With beautiful scenery and historical sites, Con Dao is an interesting destination to visit in Vietnam.
How to get from Ho Chi Minh to Con Dao island?
This article is a complete transportation guide to Con Dao island from Ho Chi Minh by flight and speed boat, including departure schedule, transport provider review, and tips for buying online tickets.
How far is Ho Chi Minh from Con Dao?
The travel distance from Ho Chi Minh to Con Dao is about 230 km. You can get there by plane or by ferry.
How long does it take to get from Ho Chi Minh to Con Dao?
It takes about 1 hour to get from Ho Chi Minh to Con Dao by plane and about 5 hours by ferry.
|Flight||1 hour||$70||Book tickets from $70|
|Bus + Ferry||6 hours||$30||Book tickets from Ho Chi Minh to Vung Tau & Vung Tau to Con Dao|
Ho Chi Minh to Con Dao Flight
- Price: $70
- Duration: 1 hour
The fastest way to get from Saigon to Con Dao is by plane.
Luggage: Passengers can carry 20 kg of checked luggage and 7 kg of carry-on luggage.
|Vietnam Airlines||5:25||6:30||Book tickets from $70|
|Vietnam Airlines||9:25||10:30||Book tickets from $70|
|Vietnam Airlines||11:25||12:30||Book tickets from $70|
|Vietnam Airlines||12:30||13:35||Book tickets from $70|
|Vietnam Airlines||16:00||17:00||Book tickets from $70|
|Bamboo Airways||8:25||9:20||Book tickets from $70|
|Bamboo Airways||10:20||11:15||Book tickets from $70|
*For the latest schedule and prices, please check here.
Ho Chi Minh to Con Dao Ferry
- Price: from 760,000 VND (~ $33)
- Duration: 6 hours
Another option to travel from Saigon to Con Dao is by ferry.
1. Ho Chi Minh to Vung Tau Bus/ Ferry
- Price: from 100,000 VND
- Duration: 2 hours ~ 2.5 hours
Travelers can either take a bus or a ferry to get to Vung Tau from Ho Chi Minh City. It takes approximately 2 hours by ferry and 2.5 hours by bus or limousine.
Phuong Trang Bus (FUTA) offers regular buses from Saigon to Vung Tau, and the first bus departs at 6 am, with the last departing at 7 pm.
If you’re arriving at Tan Son Nhat airport, you can take the Hoa Mai limousine to get directly from the airport to Vung Tau.
Alternatively, Greenlines DP offers daily speed boats from Ho Chi Minh to Vung Tau. You can get to the Bach Dang speed ferry terminal to begin your journey.
You can read Ho Chi Minh to Vung Tau Guide for detailed information.
2. Vung Tau to Con Dao ferry
- Price: 660,000 VND
- Duration: 3 hours 15 minutes
After arriving at Vung Tau, you can continue with the ferry from Vung Tau to Con Dao island.
However, I would suggest taking a day to discover Vung Tau instead of going directly to Con Dao because it’s likely that you may not catch the ferry on time, and Vung Tau also has lots of things to offer.
Phu Quoc Express offers only one ferry from Vung Tau to Con Dao island, and the ferry departs at 8 am and arrives at about 11:15 am.
Please read Vung Tau to Con Dao Travel Guide for more information.
Best things to do in Con Dao
With the highest density of colorful coral reefs in Vietnam, Con Dao is a fantastic place to snorkel and explore the underwater world.
Also, as Con Dao has several small islands such as Hon Tai, Hon Tre, Hon Tu, and Hon Cau, you can go island hopping and relax on the sandy beaches.
Adventurous travelers can also visit the primeval forest at the Ong Dung forest.
Strolling through the forest for about 15 minutes, visitors will have the opportunity to explore many species of trees. These animals only live in Con Dao, such as squirrels and geckos.
Where to stay in Con Dao
There are several choices for accommodation in Con Dao, and here are my suggestions for the best stays on this island.
If you’re looking for a getaway from the noise and bustle of the city for solitude and quietness, why not stay at Poulo Condor Boutique Resort & Spa?
With its private beach, Poulo Condor Boutique Resort & Spa is an excellent place to relax and enjoy the best of your time on Con Dao island. If you get bored with the sandy beach, you can relax at the lovely swimming pool with the mountain’s overlook.
The room is spacious with comfortable beds, and you can enjoy your meal at the in-house restaurant while having a drink or two at the bar.
Located just 100 m from Con Dao Beach and Vo Thi Sau Monument, Red Hotel is an excellent choice if you’re looking for a comfortable stay on a budget.
The location of the Red Hotel is spot on, and the staffs are helpful and friendly.