Ho Chi Minh City airport: Ho Chi Minh Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN)

Ho Chi Minh Tan Son Nhat International Airport

Vietnam's largest airport is officially called Tan Son Nhat International Airport. As the airport is enclosed by buildings and there's no space for expansion, a new airport is being built, 40 kilometers northeast of Ho Chi Minh City. This airport, Long Thanh International Airport, is expected to process its first passengers in 2015.

Airport codes

IATA airport code: SGN
ICAO airport code: VVTS


Local transport


There's no train connection with the airport.

Car and bus

Ho Chi Minh City Airport is situated in the city's western suburbs, at only 6 kilometers from the center. From the city center you can reach the airport via the Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Road which turns into Nguyen Van Troi Road which leads directly to the airport. The way to the airport is clearly signposted. Keep in mind though that traffic in Ho Chi Minh City can be very busy. At quiet times it takes you 20 minutes from the center to the airport; at rush hour travel time can be more than one hour.

Two buses run to Ho Chi Minh City; a ride to the center costs 3000 dong. When traveling in a group, a minivan can be cheaper; you do have to negotiate about the rate though.

Car rental Ho Chi Minh Airport

Officially there are no car rental companies present at the airport. There are rental companies in the city. In and around the terminal you'll be approached by people renting chauffeur-driven cars. The reliability of these people is often debatable. If you accept, you'll have to seriously bargain about the price.


There are a vast amount of official and unofficial taxis outside the terminal. Two reliable companies are Vinasun Taxi (Tel. +84(0)8 272 727) and Mai Linh Taxi (Tel. +84(0)8 38 262 626).

Airport Parking

There's a parking lot opposite the terminal entrance. You can safely park your car here for a short period, but don't leave it here at night. The airport frankly states that it takes no responsibility for cars parked here.




There are no hotels at Ho Chi Minh City Airport. One of the nearest hotels is the Park Royal Hotel (Tel. +84(0)8 3842 1111). Other hotels nearby the airport include New World Hotel (Tel. +84(0)8 3822 8888), Sofitel Plaza (Tel. +84(0)8 3824 1555) and the Caravelle Hotel (Tel. +84(0)8 3825 0837). For more hotels and to book online, you can go to Booking.com. They offer a large range of hotels, at competitive internet rates.

Shops and restaurants

Ho Chi Minh City Airport offers a limited number of restaurants, cafés, (snack) bars and shops. For eating and drinking you can choose from a restaurant (Baby Spoon), a coffee shop of the Vietnamese chain Trung Nguyen, a fast-food restaurant (KFC) and two snack bars. There are also some stores, including a souvenir shop and a duty-free shop.


There's a counter to deposit your baggage (Tel. +84(0)8 3841 5789) near the baggage claim area. There's also a lost-and-found counter (which can be reached by telephone via the general number +84(0)8 3848 5383).


For inquiries about the airport you can turn to an information desk in the Departure Hall. That is, if the employees speak English, which isn't always the case.


There are no business facilities at Ho Chi Minh City Airport. For this you need to turn to one of the business hotels in Ho Chi Minh City, such as the Novotel and the Sofitel (see Hotels).

Disabled facilities

Ho Chi Minh City Airport has reasonable accessibility for the disabled. Both the Arrivals and Departure Halls are on the ground floor, presenting few problems for the disabled. The restaurant and shopping area however are on the second floor and there are no adapted elevators.

Other services

Services at Tan Son Nhat Airport are, like the restaurant and shopping area, also limited: an exchange office, a small post office and some ATM's. The First Aid station can be reached via the general telephone number +84(0)8 3848 5383.




Tan Son Nhat International Airport
Sân bay Quốc tế Tân Sơn Nhất,
Quận Tân Bình
Ho Chi Minh City

Telephone, fax, email

Telephone: +84(0)8 3848 5383
Fax: +84(0)8 3844 5127
Email: tsnairport@tsn.com

Airport codes

IATA airport code: SGN
ICAO airport code: VVTS