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Ho Chi Minh City Airport officially known as Tan Son Nhat International Airport is the main airport serving for the civil aviation of Ho Chi Minh City and as well as the rest of southeastern Vietnam. Thanks to its convenient location on the air routes with a high volume of the passenger of the East-West and North-South of the region, this airport is considered as the gateway from Ho Chi Minh City to other destinations of the world. In addition, Ho Chi Minh Airport is an ideal transfer and transit hub of the air route network from the rest of Asia and Europe. That’s the reason why Ho Chi Minh Airport becomes the busiest airport in Vietnam. After the extensive innovation in 2009, Ho Chi Minh Airport becomes the largest airport in Vietnam in term of the area.

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Ho Chi Minh Airport serves for both civil and military aviation. Being a government-owned corporation, Ho Chi Minh Airport is under the control of Southern Airports Corporation (SAC).  The IATA code of Ho Chi Minh Airport is SGN derived from the city’s former name of Saigon.

Tan Son Nhat International Airport (TIA)
Address: Tan Binh District, 8 kilometers to the North of the city center
Ho Chi Minh Airport Code: SGN (IATA), TIA (ICAO)
Airport Type: Civil Aviation, Military Aviation
Tel: (+84) 838 485 383
Fax: (+84) 838 487 450
Website: http://tansonnhatairport.vn
Runway: 02 runways of 3048 meters and 3800 meters in length.
International Passenger terminal: 92.000m2
Domestic Passenger terminal: 40.048m2
Capacity: 25 million pax/year
Opening time: 24/24h.

I. HOW TO GET TO HO CHI MINH AIRPORT FROM CENTER CITY

Ho Chi Minh Airport is located 6 kilometers to the North of District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. Thanks to the short distance, there are several ways of traveling to this airport.

1. Traveling to Ho Chi Minh airport (SGN airport) by bus

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No need to say taking a bus is the cheapest way to travel to Ho Chi Minh Airport. At present, there are 4 bus routes connecting the center city to the airport including No.152, No.109, No.119, and No. 159

BusBus RoutePriceFrequencyDurationOperating Time
No. 152Parking lot in No.10 Street – Ben Thanh Market – SGN AirportVND 6,00012-17 minutes/bus50 minutes06:00 – 18:15
No. 10923/9 Park – Tran Hung Dao Street – SGN AirportVND 20,00015-30 minutes/bus45 minutes00:00 – 01:30
No.119Mien Tay Bus Terminal – Nguyen Tri Phuong Street – SGN AirportVND 20,00015-30 minutes/bus65 minutes04:00 – 21:00
No.159Mien Dong Bus Terminal – SGN Airport – An Suong Bus TerminalVND 10,00025-30 minutes/bus65 minutes05:30 – 20:25

2. Traveling to Ho Chi Minh airport by taxi

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You can check the detail of the bus route and bus timetable here. To choose the bus most suitable for you, you can open Google Map and add your departure location.

No matter where you stay in Saigon and no matter when you want to come to Ho Chi Minh Airport, you can travel by taxi. You can visit the front desk of your hotel and ask the receptionists to book a taxi for you. Alternatively, you can book a taxi easily by using an app called Grab. Grab is an app providing safe, convenient, and inexpensive taxi service like Uber does but more common in Vietnam. You can download Grab here. Take it into consideration that the prices are often much higher in case of bad weather condition.

Taxi Operator Telephone Website
Vinasun Taxi (+84) 2838 272 727 vinasuntaxi.com
Mai Linh Taxi (+84) 2838 383 838 mailinh.vn
Sai Gon Petrolimex Taxi (+84) 2835 121 212 taxipetrolimexsg.com
Ben Thanh Taxi (+84) 2838 422 422 N/A
Hoan My Taxi (+84) 2838 300 000 N/A
Cho Lon Taxi (+84) 2838 303 030 N/A
Deluxe Taxi (+84) 2838 262 626 N/A
Gia Dinh Taxi (+84) 2838 989 898 N/A
Phuong Trang Taxi (+84) 2838 181 818 futataxi.vn
Hoang Long Taxi (+84) 2838 686 868 hoanglonggroup.com

3. Travel to Ho Chi Minh airport by motor-tax

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If you don’t have a lot of luggage, especially when traveling alone, taking a motor-taxi is a way to go. Motor-taxi is very popular; therefore, you can take a motor-taxi easily at every corner of Saigon.  Don’t forget to balance before starting your trip. The reasonable price for the first 2 kilometers is VND 12,000/kilometer. From the third kilometer, it only costs you VND 3,800/kilometer. It’s better for you to use the app Grab which provides both motor-taxi and taxi service.

