Vung Tau→Con Dao Express Ferry – Vietnam Coracle – Independent Travel Guides to Vietnam

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Tom Divers is the founder & author of Vietnam Coracle. He’s lived, travelled & labored in Vietnam since 2005. Born in London, he travelled from an early age – his first go back and forth to Vietnam was once in 1999 – visiting over 40 international locations. Now, each time he has the chance to make a go back and forth, he hardly seems past Vietnam’s borders & his trusty bike, Stavros. Learn extra about Tom at the About Page, Vietnam Times and ASE Podcast.

A quick ferry path linking the mainland beach town of Vũng Tàu with the faraway island of Côn Sơn, within the magical Côn Đảo Archipelago, this sea crossing is a smart choice to flying for travellers preferring a voyage to a flight, or who worth an enjoy over comfort. I like boat trips and, in relation to the Côn Đảo Islands, I will be able to’t call to mind a extra impressive creation to this archipelago than arriving by way of send. The Côn Đảo Islands have grown in recognition over the previous few years and extra rapid boat connections to the mainland have opened to fulfill call for. However one more reason is that Côn Sơn Island’s airport will shut for a number of months in 2023 for an improve, which means that the one approach to achieve the Côn Đảo shall be by way of sea. The present boat holds 500-600 passengers, however a brand new vessel is set to perform at the path with capability for over 1,000 passengers.

Vung Tau-Con Dao Express Ferry

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In this web page, I’ve written a whole information to taking the specific ferry between Vũng Tàu and Côn Sơn Island, within the Côn Đảo Archipelago. I’ve integrated a map and all related knowledge for travellers in this ferry path. To ebook tickets, you’ll lend a hand beef up my site by way of the usage of the hyperlinks and seek packing containers in this web page. However, move to the Côn Đảo Express site or Facebook page. Word that the crusing agenda adjustments often and a brand new, a lot larger and sooner send is with reference to to start out running in this path, later in 2022. Click on from the contents beneath:


Route Map

About this Ferry

Times & Prices

Booking Tickets

Departure & Arrival Ports

The Boats

The Voyage

Related Guides

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About this Ferry:

Operated by way of Côn Đảo Categorical (the similar corporate that run Phú Quốc Express), the quick boat between Vũng Tàu and Côn Sơn Island has been running for no less than a few years now, changing the outdated gradual ferry. On the other hand, the ferry path has been disrupted by way of the pandemic for the ultimate two years and common unhealthy climate has led to lengthy classes with out operation. However now, the path is totally operational, with a slightly common agenda, a surge in passenger numbers and at the cusp of introducing a brand spanking new vessel, which can build up passenger capability and reduce adventure time dramatically, in addition to having the ability to sail throughout stormy prerequisites.

What makes this ferry path interesting to me (with the exception of the truth that I like taking boats), is that it’s the nearest sea connection to the Côn Đảo Islands from Saigon (Ho Chi Minh Town), the place I are living. Within the reasonably close to long run, there shall be an instantaneous ferry provider between Saigon and Côn Đảo, however till then the Vũng Tàu boat is the most suitable choice. This shall be in particular essential for travellers in 2023, since the airport on Côn Sơn Island is because of shut for a number of months for an improve, which means the one option to get to the islands shall be by way of sea. Therefore the new build up in ferry routes to Côn Đảo from the mainland: it’s now imaginable to sail immediately from Vũng Tàu, Cần Thơ, and Trần Đề (in Sóc Trăng Province).

Sadly, on account of the present crusing agenda, it’s now not moderately imaginable to hyperlink the Vũng TàuCôn Đảo ferry immediately with the SaigonVũng Tàu ferry, thus growing a whole ferry path SaigonVũng TàuCôn Đảo. The coming and departure instances don’t moderately synchronize. Nor do the crusing instances for the Cần GiờVũng Tàu ferry. Which means that you necessarily need to go back and forth to Vũng Tàu the evening ahead of departure at the ferry to Côn Đảo. However this isn’t an issue as Vũng Tàu is an overly pleasant place to spend an afternoon or two. The one option to get from Saigon to Côn Đảo in one day by means of the ferry is to trip to Vũng Tàu very early within the morning, leaving Saigon at round 4.30am.

