Areas in Ho Chi Minh City:
Ho Chi Minh Arrival
Please be aware that like most things in Vietnam, prices for travel will increase dramatically during holiday seasons, especially around Tet (Vietnamese’s New Year). Avoid high prices by booking well in advance!
Tan Son Nhat is Vietnam's largest international airport. You can fly direct to SGN from most Asian countries and and a handful of European, Russian and Australian airports. There are two terminals: the new international terminal, which took over all international flights in 2007, and the old terminal, which is reserved for domestic traffic.
The recently introduced No. 152 air-conditioned airport bus is the cheapest way to the city from the airport. For 3,000 dong per person plus a fee for bags which varies randomly, it will drop you off on the west side of the Pham Ngu Lao area, or at the bus terminal on the south side of the Ben Thanh Market roundabout.
There are also meter taxis available. In lighter traffic periods (which usually only happens between 12 midnight and 6am), taxis from the airport to the city center will usually take as little as 15 minutes. During these lighter traffic periods, this should cost no more than 95,000 dong. More typically, taxis can creep along in near-standstill traffic for an hour or more. During these heavier traffic periods, taxis will cost about 130,000 dong to 170,000 dong from district 1 (inclusive of airport tax).
The train station GA Sai Gon is on Cach Mang Thang Tam (CMT8) Northwest of the city center, and is a short taxi or public bus ride away from the main hotel districts. There is an official train ticket office in the backpackers district, located at 275C Pham Ngu Lao.
If you take a bus, you will end up at either Cho Ben Thanh Station (Centre of HCMC), Mien Dong Station (buses to and from the north leave and arrive here), Mien Tay Station or Cholon Station. From these stations, public buses in around the city will cost you about 3,000 dong.