Discovering the first water bus service in HCMC

Hundreds of city residents over the weekend flocked to Bach Dang Wharf in District 1, HCMC to experience the first water bus route which was officially put into service on November 25th after more than five months of technical test run.

Speaking at the launching ceremony of the first-ever waterbus service on Saturday, Bui Xuan Cuong, director of the HCMC Department of Transport, said the new public transport service is envisaged to ease road congestion in the inner city and spur the city’s tourism development, especially river tourism.

In addition to the Bach Dang-Thu Duc service, the operator is rolling up its sleeves to develop a second waterbus line with a length of 10.3 kilometers from Bach Dang to Lo Gom in District 6, Cuong added.

The launch of the new waterbus service proves the city’s stringent efforts to meet the demand for travel among local commuters invigorate the city’s river tourism and create a habit for the use of public transportation means

The investor offers free transportation for passengers in the first ten days with an aim to encourage city dwellers and international tourists to get accustomed to the new public transportation service.

The 10.8-kilometer bus route departs from Bach Dang Wharf in District 1 and passes through districts 1, 2, and Binh Thanh before stopping at Linh Dong ferry terminal in Thu Duc District.

According to the waterbus service provider, after the first ten days, passengers will be charged VND15,000 (US$0.6) per trip regardless of distance. The firm boasts five boats capable of accommodating 70 passengers at a time, with four of them operated daily and one for backup.

It takes 30 minutes to travel nearly 11 kilometers by waterbus between Bach Dang Wharf in District 1 and Thu Duc District along with 12 stops. The boats have three minutes for picking up and dropping off passengers at each stop.

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