Want to know how to get from Da Lat to Ho Chi Minh? In this post, we’ll share a summary of the two ways to get there and compare each option on duration, costs and level of comfort. For each option, we go into more detail to help you decide which transport provider to book with and where to buy your tickets.
What to expect when visiting Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh is Vietnam’s largest and probably busiest metropolis. Formerly called Saigon, the city pulsates with energy and organised chaos. Its streets are packed with motorcycles day in and day out, we absolutely have no idea how everyone manages not to bump into each other!
Don’t miss a visit to the War Remnants Museum and Central Post Office, one of the oldest buildings in Ho Chi Minh. Shop (and prepare to haggle) at Ben Thanh Market, and explore the nearby Cu Chi Tunnels. When its bustling streets become too much, know that you can always find solace in one of its many cosy coffee shops.
2 ways to get from Da Lat to Ho Chi Minh
There are two ways to travel the distance of 305 km (190 miles) from Da Lat to Ho Chi Minh: by bus (7-8 hours) and flight (2h25m). The journey takes between 2h25m - 8h and the quickest way is by flight. The lowest priced tickets start from 360,000 VND ($14.50) for the bus.
If you’re looking for budget-friendly transport, your best option is the bus. Since this route is very popular, there are several bus companies departing from and arriving at various areas in DaLat and Ho Chi Minh.
Travel time takes around 7-8 hours with fares starting from 360,000 VND ($14.50).
Departure and arrival station
Futa Buses depart from DaLat Intercity Bus Station in the south of the city centre. They offer multiple trips daily to Phuong Trang Bus Station in District 10 and An Suong Bus Station.
If you’re staying right at the heart of DaLat city centre, Phong Phu buses depart from the City Post and arrive at Tan Binh Exhibition & Convention Centre, which is also at the very centre of Ho Chi Minh.
Meanwhile, Nguyen Kim buses depart from their office in Duong Luong the Vinh and arrive at the bus station in District 1. It’s best to take this bus if you’re staying in the backpacker street in this area.
Step 3: Ho Chi Minh Airport to Ho Chi Minh City Centre by Bus/Taxi
Duration: 45 minutes
Costs: 20,000 VND ($0.80)
Duration: 45 minutes
Costs: 20,000 VND ($0.80)
Ho Chi Minh Airport is just within the city centre, but you will still need to take a bus or a taxi to get to the main areas in the city centre.
The best option for tourists is the yellow Airport Bus 109. This bus goes through District 1 where the backpacker street is located. Its last stop is Saigon Bus Station, making it convenient for tourists who need to take an additional bus ride to other areas.
The airport shuttle bus costs 20,000 VND ($0.80) and gets you to the city centre in just 45 minutes. It runs only from 05:30 to 01:00 the next day.
If the bus is unavailable at the time of your arrival at the airport, you can take a taxi instead. This option is more expensive though, with rates from 100,000 VND ($4.00).
Ho Chi Minh is home to around 9 million people. To fit that many people, it has got to be a pretty big city, which can make choosing the right area a little overwhelming.
Here is a quick rundown of the best districts for you to stay in:
District 1 is the heart of Ho Chi Minh City and is a popular choice for tourists due to its proximity to major attractions like the Ben Thanh Market, Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon, and the War Remnants Museum.
Pham Ngu Lao is located within District 1 and is popular amongst budget travellers due to its nightlife, street food and cheap accommodations.
District 3 is less touristy but still relatively central and offers a more local experience. It’s known for its beautiful tree-lined streets and French colonial architecture.
District 5 (Chinatown) offers a unique cultural experience with its bustling atmosphere, Chinese temples, and a wide variety of delicious street food.
District 7 is more modern and upscale. There are plenty of international restaurants, shopping centres and green spaces.
Check out our favourite places to stay in these areas:
Vy Khanh Guesthouse may not be the fanciest place in Ho Chi Minh, but what it lacks in glitz and glamour, it makes up with its hospitality. Vy is one of the best hosts that you’ll experience in Vietnam, offering you recommendations for not just the city but the entire country.
She’ll make sure you have the best experience and that starts with the guesthouse’s location. It’s situated in the heart of the city in District 1.
Frequently Asked Questions about Da Lat to Ho Chi Minh
What is the distance from Da Lat to Ho Chi Minh?
The distance from Da Lat to Ho Chi Minh is 305 km (190 miles).
What is the fastest way to get from Da Lat to Ho Chi Minh?
The fastest way to get from Da Lat to Ho Chi Minh is by flight and takes 2h25m.
What is the cheapest way to get from Da Lat to Ho Chi Minh?
The cheapest way to get from Da Lat to Ho Chi Minh is by bus with ticket costs starting from 360,000 VND ($14.50).
Rounding it up
We hope this guide was helpful in planning how to get from Da Lat to Ho Chi Minh. If there's anything else you're wondering about, drop us a comment and we'll do our best to answer you within a few days.
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