How to travel from Ho Chi Minh City to Can Tho | Cruise Mekong River

How to travel from Ho Chi Minh City to Can Tho

Impressive image of Can Tho

Located about a 3 hour drive away from Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon, Can Tho is easily accessed on your own.

Ho Chi Minh City to Can Tho by bus

Using bus service is the best way to cover the distance of 167km from Ho Chi Minh City to Can Tho. There are buses leaving daily and hourly from South-West Bus Station (Ben Xe Mien Tay) in Ho Chi Minh City making it really easy and convenient for you to get to Can Tho. ho chi minh city to phnom penh by boat

Depending on the traffic and weather conditions, the whole journey takes about 3-4 hours, typically consisting of a 15 minute stop for shopping, food and toilet breaks. There are 3-4 bus companies operating bus running on the route from Can Tho to Ho Chi Minh and vice versa. Check out for the recommendation below.

FUTA Buslines

FUTA Buslines- source: internet

Phuong Trang (FUTA Bus lines – Orange colored bus): (comes with free water and wireless Internet access onboard)                                 

  • Duration: 3.5-4 hours
  • Schedule: Departing every hour
  • Price: VND 110,000 ($4.8)
  • Rest-Stop: 15 minutes
  • Baggage Storage: Yes

Thanh Buoi Buses (provides the fastest service from Saigon to Can Tho)

  • Duration: 3.5-4 hours
  • Schedule: Day bus departs every 30 minutes and night bus departs every hour.
  • Price: VND 110,000 ($4.8)
  • Rest-Stop: 10 minutes
  • Baggage Storage: Yes

Mai Linh Buses (has a good reputation as an operator of taxis and buses; comes with free water)

  • Duration: 3.5-4 hours
  • Schedule: Every hour
  • Price: VND 110,000 ($4.8)
  • Rest-Stop: 30 minutes
  • Baggage Storage: Yes

How to know if you have arrived in the City of Can Tho

Impressive image of Can Tho

Impressive image of Can Tho- source: internet

Before arriving at the Bus Terminal in Can Tho, you will catch an eye on a giant hanging bridge from the province of Vinh Long. Spanning over Hau River, this bridge connects Vinh Long province and Can Tho City in the Mekong Delta area in Vietnam.

Right after arriving at Can Tho Bus Terminal, make sure to carry along with you your important documents, baggage and belongings. You can also take advantage of free transfers provided by the bus company. The shuttle bus service is included in your ticket price. Remember to get the address of your hotel ready and ask the bus conductor when they check on your bus ticket. mekong cruises

When alighting from the bus, you will easily find many cyclo and taxi drivers to enjoy their service.

Cyclo (Xe Om):

  • Price in VND: 20,000 – 60,000 ($1-2.6)
  • They will provide you with helmets during the ride

Taxis (for example: Mai Linh, Vinasun):    

  • Price: Metered Charge, boarding at VND 10,000VND. A ride to the city center is about VND 60,000 – 100,000 ($2.6-4.3)

It is possible to have the hotel that you are sleeping at help you book your return bus tickets. Don’t forget to let them know which bus you would prefer. It is amazing that there will be a free pick-up available from your hotel offered by the bus company. Always have your hotel your that are staying in, not the travel companies, book your bus ticket. Otherwise, you are likely to pay extra. Likewise for flights, trains and ferries.

Hereunder is the list of other alternatives which you can choose to go with from Tan Son Nhat Airport in Ho Chi Minh City.

Ho Chi Minh City to Can Tho by taxi

Ho Chi Minh City to Can Tho by taxi

Ho Chi Minh City to Can Tho by taxi- source: internet

You can also hop on a taxi directly at your hotel or the airport. Before you hop on, the first and the most important thing to do is to negotiate the price. Expect the taxi rates to be from VND 3,000.000 or $120 -$130 (whichever is much more expensive).

Ho Chi Minh City to Can Tho by private car                     

Upon your arrival at Tan Son Nhat Airport, travelers may hire a private car to get to Can Tho. Before heading out of the airport, you can see many agencies line-up for you. Prices are quoted VND 2,300.000 or from $90 to $120 (whichever is higher).

Ho Chi Minh City to Can Tho by motorbike

Travel to Can Tho by motorbike

Travel to Can Tho by motorbike- source: internet

Depending on your driving skill, you might be slightly faster by motorbike than by car. You will have no difficulty finding a motorbike for rent in the tourist areas of District 1 in Ho Chi Minh City. If you can show a driving license from any country, most rental shops will let you rent a motorbike. If your driving license is valid in Vietnam, you are only covered by accident insurance. The majority of European licenses are not automatically accepted. In order to comply with the local rules, you may need to take an additional test with Vietnamese authorities.

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