Hoi An to Dalat

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How to get from Hoi An to Dalat

The fastest way to travel the 635 km distance from Hoi An to Dalat is by flight. This flight journey takes 3 hours (including transfers) and costs around 775,000 VND ($31). Other options include taking the train (15 hours) or the bus (18 hours).

3 ways to get from Hoi An to Dalat

Transport modeDurationCostsAvailability
Flight3 hours775,000 VND ($31)Check Flights
Train15 hours1,331,000 VND ($53)Check Train Tickets
Bus18 hours410,000 VND ($16.50)Check Bus Tickets

A flight is a cost-efficient way to get from Hoi An to Dalat. Including airport transfers, travel time takes only around 3 hours. And if you travel outside the peak season, you can get combined fares starting from 775,000 VND ($31). Note that Hoi An doesn’t have its own airport, so you will fly from Da Nang to Dalat.

When flights are too expensive, the train is a good alternative. The train journey from Hoi An to Dalat takes around 15 hours. But if you travel overnight, you won’t lose a day on the journey and you can also save on hotel costs. This is not a direct train, though. This option involves 3 steps: a bus/taxi from Hoi An to Da Nang, a train from Da Nang to Nha Trang, and then a bus from Nha Trang to Dalat.

On a tight budget? The bus is the cheapest way to get from Hoi An to Dalat with fares from 410,000 VND ($16.50). We don’t recommend taking the bus, though. Buses in Vietnam are neither as safe nor as comfortable as the trains. For long 18-hour journeys like this, it will be better to travel by train.

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

Itinerary from Hoi An to Dalat

Hoi An to Dalat travelroute

Hoi An to Dalat by Flight

Duration: 3 hours
Cost: 775,000 VND ($31)
Duration: 3 hours
Cost: 775,000 VND ($31)

We recommend taking a flight from Hoi An to Dalat when travelling off-peak season and airfares are not that expensive.

Hoi An does not have its own airport, but you can take a flight from Da Nang, 30 km north of the Old Town. Including airport transfers, this flight journey from Hoi An to Dalat takes only 3 hours — much faster than any of the other options for this route.

Step 1: Hoi An to Da Nang Airport by Bus

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

Travelling solo? If yes, you can take a shuttle bus from Hoi An to Da Nang Airport. For 155,000 VND ($6), the shuttle bus picks you up from your hotel and takes you straight to the airport.

If you’re in a group, you can also take a taxi with fares from 320,000 VND ($12.50).

Pre-book your ride online through BookAway or visit our page on Da Nang Airport for more details

Step 2: Da Nang to Lien Khuong Airport by Flight

Duration: 1 hour
Cost: 580,000 VND ($23)
Duration: 1 hour
Cost: 580,000 VND ($23)

There are 2-3 flights available daily from Da Nang to Da Lat (Lien Khuong Airport). These are operated by Vietjet Air, Bamboo Airways and Vietnam Airlines. Flight time is around 1 hour.

Airfares range from 580,000 VND ($23) to 880,000 VND ($35). But if you’re travelling during peak season (June to September), rates could go beyond 1,110,000 VND ($44.50).

If possible, always book your flight in advance to get the best rates.

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Step 3: Lien Khuong Airport to Dalat by Bus/Taxi

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

From Lien Khuong Airport, you will find Dalat city centre 30 km north. There are 2 ways to get there: a 1-hour taxi and a 1-hour bus.

Taxi rates start from 290,000 VND ($11.50). You can get a taxi at the airport, but we recommend pre-booking your ride via BookAway. This way, you can expect a spacious car with a professional driver waiting for you at the airport as soon as you arrive.

A cheaper alternative would be to take the airport bus, which has two drop-off points in Dalat city centre: Ngoc Phat Hotel near Xuan Huong Lake and Le Thi Hong Gam Street near Dalat Market. A bus ticket costs 40,000 VND ($1.60).

Visit our page on Dalat Airport for more details.

Hoi An to Dalat by Train

Duration: 15 hours
Cost: 1,331,000 VND ($53)
Duration: 15 hours
Cost: 1,331,000 VND ($53)

Both Hoi An and Dalat do not have a working railway station. Although Dalat has a beautiful train station of its own, it only serves as a tourist attraction.

This means that when taking the train from Hoi An to Dalat, you actually only travel by rail from Da Nang to Nha Trang.

This train journey looks like this: from Hoi An, you can get to Da Nang via 1-hour bus or taxi; transfer to a 10-hour train to Nha Trang; and then hop on a 4-hour bus to Dalat.

Step 1: Hoi An to Da Nang Railway Station by Bus

Duration: 1 hour
Cost: 446,000 VND ($17.50)
Duration: 1 hour
Cost: 446,000 VND ($17.50)

From Hoi An, the last public bus bound for Da Nang leaves at 17:50. This means that if you’re taking the night train (which we highly recommend), your best option to go to Da Nang is by taxi. Rates start from 446,000 VND ($17.50).