4. Travel to Ho Chi Minh airport by private car

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Another convenient way to travel to Ho Chi Minh Airport is taking a private car. Here are some reliable car rental services in Saigon:

Saigon Private Car
Address: Room No.503, the 5th Floor, No. 607-609 Nguyen Kiem Street, Ward 09, Phu Nhuan District, Ho Chi Minh City
Tel: (+84) 902 689 426
Mobile:  (+84) 902 689 426 (Viber, Whatsapp, Line, Wechat, Zalo)
Email: info@saigonprivatecar.com or saigonprivatecar@gmail.com
Website: saigonprivatecar.com


Vietnam Budget Car Rental
Address: No. 117-119 Ly Chinh Thang Street, District 03, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Tel 01: (+84) 838 48 6868
Tel 02: (+84) 988 038 301 (WhatsApp,Viber)
Email: support@vietnamtrustcarrental.com
Website: vietnambudgetcarrental.com

Take it into consideration that the maximum time for parking in front of the airport is 3 minute. If you need more time, you should drive to the parking lot. The location of parking depends on the airline you choose:

  • Vietnam Airlines: the parking lot in front of Gate D1
  • Jetstar, Vasco: the parking lot in front of Gate D2 
  • Vietjet Air: the parking lot in front of Gate D3

II. HOW TO GET TO THE CENTER CITY FROM HO CHI MINH AIRPORT

1. Travel from Ho Chi Minh airport to center city by bus

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If you don’t have a lot of luggage and want to save money, taking a bus is the greatest choice for you. At present, there are 4 buses running from the International Terminal, passing the Domestic Terminal of Ho Chi Minh Airport to the center city including Bus No.49, No. 152, No.109, and No.119

BusBus RoutePriceFrequencyDurationOperating Time
No.49International Terminal (SGN Airport) – Domestic Termial – Le Duan Street – Ben Thanh Market – Dien Bien Phu Streer – International Terminal (SGN Airport)VND 40,00030 mins05:30 – 01:30
No.119International Terminal (SGN Airport) – Xuan Dieu Street – Ly Thuong Kiet Street – Mien Tay Bus TerminalVND

20,000
15-30 mins65 minutes04:00 – 21:00
No.109International Terminal (SGN Airport) – Domestic Termial – Hoang Van Thu Street – 23/9 ParkVND 20,00015-30 minutes/bus45 minutes00:00 – 02:30
No.152International Terminal (SGN Airport) – Tran Quoc Hoan Street – Tran Hung Dao Street – Trung Son Residential QuaterVND 6,00012-17 minutes/bus50 minutes05:45 – 18:00

2. Travel from Ho Chi Minh airport to center city by taxi

We highly recommend you to use the taxi service of Vinasun and Mai Linh Company because they’re considered the best taxi operators in Saigon.

Taxi Operator Telephone Website Price (one-way) from International Terminal to
VinasunTan Son Nhat Taxi (+84) 838 272 727 vinasuntaxi.com
Mai Linh Taxi (+84) 838 383 838 mailinh.vn
Song Viet Taxi (+84) 838 449 999 songvietcar.com.vn District 01: VND 50,000
Tan Son Nhat (+84) 922 242 225 taxitansonnhat.com District 01,02,03: VND 80,000
Acvunico (+84) 838 485 723 acvunico.com.vn

3. Ho Chi Minh airport transfer to the center city by shuttle bus

In the case of bringing with a lot of luggage, you can choose to transfer by shuttle bus. Thanks to the high quality of the car and professional service, shuttle bus is also the greatest choice for those people who want to travel straightly to other destinations instead of staying in Saigon. The driver will pick you up at the airport and drive you to the destination you want such as Hoi An, Can Tho, Nha Trang, and Mui Ne. You can connect with the following company to book a shuttle bus:

Hoi An Express
Address: No. 32 Tien Giang Street, Ward 02, Tan Binh District, Ho Chi Minh City
Tel: (+84) 908-039-699 | (+84) 28-354-70-787 | (+84) 28-35-470-785
Email: info@hoianexpress.com.vn
Website: hoianexpress.com.vn


Hue Private Car
Address: No. 67 Vo Thi Sau Street, Hue City, Vietnam
Tel: (+84) 234-393-1747
Hotline: (+84) 917-126- 661
Email: hueprivatecars@gmail.com
Website: hueprivatecars.com

III. HO CHI MINH AIRPORT’S TERMINALS & FACILITIES (SGN AIRPORT)

Ho Chi Minh Airport consists of 2 parallel runways. The runway No. 07L/25R is 3,048 meters long, 45 meters wide, and the runway No. 07R/25L is 3,800 meters in length and 45 meters in width. With 10 air-bridges (6 ones more than the domestic terminal’s), the international terminal is capable of handling wide-body airplanes including Boeing 747-400, Boeing 777-200/300, Airbus A340-300/500/600, Boeing 767, Airbus A330, Boeing 787, and Airbus A380.

