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After the searing hot temperatures and busy boulevards of Ho Chi Minh City, you might be seeking cooler climes and a quieter atmosphere. In mountainous Da Lat, that’s exactly what you’ll get.
For the 300km (186 mile) journey to Da Lat from Ho Chi Minh City, you have three options:
Buses and some minivans leave at designated times, but some minivans - along with all cars - can be hired privately, so you can choose your own departure time.
Though all options are excellent choices for the right person, we recommend taking a sleeper bus to Da Lat from Ho Chi Minh City. Sleeper buses are very comfortable, and more affordable than all other options. Sleeper buses from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Lat allow you to get lots of shut eye while you travel, and save on accommodation costs for the night.
If you travel by night, you won’t see much, since you’ll spend much of the journey slumbering and snoozing the night away.
But if you manage to catch any daylight hours during your trip, you’ll be treated to some majestic mountain views.
The first hour of the journey from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Lat is all busy highways and big boulevards. But once you’ve passed through the haphazard havoc of Ho Chi Minh City, big buildings make way to leafy shades of green and brown. The roads begin to meander and the landscapes become vivid and vertiginous.
The fastest way to get to Da Lat from Ho Chi Minh is by car or minivan. Times vary, but the fastest cars and minivans take around 6 hours. The cheapest of these fast options is the Luxury Minivan from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Lat. The journey costs around $18. Both daytime and overnight journeys are available.
The cheapest way to get to Da Lat from Ho Chi Minh City is via local Sleeping Bus. This Sleeper Bus from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Lat is an overnight journey of 7 hours, and costs around $14.
The most popular way to get to Da Lat from Ho Chi Minh City is by VIP Cabin Bus.
The VIP Cabin Bus from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Lat takes 7 hours and can be taken either during the day or at night. Whichever time you take it, you’ll get a private cabin with a comfortable bed. This option costs around $24.
The cheapest way to get from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Lat, buses offer a surprisingly great amount of comfort.
Some buses travel overnight, while some travel during the day. Some have beds, while others have seats. Available amenities include WiFi, blankets and TV. You should check individual listings to see which providers provide which perks. All buses have WiFi.
If you take a minivan to Da Lat from Ho Chi Minh, you have a few different options. If you simply want to buy a seat (or a number of seats), you can travel in a Luxury Minivan.
If you’re travelling with a big group, you can hire a full minivan, for up to nine people. Here, you have three options: Comfort Minivan, Limo Minivan or Standard Minivan.
All minivans have air conditioning, WiFi and charging points.
With some minivans to Da Lat from Ho Chi Minh City, you can choose your own departure time along with your own pickup and departure points.
Minivan pickups in Ho Chi Minh City
Minivan drop-offs in Da Lat
Interesting fact: Did you know that you can only drive a car in Vietnam if you’re a citizen of the country?
If you decide to rent a car in Vietnam, it will come with a private driver. All of these drivers can speak at least a little English, which can be useful for asking for information, and requesting breaks for toilet stops and photo opportunities.
A private car is a much more bespoke experience than any other transportation style we offer.
With all private cars, you can be picked up and dropped off wherever you like. Several different car styles are available.
There are around 65 total buses and minivans leaving from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Lat each day, in addition to private transfers.