How to Get from Nha Trang to Ho Chi Minh City: A Guide to Different Travel Options

Nha Trang and Ho Chi Minh are two famous tourist destinations for domestic and international tourists. Their distance is around 400 km on the road, but only 320 km by air.

The methods to travel between two of these cities include railway, air, and road. Each transportation has different advantages.

transfer from nha trang to ho chi minh city

1. A quick look to travel from Nha Trang to Ho Chi Minh

Please check this table to learn how to find out your best way!

MethodTime to travelLow cost (1000 VND)High cost (1000 VND)
By Air1 hour7004,500
By Train6 to 7 hours382787
By Road6 to 8 hours2608,000

One highlight to pay attention to is the transportation price above to travel by road; there is a big difference between low and high prices. This difference is because the cost of traveling by road depends on various means of transportation.

And, the flight fee also depends on the ticket types of economic or business classes.

Please dive deeper into the details below!

2. Travel from Nha Trang to HCM City by road

transport from nha trang to saigon by road

The distance to travel by road on this route is far, and it is because of safety, we do not recommend using a motorbike.

Thus, choosing a private car or bus is popular.

  • With a bus, it is cheap, but there are disadvantages to moving and timing.
  • With a private car or van, it is convenient but costs a high price.

2.1. Traveling by bus

Using a bus is usually for low-budget travel. Many local people and backpackers select this means of transportation.

To travel on this route, you have to start from the New Southern Bus Station of Nha Trang:

  • Address: Vo Nguyen Giap Street intersection with National Highway 1, bypass route, Trung Nam village, Dien Toan commune, Dien Khanh district, Khanh Hoa province, Vietnam.
  • The phone number of New Southern Bus Station of Nha Trang: +84 258 3913 868 or  +84 258 3895 351 (Usually, Vietnamese-speaking answering)
  • Website: (old look)

On average, 7 buses per day travel from the Nha Trang Bus Station to “Ben Xe Mien Dong” (Eastern Bus Station) in Nga Tu Ga and An Suong of Ho Chi Minh City.

One hour has a bus moving out of the bus station of Nha Trang for this route. Thus, you need to check the time to come to the bus station for your journey.

Unless public Vietnamese holiday, you often do not need to buy tickets in advance. However, please pay attention to trick taxis from the bus station in HCM City to your hotel!

  • Price for local bus per guest: 260,000 VND (This price is a reference from Phuong Trang Bus)
  • Phuong Trang Bus’ Website
  • Phone: 02838386852
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2.2. Traveling by a private car or van

van transfer from nha trang to hcm

This traveling method is for tourists who like to explore the landscapes of the Southern Middle of Vietnam.

A direct transfer from Nha Trang to HCM City takes 6 hours or more, so you cannot visit anything on the way within a day. It means you will miss a chance to learn more about the local life and landscape.

If traveling directly, I suggest you check the flights below (in the flight section) to save time and avoid wasting money.

Therefore, Vietnamdrive’s team advises you to spend 2 days or more to transfer from Nha Trang to Ho Chi Minh.

Here are suggestions:

Option 1: Nha Trang – Mui Ne – HCM with 2 days and 1 night

  • Day 1: Nha Trang to Mui Ne, visiting along the ways, including the fishing village, temples, and sand dunes
  • Day 2: Mui Ne to HCM City, early morning visit sunrise in Mui Ne, then transfer to HCM City.

Option 2: Nha Trang – HCM with 3 days and 2 nights

  • Day 1: Nha Trang to Mui Ne, doing as the option 1 above for this day
  • Day 2: Mui Ne to Vung Tau, enjoying a different beach compared with Mui Ne beach and the landscape of Vung Tau
  • Day 3: Vung Tau to HCM City

Option 3: Nha Trang HCM via Da Lat 4 days 3 nights

  • Day 1: Nha Trang to Da Lat – a lovely mountainous city
  • Day 2: Da Lat City Tour
  • Day 3: Da Lat to Nam Cat Tien National Park, via Pongour Waterfall
  • Day 4: Nam Cat Tien to Ho Chi Minh City

Each option has various prices, depending on your group size and the traveling date. So, when you want to know the correct costs for your group, please tell us the above information! Thank you!

3. Travel from Nha Trang to HCM by air

nha trang to ho chi minh city by air

By air is the fastest time to travel this distance, taking only 1 hour to fly from Cam Ranh Airport in Nha Trang to Tan Son Nhat Airport in Ho Chi Minh City.

Who is suitable for this type of travel?

  • When you need to travel between two of these cities as fast as you want.
  • Business travel or short meetings in one of these places.
  • The budget is all right for your travel finances.
  • A small group of 3 guests or lower.

At the moment, Vietnam Airlines and VietJetAir have a few flights to travel for this length.

  • The air cost of Vietjetair starts at 700,000 VND/ticket and over.
  • The flight cost for Vietnam Airlines often starts at 1,100,000 VND/ticket and over.

As you know, the air tickets fluctuate, so these costs are for reference.

You may check their websites directly to know the cost and available tickets (?).

One thing you need to know is that you need to transfer from Nha Trang City to Cam Ranh Airport and another one from Tan Son Nhat Airport to your hotel in HCM City.

4. Travel by train to Ho Chi Minh from Nha Trang

train from nha trang to ho chi minh city
You can travel from Nha Trang to HCM City by train. ©Vietnamdrive

You can find many trains from Nha Trang Station to Saigon Train Station.

The highlight is SE21, a high-quality train for better service and train conditions.

  • SE21 from Nha Trang to Saigon Railway Station takes nearly 9.5 hours, starting at 18:56 and finishing at 4:20 AM.
  • The cost of this train ticket is 459,000 VND per person per way.
  • SE21 travels from Da Nang to Ho Chi Minh City and stops at Nha Trang Station. Thus, train tickets for this distance are limited. 
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Besides this train, you may choose another one:

  • SE3 starts from Nha Trang at 21:39 to Saigon at 5:45 AM. An SE3 ticket costs 495,000 VND per guest.
  • SE5 starts from Nha Trang at 20:19 to Saigon at 5:18 AM. An SE5 ticket costs 787,000 VND to 872,000 VND per person.
  • SNT1 starts from Nha Trang at 20:00 to Saigon at 5:00 AM. An TN1 ticket costs 382,000 VND to 673,000 VND per person.

Please note that almost all trains for this route start at night, meaning overnight trains. Thus, if you want to sleep better, another traveling method is more suitable.

Another point is that the price is for reference, so you may check their website to know the correct price of train tickets.

From these suggestions, you check your duration, budget, and traveling style, and then decide the suitable means of transportation for your Nha Trang – HCM journeys.

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