Da Lat is well connected to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City by daily flights operated by Vietnam Airlines. Lien Khuong Airport saw a major renovation and reopened in October 2009, expanding in its size, capacity and level of luxury. About 30 km away from city center, the airport is served by a crew of taxi ($10 to Dalat) and shuttle bus ($2 one way to Dalat).
Flight time from Dalat to Ho Chi Minh City is about 45 minutes and to Hanoi is about 1 hour 40 minutes. Price ranges between $45 and $90 one way for economy class, depending on where and when you book your ticket.
Though out of the way, Dalat’s prestige as a popular destination leads to the operation of many bus services. Public buses are slightly cheaper than minivan though not as comfortable. From Ho Chi Minh City, Mui Ne or Nha Trang, you can book your bus ticket (recommended companies include Mai Linh and Phuong Trang) to Dalat from most travel agent or bus company office. In high season (June to August), obtain your ticket at least 1 day in advance to secure your sheet.
Here are approximate times for journeys to and from Da Lat:
Ho Chi Minh City: 308 km (7 hours)
Mui Ne, Phan Thiet: 257 km (5 hours)
Nha Trang: 205 km (4 hours)
Di Linh: 82 km (2 hours)
Though impressive and good for photos, Ngoan Muc Pass might not be the best option if you ride your bike or car to Dalat. Take the inland route to Bao Loc and Di Linh, which is shorter and safer.