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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 

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Ticket stall is at the arrival terminal

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You would normally have to wait 15 - 30 minutes for the bus

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Bus routes information board at the back of the seats

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Each ticket costs VND 12,000 for routes under 5 kilometres and VND 20,000 for routes over 5 kilometres. Keep the tickets as the bus assistant will go around and check

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All buses are air-conditioned and have cameras and boards to remind you of the routes

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 Bus Map 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

Bus 49 is temporarily cancelled because of the lack of funding. Make sure to double-check the updated information at the airport before opting for this shuttle bus.

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.
  • 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.

If you have questions, feel free to leave a message in the comment box below.

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Guest - Rene on Saturday, 30 November 2019 14:09

Hi We are landing in Ho Chi Mihn city and want to go to the Saigon bus station and then go to Vung Tao. Which bus should we take or hoe else can we get to Vung Tao that isn't that expensive?

Thank you!

Hi We are landing in Ho Chi Mihn city and want to go to the Saigon bus station and then go to Vung Tao. Which bus should we take or hoe else can we get to Vung Tao that isn't that expensive? Thank you!
Guest - Eros on Monday, 11 November 2019 10:12

Hi! We will be staying at La Hostel Saigon in Nguyen Thai Hoc District 1. Can we take the Yellow Bus 49? And where do we alight? Thanks

Hi! We will be staying at La Hostel Saigon in Nguyen Thai Hoc District 1. Can we take the Yellow Bus 49? And where do we alight? Thanks
Guest - NancyD on Wednesday, 23 October 2019 00:47

Greetings,
I'll stay at Renaissance Riverside Hotel Saigon (4 people) and my friends (2 people) will stay @ Hyatt Park Saigon Jan 2020 should we take a airport bus or other type of transportation? If take airport bus where should we get off?
Thank you

Greetings, I'll stay at Renaissance Riverside Hotel Saigon (4 people) and my friends (2 people) will stay @ Hyatt Park Saigon Jan 2020 should we take a airport bus or other type of transportation? If take airport bus where should we get off? Thank you
Hoang Pham on Wednesday, 23 October 2019 13:48

Hi Nancy,

I would recommend taking a taxi as it'll be convenient for your luggage and will save you some time instead of waiting for the bus, and you can flexibly ask the driver to drop you off directly at the hotel(s).

You can also check out our blogs on Taking taxis from the airport: https://www.itourvn.com/blog/travel-time-and-taxi-fares-from-major-airports-in-vietnam-to-the-city-centers ; and How to avoid taxi scams: https://www.itourvn.com/blog/3-tips-to-avoid-taxi-scams-in-ho-chi-minh-city-saigon

Hi Nancy, I would recommend taking a taxi as it'll be convenient for your luggage and will save you some time instead of waiting for the bus, and you can flexibly ask the driver to drop you off directly at the hotel(s). You can also check out our blogs on Taking taxis from the airport: https://www.itourvn.com/blog/travel-time-and-taxi-fares-from-major-airports-in-vietnam-to-the-city-centers ; and How to avoid taxi scams: https://www.itourvn.com/blog/3-tips-to-avoid-taxi-scams-in-ho-chi-minh-city-saigon
Guest - Jeremy on Monday, 23 September 2019 09:38

Hi,
I'm going to be staying at Commons Inn on 260 Ly Tu Trong Street. I plan taking the 109 bus. Where do you suggest I get off??

Hi, I'm going to be staying at Commons Inn on 260 Ly Tu Trong Street. I plan taking the 109 bus. Where do you suggest I get off??
Hoang Pham on Monday, 23 September 2019 10:28

Hi Jeremy, you can get off at Nguyen Thi Nghia Station then walk for about 2 mins to the hotel

Hi Jeremy, you can get off at Nguyen Thi Nghia Station then walk for about 2 mins to the hotel
Guest - carmela villarcampo on Tuesday, 03 September 2019 16:25

Hi Linh,

We're going to stay in 60 Nguyễn Trãi Phòng 504, Lầu 5, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Which station shall we drop off?

thank you in advance.

Hi Linh, We're going to stay in 60 Nguyễn Trãi Phòng 504, Lầu 5, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Which station shall we drop off? thank you in advance.
Guest - Emma Lee on Thursday, 25 July 2019 11:28

Hi Linh, which stop should I alight if I stay in Saigon Sparkle hotel taking bus 109?

Hi Linh, which stop should I alight if I stay in Saigon Sparkle hotel taking bus 109?
Hoang Pham on Saturday, 27 July 2019 22:10

Hi Emma,

You can get off at New World Hotel station and take a short walk to Saigon Sparkle Hotel

Hi Emma, You can get off at New World Hotel station and take a short walk to Saigon Sparkle Hotel
Guest - Nurul on Monday, 21 October 2019 21:26

Hi Linh,

Where exactly is New World Hotel station?

