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Sapa Express

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1326 customer reviews
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Sapa Express Schedule & Timetable

Hanoi - Sapa
Bus VIP 20 20
07:00
Bus VIP-Class
15:00
Sapa - Hanoi
Bus VIP 20 20
15:30
Bus Semi Sleeper
15:15
Bus VIP-Class
07:00
Hanoi - Lao Cai
07:15, 22:00
Lao Cai - Hanoi
13:30, 15:30

About Sapa Express

Company Information

Sapa Express is one of the major bus companies directly connecting Sapa with Hanoi, a bus journey that many visitors consider a good alternative to the train, not least because you won't have to change in Lao Cai and it is faster

You can find the offices of Sapa Express at 12 Ly Thai To in Hanoi, close to Hoan Kiem Lake, and at 2 Cau May in Sapa itself.

Routes served by Sapa Express

Hanoi–Sapa

Sapa Express offers one route only – Hanoi to Sapa and vice versa. There is one bus per day heading in each direction, at 06.45 from Hanoi which will arrive in Sapa at around 12.15 and an afternoon bus from Sapa at 15.45, scheduled to arrive at 21.15. Both trips take around 5 ½ hours and will cost VND374,000.

All the buses used by Sapa Express are VIP buses with either 28 or 32 reclining seats, with air-conditioning, wifi, snacks and water included throughout the journey. Wifi can be spotty and may not be working on all vehicles. It's not the end of the world.

Pros

The seats are very comfortable and recline surprisingly far back so you won't feel as though you're cramped on the bus, instead you'll have plenty of room. There's also usually two breaks during the journey so you can purchase snacks or stretch your legs for a few minutes.

The journey itself is also much quicker by bus. Travelling by train means you'll have to get off at Lao Cai and then travel on the next leg of the journey to Sapa by bus which adds time. Using Sapa Express means you'll be dropped off right in the centre of Sapa and you won't be exhausted from your journey.

Not only is the bus journey much quicker than catching the train, it's also considerably cheaper. A Sapa Express ticket is less than half the price of a space in a four-berth carriage with many private operators and under a quarter of the cost of a two-berth compartment.

Cons

One of the downsides with opting for Sapa Express is that you have limited departure options, for example, it's only possible to leave Hanoi early in the morning which may not suit your schedule.

Similarly, if you're heading to Hanoi then you will have to travel for the majority of the afternoon, arriving after 21.00, and then have to find accommodation.

One of the bonuses of travelling via overnight train is that the cost also covers a night’s accommodation, which is not the case when choosing Sapa Express.

Keep in mind

It's possible to arrange for Sapa Express to pick you up from your hotel and take you to the bus station, this is particularly useful if you are catching the Hanoi – Sapa bus at 06.45 as it may be difficult for you to arrive in time if your hotel is located away from the city centre.

Sometimes, there is also an English-speaking guide aboard these buses who will be able to assist you if you have any issues during your trip. Please note that we say 'sometimes'.

Travellers reviews

Travellers who choose Sapa Express are always surprised by how comfortable the buses are, you can just recline your seat and relax for the whole journey. Visitors are also pleased with the cost of the bus tickets and many locals and travellers alike will only consider buses for a journey of this length.

One advantage of train travel is the views when you're close to Lao Cai. For most of the train journey it will be too dark to see anything but the final hour or so of the trip rewards you with stunning views. Unfortunately, the scenery for much of the bus ride is fairly dull by comparison, but you'll reach Sapa earlier so you can make up for it by exploring the countryside when you arrive!

Often the overnight buses arrive very early in Hanoi. Sometimes you will be able to sleep on the bus for a couple more hours and sometimes you will not. If you can't please embrace the chance to experience Hanoi as it is just waking up. It is a unique side to the nation's capitol and there's no need to be afraid of the dark!

