Nha Trang to Ho Chi Minh @ train, bus, flight Nov 24, 2017

From Nha Trang to Ho Chi Minh by train

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From Nha Trang Hanh Cafe to Ho Chi Minh by bus

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From Nha Trang Sinh to Ho Chi Minh by bus

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From Cam Ranh Airport to Ho Chi Minh by flight

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How to get from Nha Trang to Saigon

What about

The largest city in Vietnam and the former capital of the Republic of Vietnam is a city of an endless charm. Regardless official renaming into Ho Chi Minh City (or HCMC) after the former Communist leader, it is still widely called by its historical name both by locals and foreigners. If you arrive to HCMC by train, the first thing you will probably notice is large letters ‘Sai Gon’ greeting visitors from atop the railway station.

Elegant colonial buildings and brightly coloured Orient temples; incredibly tasty baguettes in French-style bakeries and two-dollar bowls of famous pho sold by street hawkers; hip young crowd in leafy city parks and dull grey concrete of the communist-era derelicts – Ho Chi Minh has tons of that wonderful flavour of old Saigon in the air. Buzzing with colourful markets, bustling with chaotic traffic, glittering with bright neon signs and shining with smiles of friendly locals Saigon never fails to conquer the hearts of its guests.

From Nha Trang to Saigon

Getting from Nha Trang to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh, or HCMC) is easy both by train and bus, but you have to be ready for rather a longish journey. Trains can save you a couple of hours of your travel time, but buses are a bit cheaper. Anyway, expect to spend from eight to 11 hours on the move between Nha Trang and Saigon.

From Nha Trang to Saigon by train

The fastest trains to get from Nha Trang to Saigon are two night trains (SE1 and SE3), which leave Nha Trang in the evening at 9.25pm and 10.15pm, arriving to Saigon early the next morning (4.40am and 5.20am respectively). Do not fear, though, early hours: life in Asian cities and towns starts much before their Western counterparts wake up, so you will be able to have an early breakfast, take a taxi or just stroll leisurely to your accommodation – it is about three km from Saigon train station to Bui Vien-Pham Ngu Lao area where a lot of budget hotels are located. Both trains offer AC seats and second and first class sleeping cars, and the best choice from the point of view of comfort vs price ratio is probably second class AC sleepers (about VND640.000/USD30).

Though not the fastest one, SE25 at 10.25pm is even more convenient, reaching Saigon at 7am (tickets are sold at the same price).

A more luxurious alternative to ordinary Vietnam National Railways cars, Livitrans Express and Saigon Golden Train, sell berths in VIP sleepers for four passengers in their private cars attached to SNT1 train (it leaves Nha Trang at 7pm and arrives to Saigon at 5am). Tickets are nearly twice as expensive as in ordinary cars and cost VND1.100.000 (USD50) per berth. Private cars guarantee a more comfortable ride and in general a better and more relaxed experience.

All the other trains of Vietnam National Railways provide the same level of service, but are less convenient from the point of view of their schedule. Morning trains rob you off the whole day and two evening trains bring you to Saigon in small hours, which is, actually not a big deal, but you will need either to pay full rate for a hotel room for few remaining morning hours, or to while half the night away at the train station, which is not the best idea at all.

From Nha Trang to Saigon by bus

For those who prefer buses to trains, The Sinh Tourist operates two buses from Nha Trang to Saigon a day, one in the morning at 7.15am, and one in the evening at 7.30pm. Both take about 11 hours to reach Saigon, which is longer than the majority of trains need; but both the morning and the night buses are VIP sleepers which means you can sleep the whole journey through (if you are lucky enough to be able to sleep in such sleeping buses at all!), and cost less than trains (VND220.000-240.000/USD10).

Another good thing about Sinh Tourist buses is that they pick up and drop off their passengers in the heart of tourist activity both in Nha Trang and Saigon. In Nha Trang, The Sinh Tourist Office, from where the company’s buses depart, is located one block away from the sea, at the corner of Hung Vuong and Biet Thu streets. In Saigon, buses head to De Tham street, which connects the famous backpackers headquarters in Saigon, Pham Ngu Lao and Bui Vien streets.

