A closer look at Ho Chi Minh City's brand new airport-downtown buses

By Doc Lap, Thanh Nien News

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The service is satisfactory, but the new route could have used better promotion

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 The new bus route, No.109, covers a distance of 10.5 kilometers between Tan Son Nhat Airport and September 23 Park. The buses stand out in bright yellow, compared to the regular green of other routes. Photos: Doc Lap
 Those who travel less than half the distance pay VND12,000 while the full fare is VND20,000. Without the government's subsidy, tickets are more expensive than other routes.
 An information desk can be found at the airport's international terminal. The staff has been trained to support foreign passengers.
 Tourists are advised to choose a stop close to their hotel, if they do not want to travel all the way.
 All the six buses were imported from South Korea. It is quite spacious inside with a lot of room for luggage.
 The floor is low compared to other buses in Vietnam.
 The service starts at 5:30 a.m. and ends at 1:30 a.m. the next day.
 Each bus can carry a maximum of 70 passengers. Many tourists said they had not heard about the route and only found the service by chance.
 The famous traffic circle in front of Ben Thanh Market as seen from inside the bus.
 It takes 45 minutes to reach the route's final destination, September 23 Park. There is a bus every 15-20 minutes at a station.
Route No.109
Tan Son Nhat Airport (international terminal) - domestic airport - Truong Son - Tran Quoc Hoan - Lang Cha Ca roundabout - Hoang Van Thu - Nguyen Van Troi - Nam Ky Khoi Nghia - Nguyen Dinh Chieu - Cach Mang Thang 8 - Pham Hong Thai - Le Lai - Ben Thanh roundabout - Ben Thanh Bus Station - Pham Ngu Lao - September 23 Park

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