The bus system in Ho Chi Minh City covers most tourism destinations within and nearby the city with 152 routes. Buses in Ho Chi Minh City can be realized by the white cover with a light green strip. The price for bus ticket fluctuates between 5,000 and 6,000 VND, depending on the distances and the type of buses.
Buses in Ho Chi Minh city might not be as crowded as those in Hanoi, but the problem is the quality of the cars and degrading services. Moreover, the distances between the bus stops and tourist destinations are pretty far, aggravated by the long time it takes to wait for a bus. That makes this type of public transportation not the best choice to explore the city. Also, Ho Chi Minh City Bus are often named by the beginning and end points, so check your bus number carefully before getting on it.
Most buses in Ho Chi Minh City have their terminal at some major depots like Ben Thanh Station, Cho Lon Station and Mien Dong station.
Ben Thanh Taxi
At the more expensive end of available transport options in Saigon is the taxi.
But if it is the rainy season, or you are worried about road safety or have mobility problems, then the Taxi is the safest and most comfortable option.
Not to mention that by Western Standards the Taxi is still reasonable cheap, with taxi fairs starting at about 12,000 or 14,000 dong.
Not to mention that many of the places you will want to visit during your stay are also in District 1, which means that you should be able to get to most place for around 60,000dong or less.
If you are traveling from the airport to the tourist area in Pham Ngu Lao, or vise versa, it should cost you around 100,000 dong, give or take 20,000 dong.
Mai Linh Taxi
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International driving permits and U.S. drivers' licenses are not valid in Vietnam. Foreigners renting vehicles risk prosecution and/or imprisonment for driving without a Vietnamese license endorsed for the appropriate vehicle. If you wish to drive in Vietnam, you should contact any office of the Provincial Public Transportation Service of the Vietnamese Department of Communications and Transport to obtain a Vietnamese driver's license. The U.S. Embassy in Hanoi and U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City cannot assist you in obtaining Vietnamese driver's permits or notarize U.S. drivers' licenses for use in Vietnam.