Ho Chi Minh City

How do I get from Tan Son Nhat International Airport to the center of Ho Chi Minh City?


You can choose the most suitable option for you from the following:

Bus
Taxi
Private car
Bus

The airport bus service operates 24/7 with fares as low as VND 10,000 to VND 40,000 per ticket.

 

The bus stop is located right outside the arrival gate, so you easily be able to locate it.

 

Please note that the trip can take from 40 to 65 minutes depending on where you want to get off, so make sure that you are not in a rush and that you have picked the right route.

Taxi

A taxi will cost you approximately VND 180,000 to VND 200,000 if you are headed to the city center (Districts 1,3,4,5,6,7,8) and up to VND 300,000 for a trip to the suburban areas (District 2,9, Tan Binh, Binh Tan, etc.).

 

If your destination is in the heart of the city center (Districts 1,3), you can ask the taxi driver to use the meter. The fare should only be around VND 100,000.

 

The taxi rank is located right outside the arrival gate, so you should easily be able to locate it.

 

Expect some traffic on the way from the airport to the city center, and where possible, avoid morning and evening hours at all costs, as everyone is either going to school / work or going back home. You will barely move and there is a chance you may miss your flight.

Private car

Their desks are right outside the baggage claim area, where one of their representatives will be ready to assist you.

 

Please keep in mind this option is quite on the expensive side (VND 320,000 to VND 350,000 per trip), so if you are operating on a budget, I would not recommend it.

 

Can I take public transport to and from Tan Son Nhat International Airport?


Yes, you can. There are five bus routes that will get you from Tan Son Nhat Airport to several locations in the city:

 

Route 152
Route 109
Route 119
Route 159
Shuttle Bus 49
Route 152

Route: Trung Sơn urban area, District 8 – Ben Thanh Market – Tan Son Nhat Airport

 

Ticket fare: VND 7,000 per ticket

 

Travel time: 50-55 minutes

Route 109

Route:

23/9 Park, District 1 – Tan Son Nhat Airport

 

Ticket fare:

20,000 per ticket

 

Travel time:

45 minutes

Route 119

Route:

Bus station to the West – Tan Son Nhat Airport

 

Ticket fare:

VND 20,000 per ticket

 

Travel time:

60 minutes

Route 159

Route:

Bus station to the East – Tan Son Nhat Airport – An Suong bus station

 

Ticket fare:

VND 20,000 per ticket

 

Travel time:

60 minutes

Shuttle Bus 49

Route:

Tan Son Nhat Airport – District 1

 

Ticket fare:

VND 40,000 per ticket

 

Travel time:

40 minutes

 

What is the average cost of a taxi ride from Tan Son Nhat International Airport to the center of Ho Chi Minh City?


Assuming the taxi driver is using the meter, the cost will vary based on the distance and duration of your trip. Fares range from VND 100,000 for a trip to District 1 (the heart of the city) to VND 200,000 if you are headed to the surrounding areas. They do not, however, vary based on the time of day.

Can I rent a car at Tan Son Nhat Airport?


Yes, you can. The car rental company Song Viet is situated just outside the baggage claim area. The average rate for a transfer is between VND 300,000 and VND 350,000.

While I would not recommend using this service if you are traveling by yourself or with your partner, it does make sense to do so if you are traveling with your family. 

Considering the traffic and the distance involved, taxis are probably the best option, and they offer the added bonus of not having to worry about carrying your luggage.

If this is your first time traveling to Vietnam, and especially to Ho Chi Minh City, I would advise against taking a bike – your heart will fall out of your chest when seeing a thousand of bikes huddled in rows of hundreds!

If you still wish to go ahead and try one, then ‘GrabBike’ is everywhere and very easy to catch but you will need to walk outside of the airport area because motorbikes are not permitted in the arrival terminal.

Please note there is an airport surcharge of VND 15,000 that will be added to your bill if the meter is used.

What is the cheapest/fastest way to travel to and from Tan Son Nhat Airport?


