About 40km northwest of Ho Chi Minh City, the Chi Chi Tunnel is a historical monument. All memorial moments persist over the years in this place. The tunnels were dug by bare hands and rudimentary tools in the 1940s. Twenty years later, they were expanded during the Vietnam War in the 1960s. They protected the refugees and soldiers from the enemy. Unfortunately, more than 10,000 people have sacrificed their lives in these shelters because of serious warfare.
Cu Chi has created a complex underground refuge by covering more than 200 km underground tunnels. This is a spindle consisting of dozens of branches. These branches connect together and create underground shelters for citizens and soldiers during the Vietnam War. In the shelters, people lived, prayed and even gave birth to new lives. History was also made under the ground. Today, Cu Chi is a popular destination attracting thousands of tourists to come to Vietnam every year. Historical stories are also written from this underground system.
1. Going by bus, an interesting public transport in Vietnam
The bus is the cheapest way to travel from Ho Chi Minh City to Cu Chi Tunnels. First and foremost, you can head to the central bus terminal at 23-9 Park (Công Viên 23-9) in District 1. Regular buses depart every 30 minutes. The bus ticket costs 7000 VND and takes about 1,5 hours to Cu Chi bus station. After hopping off at Cu Chi Bus Station, you have to transfer to bus 79 which costs 6000 VND. You will be on the bus for 45 minutes to arrive in Ben Duoc Tunnel. At the bus stop, there is a sign to show you to walk to the destination.
The total travelling time is around 2 hours. Sometimes, it’s quite a bit longer depending on traffic. Although this Cu Chi Tunnel price is the cheapest, you will spend around 4 hours to travel back and forth. The last bus from Ben Duoc station is around 5:30 pm. Please plan well and manage your time carefully. If you want to have a long journey at the Tunnels, you should depart early in the morning.
2. Taking a taxi or Grab is more comfortable
Going by car is the most convenient and comfortable option for a small group or family when you do not have much time for commuting. A one-way taxi trip probably cost about 650.000 VND. Mai Linh and Vinasun are two popular taxi companies in Ho Chi Minh City. You can call them to book your trip in advance. Booking a Grab could be a little bit cheaper. Compared to other Cu Chi Tunnels price of transportation options, this one is the most expensive.
- – Mai Linh Taxi: 028 3838 3838
- – Vinasun Taxi: 028 3827 2727
- – Grab: download Grab app and book from there
3. Renting a car or motorcycle brings lots of adventure
If you want to have a road trip with innumerable landscapes, culture and joy, renting a car or motorcycle will give more flexible way when riding to Cu Chi Tunnels. It does mean that you can have more chances to visit more destinations in one day Cu Chi Tour.
4. Booking a Cu Chi Tunnels tour
For those who have no idea where to start in the first time, you can seek some travel agencies to book a tour to visit the Cu Chi tunnels. It depends on your own schedule, there are plenty of travel agencies in District 1 provided Cu Chi tour half day or one day. Then, you can ask them for getting a good idea of Cu Chi tour half day price and find out which one you are the most comfortable with some kinds of transportation which are motorcycle, spread boat, car or more.
5. More about Cu Chi Tunnels
- – Business hours: 7 am – 5 pm (Mon-Sat)
- – Sunday: open 24 hours
- – Entrance fee: 20.000 VND/ person (Vietnamese) or 80.000VND/person (Foreigner)