vn/#/
The fare ranges from 200.000 - 400.000dong/seat - bed/way (~8,6 - 17,2$).
Pros and cons:
Cons: Compared to airplanes, trains are much slower, but the fare is cheap, suitable for many people while buses are cheaper than trains.
Pros: This means of transportation is quite interesting since visitors can see nature through the window and especially with low cost.
2 - Ho Chi Minh City to Nha Trang flights
You should be cautious about finding your trips as it could affect travel time due to bad weather or flight delays. Here are good flights and times for your reference:
Ho Chi Minh Airport (Source: Reatimes)
At present, VietJet Air and Vietnam Airline serve about 2 flights/day. For accurate flight information, please visit each airline’s website to check accurate information about: departure time, landing time, fare, etc.
Travelling from Ho Chi Minh city to Nha Trang (Tan Son Nhat airport to Cam Ranh airport) by plane takes about 1h5 - 1h15min. However, visitors will have to arrive at the airport about 45 - 60 minutes before the flight time to complete the check-in procedures and avoid missing the flight. Fares range from about 800,000 - 1,400,000 VND/seat/one way (~ 34.5-60.4 $)
Pros: a speedy and safe means of transport which attracts both domestic and foreign tourists and enables you to book tickets online by phone.
Cons: the fare is relatively high, only suitable for people in need. Time and procedures at the airport take a lot of time. Especially, when a problem arises, the flight is delayed.
3 - Traveling from Saigon to Nha Trang by bus
These are some common bus companies:
Ho Chi Minh city Bus Station (Source: Nhatrangtoday)
Ha Linh Bus Station: catching bus at Mien Dong Bus Station, 292 Dinh Bo Linh, Ward 26, Binh Thanh District to 21, 23/10 Nha Trang Street. Telephone: 0822190198 or 0862792027. Fare: 200,000 VND/seat/way (~ $ 8.6)
Phuong Trang Garage: catching a bus at 272 De Tham - Q1, Western Bus Station to 07 Hoang Hoa Tham - Nha Trang. Telephone: 0838386852. Fare: 235,000 VND/seat/way ($10.1)
Hoang Long Bus Station: catching a bus at Mien Dong Bus Station to 42 Cai Lo - Dien Khanh - Khanh Hoa. Telephone: 0313920920. Fare: 230,000 VND/seat/one way (~ $ 9.9).
To save time, you can travel by high-class bed bus from Ho Chi Minh to Nha Trang such as Tra Vien limousine, Cuc Tu, Phuc An Express, etc.
Advantages: departing on time, dropping off in many different locations with cheap fares, suitable for everyone.
Disadvantage: travel time is longer than other means of transport, if you do not come early to book tickets, there will be a big chance of running out of tickets.
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