SAIGON to CON DAO — Ferry, Flight, Bus?

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How to travel from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) to Con Dao Island (Con Son)? You can travel to Con Dao by plane or bus+ferry/boat.

Flight – Saigon to Con Dao
Bus + Ferry to Con Dao
Book Tickets to Con Dao

    • Con Dao (Côn Đảo Islands) are a part of Bà Rịa — Vũng Tàu province in southern Vietnam. The islands of Con Dao (Côn Đảo) are small islands in southern Vietnam, part of the province of Vung Tau (Bà Rịa – Vũng Tàu). The main and largest island of this archipelago is the island of Con Son (Côn Sơn or Côn Lôn). There is also an airport and a port for boats and ferries from the mainland of Vietnam. Con Son is actually the main town and base for travelers and tourists, the length of the island is about 14 km. Con Dao consists of a total of 16 islands and the total size is about 76 km².
    • Con Dao are significantly less visited islands than, for example, Phu Quoc Island, the island has a few accommodation capacities, services are more limited, but you will find the most necessary services right here. Con Dao National Park, which is a part of Con Son offers untouched nature, has the same name as the islands, a trip to this site is possible. There are 2 ways how to reach Con Dao (Con Son) from Ho Chi Minh City – take a flight (direct flight to Con Dao Airport) or by tourist bus + ferry / boat via Soc Trang or Vung Tau in southern Vietnam.
    • Book bus+ferry tickets or direct flights from Ho Chi Minh City to Con Dao on Baolau or 12go.asia

From Ho Chi Minh to Con Dao you can travel by plane or bus + ferry.

    • Travel distance from Ho Chi Minh City (Tan Son Nhat Airport) to Con Dao (Con Son) is about 240 km by direct flight. By tourist bus + boat/ferry it is about 280–380 km to Con Son, depending on which city you will be traveling. The best way to get to Con Dao (Con Son) is to take a direct flight from Ho Chi Minh City. Flights from Ho Chi Minh City (Tan Son Nhat Airport ) to Con Dao Airport cost about 75–100 USD /pp, and the flight takes about 1 hour. Transport by plane is the most expensive transfer option to Con Dao – Con Son, but convenient and you will save some travel time.
    • Another way how to travel to Con Dao from Saigon is by tourist bus + ferry/boat transfer via the cities of Soc Trang or Vung Tau. The cheapest option is a bus + boat trip via Soc Trang and it will cost you a total of 20–25 USD /pp. Travel time by bus and boat from Saigon via the city of Soc Trang to Con Dao is a total of 10–16 hours (depending on the transfer to the boat). Theoretically, you can travel only by ferry/boat from Saigon to Con Dao, because there is a ferry to Vung Tau from Saigon. And from Vung Tau you can also take a boat/ferry to Con Dao – Con Son. Boats from Soc Trang and Vung Tau arrive at Con Son (Ben Dam Port – Con Son). Book tickets and flights from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) to Con Dao Island (Con Son) online.

How do I get from Saigon to Con Dao Island?


1. FLIGHT from Saigon to Con Dao

    • from Ho Chi Minh City – Saigon to Con Dao you can take direct flight
    • direct flight is the fastest and most convenient way to get from Ho Chi Minh City to Con Dao
    • airlines from Ho Chi Minh City – Saigon to Con Dao (Con Son): Vietnam Airlines
    • direct flight from Ho Chi Minh City (Tan Son Nhat Airport) to Con Dao takes about 1 hour
    • one-way flight from Ho Chi Minh City – Saigon to Con Dao costs about 75–100 USD / pp
    • flights to Con Dao Airport from Ho Chi Minh City Airport – Tan Son Nhat International Airport
    • the flight schedule is limited, if you do not find any flights, try to change the departure date
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Direct flight from Ho Chi Minh City – Saigon to Con Dao is the best and fastest option of transport.


2. BUS + FERRY from Saigon to Con Dao


A) Ho Chi Minh City > Soc Trang > Con Dao:


1. Bus from Saigon to Soc Trang

    • transfer by bus from Saigon to Soc Trang takes about 5–6 hours
    • bus tickets from Saigon to Soc Trang cost about 6–8 USD / person
    • bus companies to Soc Trang from Saigon: Phuong Trang (Futabus), Tri Nhan, My Duyen
    • there are sleeper day and night tourist buses to Soc Trang from Saigon
    • read this article: How to get to Soc Trang from Saigon?
    • you will receive the tickets to Soc Trang by email, print them out or keep them in your mobile phone as an e-ticket and present them at the bus.

2. Ferry / Boat from Soc Trang to Con Dao (Con Son)

    • ferry / boat trip from Soc Trang to Con Dao (Con Son) takes about 2–2.5 hours
    • ferry / boat trip from Soc Trang to Con Dao (Con Son) costs about 13–14 USD / person.
    • boat companies from Soc Trang to Con Dao: this route is operated by Superdong Speed Ferry and Phu Quoc Express
    • timetable of the boats is limited, there are about 1–2 boats for 1 day
    • the boat travel distance from Soc Trang (Tran De Port) to Con Dao (Ben Dam Port-Con Son) is about 130 km
    • read this article: How to get to Con Dao from Soc Trang?
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Ferry / boat of Superdong from Soc Trang to Con Dao, you can travel from Saigon to Con Dao by bus + ferry via Soc Trang (photo: Baolau).


