Dalat to Ho Chi Minh

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How to get from DaLat to Ho Chi Minh

The fastest way to travel the 305 km distance from DaLat to Ho Chi Minh is by flight. This plane journey costs 610,000 VND ($26) and takes around 2.5 hours, including transfers. An alternate option is to travel by bus, which costs only 360,000 VND ($15) and takes 7-8 hours.

2 ways to get from DaLat to Ho Chi Minh

Transport ModeDurationCostsAvailability
Flight2.5 hours610,000 VND ($26)Check Flights
Bus7-8 hours360,000 VND ($15)Check Bus Tickets

Flying from DaLat to Ho Chi Minh is clearly the fastest option. The flight takes around one hour, but you’ll need to take additional rides to and from the airports, making the total travel time around 2.5 hours. Combined costs start from 620,000 VND ($26).

Taking a bus is also a convenient option at only about half the price. Another advantage is that you have more choices with the bus compared to when taking a flight as some companies depart every hour from DaLat to Ho Chi Minh. Tickets start from 360,000 VND ($15) for the 7 to 8-hour bus ride.

Itinerary from DaLat to Ho Chi Minh

DaLat to Ho Chi Minh travelroute

DaLat to Ho Chi Minh by Flight

Duration: 2.5 hours
Cost: 610,000 VND ($26)
Duration: 2.5 hours
Cost: 610,000 VND ($26)

Both DaLat and Ho Chi Minh have their own airports, so taking a flight is possible and convenient for this route.

The flight itself takes only one hour, but you will still need additional rides to and from the airport. The total travel time is around 2.5 hours.

Step 1: DaLat City Centre to DaLat Airport by Shuttle Bus

Duration: 45 minutes
Cost: 40,000 VND ($1.70)
Duration: 45 minutes
Cost: 40,000 VND ($1.70)

DaLat Airport is around 30 km away from the city centre, so you will have to take a shuttle bus. You can ask your hotel to book one for you or you can book one yourself from any local travel agency.

The shuttle bus ride takes 45 minutes and costs 40,000 VND ($1.70).

Step 2: DaLat Airport to Ho Chi Minh by Flight

Duration: 55 minutes
Cost: 550,000 VND ($23)
Duration: 55 minutes
Cost: 550,000 VND ($23)

There are multiple flights from DaLat to Ho Chi Minh daily. Travel time is just around an hour.

Vietjet Air offers the cheapest flights on this route with fares from 550,000 VND ($23). Bamboo Airways and Vietnam Airlines are also available, but they are more expensive.

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Step 3: Ho Chi Minh Airport to Ho Chi Minh City Centre by Bus/Taxi

Duration: 45 minutes
Cost: 20,000 VND ($0.85)
Duration: 45 minutes
Cost: 20,000 VND ($0.85)

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.

Airport bus

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 ($0.85) 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 ($4.25).

See our page Ho Chi Minh Airport for more details.

DaLat to Ho Chi Minh by Bus

Duration: 7-8 hours
Cost: 360,000 VND ($15)
Duration: 7-8 hours
Cost: 360,000 VND ($15)

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 ($15).

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.

Bus schedules from DaLat to Ho Chi Minh

Futa Bus
(Phuong Trang Bus Station)
12x departures a day from
00:30 to 23:30
8 hours360,000 VND ($15)
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Futa Bus
(An Suong Bus Station)
8x departures a day from
00:00 to 23:00
7 hours405,000 VND ($17)
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Phong Phu7x departures a day from
10:00 to 23:00
7 hours480,000 VND ($20)
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Nguyen Kim6x departures a day from
11:30 to 22:30
8 hours515,000 VND ($21.50)
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You can book your tickets and check the full schedule of the buses on BookAway.


Our favourite places to stay in Ho Chi Minh

Boholand Hostel

Want to enjoy a great atmosphere with a bit more privacy than the typical backpack hostel? Boholand hostel offers lovely decorated private rooms. The super friendly host will give you the best recommendations of where to go. And best of all, she serves a delicious home-made breakfast for a perfect start of the day!

Double rooms from: $24

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Chez Mimosa

This boutique hotel is located just oustide of the center, but everything is still in walking distance, or just $1 by taxi to the center. Enjoy a wonderful breakfast at the balcony after a great night of sleep in the comfy beds. The very helpful owners also provide airport shuttle service.

Double rooms from: $32

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SGN Living Artist Apartment

This apartment is located a few minutes walk from the backpacker street and offers great value for money. Expect stylish modern rooms with lots of space and very comfy beds.

Double rooms from: $40

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ActivitiesMekong Delta

One of the popular activities from Ho Chi Minh is visiting the Mekong Delta.

We recommend to check out Klook to get a better impression about this tour. Tickets start from 420,000 VND ($17.50) for a full day tour including entrance fees.


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