With just two terminals, terminal 1 for domestic flights and terminal 2 for international flights, the Tan Son Nhat International Airport close to half of Vietnam’s air passenger traffic and plays a crucial role in the tourism industry.
Travellers facing a long transit period may consider booking a room at one of the hotels near the airport to take a quick rest or use the hotel’s facilities to freshen up. The Park Royal Saigon Hotel is about five minutes away, while the Tan Son Nhat Hotel is located directly at the entrance of the airport.
Alternatively, visitors may kill time by shopping at the duty-free shop, which features usual items such as alcohol, tobacco and perfume. Other retail shops in the airport sell clothing, accessories and souvenirs. Travellers may also grab a bite to eat at several cafes, which serve both coffee and alcoholic beverages.
Metered taxis can be found at the taxi stand outside the airport. Be sure to board cabs from trustworthy and dependable taxi companies such as Airport Taxi and Saigon Taxi. Try to avoid flagging for a taxi by the road as drivers may try to overcharge. There is the option of taking a public bus, which travels to and from the airport to Ben Thanh market, 15 minutes away from downtown. Fares are cheap, at a mere fraction of taxi fares, but only travellers with light luggage are advised to use the bus. The waiting time in between each bus is around half an hour.
Travellers may also use private transfer services such as limousines and chauffeured cars, which cost a tad more. The best option is to check with your hotel if they provide airport shuttle service, as and they may send a staff member to pick you up from or drop you off at the airport.
IMPORTANT! Information is correct as of 04 July 2014 and is subject to change. Please always check Tan Son Nhat International Airport website for the latest update of the following information.