Sam Nguyen

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Asia > Vietnam > Ho Chi Minh City > Củ Chi Tunnels > Useful Info
Submitted on Aug 26, 2019 Useful Info

How to get to Cu Chi Tunnels cheaply by public transportation

  • Cu Chi Tunnels are located about 40-50km northwest of Ho Chi Minh City
  • Most people travel there on organized tours, which is pricey and touristy, but it's definitely possible to go there on your own by public bus
  • Before you go you need to decide if you want to go to Ben Duoc or Ben Dinh tunnels. Ben Duoc is the authentic original ones, while Ben Dinh is the touristy ones that are reconstructed later. I recommend going to Benh Duoc
  • How to get to Ben Duoc tunnels by bus: you basically need to take bus 13 then 79, taking a total of 2.5 hours each way and costing about $0.75USD each way. You buy tickets on board the bus with cash VND. Here are the steps:
  1. Take bus 13 departing from Saigon Bus Station, located here right across from the September 23 Park in the heart of District 1. There are additional stops bus 13 makes in HCMC as well, the best way to figure out which stop is to download BusMap (, which is the official bus route app for HCMC. Bus 13 operates between 4:30am and 8:30pm everyday (return bus runs between 3:30am and 7:30pm everyday)
  2. Ride bus 13 all the way to the final stop — Cu Chi Bus Station — located here. This leg of the journey takes 80 minutes and costs 10,000 VND ($0.45 USD)
  3. Get off at Cu Chi Bus Station, and transfer in the same station onto bus 79. This route runs between 5:30am and 5:30pm everyday. The return bus also runs until 5:30pm. Again, BusMap app shows you exactly the route taken by this bus and the schedules
  4. Take route 79 to the 2nd or 3rd last stop. In fact, it's best if you tell the driver to drop you off closest to the entrance of the Ben Duoc tunnels. They get a lot of requests like that and chances are there will be other tourists on the same bus too. Or, put the location of Ben Duoc into your phone and track your progress on the GPS. This leg will take 45 minutes and cost 7,000 VND ($0.30USD)
  5. Go through the entrance and explore the tunnels! Make sure you catch the return bus 79 before the last one of the day at 5:30pm. The stop is the same as where you got off

  • How to get to Ben Dinh tunnels by bus: you need to take bus 13 then 63. Very similar journey to going to Ben Duoc, this trip will a total of 2.5 hours each way and costing $0.80 USD each way, and you pay for the bus fares on board by cash VND. Steps:
  1. Download BusMap ( onto your phone. This is the best app for looking up the most up-to-date bus fares and schedule information for Ho Chi Minh City and surrounding area
  2. Take bus 13 from Saigon Bus Station to its final stop Cu Chi Bus Station. This step is identical to going to Ben Duoc above. This will cost 10,000 VND ($0.45USD) and takes 80 minutes each way. As mentioned above, bus 13 runs between 4:30am and 8:30pm everyday, but the last return bus from Cu Chi Bus Station departs at 7:30pm
  3. At Cu Chi Bus Station, transfer onto bus 63. This route runs between 5:30am and 6:00pm everyday, return bus also runs until 6:00pm everyday
  4. Take route 63 all the way until the final stop, which is located right outside the entrance to Ben Dinh tunnels. Again, I recommend putting the location of Benh Dinh tunnel into your phone so you can track your progress on the GPS. This leg will take 40 minutes and cost you 8,000 VND ($0.35USD). Be sure to get on the return bus before the last one at 6:00pm