Tan Son Nhat Airport serves as an international as well as domestic airport for Ho Chi Minh City. One can reach the city from India through various flight companies including Malindo Airways, Thai Airways, Air India, Malaysia Airlines, Thai AirAsia and many more from various India cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Kolkata etc.
Tan Son Nhat Airport is the nearest airport to Ho Chi Minh City situated about 6 km from the heart of the city. Two terminals of the airport receive regular international and domestic flights from countries around the world. Air France, Qatar Airways, Eva Air, Lufthansa and Royal Brunei Airlines are some of the airlines that connect the city to the world. One can easily take a bus (cheapest way to commute), mini-bus or a taxi from outside the airport to reach the destination.
Travelling to Ho Chi Minh City via train is a time consuming affair and almost not feasible. The journey is completed in three steps first involve taking a in from Nanning or Beijing in China. Then change the train at border Pingxiang/Dong Dang or one can wait for four hours there for immigration in Nanning Express. Once you reach Hanoi, take ride on the Reunification Express, which will finally take you to your destination in about 40 hours at Saigon Railway station.
Very few bus services ply directly to and from Ho Chi Minh City. One can take a bus from Phnom Penh, Cambodia that crosses the Cambodian border gate and take you to Moc Bai, the most convenient way to reach Saigon. One can choose from various bus services as per ones convenience and can reach the city in about six hours.
Getting around Ho Chi Minh City is easy especially as public transport is developing rapidly. There are many ways of commuting within the city the most popular one being riding a bus with over 150 routes all across the city (tel: +84 8 3854 6110; www.saigonbus.com.vn). One can buy a map bus from the major city hub, Ben Thanh bus station on Tran Hung Dao Street and can purchase a single side ticket for bus journey. There are several taxi companies most of them are metered. Make sure to check the meter before starting your travel. There are Motorbike taxis (xe om) as well, which usually approach tourists and are efficient way of moving around. Fix the price before hand and make sure you are given a helmet or you may be levied with heavy fine by police. Lastly, one can hire a car, motorcycle, scooter or bicycles (around the backpacker hangout Pham Ngu Lao area) to best explore the city. Despite what one may chose as a way of transport, traffic jam can get really horrible during peak hours.
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