Ho Chi Minh Transportation

How to Reach Ho Chi Minh City

If you want to visit Ho Chi Minh City, you will probably find dozens of alternatives that might be workable for you. For getting into the city, it is essential to get sought-after information about every detail and resolve your how to reach query. Here is the detailed information on how to reach Ho Chi Minh City by air, train, bus, etc.

By Air

Tan Son Nhat International Airport is the nearest airport connecting the city to the world. This airport resides about 6 km (3.72 miles) from the heart of the town. The airport connects the city to most of the countries present across the world. Tan Son Nhat plays the vital role as a domestic and international airport.

The airport has two terminals that regularly serve both domestic and international flights. Most of the flights going to the city via 1 to 2 stops based on the airlines. Several airlines, including Air France, Qatar Airways, Lufthansa, Eva Air, and Royal Brunei Airlines, connect the city to the world. You can opt for a bus to reach the city center, which is the cheapest commute, or take a mini-bus, a taxi from the airport.

By Train

Travelling by train to Ho Chi Minh City is a time consuming and not much feasible. The Saigon Railway Station connects Ho Chi Minh with other Vietnamese cities, such as Hanoi, Mui Ne, Nha Trang. The railway station resides in district 3, which is a stop for the Reunification Express. Apart from the Saigon railway station, Song Than is another central railway station in this city.

You can complete the train journey in three steps –

• Take a train from Nanning or Beijing in China.
• Change the train at Pingxiang or Dong Dang border point. Also, you can wait here for four hours for Nanning Express.
• After reaching Hanoi, take a ride on the Reunification Express to reach your destination, Saigon Railway station, via a ludicrous, within 40 hours.

By Bus

Various bus services that work conveniently to reach the city within 6 hours. The Mien Dong Coach Station is the largest bus station that connects Ho Chi Minh City to other Vietnam cities. A few buses are running to and from directly from the Ho Chi Minh City. However, you can take a bus from Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The bus crosses the Cambodian border and helps you to reach Moc Bai. It is the most convenient route to reach your destination, i.e., Saigon.

Getting Around

If you want to reach downtown after arriving at the airport, transportation is the biggest challenge for tourists. With the rapid development of public transport, getting around to downtown Ho Chi Minh City is easy. Several commuting ways are available as a bus, train, taxi, motorbike taxis, local bus or Hop-on Hop-off bus, and speedboat. As a tourist, you should take extra care and avoid being scammed.

• Note – Before leaving the airport, never forgot to convert money into the Vietnamese Dong (VND). It is better to keep at least VND 300,000 (US$ 14.00) to reach the city's heart.

a. By Taxi

If you are a tourist and looking to get around to downtown city, a taxi is the easiest and safest option. Numerous metered taxi services are available in Ho Chi Minh City. If you arrive at the airport, you will find a taxi at the terminal's left part. You can easily hail one fleet from the streets as the taxi drivers know how to get you to your destination.

Before starting a taxi journey, don't forget to check the meter. Vinasun is one of the famous taxi service providers. The company has several taxi stands across the city. Fleets are available from middle-sized Hondas and Toyotas as well.

Average Price and Fare:

• Flag down rate: VND 10,000 to VND 15,000 to district 1
• Fare per kilometer: VND 6,000
*Note – addition VND 10,000 for the airport exit toll charges.
Schedule: Taxi is available 24/7.

b. By Motorbike

Motorbike taxis (Xe Om) are efficient transit option to move around. Travelling through a motorbike is the most local experience. You have to climb onto the motorbike, and you have to wear a helmet that will be provided. There will be an experienced driver who helps you in getting an exciting view of the city. That driver will also help you to reach your destination through in and out of the traffic jams.

The Xe Om is inexpensive and the best travelling option for short distances (within the district). The majority of the Xe Om drivers speak local Vietnamese, which you may find difficult to understand. You can hire a motorbike from the Pham Ngu Lao area as well.

Average Fare and Price:

• Based on distance: VND 10,000 to 15,000 based on distance
• Based on hour: VND 25,000
Schedule: During the day, you can easily find Xe Oms from anywhere.

c. By Local Bus or Hop-on Hop-off Bus

Hop-on-Hop-off buses are the suitable option to explore Ho Chi Minh City. There are Anh Viet double-decker buses that help you to plan your city tour. Also, it gives you the flexibility to hop off at any stop and explore the area. When the next bus arrives, you can hop back on the vehicle. Here, you will find audio-commentary in multiple languages. An English-speaking tour assistant is also there.

If you want to travel by hop-on and hop-off bus, reach to the main bus station at Saigon Central Post Office. The first bus stop is in front of De La Poste Café.

Schedule: 24 hours
Start time: 9 am to 5:30 pm, run with the gap of 30 minutes

d. By Speedboat

The Mekong Delta connects the Ho Cho Minh city to other cities in Vietnam and Cambodia by passenger boats. You can select an early or late morning departing boat to enjoy views along the riverbanks.

Starts from: Tan Cang Pier
Stops at: Cu Chi Tunnels

e. By Bus

A bus is one of the most popular commuting options. There are 150 routes spreading over the city. Before getting around, we recommend you to buy a map from the central city hub. You can buy a single side bus ticket from Ben Thanh bus station located on Tran Hung Dao Street.

Option 1
Public Bus 152 is the cheapest but not much convenient. If you are taking a bus from the airport, you will see the bus stop on the right side towards De Than Street.
Schedule: 6:00 am to 6:00 pm, runs by a gap of 20 minutes
Route: Bus 152 runs through the City Center and reaches the final stop, i.e., San bay Tan Son Nhat
Average Cost: VND 5,000 per person and one large-sized luggage
Option 2
Yellow Bus 109 is a modern city bus which is more expensive than the Public Bus. Although it is a cheaper option compared to a metered taxi.
Schedule: 5:30 am to 1:30 am, runs after 20 minutes
Route: This bus runs via the City Center and reaches the final stop, i.e., Pham Ngu Lao street
Average Cost: VND 20,000 per person
Option 3
Shuttle Bus 49 is the same as Yellow Bus 109. But only the difference is these shuttle buses 49 has drop-off points at the city and significant hotels of the city.
Schedule: 5:30 am to 1:30 am, runs with the gap of 40 minutes
Route: Runs via the City Center and takes stops at significant hotels
Average Cost: VND 40,000 per person.
- Last updated on May. 18, 2021 -