Nha Trang is well connected to the rest of Vietnam by train.
There are several trains a day heading north towards Hanoi aswell as trains heading south towards Saigon.
I know that there are many busses travelling Vietnam and that they are very very cheap, but the train is a lot more comfortable and only cost a tiny bit more than the bus and i would prefer that any day.
The train station in Nha Trang is located just 500 meters from the beach right in the center of town so it's very easy to travel to and from Nha Trang by train.
If you want to get around Nha Trang then take a cyclo. This form of transport allows you to also take in much more of the sights and scenery.
Cyclos can be found all around Nha Trang so they are very easy to use.
Most trips cost $1USD
When taking a taxi in Nha Trang you should stick to the nice looking taxis, preferably with white and green colors.
these are almost always very decent and cheap and the drivers are friendly honest guys.
The reason why i write this is that Nha Trang has a problem with a small group of dishonest taxi drivers who won't drive by the meter and tend to overcharge especially tourists.
they can be pretty bad so try to go for the white/green taxis where you will be treated nice.
Sinh Cafe Nha Trang office is an important place to get on/off buses not only in/out of Nha Trang, but for the tour bus as well.
If you are going with Sinh Cafe, make sure you wait at the right office:
2A Biet Thu Street, Nha Trang
Vietnam airlines has a few flights a day to Nha Trang.
They have flights from Saigon, Hanoi and Danang at the moment.
They are very resonably priced and Vietnam airlines has become quite a good company over the past few year, so they are worth looking in to if you want to save some money on transportation while you are in Vietnam.
If you need transport around Nha Trang, then take a bicycle rickshaw.
NEVER go by notorbike taxi, especially at night.
They are well known for robbing tourists in Nha Trang.
especially at night.
The bicycle rickshaws on the other hand, have a reputation for being very honest.
A great, cheap and easy way of travelling the whole length of the country from north to south (or vice versa) is by taking the Sinh Cafe Open Bus. They have an office in each major town/city and offer a daily service between the main sightseeing points of Saigon, Dalat, Nha Trang, Hoi An, Hue and Hanoi on modern clean buses with plenty of leg room and (where applicable) sleeper buses. If you go to their office, they'll explain everything for you along with a timetable and costs (this is also found on their website below so you plan this before you arrive in Vietnam). The second leg of my trip involved travelling between Dalat and Nha Trang which took about 5.5 hours with a stop at the Cham Tower of Po Klongarai in Phan Rang along the way and cost me 80,000 VND (Jan 2009). I then left Nha Trang on a sleeper bus to Hoi An but don't expect to get much sleep as the roads are terrible! This trip cost me 180,000 VND and left Nha Trang at 7.30pm and arrived in Hoi An at about 6.30am. They pick up and drop you off at their offices so it's probably best to find out where they are in each place before you arrive.
Nha Trang is a stop on the main railway-line connecting Hanoi and Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). The railway station is close to the cathedral in the northern part of town. There are numerous classes of train travel between Saigon and Nha Trang, including the new '5 star' express service which only stops once between the cities (www.5starexpress.com.vn). This service boasts private departure lounges at each end, and facilities on the train include LCD TV's, several bars and airline-standard bathrooms. The train departs daily at the following times:
Saigon - Nha Trang: 06:15 (arriving 13:33)
Nha Trang - Saigon: 14:55 (arriving 23:18)
Tickets prices depend on which of three classes are chosen:
5 star: 450,000 VND (one way), 900,000 VND (return).
Deluxe: 330,000 VND (one way), 660,000 VND (return)
Standard: 200,000 VND (one way), 400,000 VND (return)
Normal trains differ in journey time and number of stops, and seat prices also vary depending on the type of berth. The full national train timetable is available at the website below. From Nha Trang to Saigon, trains run at the following times:
SE1 - 22:00 (arr. 05:30)
SE3 - 21:46 (arr. 04:30)
SE5 - 12:30 (arr. 20:00)
Have you thought of using a Motorbike Taxi? .........
It may look to be a bit daunting when you see all of them in the towns over Vietnam, but have a go, its a good, 'CHEAP' way to get around.
Not only do they take you to the sights, they will also take you to the Airport.
Size of Baggage does not seem to matter, THEY WILL MAKE IT FIT!
After walking our feet off all day, we could not face the walk back to our hotel from the big white buddha at Long Son Pagoda. The driver let us both squeeze into his cyclo. The slow pace means that you can take in so much more of the sights than in a taxi. He only wanted US$1 to take us about 2klm, we gave him US$2.
The bus trip from Dalat to Nha Trang was very scenic. Glad we did it during the daytime. Fantastic journey down a mountain pass and into a lush valley full of market gardens. Onions, tomatos, tobacco, rice paddies. Very neat & orderly. This was not the open-tour bus, but had rather an interesting mix of tourists and locals alike. Can't recall the name of the bus company but all of their buses were "green". Cost Dalat to Nha Trang was 60,000 dong. The trip took around 5 hours.
Thanks to your replies,
TNK Travel were willing to book for me but....arrival time in Nha trang) OUCH !!4:50 not at all I happy with that.I have now successfully made a online booking with Jetstar. "Check their prices".A return flight was so much cheaper than a (sleeper) fare on the Golden train.I can see more people opting to fly rather than taking the Golden train if they dont adjust prices & their timetable.
The airporter bus is only 40,000 dong compared to the taxi 220,000dong. It takes you to your hotel. We had to get off one bus then into a taxi for our final destination, it was worth it for the money saved.
We wanted to go from Nha Trang to Mui Ne then Mui Ne to Ho Chi Minh. All the agencies told us that it is cheaper to buy the two tickets together, rather than just buying the Nha Trang to Mui Ne ticket then buying the ticket to Ho Chi Minh in Mui Ne. Just from our travel experience we didn't trust this to be true so we only bought just the one ticket to Mui Ne ($5 US). I wasn't surprised when we got to Mui Ne that the ticket to Ho Chi Minh was cheaper! Only 60,000 dong to Ho Chi Minh instead of the 96,000 dong ticket they tried to sell us in Nha Trang. Don't believe their lies that buying two tickets together will be cheaper. They'll say anything to make a sale.
Flying between places makes sense in Vietnam, for several reasons... and not only because you are short of time. The distances are quite important between most places of interest, with a significant exception in central Vietnam (Hoi An - Danang - Hue) - roads are in good conditions but no one follows road rules.. or maybe there simply aren't... an accident is always around the corner.
For longer distances we chose to fly, so we got to Nha Trang by plane from Danang... a dodgy-looking ATR72 which had seen better days, but I slept all the way through... a very smooth 1 hour and 20 minutes flight. The cost? Less than 50 dollars by Vietnam airlines, which except for this flight had large and very modern planes. Recommended.