Ho Chi Minh City, formerly named Saigon, is the largest city and also the economic capital of Vietnam, where most businesses have their largest presence. It is situated by the side of the Saigon River towards the northern part of the Mekong River delta. The city occupies an area of 2,095 square km (809 square mile). The metropolitan area, which consists of the Ho Chi Minh City metropolitan area, Thu Dau Mot, Di An, Bien Hoa and surrounding towns, is populated by more than 9,000,000 people, making it the most populous metropolitan area in Vietnam. The city's population is expected to grow to 13.9 million in 2025. According to the Mercer Human Resource Consulting, Economist Intelligence Unit and ECA International, Ho Chi Minh City is ranked 132 on the list of world's most expensive cities for expatriate employees.
You could travel within the city by bus or taxi.
Please visit the website of Ho Chi Minh’s bus at www.buyttphcm.com.vn for more information about the bus routes and schedule.
Direction from Tan Son Nhat International Airport to Saigon Exhibition & Convention Center (SECC)
Option 1 (Time: 1hour 45 mins)
Take bus number 03 (Ben Thanh - Thanh Loc), stop at Ben Thanh Market, then change bus to number 102 (Ben Thanh – Nguyen Van Linh – SECC).
Option 2 (Time: 1hour 40 mins)
Take bus number 152 (From Tan Son Nhat Airport to Trung Son KDC), stop at Cach Mang Thang Tam road, then change bus to number 102 (Ben Thanh – Nguyen Van Linh – SECC).
There are a number of taxi companies in Ho Chi Minh City. The following are most popular companies:
Mai Linh Taxi
Taxi rates: Approx. US$0.8 ~ US$0.9/km
- Averaged rate from Tan Son Nhat Airport to the Saigon Exhibition & Convention Center (SECC): 12.5 USD (14 km)
- Averaged rate from Tan Son Nhat Airport to the Ho Chi Minh City's CBD: 5 USD (6.2 km).