When taking a taxi in Saigon, it is important to take note of the base fares, especially if it’s your first time in Vietnam or if you’re an expat to avoid getting scammed by dishonest drivers. Foreigners are usually an easy target as they think they can get more money out of you. The first kilometre is usually around VND12,000, while every following 0.7 kilometres costs approximately VND14,000 depending on the company and size of car. Bring smaller notes if you can but most taxi drivers will have enough dong to cover a VND200,000 note. If you are out of cash, Vinasun accepts Visa, Mastercard and JCB credit cards as payment along with a corporate card. Mai Linh also offers a prepaid card along with SMS as payment options.

Those with smartphones have the option to use Grab (GrabTaxi or GrabCar) and GO-VIET as alternate transportation methods. GrabTaxi’s car rates are the same as any hailed taxis – since only Vinasun and Mai Linh (and the occasional grey or yellow taxi) seem to use the app, we reckon it’s best to just call these companies direct. GrabCar fares are usually reasonable but not fixed; they vary algorithmically depending on availability, demand and traffic conditions. 

For more information on cabs go to Competition Drives Tensions Between Local Taxis and Grab, Uber

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