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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.
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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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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.
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 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
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?
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.
Thank you so much!
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?
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...
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?
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. Do you have any idea how much will it cost if we ride a taxi going to District 1 from the airport?Can yo give us tips in riding taxis in Ho Chi Minh? We're planning to leave around 4:30 AM but BUS 109 will start operating at 5:30 AM. Thank you.
hi Linh, bus 49 fees, 40,000d is fixed right?
what we need to do is pay upon get into the bus right?
i will stay at Renaissance Riverside Hotel.
should be drop off around Dong Du right?
thanks for the info.
So when return, i can wait for Yellow Bus 49 at same place where i drop off at first?
Hello Mind, the fee is VND 40,000 and you'll need to pay up front. And yes.
Xin chao Linh. will the yellow bus 49 drop off at a hostel or just hotels? Thank you for all the information. This is great.
Xin Chao Dianne,
Most hostels are located in alleyways, so the bus likely cannot go in. When you hop on the bus, you can give the address to the attendant or driver and inform them in advance, they should be able to drop you nearby.
Where about the 49 bus pick up from on Pham ngu Lao?
There are 3 bus stops on Pham Ngu Lao street itself. Make sure you wave it down when you see it coming your way. Refer here for more info: http://en.sats.com.vn/shuttle-bus-49-route-schedule-map
Hi linh, I'm coming to hcmc and stay in bui vien street, may I know which bus station should I drop off as nearest to my stay ? I will be taking green or yellow color shuttle bus from the airport...
Yellow bus and get off at Pham Ngu Lao =)