Ho Chi Minh City is the largest city in Vietnam, making it a major transportation hub of Southern Vietnam. Being located in such a strategic location in the country’s southern region, it is only natural to expect that it shall be easy to get anywhere else in and out of this place. Coming from other major cities around the world, getting to Ho Chi Minh City can be done by airplane, boat, train or bus.
Getting to Ho Chi Minh City by air means that travelers will need to go through the Tan Son Nhat International Airport, which is the main gateway for flights arriving from other countries to Vietnam’s southern parts. The Tan Son Nhat Airport was previously one of the three busiest airports in the world during the late 1960s. Today, most major international pacific region airlines fly to the city such as Malaysia Air System, Singapore Airlines, Silk Air, Thai Airways, Philippine Airlines, Cathay Pacific, United, Bangkok Airways, Lao Aviation, Garuda Indonesia, Vietnam Airlines and Pacific Airlines. Alternately, visitors coming from Europe or the U.S. may fly to Bangkok or Hong Kong for an aircraft transfer to take them directly to Ho Chi Minh City via Thai Airways, Cathay Pacific or Vietnam Airlines.
The domestic carrier of the country is Vietnam Airlines, which flies to all major cities. Up until recently, it had been helped out by a new domestic airline called Pacific Airlines, which caters to big cities of the country as well.
Getting to Ho Chi Minh City by land by use of train is the most common option. The train may be slow, but it is the safest and most comfortable way to travel to Saigon. The trains are generally old but a thorough renovation and upgrade is in the works to make the facilities more appealing to tourists. Tickets that depart from the Saigon Train Station can be purchased at the Saigon Railways Tourist Service that serves coastal cities all the way up to the north of HCMC.
Aside from getting to HCMC by train, intercity buses that depart and arrive from different bus stations in the city are well-served by local bus services. Ho Chi Minh buses that arrive and leave the city are immensely huge in number, making most bus terminals extremely crowded and busy. Most buses are air-conditioned express buses but for private rentals, premium mini-buses are available. At the same time, these buses may be hired to tour you around the city of Ho Chi Minh as they become open tour buses on their own.
Boats are a good option when getting to Ho Chi Minh City by sea. Hydrofoils depart on an hourly basis for Vung Tau, which is about 120 kilometers away from Ho Chi Minh City. Greenlines and Petro Express are some of the boat carriers that can get you to HCMC by sea taking you directly to the Cau Da Pier in Vung Tau.
Thanks to its fast-growing economy, getting to Ho Chi Minh City is easy as it is hurriedly becoming well connected to the rest of the world. There are multiple ways for tourists to get to the Saigon City: it all depends on preferences in style, comfort and convenience.