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.
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Now, there are a few color-coded public shuttle buses, such as red, 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 the city center:
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. Staff on the bus speak limited English.
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 23/9 Park (pronounced 23rd of September Park or "Cong vien Hai Ba Thang Chin in Vietnamese) on Pham Ngu Lao street, right off of the backpacker’s area.
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.
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
Ticket stall is at the arrival terminal
You would normally have to wait 15 - 30 minutes for the bus
Bus routes information board at the back of the seats
Each ticket costs VND 12,000 for routes under 5 kilometers and VND 20,000 for routes over 5 kilometers. Keep the tickets as the bus assistant will go around and check
All buses are air-conditioned and have cameras and boards to remind you of the routes
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 canceled because of the lack of funding. Make sure to double-check the updated information at the airport before opting for this shuttle bus.
The red bus has only been introduced since 2019, and it travels to the beach city of Vung Tau. While there are several stops in Saigon's city centers, the bus is more suitable for those traveling to the sandy coastline adjacent to Ho Chi Minh for the cost from VND 80,000 - 160,000 (USD 4 - 8) depending on the distance to your stop.
Timing: There is a bus every 35 - 45 minutes, and the bus starts operating from 6:30 AM - 11:05 PM.
Routes: Tan Son Nhat International Terminal - Truong Son - Tran Quoc Hoan - Hoang Van Thu - Nguyen Van Troi - Nam Ky Khoi Nghia - Dien Bien Phu - Sai Gon Bridge - Ha Noi Highway - Mai Chi Tho - National Highway - 51 Highway - Vo Nguyen Giap - 30/4 Street - Nguyen An Ninh - 2/9 Street - Le Hong Phong - Nam Ky Khoi Nghia - Vung Tau Bus Station
Green Bus 152 – This is a local public bus that travels between the city center and the 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 other buses are privately owned.
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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?
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
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?
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
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 Jeremy, you can get off at Nguyen Thi Nghia Station then walk for about 2 mins to the hotel
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, which stop should I alight if I stay in Saigon Sparkle hotel taking bus 109?
You can get off at New World Hotel station and take a short walk to Saigon Sparkle Hotel
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
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
You can take the bus no. 109 at the Tan Son Nhat Bus Station, and then get off at De Tham Station
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!
Bus 152 als drives during night time? Thanks a lot!
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
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
Read the article, they drop you off at your hotel
Hi, I would like to know where can i catch the yellow bus No.49 or 109 from Cititel Central Saigon to the Airport?
Thank you for this information!!!!!!!
Definitely taking the bus right now
Do you know if the bus 49 usually has change to break a VND 500,000 bill?
Thanks in advance!