Is it after or before Ben Thanh Bus Station?

International Terminal – Domestic Terminal (Tan Son Nhat International Airport) – Truong Son – Tran Quoc Hoan – Hoang Van Thu – Nguyen Van Troi – Nam Ky Khoi Nghia – Ham Nghi – Le Lai – Ben Thanh Bus Station – Pham Ngu Lao – 23/9 Park

Hi Linh, Where exactly is New World Hotel station? Is it after or before Ben Thanh Bus Station? International Terminal – Domestic Terminal (Tan Son Nhat International Airport) – Truong Son – Tran Quoc Hoan – Hoang Van Thu – Nguyen Van Troi – Nam Ky Khoi Nghia – Ham Nghi – Le Lai – Ben Thanh Bus Station – Pham Ngu Lao – 23/9 Park
Guest - Shannon on Sunday, 16 June 2019 18:43

Hello,

I’m staying at the sun land hotel address is 302 – 304 Vo Van Kiet Street, Co Giang Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

Could you please tell me which bus to catch from ho chi min airport

Thanks

Hello, I’m staying at the sun land hotel address is 302 – 304 Vo Van Kiet Street, Co Giang Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City Could you please tell me which bus to catch from ho chi min airport Thanks
Hoang Pham on Tuesday, 18 June 2019 21:09

Hi Shannon,

You can take the bus no. 109 at the Tan Son Nhat Bus Station, and then get off at De Tham Station

Hi Shannon, You can take the bus no. 109 at the Tan Son Nhat Bus Station, and then get off at De Tham Station
Guest - Maria on Thursday, 16 May 2019 10:23

hi there. We will be staying at the Central Palace Siagon. We take the YELLOW BUS 49 and it will drop us off directly at the hotel?

Thank you for this website and info. Very helpful!
Cheers!

hi there. We will be staying at the Central Palace Siagon. We take the YELLOW BUS 49 and it will drop us off directly at the hotel? Thank you for this website and info. Very helpful! Cheers!
Guest - Nancy on Tuesday, 12 February 2019 17:23

Bus 152 als drives during night time? Thanks a lot!

Bus 152 als drives during night time? Thanks a lot!
Guest - mike rogers on Wednesday, 16 January 2019 15:19

sorry also, we will have two pedal cycles with us in two bike boxes, can we still go on bus 49 even if we have to pay a little extra for the boxes? thank you for your help regards mike

sorry also, we will have two pedal cycles with us in two bike boxes, can we still go on bus 49 even if we have to pay a little extra for the boxes? thank you for your help regards mike
Guest - mike rogers on Wednesday, 16 January 2019 15:11

hello there,

sue and I are staying at the Beautiful Saigon Hotel 62 Bui Vien Str., Dist 1., Hochiminh City, presumably no 49 will do us but where do we alight please? will they take us to our hotel

regards

mike

hello there, sue and I are staying at the Beautiful Saigon Hotel 62 Bui Vien Str., Dist 1., Hochiminh City, presumably no 49 will do us but where do we alight please? will they take us to our hotel regards mike
Guest - Moi on Friday, 01 March 2019 06:36

Read the article, they drop you off at your hotel

Read the article, they drop you off at your hotel
Guest - Joanna on Monday, 17 December 2018 12:29

Hi, I would like to know where can i catch the yellow bus No.49 or 109 from Cititel Central Saigon to the Airport?

Hi, I would like to know where can i catch the yellow bus No.49 or 109 from Cititel Central Saigon to the Airport?
Guest - Iris Hummel on Monday, 17 December 2018 00:42

Thank you for this information!!!!!!!
Definitely taking the bus right now

Thank you for this information!!!!!!! Definitely taking the bus right now :D
Guest - banhmi on Wednesday, 21 November 2018 20:25

Hi Linh,

Do you know if the bus 49 usually has change to break a VND 500,000 bill?

Thanks in advance!

Hi Linh, Do you know if the bus 49 usually has change to break a VND 500,000 bill? Thanks in advance!
Guest - nlyn on Friday, 23 November 2018 16:26

It depends on whether the assistant on the bus, who collects the bus fee, has enough change. I think it's better to travel with smaller bills, and you can change at shops, restaurants, or booths selling SIM Cards at the airport to break the bill before taking the bus.

