Transportation in Can Tho
As with everywhere else in the Delta region, boats play a major role in transportation, and there are an incredbible variety of water-transport options available. The Mekong Delta is also an exceptionally flat region, which makes walking and cycling pleasant options for getting around, although the midday summer heat may discourage some from these options.
Can Tho is the largest city in the Mekong Delta, and as such is a major transport hub for the region.
This Can Tho Transportation Guide details the various transport options available for both getting to and from the city, as well as getting around once there. General Vietnam transport information can be found in more detail on our Vietnam Transportation Guide. Use this guide in conjunction with our Can Tho Tours page in order to help you get the most out of a visit to Can Tho and its surrounding region.
Can Tho Transportation Guide
Getting There & Away
Can Tho Airport (VCA) is located 10 kilometres south of the city centre. Flights operated to and from the airport are generally run by Vietnam Airlines. It has plans to add international flights in the near future.
Vietnam Airlines Booking Office
20 Hai Ba Trung St., Can Tho
Tel: 821 853/ 821 804
Airport tax: VND 10,000
For transport from the airport to the city (or from the city to the airport), we recommend Green Path Transfers, who offer eco-friendly airport transfers in hundreds of destinations around the world.
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The bus station is located on Nguyen Trai Street, which is about 2 kilometres northwest of the city centre. There are regular connections to Ho Chi Minh City’s Mien Tay Bus Station and other centres in the Mekong Delta.
The Green line hydrofoil carries passengers between Ho Chi Minh City and Can Tho, travelling via My Tho. The trip takes about four hours, and the hydrofoil is fairly comfortable. One way fares are US$24 for foreigners. Daily trips leave for Can Tho at 07:30 and in Can Tho at Ninh Kieu Quay at 11:30. The Can Tho departure is at 13:30, arriving in Ho Chi Minh City (Bach Dang Port) at 17:30.
Xe Honda Loi
Xe Honda Loi, which are basically just a motorcycle pulling an attached carriage, are a very convenient, quick and inexpensive way of getting around Can Tho. You will generally be able to get most places around town for under 10,000 dong, but will need to negotiate the price before beginning your journey. If you are wishing to go on a trip into the surrounding villages or countryside, there are several taxi companies located in Can Tho.
The small boats that congregate along the waterfront can be hired from as little as 30,000 VND (US$2) per hour. Various trips that are possible are Phong Diem (4-5 hours) or Phung Hiep (6-7 hours), both of which offer fascinating floating markets. These trips can generally be negotiated for around US$25. However, a better option is taking road transport to these locations, and then hiring boats locally.
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