How to get around Ho Chi Minh City

When you want to get around Vietnam's largest city, there are many Ho Chi Minh transport options to choose from. You can hail a taxi in car or motorbike form, take a bus or a cyclo, hire a bike, or simply just walk around the city.  Whichever way you choose, you'll need to be alert and to know where you're going. Be sure to have a maps app on your phone that tells you the best route. By doing these things, you'll be able to get to your destination safely, efficiently, and at a reasonable cost.


If you need to get to your destination quickly, then hire a Ho Chi Minh taxi. Though be sure to get in vehicles from legitimate companies with working meters. You can also ride motorbike taxis (xe om) but you must agree on the price with the driver before getting on.

Public Transport

Apart from taxis, you can also take Ho Chi Minh public transport. If you're not in a rush, travel short distances on the traditional cyclo, a bicycle with passenger seats on the front. You can also take the green and white buses around the city for a reasonable fare.

Bike hire

Bicycle hire is fairly rare and hard to find in Ho Chi Minh – this mightn't be the destination for you if you're desperate to explore Vietnam on two wheels. If you're determined to get some bike time into your holiday, your best bet is to head to Pham Ngu Lao and ask the locals where to find a renter.

On foot

Walking in Ho Chi Minh can seem like a challenge, especially when it comes to crossing the busy, often chaotic roads. Don't be daunted, though; walking is a good way to get to different landmarks. As long as you cross with commitment and consistent steps, the traffic will flow around you. You can also join groups of locals at busy intersections when crossing.