Ho Chi Minh City Airport Shuttles
You can reserve a hotel in Ho Chi Minh City or you can make discount airport transportation reservations. Tan Son International Airport is Vietnam’s largest airport. The airport code is (SGN), and it is situated a short 4 miles from the city center.
Green Path Transfers is another highly reputable luxury option for transfers to hotels and Saigon. Mai Linh Taxis offers reasonably priced transport to and from the city and it can be found just outside the International Arrivals Area. Air-conditioned buses can also be found just outside the airport terminals; they are cheap but there is a separate fee for luggage which varies.
About Ho Chi Minh City Airport
SGN handles approximately 20 million
catering for over 46 percent of Vietnam’s air passenger travel. The airport caters for Saigon and other areas of southern Vietnam.
Following recent decisions by Vietnamese authorities, a new International Airport will be constructed to replace the current Tan Son Airport. The airport will be built some 30 miles from Saigon and will have the capacity to handle the Airbus A380. The first terminal will be completed in 2020 and will have an annual capacity of 20 million passengers and the second stage will be completed by 2035 providing the airport with three terminals as well a cargo terminal estimated to handle over five million metric tons of cargo annually. The project is worth $8 billion.
SGN serves as a hub for Vietnam Airlines and a popular destination for other large regional and international carriers like Singapore Airlines, All Nippon Airlines, Continental Airlines as well low-cost carrier airlines. It’s also a gateway for passengers intending to visit nearby southeast Asian countries like Cambodia, Burma and Laos.
Hotels near SGN
If sleeping at the airport doesn’t appeal much to you, there are several hotels located in proximity to the airport. You can select your preference based on reviews, star ratings and distance from the airport.
Peal Palace Hotel, which is located in the city is a nice and tidy place. Staff is friendly and there is a variety of breakfast options. The hotel
located near convenient stores, but it’s also near a busy street which can become noisy. Thanh Thu Hotel is another budget friendly hotel situated about 5 miles from the airport. The hotel has a swimming pool, free Internet access and varied breakfast options.
and Truong Hai Hotel are also located near the airport and they offer a convenient stay for weary passengers. Staff is friendly and helpful and there are several amenities to keep passengers intrigued.
Ho Chi Minh City shuttle to the airport
Domestic and International terminal
The domestic terminal used to be the old International terminal with 62 check-in
It is easy to navigate your way around, especially with only 3 domestic airlines being active.
The new international terminal was officially put to use in 2007, welcoming tourists and business travellers from all over the world. International terminals also have many modern facilities such as restaurants, convenient stores and currency exchange booths.
It takes approximately 10 minutes to get from one terminal to another so if you have a transit in Ho Chi Minh City, you will not be in any hassle.
Airport in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
With the total capacity to handle 15–17 million passengers per year, Tan Son Nhat International Airport is the largest airport in Vietnam. Its work load is split in two buildings destination-wise - Terminal 1 for domestic flights and Terminal 2 for international flights. Modern and efficient, it offers quick service, a variety of facilities, eateries and shops, and special spacious areas where travelers can access free wi-fi.
Direct flights to Tan Son Nhat International Airport are operated from Kiev, London, Istanbul, Seattle, Melbourne, Sydney, and the neighboring Asian countries.
Transportation from the airport to the city is relatively easy as Tan Son
Terminal is located only 6 km from the city center of Ho Chi Minh.
Getting Around in Ho Chi Minh City
Despite its notorious traffic, getting around in Ho Chi Minh City is a fairly easy task once you’ve done a bit of research before making your way to this lively city. Ho Chi Minh City is made up of 24 districts, with District 1 to 5 hosting the highest number of attractions, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and shopping venues in the city. Travelling via the iconic (and diminishing) cyclo is a tourists’ favourite way of getting around, but there’s also an efficient network of motorcycle taxis, public buses, and private taxis connects you to the city centre and beyond.
Travellers can also rent a bicycle or motorbike, though navigating through the city’s busy (and dangerous) traffic might be quite the challenge for the inexperienced. For a hassle-free way of navigating through the city, check out our guide to Saigon public transportation. Most Booked Hotels Rating Hotel Nikko Saigon 4.7/ 5 Rex Hotel 4.3/ 5 Grand Hotel Saigon 4.2/ 5 Hotel Majestic Saigon 4.3/ 5 Pullman Saigon Centre 4.4/ 5 Liberty Central Saigon Riverside 4.3/ 5 New World Saigon Hotel 4.2/ 5 Liberty Central Saigon Citypoint 4.4/ 5 Caravelle Saigon 4.5/ 5 Liberty Central Saigon Centre 4.2/ 5 Most Booked Tours Small-Group Full-Day Mekong Delta Cruise Admission to A O Show Saigon Chinatown Cyclo Tour with Lunch Private Evening Tour of Ho Chi Minh City Lady Hau Dinner Cruise on the Saigon River The Mist Dance Show with Private Transfer Taxi Travelling by taxi is one of the easiest ways to get around Ho Chi Minh City as you can find several vehicles parked outside renowned hotels, landmarks, bars, and restaurants.
The standard taxi fare is between VND 10,000 and VND 15,000, with every kilometre priced at VND 6,000. In District 1, you should be able to get to most places for less than VND 80,000. Do note that taxi scams are quite common in Saigon, so stick with legitimate taxi companies such as Mai Linh Taxi (+84 83 925 0250), or Vinasun (+84 83 272-727). Xe Om (Motorcycle Taxi) A common yet interesting mode of transportation in Vietnam is xe om or motorcycle taxis, where you will be weaving through the bustling traffic with an experienced driver. It’s also fairly inexpensive as it’s priced between VND 10,000 and VND 15,000 depending on your destination (and haggling skills). You can also opt for an hourly booking fare of VND 25,000, which is quite the steal since you’re able explore an entire district within a short amount of time.
You’re also provided with a helmet for safety; just make sure to keep your knees in and most drivers appreciate you looking out for traffic and hand-signalling a turn. The only downside to xe om is the language barrier, as most locals can’t converse in English. Cyclo The three-wheeled cyclo is a diminishing transportation in Saigon, mostly found nearby popular landmarks, temples, restaurants, and bars. With an hourly rental of VND 20,000, most travellers opt for cyclo to travel between the city sights or short trips within the Dong Khoi district. Due to the rather bustling traffic in Ho Chi Minh City, we suggest against all-day cyclo tours.
However, travelling via cyclo can be quite the memorable experience for thrill-seeking travellers. Bus Serving more than 100 routes around Ho Chi Minh City, buses are great for exploring the city on a tight budget. Easily distinguished by its white and green exterior, all buses are fitted with comfortable seats and air-conditioning, with tickets priced as low as VND300. Major bus terminals within the city include Ben Thanh Station (where you can get a free map of the Ho Chi Minh Bus Route), Cholon Station, and Mien Dong Station. If you’re looking to take the bus from the airport to the city centre or vice versa, look out for the #147 (Cho Lon Bus Station – Tan Son Nhat) and #152 (Trung Son Resident – Tan Son Nhat) buses.
Bus#147 takes you to Ho Chi Minh City’s Chinatown area while bus #152 will go to the Ben Thanh Market, which is less than five minutes away from the backpacker district of Pham Ngu Lao. Bicycle & Motorcycle Rentals Bicycle and motorcycle rentals are available all over Vietnam, though most travellers decide against renting one in Saigon due to the city's chaotic traffic. Most hotels can help arrange for bicycle and motorcycle rentals, but these come with very inflated prices, so your best bet is heading to the Pham Ngu Lao disrict, where a full-day bicycle with helmet costs from VND 20,000 while motorcycles are about VND 120,000.