Ho Chi Minh Airport (Tan Son Nhat)

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How to travel from/to Ho Chi Minh International Airport (Tan Son Nhat)?

Ho Chi Minh Airport, also called Tan Son Nhat, is Vietnam’s busiest airport. It serves Ho Chi Minh and other nearby cities in the southeastern region.

From Ho Chi Minh Airport, it takes about 45 minutes to get to the city centre. You can take a bus or a taxi with rates from 6,000 VND ($0.25) and 150,000 VND ($6), respectively.

4 ways to get from Ho Chi Minh Airport to Ho Chi Minh City Centre

Transport ModeDurationCostsAvailability
Public Bus #15245 minutes6,000 VND ($0.25)Read article for more info
Yellow Bus #109*45 minutes20,000 VND ($0.85)Read article for more info
Airport Bus #4945 minutes40,000 VND ($1.70)Read article for more info
Taxi45 minutes150,000 VND ($6)Book a taxi

The cheapest way to travel between Ho Chi Minh Airport and the city centre is via a public bus that costs only 6,000 VND ($0.25). Note though that these are often packed with locals, so don’t expect to receive the same level of comfort that you can get with an airport bus.

Bus #109 and Bus #49 are both modern airport buses that cater mostly to tourists. Fares are from 20,000 VND ($0.85) to 40,000 VND ($1.70). We recommend taking one of these airport buses since they are very spacious and come with an English-speaking staff.

Airport buses also have designated stops within the city. We note their itineraries in more detail below.

If you prefer a direct transfer, you can also get a taxi from 150,000 VND ($6). You will find the taxi queue just outside the arrivals hall. Make sure to ask the driver to turn on the meter before setting off. Travel time from Ho Chi Minh International Airport to the city centre takes 45 minutes.

Are you heading to a new destination? See here an overview of all direct flights from Ho Chi Minh airport.

*COVID-19 UPDATE: Currently (July 2022), Ho Chi Minh’s yellow airport bus #109 is not available.

Itinerary from Ho Chi Minh International Airport (Tan Son Nhat)

Ho Chi Minh on map

Ho Chi Minh Airport Public Bus #152

Duration: 45 minutes
Cost: 6,000 VND ($0.25)
Duration: 45 minutes
Cost: 6,000 VND ($0.25)

Public bus #152 is the cheapest way to get from Tan Son Nhat Airport to Ho Chi Minh city centre. A bus ticket only costs 6,000 VND ($0.25), but note that you’ll have to pay an additional 6,000 VND ($0.25) per piece of big luggage.

You can find the public buses outside the arrival terminal at Ho Chi Minh Airport. Walk about 50m to the right to find the ticket counter.

Public buses from Saigon Airport to the city centre depart every 15 minutes from 05:45 to 18:15.

These buses make several stops along the way. The final stop is at the roundabout across Ben Thanh Market. This market is a short 10-minute walk to Pham Ngu Lao Street (also called backpack street).

Ho Chi Minh Airport by Yellow Airport Bus #109*

Duration: 45 minutes
Cost: 20,000 VND ($0.85)
Duration: 45 minutes
Cost: 20,000 VND ($0.85)

*COVID-19 UPDATE: Currently (July 2022), Ho Chi Minh’s yellow airport bus #109 is not available.

Yellow bus #109 are modern buses with plenty of space for your luggage. These buses are tourist-friendly and the staff generally speaks some basic English.

The bus leaves every 15-20 minutes between 05:30 in the morning and 01:00 past midnight. You can find Bus #109 at Column 12 of the International Terminal and Column 18 of the Domestic Terminal.

The yellow bus has designated stops within the city. This includes Ben Thanh Market and Pham Ngu Lao Street (backpacker area). Its last stop is at Park 23/9. The bus ride takes about 45 minutes, depending on traffic.

Expect to pay 20,000 VND ($0.85) for a bus ticket to the tourist centre in District 1. If you’re just heading to a nearby destination (less than 5km from the airport), then a ticket costs 12,000 VND ($0.50).

Yellow Bus #109 Itinerary from Ho Chi Minh Airport to city centre

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.

Ho Chi Minh Airport by Airport Bus #49

Duration: 45 minutes
Cost: 40,000 VND ($1.70)
Duration: 45 minutes
Cost: 40,000 VND ($1.70)

Bus #49 is another modern bus line that provides comfortable rides for tourists. Like Bus #109, Bus #49 departs from Column 12 of the International Terminal and Column 18 of the Domestic Terminal. It also comes with an English-speaking staff.

Bus #49 is a bit more expensive but also has more stops in Saigon city centre. A ticket costs 40,000 VND ($1.70).

These buses run from 05:00 in the morning until 00:30 past midnight. Travel time is about 45 minutes.

Airport Bus #49 Itinerary from Ho Chi Minh Airport to city centre

Tan Son Nhat Airport 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. 

Ho Chi Minh Airport by Taxi

Duration: 45 minutes
Cost: 150,000 VND ($6)
Duration: 45 minutes
Cost: 150,000 VND ($6)

When you take a taxi to or from Ho Chi Minh Airport, always ask the driver to put on the meter. For your reference, a typical ride between the airport and Saigon city centre costs around 150,000 VND ($6).

Note that there is an airport surcharge of 10,000 VND ($0.40), on top of the total amount of your taxi ride.

Book with Grab if you have a Vietnam sim card

If you already have a Vietnam sim card that has mobile data, we recommend that you hail your taxi through Grab (Asian Uber). Fares are usually cheaper with rates from 100,000 VND ($4.30). And you will already know how much to pay before the ride.

Also here, there is a 10,000 VND ($0.40) airport surcharge.

TIP: When local taxi drivers ask if you ordered a Grab car, it’s better to ignore this question to avoid ending up in an argument. Grab doesn’t really sit well with veteran taxi drivers.

Book Your Transfer via Klook

You also have the option to book a private transfer from Ho Chi Minh Airport to the city centre via Klook. Rates start from 200,000 VND ($8.50) for a group of 3. The cost gets higher depending on the size of the vehicle and the drop-off location in the city centre.

Reserve a Taxi on Klook 

  Hotel

Our 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: $24

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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: $32

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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: $40

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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 $16.50 for a full day tour including entrance fees.

 

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