Getting to Mui Ne by bus
How to travel to Mui Ne from Ho Chi Minh airportThere is no bus at Ho Chi Minh airport. You need to get a taxi to Pham Ngu Lao - the main backpacker/tourist area in District 1. : Turn left as you walk out of the arrivals building and ignore all the touts hassling you to take a fixed price taxi - at the end of the pickup lane you can find a meter taxi, which will cost you half the price - around 150,000VND ($6USD).
Sinh Cafe departures daily at 7:30, 8:30 and 20:30 price from Ho Chi minh and 13:00 from Mui Ne. If you travel during Friday, Saturday and Sunday, price increase to 1 USD or 2 USD due to high demand. You can secure your bus ticket from Ho Chi Minh to Mui Ne online at Yourlocalbooking.com
Phuong Trang or Tam Hanh (corner of De Tham & Pham Ngu Lao)- Both leave HCMC around 7.30am and take around 5- 6 hours depending on traffic. Phuong Trang will take you on to your chosen accommodation. Cost is $6 each way. Both coaches leave from Pham Ngu Lao Street near the corner of De Tham St.
Please note that traffic is very bad on Saturday and Sunday. It took ages just to get out of Ho Chi Minh. The first 2 hours will probably be crawling at around 40-50 km an hour until you pass through the industrial towns of Bien Hoa and Trang Bom. Then it is faster. Just bring a book or ipad and lots of patience.
Getting to Mui Ne by private car
If you travel in the early morning & late in the afternoon/night, private car is your best option. Price just from 86-95$/way/4 or 7 seats private car. A good driver + no bad traffic (eg. departing city early in the morning) would take you from HCMC center to Mui Ne in less than 3.5 hours. The comfort and peace of mind are priceless.
If you go with good driver, he will know all the short cuts, and it was a very interesting trip as he took all the shortcuts through side streets. Good travel agents have many good drivers. The scenery from the car is very beautiful and you will a short stop halfway for toilet and food break.
What you need to take into account is that the car gives you the flexibility and airport pickup if you depart from Ho Chi minh airport, but it is not very much quicker than the Coach. It all depends on the traffic getting out of Saigon. It can be as short as four hours or as long as six.
You can book private car rental from Ho Chi Minh center/ airport to Mui Ne with Yourlocalbooking.com. Price: 105 USD/ 4 seat car. Book 2 ways, get 5% discount!
The train left Ho Chi Minh at 6.45AM and 7.30 AM during weekdays and 5.30 PM during Saturday and Sunday. It takes 4 hours to get to Muong Man Train Station. You need to bet at train station 15 minutes before departure. This is great way to interact with local. There is a dining car at the front where you can sit and some ladies came through with a trolley of snacks and drinks. There are power points by most seats so you can charge devices if you like. From Muong Man Train Station, you need to take a taxi to travel to Mui Ne Beach. It is 22 km away from train station (45 minutes of driving). The train is also fun but it will incur a cab ride at either end
Getting to Mui Ne by Train
Price: 9 USD/ 1 pax
Advantage of taking train: No horns, you can get up and walk around, there is a food cart and a dining car, you can drink all you want and not have to worry about stopping at a rest room, and you arrive much more relaxed.
You will need to buy your ticket the day before to be sure of a seat. When you get to Phan Thiet train station, you can take a meter taxi to take you to Mui Ne beach for about 300,000VND ($15USD). Taking train from Ho Chi Minh to Mui Ne is not the most direct way, but much more relaxing than the bus - and you can enjoy a few beers and a pho bo (beef noodle soup) in the 1940s style restaurant car
You can pre-book the tickets through Vietnam railways or similar. They can deliver to your hotel and weekend train travel (gets very busy). It may cost a little more but you get peace of mind. You can book train ticket from Ho Chi Minh to Mui Ne online at Yourlocalbooking.com