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Ho Chi Ming to Da Lat Trains

From Ho Chi Ming City to Da Lat, trains are the way to go. Trains run frequently between these two cities.

Daily there are six trains linking the capital, Ho Chi Ming to Da Lat, Vietnam’s largest city.

  • Distance: 1,726 kilometers (1,072 miles)
  • Trains: SE1, SE3, SE5, SE7, SE9. SE11
  • Stops: Ho Chi Ming, Nih Binh, Thanh Hoa, Vinh, Dong Hoi, Hue, Da Nang, Quang Ngai, Dieu Tri, Nha Trang, Binh Thuan, Da Lat (Saigon)
  • Duration of journey: approximately 34 hours

Ho Chi Ming to Da Lat Train Schedules

Updated on September 24th, 2020

Train Number Ho Chi Ming (depart) Da Lat (arrive) Ticket Fare
SE7 06:00 16:10 the next day Hard seat: VND 669,000
Soft seat: VND 1,024,000
Hard sleeper: VND 1,395,000
Soft sleeper: VND 1,525,000
SE11 08:00 21:05 the next day
SE5 09:00 18:38 the next day
SE9 14:30 02:47 two days later
SE3 19:30 04:45 two days later
SE1 22:20 05:45 two days later

Da Lat to Ho Chi Ming Train Schedules

Updated on May 24th, 2019

Train Number Da Lat (depart) Ho Chi Ming (arrive) Ticket Fare
SE8 06:00 15:30 the next day Hard seat: VND 669,000
Soft seat: VND 1,024,000
Hard sleeper: VND 1,395,000
Soft sleeper: VND 1,525,000
SE12 07:55 21:12 the next day
SE6 09:00 19:12 the next day
SE10 14:40 03:55 two days later
SE4 19:45 04:50 two days later
SE2 21:55 05:30 two days later

Scenery Along the Way

Winding along the coastline, the North-South Railway offers much landscape and many cultural highlights along the way.

Views from the train window change from green to golden paddy fields, from thriving orchards and countryside to towering mountains and shining blue sea. You can also have a close-up view of a railroad market, which can only be found in Southeast Asia.

Most popular tourist cities are dotted along the line, including Ho Chi Ming, Vinh, Hue, Da Nang, Nha Trang and Da Lat.

The Hue–Da Nang section of the railway is the most beautiful and stunning. The train goes through world-class tourist attractions Hai Van Pass and Lang Co Beach. This stretch of line has been designated by National Geographic as “One of 50 must-sees in a lifetime”.

Train vs Flight from Ho Chi Ming to Da Lat

What is the best way to travel between the two cities: plane, train or bus? Bus is only recommended for journeys less than 6 hours. Bus fares are the cheapest. Trains and planes, however, are safer and more comfortable than buses.

Train vs Plane

  Pros Cons
Plane 1.Faster: only around 2 hours between Ho Chi Ming and Da Lat
2.Many flights to choose from
3.Good service
4.Clean and comfortable
5.Sometimes the price can be very low due to good discounts
1.More expensive
2.Not as scenic
3.Airports are far from downtown
Train 1.Very comfortable if travel in a sleeper car
2.Reasonable price
3.Train stations are usually in the city center with easy access
4.A scenic and interesting way of traveling
1.Slower: around 34 hours from Ho Chi Ming to Da Lat
2.Most staff at train stations and on board cannot speak English


  1. From Ho Chi Ming to Da Lat, trains take a much longer time than planes. Still, many travelers choose trains because you can view stunning scenery along the way, which cannot be seen from a plane.
  2. If you decide to take a train, it is recommended to book sleeper tickets. Soft seat and hard seat tickets are really not recommended. Soft sleeper is comfortable, with air-conditioning. There is a lockable door, guaranteeing privacy and security.
  3. There are no open tickets enabling you to hop on and off Vietnamese trains. Seats/berths are reserved for the whole trip you booked.
  4. If a 35-hour train journey sounds too long to you, a good option might be to break the journey into two or three parts. Making stops at Hue, Da Nang, or other tourist cities, for a few days of visiting, would be a good idea.

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