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*Ebook ferry tickets immediately from this web page & lend a hand beef up my site. Use the seek field beneath to ebook your ferry tickets at the Vung Tau→Con Dao path. If you’re making a reserving, I obtain a small fee. All profits move directly again into this site. Thanks. Tom

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Increasingly ferries now attach the mainland to the Côn Đảo Islands

Beach on Con Dao Islands, Vietnam
The Côn Đảo Archipelago is a unique vacation spot

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Occasions & Costs:

Travellers will have to take note that the crusing agenda in this path adjustments often and, throughout very tough seas, boats regularly don’t sail in any respect – every now and then for days, even weeks, at a time. Under is the crusing agenda on the time of analysis (July, 2022). Frequency will most probably build up very quickly with the coming of a 2nd, a lot higher vessel in this path, someday in 2022. The brand new send will have to additionally considerably cut back adventure time, which is these days between 4-5 hours (extra if prerequisites are tough). The present send has capability for 500-600 passengers; the brand new one shall be over 1,000 passengers. Automobiles, motorbikes and (so far as I do know) bicycles are now not accredited at the boats. Price tag costs are upper from Friday to Sunday and on public vacations:

Crusing Time table:

Direction Departure Time
Vũng TàuCôn Đảo 8am
(Mon, Wed, Fri, Solar)
Côn ĐảoVũng Tàu 1pm
(Tues, Thurs, Sat)

Price tag Costs:

Day Price tag Worth
Monday to Thursday 790,000vnđ
Friday to Sunday & public vacations 950,000vnđ

*There’s additionally a VIP price ticket choice (1,200,000vnđ) for a bigger seat in a personal cabin with extra leg room (now not price the additional price, in my view). There are decreased charges for kids and the aged (630,000vnđ/760,000vnđ) and passengers with disabilities (550,000vnđ/665,000vnđ). To test the most recent agenda and costs both use the hunt field beneath or move to the Con Dao Express site.

*Ebook ferry tickets immediately from this web page & lend a hand beef up my site. Use the seek field beneath to ebook your ferry tickets at the Vung Tau→Con Dao path. If you’re making a reserving, I obtain a small fee. All profits move directly again into this site. Thanks. Tom

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Ferries sail a number of instances every week, however will build up quickly

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The ferries are neatly utilized by home travellers

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Reserving Tickets:

Reserving tickets will have to be a slightly hassle-free procedure. Travellers can ebook on-line or in-person. Attempt to ebook no less than a couple of days or every week prematurely, particularly throughout the height summer time months and public vacations, throughout which tickets can promote out rapid.

On-line: You’ll ebook via the usage of the hyperlink or seek field beneath. However, move to the Côn Đảo Express site and ebook there. Each platforms beef up maximum varieties of on-line cost.

In Particular person: Côn Đảo Categorical has a price ticket administrative center on the port in Vũng Tàu (map) and in Côn Sơn the city (map). Have in mind to convey your passport when creating a reserving.

*Ebook ferry tickets immediately from this web page & lend a hand beef up my site. Use the seek field beneath to ebook your ferry tickets at the Vung Tau→Con Dao path. If you’re making a reserving, I obtain a small fee. All profits move directly again into this site. Thanks. Tom

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The Côn Đảo Categorical price ticket counter throughout the Cầu Đá port in Vũng Tàu

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The Côn Đảo Categorical price ticket administrative center in Côn Sơn the city

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Departure & Arrival Ports:

In Vũng Tàu, the Cầu Đá ferry port is comfortably positioned and moderately trendy; on Côn Sơn Island, Bến Đầm port is quite inconveniently positioned, however completely impressive. On the other hand, the latter is because of alternate very quickly, since the new Bến Tàu Khách ferry port is scheduled to open in August, 2022, proper at the bay that fronts Con Son the city: a a lot more handy arrival and departure level and similarly scenic to its predecessor. See beneath for extra about all 3 ports:

Vũng Tàu: Cầu Đá Port [MAP]

Simply north of beautiful Bãi Trước seashore, Cầu Đá port is set as central as you’ll be at the Vũng Tàu seafront. Simply obtainable by way of bike taxi, trip hailing automobile, on even on foot alongside the horny seafront street, Cầu Đá is a quite unusual trendy construction – probably representing waves or ripples at the ocean – jutting over the ocean. There’s a gasoline station, rapid meals eating places, cafes, long- and temporary bike and automobile parking, and price ticket kiosks. It will have to be slightly simple to navigate for many travellers. The Côn Đảo Categorical price ticket administrative center is solely throughout the central entrance front; parking is at the proper of the primary port development as you input from the street; the ferry pier is on the north finish of the port complicated. Metered taxis queue as much as meet the boats or you’ll ebook a pick-up via a trip hailing app, corresponding to Grasp. If in case you have your individual wheels, the long-term car parking zone has its day/evening charges obviously indexed in English as you input the lot. Total, the enjoy of the usage of this port will have to be simple and environment friendly.

