Ho Chi Minh City Travel Guide – your first steps
If you are visiting Ho Chi Minh City for the first time – check out our quick and dirty Ho Chi Minh City Travel Guide for arriving in style.
The first part of our Ho Chi Minh City Travel Guide
Arriving by air is the first thing that we concern . Most people are going to want to fly in I imagine – and the best place to do that is the airport. Genius at work. Saigon’s airport is around 6 km to the north of the city centre and isn’t served by any rail or tram links, so it’s a bus or taxi to your hotel. There is a special airport bus service (no.109 – well signposted from the arrivals terminal) that costs around $1. This bus runs from 0600 – 2200. A taxi will cost around $10. Incidentally the airport is at capacity and a new airport is due to open in 2025. I have covered this in depth in a different Ho Chi Minh City Travel Guide on this blog.
Train arrival (advised by Ho Chi Minh City Travel Guide)
If you come by train you will arrive at Ga Saigon – the one and only train station in HCMC. When you consider HCMC is roughly the same as London in terms of population, and London has 6 major railway stations plus dozens of local stations – gives you an idea about Saigon’s transport infrastructure. I did write a separate Ho Chi Minh City Travel Guide to getting the train to Hanoi elsewhere on this blog. There is essentially only one single track line that heads north to Hanoi. Trains are cheap and comfortable but not fast. The train station is in district 3 around a 10 minute taxi ride to the central tourist area. Expect a $5 or $6 fare. There is a local bus from the train station to the town centre – No.13 or 65, buses run every 15 mins or so – but really they don’t stick to the timetable. You can pick up the bus by waiting at the main gate to the train station. Remember this is a local bus, so no air con and no place for luggage – unlikely the driver will speak English too. Fare will be about 25 cents.
A common Ho Chi Minh City Travel Guide for arriving
If you arrive by tourist bus it’s likely that you will be dropped off in Pham Ngu Lao street which is close to the budget hotels, I have another Ho Chi Minh City Travel Guide on this site regarding the different accommodation options available. On Pham Ngu Lao street you should essentially be able to walk to your hotel if it’s in the Pham Ngu Lao area. If you are staying centrally it’s around a ten minute walk or a 5 minute taxi ride.
There we have a brief Ho Chi Minh City Travel Guide for arriving travellers. Happy Travels.
There are some more travel guides for you to consult: