Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Getting In


By Bus

Ho Chi Minh City is the transport hub for buses in Vietnam's southern region. Thus, the city is well-connected by intercity buses with other major cities and towns across Vietnam. There are even bus services connecting Vietnam's capital in the far north with Ho Chi Minh City. The distance between the two cities is a distance of nearly 1,800 km (1,100 miles) and a tiring journey that can take as long as 40 hours!
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Major Bus Terminals
If you take a bus into Ho Chi Minh City, you will end up at one of the following bus stations:
  • Cho Ben Thanh Bus Station (also known as the Ho Chi Minh City Bus Center) - Located right in the centre of Ho Chi Minh City and within walking distance to accommodations and tourist sights. 
  • Mien Dong Bus Station - Located about 7 km from the city centre and one of the busiest bus terminals in Ho Chi Minh City. Buses from North Vietnam and Central Highlands arrive here.
  • Mien Tay Bus Station - Handles buses travelling to and from destinations in the Mekong Delta including Ca Mau, Can Tho, Tien Gang, Rach Gia, Bac Lieu and Vinh Long.
  • Cholon Bus Station - Located southwest of Ho Chi Minh City and handles buses from the surrounding the region. From here, there are buses taking passengers to the city centre.

Ho Chi Minh City Bus Centre by Robert Lafond

Tour Buses
Most private tour company buses drop passengers off at Pham Ngu Lao (just west of De Tham), providing easy access to accommodation options in the backpacker area. Of course, this means that you'll have at least 40 people shopping for the same rooms, which can be daunting as the nearby spots can get snapped up quickly. Patience will reward those who dig deeper into the tiny alleys, which have a life of their own. 

As you hop out of the bus, taxi drivers will surround you with questions like "Where you go?". You might be confused about your location in the city and the taxi drivers will probably try to benefit from that. You'll most likely already be in Pham Ngu Lao and when you tell the taxi driver to head to the same place, he'll just zigzag around a few blocks, getting easy money from you.

Pham Ngu Lau Street by Daniel Werner

Buses from Cambodia
Several companies provide bus travel from Phnom Penh, Cambodia, for around USD12 per person. Visas to Vietnam cannot be obtained at the land border, so have one organized before you arrive. Capital Tours operates a popular bus line from the Capital Guest House in Phnom Penh, taking passengers to the border. Passengers then board a partner Vietnamese bus continuing their travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Guide to
Ho Chi Minh City
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