How best to get from Ho Chi Minh City to Nha Trang: by bus or by plane?
We decide how best to get from Ho Chi Minh City to Nha Trang: by night bus (slinging bass), by plane or by train. In this article, we share our experience and evaluate each of the ways, and also give practical advice that will facilitate the travelers’ relocation.
The plane is Ho Chi Minh City – Nha Trang.
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It would seem, solid pluses: the flight time is only an hour, in Ho Chi Minh City it is easy to get to the airport by bus number 152, air tickets to Nha Trang are very cheap – from 1,000 rubles (300-400 thousand dongas) to JetStar. What is the complexity of the flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Nha Trang and why did we abandon this option?
First, the cost of the flight is not always so low. Yes, tickets for $ 15-20 (1-1,5 thousand rubles.) Are often, but not on every date. Also, airplane tickets from Ho Chi Minh City to Nha Trang (one way) can cost 30-40 $ and more. In turn, the cost of tickets for a sleeper bass is about 8-10 $ (170-220 thousand dong). Secondly, JetStar is a rather greedy loukoster. In addition, it will be necessary to pay for luggage (from 143 thousand VND), and then the airline will impudently give the buyer a few more dollars (55 thousand VND) for paying the card. The third reason is the savings on the hotel when traveling by bus. If you spend the night in a slinging bass (a bus from Ho Chi Minh City to Nha Trang rides just about 8-9 hours), then at least $ 10-15 on the hotel is saved. Fourth, the need to pay for a transfer from Cam Ran Airport to the center of Nha Trang City (about 35 km), if you fly by plane. The price is from 70 thousand dong (minibus). There is also a more expensive but comfortable option – ordering a transfer to Kiwi Taxi in advance: you will be met with a sign and you will avoid the need to fight off local taxi drivers.
Well, the last reason why we decided to get from Ho Chi Minh City to Nha Trang by bus is the desire to try out a new mode of transport. We are so used to fly on airplanes even for short distances, that the bus ride already seems exotic. Namely, on slippery basses, we have never before gone.
If you still prefer to travel to Nha Trang by plane, then we recommend that you look for cheap tickets on the Skyscanner.
Night bus Ho Chi Minh – Nha Trang (slipbas)
Slipping bass, slipper bass, slip bass (sleeping bus) – so differently called a night bus with sleeping places. What he really is? Inside, instead of the usual seats – quite comfortable reclining chairs-beds, located in two tiers and three rows. For feet, in principle, a lot, although people of high stature, perhaps, will experience some discomfort. There are safety belts, handrails and mini-ladder, allowing you to climb to the second tier, a stand for glasses and a small pillow – everything is very thought out and convenient. Also there are light bulbs, a toilet, air conditioners and Wi-Fi. Passengers are given plaids and water, but the food will have to take care of themselves. Night bus is a comfortable, simple and inexpensive way to get from Ho Chi Minh City to Nha Trang on your own.
The distance from Ho Chi Minh to Nha Trang is about 430 kilometers, on the way – about 9 hours, but the road is easily transferred, almost all the time we and other passengers slept.
Before the trip, eat or take food with you (fruit, yogurt, sweet) – we did so. We recommend taking the bus at 8pm – almost no passengers. The most popular buses are at 9 and 10 pm (since they arrive in Nha Trang about 7 and 8 in the morning), and most likely they will be complete. We went on an eight-hour, and in the cabin was only 6 people including us, on the way the bus picked up three more. Luggage can be left at the company’s office, which is very convenient: after the checkout at the hotel, just leave the bags there and walk around the city center, waiting for the time of departure of the bus. In the bus room take small bags with valuable things, as well as warm clothes (in case the air conditioners will work at full capacity). Usually luggage is dealt, but in our case the bus was almost empty, and the driver removed the bags to the second tier. A small backpack or bag can be placed in the legs. In our bus, the toilet was not (or it did not work), although the ticket seller promised the opposite. However, this is not at all a problem: on request the driver will always stop on the roadside, in addition, there are two stops in the way – you can go to the toilet, wash and have a bite. In our opinion, it is best to take seats from the bottom in the middle row (or from the edge – for those who are hot), since the main air conditioners are located at the top on the sides.
In the cabin was seen a couple of cockroaches, but they were quickly eliminated by vigilant passengers. The driver was not too neat – quite risky overtaking trucks on narrow mountain roads.
Where to buy tickets and how much do they cost? Go to the street Pham Ngu Lao – it is where the offices of travel companies organize trips (both direct transfers and Open bas with stops). The seller caught us at the very beginning of the street, the company is called Vina Travel (address: 309 Pham Ngu Lao Street), but we went by bus from Camel Tours. Tickets cost only 210 thousand VND per person – about $ 10! Very cheap.
Bus schedule Ho Chi Minh City – Nha Trang: departure at 8:00, 20:00, 21:00 and 22:00. The bus starts its journey from the company’s office and comes to it in the tourist quarter of Nha Trang (on the second line). We did not find out how much the tickets cost in other companies, but judging by the responses and reports, about the same. It is possible that in other offices there are buses and at an earlier time.
Addition: the cheapest way to reach Nha Trang is by buses from The Sinh tourist. Tickets for the flight cost only 170 thousand VND. This is a very popular carrier – most tourists travel around Vietnam (there are flights to many cities) on their buses.
Search hotel in Nha Trang recommended on Roomguru – this service is looking for the best price among all major reservation systems. If you need an inexpensive but good hotel, we especially recommend Min Hoa – in this lovely cozy mini-hotel we have lived almost three months in winter 2015-2016. Read our review of hotels in Nha Trang with its own beach.
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Ho Chi Minh Train – Nha Trang.
Trains leave from Saigon Central Station at 6:00, 9:00, 13:10, 19:10 and 22:00. The train schedule for Ho Chi Minh City – Nha Trang (and prices) is on the official website. The fare starts from 320 thousand VND per person and depends on the type of train and the chosen place (sedentary / sleeping, soft / hard, with or without air conditioning, etc.). The journey takes about 8-9 hours.
We cut off this option, because it is rather expensive compared to the bus, besides, we never went to a slinging bass and it was interesting to try.
Taxi Ho Chi Minh – Nha Trang.
Another option is to take a taxi. The car for 4 people is on the site Kiwi Taxi from 13.5 thousand rubles, for a large company is much more profitable: for example, for 7 people – from 15,300 rubles, a minibas for 13 passengers – from 13,200 rubles.
The best way to get from Ho Chi Minh City to Nha Trang.
Total minimum cost of flight from Saigon to Nha Trang (one way and with luggage) on flights of loukosterov along with the transfer will be 550 thousand VND ($ 25). The cost of a trip to Nha Trang on a night bus is $ 10, but given that at least the same amount is saved on the hotel, the cost of this trip can be considered zero. So in terms of cost option with the bus unconditionally wins.
Saving bass saves not only money, but also time: it is much more convenient to devote to moving a night than to spend 5-6 hours of daytime on a plane (about 1 hour to get to Ho Chi Minh airport, 1-2 hours for check-in and waiting for a flight , 1 hour – for flight, 1.5 hours – for baggage and the way to Nyachang).
The advantage of flying is a slightly more comfortable way.
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How best to get from Ho Chi Minh City to Nha Trang: by bus or by plane?