How to get to Phu Quoc from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

There are two basic ways to get to the island from Saigon: by sea and by air.

By sea

Tourists can choose either the route Sai Gon – Rach Gia – Phu Quoc or the route Sai Gon – Ha Tien – Phu Quoc. Please note that this way may not suitable for the elderly and children due to long hours on bus and on the boat.

Route 1: Sai Gon – Ha Tien – Phu Quoc
Via the route of Sai Gon – Ha Tien – Phu Quoc, there are two stops that tourists can catch a bus to Rach Gia: Le Hong Phong Street, District 10 and Mien Tay station. At the first stop, Phuong Trang is a reliable bus that serves tourists 31 rides every 30 minutes every day. Tourists should book their seats via calling on 08 3833 3468 at least 24 hours in advance to guarantee their seats, especially in peak season. Another way to book a seat is go to their website at https://futabus.vn/en-US , fill in information, choose your favorite spot, and pay. Both the hotline and the website are supported with English language so that booking process can be easily done by foreigners. From Mien Tay station, there are several buses such as Kumho Samco, Mai Linh, Ba Dung, Tuyet Hon, Chau Ha that go to Rach Gia (Kien Giang). As the bus takes 6-7 hours, it’s recommended to pick up one that departs at night, in order to reach Kien Giang in the morning. Price for each bus ticket ranges from 120,000 to 150,000 VND (5.3 – 6.6 USD). On special occasions, the price can go up to 210,000VND (9.2 USD). When reaching the bus station in Rach Gia, tourists can choose to walk or to get on a motorbike taxi for half a dollar to get to Rach Gia boat station which is only 1km away. There are several hydrofoils between Phu Quoc and Rach Gia with Superdong offering the most reliable service, providing one morning and one afternoon departure from Rach Gia for the 2.5-hour journey and with prices ranging from 240,000 – 330,000 VND depending on age. For more information on the prices, tourist can find out at http://superdong.com.vn/dich-vu/gia-ve-tau/.

Route 2: Sai Gon – Ha Tien – Phu Quoc
Via the route Sai Gon – Ha Tien – Phu Quoc, tourists also catch a bus then a hydrofoil or a ferry to get to the island. Phuong Trang Bus, also known as FUTA Bus Lines offers 6 departures every day from Mien Tay Bus Station with the price of 170,000 VND/seat. Again, tourists should book their seat beforehand via calling on 0838.309.309 or the website of the bus lines at https://futabus.vn/en-US. From Ha Tien, Superdong departures three times per day at 7:30 am, 8:00 am and 1:15pm with the price of 230,000VND/adult. Ferry is an alternative choice yet it takes longer time and the destination is far from Phu Quoc’s center. Ferries leave Thanh Thoi (Ha Tien) and reach Da Chong Port (Phu Quoc) after a two-hour journey. From Da Chong, travelers can take a motorbike taxi, which is called “xe om” in Vietnamese, to get to Duong Dong town. Transfering by ferry is also suitable for motorbike travelers as the ferry can carry common vehicles. However, it’s not recommended for a group of girls/families with kids to take this route as taxis are not always available around the port.

By air
This is the fastest and the safest way to get to the island. Domestically, flights to Phu Quoc are available from many cities in Vietnam including Ho Chi Minh City (45-minute flight), Hanoi, Rach Gia and Can Tho via Vietnam Airlines (the national carrier) and several budget airlines: Jetstar Pacific, Vietjet air and Vasco (a subsidiary of Vietnam Airlines).

In peak season, there can be as many as 15-20 daily domestic flights to Phu Quoc, but it is advisable to book early to avoid disappointment as flights to Phu Quoc can sell out during the high season of December to April. From Phu Quoc International Airport, visitors can travel 9 km to the main town of Duong Dong by taxi, motorbike or hotel transfer. The fare for taxi should be 10,000VND/km, and around 6,000VND/km for motorbike taxi.