Buses, Ho Chi Minh City
There are many bus stations around the Saigon Area
There are several bus stations around the city that each serve different destinations. Facilities are very basic and are unlikely to have more than food stands serving local snacks. Services on short journeys depart when they are full and those traveling longer distances generally depart early in the morning. It is not possible to book tickets over the telephone and visitors should go to the relevant bus station the day before to check the schedule for the following day and purchase their ticket. In addition, a very useful telephone number is 1080 where English-speaking operators can give information on timetables.
The bus to Cambodia (better known in Vietnam as Kampuchea), operated by Cong Ty Xe Khach Saigon (tel: (08) 920 3623), departs from 309 Pham Ngu Lao Street, District 1, twice daily for the nine-hour journey to Phnom Penh. The Cambodian visa should be arranged in advance but can be obtained at the border crossing point. Buses to Dalat, Buon Ma Thuot, Nha Trang, Danang, Hue and Hanoi depart from Mien Dong Bus Station (Ben Xe Mien Dong) (tel: (08) 898 4893), on Xo Viet Nghe Tinh in Binh Tan District. Other bus stations include Ben Xe Mien Tay, Kinh Duong Vuong Street, An Lac, Binh Tan District (tel: (08) 875 2953), which has a special booking service located a little nearer to the city center at 765 Le Hong Phong, District 10 (tel: (08) 752 0364); Ben Xe Cholon, 86,Trang Tu, District 5 (tel: (08) 854 8832), and Ben Xe Tay Ninh on Truong Chinh Street, Tan Phu Disctrict, for buses for Tay Ninh Province, has renamed and relocated the passenger pick up area to Ben Xe An Suong, Quoc Lo 22, Xa Ba Diem, Hoc Mon District (tel: (08) 883 2513).
There is one private bus company operating routes within the city, Saigon Star Bus Company tel: (08) 864 2762
If you want to hob nob with other tourists and would want to have a cheaper rate in touring in and around Saigon and other areas like Cu Chi Tunnels, Mekong Delta, Cao Dai Temple, city tour and more, then your option will be the big tour buses. Most of the tour companies in Saigon offer both big tour busesn and private cars for touring around and we got both for different tours around the city to be able to experience both types. Again, the biggest tour operator in Saigon is the Saigon Tourist and you can book your tours via the hotel lobbies of their partner hotels listed below or if you see the Saigon Tourist Logo in a building, it means they have a help desk there where you can book tours.
IN THE SOUTH:
New World Saigon Hotel
Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers
Hotel Majestic Saigon
Grand Hotel Saigon
Hotel Continental Saigon
Kim Do Royal City Hotel
Bong Sen Hotel Saigon
Palace Hotel Saigon
Bong Sen Hotel Annex
Oscar Saigon Hotel
Que Huong - Liberty Hotel Group
Arc - En - Ciel Hotel
Bat Dat Hotel
Dong Khanh Hotel
Can Gio Resort
Ngoc Lan Hotel
Phu Tho Hotel
Fiditour Hotel Group
Cho Lon Hotel Group
Cho Lon Tourist Hotel Group
Thanh Binh Hotel Group
Binh Quoi Tourist Village
Thu Duc Tourist Hotel Group
Saigon - Binh Chau Ecotourist & Resort
Saigon Con Dao Resort
Saigon Can Tho Hotel
Saigon - PhuQuoc Resort & Spa
From Ben Thanh Bus Station opposite Ben Thanh Market apparently you can
travel to Moc Bai, which is the town nearest to the border crossing.
First bus at 5:40am and then every 40 minutes.
The price is 30,000 Dong in November 2012.
It should take about 2/3 hours to the border.
Happy Tours (139 Bui Vien Street) offer good tours, and if you take their bus to Cambodia, they have affiliates who connect with their clients at the border and take them into Cambodia (Phnom Penh). Journey time is about 3.5 hours.
Location: Bui Vien Street, Dist 1, Saigon.
Where all the tourist buses from Cambodia or Northern Vietnam stop
During our visit to Ho Chi Minh City in May 2013, we made use of Bus #1 from Cholon Bus Station to Ben Thanh Bus Station one afternoon.
We had just visited Cho Binh Tay market in the Cholon area of the city (District 5), before making the short walk (little more than a couple of minutes) to Cholon bus station.
At Cholon bus station we found dozens of green buses parked up besides the terminal building, but none of them were heading for Ben Thanh (District 1, in the centre of the city). We asked at the information desk and were pointed, rather vaguely, towards the back of the station and out of the far exit. We followed the directions and found a modern blue bus parked up in an adjacent parking area. It displayed large #1 signs on its front and sides. This was the bus we needed.
We boarded the bus and purchased tickets from the driver. They were priced at just 5,000 VND (£0.15) each.
The bus wasn't very busy when we boarded, so we were able to sit down. It got busier as we made our way through the city towards Ben Thanh. There was plenty of standing room and a few plastic stools had been provided for those who wished to sit in the central aisle.
In heavy afternoon traffic, the journey to Ben Thanh took around 45 minutes.
Ben Thanh bus station is located on the opposite side of a very busy roundabout from Ben Thanh Market. Despite their relative proximity, it can take several minutes to walk between the two due to difficulties crossing the busy roads.
From Ben Thanh Market you can take the Bus go to Dam Sen. I don't remember the price exactly, but it will be less than 1 USD ( of couse you will pay in Vietnam Dong).
To go to Suoi Tien park, you can go to Dien Bien Phu Street, ( this is one way street), along the street, there are some buses station that you can go to Suoi Tien Park. The one I recommend you is take to bus Number 150 from Hochiminh City to Tan Van- Near Dong Nai Bridge. Suoi Tien is about half way of the trip to Tan Van. There is a bus stop in front of Suoi Tien Park, so you can go there by bus.
( The cost last year was VND 3.000 ( ~ 20 or 30 cents in USD). I don't know the price now.
The Zoo is not much to see in comparison with Parks in Western countries, But one place you can go for fun with your children is the "water puppetry show".
Place: In side the Historical Museum and inside of the City Zoo. ( T-Junction of Le Duan Street and Nguyen Binh Khiem Street).
Time: 15 minutes every hour from 8:00AM to 4:00 PM ( including Sundays).
(last date took the bus - July 7 -13, 2006)
Saigon - Nha Trang - Hoi An - Hue - Hanoi
Bus fare - US $ 14.00
Open Bus Ticket
An Phu Travel & Service
Address: 203 Pham Ngu Lao St.
Pham Ngu Lao Ward, Dist. 1
Ho Chi Min City
July 7 : SAIGON - Nha Trang
July 8: Nha Trang - Hoi An
July 9: Hoi An - Hue
July 13: Hue - Hanoi
Point of origin: Saigon
Point of destination: Nha Trang
Departure time - 8:30 a.m.
Arrival time - 7:30 a.m. (next day)
1) Take Bus 152 from Saigon Bus Interchange station to Ho Chi Minh Airport.
2) Ben Thanh Bus Interchange is opposite Ben Thanh Market (District 1).
2) Transit : 40 minutes
3) Amount: 3000 VDC/person
Airportbus (Nr. 152) run's from 6am until 6 pm (stop unmarked before the national airport, 100m right of international airport) to De Than street, after that only taxi (get coupon inside the airport)