Car Hire at Tan Son Nhat International Airport
This information is correct as of June 2015.
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Where to hire a car at Tan Son Nhat International Airport
There are no formal car rental services available from Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City. This is because Vietnam does not allow visitors to rent a car and drive within the country, unless you hold a valid Vietnamese Driver’s Licence issued by provincial or national public transportation service that belongs to the Ministry of Transport. However, there are car rental companies serving the airport where you can rent a car with a local driver. These companies include Holiday Autos, Argus Car Hire, Saigon Car Rent, Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, and Sixt. You can rent different types of cars depending on the number of passengers and for how long you will need the car rental. You can avail of car rental services for one way only, or for travelling around the city for one day up to five days. Other than the car and an experienced driver, other services that is included in the car rental are gas, toll fee, parking fee, all expense needed by the driver, and 24/7 customer support.
What to expect when hiring a car from Tan Son Nhat International Airport
Even though car rentals in Vietnam already come with a local driver, it is still necessary for you to be aware of the roads and places you will go to or might pass through, especially that some drivers do not speak English very well. Already having knowledge of the roads and places in Ho Chi Minh City will make communication with the driver a lot easier.
Tan Son Nhat International Airport is approximately six to eight kilometres north of the city centre of Ho Chi Minh City, which will take about 15-20 minutes of travel. The main road that connects the airport to the city is Trường Sơn, Trần Quốc Hoàn, then Trường Chinh.
Driving around Tan Son Nhat International Airport
Renting a car with a local driver may be new to some foreigners, but it works well within Ho Chi Minh City, as the city is very crowded and the traffic system can be challenging and can tend to be intimidating even for the most skilful and careful drivers. The local drivers are familiar and experienced with the locations in Ho Chi Minh City and neighbouring areas, ensuring you that you will reach your destination faster and safer.
Within Vietnam, the highway system connects the North to the South. Some of the important highways in the country include Highway 1A from Lang Son to Ca Mau, Highway 5A from Hanoi to Hai Phong, Highway 2 from Hanoi to Ha Giang, and Highway 1B – the Ho Chi Minh City road. The maximum speed limit in Vietnam is 100 km/h.
Getting to your destination
As the largest city of Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City serves as the country’s gateway to its southern part. There are many places of interest here that your car rental can take you, as well as to other nearby destinations surrounding the city.
Ho Chi Minh City
Formerly Saigon, tour around Ho Chi Minh City and visit the Reunification Hall, Notre Dame Cathedral, Emperor Jade Pagoda, War Remnants Museum, Giac Lam Pagoda, China Town, Binh Tay Market, Thien Hau Temple, and Ben Thanh Market.
From Tan Son Nhat International Airport, head northeast and drive toward Trường Sơn then continue onto Trần Quốc Hoàn. Keep right and pass by Công Ty Cp Sao Đức Việt on the left. Continue straight past Công Ty Tnhh Mtv Tmdv Yến Phương then continue onto Trường Chinh at Saigon Sunshine Hotel.
This coastal resort town in the Binh Thuan Province is near the city of Phan Thiet. A popular resort destination, Mũi Né is home to many beaches, restaurants, bars, and cafes. The tropical beaches are perfect for kitesurfing and windsurfing, especially from December to May.
The scenic drive from Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City to Mũi Né will take about four hours and 30 minutes, with a distance of approximately 200 kilometres. From the airport, go via TP. Hồ Chí Minh - Long Thành - Dầu Giây and QL1A to reach Mũi Né. You will pass through the busy city of Bien Hoa before cutting through dense rubber plantations, then the terrain will change to a semi-arid desert with cactus plants and dragon fruit trees once you go nearer Phan Thiet.
The seaside city of Vũng Tàu in Southern Vietnam is home to extensive beaches; the most popular of which are Back Beach (Bai Sau) and Front Beach (Bai Truoc). Vũng Tàu Water Park is also located here, as well as a big resort project that is yet to be completed, which will include resorts, shopping, and sailing. Vũng Tàu Aquarium, Bau Trung (a Disneyland-like theme park), and Landmark Tower are also expected to be built in the city.
The drive from Tan Son Nhat International Airport to Vũng Tàu will take about two hours, with a distance of 93 kilometres. From the airport, go via QL51 and take Tiệm Sửa Xe Hòa Hiệp onto 30 Tháng 4 to access Vũng Tàu.