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Fanxipan is one of the most popular private operators along the famous train route from Hanoi towards Sapa. These carriages can accommodate up to 100 passengers every day so there should be little problem in reserving a berth in one of the luxurious cabins.

Routes served by Fanxipan

Hanoi–Sapa (Lao Cai)

There is only one route that is serviced by Fanxipan – the world-famous Hanoi to Sapa line. When booking your ticket you will have the option of choosing from either a four-berth carriage or a private two-berth VIP cabin.

There is one service each day departing Hanoi at 21.40 so you will arrive in Lao Cai at 05.35 the next morning. From Lao Cai it is an hour journey by bus to Sapa itself. This eight hour trip costs VND880,000 for a spot in a four-berth cabin and VND1,910,000 for the VIP two-berth compartment.

The price is the same for the return journey from Lao Cai to Hanoi, the only difference is the departure time, leaving Lao Cai at 20.35 and arriving in the capital at 04.45.


Travelling from Hanoi to Sapa by train is incredibly popular for many reasons. Firstly, it will hopefully allow you to arrive in Sapa refreshed after a comfortable night so you're ready to head out and explore the countryside when you depart the train the next morning.

Also, overnight train travel will save you arranging accommodation in a hotel as well as ensuring you get the very most out of your holiday by minimising time spent travelling throughout the day.

It's worth setting an alarm to wake up early so you can appreciate some of the stunning views you will be treated to as you approach Lao Cai.


If you're travelling from Sapa back to Hanoi it can be a little inconvenient arriving in the capital at around 04.45 as you may have to kill some time around the train station before you can head to your hotel to drop off your luggage. If you haven't booked any accommodation for the next evening then you may have difficulty in carrying your bags around with you whilst you try to find somewhere suitable.

Although Fanxipan is one of the more reasonable private operators on this route, ticket prices are still higher than if you were to purchase a standard berth in the Vietnam Railways section of the train. Considering you'll hopefully be asleep for the majority of the trip you may think it's more worthwhile to save this extra cash and to spend it on a trek during your time in Sapa or put it towards a nice hotel for a treat the following night.

Keep in mind

There is a minibar on each carriage where you'll be able to purchase snacks and drinks, including alcohol, throughout the journey. You can even ring the bell inside the cabin and a porter will come to take your order and bring it to you. There will also be plenty of opportunities to purchase meals from the vendors who wander along the train during the trip. Before you leave the train you'll get a tasty breakfast included in the price of your ticket.

Travellers reviews

Most travellers consider Fanxipan to be one of the most popular operators running services between Hanoi and Sapa. You can expect the cabins themselves to be fairly comfortable and you should be able to get a good sleep onboard these trains, but often the state of the bathrooms can be cause for complaint.

If you're on a tight schedule then train travel is the best way to complete this trip as you'll save time sitting on a bus for most of your day. However, some visitors would rather make this trip by bus, despite having to travel during the day, so you can avoid changing at Sapa which can be a hassle.

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Fanxipan Company Reviews

89 customer reviews
99.2% of 1,925 travelers were presumably happy with Fanxipan as they left good or no review
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Fanxipan, Oct 25, 2019
Cabin was really nice; we had a good sleep. Only thing: the toilet was really smelly and dirty even at the start and also the cabin was not cleaned very good: there was dirt under the bed.. therefor only 4 stars and not 5..
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Fanxipan, Oct 18, 2019
All went according to plan... train journey was good... staff helpful... bed clean and comfortable...thankyou
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Fanxipan, Oct 9, 2019
The waiting area is quite relaxing. The cabin was clean and comfortable. We enjoyed the complimentary drinks and snacks. Toilet didn’t have toilet paper. We asked for it but was ignored. Although we know the departure and arrival time, it would have been good if there was a recorded announcement at least so we didn’t feel lost and rushed.
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Fanxipan, Oct 2, 2019
Very Nice train, sleeping area with four person is nice. Departure was strict on time and arrival aswell! Only negative point were the toilets, but don’t know how the other trains are.
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Fanxipan, Sep 13, 2019
The bed is comfortable and the cabin is clean but the toilet is smelly ????. It's difficult to communicate with the train staff because they don't even understand the simple english. Overall our experience just okey.
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Fanxipan, Aug 27, 2019
Good. It was what we were looking for. A train to sleep while going to Sapa.
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Fanxipan, Aug 20, 2019
perfect travel, on time, the coach was comfortable and clean, we were offered a beer when we arrived, and coffee before leaving. Everything perfect
train #SP2 1st Class Sleeper, Fanxipan, Aug 15, 2019
Easy to exchange ticket with voucher. But slightly disappointed with the train where it's pretty dusty in the room. Toilet is dirty and smelly. Overall is ok for over night train.
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Fanxipan, Jul 13, 2019
The train itself was good, but the organisation was terrible! We booked two bottom beds, but we had one up and one down.
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Fanxipan, Jun 22, 2019
Me and my husband really enjoyed our experience on the over night train. Bed was clean, tea was nice. Left on time areived on time. Definitely would go again.
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Fanxipan, May 13, 2019
We appreciated the fact, you can have a rest, shower and meal in the Fanxipan Express office, that was a big plus. The staff gave us tickets and took us directly to the train. The train was fine, beds are longer than in Livitrans and air condition was fine. We got hot tea or coffee in the morning for free - another advantage. Without no doubt, I recommend Fanxipan Express.
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Fanxipan, Apr 14, 2019
It was totally a new experience for me and my friends travelling 8 hours by sleeper train. Perhaps the train operator can improve the cleanliness of the toilet
train #SP2 VIP Sleeper 4x, Fanxipan, Dec 23, 2018
"Luxurious and professional" it is not. Firstly, the cabin was filthy - the floor looked like it hadn't been cleaned in months & there were cockroaches scuttling about on the floor. No air conditioning, so it was too hot to sleep with the door closed. We asked the staff to put on the air conditioning, which they did for about 5 minutes, then it went off again. The staff were shouting & talking loudly in the middle of the night. Also, not all the reading lights were in working order. The only good thing I can say is that the train was on time & the bed linen was clean. Not worth the extra money! Would never travel with Fanxipan Express again. (No complaints about 12Go Asia though!)
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Fanxipan, Oct 24, 2019
Clean cabin and very nice staff.
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Fanxipan, Sep 27, 2019
Just alright.
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Fanxipan, Sep 15, 2019
The toilet is small and not clean, bed is comfy
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Fanxipan, Aug 15, 2019
Extremely dirty
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Fanxipan, Jun 24, 2019
Ok carriage Confusing direction to board train
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Fanxipan, May 1, 2019
Nice ride, clean

Fanxipan Stations

Hanoi Sapa Lao Cai