Ho Chi Minh City to Pleiku Drive: Road Trip Tips & Info

Ho Chi Minh City to Pleiku Drive: Road Trip Tips & Info

Pleiku is a city in central Vietnam, located in that nation's central highland region. It is the capital of the Gia Lai Province; Many years ago, it was inhabited primarily by the Bahnar and Jarai ethnic groups, sometimes known as the Montagnards or Degar. But now, it is inhabited primarily by Kinh ethnic group. The town is the centre of the urban district of Pleiku which covers an area of 261 km².

If you’re planning this same drive and want to know all about it – how long it is, how long it takes, and where to stop along the way – read on. By the end of this post, you’ll know everything about the drive between Ho Chi Minh City and Pleiku.

How far is Pleiku from Ho Chi Minh City?

As the crow flies, it’s roughly 237 miles between Ho Chi Minh City and Pleiku. Luckily, we can’t skip over all the good stuff and have to drive – that means seeing some of the sights and countryside between these two points.

For driving, it is roughly 309 miles or 497 km between Ho Chi Minh City and Pleiku. This may vary slightly depending on your start and end points.

Ho Chi Minh City to Pleiku drive hours

In terms of travel time by car, the 309 miles drive from Ho Chi Minh City to Pleiku takes 7 hours 39 minutes. Again, your final drive time depends on where you start in Ho Chi Minh City and end in Pleiku.

As 309 miles is roughly one tank of gas, you may or may not need to stop for gas along the way; there are plenty of options along these major roads.

Ho Chi Minh City to Pleiku road trip

Realistically, you're not going to want to drive without stopping all the way from Ho Chi Minh City to Pleiku, especially if you're the main driver. So let's say you're actually planning a road trip to Pleiku, and you need to stop along the way to rest. Plus if it's a real road trip, you might want to check out interesting stops along the way, eat at great restaurants, and find a hotel to stay overnight. That's what we are perfect for, helping you figure out travel plans in detail.

Based on the length of this trip, we think you could spread out this fun road trip over a number of days.

Road trip: 2 days of driving

With the full itinerary planned out, we can estimate your total travel time for this trip.

Travel time: 7 hours 39 minutes hours on the road with 2 overnights


Start at Ho Chi Minh City.

Drive for about 3 hours, then stop in Quốc lộ 14, QL.14, DHCM and stay for about 2 hours. Next, drive for another 4 hours then stop in 675. Stay overnight.

Finally, drive for about 0.7 hours and arrive in Pleiku.

Ho Chi Minh City to Pleiku airports and flights

To give you a better estimate of real-life travel, we've put together a flight itinerary with actual airports. Eventually you'll be able to customize this plan, choosing your own airports and flights. But for now, here's an example we've selected to give you an idea of how traveling might work between airports.

Departure airport: Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN)

Arrival airport: Pleiku Airport (PXU)

With the airports selected, we can estimate the travel time to and from the airport, based on how far the airport is from downtown.

Getting to the airport: 5 minutes

Getting to your destination: 7 minutes

Now finally, let's look at an example flight from SGN to PXU and figure out how long it would take to fly including take-off and landing, and time to taxi on the runway.

Commercial flight time: 29 minutes

So now we can finally get an idea of the total travel time from Ho Chi Minh City to Pleiku including time spent getting to/from the airports, an estimated wait time of 2 hours at the airport for TSA security lines and waiting at the gate, and the actual flight itself.

Total travel time: 2 hours 41 minutes

Flying non-stop from Ho Chi Minh City to Pleiku

Now let's assume you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line between Ho Chi Minh City and Pleiku. Because of the curvature of the Earth, the shortest distance is actually the "great circle" distance, or "as the crow flies" which is calculated using an iterative Vincenty formula.

Flight time from Ho Chi Minh City to Pleiku, Gia Lai Province is 29 minutes under avarage conditions.

Our flight time calculator assumes an average flight speed for a commercial airliner of 500 mph, which is equivalent to 805 km/hr or 434 knots.

Actual flight times may vary depending on aircraft type, cruise speed, routing, weather conditions, passenger load, and other factors.