1. The international terminal – Ho Chi Minh airport

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Being officially opened in 2007, the International Terminal of Ho Chi Minh Airport covered an area of around 93, 228-meter square. Thanks to being installed with modern facilities and advanced aviation technology, the International Airport now has the total capacity of 15 million passengers per year. There are two distinct areas for departures and arrivals. In addition, the International Terminal comprises of 11 passenger baggage arrival carousels, 8 airport conveyors, 12 boarding gates, 1 automatic flight announcement system, 18 elevators, 20 escalators, 18 immigration passport control counters,  43 airport scanners, 01 transfer passenger counter,  20 migration passport control counters, 02 departure customs screening machines, and 06 arrival customs screening machines.

There are also a lot of restaurants, convenient stores, currency exchange booths in the international terminals. Together with these modern facilities, the terminal regularly enhances its service quality and provide new types of premium service to keep up with the dramatic increase in the air traffic in recent years.

2. The domestic terminal – Ho Chi Minh airport

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After the inauguration of the new terminal in 2007, the entire old international terminal was turned into the domestic terminal. With the total area of 40,048 m2, the domestic terminal is capable of serve for 2,100 passengers in the rush hour and 13 million passengers per years. The domestic terminal consists of 111 check-in counter, 01 transfer passenger counter, 1 excess baggage counter, 19 boarding bridges, 4 baggage scanners, 4 magnetic gates, 6 arrival conveyer belt, 6 departure conveyer belt, 9 airport security gates, 2 elevators, and 10 handy metal detectors.

It also takes you around 10 minutes to move from the domestic terminal to the international one; therefore, you won’t meet much difficulty in case of having to transit in Ho Chi Minh City Airport.

IV. CONVENIENT SERVICES OF HO CHI MINH AIRPORT (SGN AIRPORT)

To meet the requirement of the passenger, Ho Chi Minh Airport now provides a wide range of convenient services as follows:

1.  Banking services & atms at Ho Chi Minh airport

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The banking service provided by Vietin Bank is opposite to D2 Gate of the domestic terminal. Besides, there are 6 ATM machines located on the first floor and opposite to the D2 Gate of the domestic terminal, 04 ATM machines near the column No.14 and 03 ATM machines at the column No, 03 on the ground floor of the international terminal.

2. Health service at Ho Chi Minh Airport

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All of the clinic at Ho Chi Minh Airport open 24/24 every single day to serve for the passengers.

  • The clinic in the domestic terminal: on the hall between the arrival terminal and departure terminal, next to the D2 Gate 
  • The clinic in the departure international terminal: near the departure gate No.18
  • The clinic in the arrival international terminal: on the ground floor, near the gate No.02
  • The clinic in the gate no.17: on the ground floor, next to the gate no.17

3. Baggage storage service at Ho Chi Minh Airport

There are two counters providing baggage storage service near the column no. 13 and no.14 on the ground floor of the international terminal. This service is only available from the 07:00 to 23:00 every day.

4. Playgrounds at Ho Chi Minh airport

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The playgrounds for children are located on the second floor, near the quarantine zone of the international terminal.

5. Baggage packaging service at Ho Chi Minh airport

In the domestic terminal, there are three baggage packaging counters located one by one near the D2 gate, next to the escalator leading to the departure gate, and opposite to the check-in counter A&B. The international terminal has two counters. The first one is near the entrance of D1 gate and the other is next to the D2 Gate.

6. Currency exchange booths at Ho Chi Minh airport

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If you want to exchange money in the international terminal, there are for booths for you as follows:

  • The 1st currency exchange booth: near the gate No. 17
  • The 2nd currency exchange booth: opposite to the chain of check-in counter D of the departure terminal
  • The 3rd  currency exchange booth: behind the customs of the arrival terminal
  • The 4th  currency exchange booth: near the arrival hall of the international terminal