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King Express

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King Express Schedule & Timetable

Sapa - Hanoi
Train VIP Sleeper 4x
Train 1st Class Sleeper
Hanoi - Sapa
Train VIP Sleeper 4x
Train 1st Class Sleeper

About King Express

Company Information

King Express is one of the higher-rated private operators who maintain carriages on the Vietnam Railways route from Hanoi to Sapa. As Sapa does not have a train station, you'll have to depart the train at Lao Cai before catching a bus the remaining distance to Sapa itself.

When booking a ticket with King Express you will have the option of a space in a four-berth carriage or a two-berth compartment.

Routes served by King Express

Hanoi–Sapa (Lao Cai)

There is one train each evening in both directions. If you are in Hanoi and would like to explore the beautiful countryside around Sapa, then catch the train at 22.00 for about 8 ½ hours and you'll be in Lao Cai for 06.20. After you catch a bus you'll arrive in Sapa itself by 08.00. Beds in a four-berth carriage cost VND835,000 and VND1,785,000 for a space in a two-berth compartment.

Note Do be aware that you can't just purchase one bed in a two-berth carriage, you will have to pay for both even if you are a solo traveller. Spaces in the larger carriages can all be booked individually.

If you're leaving Sapa to return to Hanoi, you'll need to catch a train at Lao Cai at 21.10, which will arrive in the capital early the next morning at around 05.30.


The biggest advantage with travelling to Sapa via train is that the journey includes your accommodation for the night. Theses overnight trains allow you to sleep through the majority of the trip so you're as fresh as possible to begin exploring as soon as you arrive the next morning. This is a good option if you’re travelling on a tight schedule and you don't want to spend a day of your holiday sitting on a bus.

King Express cabins are usually pretty comfortable so it should be possible to get some sleep during the trip, although it may be a bit of a squeeze if you're tall. Also, make sure you don't miss the sunrise, as you'll be treated to some stunning views of the countryside for the last hour or so of the ride.


These carriages can get a little bit cramped when you have four travellers and four sets of luggage squeezed into the room. If you've got quite a lot of luggage with you, maybe you might want to consider paying extra for a two-berth compartment. Similarly, if there are three people in your group then you could all pay a little extra for the entire four-berth carriage and have plenty of extra space to store your belongings.

Train travel in Vietnam is often slower and more expensive than catching a bus and the Hanoi – Sapa route is no exception. The journey will take you a few hours longer than a bus ride, which will also take you directly to Sapa rather than stopping in Lao Cai, so you may want to consider this option as an alternative.

Keep in mind

Good news for families looking to head to Sapa, children under five years old can travel for free on King Express carriages. However, do be aware that they may not count towards the occupancy of the carriage, for example, if you and your child book a space in a four-berth compartment, there may still be three other people squeezed into the room.

Travellers reviews

The bathrooms onboard trains across Vietnam are of a much lower standard than you may be used to. Unfortunately, this is the case with King Express too.

Some travellers are also surprised that the quality of King Express carriages is not much higher than that of the standard Vietnam Railways carriages elsewhere on the train, especially as you will be paying a premium to travel with a private operator. Some travellers may feel that this money could be better spent on a trek in Sapa rather than sitting on the train!

