Pleiku airport (PXU) is six kilometres north of the city. As of December 2015, it is serviced by domestic flights from Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. After being closed for renovations, the airport reopened in October 2015 with a facilities upgrade and expanded runway to accommodate larger aircraft, so it’s likely more flights will be added in the future.
Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam Airlines, VietJet Air, Jetstar)
Hanoi (Vietnam Airlines, VietJet)
Vietnam Airlines & Jetstar booking office: 55 Quang Trung; T: (059) 3824 680, (091) 5365 150
The bus station is located southeast of the city centre on Ly Nam De Street, which runs south off of Le Duan Street. At the station you’ll find ticket booths for the many different bus companies, some companies servicing the same destinations. Pleiku is often referred to as Gia Lai on bus signs.
Regional routes such as Kon Tum are serviced by small companies that use minivans that circle around the city looking for passengers, notably along Nguyen Tat Thanh and Hung Vuong Street, and will depart once there are enough people.
Kon Tum: Hourly from 05:00 to 17:00. Costs 30,000 dong, takes 1 hour.
Sample destinations include:
Buon Ma Thuot (Dak Lak): Sitting bus departs at 06:00, 07:45. Costs 85,000 dong and takes 4 hours.
Da Lat: Sitting bus departs at 07:00. Costs 230,000 dong and takes 9 hours.
Da Lat: Sleeping bus departs at 17:00, 18:00. Costs 230,000 dong and takes 9 hours.
HCMC: Sleeping bus departs at 17:45, 18:00, 18:30, 18:40, 19:00. Costs 200,000-250,000 dong and takes 11 hours.
Can Tho: Sleeping bus departs at 15:30. Costs 410,000 dong and takes 17 hours.
Cam Ranh or Nha Trang: Sitting bus departs at 06:00. Costs 210,000 dong and takes 8-9 hours.
Cam Ranh or Nha Trang: Sleeping bus departs at 20:00. Costs 210,000 dong and takes 8-9 hours.
Da Nang: Sitting bus departs at 06:30, 07:00, 07:30. Costs 150,000 dong and takes 10-11 hours. Includes pick up from hotel.
Da Nang: Sleeping bus departs at 18:30, 19:00, 20:00. Costs 190,000 dong and takes 10-11 hours. Includes pick up from hotel.
Hue: Sleeping bus departs at 19:00. Costs 220,000 dong and takes 12 hours.
Hanoi: Sleeping bus departs at 09:00. Costs 550,000 dong and takes 24 hours.
Bo Y/Phou Keua Vietnamese/Lao border
The Bo Y, Vietnam and Phou Keua, Laos border is 130 kilometres northwest of Pleiku, passing through Kon Tum. This border will connect you with Attapeu, Laos. Dien Hong Bus Company services (T: 0989 122 122) the route to Attapeu and Pakse.
Attapeu, Sekong, Pakse: departs at 08:00. Costs 120,000, 140,000, 220,000 dong.
Lao visa on arrival is available to foreigners at the Bo Y/Phou Keua border. The bus waits for passengers to cross and continues on to Lao.
Le Thanh /Yadao Vietnam/Cambodia border
The Le Thanh, Vietnam and Yadao, Cambodia border connects Pleiku with Banlung. From Pleiku it’s about 75km to the border, then an additional 70km to Banlung. Several bus companies service this route, including Dien Hong, Nguyen Hanh and Anh Hieu. The bus is scheduled for 07:00 and departs when full. Cost is 100,000 dong and takes 7 hours. The roads to the border are in good condition on both sides.
Meter taxis are plentiful. Your hotel can call you one and they will pick you up from your location at no additional charge. Since the city is so sprawling, it's not so easy to find motorcycle taxis except in the centre.
Mailinh Tax: (059) 3838 3838.
Some hotels rent motorbikes and it is relatively expensive. One hotel quoted us 300,000 dong for a day. Nha Khach Cong Doan rented a bike to us for 150,000 dong but no English spoken.