If you want to travel between Saigon airport and the city centre, the cheapest option is airport bus.
Saigon’s airport bus scene seems to change quite quickly, but head to the airport bus stop and staff will appraise you of the latest option. Please feel free to leave updated experiences in the comments section to help other travellers.
Pickup point and ticketing
You can pick up the buses outside either international terminal (around pillar 13, by the road – look for the buses there or a bit further on), or the domestic terminal (there is a dedicated, signposted bus area).
There are booths by these points at both terminals where you can buy a ticket. Tickets are also sold on the bus in some cases.
Route 49: Airport – Park Royal Hotel – Eastin Grand Hotel Saigon – Cosmopolitan Hotel – Cong Xa Paris – Saigon Opera House – Sheraton Hotel – Majestic Hotel – Ben Thanh Market – Pham Ngu Lao (three stops) – Le Lai (two stops) – Nguyen Thi Nghia – Cach Mang Thang 8 (three stops) – Vissai Saigon Hotel – Airport.
Route 109: Airport – Truong Son – Tran Quoc Hoan – Lang Cha Ca roundabout – Hoang Van Thu – Nguyen Van Troi – Nam Ky Khoi Nghia – Nguyen Dinh Chieu – Cach Mang Thang 8 – Pham Hong Thai – Le Lai – Ben Thanh roundabout – Ben Thanh Bus Station – Pham Ngu Lao – September 23 Park – airport
Route 152: Airport – Trường Sơn – Trần Quốc Hoàn – Hoàng Văn Thụ – Nguyễn Văn Trỗi – Nam Kỳ Khởi Nghĩa – Hàm Nghi – Vòng Xoay Quách Thị Trang – Lê Lai – Nguyễn Thị Nghĩa – Nguyễn Thái Học – Trần Hưng Đạo – Nguyễn Văn Cừ – cầu Nguyễn Văn Cừ – Dương Bá Trạc – Đường 9A – Chỗ đậu xe buýt cuối đường số 10 (Khu dân cư Trung Sơn).
Hours of operation
49 and 109 operate between 5.30 a.m. and midnight, with a headway of thirty minutes.
The 152 starts at 5.30 a.m. and the final departure at either end is around 6 p.m., with a headway of around fifteen minutes.
The journey time is dependent on traffic but should be an hour or less without bad traffic.
On the 49 and 109 bus, tickets for most journeys cost 20,000 dong one way ($7), although if the journey is under 5 km you can ask for a 12,000 dong ticket one way ($4). There is no additional luggage charge.
The 152 bus costs just 6,000 dong ($2) but there is an additional luggage piece fee, so if you have more than one large piece of luggage the bus is no cheaper than the 49 or 109.