Getting from Ho Chi Minh Airport to District 1

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Getting from ho chi minh airport to city

In short: Bus 152. Ben Thanh Market. Bui Vien Pham Ngu Lao. 152 bus runs every 20 minutes.  Fee is 5000 dong plus 5000 dong for large luggage.

Ho chi minh airport bus 152

There are multiple options available to avail ho chi minh airport transfer. The Ho Chi Minh airport is conveniently located within the city at a distance of about 8 km from the city center. Though, due to bad traffic during the peak time and hot weather the whole journey might feel uncomfortably long. If you are looking to save money take the public transport to ho chi minh city airport.

District 1 ho chi minh city centre is where you would most likely be staying. Airport transfer from ho chi minh airport to hotel in district 1 involves taking a bus, a moto taxi or a taxi. If you are looking for cheapest transfer from ho chi minh airport to city, public bus is your best bet. I did the same as I moved from ho chi minh airport to district 1. There are few hotels near tan son nhat international airport, but I don’t recommend them as the time taken to get to the city is usually under an hour.

Pham Ngu Lao is considered the central location of Ho Chi Minh city. And you can easily get here from airport using a public Bus. There are two buses from Ho Chi Minh airport to center: Bus 152 and Bus 109. The entire journey from ho chi minh city airport to district 1 takes about 45-60 minutes depending on the traffic. Bus from ho chi minh to airport also takes the same time.

Bus 152 ho chi minh costs 5000 Dong and takes you from ho chi minh city airport to district 1; it also goes through Ben Thanh Market (sounds like Ben Ten? Ha ha, I know :)) in case you are staying there. I’d recommend you take up a hostel/ guesthouse in Bui Vien (comes in the Pham Ngu Lao area) which is where the action is.

Note that you might have to shell out 5000 Dong if you are carrying a large luggage or if you have more than one piece of luggage. From the comfort standpoint, the bus is very comfortable and also has an Aircon. The ho chi minh airport bus 152 runs only between 6 AM to 6 PM. Good things is the bus also makes a stop at saigon bus station, so that you can interchange.

Ho chi minh airport bus 109

The yellow colored ho chi minh airport shuttle bus 109 follows the same route but costs a bit more. The ticket price from Saigon airport to city center is 20,000 Dongs. The only difference between bus 152 and 109 is that 109 feels bit luxurious in comparison. The 109 runs between 5:30 am and 1:30 am and there is the only option if you arrive late i.e. after 6 PM.

Both of the buses run every 20 minutes and can be easily boarded, you can find the bus stand by crossing the road after you exit the arrivals.

Taking a Uber from Ho Chi Minh Airport to City

Yes, Uber is available in the country and is an ideal choice if you are traveling in a group, in a family or you have lot of luggage. The Uber cab would cost you somewhere around 90,000 Dong. Uber is the best taxi in ho chi minh. Not only that, Uber also proves to be the cheapest taxi from vietnam airport to district 1. If you are living in the Ben Thanh area, take taxi from ho chi minh airport to ben thanh market.


I will strongly recommend you to take bus 152 from ho chi minh airport to city.

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