How to get from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) to Dalat

Dalat is an attractive tourist destination in Southern Vietnam. Dalat captivates visitors not only by the atmosphere but also by the beautiful scenery and wonderful attractions. Many tourists travel there from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) as there are several ways how to get from Ho Chi Minh City to Dalat.

Ho Chi Minh Airport (SGN)

The distance from Ho Chi Minh City to Dalat is approximately 300 km. After renovation of Highway 20, traveling between these cities takes significantly less time.

There are several ways to travel between destinations and detailed information about how to get from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) to Dalat can be found below.

Flight from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) to Dalat

Da Lat Airport (Lien Khuong International Airport)

The best way to travel from Ho Chi Minh City to Dalat is taking a flight between two cities. This is the fastest and most comfortable way for getting to Dalat as the flight takes only 50 minutes. Flight schedule can be found and tickets can be booked here:

Flights from Ho Chi Minh City to Dalat

Dalat Airport is officially called Lien Khuong Internatinal Airport (DLI) and is located not in the city but in Duc Trong district, which is about 30 km from Dalat.

Da Lat Airport (Lien Khuong International Airport)

There are several means of transportation that can be used for getting from Lien Khuong Airport to Dalat City. The fastest and easiest way to get from the airport to your hotel or resort is with a pre-booked private transfer as it will take you straight to your hotel door ensuring a hassle-free journey. Detailed information about other transportation options on this route can be found here: How to get from Dalat Airport to City Center.

Da Lat

Bus from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) to Dalat

Taking a bus from Ho Chi Minh City to Dalat is also a popular choice to travel on this route because it is cheap and quite convenient. Some bus companies even offer a transfer from the bus terminal to hotels in the center of Dalat city.

On average, there are about 100 buses departing from Ho Chi Minh City to Dalat in a day. Usually, the bus companies use a 16-seat bus, 28-seat bus or 45-seat bus. If you are not fond on taking a sleeper bus, you can also choose a seated bus.

There are plenty of companies offering bus from Ho Chi Minh City to Dalat and vice versa so you will never be short of choice on this route. Some of the most popular bus companies connecting two cities in Southern Vietnam:

1. The Sinh Tourist

Bus Type: Sleeper bus

Departure time from Saigon: 22:00

Pick up point in Saigon: The Sinh Tourist Office, 246 Duong De Tham, Phuong Pham Ngu Lao, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Drop off point in Dalat: The Sinh Tourist, 22 Bui Thi Xuan, Ward 2, Dalat, Lam Dong, Vietnam

Ticket price: starting at 300,000 VND per person

Ticket bookings: The Sinh Tourist Bus Ticket

2. Futa Bus

Bus

Bus Type: Sleeper bus

Departure time from Saigon: 00:30, 06:30, 7:30, 9:30, 17:30, 19:30, 21:30, 22:30, 23:30

Pick up point in Saigon: Eastern Bus Station (Ben xe Mien Dong), 292 Dinh Bo Linh, Phuong 26, Binh Thanh, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Drop off point in Dalat: Dalat Intercity Bus Station (Ben xe lien tinh Dalat), 01 Duong To Hien Thanh, Ward 3, Dalat, Lam Dong, Vietnam

Ticket price: starting at 350,000 VND per person

Ticket bookings: Futa Bus Ticket

3. An Phu Travel

Bus Type: Reclining Seats bus

Departure time from Saigon: 09:00, 23:00

Pick up point in Saigon: 58 Duong Tran Hung Dao, Phuong Pham Ngu Lao, Distric 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Drop off point in Dalat: 16 Duong Pham Ngu Lao, Ward4, Dalat, Lam Dong, Vietnam

Ticket price: starting at 530,000 VND per person

Ticket bookings: An Phu Travel Bus Ticket

Notes

If you will be taking the sleeper bus, it’s better to choose the lower floor (A floor) for less chance of motion sickness than on the upper floor.

You should book a bus ticket in advance because the best seats are normally sold out fast. On the sleeper bus it is recommended to book one of the seats from A4 to A9. If you will be booking one of front seats A1, A2 or A3, the seat will be a bit shorter. The last row of seats is also uncomfortable as there are 3 seats combined and you need to share the space with strangers.

