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How to get from Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) to Buon Ma Thuot (Dak Lak)
How to get from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) to Buon Ma Thuot (Dak Lak province)? You can travel by bus or take a flight.

1. Bus to Buon Ma Thuot
2. Flight to Buon Ma Thuot
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From Ho Chi Minh City to Dak Lak you can travel by bus or plane.

    • Traveling from Ho Chi Minh City to Buon Ma Thuot – Dak Lak covers approximately 330 km over land. There are two primary transportation options: a direct flight or a tourist sleeper bus. Opting for a direct flight from Saigon’s Tan Son Nhat Airport to Buon Ma Thuot ensures a swift journey of about 1 hour, while traveling by bus typically takes around 6.5-9 hours. For budget-conscious travelers, bus tickets start at $10-19 per person, offering an economical alternative.
    • Flight prices range from $40-110 per person, with occasional discounts on low-cost carriers such as Vietnam Airlines, Pacific Airlines, or VietJet Air. As there is no railway connection to Dak Lak province, tourists rely on either tourist buses or flights. Motorbike travel is feasible but recommended only for experienced riders holding an IDP in Vietnam. Secure your bus tickets or direct flights online for a seamless travel experience. Once in Buon Ma Thuot, consider traveling by bus to Nha Trang.

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    • Buon Ma Thuot (Buôn Mê Thuột) is the provincial capital and renowned as „the coffee capital“ of Dak Lak province in central Vietnam. Dak Lak province is internationally acclaimed for its coffee production, boasting some of the finest coffee in the world. Vietnamese coffee is a must-try delicacy, known for its robust flavor, especially when combined with condensed milk.
    • Dak Lak is also famed for its numerous breathtaking waterfalls, including the iconic Drap Sap and Dray Nur falls, both located approximately 25 km south of Buon Ma Thuot City. Given the absence of a railway link between Saigon and Buon Ma Thuot, travelers primarily rely on either direct flights or tourist buses to access this scenic destination.
Transfer Mode – Saigon to Dak Lak: Travel Time Cost Range
Bus / Minivan 6.5-9 hours $10-19/pp
Plane (direct flight) 1 hour $40-110/pp

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How do I get from Ho Chi Minh City to Dak Lak?


1. BUS from Ho Chi Minh City to Buon Ma Thuot

The most used low-cost transport option from Ho Chi Minh City to Buon Ma Thuot (Dak Lak) is the journey by intercity sleeper bus. As there is no railway to Buon Ma Thuot, most solo travelers will use a sleeper bus. These sleeper and air-conditioned buses to Buon Ma Thuot (Dak Lak) are operated by several companies, some of them are Futabus, Tien Oanh, Mai Linh, Kumho Samco, Thinh Phat, Hoang Kim Phat, Long Van Limousine, Tuan Trung.

These buses depart from different places in Saigon and arrive at different places in Buon Ma Thuot, you will see this information when ordering tickets on online platforms. This also corresponds to the travel time of these buses, which may also vary, each company may have a different route or number of stops.

The bus ride from Ho Chi Minh City to Buon Ma Thuot (Dak Lak) is approximately 6.5-9 hours and tickets range from $10-19/pp. The cheapest bus tickets to Buon Ma Thuot in Dak Lak will be offered by the proven and well-known company Futabus, where tickets start at about $10-11/pp.

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You can search and book bus tickets from Ho Chi Minh City to Buon Ma Thuot (Dak Lak) easily online and in advance. Some companies also accept mobile phone tickets, however, always read up-to-date information about tickets and transfers. Follow all instructions from the company to avoid possible complications or misunderstandings.

The bus is a popular transportation option in Vietnam, mainly among solo low-cost travelers. Buses are also sometimes the only option to connect to various remote places or where the railway does not lead in Vietnam.

Traveling by sleeper bus may not be a comfortable option for everyone, but the buses also make stops for refreshments or the toilet, for example. Now there are very modern and new buses in Vietnam, and some of them even have a toilet or even LCD televisions right in the bus.