B) Ho Chi Minh City > Vung Tau > Con Dao:


1. Bus (or ferry) from Saigon to Vung Tau

    • transport by bus from Saigon to Vung Tau takes about 2.5–3 hours
    • bus tickets from Saigon to Vung Tau cost about 4–10 USD / person
    • bus companies to Vung Tau: Phuong Trang (Futabus), Phu Hai, Kumho Samco, Ouros Travel and other companies
    • read this article: How to get to Vung Tau from Saigon?
    • you will receive the tickets to Vung Tau by email, print them out or keep them in your mobile phone as an e-ticket and present them at the bus you can also travel by ferry from Ho Chi Minh City to Vung Tau

2. Ferry from Vung Tau to Con Dao (Con Son)

    • travel by ferry from Vung Tau to Con Dao (Con Son) takes about 3.5 hours
    • ferry ticket from Vung Tau to Con Dao costs about $28-52 (Eco, Vip)
    • boat company – this route is operated by Phu Quoc Express
    • it is about 200 km by ferry from Vung Tau to Con Dao
    • passengers must print the e-ticket in advance and carry the printout to the port
    • arrive at least 1 hour before departure to the port, passengers must print out the e-ticket in advance and present it when boarding the ferry
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From Ho Chi Minh City – Saigon to Con Dao you can travel by bus+ferry/boat via Vung Tau town (photo: Baolau).
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Con Dao Islands are a part of Con Dao National Park in Ba Ria – Vung Tau province.


icon-info-circle FAQs – Travel route from Ho Chi Minh City to Con Dao:

How to book tickets + flights from Saigon to Con Dao?

    • You can book tickets + flights from Saigon to Con Dao on 12go.asia or Baolau.

How long does it take to get from Saigon to Con Dao?

    • Travel by ferry+bus from Saigon to Con Dao (via Soc Trang) takes about 10-16 hours.
    • Travel by ferry+bus from Saigon to Con Dao (via Vung Tau) takes about 7-10 hours.
    • Travel by plane from Saigon to Con Dao (Tan Son Nhat Airport) takes about 1 hour.

What is the travel distance from Saigon to Con Dao?

    • Travel distance from Saigon to Con Dao is about 380 km by ferry+bus (via Soc Trang).
    • Travel distance from Saigon to Con Dao is about 280 km by ferry+bus (via Vung Tau).
    • Travel distance by plane from Saigon to Con Dao is about 240 km.

How much does it cost to travel from Con Dao to Ho Chi Minh City?

    • Transfer by plane from Ho Chi Minh City to Con Dao costs approximately USD 70–90 USD / pp.
    • Transfer by bus + ferry/boat from Ho Chi Minh City to Con Dao – Con Son (via Soc Trang) costs about 22 USD / pp.
    • Transfer by bus + ferry/boat from Ho Chi Minh City to Con Dao – Con Son (via Vung Tau) costs about 32–60 USD / pp

What is the cheapest way of travel from Con Dao to Ho Chi Minh City?

    • The cheapest way of transport from Ho Chi Minh City to Con Dao – Con Son is by tourist bus + ferry / boat via Soc Trang. Transfer via Soc Trang is the cheapest transport option of getting to Con Dao.

What is the best way of transport from Con Dao to Ho Chi Minh City?

    • The best way of transport from Ho Chi Minh City to Con Dao – Con Son is definitely by direct flight. Every day there are a few direct flights from Ho Chi Minh City (Tan Son Nhat Airport) to Con Dao Airport.

Where to stay at Con Dao – Con Son? Hotels or resorts?

    • The widest range of accommodation on Con Dao is on the island of Con Son, where boats and flights go. It is the main base for tourists. Accommodation options are a bit smaller than, for example, on Phu Quoc Island, but you can still search and book accommodation online > Book your accommodation in Con Dao here.

How to get back from Con Dao to Ho Chi Minh City?

    • The same way you came to Con Dao. So you can use direct flight or go by a combination of ferry / boat + bus via the city of Soc Trang or Vung Tau. The price of transport to Saigon is the same as for the island.

Are there trains from Ho Chi Minh City to Soc Trang or Vung Tau?

    • No, you can’t get from Ho Chi Minh City to Soc Trang and Vung Tau by train, there is no railway.

What other island in southern Vietnam can you visit?

    • The most popular island in southern Vietnam is Phu Quoc. From Saigon to Phu Quoc you can take direct flight or travel by bus + ferry via Ha Tien or Rach Gia. More information about this route and transport here: How to get to Phu Quoc from Saigon? Another option is to travel from Rach Gia port to Nam Du Island.

icon-arrow-circle-right Book your tickets or flights from Saigon to Con Dao Island + Schedule:

(you can change your departure and arrival, Vung Tau > Con Dao, Soc Trang > Con Dao, Ho Chi Minh > Vung Tau…)



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