How To Get To Phu Quoc Island
Phu Quoc is an island archipelago (593 sq km) consisting of 28 islands located off the southern coast of Vietnam in the Gulf of Thailand. At 574 sq km, Phu Quoc Island, is the largest island in the archipelago and the center of all tourist related activities. Phu Quoc Island has 4 seaports (3 domestic, 1 international), an international airport, and a WHO recognized international hospital. Plan your trip the the island and discover all the ways to get to Phu Quoc in Vietnam by reading our comprehensive transportation guide below.
Getting To Phu Quoc
There are two ways to get to Phu Quoc Island:
Flights to Phu Quoc
The most popular way to get to Phu Quoc is by taking a flight as the island is not too far away from all the major hubs in Asia. Flight fares are heavily subsidized by the government and begin at just 390,000VND or about $20.00USD. Domestically only Vietnam Airlines (Vietnam’s national airline), VietJet Air (Low far airline), Vasco (Operated by Vietnam Airlines) and Jetstar Pacific all fly to Phu Quoc Island with the most popular route being Ho Chi Minh City – Phú Quốc (45min flight time).
All flights to Phú Quốc land at the Phu Quoc International Airport in Duong Dong Town, the islands economic capital, and within 10 minutes of Long Beach, the islands most popular beach. For more details about the Phu Quoc International Airport, please click here.
Phu Quoc Flight Updates
Various new routes are making Phu Quoc more accessible and as the flight offerings are in a constant state of fluctuation, the following are some recent changes/additions to the routes, schedules, rates, etc as they occur.
- SINGAPORE & CAMBODIA TO PHU QUOC | Direct flights from Siem Riep & Singapore to Phu Quoc Island have been cancelled. They may be offered again in the future, but all routes to the island are re-routed to Ho Chi Minh City.
- UNITED KINGDOM (LONDON) TO PHU QUOC | Thomson and First Choice add new service to Phu Quoc from the United Kingdom beginning 2017. The first direct flights to Phu Quoc International Airport from the United Kingdon will operate on Thomson Airways’ 787 Dreamliners and will depart from London Gatwick every Wednesday, taking 12 hours to reach Phu Quoc, Vietnam.
- CHINA TO PHU QUOC | China Southern Airlines currently has 3 Shenzhen to HCMC flights a week and on July 6, 2016 a direct air route connecting Phu Quoc with China’s Guangzhou was launched with three flight a week on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Vietjet will open its service from Phu Quoc to China’s Kunming in 2017.
- JAPAN TO PHU QUOC | Japan’s budget airline known as “Vanilla Air” has launched a route to Ho Chi Minh City from Tokyo and will launch a route to Phu Quoc in the upcoming future. Most of the flights will have a stopovers at Taoyuan International Airport in Taiwan’s Taipei.
- SWEDEN TO PHU QUOC | Operated by TUI Nordic there are 3 flights per month from Sweden to Phú Quốc.
- THAILAND TO PHU QUOC | Discount carriers VietJetAir and Air Asia will soon launch a Bangkok to Phu Quoc route.
- HAI PHONG (VIETNAM) TO PHU QUOC | A new domestic route connecting Hai Phong to Phu Quoc has been added by VietJetAir as of May 2016 with four round-trip flights per week on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.
In 2016 Thomson Airways, Ikar Airlines, Nordwind Airlines and Korean Air have launched direct services to Phu Quoc from Sweden, Russia, China, and the Republic of Korea however these direct routes.
Ferry to Phu Quoc
You can also get to Phu Quoc by a combination of bus and ferry from either Cambodia or Ho Chi Minh City. The routes are well established and travel is quite comfortable. All the buses will either stop off at Ha Tien City & Port (if coming from Cambodia or the western part of Vietnam) or Rach Gia City & Port (if you are arriving from the Mekong Delta, Ho Chi Minh City, etc).
As of 2016 there are only 2 ferry companies that service the island:
- Superdong – the fast ferry/hydrofoil and
- Thanh Thoi – the slow ferry, also used to transport cars and heavy machinery.
Ha Tien to Phu Quoc (fast ferry) – 90 minutes
Ha Tien to Phu Quoc (slow ferry) – 120 minutes
Cost: 230,000 VND one way (~$10.00US) | Motorbike Ticket: 180,000VND (~$8.00US)
Rach Gia to Phu Quoc (fast ferry) – 120 minutes
Rach Gia to Phu Quoc (slow ferry) – 180 minutes
Cost: 350,000VND (~$15.00) | Motorbike Ticket: 250,000VND (~$11.00) – Updated for 2017 season (note: the price use to be 260,000)
* Note that the above time is the time spent out at sea and not at the port. Time at port varies depending on the number of passengers boarding, cargo, etc.
