The over-77-m-long and 9.49-m-wide vessel is capable of carrying 1,017 passengers.

Representatives from agencies and companies at the launching ceremony of the high-speed boat service linking Ho Chi Minh City and Con Dao Island (Photo:

With the service, it takes about four hours and 30 minutes to travel between Saigon - Hiep Phuoc port in Ho Chi Minh City and Con Dao, said Bui Hoa An, Deputy Director of the municipal Department of Transport.

One-way ticket prices range between 615,000 VND and 1.1 million VND (24-43 USD), depending on passenger categories and departure time.

The service, available three days weekly, is expected to help strengthen the connectivity between Ho Chi Minh City and Southeastern provinces.

Currently, it takes about 50 minutes to travel by air between the southern metropolis and Con Dao.

Source: VNA