Dalat to Hoi An

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How to get from Dalat to Hoi An

The best way to travel the 635 km from Dalat to Hoi An is by flight. This flight journey takes around 3 hours, including transfers, and costs about 795,000 VND ($32). Alternatively, you can take a 15-hour train or 18-hour bus.

3 ways to get from Dalat to Hoi An

Transport modeDurationCostsAvailability
Flight3 hours795,000 VND ($32)Check Flights
Train15 hours847,000 VND ($34)Check Train Tickets

Bus18 hours407,000 VND ($16)Check Bus Tickets

Travelling by plane from Dalat to Hoi An can save you a lot of time compared to taking a train or a bus. When travelling outside the peak season, you can get combined fares from 795,000 VND ($32). Note that Hoi An does not have its own airport, so you will take a flight from Dalat to Da Nang.

The train is a good alternative during peak season when airfares are too expensive. It’s a long journey at around 15 hours, but you can travel overnight and also split your time on the road so that it won’t be too exhausting. This option is divided into 3 steps: a bus from Dalat to Nha Trang; a train from Nha Trang to Da Nang; and then a bus from Da Nang to Hoi An.

The bus is the cheapest way to get from Dalat to Hoi An. Be aware, though, that this bus journey takes 18 hours — 3 hours longer than the train and nowhere near as comfortable. Take the bus only when you’re on a tight budget.

TIP: If you decide to travel by plane, please consider including a carbon compensation fee to reduce your impact on the environment.

Itinerary from Dalat to Hoi An

Dalat to Hoi An travelroute

Dalat to Hoi An by Flight

Duration: 3 hours
Cost: 795,000 VND ($32)
Duration: 3 hours
Cost: 795,000 VND ($32)

We recommend taking a flight from Dalat to Hoi An when you’re short on time. This flight journey takes only around 3 hours, already including the transfers going to and from the airports.

Also, when you book in advance or when you’re travelling during off-peak season, airfares aren’t that expensive and well worth the time you get to save.

Step 1: Dalat City Centre to Dalat Airport by Bus/Taxi

Duration: 1 hour
Cost: 40,000 VND ($1.60)
Duration: 1 hour
Cost: 40,000 VND ($1.60)

The nearest airport to Dalat is Lien Khuong Airport (also called Dalat Airport), 30 km away. You can get there via a 1-hour bus or taxi.

The bus is the cheaper option — a ticket only costs 40,000 VND ($1.60). It departs from Ngoc Phat Hotel near Xuan Huong Lake, generally 2 hours before every flight. But we recommend confirming this with the staff to make sure you arrive at the airport on time.

If you’re already in a hurry, it’s best to just take a taxi with rates from 290,000 VND ($11.50).

Visit our page on Dalat Airport for more details.

Step 2: Dalat Airport to Da Nang Airport by Flight

Duration: 1 hour
Cost: 600,000 VND ($24)
Duration: 1 hour
Cost: 600,000 VND ($24)

You can choose from three carriers when flying from Dalat to Da Nang: Vietjet Air, Bamboo Airways and Vietnam Airlines. Vietjet Air usually offers the cheapest fares but unlike the other two airlines, it is only available on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Flight time is around 1 hour and airfares range from 600,000 VND ($24) to 820,000 VND ($33). Note that during peak season (June to September), rates can go as high as 1,110,000 VND ($44.50).

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Step 3: Da Nang Airport to Hoi An by Shuttle Bus

Duration: 1 hour
Cost: 155,000 VND ($6)
Duration: 1 hour
Cost: 155,000 VND ($6)

From Da Nang Airport, you will find Hoi An 30 km south. When travelling solo, the best way to cross this distance is by shuttle bus. This will take you from the airport to your hotel in Hoi An city centre for 155,000 VND ($6).

If you’re in a group, it’s more convenient to take a taxi. Rates start from 320,000 VND ($12.50).

You can pre-book your shuttle bus or taxi ride online through BookAway. For more info, check out our guide for Da Nang Airport.

Dalat to Hoi An by Train

Duration: 15 hours
Cost: 847,000 VND ($34)
Duration: 15 hours
Cost: 847,000 VND ($34)

Dalat and Hoi An don’t have their own railway stations.

When travelling by train from Dalat to Hoi An, you will first take a bus to Nha Trang. Here, you can transfer to a train bound for Da Nang. And then, take a bus to Hoi An.

With this option, you have the chance to spend a few hours along Nha Trang’s coast before moving on to explore Hoi An’s ancient town.

Step 1: Dalat to Nha Trang by Bus

Duration: 4 hours
Cost: 200,000 VND ($8)
Duration: 4 hours
Cost: 200,000 VND ($8)

From Dalat, there are plenty of buses and limo vans departing for Nha Trang daily. Trips are available from 06:00 to 17:00.

If you take a morning bus to Nha Trang, you have the opportunity to spend a few hours by the beach before boarding your train. You can even spend a day in Nha Trang and then just take the train the next day!

Bus fares from Dalat to Nha Trang start from 200,000 VND ($8). You can also take a limo van with rates from 240,000 VND ($9.50).

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Buses and limo vans depart from Dalat Intercity Bus Station. They arrive at Nha Trang Central Bus Station, 7 km west of the main beach. That’s about 200,000 VND ($8) by taxi.