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Sapa Express Stations

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Sapa Express Company Reviews

JH
Bus VIP 20, Sapa Express, Mar 19, 2020
I can’t tell anything because we didn’t go because everything was closed in Sapa because of Corona . We payed for a trip and had nothing.
CS
Bus VIP 20, Sapa Express, Mar 13, 2020
Comfortable bed, amazing service from lamar express. Free fruits, coffee, tea and water.
CA
Bus VIP-Class, Sapa Express, Mar 12, 2020
Very affordable and very comfortable ride
AP
Bus Semi Sleeper, Sapa Express, Mar 5, 2020
There was so cold because of air conditioning! Also toilet smelled disgusting.
CT
Bus VIP 20, Sapa Express, Mar 4, 2020
Pleasant and comfortable coach. Well looked after by our guide Sophia. Very convenient way to travel to and from Sapa
CS
Bus VIP 20, Sapa Express, Mar 4, 2020
war super, ohne Probleme!
DY
Bus Semi Sleeper, Sapa Express, Mar 1, 2020
Bathrooms were gross, the cabin smelled and the cleanliness of the seats was questionable
JP
Bus Semi Sleeper, Sapa Express, Feb 28, 2020
Highly reccomended. Wifi onboard and also in their officies. Safe driving, professional staff. Nice sleeper buses. The only notice for persons of tall or bigger figure - sleeper seats are probabLy designed for local people of predominately thiner figure (compared to european measures) so you may feel a bit uncomfortable.
AC
Bus Semi Sleeper, Sapa Express, Feb 24, 2020
Ik was sceptisch, maar achteraf een super comfortabele busreis.
RH
Bus Semi Sleeper, Sapa Express, Feb 24, 2020
Not too much space, but when you are lying down, it's quite comfortable. The staff was very nice and spoke good English.
IG
Bus VIP 20, Sapa Express, Feb 23, 2020
El autobús cómodo y bastante limpio. Al subir te dan una botellita de agua y un snack. El autobús hace dos paradas para que puedas ir al baño o comer algo. La única pega que el wifi no iba nada bien.
JA
Bus Semi Sleeper, Sapa Express, Feb 14, 2020
Comfortable. Just need to add something to charge phone. The rest is gooood
JG
Bus Semi Sleeper, Sapa Express, Feb 14, 2020
Very nice
SB
Bus VIP 20, Sapa Express, Feb 11, 2020
Excellent trip. The staff member on our bus was very regimented and the bus itself is very comfortable with reclining seats and plenty of leg room. Wish all long haul busses were like this!
SB
Bus VIP-Class, Sapa Express, Feb 11, 2020
Excellent trip. The staff member on our bus was very regimented and the bus itself is very comfortable with reclining seats and plenty of leg room. Wish all long haul busses were like this!
SP
Bus VIP 20, Sapa Express, Feb 7, 2020
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GP
Bus VIP-Class, Sapa Express, Feb 5, 2020
Very comfortable seats and smooth driving. The bus arrived earlier than expected in Sapa while making 2 stops on the road.
ME
Bus VIP-Class, Sapa Express, Feb 4, 2020
Very comfortable bus and meeting location very easy to find. Contact the whatsapp number to let then send a photo of the meeting point if can’t find it
HM
Bus VIP 20, Sapa Express, Feb 3, 2020
Comfy bus for a 5 1/2 hour bus ride. We took the 7:00 am so we could see the countryside along the way, nice scenery. The bus host, Aurora was helpful and very friendly. Take your TP and hand sanitizer, the first bathroom stop didn't provide toilet paper, or soap to wash hands, even though they charge you to use the facilities....
AA
Bus Semi Sleeper, Sapa Express, Jan 22, 2020
Great experience! If there was some space for our bags on board and sockets for charging our devices, this would definitely get 5 stars.
MH
Bus VIP 20, Sapa Express, Jan 20, 2020
Erg goed
JS
Bus VIP 20, Sapa Express, Jan 16, 2020
good guider and driver
TS
Bus Semi Sleeper, Sapa Express, Jan 15, 2020
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HP
Bus Semi Sleeper, Sapa Express, Dec 30, 2019
Good one.Bus is clean and neat.Left from Hanoi at 8.00and reached sapa by 3.30 am.I can recomend this Bus.
GM
Bus VIP-Class, Sapa Express, Dec 29, 2019
Not very organised, waited half an hour at their offices With no contact then incidentally discovered o coach pulling out was the one I was supposed to be on. No temperature control on the bus, freezing for 5 hours
