Nowadays, Ho Chi Minh City has dedicated airport shuttles going straight from Tan Son Nhat airport to the center of Ho Chi Minh city - District 1. If you do not have too much luggage, you can use the bus service in order to save money (Ten times cheaper – perhaps!). Make sure that you change your money into VND in advance because the bus service accepts VND only.
There are 3 different buses go between the airport and the city center:
1. **YELLOW BUS 109** (TSN Airport – 23/9 Park)
Routes: Tan Son Nhat International Airport (International Terminal) - Tan Son Nhat International Airport (Truong Son) - Truong Son - Tran Quoc Hoan - Hoang Van Thu - Nguyen Van Troi - Nam Ky Khoi Nghia - Ham Nghi - Ben Thanh Station - Pham Ngu Lao - 23/9 Park
Operating hours***: 5:30AM – 1:30AM (the next day)
Waiting time***: around 20 minutes
Cost***: VND 12,000/ Ticket (around $0.6) (route under 5km) or VND 20,000/ Ticket (route over 5km)
Note: This is a new air-conditioned shuttle that has been operating since March 2016. It has a capacity of 70 passengers and security cameras for monitoring the crime. To support the foreign passengers, staffs on the bus speak limited English.
***Where is it parked?*** – Passengers can take the bus at the pilaster number 12 (International Terminal) or the pilaster number 18 (Domestic Terminal).
2. **YELLOW BUS 49** (TSN Airport – District 1, district 3)
Routes: Tan Son Nhat International Airport (International Terminal) - Tan Son Nhat International - Truong Son - Tran Quoc Hoan - Hoang Van Thu - Nguyen Van Troi - Nam Ky Khoi Nghia - Le Duan - Paris Commune - Dong Khoi - Dong Du - Hai Ba Trung - Ton Duc Thang - Ham Nghi - Ben Thanh Market - Pham Ngu Lao - Nguyen Trai - Le Lai - Nguyen Thi Nghia - Cach Mang Thang 8 - Dien Bien Phu - Nam Ky Khoi Nghia - Nguyen Van Troi - Phan Dinh Giot - Truong Son – International Terminal
Operating hours: 5:30AM – 1:30AM (the next day)
Waiting time: around 30 minutes
Cost: VND 40,000/ ticket (around $2)
Note: The shuttle bus 49 will not stop at public bus stops. In addition, the shuttle bus 49 will stop at the lobby of big hotels in the city center, along with 2 famous sightseeing, Notre Dame Cathedral and the City Theater.
3. **BLUE BUS 152** (Tan Son Nhat Airport - Ben Thanh Market - Trung Son Residences)
Routes: International Terminal - Domestic Terminal - Hoang Van Thu - Nguyen Van Troi - Nam Ky Khoi Nghia - Cach Mang Thang Tam - Ben Thanh Market - Tran Hung Dao - Trung Son Residences
Operating hours: 5:45AM – 18:15PM
Waiting time: around 15 minutes
Cost: VND 6,000/ ticket (around $0.3)
Note: The Blue Bus 152 is a local public bus so that the cost is much cheaper and the condition is older.