Transport in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Getting There:

By air: HCMC’s main airport is Tan Son Nhat Airport which is 7km north-east of the city centre. This is where international and domestic flights arrive. There is an tourist desk in the airport which is a good source of information.

The easiest way to get from the airport into the city centre is by using one of the metered taxis. Just as in Bangkok and other South-East Asian cities, when you leave the airport you will be greeted by a large group of taxi drivers, so make sure you either set a price with your driver before leaving or ensure a metre will be used.

Airport tax is US$12.

By train: If you are travelling to Ho Chi Minh City on train you will more than likely arrive at Saigon train station in District 3 which is marginally east of the city centre.

By bus: There are many different bus stations dotted around HCMC, all with services to different parts of the country. Buses coming from the north go to Mien Dong bus station, those coming from Mekong Delta towns go to Cholon bus station and buses travelling to HCMC from the south go to Mien Tay station.

Getting Around:

By bus: Buses generally aren’t used by tourists. Most attractions are in and around Saigon (District 1). You might need them for is for getting between the various bus stations around the city.

By cyclo: There are approximately 50,000 ‘cyclos’ in HCMC. These are 3-wheeled rickshaws and are widely used as public transport around the city. They are also very unique so make sure and get one before you leave.

By taxi: Taxis are an excellent way to get around Ho Chi Minh City, if a little bit more expensive than buses and cyclos. They are easy to flag down on the street, while there are various taxi companies where you can order taxis. These usually work out cheaper.

By moped or bike: Both of these two-wheeled vehicles can be rented from many companies and are a great way to see the city.

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