Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Getting In


By Plane

Tan Son Nhat International Airport is located about 8 km from the heart of Ho Chi Minh City. It is Vietnam's largest airport, handling nearly 17 million passengers in 2011 and expected to handle 23.5 million passengers by 2015. The airport comprises of two terminals i.e. the shiny and pleasant international terminal and the old but functional domestic terminal about 200 metres away. 
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Vietnam Airlines
Vietnam Airlines is the main carrier at Tan Son Nhat Airport, handling both international and domestic flights. Flights from Southeast Asia include Bangkok, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Singapore, Vientiane, Yangon. Flights from other parts of the Asia-Pacific include Busan, Fukuoka, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Kaohsiung, Melbourne, Nagoya, Osaka, Seoul, Shanghai, Sydney Taipei and Tokyo. Flights from Europe include Frankfurt, London, Moscow and Paris.

Other Airlines
Other airlines into Tan Son Nhat Airport are mainly regional carriers including AirAsia (Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta), All Nippon Airways (Tokyo), Asiana (Seoul), Cathay Pacific (Hong Kong), Cebu Pacific (Manila), China Airlines (Taipei), Japan Airlines (Tokyo), JetStar Asia (Singapore), Korean Air (Seoul), Malaysian Airlines (Kuala Lumpur) and Philippines Airlines (Manila). European airlines include Aeroflot (Moscow) and Air France (Paris) while United Airlines is only American airline flying into Tan Son Nhat.

Inside Tan Son Nhat Airport by WiNG

Customs & Currency Exchange
The baggage carousels are one level down from the immigration booths. You will need to have your checked-in and hand-carry luggage X-rayed before you leave the restricted area. After you clear customs, you will find currency exchange booths to your right. Exchange rates at the airport are competitive and preferable to change money here than in the city, which tends to have less favourable rates. Ask first if there's a commission fee, because this will add to the cost of changing money and remove any rate advantage that is offered. There is also an ATM machine near the currency exchange booths, which you can withdraw cash if you have an appropriate bank card - withdrawal fee is 20,000 dong.

Taxis from the International Terminal
The main taxi queue is on your left when you exit through the main door on the ground floor of the terminal building. Another option is the Mai Linh taxi company, which has a counter located on your right after you clear customs. After paying at the counter, a staff member will lead you out of the terminal building to the taxi queue and arrange for a Mai Linh taxi.

Taxis from the Domestic Terminal
At the domestic terminal, there is a taxi company called Sasco and the only company allowed to pick up passengers directly adjacent to the building. You can also take a right turn from the international terminal building and walk about 200 metres to the taxis waiting at the domestic terminal car park. Taxis at the car park cost less than the rival Sasco taxis.

Bus to the City
From the airport, bus no. 152 (non air-conditioned) is the cheapest way for backpackers heading to Pham Ngu Lao Street. (Ignore taxi drivers telling you there are no more airport buses. For 5,000 dong per person plus a 5,000 dong fee for bags, the bus will drop you off at the east end of the Pham Ngu Lao. Upon exiting the international airport terminal, turn right and you should see the bus waiting on the road opposite Burger King - the bus is only available until 6:00 p.m.

Level 3 at Tan Son Nhat Airport by WiNG

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