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Tan Son Nhat Airport
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Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN)
Tel: (08) 845-6654.

Tan Son Nhat International Airport is 7 kilometres (4 miles) northwest of the city centre. It's the largest of the 3 international airports in Vietnam and there are more international flights than the capital city, Hanoi. There are 22 airlines serving 18 cities in Asia and Europe with regular flights to Singapore, Bangkok, and Kuala Lumpur. The terminal has recently been expanded in order to handle larger numbers of passengers. Still, compared to most other South East Asian cities, facilities are limited. A project to build a new international terminal is planned, and is expected be operational in a few years.

Major airlines

Vietnam Airlines (tel: (08) 832-0320) is the national airline with a monopoly on most domestic routes. Pacific Airlines (tel: (08) 932-5979 or 823-1285) has flights to Danang, Hanoi, and as a handful of international routes.

Other major airlines are Cathay Pacific, Air France, Japan Airlines, KLM – Royal Dutch Airlines, Airlines, Qantas, Lufthansa, Malaysian Singapore Airlines and Thai International.

Approximate flight times to Ho Chi Minh City from:

 London is 15 hrs 15 minutes

 New York is 20 hrs 20 minutes

 Los Angeles is 18 hrs 40 minutes

 Toronto is 21 hrs 50 minutes

 Sydney is 9 hrs 5 minutes

Airport facilities

These include bureaux de change, a snack bar, duty free, and shops. There are no car hire agents at the airport.

Business facilities

None.

Arrival/departure tax

There is no arrival tax, but there is an international departure tax of US$14, which must be paid in cash on departure, and a domestic departure tax of VND25,000, which is included in the airline ticket.

Transport to the city

There is no bus or train service to the city from the airport but metered taxis and minibuses wait outside to take passengers to the city centre Drive time is about 20 to 30 minutes. The taxi fare is about US$5-6 to the city centre.
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