Ho Chi Minh is an eclectic city where everyone from budget backpackers to luxury seekers seem to find their place. We will tell you how to get from Ho Chi Minh Airport to city (District 1) by bus, taxi, Grab and private transportation if you wish more comfort.
Ho Chi Minh Airport to City
Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City is the largest airport in Vietnam. There are two terminals: Domestic and International. The distance from Ho Chi Minh Airport to city is 7 kilometers.
There are a few ways to get from Ho Chi Minh airport to city by bus, taxi, airport shuttle, Grab and by private transportation.
How to get from Ho Chi Minh Airport to City District 1 by Taxi
If you want to get from Ho Chi Minh airport to city by taxi. It will be the easiest way a taxi from Ho Chi Minh airport to city in district 1 where most of the people stay in Saigon.
You just need to make sure that the taxi driver turns on the taximeter. The travel time taxi from Ho Chi Minh airport to city will be around 30-40 minutes depending on the traffic. The distance from Tan Son Nhat International Airport to district 1 is only 7 kilometers.
The prices by taxi from Ho Chi Minh airport to city will be around 12000-140000 Vietnamese Dong which is $5-6 USD. It’s very affordable as you can see.
Ho Chi Minh Airport to District 1 by Grab
If you want to get from Ho Chi Minh airport to city by Grab. It will be also affordable and easy. It will be the same travel time than the taxi 30-40 minutes depending on the traffic. Prices by Grab from Ho Chi Minh airport to city by Grab will be around 90000-100000 VND which is around $4-5 USD.
Grab is little bit cheaper than a taxi and it’s fixed price. So you will avoid the popular scams of the taxi drivers in Vietnam. From all the options from Ho Chi Minh airport to city by Grab will be our favorite. Especially if you are traveling with someone.
Ho Chi Minh Airport to City by Bus
If you are traveling alone and on a budget this option can be for you. Also if you love interact with locals like me and you don’t have so much luggage. There are a few buses going from Ho Chi minh airport to city: Bus 49, Bus 109, Bus 119 and Bus 152.
Bus 152 Cheapest option from Ho Chi Minh Airport to City
If you want to get the cheapest option you will have to get bus 152 from Ho Chi Minh airport to city. The schedule of the bus 152 is starting first one from 5 30 am to 6 45 pm last one and buses are running every 15-20 minutes. It will take around 1 hour and the price is only 6000 VND which is only 30 cents of USD.
If you are staying in District 1 the best stop with the Bus 152 is Nguyễn Kim and from here you can go walking distance 3-4 minutes since is full of accommodation especially hotels on a budget. Click here to check the stops of Bus 152.
Yellow Bus 109 Most Popular Option
Yellow Bus 109 is an air aconditioned bus leaving the airport first bus at 5 30 am to 1 am last bus service from the airport and the buses are running every 15-20 minutes. It will take 45 minutes from Tan Son Nhat International Airport to Saigon Bus Station and stopping by District 1.
The bus fare is 20000 VND which is $1 USD and you can get on arrivals just on the right in Pillar Number 12 at International Terminal and Number 18/19 at Domestic Terminal same bus company than Bus 49.
The Bus 49 is starting from 5 am the first bus to 1 am and buses are running every 30 minutes. The Bus 49 will take around 30-40 minutes from Ho Chi Minh airport to city and the price is 40000 VND which is around $2 USD. Just ask the driver which stop you should go down and they will help you.
To get the Bus from International Terminal look for Pillar Number 12 and from Domestic Terminal Number 18/19.
Bus 119 Distric Ho Chi Minh Airport to District 5 and District 10
The Bus 119 will take 1 hour to reach District 10 and passing by District 5 is only 9 kilometers distance. The bus is 119 is starting at 4 am first bus to 9 pm last bus service from the airport and running every 30 minutes.
The bus fare is 12000 VND which is 60 cents of USD. You can get the bus in the same place than buses 49 and 109. Pillar Number 12 in International Terminal and Number 18/19 in Domestic Terminal.
Ho Chi Minh Airport Transfer
If you prefer the comfort of a Ho Chi Minh Airport transfer you can book online and they will be waiting for you with a sign in the airport. This option can be great if you are traveling in a group or with too much luggage after a long flight.
Best time to visit Ho Chi Minh
If you are planning to visit Vietnam from North to South, the best time of the year to visit is generally from September to December (Autumn) and March to April (Spring). These seasons are the sunniest in Vietnam.
Those traveling Southern Vietnam should take note that the best time to visit Ho Chi Minh City is December to April is the region’s dry season. Temperatures can even reach up to 40 degrees come March or April.
CURRENCY AND ATMS IN VIETNAM
Vietnam’s currency is the Vietnam Dong (VND). The exchange rate tends to be lower at the airport, so we recommend that you only exchange enough money to get you settled in Vietnam and exchange the rest some place with higher rates.
As far as we know, the exchange rate is $1 USD to 23,000 Vietnamese Dong. Just click here to know the current exchange rate between Vietnam and your country.
SIM CARD IN VIETNAM
Internet in Vietnam is very accessible. There are free wifi hotspots in Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City. Other places where you can have internet are coffee shops in which you just have to pay for your drinks that only costs $1-$2.5 USD.
If you want to use internet connection with your phone. You’ll see kiosks and stalls selling sim cards and they costs up to $8-9 USD. You just have to provide your passport to purchase the sim card as per government regulations.
BUDGET TRAVEL IN VIETNAM
From street foods to the ones in the restaurants, Vietnamese cuisine is like having an adventure on a budget. Average price of a decent meal in restaurants costs less than $9 USD. For breakfast, you can have Pho for just $2 USD or less. Vietnamese Spring rolls or Cha gio can cost less than $1 USD.
Bahn mi is only $2 USD or less. Ca phe sua da or Vietnamese iced coffee with milk is only $0.50 USD. A must to try is the egg coffee in Hanoi Old Quarter for $1 USD you will try an amazing coffee.
Where to Stay in Ho Chi Minh
The cost of staying for a night in a private double room in a low-end guest house costs are starting $8-10 USD. There are also Airbnb options starting from $10-20 USD and be ready to have a local experience.
You can also try AirBnB in Ho Chi Minh City with prices starting from $10-20 USD. Click here to get $30 USD off your first booking with AirBnB!
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