Getting around in Saigon

Even if you are used to renting a motorbike for getting around cities and towns in Asia, think twice before doing it in Saigon. Motorbike traffic is absolutely terrible in the city, two-wheeled transport comes in an endless flow and all you can do is just wonder how the riders manage to avoid constant collisions at roundabouts and junctions. If you are confident in your riding skills, you can easily rent a motorbike in Pham Ngu Lao area for about VND150.000 (USD6-7) per day. As a rule, police do not ask a driving licence, though by law you should have a valid one. Note that many rental agencies would require your passport as a deposit, and in case you have an accident or get your motorbike even slightly damaged, it will be quite hard to negotiate compensation with the owner.

Some people consider cycling around Saigon a good alternative to renting a bike, but again, with thick traffic and polluted air it is not a best option to consider.

Taxis and xe om (motorbike taxis) are wonderfully affordable in Saigon. And while taxis tend to use metres (insist on switching one on if your driver does not do it by default), you should absolutely negotiate the cost of the ride in advance if going by xe om.

Many beautiful temples lie within a walking distance from Pham Ngu Lao area, and strolling the street of the old city filled with colonial mansions make for an atmospheric experience anyway.

If you want to savour real local flavour, take a tricycle, aka cyclo, ride. It is quintessentially Vietnamese experience to be pedalled through heavily trafficked streets with your driver behind you and all the road chaos of cars, bikes and buses rushing right towards your insecure means of transport.

Finally, there are public buses – the cheapest and in most cases the fastest way to move around in Saigon – they are always given way to. The only problem is to figure out which line you need. But as soon as you solve the puzzle, enjoy going local.

Where to stay in Saigon

The prime backpacker’s choice for budget guesthouses is Pham Ngu Lao–Bu Vien area, conveniently located close to Ben Thanh Market. The cheapest rooms can be found at as low as USD10, but USD20 is more realistic amount for which you can get a room in a family-operated guesthouse with private bathroom and air-conditioning. In recent years more and more mid-range hotels are making their way to Pham Ngu Lao, with prices ranging between USD30-USD40. These are mostly clustered around Le Thanh Ton and Ly Tu Trong. If Pham Ngu Lao is too frenetic for you, head to Co Giang Street or Co Bac Street. Both offer quite a decent choice of budget guesthouses but boast a quieter ambiance. The central part of the city is the enclave of luxury hotels and international chains though some great mid-range deals can be found there, too.

Things to do in Saigon

There is soooooo much to do and see in Saigon, that planning your stay may become a real challenge. Do not try to cover all the sights in a couple of days; just pick up a bit of everything to see the many faces of the city.

Walk from District 1 to Cholon to visit some of the best temples in Saigon. These are colourful oasis of tranquillity and peace amidst the sea of loud traffic horns and dust. Do not miss an impressive gilded ship in Nghia An Hoi Quan Pagoda, watch the incense coils hanging from the ceiling in Thien Hau Pagoda, admire four dragon columns brought from China in Ha Chuong Hoi Quan Pagoda and feel as the time slows its pace in a secret Jade Emperor Pagoda. Walk through the rooms and underground tunnels of President Palace complete with rooftop helipad, find out what the modern Vietnamese art is about at rather small but charming Contemporary Art Museum, and study old maps of Saigon and Vietnam at the gorgeous Central Post Office which occupies a stately colonial building inspired by the architecture of Gare d'Orsay in Paris. Indulge in shopping: markets in Saigon are incredibly varied and offer an abundance of great finds – from excellent local coffee to stylish gold jewellery.

Last but not least – set on a culinary tour of Ho Chi Minh which is a foodie’s paradise. From Pho 2000 proud for having fed even President Bill Clinton with their soup to elegant Fanny ice-cream cafe with mind-blowing choice of frozen delights, you will have plenty of gastronomic fun in Saigon.

Your onward travel from Saigon

There is a choice of international buses, which connect Saigon with Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. The trip takes about seven hours with any company and costs between USD13 (The Sinh Tourist) and USD18 (Giant Ibis Company).

