Cost Of Travel To Da Lat, Vietnam & Best Time To Visit

A 7-day trip to Da Lat averages at $937 for a solo traveler, $1,683 for a couple, and $3,155 for a family of four. Accommodation in Da Lat ranges from $12 to $140 per night, while vacation rentals typically cost $20 to $260 per night for the entire property. For flights to Lienkhang Airport (DLI), economy fares range between $728 and $1,108 per person, while first-class tickets range from $2,284 to $3,477. Budget approximately $15 to $34 per person per day for transportation and dining at local restaurants, depending on your planned activities.

Distance from Ho Chi Minh to Dalat – how far is it?

From Ho Chi Minh City to Dalat, it’s about 308 kilometers apart. It’s a 6-hour drive or a 1-hour flight. Ho Chi Minh City serves as a prime starting point for many travelers exploring Vietnam due to its Tan Son Nhat International Airport, welcoming direct flights from various regions like Europe, Australia, and other parts of Asia.

Cost of Travel to Da Lat 1

Tourists often opt for Dalat after Ho Chi Minh City, seeking refuge from the summer heat. Positioned 1,500 meters above sea level, Dalat maintains a consistently cool climate, surrounded by stunning highlands with fragrant pine forests, expansive lakes, charming waterfalls, and lush green hills. It’s an ideal spot for sightseeing, leisurely walks, and capturing scenic photographs.

Various transport options, including motorcycles, buses, cars, or flights, link Ho Chi Minh City and Dalat.

Dalat City is far from Ho Chi Minh City about 5 hours 59 mins by car

Best Ways to Travel from Ho Chi Minh to Dalat:

  1. By Bus:

   – Duration: 7 – 8 hours

   – Cost: $10 – $30

   – Three types of buses are available: normal, sleeper, and limousine shuttle.

   – Limousine shuttle buses offer convenience, accommodating up to 10 people, providing door-to-door service and an English-speaking guide.

   – Sleeper buses have fixed berths and can hold 40-46 passengers, allowing passengers to relax or lie down.

   – Normal local buses can accommodate 40-46 passengers and are commonly used by local tourists.

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  1. By Flight:

   – Distance: 308 kilometers

   – Duration: 50 minutes

   – Price range: 500,000 – 1,500,000 VND

   – Fastest mode of travel; however, factoring in check-in and travel time to and from airports, it may not save much time compared to other methods.

   – Flights by Vietnam Airlines, Bamboo Airways, and VietJet Air with 11 daily flights.

  1. By Motorbike:

   – Duration: 7-10 hours

   – Price for rental: 120,000 – 300,000 VND/day

   – Scenic route with tea plantations and pine hills but challenging due to the long distance and mountainous terrain.

   – Recommended motorbike rental shops provided.

  1. By Private Car:

   – Distance: 330 kilometers

   – Travel time: 6 hours

   – Price from USD 200

   – A most comfortable and flexible option with an English-speaking driver.

   – Offers stops at scenic spots for photos and exploration, providing insight into local life and culture.

Pros and Cons summarized for each mode of transport:

– Bus: Economical but time-consuming.

– Flight: Fastest but relatively more expensive.

– Motorbike: Scenic but challenging and risky.

– Private Car: Comfortable and flexible but pricier for solo or small group travelers.

Tips for a Fast and Safe Journey from Ho Chi Minh to Dalat:

  1. Flight vs. Road Travel:

   – Flight may not save considerable time or money due to the short distance.

   – Ideal for those preferring car travel and feeling uncertain about motorbikes.

  1. Private Car:

   – Convenient but relatively expensive.

   – Suited for families or group travelers seeking comfort and flexibility.

  1. Sleeper Bus:

   – Popular among budget travelers, saving money and eliminating the need for night accommodation.

   – Recommended for individuals comfortable with shared travel and sleeping on the move.

  1. Shuttle Bus:

   – Affordable alternative to a private car, offering considerable comfort.

   – Eliminates the hassle of lugging heavy bags to pickup and drop-off points.

  1. Motorbike Adventure:

   – Not universally recommended but offers an unforgettable experience.

   – Suitable for experienced riders familiar with the route and seeking scenic beauty.

Choose Suitable transportation to help you save your cost for vacation

Cost of Accommodation:


Depending on your needs and financial conditions, you can choose hotels from 1 to 5 stars. Central hotels with beautiful views tend to have higher room rates compared to other areas. The average hotel room price for a 3-day, 2-night stay ranges from 600,000 VND to 1,000,000 VND. For more luxurious hotels with premium services, prices can exceed 1,000,000 VND per night.


