How to travel from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) to Buon Ma Thuot

Buon Ma Thuot is 350km north of Ho Chi Minh City (also known as Saigon). Buon Ma Thuot is located on the Buon Ma Thuot Plateau (aka Dak Lak Plateau), one in a series of plateaus in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. The convenient means of transportation to travel from Ho Chi Minh City to Buon Ma Thuot are as follows:

 By air: Buon Ma Thuot is 1 hour flight from Saigon and there are several daily flights between the 2 cities. The airport in Saigon is 8km from the city center and Buon Ma Thuot Airport is 10km from Buon Ma Thuot city center.

By private car: The road from Ho Chi Minh City to Buon Ma Thuot is in good conditions and it is pretty scenic with rolling hills as you climb upon the plateau. The journey takes over 7 hours.

By local bus: There are several bus companies operating daily buses from Ho Chi Minh City to Buon Ma Thuot. The trip starts from Ho Chi Minh City’s Eastern Bus Station or the city center and concludes at Buon Ma Thuot Southern Bus Station or the city center. The journey takes 8-9 hours.

By motorbike: Buon Ma Thuot surely can be reached by motorbike from Saigon, the trip takes a full day. It is a great experience to ride through coffee plantations, ethnic villages as you make your way in the Buon Ma Thuot Plateau.

By bicycle: Road trip from Ho Chi Minh City to Buon Ma Thuot by bicycle should take a few days. It is a hard adventure and requires good physical exertion and great cycling passion.