If you want to take the bus, you can catch the last trip and spend a few hours exploring Da Nang. A bus ticket costs only 20,000 VND ($0.80).

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

Step 2: Da Nang to Nha Trang by Train

Duration: 10 hours
Cost: 665,000 VND ($26.50)
Duration: 10 hours
Cost: 665,000 VND ($26.50)

When taking a train from Da Nang, we recommend getting off at Nha Trang, 130 km northeast of Dalat. It’s not the nearest working train station to Dalat, but it’s the most convenient transfer point for this route. We tell you why in the next section.

There are 5 trains operating daily from Da Nang to Nha Trang. But because this is a 10-hour journey, it’s best to take the only overnight train so that you don’t waste a day on travelling. You can save one night on hotel costs, too!

Rates start from 665,000 VND ($26.50) when you book a bunk in a 4-berth sleeper, which is spacious and will be more comfortable for this long trip.

If you don’t mind sharing a train room with 5 other people, you can also get a cheaper 6-berth cabin with rates from 592,000 VND ($23.50).

Train schedule from Da Nang to Nha Trang (Sleeper berth)

TrainScheduleSleeper berth
SE2108:00-18:59665,000 VND ($26.50)
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SE509:17-19:38720,000 VND ($29)
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SE312:02-22:04675,000 VND ($27)
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SE114:08-23:04675,000 VND ($27)
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SE723:25-09:31770,000 VND ($31)
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Step 3: Nha Trang to Dalat by Bus

Duration: 4 hours
Cost: 220,000 VND ($8.50)
Duration: 4 hours
Cost: 220,000 VND ($8.50)

If you take the overnight train, you have the option to spend a few hours in Nha Trang before continuing on your journey to Dalat.

From Nha Trang Railway Station, it’s just a 20-minute walk or 5-minute taxi ride to the beach. This will be a good time to stretch your legs after the train ride. You can even get brunch in the city or take a dip at the beach for a few hours.

Keep in mind that the last bus/limo van bound for Dalat departs at 17:00. We recommend booking your tickets in advance so that you can also confirm the last trip for the day. The bus journey from Nha Trang to Dalat takes around 4 hours.

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See our page for Nha Trang to Dalat to see the bus schedule and more details.

Hoi An to Dalat by Bus*

Duration: 18 hours
Cost: 410,000 VND ($16.50)
Duration: 18 hours
Cost: 410,000 VND ($16.50)

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

We don’t recommend taking a bus from Hoi An to Dalat.

There are no direct buses for this route. All buses depart from Da Nang, which is 1 hour away from Hoi An. On top of that, the bus journey from Da Nang to Dalat takes around 17 hours.

Still want to take the bus? Read on for a step-by-step guide.

Personal Experience: When we travelled this route ourselves, we booked a bus that left at 19:00 from Hoi An and was supposed to arrive around 10:00 in Dalat. Somehow, the bus driver managed to arrive 3 hours earlier (at 7:00) in Dalat.

Luckily, we arrived all well and safe, but bear in mind that this is definitely not the safest option. For this reason, we recommend travelling by plane or train instead. The reason we travelled by bus was that it was ‘Tet Holiday’ and all train tickets and flights to Dalat were fully booked.

Step 1: Hoi An to Da Nang by Bus

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

From Hoi An, you can take a 1-hour bus or taxi to Da Nang.

A bus ticket only costs 20,000 VND ($0.80). Hail Bus #1, which will take you from Hoi An Bus Station to Da Nang Central Bus Station.

Another option is to take a taxi for around 446,000 VND ($17.50).

PRO TIP: Buses bound for Dalat have different departure points in Da Nang. These bus terminals are 4 km apart. It’s best to already know which terminal you’re headed for before departing from Hoi An.

Step 2: Da Nang to Dalat by Bus

Duration: 17 hours
Cost: 390,000 VND ($15.50)
Duration: 17 hours
Cost: 390,000 VND ($15.50)

From Da Nang, it’s a 17-hour bus ride to Dalat. Buses in Vietnam are practical for short trips, but for this long journey it might be quite exhausting. The bus makes a few stops along the way, though, for toilet and food breaks.

You can choose from 2 companies: Futa Bus and Thanh Thuy. Futa Bus offers the cheapest fares at 390,000 VND ($15.50). But we think you’ll be more comfortable with Thanh Thuy’s VIP cabin bus, which gets good reviews for this route.

Bus schedule from Da Nang to Dalat

BusScheduleCosts
Futa Bus15:00-08:00
16:30-09:30
17:30-10:30
390,000 VND ($15.50)
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Thanh Thuy14:00-05:30404,000 VND ($16)
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Thanh Thuy VIP16:00-06:30475,000 VND ($19)
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Futa Bus departs from Da Nang Central Bus Station and arrives at Dalat Interprovincial Bus Station, 3 km southeast of Dalat city centre.

Thanh Thuy departs from Nguyen Tri Phuong across the Park Lake in Da Nang city centre. It arrives at its terminal along Nguyen Tu Luc Street, 5 km north of Dalat centre.

 

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