How to travel from Ho Chi Minh City to Can Tho

Taxi to Can Tho
After spending few days in Ho Chi Minh City, it is likely that most travelers want to visit Can Tho – the heart of the Mekong Delta. It takes about 4 hours to cover 170km route from Ho Chi Minh City to Can Tho. Tours on IndochinaBy Bus

Phuong Trang Bus

Phuong Trang Bus- source: internet

Using bus service is the best way to get from Ho Chi Minh City to Can Tho. From Ben Xe Mien Tay (South-West Bus Station) in Ho Chi Minh City, there are buses leaving daily and hourly to Can Tho. Depending on the traffic and weather conditions, the whole journey takes you approximately 3-4 hours, typically including a 15-minute break point for toilet, snack and shopping. There are 3-4 bus companies covering the route from Can Tho to Ho Chi Minh vice versa: Phuong Trang, Thanh Buoi and Mai Linh. These big operators also offer a departure point in the city center at Le Hong Phong Street, from which shuttle buses will bring travelers to South-West Bus Station. You can go to Le Hong Phong Street in district 10 by taxi or go straight to Mien Tay bus station in district 6. Look out for the office of Phuong Trang (red signs), Mai Linh (all green) or Thanh Buoi (white background logo with a flower). A taxi ride from district 1 costs less than $10. Most operators provide travelers with a small bottle of water included in the ticket price. In addition to AC, bigger buses also offer entertainment programs of Vietnamese music shows and films, which are usually perceived as too loud for Western tastes.

Look out for the recommendation below:

Mai Linh Express

Mai Linh Express- source: internet

As the bus does not stop for a 10-minute break on the way from Ho Chi Minh City, Thanh Buoi provides the fastest service to Can Tho City. Its ride takes you about half an hour for the day bus and 1 hour for the night bus. Free water and a small bun as a free snack are included in the price. Once arriving in Can Tho, you can take their shuttle buses to go to your final destination inside the city. Remember to have the address of your hotel ready. The shuttle bus service is paid for as part of your ticket. Cost from Ho Chi Minh City: VND 110,000. Travel to Vietnam

Phuong Trang (FUTA Buslines – Orange colored bus): (with equipped complimentary WI-FI onboard). Phuong Trang offers the largest number of daily services to Can Tho. The operator provides free water in the bus. In Can Tho a shuttle bus will bring you to your final destination, if you have the address of your hotel ready. This is included in the price of your ticket!

  • Duration: 3-4 hours
  • Departure: Every Hour
  • Price: VND 110,000 (~$5)
  • Break-Stop: 30 minutes
  • Baggage Storage: Yes

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

Thanh Buoi bus

Thanh Buoi bus- source: internet

Before your arrival at the Can Tho Bus Terminal, you can see a gigantic hanging bridge from the Vinh Long province. Spanning over Hau River, this river connects Vinh Long province and Can Tho City in the Mekong Delta region in Vietnam. Once arriving at Can Tho Bus Terminal, don’t forget to carry along your baggage, belongings as well as important documents. There are available free transfers provided by the bus company, remember to ask your bus conductor when he checks on your bus ticket. When alighting from the bus, you can take service of many cyclo and taxi drivers.

Xe Om aka. Cyclo:

  • Price in VND: 20,000 – 60,000 (~$1-3)
  • Helmets are provided during the ride

Taxis (e.g.  Mai Linh):

  • Price: Metered Charge, boarding at VND 10,000. For the whole trip: VND 60,000 – 100,000 (into the center of the city)

By motorbike, car and taxi

Taxi to Can Tho

Taxi to Can Tho- source: internet

To get to Can Tho, renting a car from Ho Chi Minh City is the best choice for those who are traveling with family and friends as you can stop anywhere you like along the trip, just for buying local products, photos oppotunities, or simply taking a rest to drink coconut juice. Allow less than 4 hours from Ho Chi Minh City by car. For a one-way trip (or return trip in the same day) for 2-3 passengers from Ho Chi Minh City to Can Tho, car rental fare is US$140-180. Included in the price is a driver. Check well in advance about the conditions if you want to drive yourself.

Go to Can Tho by motorbike

Go to Can Tho by motorbike- source: internet

Depending on your way of driving, you might be slightly faster by motorbike than by car. In the tourist area in District 1 in Ho Chi Minh City, you will have no difficulty renting a motorbike. If you can show a driving license of any country or will even not ask for a license at all, most rental stores will help you to rent a motorbike. Beware that only if your driving license is valid in Vietnam, you are covered by your insurance in case of an accident. In order to comply with the local rules, you might need to take an additional test with Vietnamese authorities.

Alternatively, you can rent a taxi for about almost the same price as a car for 1 way from Ho Chi Minh City to Can Tho. Try taking service of Mai Linh or Vinasun.

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