Cheapest way to get from Ho Chi Minh City Airport to District 1 by Bus

If you’re a traveller on a budget and trying to save money, the 152 bus and the 109 bus from Tan Son Nhat Airport (SGN) in Saigon, Vietnam are the cheapest way you can travel to District 1. I personally utilised both options in November 2023, ensuring the information is current.

Continue reading for a comprehensive guide on your most cost effective transportation choices to District 1.

If you’re looking for other options like using Grab or a taxi, read the post here about all the ways on How to get from Ho Chi Minh City Airport to District 1

While you’re in Ho Chi Minh City, check out this Vegan Food Guide to Saigon

Photo of the blue 152 bus

1. 152 Public Bus

The easiest and cheapest way to get yourself from Tan Son Nhat Airport to District 1 is using the 152 Public Bus

At only 5000 VND one way (30 cents AUD, 20 cents USD and 18 cents Euro), this is the perfect way to save some cash for more Vietnam experiences


Once you exit international immigration, turn right towards Burger King.

Burger King is on the right (and the blue 152 buses are sitting across the road on the left hand side)

And then you need to cross the first lane of traffic to the second lane. And that’s where you’ll find the 152 Public Bus

Photo of the 152 buses waiting at the International Terminal


Exit the domestic terminal and walk straight ahead and cross the large first lane. 

Turn right and you’ll see a blue sign that says “Bus Station”.

It goes through District 1 and the side streets near the backpackers district of Bui Vien street. 

The 152 Bus operates from the airport between the times of 5:15am and 7pm. Buses depart every 15-20 minutes.

Photo of the red 109 minibus

2. 109 Airport bus

This cute little red mini bus is great for travellers who want less stops compared to the 152 Public Bus. 

At only 15,000 VND one way (95 cents AUD, 60 cents USD and 55 cents Euro) this mini bus departs from the International Terminal and also the Domestic Terminal from the same place the blue 152 bus departs from.

A sign inside the 109 bus of the prices

The 109 Bus starts operating from the airport at 5:30am and runs until 10:15pm. It departs roughly every 45 minutes.

Photo of the sign to get to Domestic Terminal