The best way to travel the 435km distance from Ho Chi Minh to Nha Trang is by flight. This plane journey takes 3 hours, including transfers, and costs $23. Other options include taking the train ($18.50) or the bus ($9.50), but these take around 9 hours.
Flying from Ho Chi Minh to Nha Trang Airport (Cam Ranh) is the option we prefer. This is by far the fastest option and Vietjet Air and Jetstar offer cheap flights on this route. From the center of Ho Chi Minh to the airport and from Cam Ranh Airport to Nha Trang city center takes 45 minutes each.
There are also several trains from Ho Chi Minh to Nha Trang, but we don’t recommend this option. The price of a flight is often even cheaper and is also a much faster option. The only reason to take the train is when flights sell out or get too expensive.
Buses are slightly cheaper, but the small savings don’t make up for the extra time and less comfort when travelling by bus.
Step 1: Ho Chi Minh City Center to Ho Chi Minh Airport by Bus
Duration: 45min Cost: 40,000 VND ($1.80)
Ho Chi Minh Airport is located 45min from the city center. We recommend taking the shuttle bus (also called the airport bus) to the airport. Tickets only cost 40,000 VND ($1.80) and the buses offer a good level of comfort.
Taking the train from Ho Chi Minh to Nha Trang is possible but won’t save you much money and takes much longer. However, it’s a very good option if the flights are too expensive or if you want to save one night on accommodation.
One advantage is that the railway station in Ho Chi Minh is not far from the city center and arrives in Nha Trang center.
Still want to travel by train? Then we recommend to take SNT4 or one of the other night trains below:
Train Schedule from Ho Chi Minh to Nha Trang (Sleeper berth)
John’s Homestay is a charming yet low-priced homestay right in the heart of Nha Trang.
The shared lounge and terrace are the perfect place to socialize with other guests and rooms are clean and tidy. Dorms come with an electric plug, lamp and curtain for each bed and another plus: You can use the washing machine free of charge!Room $14; Dorm: $6 (+ free breakfast)
Want to wake up in a stylish & spacious room and enjoy a tasty breakfast on the rooftop restaurant?
Mojzo Inn is located close to the restaurants, bars and just a few minutes walk from the beach. When you stay at Mojzo, make sure you don’t miss out on the delicious (and free) home-baked cake served at tea time between 15:00-17:00.Private room: $30 (+ free breakfast)