Dalat is a misty paradise in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. Also known as the City of Eternal Spring, Dalat’s temperate weather and lush plateau make it a favourite destination for honeymooners and outdoor lovers.
At its heart is Xuan Huong Lake, surrounded by lush gardens and European-inspired architecture. Everywhere you look, there are remnants from the French who once made Dalat their summer getaway. Around town, you should explore the many pagodas, waterfalls, and colourful markets.
3 ways to get from Nha Trang to Dalat
You can choose from 3 options when travelling the 135 km distance from Nha Trang to Dalat: a 3-hour limo van, a 4-hour bus, or a 3-hour private transfer. Rates range between 220,000 VND ($8.50) and 1,623,000 VND ($65).
For a luxurious ride, you can take a limo van with fares from 240,000 VND ($9.50). Limo vans are only slightly more expensive than the bus, but more comfortable and faster. Also, one of the limo van companies, Lac Hong, offers free hotel pick-up in Nha Trang.
You can also take a bus from Nha Trang to Dalat. Buses are slightly cheaper than the van, but take 1 hour longer because they make more stops. Ticket prices start from 220,000 VND ($8.50) for the 4-hour journey.
If you prefer a private transfer from Nha Trang to Dalat, rates for a 3-seater car start from 1,623,000 VND ($65). This door-to-door ride takes around 3 hours.
Taking the train is not an option since there is no connecting railway between Nha Trang and Dalat. The only railway in Dalat is a tourist attraction and doesn’t operate trains from Nha Trang.
Although there is an airport 30 km south of Dalat (Lien Khuong Airport), there are no direct flights. Flights from Nha Trang to Dalat make a stopover in Ho Chi Minh so the journey takes at least 5 hours. Plus, taking a bus or limo van is way less harmful to the environment.
We recommend travelling by limo van from Nha Trang to Dalat. Limo van tickets are slightly more expensive than the bus. But in return, you get a luxurious ride in a van with great seats.
Lac Hong and Cuc Tung are 2 trusted companies operating limo vans from Nha Trang to Dalat. Fares start from 240,000 VND ($9.50) for the 3-hour journey.
Which limo van to take?
We recommend travelling with Lac Hong Luxury Minivan because it gets very good reviews. Their drivers are highly-praised for good and safe driving, while their vans are known to be clean and comfortable. Also, they offer free hotel pick-up in Nha Trang.
Lac Hong offers 4 trips daily. And on weekends, tickets sell out fast. So it’s best to book a ticket with Lac Hong at least a week in advance!
We’ve only heard about good experiences with Lac Hong so far and that’s why we recommend booking with Lac Hong if you want to travel by van from Nha Trang to Dalat.
Note: One other popular company operating on this route is Catthienhai Travel. However, we have received several complaints about this company and that is why we DO NOT recommend booking with Catthienhai Travel.
Departure and arrival station
Lac Hong offers free hotel pick-up in Nha Trang and parks at its office in Dalat, 2km west of Xuan Huong Lake in the city centre. You can walk or take a short taxi ride to your hotel.
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