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Tan Son Nhat Airport

Tan Son Nhat International Airport is the largest airport in Vietnam, possessing an area of 850 hectares and an average daily capacity of 130,000 passengers.

Located 6 km north of Ho Chi Minh City Center - District 1, travelers only need 15 minutes to get to the city center from the airport by car. This convenient location makes the airport an attractive starting point for foreigners to visit Vietnam.

Tan Son Nhat International Airport Overview

About Ho Chi Minh Airport

  • Location: Truong Son Stress, Ward 2, Tan Binh District, Ho Chi Minh City
  • Official name: Tan Son Nhat International Airport
  • Airport code: IATA Code - SGN, ICAO Code - VVTS
  • Contact: 028 3848 5383

Tan Son Nhat International Airport features two separate terminals, including the Domestic Terminal (T1) and the International  Terminal (T2). The distance between these two terminals is quite short, so you only need 5 minutes to walk from one terminal to another.

Tan Son Nhat Airport

Domestic terminal

Terminal 1 (T1): 40,948 m2 for domestic flights

With an impressive capacity of 15 million passengers per year, the domestic terminal is the older one in the Tan Son Nhat Airport. T1 is located to the left of T2, with two-level buildings consisting of 19 boarding gates, and you can move through easily due to its simple layout.

  • Ground floor - Arrival Halls (GF)

The Arrivals level has a baggage claim area in the center with two Departure Halls A (entrances D1 & D2) and B (entrances D3 - D6). Here, you can find check-in facilities and separate security checks. This is the place for guests to do check-in procedures for airlines:

Vietnam Airlines Row A, B, C, D
Pacific Airlines Row E
Bamboo Airways Rows H, G

On the outside of the ground floor, you can find the bus stop to the city center or various taxi brands.

  • The first floor - Departure Halls (1F)

The first level is the boarding area where lounges are located, including 14 Boarding Gate. If you’ve got some extra time before your flight, there are various eating options scattered on both levels.

To move between floors in building T1, you can use the staircases or escalators.

Domestic Terminal - Arrival Hall

Domestic Terminal - Departure Hall

International terminal

Terminal 2 (T2): 115,834 m2 for international flights

The international terminal is a new terminal that opened in September 2007. It has a capacity of approximately 10 million passengers per year and handles all international services to and from Ho Chi Minh Airport.

Ho Chi Minh Airport International Terminal facilities are newer than the Domestic Terminal, and are distributed into four levels as follows:

  • Ground floor - GF

This is the Arrivals and baggage claim level, where you will get your luggage before leaving the airport. There are 8 aircraft exit doors consisting of 4 doors on the left: 10, 11, 12, 14, and 4 doors on the right: 22, 23, 24, 25.

You can also find many other services here such as ATMs, first-aid services, currency exchange, and shopping areas.

  • The first floor - 1F

The 1F includes 11 aircraft gates in order from left to right: 08, 09, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27. There are also Business Lounges for passengers.

  • The second floor - 2F

This floor is where guests can do check-in procedures, security checks, and immigration customs. After moving from entrances D1 and D2, you will come to the check-in areas, including A/B, C/D, E/F, G/H, I/J, K/L. Behind the check-in zones are immigration, customs, and security checks.

  • The third floor - 3F

This is the lounge area for special guests and Business class passengers.

International Terminal - Arrival Hall

International Terminal - Departure Hall

 

How To Get To Tan Son Nhat Airport

From the airport, there are several ways to get to the city center, which are by taxi, bus, or private car. You should notice that traffic jams are frequent on the way to Tan Son Nhat Airport, so you should head to the airport early before your flight.

Taxi

You can easily find many taxis in front of both domestic and international terminals. Famous authorized brands are more reliable and help you avoid scams. Here are some brands you can trust:

Mai Linh

(028 38 27 79 79)

5,000 - 15,000 VND /km

(~ US $0.2 - 0.6)

Vinasun

(028 38 27 27 27)

11,000 - 15,000 VND /km

(~ US $0.45 - 0.6)

There is an alternative choice to book a transfer online through the Grab application. Grab is a popular brand in Vietnam with a reasonable price.

Tips:

  • Don’t just opt for a random taxi, you can be overcharged!
  • You should write down your destination’s detailed address on a small note in case the driver cannot speak English.
  • Before getting in the car, confirm the price and make sure the meter is turned on

Bus

This kind of transfer includes public and shuttle buses.

The public bus (Route 152) is the cheapest way to get to the city center from the airport. It stops at Ben Thanh Market, Trung Son Residental Area, so tourists can walk to the city center.

The shuttle bus (Route 49, 109, 119) passes many tourist attractions and has English-speaking staff on the bus. This kind of bus is a great choice for tourists, especially backpackers.

Bus No.152 (Green)

Route: Trung Son Residential Area - Tan Son Nhat Airport

Price: 6,000 VND (~US $0.25)

Frequency: 12 - 20 mins /turn

Lane: B06 - B09

Bus No. 119 (Yellow)

Route: Tan Son Nhat Airport - Mien Tay Bus Station

Price: 12,000 VND (0.5 USD) - 20,000 VND (0.8 USD)

Frequency: 15 - 30 mins /turn

Lane: Lane B of the domestic terminal

Bus No. 109 (Yellow)

Route: Tan Son Nhat Airport - 23/9 Park

Price: 12,000 VND (0.5 USD) - 20,000 VND (0.8 USD)

Frequency: 15 - 30 mins /turn

Lane: B17 - B19

Bus No. 49 (Yellow)

Route: Tan Son Nhat Airport - District 1

Price: 40,000 VND (~ US $1,7)

Frequency: 20 - 30 mins /turn

Private car

Private car is the best way to travel from the airport to the city center. If you have a big luggage, it will be inconvenient to use a public bus.