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King Express Stations

HanoiSapa Lao Cai

King Express Company Reviews

train #SP4 VIP Sleeper 4x, King Express, Mar 5, 2020
Beds reasonably comfortable and toilets clean. Train left and arrived on time.
train #SP4 VIP Sleeper 4x, King Express, Nov 23, 2019
Everything ran smoothly and the beds are quite comfortable. Servise on board is a bit shit. They offer you a free hot drink to arrive in the morning just before you get to Hanoi; tea, coffee or hot chocolate. However, the hot chocolate isn't actually free. So we got a little scammed into paying 25k each for a hot chocolate, never going to argue that at 5am - they know this.
train #SP3 VIP Sleeper 4x, King Express, Nov 11, 2019
Good experience. If you come with your friend (4 people), It is really good.
train #SP3 VIP Sleeper 4x, King Express, Oct 23, 2019
Beds are fine, some carriages looked more luxurious than ours. Quite difficult getting tickets as no one had any idea where to go and the train itself is v loud/stops a lot, don’t expect too much sleep...
train #SP3 1st Class Sleeper, King Express, Oct 5, 2019
Happy that the train ran on time and we had a bed. The air conditioning when we first got on and first got up was so cold. In general the air conditioning was very loud. The chain that was used to hold the upper bunk that had been removed kept hitting the wall to make more noise that was except able. The drinks list was not clear. The snack of cookies where not good. However the worst part was the toilet it was grubby and by morning the seat was hanging off and no toilet roll left.
train #SP4 1st Class Sleeper, King Express, Sep 18, 2019
It was nice but our return journey had no beer, snacks or soft drinks.
train #SP3 VIP Sleeper 4x, King Express, Jul 23, 2019
The ventilation was non excistend. Because of that everthing hot very humid. Everthing was very clean, even the toilet..
train #SP4 VIP Sleeper 4x, King Express, Jul 15, 2019
The woman who works in the king express ticket office is the rudest person I've ever met. Tried making us pay more for the ticket we had already paid for and said we couldn't have the beds we requested. Once we finally got the ticket we had the beds we requested anyway so she was just trying to make us pay more to change. The train its self was really good and very comfortable the only bad thing was the toilet was blocked on our carriage so had to walk through the next carriage and use theirs. The ticket pick up destination that 12go Asia give you is wrong because the office has moved to across the street so that needs to be changed
train #SP3 VIP Sleeper 4x, King Express, Apr 28, 2019
I booked 2 lower berths however when we got on the train our bed numbers were 1 lower berth and 1 top berth.
train #SP3 VIP Sleeper 4x, King Express, Apr 14, 2019
There was no seat number on the ticket issued by 12goasia which caused confusion at boarding. My name was also incorrect on the passenger list - boarding was not guaranteed because of this and took 45 minutes as a result.
train #SP3 1st Class Sleeper, King Express, Mar 31, 2019
Le stand d'information de King Express se situe à l'arrière de la gare de Hanoi. La réservation a été conforme à ce que nous avons demandé. La cabine est propre, avec un coussin, un matelas et une petite couverture. Des snacks et de l'eau sont offerts ainsi que le thé et le café servis par une dame. Les toilettes sont plus ou moins propres, faire attention aux papiers de toilettes car il n'y en n'aura pas accès.
train #SP3 VIP Sleeper 4x, King Express, Mar 16, 2019
We were very happy with the trip. We had 2 beds in a 4 bed cabin. It was clean. Sure it’s small but we didn’t bring a lot of luggage. We fell asleep quickly and got lots of sleep. It was a bit noisy and rocky but didn’t bother us. People trying to sell stuff were a bit annoying. We didn’t use the toilets so can’t report on those.
train #SP3 VIP Sleeper 4x, King Express, Feb 23, 2019
The company I booked was not available, si we finished in kingexpress. Other wagons looked really much better. What I know is that our cabin was smelling really bad. But sheets were cleaned and bed confortable
train #SP3 VIP Sleeper 4x, King Express, Jan 1, 2019
a great way to sapa . Comfortable beds and Complimentary snacks and waters. One thing to miss is Hot water dispenser was not working.
train #SP3 1st Class Sleeper, King Express, Dec 26, 2018
Ok the “train” is actually a railway cart, using the words luxury or delux is not going to change the facts its a sleeper cart from the 70is and has no sound dented what so ever. Be advice take the sleeper bus or rent a cab it’s cheaper and more luxury.
train #SP3 VIP Sleeper 4x, King Express, Dec 2, 2018
train #SP4 1st Class Sleeper, King Express, Oct 15, 2018
We had heard lots of negative stories about the sleeper train, but King Express surpassed our expectations. It was clean and comfortable. We paid for a two berth cabin which we thought was worth the expense to have our own private space. Toilet wasn't great but better than expected. For value for money I think the Sapa Express limousine bus is a better option - quicker, cheaper and by travelling during the day you get to spend the night in a bed that's not moving anywhere.
