06/04/2014: Scroll down for update on prices of train tickets and travelling with motorbikes
When we go to Mui Ne on vacation, we now usually go by train. It is a comfortable and inexpensive way of making it to the beach if you live in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). It also is a lot safer than driving there (bus or private car), I’ve seen to many close calls on the road from Saigon to Mui Ne…
Departure is from the Saigon Railway Station, actually very close to downtown but nested behind Vo thi Sau street (District 3). You can buy your tickets from a travel agency or get them delivered by the train station (but now it seems you need to make the call from a land line in order for them to make the delivery).
HO CHI MINH CITY TRAIN STATION
Address: 1 Nguyen Thong Street, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City
Tel: (+84-83) 843-6528
Ticket Hours: 7:30 – 19:30
Here is a google maps widget to find your way, mind that the railway station doesn’t appear on the map, you need to look for the railway lines that begin at the address of the railway station.
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You can also get information on these websites (Vietnamese):
There are other websites with English information but I think they are not the official ones so you will probably end up paying a premium.
A great way to travel to Mui Ne is to take your bike with you (there is a special wagon you can load your bike on, you need to buy a ticket for the bike, around 130.000 VND one way). You’ll also have to pay 10.000 VND to the guys loading the bike on the train.
For an adult, in first class, 146.000 VND, for a child, 74.000 VND. Comfortable and with reliable air con, it’s a great way to travel to the beach from Saigon (HCMC).
Traveling by train to Mui Ne (Phan Thiet) has become a hit amongst many foreigners and you will see many on this train.
You get a great view of the countryside and of course, you will see a lot of dragon fruits.
Another view from the train. By the way, you also have a restaurant wagon where you can get some café sua da (Vietnamese iced coffee with condensed milk) or Pho (Vietnamese noodle soup).
After 4,5 hours (practically the same as if you went by car), you are in Phan Thiet railway station, Ga Phan Thiet.
Just walk out through that door and you can choose either a taxi (15-20 minute ride) or a bus to get to Mui Ne and hit the beach!
The tickets we bought at a travel agency in Thao Dien for our last trip (April 2014) were a lot more expensive than the ones we got last time and which we bought at the train station. After asking some locals in Mui Ne, they told us that the latest ones we bought (220.000 VND in 2014 instead of 146.000 VND in 2013) were from a private railway company and that previously, in 2013, we had bought them from the government company…. Not quite sure if it is true but they did recommend to walk inside the train station to counters further in rather than buying at the first counter you would “encounter”, just near the entrance 🙂 These two companies are supposed to have different wagons but they did seem to be the same to me. After visiting the train, it was clear that there other classes that must be cheaper and still more than sufficient to travel in terms of comfort. Any comments on this price disparity in the comments section is welcome!
Another tip, we always use take our motorbike with us, the fee this time was around 140.000 one-way (more or less the same as last year). You have to give 10.000 VND to the guys who park it in the train, at each departure (going and coming back), not at destination. Some times they check if the gas tank is not full and they might siphon some liters from you, seems like daylight robbery but presumably for a good cause.
Enjoy your travels!