Fanxipan

Company Information

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.

Pros

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.

Cons

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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Hanoi - Sapa
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Train VIP Sleeper
21:35
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21:35
Sapa - Hanoi
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20:55
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20:55

Fanxipan Company Reviews

3.3
32 / 903
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4 12
3 8
2 4
1 4
99.1% of 903 travelers were presumably happy with Fanxipan as they left good or no review

At 12Go our operators offer three types of service:

Cheap, Fast, Good - but you can usually pick only two of them!
Cheap & Fast won’t be Good. (e.g. buses from/to Khao San Road, local buses or 3rd class trains)
Cheap & Good won’t be Fast. (e.g. VIP trains in Thailand)
Fast & Good won’t be Cheap. (e.g. private limousine services, or VIP24 buses vs Express buses)

Make your choice! Please remember that while we are closely monitoring the services, we are still an agency marketplace. That means we focus on ticketing services and route availability & coverage rather than on the factual seat reclining angle you will get on the bus today.

Dec 23, 2018
train #SP2 VIP Sleeper 4x, Fanxipan
★★☆☆☆
"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!)
Oct 31, 2018
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Fanxipan
★★★☆☆
Air conditioning was switched off in the middle of the night. The whole cabin was not able to sleep properly after that.
Oct 20, 2018
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Fanxipan
★★★★☆
Liked the fact,you could both leave your bags at fanxipan place across from the station or; sit down and enjoy the refreshments served there until the train departs. The journey itself was enjoyable although,it's up to the gods, who your fellow cabin dwellers will be...
Oct 16, 2018
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Fanxipan
★★☆☆☆
We had the VIP cabin,no soft bed and the bathroom was very dirty and smelly even before leaving to Sa Pa
Sep 16, 2018
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper, Fanxipan
★★★★☆
Considering that this railway is from 1900... and average speed is 40kph, you can sleep. One thing, sometimes the air conditioning is really too cold. We used paper to limit the air flow.
Aug 8, 2018
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Fanxipan
★★★★☆
It was decent trip. Not noisy and good sleep. But toilets were quite dirty...
May 19, 2018
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Fanxipan
★★★★☆
The carriage we were in was clean. The staff were friendly and spoke some English. Sure, the train rocks but it’s a narrow gauge so just let it rock you to sleep. Only issue we had was the drinks cart is quite noisy. The mattress was quite hard but still comfortable enough. I would recommend the trip to anyone.

Fanxipan Stations

Hanoi Sapa Lao Cai