It depends on whether the assistant on the bus, who collects the bus fee, has enough change. I think it's better to travel with smaller bills, and you can change at shops, restaurants, or booths selling SIM Cards at the airport to break the bill before taking the bus.
Guest - Roma on Monday, 19 November 2018 18:07

Hi Linh,

Will be staying at EdenStar Saigon hotel, which bus and which bus stop should we get off?

looking forward in hearing from you!

Have a nice day

Hi Linh, Will be staying at EdenStar Saigon hotel, which bus and which bus stop should we get off? looking forward in hearing from you! Have a nice day:)
Linh Nguyen on Monday, 19 November 2018 19:00

Hi Roma, you can get off at the Pham Ngu Lao stop and walk a bit (10 minutes) to Bui Thi Xuan st., which the hotel is located on. See map: https://busmap.vn/map/lookup/route/199

Hi Roma, you can get off at the Pham Ngu Lao stop and walk a bit (10 minutes) to Bui Thi Xuan st., which the hotel is located on. See map: https://busmap.vn/map/lookup/route/199
Guest - Kim on Saturday, 10 November 2018 20:02

Hi Linh,

How do I get a ticket if I want get on the bus some down the route? There are no bus personal selling any tickets...? I am in HCMC down to the market and need to go to the airport

Can I get a ticket some where else and use it on another day?
Regards
Kim

Hi Linh, How do I get a ticket if I want get on the bus some down the route? There are no bus personal selling any tickets...? I am in HCMC down to the market and need to go to the airport Can I get a ticket some where else and use it on another day? Regards Kim
Linh Nguyen on Saturday, 10 November 2018 20:09

Hi Kim, you can pay directly when you're on the bus. Besides the driver, there is another person who helps collect the bus fees.

Hi Kim, you can pay directly when you're on the bus. Besides the driver, there is another person who helps collect the bus fees.
Guest - kim on Sunday, 11 November 2018 18:41

Hi Linh,
Thank you so much!

Regards,
Kim

Hi Linh, Thank you so much! Regards, Kim
Guest - Angela on Tuesday, 30 October 2018 16:43

Hi Linh,

What bus or public transport should we take from Pham Ngu Lao to Phu My Hung? I will be joining the HCMC Dream Big Maraton in January 13, 2019 and I need to pick up my race kit before 8pm on January 12. Since we will be visiting Mekong Delta on a guided tour on the 12th and arrive back to the city at 5pm, what do you suggest? Or from Mekong Delta does it traverse Phu My Hung back to District 1 so I will just get off there? The exact pick up place for the race kit is in Tan Trao street in Phu Mu Hung. From there how much would a taxi ride cost back to Pham Ngu Lao?

Hi Linh, What bus or public transport should we take from Pham Ngu Lao to Phu My Hung? I will be joining the HCMC Dream Big Maraton in January 13, 2019 and I need to pick up my race kit before 8pm on January 12. Since we will be visiting Mekong Delta on a guided tour on the 12th and arrive back to the city at 5pm, what do you suggest? Or from Mekong Delta does it traverse Phu My Hung back to District 1 so I will just get off there? The exact pick up place for the race kit is in Tan Trao street in Phu Mu Hung. From there how much would a taxi ride cost back to Pham Ngu Lao?
Linh Nguyen on Friday, 02 November 2018 10:29

Hello Angela,

Although it is cheaper to take the public bus, for convenience, I would suggest you to take a taxi from Pham Ngu Lao straight to Phu My Hung. The cost should be around VND 150,000 or (USD 7). Hope this helps...

Hello Angela, Although it is cheaper to take the public bus, for convenience, I would suggest you to take a taxi from Pham Ngu Lao straight to Phu My Hung. The cost should be around VND 150,000 or (USD 7). Hope this helps...
Guest - Joelle on Wednesday, 24 October 2018 19:23

Im joelle from Malaysia,

i am a budget traveler and also worry about cab service. i would like to take the bus to Saigon Wanderlust hostel and rooftop bar. but i cant find from busmap app where bus route 109 stop. some blogger said even the bus with 29 seats, but always squeeze like 80 people in there.

is this the same issue for bus 49?

thanks

Im joelle from Malaysia, i am a budget traveler and also worry about cab service. i would like to take the bus to Saigon Wanderlust hostel and rooftop bar. but i cant find from busmap app where bus route 109 stop. some blogger said even the bus with 29 seats, but always squeeze like 80 people in there. is this the same issue for bus 49? thanks
Linh Nguyen on Thursday, 25 October 2018 16:43

Hi Joelle,

Squeezing like 80 people into a 29-seater bus might have been exaggerated by other bloggers. I haven't seen that in the city...yet

Hi Joelle, Squeezing like 80 people into a 29-seater bus might have been exaggerated by other bloggers. I haven't seen that in the city...yet :p
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