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Cầu Đá ferry port in Vũng Tàu

Côn Sơn Island: Bến Đầm Port [MAP]

Approach down within the southwestern nook of Côn Sơn Island, Bến Đầm port is spectacularly positioned in a lagoon of blue water enveloped by way of jungle-clad hills. It’s a mystical creation to the Côn Đảo Islands. On the other hand, Bến Đầm is over 10km from Côn Sơn the city, the place lots of the island’s lodging is. Arrival and departure from the port is beautiful easy, even though it’s moderately an extended stroll up/down the pier for those who’re sporting a large number of baggage within the warmth or rain. Taxis, bike taxis and electrical buggies meet the boats. Costs for the trip alongside the lovely coast street to Côn Sơn the city will have to be between 100,000-300,000vnđ relying at the transportation manner and collection of other folks. However, for those who’ve booked a resort prematurely, they may be able to prepare a choose up for you (for an added fee). There are snack stores clustered across the port front and an echoey ferry terminal with indoor seating and price ticket counters. Total, Bến Đầm port is useful however now not truly a spot to linger. Simply as neatly that the brand new ferry port shall be opening quickly (see beneath).

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Bến Đầm ferry port on Côn Sơn Island

Côn Sơn The city: Bến Tàu Khách [MAP]

Scheduled to open in August, 2022, the brand new Bến Tàu Khách port is positioned proper at the seafront of Côn Sơn the city, on the centre of the east coast of the island. The port has been underneath building for plenty of, a few years, so I wouldn’t put cash on it if truth be told opening in August, however it sort of feels extremely most probably it will open a while in 2022. Usually, this is excellent news for guests, since the new port shall be so a lot more comfortably positioned: strolling distance from lots of the lodging at the island, which can be clustered alongside Côn Sơn the city’s beautiful seafront street or quiet backstreets. On the other hand, the brand new port is a little of an eyesore in comparison to the low-key, low-rise, colonial-era buildings that signify a lot of the remainder of town. Some other worry may well be that with an increasing number of, larger and larger specific boats arriving at the island, there’s a chance that relocating the port to town may lead to a upward push in water air pollution on this gorgeous bay. Anyway, when it opens, ferries will dock on the finish of an overly lengthy pier stretching into the ocean with a shocking backdrop of mountains and jungle. The terminal development – any other trendy ‘wavy’ construction – could have seating, price ticket kiosks and snack stores.

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The brand new ferry pier in Côn Sơn the city, because of open August, 2022

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The Boats:

The one boat these days running at the Vũng TàuCôn Đảo path is Trưng Nhị, a two-storey catamaran vessel painted crimson with white stripes, run by way of Côn Đảo Categorical. The boat has a capability of 500-600 passengers in coach-style seating on reclining cushy chairs over two decks. On the other hand, a brand new, a lot larger vessel, additionally operated by way of Côn Đảo Categorical, is because of get started crusing this path very quickly. This send, the Thăng Lengthy, could have virtually two times the capability – over 1,000 passengers – throughout 3 deck ranges, making it the most important rapid ferry these days running in Vietnam. Certainly, press footage of the Thăng Lengthy vessel make it glance extra like a Russian oligarch’s yacht than a quick ferry.

The seating is okay and slightly at ease, however a little tight if, as an example, you wish to have to paintings in your pc (lap room is dramatically diminished if/when the passenger in entrance reclines their seat again). There are 4 columns of seating, and even though there’s not anything glamourous concerning the cabins, they’re spacious and by no means claustrophobic. The home windows are huge and the ceilings are top. On the other hand, upstairs seating is preferable to downstairs, in part as a result of there are fewer seats, and in part as a result of upstairs passengers have more uncomplicated get admission to to the out of doors deck.

