I - General
Phu Quoc island is Vietnam's largest island, located in Kien Giang province and known as the Pearl Island, Phu Quoc is famous for many beautiful landscapes, tourist resorts as well as specialties that are only locally available.
The best time to travel to Phu Quoc island, Vietnam is between October and May, when the weather is in the dry season and the beaches and sea are calm and quiet. If you want to learn about how to get from Ho Chi Minh City to Phu Quoc, check out the article below.
Ho Chi Minh to Phu Quoc distance is about 450km. To get to Pearl Island - Phu Quoc, you can travel by plane because nowadays Phu Quoc has a very convenient airport; or take a bus to Kien Giang province and then take a high-speed boat to the island. Both ways are great for you to enjoy and start an amazing vacation on the most beautiful island of Vietnam.
II - Traveling flights from Ho Chi Minh to Phu Quoc island
Within about 1 hour, you can set foot on Phu Quoc after a flight from Ho Chi Minh. You should remember to arrive at the airport 1 hour early on weekdays and at least 2 hours on holidays & Spring Festival to complete airline procedures.
Mockup website of Vietnam Airlines (Source: Freepik)
Currently, there are 4 airlines operating routes from Ho Chi Minh City to Phu Quoc: Vietnam Airlines (5-6 round-trip flights / day), Vietjet Air (2-3 flights / day), Jetstar Pacific (3 flights / day) and Bamboo Airways (2 flights / day). Depending on the airline and the type of ticket you choose, the flight ticket price to Phu Quoc differs. However, the fare will range from 34.5 USD to 86.26 USD.
For cheap flights from Saigon to Phu Quoc island you can book online at the websites of airlines, or at other airline ticketing websites; or go to an airline ticketing agent to buy and receive tickets directly.
This is the fastest, and most convenient way to travel to Phu Quoc, but the cost of flying is quite high. On the contrary, the natural scenery in the Southwestern Region and Kien Giang sea is very beautiful, if you go by plane, you cannot fully enjoy the beauty of these areas.
III - Traveling by bus from Ho Chi Minh to Phu Quoc
Ship passing through Rach Gia Kien Giang: Phu Quoc Express (Source: Hatienphuquoc)
There are two routes by bus:
1 - Bus from Ho Chi Minh to Rach Gia port and ferry from Rach Gia port to Phu Quoc
Rach Gia City is about 255km from Ho Chi Minh City and the travel time is about 6 hours, costing about 4.74 USD to 5.18 USD /passenger. To Rach Gia city, you rent a motorbike taxi to the pier with only about 1 USD/trip to catch Phu Quoc. There are 2 reputable shipping lines that are loved by many customers: SuperDong or Phu Quoc Express, the price being about 10.78 USD / ticket.
2 - Bus from Ho Chi Minh to Rach Gia port and ferry from Ha Tien port to Phu Quoc
The second route of Ho Chi Minh City to Phu Quoc bus, you can go to Ha Tien city and then go to Phu Quoc, the distance of this route is estimated at 310km. Departing from the Western bus station (Ho Chi Minh City) to Ha Tien bus station, taking about 9 hours, the fare is 7.98 USD. From Ha Tien, if traveling by ferry, there is a ferry to the island at 8:20 a.m. everyday at Thanh Thoi ferry and the travel time is about 2 hours. If traveling by speedboat, the time will be around 1 hour and start from Ha Tien pier.
Below is a list of bus operators that operate the round trip Ha Tien-Rach Gia route
Phuong Trang Passenger Bus: booking phone number 1900 6067
Kumho Samco Buslines: booking phone number 02835 112 112
Hoang Minh Passenger Bus: contact: 0903 77 30 22 - 0918 258 169 (Mr Duc)
Lien Hung Passenger Bus: contact 1900 6772
Going to Phu Quoc by bus and then going by high speed boat is a more cost-effective option than going by plane. During the process of travelling, you can enjoy nature comfortably and completely. However, due to the long distance and travel time, this form is not suitable for people with poor health or chronic diseases. In particular, traveling by boat or ferry is not suitable for people with seasickness when spending many hours at sea.
3 - Notes
There is no train from Ho Chi Minh to Phu Quoc island if you are considering catching a train.
Enjoying tourists at Phu Quoc beach (Source: Elizeu Dias)
All ways of traveling by plane, bus & boat have their own advantages and disadvantages. If you want to save time, you should take a plane, if you want to experience a speedboat watching the sea and want to explore the Mekong Delta & Ho Chi Minh city, you should choose to go by bus and then take a high speed boat or ferry to Phu Quoc Island.
In the above article, we have informed you about the means and how to travel from Saigon to Phu Quoc island. Each way of movement has its own special features, giving you a journey with beautiful memories. To make the trip more enjoyable, you should choose the plan that suits you and your family as much as possible.