train #SP3 VIP Sleeper 4x, King Express, Aug 12, 2018
Good, but without wifi and the bath so dirty
train #SP4 1st Class Sleeper, King Express, Aug 12, 2018
Cabin was well cleaned and in decent conditions, bedsheets were good. The whole coach was terribly cold. Cabin had no room for luggage. Toilets had no water and were flooded.
train #SP4 1st Class Sleeper, King Express, Aug 9, 2018
This was our return trip by train from Sapa to Hanoi and, of course, we compared the experience to the first trip. First, we did not understand why they put the AC to maximum. The temperature outside was fine, no need of AC. More annoying was the fact that we asked 3 staff to turn it off - before we left Sapa. They all said yes (or something which we thought was an approval) but no one did nothing about it. I asked again later and the lady looked through me as if I was talking to a ghost. The linen was averagely washed, some stains on it. Plus, the blanked was coming out of the cover. The toiled was quite dirty.
train #SP4 1st Class Sleeper, King Express, Aug 2, 2018
Trip was great! Cabin was clean and roomy. Service was great. Would recommend the King Express Train.
train #SP4 1st Class Sleeper, King Express, Aug 1, 2018
Viaggio confortevole
train #SP4 VIP Sleeper 4x, King Express, Jul 10, 2018
Time, cleaning. Perfect
train #SP4 VIP Sleeper 4x, King Express, Jul 8, 2018
The trip was wobbly, the beds are quite hard and only 180 cm in length. Not very comfortable if you're 192 cm long. The good thing is that the nighttrain saves time so you can see more of Vietnam during the day.
train #SP3 VIP Sleeper 4x, King Express, Jul 6, 2018
Very good. Cleen.
train #SP4 1st Class Sleeper, King Express, May 4, 2018
Confort correct mais je trouve que la différence de prix avec compartiment premiéres des VNR ne se justifie pas...
train #SP4 VIP Sleeper 4x, King Express, Apr 20, 2018
Good trip, also because the train wasn’t full en we didn’t have to share our 4 cabin with 2 other people. Traintickets were not at the station, but a woman did arrange it. It would be easier if we got e-traintickets by mail in stead of vouchers.
train #SP3 VIP Sleeper 4x, King Express, Apr 17, 2018
We entered the train and a slightly agressive lady said private cabin? Pay! And we had to say a few times no. Do that wasn’t a good beginning of the trip. Same with drinks. They only wanted to sell it to us not to the vietnamees travellers that later came in our cabin.
train #SP4 1st Class Sleeper, King Express, Mar 13, 2018
Nice 2 bed cabin . No probs at all
train #SP4 1st Class Sleeper, King Express, Feb 25, 2018
Fue un poco difícil encontrar el sitio donde te daban el billete ya que no coincidía con la información recibida pero una vez obtenido todo fue muy bien. El vagón para dos como lo solicitamos. Te dan algo de bebida y comida. La cama cómoda y el Wi-Fi muy aceptable que no lo esperábamos
train #SP3 VIP Sleeper 4x, King Express, Feb 8, 2018
To many people trying to sell stuff
train #SP4 1st Class Sleeper, King Express, Nov 7, 2017
We were impressed, very good service
train #SP3 1st Class Sleeper, King Express, Nov 2, 2017
Perfect way to get to Sapa! The bed was comfortable (for a sleeper on a train, of course) and the ride went smoothly.
train #SP3 1st Class Sleeper, King Express, Oct 4, 2017
Fácil de comprar y muy fiable. Sin embargo existen otras opciones más económicas por el mismo servicio.
train #SP4 VIP Sleeper 4x, King Express, Aug 9, 2017
Clean but small. There are not food unsafe, but another companies offer it
train #SP3 VIP Sleeper 4x, King Express, Jan 15, 2017
Very small hardly any space, lack of room for suitcases. The toilets were disgusting. People in the next cabin were very noisy for hours into the night. Very shaky train and lots of stops. We booked 2 lower berths and one top berth but another person said they had a lower berth. Thankfully they let us have the lower beds. The good thing was the bed was comfortable. Staff very nice.
train #SP3 VIP Sleeper 4x, King Express, Sep 2, 2016
Clean and soft bed. Good bed! Trains shakes a lot.
train #SP3 VIP Sleeper 4x, King Express, Aug 6, 2016
Clean and soft matrasses. Coffee or tea. Clean toilet. Bad sleep because train was shaking too much and making a lot of noise
train #SP3 1st Class Sleeper, King Express, May 29, 2016
Booking and ticket pick up couldn't be easier, train as advertised. The journey was a bit bumpy but the beds were nice enough and we could get some sleep – so well worth it!
train #SP3 VIP Sleeper 4x, King Express, May 23, 2016
The train wasn’t super luxurious although I can say it was a step up from the Vietnam states trains we took last week. Bathroom was clean and useable, which is impressive for se asia!
65 customer reviews
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