Are you planning a visit to Phu Quoc but feeling uncertain about how to get there from Ho Chi Minh (Saigon)? No worries! In this article, I’ll explain everything you need to know about getting to this stunning island in southern Vietnam, including options to take a PLANE (👉flight prices), BUS (👉price), or TAXI (👉price) from Ho Chi Minh to Rach Gia, followed by a 👉FERRY ride to Phu Quoc.
If you’re interested in exploring the Mekong Delta, taking a BUS or TAXI (👉price) from Ho Chi Minh to Can Tho is the best option. After spending a few days there, you can travel by BUS (👉price) to Rach Gia and catch the 👉FERRY to Phu Quoc.
And as a bonus, I highly recommend this fully organized VIETNAM ITINERARY and information on the BEST HOTELS to stay at during your visit to Phu Quoc.
Transport options to get to Phu Quoc from Ho Chi Minh
First of all, there are two main options to get to Phu Quoc from Ho Chi Minh: by plane or by bus/shuttle + ferry. Let me briefly go over both options so that you can start deciding which one best suits your needs.
Further down, you’ll find all the details about each of the available transportation options.
- Taking a DIRECT FLIGHT: the quickest and most comfortable option is to take a TAXI or TRANSFER to Ho Chi Minh airport and catch a direct flight to Phu Quoc International Airport located on the island itself. From there, you can take a TAXI to your hotel, which is an affordable journey.
- If you opt for the BUS or TAXI, you’ll need to head to the city of Rach Gia and then proceed to the pier to catch the FERRY that will take you to Phu Quoc pier. Keep in mind that the bus stop is a bit far from the pier, so you’ll need to take a moto-taxi or taxi, especially if you’re carrying luggage. If you’re considering this option because it’s cheaper, I recommend checking flight prices as they’re quite cheap.
- If you feel like taking it easy and enjoying the Mekong Delta, you can stop by Can Tho. You can get there by BUS or TAXI from Ho Chi Minh. To continue your route, you’ll need to go to the city of Rach Gia by BUS and then catch the FERRY to Phu Quoc.
How to get to Phu Quoc from Ho Chi Minh by PLANE
If you’re looking for a comfortable and speedy way to travel, taking a 👉FLIGHT is a great option. There are several flights a day from Ho Chi Minh to Phu Quoc, so you’ll have plenty of choices.
To get to the airport, you can take a TAXI or TRANSFER (👉price) from your hotel. It’s a short distance, and the flight itself only takes an hour. Once you arrive at Phu Quoc airport, you can grab a TAXI (👉price) to take you straight to your hotel.
Flight prices can vary depending on the season, but they’re usually pretty reasonable for such a short journey. I would suggest booking in advance to get the best price and make sure you get a seat on your preferred flight.
How to get to Phu Quoc by BUS or TAXI + FERRY
If you’re looking for a more affordable way to travel to Phu Quoc from Ho Chi Minh and don’t want to take a flight, taking a bus is a great option – even though it will take longer than flying.
👉BUSES depart regularly from the Mien Tay station in Ho Chi Minh and head to Rach Gia city. The journey takes around 6 hours, and the ticket price will depend on the class and the company you choose to travel with. Once you reach the Rach Gia bus station, you’ll need to take a taxi to the pier.
If you’re after a more comfortable and quicker option, there are 👉TAXIS available that will take you directly to the Rach Gia pier in around 4 hours.
From Rach Gia pier, 👉FERRIES run frequently and will take you to Phu Quoc dock in just 2 hours and 15 minutes.
How to get to Phu Quoc through CAN THO (Mekong Delta)
If you’re interested in exploring the Mekong Delta at a more relaxed pace and on your own schedule, a stop in Can Tho could be a great option. You can reach Can Tho from Ho Chi Minh City by taking either a 👉BUS or TAXI.
The bus ride takes about 3 hours and 20 minutes, while a taxi will get you there in 3 hours. Once you arrive in Can Tho, there are a variety of 👉ACTIVITIES and TOURS available for exploring the Mekong delta and canals, and gaining insight into the daily life of the locals in the area.
To continue your journey to Phu Quoc, you’ll need to take a 👉BUS from Can Tho to Rach Gia. The journey takes approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes. From there, you can catch a 👉FERRY to reach the island in just 2 hours and 15 minutes.
Where to stay in Phu Quoc
If you’re looking for some recommended places to stay in Phu Quoc island, you’ll find a helpful table below. It lists accommodations across three different budget categories, so you can find something that suits your needs and preferences.
|Cheap & dorms||Langchia||Phu House||Lana Land||Vibe House|
|High budget||Salinda Resort||Meliá Vinpearl||Regent||Dusit Princess|
|Mid range||Golden Topaz||Ancarine||Kiki Coconut||Phung Hung|
Tours and activities in Phu Quoc
Phu Quoc is a dreamy tourist destination in Vietnam. With its warm climate and paradisiacal beaches, it is an ideal place for a relaxing vacation. Moreover, there is a wide range of tours and activities available to explore the island and its surroundings.
Popular transportation routes in Vietnam
If you are planning your trip to Vietnam, here you will find some of the most popular transportation routes to visit the country.
Is it safe to travel to Vietnam?
If you’re considering traveling to Vietnam, it’s important to be aware of certain risks to ensure your safety. Although Vietnam is generally a safe country, theft is common in big cities, public transportation, crowded markets, and tourist areas.
It’s recommended to ask for the price before buying anything and negotiate if necessary since it’s common to be charged higher prices for taxis, souvenirs, products, or services, especially in the more touristy areas of Vietnam, if you’re a foreigner.
In addition, some areas of Vietnam, especially in the central region and near the border with Laos, have landmines that can pose a danger to travelers. If you plan to visit these places, it’s important to inform yourself in advance about the mined areas and follow the recommendations of local authorities.
Safety for Women
I spent a year and a half traveling in Vietnam and never encountered any truly unpleasant situations. It’s common for men to want to take pictures with you or even blatantly put their phone in front of your face and record videos.
That being said, Vietnam is not free from sexual assaults, verbal harassment, or unwanted groping. I recommend that you:
- Be cautious at night, especially if you plan to drink at a bar (which is not advisable).
- Use Grab to move around safely at night and always avoid taxis and motorbikes you find on the street.
- If you become a victim of sexual assault, seek immediate medical assistance, contact the local police, your embassy, and make sure to file a report.
FAQs about transportation to Phu Quoc
Phu Quoc has its own airport (PQC) located on the island that operates both domestic and international flights. While flying is the quickest way to get there, it’s not the only option available
The island of Phu Quoc is located 340 kilometers away from Ho Chi Minh City, and it can be reached by various means of transportation such as airplane, bus, taxi, or ferry.
If you are coming from Ho Chi Minh or nearby areas, your best option is to head to the Rach Gia pier. Although the ferry takes less time to reach the island from Ha Tien, leaving from Rach Gia will save you hours on the road. Here are the schedules and prices both from Ha Tien and from Rach Gia.