The best way to travel from Ho Chi Minh City, also known as Saigon, to Vung Tau is to travel by ferry. The ferry to Vung Tau is not a slow boat, it’s a hydrofoil which completes the 90 km journey in 2 hours giving you more time to enjoy a day on the beach in Vung Tau and walk around the lively town.
Ferry Times from Ho Chi Minh City to Vung Tau
There are currently 2 ferry services a day from Ho Chi Minh City to Vung Tau available to book online.
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- Children under 6 years of age travel free is they share a seat with an adult.
- There is a toilet on board and a snack is included in the ticket price.
Buy Tickets from Ho Chi Minh City to Vung Tau
Use the Search Box below to buy your ferry tickets from Ho Chi Minh City to Vung Tau.
We recommend buying a return ticket for this journey as there have been reports of ticket sellers in Vung Tau falsely claiming to have sold out of tickets for the return journey to Ho Chi Minh City forcing foreign visitors to buy tickets at vastly inflated prices from private agencies.
Buy Online to Avoid Ticket Scams
Unfortunately, this is one of the many scams which independent travellers must contend with on Vietnam’s public transport network and the reason why buying Vietnam travel tickets online is becoming an increasingly popular option.
Ho Chi Minh City Ferry Port
Greenlines Ferry services from Ho Chi Minh to Vung Tau depart from Ho Chi Minh City Port.
Vung Tau Ferry Port
Greenlines Ferry services from Ho Chi Minh to Vung Tau terminate at Vung Tau Port.
About Vung Tau
Vung Tau is located on a peninsula to the south of Ho Chi Minh City.
Vung Tau is Popular
For Saigon residents Vung Tau is the closest beach resort and Vung Tau get busy on the weekends and on public holidays with Vietnamese families travelling there for short breaks. Vung Tau is a holiday town in the middle of a commercial centre and although the beach itself is crowded and unattractive, there are other reasons to come for a day trip to Vung Tau, including the ferry journey which is interesting in its own right.
Things to Do in Vung Tau
There is plenty to do during a visit to Vung Tau:
- Beaches: There are 4 beaches in the city centre. Bai Truoc (front beach) is the most popular because of its central location. However, Bai Sau (back beach) is a better choice is you plan to spend a day sun bathing and swimming in the sea. This 3 km long sandy beach has chairs and umbrellas set up (there is a fee to pay for each) and plenty of food outlets and vendors who you will find annoying if you stay on the beach all day.
- Hiking: If you feel energetic there some great walks to do in Vung Tau. Try walking to the lighthouse and the Jesus statue on ‘little mountain’ or to the restaurants on top of ‘big mountain’ for lunch with a view.
- Visit Thang Tam Temple: A temple with interesting architecture built in the 1820s in homage to the 3 men who, according to legend, established the villages which developed into modern day Vung Tau.