Taxis in Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Vietnam and has long attracted visitors with its fascinating culture, classy architecture, and sleek skyscrapers. In such a vibrant city, it’s easy to feel lost especially if you are a newcomer.
Picking a taxi for your transportation is a wise choice thanks to its numerous advantages including safety, comfort and speed. Get to your destination on time and enjoy your vacation without compromising your budget by booking a Ho Chi Minh taxi in advance today.
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Ho Chi Minh taxi costs
Taxi fares in Vietnam are officially set by cities or districts and are calculated using a taximeter, based on the distance travelled. Rates are binding for all taxis and taxi companies within the compulsory driving area and may not be exceeded or undercut.
Base Fare – €0.45 (VND 12,000)
Rate/km – €0.49 (VND 16,000)
Waiting time/hour – €1.14 (VND 50,000)
*For taxis from Ho Chi Minh Airport to the city, the tariff to most hotels in District 1 should be around €6.55 – €7.70 (VND 170,000–VND 200,000) and you will have to pay an extra €0.38 (VND 10,000) to cover the airport surcharge.
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How to get a taxi in Ho Chi Minh
With more than 30,000 taxis in Ho Chi Minh, finding one shouldn’t be hard. Ho Chi Minh City taxis are generally affordable and can be found anywhere. They provide safety in a place where heavy traffic and pickpocketing are a daily phenomenon. They are also comfortable and air-conditioned, keeping passengers away from the sun and rain. Their colour depends on the provider, you’ll see bright green taxis, white taxis with red stripes and yellow taxis.
Travellers can walk to the nearest taxi rank, stop a taxi on the street, call a trustworthy local company to arrange a pickup or pre-book a private transfer.
Taxis in Ho Chi Minh can be found waiting in ranks around many tourist attractions, including hotels and shopping malls. You can also wave at an empty passing taxi on the street. However, if you don’t want to hail a taxi, you can ask the receptionist at your hotel to help you call a taxi company, or call one yourself. These are the most popular providers:
Mai Linh – +84 28 38 298 888
Vinasun – +84 28 38 277 178
Benefits of booking a Ho Chi Minh taxi in advance
Ho Chi Minh can be an intimidating place, particularly if you are coming here for the first time or travelling with young kids. The crazy rhythm of this chaotic metropolis may shock even the most experienced traveller.
For the most reliable and personalised Ho Chi Minh taxi service, you can book in advance with Welcome Pickups and trained, English-speaking drivers, 24/7 customer support and competitive prices. Not only do our knowledgeable drivers know the best shortcuts to avoid heavy traffic and offer mini tours around this gorgeous city, but you also get access to an array of travel extras, such as skip-the-line tickets for some of the best attractions in Ho Chi Minh!
For a seamless transfer experience like no other, book in advance with Welcome and discover a new, superior way of travelling.
Ho Chi Minh taxi tips
- You also use a motorbike taxi in Ho Chi Minh city, however, these are known for not being as safe and practical.
- Most Vietnamese drivers don't speak English so having the address of your destination written down in Vietnamese may be handy.
- You may encounter taxi scams: unlicensed taxis or drivers with non-reliable taximeters, deliberately making the trip longer for more money. Be careful when entering the taxi and ensure the taximeter turned on before setting off.
- Make sure to call a taxi company during rush hour as there are queues and waiting times may be longer than usual.
- Tipping your taxi driver is not expected in Vietnam, however, you can round up the final fare if you especially enjoyed the service.
Wheelchair-accessible taxis in Ho Chi Minh
The city as a whole is a very wheelchair-accessible place. However, typical taxis you will find driving on the streets don’t come equipped with special ramps or seating for wheelchair users. If you need a fully accessible vehicle, reach out to Mai Linh and order your personalised vehicle today.
Safety and complaints for taxis in Ho Chi Minh
It’s quite common for taxi drivers to take longer routes, negotiate the fare before setting the taximeter or increase the base fare. If you believe this has happened to you, you should write down the taxi number and driver’s unique ID number, ask for your receipt and report it to the company or the local police at +84 28 3836 9131.