Phu Quoc is the largest island (574 square km) in the archipelago located off the southern coast of Vietnam. Beach lovers will especially enjoy this place because it is warm here throughout the year with white-sand beaches and a wide range of active leisure activities such as diving or surfing. Moreover, you can also visit Vin Pearl Safari Phu Quoc Park, two saltwater pearls plantations and a private crocodile farm.
Plan your trip to the island and discover all the ways to transfer from Ho Chi Minh City to Phu Quoc by reading transportation guide below.
The average distance from Ho Chi Minh City to Phu Quoc is 301 kilometers so the most popular way is by taking a 45 –min flight of Vietnam Airlines (Vietnam’s national airline), Vietjet Air (low fare airline) or Jetstar Pacific. Flight route between two destinations is considered as a reliable route inVietnam with up to 16 flights per day during the peak holiday season.
Overall, the price for one-way air ticket is about $36 for economy class and $75 for business class. If you are planning to fly, it is better to buy plane tickets beforehand because the good seats are very quickly taken. It is convenient that Duong Dong Airport is far from Phu Quoc just 2 km, so you can get there even on foot.
After taking a bus from Ho Chi Minh City to Ha Tien or Rach Gia, you can get to Phu Quoc by taking a ferry. Vietnamese drivers are very punctual, so you shouldn’t be late for departure or during the stops because the bus may leave without you.
There are three ferry companies that operate different services on the island: SuperDong (fast ferry), Thanh Thoi (low ferry) and Ngoc Thanh Express (fast ferry). Phu Quoc has three domestic ferry ports which are located on the eastern side of the island: Bai Vong Port (south of Ham Ninh village), Da Chong Port (Thom village) and Vinh Dam Port (north of Sao Beach).
|Ferry route||Port||Type of ferry||Duration (min)||Cost ($)|
|Ha Tien-Phu Quoc||Bai Vong||fast||90||10|
|Ha Tien-Phu Quoc||Bai Vong||slow||180||10|
|Ha Tien-Phu Quoc||Da Chong||slow||150||8|
|Ha Tien-Phu Quoc||Vinh Dam||slow||210||8|
|Rach Gia-Phu Quoc||Bai Vong||fast||120||15|
|Rach Gia-Phu Quoc||Bai Vong||slow||180||15|
Note: If you travel by motorbike, you can bring it on board for an additional fee ($4).
There are many daily departures for the fast ferry, which is convenient and time-saving. However, if you have a vehicle and want to enjoy the scene of the island, you should choose the slow ferry because it is much larger and more luxurious than the fast one.
If you disembark at Bai Vong, you can either take a taxi ($9-$16), shared a minivan ($2) or a grab bike (the variable cost) to get to your destination. Meanwhile, Da Chong Port is very far from the center so the rates are much higher.
It can be interesting to join a local fisherman boat and make friends with curious Vietnamese people, but there are no guarantees. The journey will take approximately 6 hours and you will dock at An Thoi Port. If you want to experience your trip by this way, you should learn a little Vietnamese.
There are several ways to get from Ho Chi Minh to Phu Quoc, and each of them has their own advantages. When giving preference to the travel option, learn about their peculiarities in order to avoid any unpleasant surprises that may happen during your trip. Wish you a lot of unforgettable emotions!