You can further connect from Saigon via Phnom Penh to Siem Reap to pay respect to amazing temples of Angkor (from 17 hours with Giant Ibis Transport).

Low-cost airlines fly between Saigon and neighbouring countries, the most popular destinations being Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia (from USD50 one-way with Air Asia) and Bangkok in Thailand (from USD60).

Passenger reviews out of total 1,324 passengers traveled with us on this route

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Cheap, Fast, Good - but you can usually pick only two of them!
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Make your choice! Please remember that though we are closely monitoring services, we are still an agency marketplace - meaning we focus on ticketing service and route availability / coverage rather than on factual seat recline angle you got today ^_^

★★☆☆☆ Nov 1, 2017 (train #SE5 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways)
★★★★☆ Oct 31, 2017 (bus Standard AC, Hanh Cafe) :
It was fine, not sure why they have to scream and turn all the lights on full blast for every pee stop.
★★★☆☆ Oct 14, 2017 (train #SE5 Class II AC, Vietnam Railways) :
Seats were comfortable but the bathrooms were in very poor condition. Since it is a country with so many tourists. It would be good to have at least one english speaking staff.
★★★★☆ Oct 10, 2017 (train #SNT1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Saigon Golden Train) :
easy to book and to pick up tickets. it was nice to travel with a group of 4 so we had the whole cabin to ourselves. Saigon Golden Train SNT1 was not quite as clean and nice as expected, however we still enjoyed our trip! we would do it again!
★★★★☆ Oct 8, 2017 (avia Economy, VietJet Air) :
Ok
★★★☆☆ Oct 4, 2017 (train #SNT1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Saigon Golden Train) :
Not as good as advertised. I found the Vietnam Railways 1st class sleepers much better
★★★★☆ Sep 24, 2017 (train #SNT1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Saigon Golden Train)
★★★☆☆ Sep 23, 2017 (train #SE1 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
The ride was really bumping but ok, maybe from fhe wether... and my bed was already used and that something i dont like...
★★★☆☆ Sep 22, 2017 (bus VIP Sleeper 41, The SinhTourist) :
I thought I paid much more expensive than I bought in the shop.
★★★★☆ Sep 22, 2017 (train #SE3 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways)
★★★☆☆ Sep 17, 2017 (train #SE5 Class II AC, Vietnam Railways) :
Stay clear of the SE5 in the ac soft seats and go for the other trains or for the sleepers, not the trains or staffs fault, but after about 2 hours a load of mental people get on with about 10000 bags of grapes and take up all the space for luggage and start moving things around - this has been noted on a travel website too - so not just a one off Also be careful of the taxi drivers at Ho Chi Minh station, insist on the meter and make sure you know exactly where you are going - they try to charge double, take you on a magical mystery tour!!
★★★★☆ Sep 14, 2017 (train #SE1 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways)
★★☆☆☆ Aug 28, 2017 (train #SE1 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
Dirty sheets in the beds. People were smoking in the carriage, smell like toilet. The Golden train was better.
★★★★☆ Aug 23, 2017 (train #SE7 Class II AC, Vietnam Railways)
★★★★☆ Aug 7, 2017 (train #SNT1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Saigon Golden Train) :
Train and cabin was great on SNT1. We have travelled slowly from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh all on train and this was the best leg by far. Cabin very clean and new, toilets very good throughout journey. Only negative was I am certain we booked on later train and we only realised at last minute that confirmed booking was made on earlier train, whilst confirmation still showed later arrival. Arrived HCM with 7 and 9 year old at 4am with no accommodation. If booking online I recommend double checking your ticket after confirmation comes through.
12Go response:

Dear Simon Dante Gardini

Thank you very much for your feedback and we apologize for the inconvenience. There is only one departure per day for the Saigon Golden Train tickets that you purchased and so we are pretty sure that you got the correct tickets, however it is unusual for a train to arrive nearly an hour and half early and we are contacting them to see what happened here. Hope the rest of your trip goes smoothly!

