Mien Dong Bus Station (Ho Chi Minh City)
Mien Dong Bus Terminal, located at 292 Dinh Bo Linh street of Binh Thanh district (Tel: 083-899-1607) is about 7km away from the city center. This is one of the busiest terminals in Ho Chi Minh City. Every day, the station welcomes thousands of people from the northern and the central highlands provinces to Saigon. If one is traveling to Vungtau, Phan Thiet- Mui Ne, Dalat, Nha Trang, Daklak or even to Hanoi, Mien Dong Bus Terminal is the essential departure point.
At the front of Mien Dong station (Photo by Thu Ngo, Vietnam Online)
There are currently over 200 transportation companies operating at the terminal with buses to 178 destinations scattering all over the country plus 2 in Laos.
Transit to Eastern and Northern (of Ho Chi Minh City) provinces
Depending upon your particular destination, you may choose a suitable carrier for your tri. A general rule is to go with the trusted brand, for safety reasons and their high quality of services. These include: Phuong Trang, Mai Linh, Kumho
> Nam Cat Tien
Tan Phu transportation company offers Ho Chi Minh - Nam Cat Tien route at VND 80,000 ($4).Hours start from 1:30p.m. until 4:30 p.m. It is an around 2-hour trip.
> Binh Phuoc-Phuoc Long
Thanh Cong transportation company offer Phuoc Long-Binh Phuoc route at VND 70,000-VND 80,000 ($3.5-$4). It takes 3 hours to get to Phuoc Long-Binh Phuoc.
> Vung Tau
Thanks to the close proximity and the popularity of Vung Tay beach, there are multiple, both big and small carriers operating this route. Kumho, Mai Linh or Hoa Mai top the list of recommendation. It often costs about VND 70,000 to VND 80,000 ($3.5-$4) for a ticket to Vung Tau and the trip takes about 2.5 -3 hours depending upon the traffic. There is a bus departing every 15-20 minutes from Mien Dong Bus station to Vung Tau beach on a daily basis.
Read more about Vung Tau
> Phan Thiet Mui Ne
Phuong Trang, Mai Linh, Tam Hanh, Hanh Cafe are some recommended transportation companies for the route. It costs about VND 150,000-VND 160,000 ($7.5-$8) for a ticket. It takes 5 hours to get to Phan Thiet.
Read more about Mui Ne
> Buon Me Thuot
Mai Linh and Kumho are recommended. There are two options: sleeping bus (VND 200,000-$10) or sitting bus (VND 160,000-$8). It takes 9 hours to get there.
> Gia Lai
Some noticeable companies are Hong Hai, Thuan Hung, Truong Thanh. They depart in the evening from 7p.m. There is a bus every 30 minutes. Hong Hai offers sleeping buses departing daily at 7:30 p.m. at VND 270,000 ($13.5). It takes about 10-12 hours to get from Ho Chi Minh City to Gia Lai.
Phuong Trang and Mai Linh offer Dalat route at VND 170,000-180,000 ($8.5-$9). Sleeper bus is available when traveling with Phuong Trang. It takes about 8 hours to get to Dalat.
Read more about Dalat
> Nha Trang
Phuong Trang offer sleeping bus to Nhatrang at VND 200,000-VND 220,000 ($10-$11). It takes 10-12 hours to arrive Nhatrang.
Read more about Nha Trang
It takes almost a full day to travel by road from Ho Chi Minh City to Danang. Mai Linh, Phuong Trang and Thuan Thao are the recommended carrier providers. Both sleeping and sitting bus are available. Price varies from VND 260,000 to VND 440,000 ($13-$22) for a ticket.
Read more about Da Nang
Mai Linh offer Hanoi route with three categories of seats: standard, superior and deluxe (sleeping bus). For a standard ticket, it costs 700,000 ($35). The superior and deluxe (sleeping bus) may cost up to VND 920,000 ($46) per ticket. It takes around two days to travel by road from Saigon to Hanoi.
* Note: Information about prices and schedules of bus was last updated on March 15th 2012. Expect slight price increase in ticket because of rise in fuel cost and environment tax.
One can purchase the ticket for the above mentioned routes by coming to the ticket counter at the terminal. There is no need to reserve or buy ticket in advance, unless you go from South to Northern provinces just before Tet. Also make sure you bring cash in Vietnamese Dong, since Dollar or foreign currency will not be accepted and plastic money are not usable.
Ticket counter at Mien Dong Bus station (Photo by Thu Ngo, Vietnam Online)
How to get to Mien Dong Bus Terminal
Since the terminal is important for travelers to go to other provinces, there are various public bus routes to get to Mien Dong Bus Terminal. It costs VND 5,000 (.25 cents) for a bus ticket. Depending upon the departure, one may refer the table below to choose. City bus stops just outside of Mien Dong Bus station and it takes no time to walk from there to the ticket counter.
City bus at Mien Dong station (Photo by Thu Ngo, Vietnam Online)
Below is the schedule of city bus that has a stop in Mien Dong Bus station:
|Mien Dong Bus Station- Ben Thanh market||26|
|Mien Dong Bus Station-Mien Tay Bus Station||14|
|Mien Dong Bus Station-Di An-Binh Duong||14|
|Mien Dong Bus Station- Cat Lai Ferry Port||43|
|Mien Dong Bus Station-Moc Bai-Tay Ninh||704|
|Mien Dong Bus Station-Hoc Mon||24|
|Mien Dong Bus Station-Nga tu Ga Bus Station||40|
|Mien Dong Bus Station-Damsen Amusement Park||64|
|Mien Dong Bus Station-Ho Nai (Dong Nai)||604|
|Mien Dong Bus Station-Nhontrach Industrial Park||603|
|Mien Dong Bus Station - Cho Lon market||54|
Bus company contacts
Similar to Mien Tay bus station, there are also a number of transportation companies at Mien Dong that monopolizes over one or several routes. Below are the most popular ones:
> Minh Dung Bus has daily buses to Cam Ranh, Nha Trang and Phan Rang with one way ticket costing $4-5. Refer to the website or come directly to Mien Dong Bus station for detailed schedule and information.
Phone number: (083) 511-5234; (083) 519-0519
Website: http://vexe.com.vn - http://xeminhdung.com
> Hoang Long Bus has buses to and from Hanoi for $18-42.
Phone: (083) 915-1818; 511- 3113
> Phuong Trang Bus: has the office at the heart of the Pham Ngu Lao backpacker area. Bus quality is relatively high and service is consistent. You can also request to be dropped off at your hotel at no extra charge. Check out your timetable and buy your ticket in advance in the office.
Address: 274 - 276 Đe Tham, District 1.
Phone: (083) 920-6564/ (083) 920-6571