This guide will include maps of terminals and direction to some of the facilities in Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN). It is a busy airport in Ho Chi Minh City with both domestic and international flights running every day. Its capacity and number of passengers are also among the highest in Vietnam.
Address: Truong Son, Ward 2, Tan Binh District, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
There are 2 separate buildings for international flights and domestic flights with a connected path on the ground floor in public hall. The total area of the guest terminals and parking lots is 54,800 square meters.
Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN) - Domestic Terminal (T1) and International Terminal (T2)
You can see the detailed navigation at the end of this guide.
If you have come to the airport by bus, they will drop you off at the public hall in front of the international terminal. When stepping off the bus, turn left and follow the arrow to walk to the domestic terminal; or turn right to the furthest end and find stairways to the second and third floor where the departure hall of international terminal is located.
Direction from International Terminal to Domestic Terminal
Direction to the international departure hall from the public hall
The greeter hall includes the ground and first floor. If you are in transit and you don’t need to check out of the airport, you should go straight to the Transfer Counter and wait in the lounges for your next flight.
If you want to check out, you can follow the direction to find your way to the Immigration or Landing Visa, if you haven’t applied for one via e-visa or at the embassy in your country.
Directions to Transfer Counter, Landing Visa, and Immigration
In the arrival hall which is one floor down the immigration counters, you will first see the conveyor belt to claim your baggage and customs area if you have any goods to declare.
Luggage Claim, Customs, Lost and Found
After you have done with the checking out procedures, at the kiosks, you can find information counters for help, currency exchange service, transportation service provider like car rentals, bus ticket sales. In the public hall (outside of the terminal building, there are many fast-food restaurants and cafes, luggage lockers on the east and west side of the hall.
From the main entrance, the taxi stand will be on your furthest left-hand side with both 4 seats and 7 seats of Mai Linh and VinaSun. In the opposite direction, the bus will parking right in front of the main entrance to the east (your right-hand side) in the second lane. That is also the way to leading to the domestic terminal.
Taxi Stands and Bus Stations
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It is recommended to be at the airport 2 hours before your flight departure time. Most hotels from Ho Chi Minh City's center are located about 30 minutes from the airport, so you will need to factor in the traveling time as well.
You can buy the flight ticket if you haven’t bought one in advance from Vietnam Airlines and VietJet or exchange VND Dong with other currencies at the departure halls.
Ticket counter and foreign exchange counter
After going through the baggage check, security check, and immigration there are lounges, VAT refund kiosks, spas, rest zones, duty-free shops, and restaurants for your convenience.
VAT refund kiosk and lounges
Even though the domestic terminal has 2 levels, the arrival hall and departure hall of domestic flights are all located on the ground floor; the first floor is for the waiting hall and jet bridges.
At the domestic arrival, you can go straight to the baggage claim and out to the public hall. There are also the information counters to ask for help, car rentals, taxi stands, and avbus station outside in the public hall.
For flights within Vietnam, security check is needed without going through immigration. And just like the international departure, several convenient facilities like lounges, restaurants (fast foods and Vietnamese cuisine), massages, free mobile charging, and a smoking area are available in the waiting area.
It is recommended to be at the airport 2 hours before your flight departure time, particularly if you are flying budget airlines like Jetstar or Vietjet. The check-in counters at these carriers are very long. Most hotels from Ho Chi Minh City's center are located about 30 minutes from the airport, so you will need to factor in the traveling time as well.
Lounges, spa, and free mobile charging in Tan Son Nhat Airport
Shops and restaurants in Tan Son Nhat Airport
Security check and passport control
Summary of Services Location in Tan Son Nhat International Airport
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I find your blogs very interesting and helpful. Every time I visit Vietnam, your information surely helps me a lot.
I have a question, I hope you can answer. Are we allowed to stay overnight at the domestic departure? I will land at HCMC at 22:10 and my flight to DaLat is 8:00am. So, I am planning to stay overnight at the airport.