SS
Bus VIP 20, Sapa Express, Dec 26, 2019
Limo bus was really good and comfortable journey. However the stops the bus made was horrible. Food was disgusting and toilets were not at all clean and they were paid toilets !
EA
Bus Semi Sleeper, Sapa Express, Dec 26, 2019
Ce serait bien d'attribuer des numeros de places ! Pour éviter de se retrouver séparé des gens avec lesquels on voyage. C'est mal organisé, tout le monde se bouscule pour entrer dans le bus le plus vite possible. Point positif, ils ont pu garder nos bagages la journée et nous ont laissé dormir jusqu'à 6h.
EA
Bus Semi Sleeper, Sapa Express, Dec 26, 2019
Le trajet s'est bien passé, conduite pas trop brusque, par contre t'as moins d'une minute pour sortir du bus une fois arrivé, et le guide pas sympa limite agressif
EP
Bus Semi Sleeper, Sapa Express, Dec 23, 2019
On time, even arrived a little bit early. They let you sleep in the bus until 6AM which is great. Great value.
EH
Bus Semi Sleeper, Sapa Express, Dec 22, 2019
The seats are very small and there is no space for a kind of handluggage. We got a little bottle of water what was nice. The stops were to long. For toilet 15min are enough because you can‘t buy/est proper food in 25 minutes eather. Maybe 3 stops are not necessary because there is a toilet on the bus. All in all it was a safe trip and ok.
LV
Bus VIP 20, Sapa Express, Dec 22, 2019
Comfortable seats, friendly bus guide
PH
Bus VIP 20, Sapa Express, Dec 21, 2019
Safe trip but not that comfortable I expected after reading the reviews. Seats are for not Asians to short and not that much leg space if the the seat in frond of you lay back. Next time I prefer again the semi sleepers wich is cheaper also.
JM
Bus VIP 20, Sapa Express, Dec 21, 2019
Very comfortable. Great service. Safe driving.
PW
Bus VIP-Class, Sapa Express, Dec 20, 2019
Nice bus ,very comfortable,staff and Driver very good
NS
Bus VIP 20, Sapa Express, Dec 18, 2019
Voyage nickel
AS
Bus Semi Sleeper, Sapa Express, Dec 17, 2019
The ride was great. Will use it again in future travel.
PW
Bus VIP 20, Sapa Express, Dec 17, 2019
Very nice staff and great comfortable bus
CE
Bus Semi Sleeper, Sapa Express, Dec 16, 2019
A bit too squeezy but it was still comfy
ML
Bus VIP-Class, Sapa Express, Dec 13, 2019
Was earlier than advertised and amazingly comfortable. Would definitely take again!
JS
Bus Semi Sleeper, Sapa Express, Dec 12, 2019
Super sauberer Bus. Nicht immer darauf verlassen. Sehr schneller Fahrer u man kann gut schlafen. Zweites Mal und wieder zufrieden.
AG
Bus Semi Sleeper, Sapa Express, Dec 6, 2019
Explications au départ, petite bouteille d'eau fournie, un arrêt en cours de route, des toilettes dans le bus, nous ont laissé dormir jusqu'à 6h, couverture un peu fine donc bien se couvrir et penser à préparer le minimum d'affaires nécessaires car peu de place dans le bus
EI
Bus Semi Sleeper, Sapa Express, Dec 6, 2019
Very comfortable and efficient service
CG
Bus VIP 20, Sapa Express, Dec 3, 2019
Very good service , with our good driver Dan and a kindly host Aurora. We can recommend it .
EJ
Bus VIP 20, Sapa Express, Dec 1, 2019
Oh my word such comfortable chairs you feel like your on first class in a plane. So much leg room and an overall very pleasant ride. Mr Dan our driver and Max our host were brilliant.
AR
Bus Semi Sleeper, Sapa Express, Nov 30, 2019
Car à l heure pour le départ et à l heure pour l arrivée à Hanoï. Couchette étroite mais confortable. On peu très facilement dormir. Pour les 6h de trajet c est très ok !!!
CM
Bus VIP-Class, Sapa Express, Nov 29, 2019
Brandnew VIP car Excellent service
GV
Bus VIP-Class, Sapa Express, Nov 29, 2019
Confortable but it’s impossible to lie down as you scribes on your flyers because the seat presses the legs of the passenger from behind
BB
Bus Semi Sleeper, Sapa Express, Nov 26, 2019
Car bien équipé.Personnel sans problème.
MV
Bus VIP 20, Sapa Express, Nov 25, 2019
On time. Good speaking english tour guide!
EN
Bus VIP 20, Sapa Express, Nov 24, 2019
Comfortable trip.
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