For more on the bus schedules, visit our guide for Dalat to Nha Trang.

Step 2: Nha Trang to Da Nang by Train

Duration: 10 hours
Cost: 627,000 VND ($25)
Duration: 10 hours
Cost: 627,000 VND ($25)

There are 5 trains operating daily from Nha Trang to Da Nang. But because this is a 10-hour journey, we advise that you take an overnight train. This way, you don’t lose an entire day on the train journey and you also save a night on accommodation. See our recommended train schedules in the table below.

Prices start from 627,000 VND ($25) when you get a 4-berth sleeper. If you’re looking to save on costs, you can also get a cheaper yet less spacious 6-berth sleeper with fares from 552,000 VND ($22).

Train schedule from Nha Trang to Da Nang

TrainScheduleSleeper berth
SE600:17-10:26627,000 VND ($25)
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SE2218:14-05:55712,000 VND ($28.50)
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Trains depart from Nha Trang Train Station, which is within walking distance from the city centre or a short taxi ride from the beach. You are to get off the train at Da Nang Railway Station.

Step 3: Da Nang Railway Station to Hoi An by Bus

Duration: 1 hour
Cost: 20,000 VND ($0.80)
Duration: 1 hour
Cost: 20,000 VND ($0.80)

From Da Nang Railway Station, Hoi An is 1 hour away by bus or taxi.

A bus ride only costs 20,000 VND ($0.80), but you need to walk about 10 minutes to the nearest bus stop, which is at 155 Le Duan Road. From here, hail Bus #1, which will take you to Hoi An Bus Station.

A more convenient option would be to take a taxi for around 446,000 VND ($17.50).

See our page for Da Nang Railway Station for more details.

Dalat to Hoi An by Bus

Duration: 18 hours
Cost: 407,000 VND ($16)
Duration: 18 hours
Cost: 407,000 VND ($16)

*COVID-19 UPDATE: Pre-pandemic, there used to be buses operating from Dalat to Hoi An via Nha Trang. But the last time we checked (December 2022), you can only take the bus from Dalat to Da Nang. Check BookAway to see if anything has changed.

To start, we don’t recommend taking a bus from Dalat to Hoi An.

There are no direct buses for this route. You will take a bus from Dalat to Da Nang and then another bus from Da Nang to Hoi An. The total travel time is around 18 hours.

Step 1: Dalat to Da Nang by Bus

Duration: 17 hours
Cost: 387,000 VND ($15.50)
Duration: 17 hours
Cost: 387,000 VND ($15.50)

From Dalat, it’s a 17-hour bus ride to Da Nang. That alone makes us want to push you to look the other way and just take a flight or the train.

But the bus has one strong advantage: it is the cheapest option with fares from 387,000 VND ($15.50). That’s half the price of the other choices.

Still, we have to reiterate that bus travel in Vietnam is neither as safe nor as comfortable as taking the train. The bus makes a few stops for food and toilet breaks. But it will be such a long trip that laying on your sleeper bunk for so many hours may become too exhausting.

Bus schedule from Dalat to Da Nang

BusScheduleCosts
Futa Bus14:00-07:00
15:00-08:00
18:00-11:00
387,000 VND ($15.50)
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Thanh Thuy VIP16:00-07:00470,000 VND ($18.50)
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Futa Bus departs from Dalat Intercity Bus Station, 3 km southeast of the city centre. It arrives at Da Nang Central Bus Station, from where you can also find the buses going to Hoi An.

Thanh Thuy departs from its terminal along Nguyen Tu Luc Street, 5 km north of Dalat centre and 10 minutes away by taxi. It parks at Nguyen Tri Phuong across the Park Lake in Da Nang city centre. From here, the best way to get to Hoi An is by taxi.

Step 2: Da Nang to Hoi An by Bus

Duration: 1 hour
Cost: 20,000 VND ($0.80)
Duration: 1 hour
Cost: 20,000 VND ($0.80)

From Da Nang Central Bus Station, you can transfer to Bus #1 bound for Hoi An. A bus ticket costs only 20,000 VND ($0.80) and travel time is around 1 hour. Your drop-off point is at Hoi An Bus Station, 2 km northwest of the Old Town.

If you travel with Thanh Thuy, you can take a taxi to Hoi An for around 446,000 VND ($17.50).

 

Our favourite places to stay in Hoi An

HaLo HomeStay

HaLo Homestay is an incredible budget option. You won't quite believe the standard of the rooms for the price you're paying. They're large, modern and very clean. The owners serve a delicious breakfast and will do everything they can to guarantee you a perfect stay. They even have free bikes for you to use. From the homestay you can reach the Old Quarter or beach within 5 minutes.

Double rooms from: $11

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Flame Flowers Homestay

Expect a warm welcome when you arrive at Flame Flowers Homestay. The owners feel like family from the moment you meet them. Guests have been known to extend their stays here as they just can't face leaving. The spacious rooms provide you with everything you need - a good nights sleep and ultimate comfort!

Double rooms from: $25

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Double rooms from: $40

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ActivitiesThings to do in Hoi An


The online activity platform Klook offers many tours in Hoi An at great prices. I used it now for a couple of times and had great experiences. And the prices are often even lower than when you book with a local travel agent!

And most important, by booking the activity in advance, you avoid the problem of fully booked tours.

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