Please refer to the list below for the options available, so you can choose the most suitable one:

  • Taxi: reasonable price, private service, the driver will take you to the address of your choice.
  • Shuttle bus: cheapest fares, old interiors, the driver will only drop you off at the bus stop nearest to your hotel / homestay.
  • Private car: rates vary from VND 280,000 to VND 350,000 upwards, modern interiors, the driver will take you to your address of choice.
  • GrabBike: cheap fares, but be prepared to face the crazy Saigon traffic.

How far is Tan Son Nhat Airport from the city center?


The distance from Tan Son Nhat Airport to District 1 is around 7 – 8 kilometers. To get from Tan Son Nhat Airport to the city center of Ho Chi Minh City will take you anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 hour, depending on traffic.

What are the chances of getting scammed by taxi drivers in Ho Chi Minh City?


Only choose well-known taxi companies such as Vinasun or Mai Linh.

There are almost a hundred taxi companies in Ho Chi Minh City, but Vinasun and Mai Linh are pretty much everywhere, and should be easily recognizable.

Both Vinasun and Mai Linh have recently launched applications on Android and IOS that allow you to book a trip and check the estimated fare in advance, which will help you avoid getting scammed (though in fairness this is a very rare occurrence if you stick to these taxi companies).

Should you not be able to find any taxis from either of these two companies in your area, and you have no choice but to go with one of the other taxi companies, please pay attention to the following points to minimize your chances of getting scammed:

  • Make sure that the driver is wearing a uniform and the name badge provided by his / her company
  • Be sure that there is a company logo and a hotline number on the vehicle
  • Check that the kilometer gauge is set to 0 and is functioning

If you feel you might have been scammed, or you believe the final fare is too high, please talk with your hotel’s receptionist or security and ask them to assist you with talking to the driver.

Are there any alternatives to taxis in Ho Chi Minh City?


Grab is the most popular transportation option in the city, but don’t forget to check out the private ride hailing services Bee and Go Viet as well, as they have just been launched and offer discounted fares and promotions.

The only problem with these companies is that their fleets of drivers are still growing and you might have a hard time hailing a taxi or a bike in certain areas of the city; if you are lucky you might just need to wait a little longer than you would with Grab.

Is public transport in Ho Chi Minh City any good?


Buses are the only public transportation option available in Ho Chi Minh City.

If you go by bus it will take you a long time to get to your destination, but if time is not an issue then you can give it a try as it will be quite an experience. The only tickets available are single and monthly tickets.

Grabbike or Grabcar are very popular and easy to catch but not during busy times, or when it is raining (the fare might be double or triple as high demand), so taxis are more advisable for then.

Can I rent a bicycle or a motorbike in Ho Chi Minh City?


Yes, in Ho Chi Minh City you can easily rent bicycles and even motorbikes.

To do so, you can simply contact your hotel’s receptionist or you can find a rental service online, where both the vehicle and helmets will be sent directly to your door.

The cost will be anywhere from VND 60,000 to VND 150,000 per day depending on the vehicle’s brand and condition.

Tip: Try to avoid Nouvo bikes as they are quite old, they could stop working anytime, and they use a lot more fuel than other, more modern, brands.

Is it expensive to go from Ho Chi Minh City to other parts of Vietnam?


Ho Chi Minh City is Vietnam’s busiest city and Ton San Nhat Airport its busiest airport.

Ton San Nhat Airport offers thousands of international and domestic flights per day, which means that you will easily be able to find flights to your next destination.

If you are on a budget, then the low-cost Vietjet, Jetstar, and Bamboo Airlines should really be your airlines of choice, provided they offer flights to your destination (they mostly offer domestic flights and flights to other South East Asian countries).

Both the train and the bus will take you to most destinations in Vietnam, but this will mean you spending a long time on the road.

It takes two and a half days to travel from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi – the capital of Vietnam, situated in the north of the country – and between eight and nine hours to Nha Trang, the coastal tourism city situated in the center of Vietnam.