Ho Chi Minh City travel budget

Ho Chi Minh City: calculate your travel budget

Sample budgets for a trip to Ho Chi Minh City

These example budgets assume a 2-week holiday in Ho Chi Minh City for 2 people.

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 14 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 4.8 per person
  • $ 1 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 345* (8094618 VND)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 35 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 12 per person
  • $ 4.6 per person
  • $ 4.2 per person

Total budget:

$ 1032* (24213154 VND)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 75 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 17 per person
  • $ 12 per person
  • $ 8.4 per person

Total budget:

$ 2050* (48112106 VND)

* estimated local budget for 2 people for 2 weeks (excluding plane tickets).


Cost of living in Ho Chi Minh City compared to Vietnam in 2021

On average, the cost of living in Ho Chi Minh City in 2021 is 49% less than the average cost of living in the United States (USA).

See the graphic below for the price variation percentage by type of expense in Ho Chi Minh City in 2021 compared to average prices in the United States (USA):



Local prices in Ho Chi Minh City by expense type

Restaurant budget in Ho Chi Minh City

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City is 65% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Lunch
Lunch
$ 2.4/person
($ 1.7 to $ 6.1)

84% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 15
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 10.6/person
($ 5.9 to $ 20)

63% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 29
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 4.7/person
($ 3.3 to $ 7)

40% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 7.9
Local beer
Local beer
$ 1 for 500ml
($ 0.5 to $ 2.9)

80% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.9
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 1.3 for 330ml
($ 1 to $ 2.2)

50% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.8
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 2/cup
($ 1.2 to $ 3)

50% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.2
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 0.5/can
($ 0.4 to $ 1)

71% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.9
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.4/bottle
($ 0.2 to $ 0.5)

79% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.5

Hotel and accommodation budget in Ho Chi Minh City

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Ho Chi Minh City is 67% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 18/night
($ 11 to $ 24)

83% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 109
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 23/night
($ 15 to $ 33)

81% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 126
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 46/night
($ 23 to $ 88)

74% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 180
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 103/night
($ 73 to $ 141)

60% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 262
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 206/night
($ 140 to $ 281)

59% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 510
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 17/month
($ 9.6 to $ 27)

86% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 122
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 54/month
($ 30 to $ 95)

68% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 169
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 82/month
($ 39 to $ 145)

50% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 165
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 38/month
($ 15 to $ 109)

83% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 223
Family room
Family room
$ 132/month
($ 51 to $ 273)

24% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 175

Supermarket food budget in Ho Chi Minh City

On average, the price of supermarket food in Ho Chi Minh City is 38% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Milk
Milk
$ 1.4/litre
($ 1.2 to $ 1.9)

76% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.8
Bread
Bread
$ 0.8/500g
($ 0.2 to $ 1.9)

70% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.7
Rice
Rice
$ 0.8/kg
($ 0.6 to $ 1.4)

78% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.9
Eggs
Eggs
$ 1.6/12 eggs
($ 1.2 to $ 2.3)

34% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.3
Cheese
Cheese
$ 14/kg
($ 7 to $ 24)

27% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 11
Chicken
Chicken
$ 2.9/kg
($ 2 to $ 4.7)

68% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.9
Apples
Apples
$ 3/kg
($ 1.4 to $ 6.6)

34% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.5
Oranges
Oranges
$ 1.4/kg
($ 0.8 to $ 2.9)

63% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.9
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 1/kg
($ 0.6 to $ 1.4)

78% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.2
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 1.2/kg
($ 0.8 to $ 1.9)

55% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.6
Salad
Salad
$ 1/salad
($ 0.2 to $ 1.7)

42% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.6
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.6
($ 0.5 to $ 1)

68% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.8
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 12/kg
($ 7.3 to $ 17)

5% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 13

Public and private transport budget in Ho Chi Minh City

On average, the price of transport in Ho Chi Minh City is 53% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.2/ticket
($ 0.2 to $ 0.4)

87% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.2
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 7/month
($ 4.7 to $ 15)

89% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 70
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 0.7/km
($ 0.4 to $ 0.8)

60% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.6
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1/litre
($ 0.8 to $ 1.1)

51% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.7
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 0.6
($ 0.5 to $ 0.7)

82% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.2

Budget for living and housing in Ho Chi Minh City

On average, the cost of housing in Ho Chi Minh City is 55% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 64/month
($ 34 to $ 121)

61% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 162
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.1/min.
($ 0 to $ 0.2)

27% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 13/month
($ 7 to $ 24)

81% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 65
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 523/month
($ 236 to $ 941)

60% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1328
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 357/month
($ 189 to $ 705)

66% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1069
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 1179/month
($ 564 to $ 2114)

44% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2126
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 719/month
($ 330 to $ 1410)

57% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1698
Gym
Gym
$ 27/month
($ 15 to $ 71)

30% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 38
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 128/month
($ 48 to $ 282)

86% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 924
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 9310/yr
($ 3758 to $ 18789)

40% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 15684

Leisure activity budget in Ho Chi Minh City

On average, budget for leisure activities in Ho Chi Minh City is 55% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Cinema
Cinema
$ 4.2/ticket
($ 3.3 to $ 5.6)

64% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 12
Tennis
Tennis
$ 8.2/hr
($ 4.1 to $ 15)

47% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 16

Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes in Ho Chi Minh City

On average, shopping budget in Ho Chi Minh City is 12% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 1.2/pack
($ 1 to $ 1.7)

85% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 7.9
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 48
($ 20 to $ 95)

6% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 45
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 36
($ 17 to $ 71)

2% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 36
Trainers
Trainers
$ 100
($ 58 to $ 141)

32% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 76
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 83
($ 39 to $ 165)

13% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 95

Plane ticket budget

London → Ho Chi Minh City
London → Ho Chi Minh City
London → Ho Chi Minh City
$ 855
(fair price: $ 683)
Los Angeles → Ho Chi Minh City
Los Angeles  → Ho Chi Minh City
Los Angeles  → Ho Chi Minh City
$ 849
(fair price: $ 692)
Manchester → Ho Chi Minh City
Manchester → Ho Chi Minh City
Manchester → Ho Chi Minh City
$ 910
(fair price: $ 780)
New York City → Ho Chi Minh City
New York City → Ho Chi Minh City
New York City → Ho Chi Minh City
$ 984
(fair price: $ 766)
Dublin → Ho Chi Minh City
Dublin → Ho Chi Minh City
Dublin → Ho Chi Minh City
$ 879
(fair price: $ 772)
Toronto (Ontario) → Ho Chi Minh City
Toronto (Ontario) → Ho Chi Minh City
Toronto (Ontario) → Ho Chi Minh City
$ 1162
(fair price: $ 979)
Auckland → Ho Chi Minh City
Auckland → Ho Chi Minh City
Auckland → Ho Chi Minh City
$ 807
(fair price: $ 714)
Edinburgh → Ho Chi Minh City
Edinburgh → Ho Chi Minh City
Edinburgh → Ho Chi Minh City
$ 929
(fair price: $ 823)
Sydney → Ho Chi Minh City
Sydney → Ho Chi Minh City
Sydney → Ho Chi Minh City
$ 696
(fair price: $ 527)
Melbourne → Ho Chi Minh City
Melbourne → Ho Chi Minh City
Melbourne → Ho Chi Minh City
$ 695
(fair price: $ 561)
Montreal → Ho Chi Minh City
Montreal → Ho Chi Minh City
Montreal → Ho Chi Minh City
$ 1206
(fair price: $ 997)
Perth → Ho Chi Minh City
Perth → Ho Chi Minh City
Perth → Ho Chi Minh City
$ 530
(fair price: $ 453)


About this information on the cost of living in Ho Chi Minh City

The information about the cost of living in Ho Chi Minh City shown on this page comes from multiple sources, including: Numbeo, Easyvoyage and Hotels.com.

The information about the cost of living in Ho Chi Minh City was updated on 17-01-2021.

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