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Sleeper tourist buses from Ho Chi Minh city to Dak Lak by Futabus and Kumho Samco (photo: 12go.asia)


2. FLIGHT from Ho Chi Minh City to Buon Ma Thuot

If you are looking for the fastest and most comfortable way to get from Ho Chi Minh City to Buon Ma Thuot, direct flights are also available on this route. These flights are operated from Tan Son Nhat Airport to Buon Ma Thuot Airport, which is approximately 15 km from the city center (see Vietnam airport map).

The direct flight time from Ho Chi Minh City to Buon Ma Thuot is approximately 1 hour, if we include waiting before departure and after arrival, the total transfer time is approximately 3.5 hours. Even so, it is still the fastest transport option from Saigon to Dak Lak province and the city of Buon Ma Thuot.

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Direct flights from Saigon to Buon Ma Thuot are operated by Vietnam Airlines, Hanh Air Systems and VietJet Air. VietJet Air usually has the cheapest tickets for these flights, but it’s a good idea to research the flight schedule before departure. The best rated airline in Vietnam is usually Vietnam Airlines.

It should be added that the flight schedule between these cities is rather more limited, with approximately 5 flights available each day. Direct flights from Ho Chi Minh City to Buon Ma Thuot cost between $40-110/pp and most of the flights offered by the airlines are Economy Class.

You can search and book flights to Buon Ma Thuot (Dak Lak) from Saigon easily online and in advance. Always read the information and conditions for these direct flights carefully.

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Direct flight to Buon Ma Thuot from Ho Chi Minh City is the most fastest transfer.


FAQ – Travel from Ho Chi Minh City to Buon Ma Thuot:

1. How to book and buy tickets from Ho Chi Minh City to Buon Ma Thuot?

    • Book bus tickets or flights from Ho Chi Minh to Buon Ma Thuot on Baolau ➜ or 12go.asia ➜.
    • You can also search another route, e.g. Ho Chi Minh > Nha Trang, Buon Ma Thuot > Ho Chi Minh…

2. What is the travel time from Ho Chi Minh City to Buon Ma Thuot?

    • Travel by bus/minivan from Ho Chi Minh City to Dak Lak takes about 6.5-9 hours.
    • Travel by plane – direct flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Dak Lak takes about 1 hour.

3. How much does it cost to travel from Ho Chi Minh City to Buon Ma Thuot?

    • Travel by tourist bus / minivan from Ho Chi Minh City to Dak Lak costs about $10-19/pp.
    • Travel by plane – direct flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Dak Lak costs about $40-110/pp.

4. What is the travel distance from Ho Chi Minh City to Buon Ma Thuot?

    • Travel distance from Ho Chi Minh City to Dak Lak is about 340 km by bus or about 260 km by plane.

5. What is the cheapest way of getting from Ho Chi Minh City to Buon Ma Thuot?

    • The cheapest way of getting from Ho chi Minh to Dak Lak/Buon Ma Thuot is to travel by sleeper intercity bus. The most cheapest bus tickets has Futabus – Phuong Trang private company.

6. What is the fastest option of transfer from Ho Chi Minh City to Buon Ma Thuot?

    • The fastest way of transport from Ho chi Minh to Dak Lak/Buon Ma Thuot is to take a direct flight.

7. Is there a train from Ho Chi Minh City to Buon Ma Thuot?

    • No, there is no train from Ho Chi Minh City to Buon Ma Thuot – Dak Lak. There is no railway to Dak Lak.

8. How to go from Buon Ma Thuot to Hanoi?

    • If you want to travel to Hanoi – the capital of Vietnam, you have 2 most popular options of transport. The most fastest way is to take a direct flight. Another option is to travel by bus to Nha Trang and from Nha Trang you can travel by train to Hanoi. Read this article: How to go to Hanoi from Buon Ma Thuot?

9. How to go back from Buon Ma Thuot to Saigon?

    • The same way how you arrived to Buon Ma Thuot, you can travel by tourist sleeper bus or take a direct flight.

10. How to travel solo in Vietnam?

    • Discover the wonders of solo travel in Vietnam as you explore ancient temples, cruise through scenic landscapes or karst sceneries, hike various national parks and ethnic villages and connect with the warm-hearted locals, creating a personalized journey of cultural immersion and breathtaking experiences.

