Transportation Costs in Vietnam

While in Vietnam, I relied on Baolau to find the cheapest way to get from Point A to Point B. Rather than booking on the site, I went to the provider directly at the bus or train station to avoid service fees and surcharges. Booking on my own allowed for greater flexibility and a significantly cheaper fare than booking through a hostel, hotel or travel agency. Please keep in mind that buses and trains do not always run on time.

For trains, you can book online or at the train station. I advise you book in advance because sometimes you have to wait 30+ minutes before your turn at the ticket counter. Prices vary by class and number of stops the train makes.

If you have never driven a motorbike and would like to in Vietnam, I highly recommend renting one in Phong Nha where there is little to no traffic. Motorbike rentals are usually ~₫100,000 (US$4.40) and a full tank should cost ~₫50,000 (US$2.20).

Note: Grab is a reliable alternative to Uber, especially during peak hours when Uber surges. Grab even has the option to hire a metered taxi with GrabTaxi or motorbike with GrabBike.

Sample Transportation Costs:
Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) to Vung Tau
Minibus: ₫90,000 (US$3.96) – 2 hours

Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) to Binh Chua Hot Springs
Bus: ₫150,000 (US$6.60) – 3 hours

Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) to Mui Ne
Bus: ₫120,000 (US$5.29) – 5 hours

Mui Ne to Da Lat
Bus: ₫160,000 (US$7.05) – 4 hours

Da Lat to Nha Trang
Bus: ₫125,000 (US$5.51) – 4 hours

Da Lat to Hue
Bus: ₫125,000 (US$5.51) – 4 hours

Hue to Phong Nha
DMZ Bus: ₫150,000 (US$6.60) – 4 hours 30 minutes

Da Nang to Hue
Local SE22 Train: ₫56,000 (US$2.47) for a soft seat with AC – 3 hours 30 minutes

Da Nang to Hoi An
Local Public Bus: ₫20,000 (US$0.88) – 50 minutes
You may be charged more than ₫20,000 (US$0.88) if you are a foreigner – it helps to have exact change.

Happy traveling!

One comment

  1. Olivia, you should send this useful post to some of the travel media and airline magazines.

    Thinking if you, XoCarol

    Sent from my iPhone



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