How to get to
Ben Thanh Market
Being so centrally located, as the Central Market of the District 1
of the city, it is always easy to reach Ben Thanh Market. Exactly which
route is best may depend on your original starting place of course. Here
are some of the common ones.
From International Airport
The Tan Son Nhat International Airport is located within the city
limits only 7km from the market, so reach it is easily done via taxi. At
the airport there are many taxi companies offering their services
as well as minibus and private car hires. Please be aware that in
Vietnam the pricing of taxi service is determined by each individual
company, so choose your taxi company wisely for the best results. Talk
to the taxi handler for the company that you choose, such as Vinasun
Mailinh, their staff are uniformed and once you ask them then you
are being queued for a ride.
A trip from the airport to the market
should be done on the meter, not for a fixed price, and
depending on the company the total price will be about
100,000 or 160,000 VND. There is no need to bargin or
negotiate, simply insist on using the meter and this will
get you a good price.
There are many touts, private taxi
hire, and other people in the airport who will try to
negotiate some offer for you. It is best to ignore all these
and only talk to the uniformed representatives of the taxi
Outside of rush hour the trip should take only about 15 minutes, though
during busy times it can be double that or even more.
An alternative is to
take the public bus, in Vietnam the public buses are
safe and comfortable and are also quite fast as the traffic
knows that they should have priority. Also as Ben Thanh
market is a major bus terminus many busses go here.
From the airport there are some choices but the most
convenient would be bus # 152.
Catch the bus # 152 outside the airport building . Catch the
white and blue bus "Saigon Bus" with the number 152 painted in red
numbers on the side of the bus. When you rech the destination all
the passengers will alight and you will be in the bus terminal.
Across from you is the large traffic circle with the statue of a
horseman Tran Nguyen Han in the center, and beyond that the Ben
Than Market clock tower with its red tile roof is visible.