11. What are the most interesting things or facts about Vietnam?

    • Vietnam, a country with a captivating allure, is celebrated for its breathtaking landscapes, including the mesmerizing limestone karsts of Halong Bay, the terraced rice fields of Sapa, and the bustling waterways of the Mekong Delta. Its rich history unfolds through ancient temples in Hanoi, the imperial city of Hue, and the Cu Chi Tunnels, providing a glimpse into Vietnam’s resilience during wartime. The country’s vibrant culture, delicious cuisine, and warm hospitality further enhance the allure of this Southeast Asian gem. Read this: 15 Interesting Things of Vietnam.

12. What to expect from Vietnam Culture?

    • Expect a vibrant cultural tapestry in Vietnam, characterized by traditional values, a strong sense of community, and a deep-rooted respect for family. You’ll encounter a fusion of French, Chinese, and indigenous influences in art, architecture, and cuisine. Traditional water puppetry, folk music, and dance performances showcase the country’s artistic flair. The importance of rituals and festivals in daily life adds a colorful dimension, while the warmth and friendliness of the Vietnamese people make for a welcoming and enriching cultural experience.

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🚍 Bus Schedule – Ho Chi Minh to Buon Ma Thuot/Dak Lak + Bus Tickets:

Bus - Ho Chi Minh to Buon Ma Thuot

Departs in Ho Chi Minh

Arrival in Buon Ma Thuot

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Futabus (Phuong Trang)

08:00

16:00

From $10.80

Futabus (Phuong Trang)

10:15

18:15

From $10.80

Futabus (Phuong Trang)

12:15

20:15

From $10.80

Futabus (Phuong Trang)

14:00

22:00

From $10.80

Futabus (Phuong Trang)

16:00

00:00

From $10.80

Futabus (Phuong Trang)

18:00

02:00

From $10.80

Futabus (Phuong Trang)

20:00

04:00

From $10.80

Futabus (Phuong Trang)

21:00

05:00

From $10.80

Futabus (Phuong Trang)

22:00

06:00

From $10.80

Futabus (Phuong Trang)

23:00

07:00

From $10.80

Futabus (Phuong Trang)

23:55

07:55

From $10.80

Tien Oanh

11:30

19:30

From $12.60

Tien Oanh

19:30

03:30

From $12.60

Tien Oanh

22:15

06:15

From $12.60

Tien Oanh

22:30

06:30

From $12.60

Tien Oanh

22:45

06:45

From $12.60

Long Van

00:00

06:05

From $19.00

Long Van

08:00

14:35

From $19.00

Long Van

11:00

17:35

From $19.00

Long Van

13:00

19:35

From $19.00

Long Van

15:00

21:35

From $19.00

Long Van

21:30

04:05

From $19.00

Long Van

22:30

04:35

From $19.00

Long Van

23:30

05:35

From $19.00

Tien Oanh

11:30

19:30

From $13.00

Tien Oanh

17:45

02:35

From $13.00

Tien Oanh

19:30

03:30

From $13.00

Tien Oanh

22:15

06:15

From $13.00

Kumho Samco

21:30

06:30

From $12.00

Kumho Samco

22:15

07:15

From $12.00

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Thien Nga Hotel in Buon Ma Thuot (photo: Agoda). 10 best cheap hotels in Buon Ma Thuot (Dak Lak).


2 Ways of Transfer from Saigon to Buon Ma Thuot – Dak Lak:

1. BUS from Ho Chi Minh City to Buon Ma Thuot
Transport Option Tourist Sleeper Bus
Travel Time About 8 hours
Ticket Price About $10-19 per person
Bus Companies Futabus, Tien Oanh, Mai Linh, Kumho Samco, Thinh Phat, Hoang Kim Phat, Long Van Limousine…
Departure Station Various bus stations
Arrival Station Various bus stations
2. FLIGHT from Ho Chi Minh City to Buon Ma Thuot
Travel Time About 1 hour
Ticket Price About $40-110 per person
Airlines Vietnam Airlines, Hanh Air Systems, VietJet Air
Departure Airport Tan Son Nhat Airport, Ho Chi Minh City
Arrival Airport Buon Ma Thuot Airport (about 15 km from the town)

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