VIP Cabin Bus

There is also VIP cabin bus from Ho Chi Minh to Dalat service offered by several companies. These buses offer you more comfortable facilities such as luxury single berths with massage function, air-conditioning, blanket, personal TV & headphones, and charger sockets. VIP cabin bus services are offered by these bus companies:

1. Phong Phu

Bus Type: Cabin Bus

Departure time from Saigon: 08:00, 08:20, 23:00, 23:20

Pick up point in Saigon: 184 Nguyen Van Troi, Phuong 8, Phu Nhuan, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Drop off point in Dalat: 2 Le Dai Hanh, Ward 1, Dalat, Lam Dong, Vietnam

Ticket price: starting at 450,000 VND per person

Ticket bookings: Phong Phu VIP Bus Ticket

2. Kumho Samco

Bus Type: Cabin Bus

Departure time from Saigon: 09:30, 23:00

Pick up point in Saigon: Kumho Samco Buslines, 263 Pham Ngu Lao, Phuong Pham Ngu Lao, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Drop off point in Dalat: Kumho Da Lat, Duong 3/4, Ward 3, Dalat, Lam Dong, Vietnam

Ticket price: starting at 350,000 VND per person

Ticket bookings: Kumho Samco VIP Bus Ticket

3. Nguyen Kim

Bus Type: Cabin Bus

Departure time from Saigon: 23:15, 23:45

Pick up point in Saigon: 275F Pham Ngu Lao, Phuong Pham Ngu Lao, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Drop off point in Dalat: 17 Duong Luong The Vinh, Ward 3, Dalat, Lam Dong, Vietnam

Ticket price: starting at 480,000 VND per person

Ticket bookings: Nguyen Kim VIP Bus Ticket

Limousine from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) to Dalat

Another way to travel between Ho Chi Minh City and Dalat is taking a limousine. When using this service, you will travel like a VIP in a full-size limousine van between these two cities. Limousine is suitable for maximum of 9 travelers and is equipped with reclining seats and various modern amenities, best interior design and high-class decorative lighting.

Limousine from Ho Chi Minh City to Dalat is more suitable for group travelers and those who want to enjoy the comfort, convenience and luxury way of traveling to Dalat from Saigon. Your driver will meet you at a specified location at your preferred time. You will feel the smoothness of the long journey. The duration of such a transfer is about 6-7 hours.

You can choose between Minh Tri Limousine and Hoang Vu Limousine, two of the most trusted limousine transfer operators in the city.

Ho Chi Minh to Dalat Route Schedule:

  • Hoang Vu Limousine: 8:00, 22:00, 22:30, 22:59, daily
  • Minh Tri Limousine: 8:00, 11:00, 16:00, 21:00, 22:00, 22:58, daily

Dalat to Ho Chi Minh Route Schedule:

  • Hoang Vu Limousine: 11:00, 12:00, 14:00, 17:00, daily
  • Minh Tri Limousine: 8:30, 11:30, 12:30, 15:30, 22:30, 23:28, daily

Limousine Tickets: City Transfers between Ho Chi Minh and Dalat

Train from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) to Dalat

Da Lat

You cannot take train from Ho Chi Minh City to Dalat because Dalat Railway Station only operates a single tourist route to Trai Mat Railway Station.

If you really want to take a train from Saigon to Dalat, you can stop at Thap Cham Railway Station or Nha Trang Railway Station and then continue your trip to Dalat by another kind of transportation.

Train

Booking Tickets

You can book tickets for transportation between Ho Chi Minh City and Dalat at a tour company in Ho Chi Minh City or Dalat. However, we would recommend booking tickets online on a reliable website where you can check travel details such as schedules, pick up/drop off points, prices and facilities of all companies, and choose the most suitable transportation for yourself.

Transportation tickets can be easily booked online. We would suggest using these reputable websites:

  • Bookaway and 12go.Asia: The main websites that we used for booking our transportation in Vietnam. These websites can also be used when travelling to other countries in Southeast Asia.
  • Klook: Another website that we used for booking transfers, local SIM cards, tours and activities in Vietnam.

Travel Tips for Dalat

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