A popular choice among young travelers, Dalat’s homestays aren’t just places to stay but unique check-in spots. Homestays are generally more affordable than hotels, ranging from 150,000 to 400,000 VND per night, depending on location and amenities provided.

Note: It’s advisable to contact beforehand to understand services and prices, enabling you to compare and choose accommodation suitable for your budget. Especially during Tet holidays and festivals in Dalat, pre-booking is recommended to avoid room shortages!

Homestays are the favored choice among young travelers when visiting Dalat.

You should book a homestay first before vacation

Dining Expenses:

Food prices in Dalat are relatively affordable, with dishes ranging from 15,000 to 60,000 VND per serving. Meals like hotpot, buffet, or barbecue tend to be slightly higher, ranging from 300,000 to 450,000 VND per person. Experienced travelers estimate that dining expenses for a 3-day, 2-night trip to Dalat would be around 1,000,000 to 1,500,000 VND per person.

You should book a homestay first before vacation
You should book a homestay first before vacation

Specifically, breakfast options include dishes like meatball bread, pancake rolls, grilled meat vermicelli, beef noodle soup, porridge, and pho, ranging from 15,000 to 30,000 VND per dish. Lunch might consist of hotpot, grilled spring rolls with rice paper, and ATISO rice soup, priced between 50,000 to 100,000 VND per person. Dinner options could include grilled dishes, and chicken leaf hotpot, around 100,000 to 300,000 VND per person. And don’t miss the snack paradise – with around 100,000 VND, you can enjoy various treats like soy milk, grilled rice paper, grilled chicken feet, roasted sweet potatoes, strawberry shakes, and mixed ice cream… Generally, dining expenses in Dalat range from 200,000 to 400,000 VND per day per person.

For larger groups, pre-booking restaurants catering to groups is recommended to save costs.

The must-have dish in Da Lat is “Lau Ga La E”

Sightseeing Expenses:

In Dalat, many tourist spots require entrance tickets. Here are some ticket price references at famous places:

– Tuyen Lam Lake boat tours: Tickets are 50,000 VND for adults and 25,000 VND for children.

– City Flower Garden: Entrance fees are 40,000 VND for adults and 20,000 VND for children.

– Hang Nga Villa (one of the ten strangest houses in the world): The ticket price is 50,000 VND per person.

– Dalat Cable Car – Truc Lam Zen Monastery: Round-trip tickets are 100,000 VND for adults and 70,000 VND for children. One-way tickets are 80,000 VND for adults and 60,000 VND for children.

The must-have dish in Da Lat is “Lau Ga La E”
The must-have dish in Da Lat is “Lau Ga La E”

– Datanla Waterfall: Entrance tickets are 30,000 VND for adults and 15,000 VND for children.

– Valley of Love: Entrance tickets for adults are 250,000 VND and for children are 125,000 VND.

– Dream Hill: Tickets are 50,000 VND for adults and 25,000 VND for children.

There are many free attractions in Dalat, such as Lam Vien Square, Linh An Pagoda, Dalat Market, Dalat Milk Farm, and Cau Dat Tea Hill… Particularly, Dalat boasts numerous cafés with beautiful views, creative decor, and uniqueness that will make you keep reaching for your wallet continuously.


Sightseeing & enjoy the breathtaking view at Tam Trinh Coffee Experiences

Tour Must – have things to do in Da Lat City – A beautiful city of Viet Nam – Put in “Wishlist” in your vacation

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Details & Booking: Dalat’s countryside|Coffee Plantations Tour beyond Elephant Falls

  1. Vietnamese Culture: Phin-Making Tour Beyond Elephant Falls, Dalat

Details & Booking: Vietnamese Culture: Phin-Making Tour Beyond Elephant Falls, Dalat

Experience local coffee culture with a coffee-picking tour at Tám Trình Coffee - Gia Lâm Hamlet, Lâm Hà District, and become a true farmer.
Experience local coffee culture with a coffee-picking tour at Tám Trình Coffee – Gia Lâm Hamlet, Lâm Hà District, and become a true farmer.

Remember, Dalat offers a charming atmosphere, lush nature, and engaging activities. It might captivate you longer than planned. Explore our website for Dalat tour bookings and make the most of your stay in this enchanting city. Tam Trinh Coffee wishes you “A nice trip in Dalat Viet Nam”

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