The best way to travel the 320 km distance from Ho Chi Minh to Da Lat is by flight. A flight takes 2.5 hours, including transfers, and costs around 665,000 VND ($26.50). Alternative options include an 8-hour bus, a 6-hour minivan, and a 6-hour private transfer.
Taking a flight is the fastest way to get from Ho Chi Minh to Da Lat. There are many flights leaving every day. The travel time, including transfers to and from the airports, takes only around 2.5 hours. When you book your flight early, you can get combined fares from 665,000 VND ($26.50).
The bus is a convenient option if you want to save on costs. The advantage of the bus is that it departs and arrive close to the centre of both Ho Chi Minh and Da Lat. Also, if you travel overnight, you can save one night on accommodation.
Travelling by minivan is a bit faster than the bus, but its departure and arrival points are a bit far from the city centres. Fares start from 416,000 VND ($16.50) for the 6-hour minivan journey.
If you prefer your own private car, you can get one depending on the size of your group. Rates for a door-to-door transfer from Ho Chi Minh to Da Lat start from 2,820,000 VND ($110) for a 3-seater car.
TIP: If you decide to travel by plane, please consider including a carbon compensation fee to reduce your impact on the environment.
Vietnam Airlines, Vietjet Air, and Jetstar offer several daily flights from Ho Chi Minh to Da Lat. Vietjet Air usually offers the cheapest fares for this 50-minute journey.
Airfares range from 580,000 VND ($23) to 740,000 VND ($29.50). It’s best to book your tickets early. Prices soar to over 1,000,000 VND ($40) when you book close to your travel date or during the busy season.
Travel time by bus from Ho Chi Minh to Da Lat takes around 8 hours — longer than a plane ride, but you can travel overnight so that you won’t lose an entire day on the journey.
Some of the main companies operating on this route are Futa Bus, Thanh Buoi, and An Anh Limousine. Their buses depart and arrive close to the city centre, but you might need a short taxi ride to get to/from their bus stations.
Bus fares from Ho Chi Minh to Da Lat start from 360,000 VND ($14.50).
Departure and arrival station
Futa Bus has several departure points in Ho Chi Minh. The nearest one to Pham Ngu Lao is 2 km away at the Phuong Trang Bus Stop. Its arrival point in Da Lat is at the Intercity Bus Terminal, some 3 km south of the tourist centre.
Thanh Buoi departs from its Ho Chi Minh office in District 5, 3 km west of Pham Ngu Lao. It parks at its headquarters in Da Lat, 4 km east of the tourist centre.
An Anh Limousine leaves from Tao Dan Park, 3 km north of Pham Ngu Lao. It arrives at its bus station in Da Lat, just a few minutes walk from Xuan Huong Lake in the city centre.
Minivans are faster and more comfortable than the bus. A minivan journey from Ho Chi Minh to Da Lat takes only 6 hours — 2 hours faster than a bus trip.
However, their departure and arrival points are a bit far from the centre of both cities. You’ll need to spend extra costs and time to get to/from their terminals.
If you still want to take a minivan, you can choose from two companies: Lac Hong and Dan Anh. Rates start from 416,000 VND ($16.50).
Departure and arrival stations
Dan Anh departs from its terminal in District 11, 6 km west of Ho Chi Minh’s tourist centre. You can get there by taxi for around 150,000 VND ($6). It arrives at its headquarters in Da Lat, 5 km north of Xuan Huong Lake. A taxi to your hotel should cost around 100,000 VND ($4).
Lac Hong leaves from its District 10 office, 5 km northwest of Pham Ngu Lao. That’s about 15 minutes by taxi with fares from 125,000 VND ($5). It parks at its terminal in Da Lat, some 2 km west of the city centre.
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