On November 25th 2017, Ho Chi Minh (or Saigon) held a grand opening of the first river bus (or waterbus) in order to boost tourism and reduce traffic jam. The Ho Chi Minh Waterbus cruises along Saigon River and Thanh Da Canal and stops at 12 bus stops in District 1, District 2, Binh Thanh District, Thu Duc District. The water bus starts and ends at Bach Dang Station, Ton Duc Thang Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1 and Binh Dong Station, Linh Dong Ward, Thu Duc District. There are 10 river bus trips on weekdays and 15 bus trips on weekends. The trips run along the 10.8 km distance from 7:00 to 19:25. Saigon River has attract a large number of people including travelers. This Ho Chi Minh Waterbus Guide gives you essential information about the river bus and useful tips for the river bus trip in Saigon.
Summary of the necessary information about Ho Chi Minh River Bus
Open date: 25 November, 2017
Trip duration: 90 minutes
Operating time: 7:00 – 19:25
Trip length: 10.8 km
Number of seats: 75
Bus ticket fare: 15,000 VND/person (one-way), free for over-70-year-old seniors and under-1-m-high children
Investor: Thuong Nhat Company
Hotline: 1900636830 (in Vietnam)
Starting bus stop: Bach Dang Station (Ga tau thuy Bach Dang), Ton Duc Thang Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, next to Me Linh Roundabout, Bach Dang Park, and Ho Chi Minh Passenger Ferry Port.
Ending bus stop: Binh Dong Station, Linh Dong Ward, Thu Duc District.
Other bus stops: Binh An, Thanh Da, Binh Chanh are in active, at this time the waterbus does not stop at Tam Vu, Tan Cang, Binh Trieu, Thao Dien, Truong Tho bus stops.
C1, C2, C4, C5, C7, C8, C10, C11, C13, C15;
L1, L2, L4, L5, L8, L10, L11, L13, L15
C1, C2, C3, C4, C5, C6, C7, C8, C9, C10, C11, C12, C13, C14, C15;
L1, L2, L3, L4, L5, L6, L7, L8, L9, L10, L11, L12, L13, L14, L15.
What is the best time to do Ho Chi Minh Waterbus trip?
On weekends, the waterbus is more crowded with locals and visitors who would like to experience the first waterbus in Ho Chi Minh. The tickets of bus may run out soon and you have to buy the ticket and wait for the next bus. I would like to recommend to do the river trip on weekends.
Saigon has 2 seasons: dry season (from December to April) and wet season (from May to November). It is better to enjoy the river bus trip in dry season when it does not rain. During months of wet season, you can not enjoy the nice view of the city from the river bus.
Morning, late afternoon, and evening are great time to do the river bus trip in Saigon. In the morning, you can to enjoy your trip when the sun has not been strong yet and it is not too hot. It is a huge change for taking dozens of fabulous photos. In the evening, you may have a chance to admire the beauty of the sunset in the city as well as Saigon after dark.
Highlights of Ho Chi Minh River Bus
Bach Dang Station is worth-visiting thanks to modern design, a lovely cafe offering drinks and fast foods.
Bach Dang Station is next to Bach Dang Park and Nguyen Hue Walking Street, 2 popular tourist attractions in Ho Chi Minh.
Bitexco – the highest building in Ho Chi Minh, Vinhomes Central Park – one of the most magnificent parks in the city, picturesque Thanh Da Station.
Saigon Waterbus is an interesting experience for family, couple, solo traveler.
Saigon Waterbus is a cheap mean of transportation in comparison to luxury cruises along Saigon River. The waterbus ticket costs 15,000 VND while you must pay 340,000 – 1,300,000 VND for a meal on cruises.
Vinhomes Central Park including Land Mark 81 – the Tallest Building in Southeast Asia
Thanh Da Waterbus Station
A nice Saigon view from the waterbus
The lovely cafe at Bach Dang Station
Other useful tips for experiencing Ho Chi Minh by Waterbus
The full trip from Bach Dang to Binh Dong lasts 90 minutes. You can take the river bus from Binh Dong to Bach Dang after you have a walk around Binh Dong bus station. Or you can take a taxi to come back to the city center. It costs 150,000 – 200,000 VND and takes 30 – 45 minutes, depending on the traffic. If you do not have enough time to do the full trip from Bach Dang to Binh Dong, then go back to the city center, you can choose to end the trip at Thanh Da Bus Stops. It takes only 30 minutes by waterbus from Bach Dang to Thanh Da.
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