The cabins are air-conditioned with a few widescreens TVs taking part in motion pictures and pa movies, however the quantity is saved at a mercifully affordable stage. Every row of seats has two electric sockets to fee your telephone or pc. In the back of the cabins, the bogs are saved beautiful blank, and the overall stage of cleanliness is slightly just right. Additionally on the again, is a snack station promoting iced espresso, sodas and pot noodles. However, I’d counsel bringing your individual beverages and snacks for the 4-5 hour voyage.

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The out of doors deck is accessed by means of the again door at the higher stage. A big however naked area on the stern of the send, the deck supplies some bench seating, contemporary air, photograph alternatives and reduction for people who smoke. The deck is closed for quarter-hour after departure and ahead of arrival, and throughout tough seats it stays off limits. Passengers will have to be very cautious whilst out on deck, since the wind, waves and water make it simple to lose your stability and slip over.

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The present boat is a contemporary catamaran, however a far higher send is set to be offered

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Cabin seating is on coach-style cushy reclining chairs

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A big out of doors deck is on the stern

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The Voyage:

Queuing within the vivid morning sunshine at the pier at Vũng Tàu, it’s a reasonably calm, casual boarding procedure. On board, there’s a measure of quiet chaos are masses of passengers are funneled in the course of the slim door, onto the boat, status within the aisles, stowing their baggage and discussing who sits the place. All seats are allotted on tickets, however in truth – as is moderately regularly the case in Vietnam – seat numbers are regularly omitted. If that is so, typically all it takes is a snappy, well mannered alternate and a display of your price ticket ahead of sitting for your rightful spot. The engines rev and the boat pulls clear of the pier at 8am sharp. Delicately maneuvering out of port, the ferry temporarily will get to hurry and cuts in the course of the sea heading due south.

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Boarding is reasonably orderly and hassle-free

The ambience on board is calm and quiet, particularly as soon as cellular information is out of achieve: without a telephones to distract them, nearly all of passengers recline their seats and shut their eyes. Outdoor the cabin home windows, the sea is blue, giant and ruffled. Tankers stand desk bound at the sea, looking forward to to be had births within the ports of Vũng Tàu and Sài Gòn. The dual hills of Vũng Tàu recede at the horizon. Quickly the ferry is all on my own within the East Sea, save for the inhabitants of wind generators visual to the west within the Mekong Delta province of Trà Vinh.

The passengers come alive once more as soon as the doorways to the again deck open, more or less quarter-hour into the voyage (sea prerequisites allowing). At the windy, sun-drenched deck, other folks mass for footage and snacks. Nearly all passengers are Vietnamese – vacationers, pilgrims, veterans, or islanders. Only a few international travellers make a selection to take the boat to the Côn Đảo Islands, who prefer to fly.

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When the deck doorways open, passengers rush for footage & contemporary air

In just right prerequisites, it’s a clean, relaxing, simple trip. The 4 hours move with ease, with out incident: an opportunity to relaxation, to speak for your fellow passengers, to paintings in your pc or to replicate as you watch the waves move by way of. The one discomfort being the naked toes in your armrest from the passengers within the row in the back of (a commonplace ‘follow’ in Vietnam, particularly a few of the older technology). On the other hand, issues are not at all at all times like this. The crossing is well known for being tough. I used to be as soon as ‘stranded’ on Côn Sơn Island for 7 days since the winds had been whipping up the ocean and no boats may run. On my go back adventure, the waves reached 2-3 metres and the boat’s motion was once alarming every now and then.

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In just right prerequisites, it’s a clean & relaxing voyage

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Seats have electric sockets & snacks are to be had

Seasickness is extra commonplace amongst Vietnamese travellers than another nation I’ve visited (I’ve no principle as to why). A tangible anxiety enters the cabin when prerequisites get tough. Vomiting is commonplace. Clearly, for those who additionally be afflicted by seasickness, the adventure may well be very uncomfortable. However, although you don’t, you may well be unlucky sufficient to be sat between two passengers who’re relentlessly throwing up into paper luggage. Remember the fact that, this may be very ugly. However, in fact, it will have to be a lot worse in your neighbours. I’ve buddies who take this ferry path often, and so they guarantee me it may be a harrowing enjoy. What’s extra, Vietnam doesn’t precisely have a shining maritime protection file. On the other hand, in my enjoy in this crossing, I’ve felt secure and in beautiful just right fingers.

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