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How to take shuttle buses from Tan Son Nhat International Airport to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) center

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A few years back, travelers would not even consider taking public transport due to the confusion on the routes and the hop-on-hop-off methods that most of the locals do there – at least; they seem to know what they’re doing. Everything seemed so chaotic and that taking a taxi straight out of the airport seemed easier. Now, taking airport shuttles has never been easier. The city now has NEW dedicated airport shuttles going straight to District 1 (city center) and the famous Ben Thanh Market. Want other Vietnam Travel Tips? Check the latest customized Travel Guide on What to do in Ho Chi Minh City.

Now, there are a few color-coded public shuttle buses, such as blue, green, and yellow that go around the city. To make things simple, you just need to identify the yellow bus. Here are the 3 different buses that run between the airport and city center:

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Yellow Bus 109 - This is a brand new dedicated air-conditioned shuttle that has been operating since March 2016 and travels between the city center and the airport. To monitor the city’s crimes and safety, buses have security cameras on them. To make this tourist friendly, the written information on the bus is in both Vietnamese and English. Staffs on the bus speak limited English.

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Costs: For a 1-way trip, it costs VND 20,000 or (USD $1) and VND 12,000 if you don’t go all the way to the city center. There’s no extra charge for luggage.

Timing: There is a bus every 20-30 minutes, and it operates daily between 5:30 AM – 1 AM. It takes approximately 45 minutes from the airport to the 23/9 Park (pronounced 23rd of September Park) on Pham Ngu Lao street, right off of the backpacker’s area.

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Where it is parked: you can find the bus station right in front of both the domestic and international arrivals' entrances. When you walk out of the terminal arrival, turn right and walk across the median where the car picks up lanes are, and you will see the Vietnamese and English signs pointing your way. 

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Routes:

The bus routes go via Tan Son Nhat Airport’s 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 – Nam Ky Khoi Nghia – Nguyen Van Troi – Phan Dinh Giot – Truong Son – International terminal 

To check out the bus routes with data officially provided by the Ho Chi Minh City of Department of Traffic and Transportation, you can download this Free App or access it with your browser through http://busmap.vn/?locale=en

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Yellow Bus 49 – This is the pricier airport shuttle with a 1-way trip costs VND 40,000 (USD $2). The reason for the doubled prices compared to the Yellow Bus 109 is that they will drop you off directly at your hotel in the city. There is no extra charge for luggage.

Timing: same as Yellow bus 109 above

Routes: same as Yellow bus 109 above

Tip: Do not accept rides from random people offering to take you to the city center as you will be ripped off. Also, ignore people who tell you that there are no more buses in the evening. Please note that buses operate between 5:30 AM – 1 AM daily.

Tip: If you want to avoid waiting for the next bus, walk to the other bus stop in the domestic terminals, which is a 5-minute walk.

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Green Bus 152 – This is a local public bus that travels between the city center and airport. The cost is much cheaper, but you will need to pay extra if you have luggage.

The price is VND 5,000 (USD $0.25), and additional luggage is another $0.25 per piece. This green bus has more stops than the yellow buses, and the condition is older.

Note: The Green Bus 152 is government operated whereas the yellow buses are privately owned.

For airport arrival tips at Tan Son Nhat International Airport and other Vietnam Travel Tips, you can check my other blogs published on this site.

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Guest - Kumar Parumal on Monday, 26 December 2016 07:31

Hi Linh!

Thank you for this amazing detailed review. I will try the bus tomorrow will be visiting HCMC for 6 days!!

Hi Linh! Thank you for this amazing detailed review. I will try the bus tomorrow will be visiting HCMC for 6 days!!
Guest - Margo Cole on Monday, 27 March 2017 14:48

This is brilliant, thank you for for compiling such useful tips to get to the city. I found this extremely helpful

This is brilliant, thank you for for compiling such useful tips to get to the city. I found this extremely helpful
Guest - Kryshaine Mei on Saturday, 29 April 2017 14:35

Hi, Linh. I would like to ask something.. if the bus operates at 5:30 am till 1 oclock midniight then what if our arrival would be past 12 midnight like 12:45? it would be likely that we wouldn't be able to catch one right? Is there any other possible options other than the bus? thank you so much.

Hi, Linh. I would like to ask something.. if the bus operates at 5:30 am till 1 oclock midniight then what if our arrival would be past 12 midnight like 12:45? it would be likely that we wouldn't be able to catch one right? Is there any other possible options other than the bus? thank you so much.
Linh Nguyen on Saturday, 29 April 2017 16:00

Hi Kryshaine, if your arrival time is at 12:45 am (not including the possibility of a delay), then I would suggest you catch a taxi straight into the city center. The cost is between VND 130,000 - 160,000 (or USD $6 - 8). After you exit the airport terminals, make a left and you should see signs that point you to the taxi lanes.

For more information on how to avoid taxi scams, you can check my other blog here: https://www.itourvn.com/blog/entry/3-tips-to-avoid-taxi-scams-in-ho-chi-minh-city-saigon

Hope this helps!

Hi Kryshaine, if your arrival time is at 12:45 am (not including the possibility of a delay), then I would suggest you catch a taxi straight into the city center. The cost is between VND 130,000 - 160,000 (or USD $6 - 8). After you exit the airport terminals, make a left and you should see signs that point you to the taxi lanes. For more information on how to avoid taxi scams, you can check my other blog here: https://www.itourvn.com/blog/entry/3-tips-to-avoid-taxi-scams-in-ho-chi-minh-city-saigon Hope this helps!
Linh Nguyen on Saturday, 10 June 2017 09:28

Yes, you should pay for the fare on the bus and not to anyone at the bus stops beforehand.

You can hop on the bus at any one of its stops along the route. The 2 most popular stops that tourists take from the city center to the airport are the one on Ham Nghi Street (near the Ben Thanh Market) and the Pham Ngu Lao stop.

Yes, you should pay for the fare on the bus and not to anyone at the bus stops beforehand. You can hop on the bus at any one of its stops along the route. The 2 most popular stops that tourists take from the city center to the airport are the one on Ham Nghi Street (near the Ben Thanh Market) and the Pham Ngu Lao stop.
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