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Trip overview from Ho Chi Minh International Airport


To make trip planning super easy and fast, we created a step-by-step guide to find the best options to travel from Ho Chi Minh International Airport to Ho Chi Minh.

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How to get from Ho Chi Minh International Airport


Tan Son Nhat airport is the international airport of Ho Chi Minh and is a 30 to 45 minutes ride to the city center.

There are in several public buses going from the airport to Ho Chi Minh.

You can take the Yellow Airport Bus #109, Airport Bus #49 or public Bus #152.

The modern airport buses bring you for 20.000 VND (€0,80) to 40.000 VND (€1,50) to the center of Ho Chi Minh. We recommend taking one of these airport buses, since these are very spacious buses running almost all day long, with English speaking staff on board. Bus #109 is slightly cheaper than #49 but has fewer stops.

Check the itineraries to see which bus stops are close to your accommodation.

On the way from Ho Chi Minh to the airport, you can hop on one of the bus stops listed in the itineraries.

Another option is taking the public bus which operates till 18:00 and brings you for just 10.000 VND (€0,40) to the center. Dont expect to receive the same level of comfort as you get with the airport bus.

Not want the hassle of searching for your accommodation? Than it’s easier to just order a taxi. You can get a taxi from 100.000 VND (€4). Be aware that many taxi drivers will try to charge you more or will tell you that there are no pubic buses or shuttle buses. Don’t let them fool you!

Your options at a glance

Transport modeDurationCostsAvailability
Yellow Bus #10945 min20.000 VND (€0,80)No online tickets
Airport Bus #4945 min40.000 VND (€1,50)No online tickets
Public Bus #15245 min5.000 VND (€0,20)No online tickets
Taxi45 min100.000 VND (€4)Book a taxi

Are you a fast decision maker? Simply use the links above to book your tickets!

If you haven’t found your best transport option yet, no problem. This was just the intro. Below we share our step-by-step guide of how to get from Ho Chi Minh International Airport to Ho Chi Minh.

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Yellow Airport Bus #109 from Ho Chi Minh International Airport


Duration: 45min
Costs: 20.000 VND (€0,80)

Yellow bus #109 operates since March 2016 and is a new modern bus with plenty of space for your luggage. An extra plus is that the staff generally speaks some basic English.

The bus leaves every 15 to 20 minutes between 5:30am and 1:30am from Column 12 (International Terminal) or Column 18 (Domestic Terminal). The end station is Park 23/9, but the bus also passes Pham Ngu Lao (backpacker street) and Ben Thanh Bus station.

Tell the bus driver where you want to go and expect to pay 20.000 VND (€0,80) for a ticket to District 1 and 12.000 VND (€0,50) for short distances under 5km. The bus ride takes about 45 minutes, depending on the traffic.

Itinerary from Airport to City Center:

Tan Son Nhat Airport international terminal – Domestic terminal – Truong Son st – Tran Quoc Hoan – Hoang Van Thu st – Nguyen Van Troi st – Nam Ky Khoi Nghia St – Nguyen Dinh Chieu st – Cach mang thang Tam st- Pham Hong Thai st – Le Lai st – Ben Thanh bus station – Pham Ngu Lao st – 23/9 Park.

 

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Airport Bus #49 from Ho Chi Minh International Airport


Duration: 45min
Costs: 20.000 VND (€0,80)

Bus #49 is another bus that started operating not too long ago (May 2016). The bus leaves from the same column as bus #109 and you can expect the same high standard and English speaking staff.

Bus #49 is a few cents more expensive but has more stops in the center. The bus runs from 5:00am till 0:30am and the ticket costs a fixed fare of 40.000 VND (€1,50).  Also, this bus takes about 45 minutes, depending on the traffic.

Itinerary from Airport to City Center:

Tan Son Nhat Airport’s international terminal – domestic terminal – Truong Son – Tran Quoc Hoan – Hoang Van Thu – Nguyen Van Troi – Nam Ky Khoi Nghia – Le Duan – Cong Xa Paris – Dong Khoi – Dong Du – Hai Ba Trung – Ton Duc Thang – Ham Nghi – Ben Thanh – Pham Ngu Lao – Nguyen Trai – Le Lai – Nguyen Huu Canh – Cach Mang Thang 8 – Dien Bien Phu. 

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Public Bus #152 from Ho Chi Minh International Airport


Duration: 45min
Costs: 5.000 VND (€0,20)

Public bus #152 is the cheapest option to Ho Chi Minh city center and leaves every 20 minutes from 6:00 to 18:00.

You can find the bus when you walk out of the arrival terminal. Walk 50m to the right and get a ticket for 5,000 VND (€0,20) plus another 5.000 VND (€0,20) per piece of big luggage.

The end station is at the opposite of the roundabout from Benh Thanh market. This market is a short 10 minutes walk to Pham Ngu Lao area (also called backpack street).

 

Taxi from Ho Chi Minh International Airport


Duration: 45min
Costs: 100.000 VND (€4)

When you take a taxi from the Airport to Ho Chi Minh, always ask the driver to put on the meter.

Expect to pay about 120.000 VND (€5) or just order a Grab (Asian Uber) for 100.000 VND (€4).

Tip: When local taxi drivers ask if you ordered a Uber/Grab, it’s better to ignore this question to avoid ending up in an argument.

Book Your Transfer via Klook

You also have the option to book a private transfer from the airport to the city center via Klook. The cost of booking a vehicle starts at 163.500 VND (€6,50) for a group of 3. The cost gets higher depending on the size of the vehicle and the drop-off location in the city center.

Reserve a Taxi on Klook 

  Hotel

My favourite places to stay in Ho Chi Minh


Boholand Hostel

Want to enjoy a great atmosphere with a bit more privacy than the typical backpack hostel? Boholand hostel offers lovely decorated private rooms. The super friendly host will give you the best recommendations of where to go. And best of all, she serves a delicious home-made breakfast for a perfect start of the day!

Double rooms from: €18

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Chez Mimosa

This boutique hotel is located just oustide of the center, but everything is still in walking distance, or just $1 by taxi to the center. Enjoy a wonderful breakfast at the balcony after a great night of sleep in the comfy beds. The very helpful owners also provide airport shuttle service.

Double rooms from: €28

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SGN Living Artist Apartment

This apartment is located a few minutes walk from the backpacker street and offers great value for money. Expect stylish modern rooms with lots of space and very comfy beds.

Double rooms from: €36

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ActivitiesMekong Delta


One of the popular activities from Ho Chi Minh is visiting the Mekong Delta.

We recommend to check out Klook to get a better impression about this tour. Tickets start from €15 for a full day tour including entrance fees.


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