Ho Chi Minh City is legendary for its chaotic and frenetic traffic.

At first glance, the sheer number of vehicles on the road can be intimidating. Observing the street from one of the many high-rise buildings in the city, it appears as an army of ants scurrying around without any rhythm or reason.

A Range of Means of Transportation

However, once you enter the biomass and spend some time learning the traffic flow, getting around town isn’t as difficult as it initially seems. The principal means of transportation include walking, motorbikes, buses, cars, taxis, motorbike taxis (xe ôm), water taxis and bicycles. There’s also a metro system being built, but the finishing date is still written in the stars.
Ride hailing apps like Grab and Uber enjoy great popularity for they are a cheaper and more convenient alternative to traditional taxis and motorbike taxis.

It’s All About Personal Transport

In general, mass transit clearly takes a back seat to personal transport. Saigon has some of the highest personal transportation rates outside of North America. It is estimated that personal vehicle travel is 91 percent, leaving just 9 percent for public transport.
Motorbikes remain the most popular mode of transportation with a staggering 7.6 million registered two-wheeled vehicles compared to 700,000 cars on the road, but movement via four wheels arise, becoming more popular among the local population.
With an average of 1,000 new automobiles purchased every day, the city’s infamous traffic jams will be even more congested in the future.

More Transportation Venues

Saigon Scooter Centre

This shop specialises in the restoration and export of classic vintage Italian motor scooters. You can also rent bikes here.

EVA Airways

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Saigon Airport

Types of taxis: Toyota Vios (seats four), Toyota Innova G (seats seven) Initial fare: VND13,500 Fare per 0.7km: VND18,500 (after ...

Joe Creazzo’s Professional Car Tuner

The owner is best known as Dr Joe and this shop is where the nouveau riche of the city customise ...

Green World Car Rental

To date, they provide a wide variety of vehicles from Luxury Sedan class five seaters such as Mercedes C-Class, BMW ...

Chi’s Café

Inventory: Wide range of manual and automatic Deposit: Valid passport Daily fee: VND100,000-300,000/day Monthly fee: VND1M-2M/month Insurance: Yes Delivery of ...

Vespa Scooter Guy at Cafe Zoom

This outfit restores and sells Vespas and has sold over 500 restored Vespas since 1999. They also run Vespa food ...

Saigon Tourist

Types of taxis: Toyota Vios 1.5E (seats four), Toyota Zace (seats seven), Toyota Innova G (seats seven) Initial fare: VND16,000 ...

Hoàng Tiêm

This shop sells bikes on the cheap. However, they stand by their bikes and offer a set of bike warranties ...

Powder Scooter

Powder Scooter is a family outfit that has deep roots in HCMC’s Vespa scene. The sons run the business side ...

fanfan.vn - The Travel Shop

Price: Helmets range from VND350,000- VND10M (most of the items are between VND400,000 and VND1.65M). Brands: Andes, Indix, Avex, HJC ...

Hồng Thành PTE

This shop is dominated by drying pieces of metal and the sound of compressed air. The owner speaks English and ...

An Phúc Co., Ltd.

This is a repair shop that also offers customised paint services for bikes. It is not the cleanest place in ...

Vinasun

Types of taxis: Toyota Vios (seats four), Toyota Innova J & G (seats seven) Initial fare: Toyota Vios - VND11,000, ...

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