Opening of Can Gio – Vung Tau ferry

HO CHI MINH CITY – Can Gio – Vung Tau Ferry opened in the morning 4/1, 15 km long, takes 30 minutes, tickets for each passenger 70,000 VND, car from 50,000 VND to one million VND.

This is the first sea ferry in Ho Chi Minh City invested by an enterprise, starting from Tac Su wharf in Can Thanh town (Can Gio) to Vung Tau City (near the headquarters of Vung Tau Maritime Port Administration). The service currently has two ferries operating with 24 flights a day, each 60 minutes apart.

Sea ferry stops at Tac Suat wharf, Can Gio district, in the morning of January 4.  Photo: Quynh Tran.
Sea ferry stops at Tac Suat wharf, Can Gio district, in the morning of January 4. Photo: Quynh Tran.

The ferry runs on the route is designed with two bodies, 45 m long, 10 m wide, with a maximum speed of 24 knots (more than 43 km) per hour. The ferry’s passenger compartment is designed with 2 floors with 330 seats but can accommodate up to 190 people. In addition to passengers, the ferry carries 10 more cars, 50 motorbikes and goods … Currently, the wharf system at both ends of the route, waiting room, parking lot … has been completed synchronously to serve guests.

Ticket price per person is 70,000 VND. Passengers incur additional charges depending on means of transport, the lowest is motorbikes and bicycles priced at 50,000 VND per vehicle. 4-seat car and pickup truck is VND 350,000; from 7 to 20 seats is 450,000 VND; from 20 to 26 seats is 600,000 VND and from 26 seats or more is 800,000 VND per vehicle. For trucks, the lowest applicable fare for vehicles under 3 tons is 400,000 VND, and the highest is one million VND for vehicles of 8 tons or more. Ferry does not transport container trucks.

Passenger compartment on sea ferry.  Photo: Quynh Tran.
Passenger compartment on sea ferry. Photo: Quynh Tran.

Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Chairman Nguyen Thanh Phong said that for many years, from Can Gio going to Vung Tau outside the road, there were only wooden ships with low tonnage, unable to carry cars. Therefore, the sea ferry operating outside to meet the needs of people also reduces pressure on roads, especially the Ho Chi Minh City – Long Thanh – Dau Giay Expressway and National Highway 51 (Dong Nai).

“If the previous time from Can Gio by car to Vung Tau City by road took 3 hours and 30 minutes, now it takes only 30 minutes to take the ferry”, Mr. Phong said and assessed that the offshore ferry would create conditions for Can Gio to connect. communication with neighboring provinces also contributes to regional economic, social and tourism development.

The transport route also shortens the time from Long An, Tien Giang to Vung Tau compared to Ho Chi Minh City – Long Thanh – Dau Giay expressway. People of these two provinces can go from Can Giuoc district (Long An) via Can Gio – Can Giuoc ferry, about 40 km to Tac Suat wharf. Total time is about 2 hours 30 minutes.

Ferry terminal in Vung Tau City, January 4 morning.  Photo: Quynh Tran.
Ferry terminal in Vung Tau City, January 4 morning. Photo: Quynh Tran.

In addition to the aforementioned sea ferry, Ho Chi Minh City currently has more than 30 ferries, boats (passenger wharf across the river) running on the Saigon and Dong Nai rivers … In which, the two largest ferries are Cat Lai (connecting District 2 with Nhon Trach district, Dong Nai), Binh Khanh (linking Can Gio district with Nha Be). These two ferries are carrying about 80,000 passengers a day, peaking holidays, Tet, reaching 100,000-120,000.

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