To avoid any scams and disappointment, you can book a private car in advance online through 12Go:

Transfer To Tan Son Nhat Airport

Read more: Ho Chi Minh Airport to City Center: 3 Best Ways to Go

 

Ho Chi Minh Airport Services

Tan Son Nhat International Airport offers numerous services such as restaurants, shops, spas, currency exchange, and a children’s play area. You will have plenty of options to choose from to relax before your flight.

  • Wi-Fi

There is Free unlimited Wi-Fi available at both Domestic and International Terminals at Tan Son Nhat Airport.

  • SIM Card

You can buy a Vietnamese sim card easily right at the sim card kiosks inside the terminal. You should buy a package that is suitable for your needs and travel durations in Vietnam. Viettel, Mobifone, and Vinaphone are some reputable SIM Card providers you can consider, with a price range from 200,000 – 400,000 VND (US $8.2 - 16.5).

  • Medical Services

There are first aid places for 24/24 medical emergencies in both Terminals. Domestic Terminal. In the Domestic Terminal, this place is close to the D2 entrance and at Arrivals Hall A2 entrance at the International Terminal.

Domestic Terminal (08) 38 485 383 - 3307
  Departure Gate 18: (08) 38 485 383 - 5422
International Terminal Ground Floor, Door A2: (08) 38 485 383 - 4066
  Ground Floor, Gate 17: (08) 38 485 383 - 3408
  • Sleeping Zone

If you need to sleep, there are 24 free sleep chairs available and 10 sleep boxes at the international terminal. The sleep boxes are equipped with beds, pillows, towels, and power outlets, with an area of 4m2 /room. The price is US $7 for 30 - 60 mins, and US $4 for 30 mins extra.

If you need a long rest, you can book a room at a hotel near the Tan Son Nhat airport. There are some suitable options for you:

Bluesky Serviced Apartment 4*

Address: 1 Bach Dang, Ward 2, Tan Binh

Contact: 028 3848 9358

Ibis Saigon Airport Hotel 4*

Address: 2 Hong Ha, Ward 2, Tan Binh, HCMC

Contact: 028 3848 5556

Prague Airport Hotel 3*

Address: 157 Bach Dang, Ward 2, Tan Binh, HCMC

Contact: (028) 3620 3366

Erato Boutique Hotel 2*

Address: 46 Hong Ha, Tan Binh, HCMC

Contact: 0819 566 566

  • Luggage Storage

Opening hours: 07:00 - 23:00

Price range: 27.500 VND /piece /hour for less than 10 hours

On the ground level, close to columns 13 and 14 at International Arrivals, you can easily find luggage storage at a reasonable price.

  • The luggage packing service is available, with the price ranging from 80,000 - 100,000 (US $4 - 5), depending on your luggage size
  • Smoking Rooms

As smoking is not allowed in public areas, you can find smoking rooms at the domestic Terminal (Departures Hall, opposite Gate 14), and International Terminal (Departures Hall, opposite Gates 15 and 18)

  • Restaurants & Cafes

Ho Chi Minh City Airport offers a broader range of dining choices from coffee shops to restaurants such as Kinh Do kiosk, Phaner bakery kiosk, Skynet restaurant, KFC, and Trung Nguyen Coffee Shop. You can buy snacks, cookies, sausages, light meals, or even larger meals with more energy here.

  • Shopping

Duty-free shops attract visitors to this national airport. You can buy various types of clothing items to electronic devices at the airport. Some recommended products to buy are alcohol, tobacco, perfumes, fashions and accessories, electrical devices, handicrafts, souvenirs, and artworks.

Read more: What should you buy in Vietnam duty free store?

  • Airport Lounge
Le Saigonnais Business Lounge

In front of gate 11 domestic lounge

04:30 a.m - 11:00 a.m

Lotus Lounge

Level 1 of the domestic terminal

Level 3 of the international terminal

06:00 a.m - 00:00 a.m

Orchid Lounge

Level 1 of the international terminal

06:00 a.m - 02:00 a.m

  • Currency Exchange

Foreign travelers can exchange money at Tan Son Nhat Airport, at currency exchange spots of the international terminal. Though the exchange rates may not be as good as at local gold shops, you can still find nice rates here.

  • Family-friendly Facilities

The children’s play area is located near gates 26 and 27 at the international terminal. With an area of 40 m2 featuring a safe playground, there are many games, toys, and activities for children.

 

Our article provides you with all the needed information about Tan Son Nhat Airport. If you are searching for flights to Ho Chi Minh or Ho Chi Minh Tours, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Questions & Answers (6)

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07/03/2024

Hi , is there any telephone card shop after cleared from the immigration ? I know there’s some kiosks before the immigration counters . Just want to know if I can buy the phone card after the immigration check points before going out from the airport

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08/03/2024
@Kenneth Tsang:

Yes, there are. If you can find on your own, you can ask the staff there for direction.

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27/01/2024

Do I need to book the storage in advance? If yes, how do I do so

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27/01/2024
@Crystal Stacey Alexander:

Hi! No, usually you don't have to book for that service.

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06/11/2023

What is the daily rate for luggage storage for 1 bag?

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08/11/2023
@Monica:

Hi! Due to the information that we have, the price is around $12 - $15/package/day.

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12/10/2023

Untuk bis antar jemput bandara ke pusar kota berapa harganya?

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12/10/2023
@Julia:
Harga berkisar dari 20 USD hingga 30 USD tergantung jenis kendaraan
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07/09/2023

Is there somewhere to weigh your baggage before checking in?

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08/09/2023
@Emma muller:

Yes, but only the small one for cabin luggage, the scales are usually nearby check-in counter.

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