How to get from Ho Chi Minh to Da Lat?
This article is a comprehensive transportation guide to travel from Saigon to Da Lat by bus, flight, train, and private transfer, with tips for ticket prices, timetable, and how to book tickets to Da Lat.
Ho Chi Minh to Da Lat bus
- Duration: 6.5 ~ 8 hours
- Cost: 180 000 – 220 000 VND ($8~$10)
Traveling from Ho Chi Minh to Da Lat by bus is the easiest and most affordable option. The journey takes approximately 6.5 hours to 8 hours, depending on the transport providers.
Frequent day and night sleeper buses depart to Da Lat from Ho Chi Minh. Luxury vans and limousines are alternative choices that offer luxury services at affordable prices.
Recommended transport providers are Phuong Trang (Futa), Minh Tri, Hoang Vu, and The Sinh Tourist.
- You should book a night bus departing from Ho Chi Minh so you can reach Da Lat in the morning.
- Check the Arrival bus stop carefully before booking.
Below is the information on Transportation providers
- Duration: 6.5 hours
- Price: 180 000 VND
Minh Tri is the first travel company offering limousine service for Ho Chi Minh to Da Lat route.
As the number of seats is limited (9 seats) and the quality of service is high, there will be no good seats or tickets if the booking date is too close to the departure date. Thus, you should book your seat in advance.
There’s wifi and a large 21-inch LED screen on each car, and the USB charging port is located near the seats. Passengers can have a cold tower and a free water bottle for each trip.
- Departure bus stop: 230 Thành Thái, Ward 12, District 10, Ho Chi Minh city
- Arrival bus stop: D11 KQH, Hoàng Diệu, Ward 5, Đà Lạt city, Lâm Đồng
- Duration: 7 hours
- Price: 180 000 VND
Hoang Vu offers limousine transport to Da Lat from Saigon.
- Departure bus stop:315 Trần Nhân Tôn, Ward 2, District 10, Hồ Chí Minh
- Arrival bus stop: 2 Lê Đại Hành, Ward 1, Đà Lạt city, Lâm Đồng
The Sinh Tourist
- Duration: 7 hours
- Price: 250 000 VND
The Sinh Tourist is a famous travel company offering tours and transportation.
The Sinh Tourist offers buses daily from Saigon to Da Lat, but we recommend taking the night bus departing at 10 pm so you can arrive at 5 am.
- Departure bus stop: 246-248 Đề Thám, District 1, Hồ Chí Minh
- Arrival bus stop: 22 Bùi Thị Xuân, Đà Lạt city, Lâm Đồng
Phuong Trang (Futa)
- Duration: 8 hours
- Cost: 220 000 VND
Phuong Trang is a well-known transport company specializing in Vietnam’s sleeper bus service. The company currently has more than 200 buses 45-seat Hyundai’s brand.
FUTA buses depart daily from Ho Chi Minh to Da Lat, with the first bus departing at 1 am and the last one leaving at 11:40 pm.
There are buses almost every 30 minutes, so you don’t need to be afraid of missing one.
- Departure bus stop:95 Kinh Dương Vương, Phường An Lạc, Bình Tân District, Hồ Chí Minh
- Arrival bus stop: 1 Tô Hiến Thành, Phường 3, Đà Lạt city, Lâm Đồng
Ho Chi Minh to Da Lat Flight + Bus
Ho Chi Minh to Da Lat Flight
- Duration: 50 minutes
- Cost starts at $20
Flying is the fastest option to get from Saigon to Da Lat.
Da Lat Airport to Da Lat city center Bus
Duration: 45 minutes
Lien Khuong Airport is about 30 km from Da Lat city center.
From Lien Khuong Airport, you can take a private transfer to Da Lat city center without a hassle.
You can book your private transfer from Da Lat airport to the city here.
Ho Chi Minh to Da Lat Train + Bus/Motorbike
Although the Da Lat Train station is closed now, you can still take a train if you wish to.
Firstly, you’ll need to take a train from Ho Chi Minh to Nha Trang, then take a bus from Nha Trang to Da Lat.
Ho Chi Minh to Nha Trang Train
- Duration: 7 – 10 hours
- The cost starts at 170 000 VND ($7) for a hard seat.
- Saigon Railway station: 01 Nguyễn Thông, Phường 9, District 3, Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh
- Nha Trang Railway station: 17 Thái Nguyên, Nha Trang, Khánh Hòa
Read more: Check my Vietnam train travel guide for more tips.
Nha Trang to Da Lat Bus
- Duration: 4 hours
- Cost: 120 000 VND (~$5)
From Nha Trang, you can take a sleeper bus or limousine to Da Lat. The Sinh Tourist, Hanh Cafe, and Cat Thien Hai Travel are great choices.
Ho Chi Minh to Da Lat Taxi
- Duration: 5 hours
- Cost: ~$130
Besides going from Saigon to Da Lat by plane or bus, you can also travel to Da Lat by private car.
However, this option is only recommended if you travel in a group as it can be costly. If you travel alone, you should consider taking a bus or flight to Da Lat.
Ho Chi Minh to Da Lat motorbike
If you wish to go directly from Ho Chi Minh to Da Lat by motorbike, you need to prepare well in advance.
As the distance is 300km and the road can be difficult and dangerous to drive, we only recommend doing this if you’re sure about the route and your driving skills.
How to get around Da Lat
As tourist attractions in Da Lat are located in a far distance, the best way to get around Da Lat is by car.
You can book a car charter and tour Da Lat with your customized itinerary. You need to let the driver know your chosen places, and you’re good to go!
Alternatively, you can rent a motorbike and explore the city on your own.
If you stay in Da Lat city center, you can rent a bicycle and bike around Xuan Huong lake or walk to the night market and enjoy Da Lat street food.
Explore Da Lat with tours
Would you like to try exciting activities in Da Lat?
Klook offers several amazing tours around the city. Recommended activities are:
Where to stay in Da Lat
We recommend staying in the city center or nearby. Thus, it will be easier to get around or join day tours in Da Lat.
Read more: Check my guide to find the best accommodation.