The best way to travel the 435km distance from Nha Trang to Ho Chi Minh is by flight. This plane journey takes 3 hours, including transfers, and costs $24. Other options include taking the train (9.5 hours) or the bus (10 hours).
Vietjet Air and Jetstar offer the cheapest flights starting from 465,000 VND ($20) and the flight just takes about 1 hour. Vietnam Airlines also operate on this route but their tickets are at least $10 more expensive.
Step 3: Ho Chi Minh Airport to Ho Chi Minh City Center 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) from the airport to the center. Tickets only cost 40,000 VND ($1.80) and the buses offer a good level of comfort.
Taking the train from Nha Trang to Ho Chi Minh is an option, but you will hardly save any money and it takes much longer than flying. One advantage though is that the train leaves from Nha Trang center and arrives close to Ho Chi Minh center.
We suggest to take one of the options below so you can travel by night and don’t waste any time during your day. Another advantage of the night train is that it also saves you a night on accommodation. We recommend to take SE21 so you can have a good night’s sleep during your journey and have an early morning start in Nha Trang.
Note that you can also book a soft-seat from 340,000 VND ($14.50). But, we do not recommend sitting 8-9 hours in a soft-seat and waste all day travelling when you can also take a flight for just $10 more.
The disadvantage of the bus is that spending 9-11 hours on a sleeper bus can get really uncomfortable. For this reason, we strongly recommend to take a plane or travel by night train instead. However, we have provided you with the bus schedules for this route below:
Want to enjoy a great atmosphere with a bit more privacy than the typical backpack hostel? Boholand hostel offers lovely decorated private rooms. The super friendly host will give you the best recommendations of where to go. And best of all, she serves a delicious home-made breakfast for a perfect start of the day!
This boutique hotel is located just oustide of the center, but everything is still in walking distance, or just $1 by taxi to the center. Enjoy a wonderful breakfast at the balcony after a great night of sleep in the comfy beds. The very helpful owners also provide airport shuttle service.