** If you are traveling by motorbike, you can bring it on board the fast ferry for an additional fee.
Arriving At Vong Beach By Fast Ferry
If you are arriving to Phu Quoc by the “fast ferry” (most popular) from either Ha Tien or Rach Gia, you will disembark at Vong Beach (Bai Vong) located just south of Ham Ninh Village and close to Duong Dong Town, the capital of Phu Quoc District. From here you can either take a taxi, shared minivan, or motorbike taxi (Xe Om) to get your destination – rest assured there will be plenty available waiting for you as they keep track of all Phu Quoc ferry schedules. The cost of a taxi will be approximately 200,000VND – 350,00VND, depending on your destination, but you get the convenience of having your own car and the taxi driver will drop you of directly in front of your hotel. A shared minivan costs only 30,000VND (as of 2016) per person and it is economical way to travel, especially if you are budget conscious. Some minivan drivers may charge you 40,000VND per person because you are a “foreigner” and it is up to you if you want to pay the extra 10,000VND or stand your ground. Make sure you tell the driver where you are headed (Long Beach, Ham Ninh, Kem Beach, Dai Beach, Duong Dong Town, Sao Beach, etc) so that you take the right minivan as not all minivans are going to the same area. There will also be a motorbike taxi available and the cost varies.
*Please note that there are no ATM’s at the dock.
Arriving At Da Chong Port By Slow Ferry
The slow ferry to Phu Quoc departs from Ha Tien only, not Rach Gia, and arrives at Da Chong Port (Đá Chồng) in the north western section of Phu Quoc Island just south of Thom Village and adjacent to the Phu Quoc National Park. Da Chong Port is very far away from Duong Dong Town & Long Beach, where most tourists stay. At Da Chong Port there will be taxis available to take you to your destination but expect the rates to be much higher.
Video of Da Chong Port, Slow Ferry Terminal:
The following is a video of Phu Quoc slow ferry terminal located in Bai Thom, Phu Quoc:
Q: Should I take the slow ferry or the fast ferry to Phu Quoc?
This is a common question asked by some travelers to the island. The fast ferry is faster by 1 hour, there are more daily departures, the arrival port is closer to Phu Quoc’s main tourist areas, and cheaper. You will take the fast ferry to save time and it is also more convenient. By contrast, the slow ferry is slower by 1 hour, there are limited daily departures, the arrival port is located far away from the tourist areas, and more expensive. You will take the slow ferry to Phu Quoc if you have a vehicle (motorbike/car/truc) and/or if you want to experience the more adventurous and rugged parts of Phu Quoc. There are plenty of hotels and guest houses by the port (Da Chong) in the north and/or you can take a taxi from Da Chong Port to Thom Village and stay there. Also, slower ferry is much larger and more luxurious than the fast ferry. However both trips are equally scenic, especially if you depart mainland Vietnam just before sunrise.
Learn more about these options as well as up-to-date schedules, fares, pictures, and videos by clicking here.
Local boat to Phu Quoc
It is also possible to travel by sea to Phu Quoc from mainland Vietnam by joining a local fisherman and or a product supply boat. The journey will take approximately 6 hours and you will dock at An Thoi port, located on the southern tip of Phu Quoc Island. Expect to share the boat with live animals and curious Vietnamese people. You can find fisherman to take you to Phu Quoc at Cau Mau, Rach Gia, and Ha Tien, but there are no guarantees and it helps if you know a little Vietnamese.
Cambodia to Phu Quoc by Ferry
Although Phu Quoc is located just 4 km from the Cambodia – Vietnam border, currently there is no way to reach Phu Quoc directly from Cambodia by boat, as you need to formally pass through customs & immigration. However both Cambodia and Vietnam are upgrading their coastal links and there will be ferry from Sihanoukville to Phu Quoc in the very near future, docking at Da Chong Port up in the north western section of Phu Quoc Island.
Going to Cambodia?
Phnom Penh to Phu Quoc Island by bus and ferry:
To get to Phu Quoc from Phnom Penh via a combination of bus and ferry you need to book your ticket through a travel and/or transport agency. The cost is approximately $30.00USD and they will pick you up from your hotel. The total trip takes about 8hours. The bus travels south from Phnom Penh to Kampot and Kep and will pick up passengers from the aforementioned cities as well. Occasionally the bus will also stop of at Sihanoukville. The bus will then continue to the Vietnam/Cambodia border. You will exit the bus at the border, go through immigration, and then board another bus that will head to Ha Tien Port. Once at Ha Tien port, you will board a ferry operated by the Superdong corporation. If the ferry is late, you can grab a quick bite to eat at the few restaurants that are there.
Siem Reap to Phu Quoc:
There is a bus/ferry combo that goes to Phu Quoc from Siem Reap via Phnom Penh but it is probably more cost effective to just fly directly via Vietnam Airlines, if the flight is available. Direct flights from Siem Reap to Phu Quoc were once offered but shortly terminated. They may be offered again in the near future, once the island is more developed.