★★★☆☆ Jun 27, 2017 (bus VIP Sleeper 41, The SinhTourist) :
The journey was fine, we made it to HCMC. Bus clean and there was some bag space on certain seats (not the ones at the front and back). However, this was my sixth sleeper bus in Vietnam and I was annoyed firstly that the wifi didn't work at all (the first time this has happened to me), and secondly that it arrived an hour and a half early. Usually the bus allows people to sleep until the planned arrival time (in our case 6:30), but they kicked us off at 5am and we had to spend 2 hours sat on a bench waiting for our hostel to open. Then I was tired all day.
★★★☆☆ Jun 12, 2017 (train #SE1 Class II AC, Vietnam Railways) :
The train was about 30 minutes late. Although the ride was abit bumpy, overall it was fine. No one spoke English so it is difficult knowing which stop to get off or how far long you are away from your destination.
★★★★★ May 21, 2017 (train #SE7 Class II AC, Vietnam Railways) :
I could see the places I would never if I went flying. The trip was pleasant , with few people, simple but good lunch .
★★★★☆ May 8, 2017 (train #SE25 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
Good sleep
★★★★☆ Apr 12, 2017 (train #SE1 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
Love the 4 sleeper. More head space compared to the 6 sleepers cabin. Still toilet hygiene and cleanliness needs to be improved
★★★☆☆ Apr 4, 2017 (train #SNT1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Saigon Golden Train) :
Bed linen and carriage was clean and train arrived in Saigon in time. I have given this journey 3 stars as it wasn't worth the extra money - Saigon Golden Trains charge double the price of the normal Vietnam Rsilways sleepers. For the price difference you get clean linen and a face wipe. Karen
★★★★☆ Mar 12, 2017 (train #SE3 VIP Sleeper 4x, Violette Express Train) :
Mattress was to think..could do with a topper like Thai trains.
★★★★☆ Mar 5, 2017 (train #SE3 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
Good night on the sleeper train even on a top berth was absolutely fine. Bit confusing at the station as to which platform to wait at but managed to figure it out.
★★★☆☆ Mar 2, 2017 (train #SE3 VIP Sleeper 4x, Violette Express Train) :
The cabin and toilets were a bit dirty but to be expected on a long journey. The guard was pleasant and checked tickets which was an improvement on our last journey. The train departed and arrived on time.
★★★★★ Feb 8, 2017 (train #SNT1 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
Good, clean cabin that was on time and sufficient room.
★★★★☆ Jan 23, 2017 (train #SE3 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways)
★★★★☆ Jan 17, 2017 (train #SE7 Class II AC, Vietnam Railways) :
Very good overall. Slept for 6.5 hours basically.
★★★☆☆ Jan 16, 2017 (train #SNT1 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
Good to do once. Train on time and easy to organise
★★★★☆ Dec 19, 2016 (bus VIP Sleeper 41, Hanh Cafe) :
Fast, but too much stops, the light was always on, so I couldn't sleep.
★★★☆☆ Nov 29, 2016 (train #SE7 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
Booked a VIP sleeper, but was given a 4 person room. Otherwise good experience using 12go
★★☆☆☆ Oct 22, 2016 (train #SE7 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways)
★★★★☆ Sep 4, 2016 (train #SE7 Class II AC, Vietnam Railways) :
Booking was good, easy to follow, seats quite comfortable even though are getting a bit old. Snacks and drinks available and easy to get. Train was packed but passengers were happy. Did have a couple of men sitting on plastic chairs in the aisle but did not seem to bother anyone. Overall comfortable and good value for money.
★★★★★ Aug 19, 2016 (train #SE1 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
Very clean and comfortable, I slept almost all of the way.
★★★☆☆ Aug 16, 2016 (train #SNT1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Saigon Golden Train) :
Not great like the livitrans or orient, but better and cleaner than the Vietnam railways. The air con was very cold and we could not adjust it. One of the restrooms wasn't functional. That was an inconvenience.
★★★★★ Aug 14, 2016 (train #SE3 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
Easy to book and left on time. No hassle. Bed was clean and what you pay for. Overall very impressed.

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