How to travel from/to Ho Chi Minh International Airport (Tan Son Nhat)?
Tan Son Nhat Airport is the international airport of Ho Chi Minh and is a 30 to 45 minutes ride to the city centre. Are you heading to a new destination? See here an overview of all direct flights from Ho Chi Minh airport.
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 ($0.85) to 40,000 VND ($1.70) to the centre 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.
4 ways to get from Ho Chi Minh Airport to Ho Chi Minh City Centre
Another option is to take the public bus, which operates till 18:00 and brings you for just 10,000 VND ($0.40) to the centre. Don’t expect to receive the same level of comfort that you can get with the airport bus.
Don’t want the hassle of searching for your accommodation? Then it’s easier to just order a taxi. You can get a taxi from 100,000 VND ($4.30). Be aware that many taxi drivers will try to charge you more or will tell you that there are no public buses or shuttle buses. Don’t let them fool you!
Itinerary from Ho Chi Minh International Airport (Tan Son Nhat)
Ho Chi Minh International Airport by Yellow Airport Bus #109
Duration: 45min Cost: 20,000 VND ($0.85)
Yellow bus #109 has been operating 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 5:30 am and 1:00 am from Column 12 (International Terminal) or Column 18 (Domestic Terminal). The end station is Park 23/9, but the bus also passes by 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 ($0.85) for a ticket to District 1 and 12,000 VND ($0.50) for short distances under 5km. The bus ride takes about 45min, depending on traffic.
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 International Airport by Airport Bus #49
Duration: 45min Cost: 40,000 VND ($1.70)
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 5:00 am till 12:30 am and the ticket costs a fixed fare of 40,000 VND ($1.70). Also, this bus takes about 45min, depending on traffic.
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 International Airport Public Bus #152
Duration: 50min Cost: 6,000 VND ($0.25)
Public bus #152 is the cheapest option to Ho Chi Minh city centre and leaves every 12 to 17 minutes from 6:00 to 18:00.
You can find the bus when you walk out of the arrival terminal at Ho Chi Minh Airport. Walk 50m to the right and get a ticket for 6,000 VND ($0.25) plus another 6,000 VND ($0.25) per piece of big luggage.
The end station is at the opposite of the roundabout from Ben Thanh market. This market is a short 10-min walk to Pham Ngu Lao area (also called backpack street).
Ho Chi Minh International Airport by Taxi
Duration: 45min Cost: 100,000 VND ($4.30)
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) if you get a taxi at Ho Chi Minh Airport. Much better, order one from Grab (Asian Uber) for 100,000 VND ($4.30).
Tip: When local taxi drivers ask if you ordered an Uber/Grab, it’s better to ignore this question to avoid ending up in an argument. Uber/Grab don’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. The cost of booking a vehicle starts at 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.
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!
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.