Situated on Vietnam’s central coast roughly halfway between Hoi An and Nha Trang (300 kilometres from the former, 220 kilometres from the latter), Quy Nhon is home to roughly 300,000 inhabitants. The city, in Binh Dinh province, sits along a 42-kilometre stretch of underdeveloped coastline. Much of which is sheltered by the Phuon May Peninsula on its northern edge.
Best Time to Visit Quy Nhon
The monsoon lashes Quy Nhon from September to December with rainfall exceeding 200mm per month; October and November have considerably more. So unless you’re a fan of frequent tropical downpours and the typical sea being murky, avoid it.
On the other hand, the best months to visit are January through April. Day time highs are in the high twenties and low thirties with nights dipping to the pleasant low-mid twenties. In addition, crowds are also thinner here compared to the summer months of June through August – when most of the northern hemisphere is enjoying its summer holidays. Temperatures then rise to the mid-thirties and there is little rainfall.
Getting to Quy Nhon City
Phu Cat Airport (UIH) is 30 kilometres northwest west of Quy Nhon. However tt’s not, as yet, an international airport and caters to local carriers Vietnam Airlines, VietJet, Jetstar Pacific, and Bamboo Airways. These airlines deposit passengers from Hanoi, Hai Phong, and Ho Chi Minh City on a sixty-to-ninety-minute short hop. Therefore flights to the resort islands of Phu Quoc and Con Dao require connecting in Ho Chi Minh City. Compare prices on the airlines’ websites and on popular travel sites like Expedia, Kayak, and Google for the best deals.
Guide to Getting From Quy Nhon Airport to the City
Shuttle Bus From Quy Nhon (Phu Cat) Airport
There are shuttle buses after every flight to the city centre on Nguyễn Tất Thành Street for 50,000 VND (2.50 USD) per person. The shuttle waits just outside the airport on the right-hand side when you exit the terminal. However, It won’t take you to your lodging. So you need to either take a taxi or walk from there.
Departing passengers can hop on at the same location for the return journey. Taxis wait at the shuttle bus’ final stop on Nguyễn Tất Thành Street to take you to your final destination. However note that there is no local bus serving the airport or, effectively, the city.
Taxi at Quy Nhon Airport
There are numerous local taxi companies: Sun Taxi, Taxi Mai Linh, and Taxi Hoang Anh, to name a few. As at most airports, you don’t have to look hard to find one. A taxi from Phu Cat Airport to the city centre–a thirty-minute drive–costs about 350,000 VND (15 USD).
Hidden Hint: Not in the mood to negotiate the fare upon arrival? Then book in advance on the taxi company websites.
Getting the Train to Quy Nhon City
Not in a rush? Then why not take the train and enjoy the scenery.
The Dieu Tri Train Station is ten kilometres west of central Quy Nhon. So this is where the trains from Hanoi, Da Nang, and Hue pass through. The almost 1,100km overnight journey from Hanoi takes 20-23 hours depending on the type of train. There are four seat types/births ranging in price from 1.12-1.65m VND (49-71 USD). To get into town from the station, walk five minutes to the main road then a local bus brings you in for 5,000 VND ( .20 USD). It’s a 15-minute taxi ride from the main road.
If you’re coming from Hoi Chi Minh City, 630 kilometres away, your options are to take the Reunification Express day or night train to Dieu Tri. This is an 11-12 journey for 882,000-1.21m (38-52 USD). Or alternatively, come all the way into the Quy Nhon Railway Station in the centre of town. The cheap seats on this 14-hour trip begin at 333,000 VND (14.35 USD). But for more comfort, it costs you 745,000 (32.05 USD). Going from Quy Nhon to Ho Chi Minh City have a good book or lots of music handy as there are often delays of two to three hours waiting for the Reunification train to pass.
Trains from Nha Trang also come all the way into town. That journey lasts a little over five hours with prices beginning at 97,000 VND (4.20 USD).
For complete schedules and prices, check Vietnam Railways.
Getting the Bus to Quy Nhon City
Quy Nhon’s bus station is just two kilometres south of the city centre. Therefore buses from many spots across the country pull in here, including, of course, from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.
From Ho Chi Minh City, it’s an 11-12 hour journey with prices starting at 240,000 VND (10.35 USD). From Hanoi, you’re looking at an uncomfortable 22-25 hours on the road with seats priced at 490,000-540,000 VND ( 21.30 – 23.50 USD). But, you will have more money to spend when you get to Quy Nhon as a bus ticket is about half the price of taking the train!
Hidden Hint: Check-in advance for coaches with wider berths as they make your journey a lot less painful even if it costs a little more.
Be sure to ask about the type of vehicle in which you will be travelling. They range from minivans to motor coaches which can make a big difference in your comfort level.