Trains from Hanoi to Sapa

Trains from Hanoi to Sapa

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Hanoi to Sapa Train Schedule

Hanoi to Sapa Train Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Tiim Group Van 9pax Any timeVND 6,463k
Grouptour VIP 20 05:55 - 10:55VND 403k
Arirang Travel Cabin 06:15 - 12:15VND 455k
Techbus VN JSC VIP 22 08:10 - 14:10VND 450k
Techbus VN JSC VIP 20 10:15 - 16:30VND 468k
VietNam Travel Bus Sleeper 22 13:00 - 20:00VND 792k
Sao Viet Sleeper 15:30 - 22:15VND 341k
Techbus VN JSC VIP 22 17:30 - 23:10VND 444k
Techbus VN JSC VIP 22 18:45 - 01:00VND 468k
Techbus VN JSC Sleeper 41 Express 21:45 - 03:50VND 240k
Sapa Ethnic Travel VIP 22 23:50 - 04:50VND 429k

Transportation from Hanoi to Sapa

Facts about the train from Hanoi to Sapa

Cheapest Train$28
Fastest Train7h 55m
Earliest Train9:35 PM
Latest Train10:00 PM
Daily Train Routes0
Distance209 kilometers
TrainChapa Express, Damitrans, Fanxipan, King Sapa Train, Laman Express, NewLivitrans Express, Sapaly Express, Tiim Group, VicSapa Train, Violette Express Train

Hanoi to Sapa Destination Reviews

We booked the Laman because they said the have wifi and we really needed to be able to connect to some meetings. Wifi did not work, we asked the workers, they said they will check it but never did and never gave us feedback about it.
Train #SP3 1st Class Sleeper, Laman Express, May 16, 2024
If you’re looking for an excuse to upgrade your sleeper, this is is. The trip gets an overall 2 stars because it was clean and it left and arrived on time. But that’s sadly where the good times ended for us. Our seats had been changed and that wasn’t communicated well enough to the guys onboarding us, so we walked from section to section hoping for help. By the times we got to our bed we were questioned a few times, but thankfully not kicked off. We had someone either leave or arrive at every stop which was very disruptive. My least favourite was the drunk who literally stumbled in and collapsed on his bed. Then the door wouldn’t stay closed, so we unfortunately had it open all night. Really wishing I’d just paid the extra for a private 2 bed room to avoid all the disruptions.
Train #SP1 1st Class Sleeper, Vietnam Railways (Đường sắt Việt Nam), May 2, 2024
My spouse, three sons (10 months and 3 and 6 years old) took the night Laman Express from Hanoi to Sa Pa. Everything was explained and organized in a very good way. The staff was very friendly and attentive. Additionally, the prices are super fair, our cabin was very clean and comfortable, we found some sleep and we arrived safely and in time in Sa Pa.
Train #SP3 VIP Sleeper 4x, Laman Express, Apr 17, 2024
They sell more VIP cabins than they have! We were told on the spot that there's a malfunction in one of the cabins and they had to move us to a different car. We and other 3 families ended up in a car of a different standard that the photos promised. We had our private cabin surrounded by locals that smoked cigarettes all the time, acted very loud till 2AM. The cabin looked like arranged quickly to match the VIP standard. I made it to the destination safe and in clean conditions but the overall experience felt overpriced. I would not recommend Laman.
Train #SP3 1st Class Sleeper, Laman Express, Feb 28, 2024
The beds were very hard and the door didn’t close tightly. Everything else was very good
Train #SP3 1st Class Sleeper, Laman Express, Jan 4, 2024
Comfortable bed with blanket and cushion. Luggage space under and over the bed. Some snacks and drinks available free of charge in the bunk. A lady passes through the corridors selling food and drink at reasonable prices. On the other hand, quite a lot of noise (the train makes a lot of noise and tree branches bang into the train during the journey). Arrival and departure on time (within ~15 minutes). And make sure you cover up because the air-conditioning is loud and you can't adjust it.
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Train #SP3 VIP Sleeper 4x, Laman Express, Nov 3, 2023
Service is good, sheets are clean, but in the end it is just another old nighttrain waggon, better than Indian, worse than Europe, similar to Russian. So don‘t expect miracles from Laman. The „pre-travel checkin“ is unnecessary, it just makes you stay 45min at the lobby. But you get free water and are guided to the train. :)
Train #SP3 VIP Sleeper 4x, Laman Express, Nov 2, 2023
Overall great experience! Very clean 4 berth cabin compared to the Vietnam railways cabin we had been in previously. Linen was actually clean and they even provided refreshments free of charge. The mattress is a little firm but nothing worse than we expected and a bit of noise from the train moving but would recommend bringing ear plugs and an eye mask.
Train #SP3 VIP Sleeper 4x, Laman Express, Oct 28, 2023
There was nothing VIP about the cabin the bed is hard like a rock and the train is very bumpy also there was a light right above your head
Train #SP3 VIP Sleeper 4x, NewLivitrans Express (SONG HONG RAILWAY TOURIST SERVICES COMPANY LIMITED), Oct 17, 2023
Sleeper train Hanoi to Sapa, check in at Mango hotel was easy. Very friendly and attentive Laman staff with great English, she made sure everything was taken care of and checked up on us even after boarding the train. Train itself was very clean with water and snacks provided and some nice attention to details. Sleep was fine, even as a tall person. Overall 5/5 stars and would recommend.
Train #SP3 VIP Sleeper 4x, Laman Express, Oct 13, 2023
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How to get from Hanoi to Sapa by Train

Taking a train to get from Hanoi to Sapa is a safe, fast, and scenic option to travel the country. On certain routes, there are multiple train departures per day every 10 to 15 minutes. This is typical for intercity travel, while for long distance train routes there are fewer scheduled departures – plan ahead to choose the one that fits your itinerary best.

For long distance train journeys, we recommend reserving your tickets at least a few days ahead of your travel date. Buying train tickets via our online booking system will allow you to choose and reserve the best Hanoi to Sapa tickets.

Buying your tickets online will help you secure the trip on the selected date and avoid queuing at the station.. When travelling on weekends and holidays it is recommended to reserve tickets much earlier due to a much higher demand. During high season, train tickets sell out quickly – do book as early as you can.

How far is it from Hanoi to Sapa?

Travelling by train, the distance from Hanoi to Sapa is 130 miles. Before setting on for a train journey, have a look at the map to find out what tourist spots or landmarks you will pass by – maybe they are worth a quick stop?

How long does it take to get from Hanoi to Sapa by Train?

Travel time from Hanoi to Sapa is estimated to be about 7h 55m. Trains ensure the fastest time to travel by land. As normally there is no congestion, the speed of travel is more or less constant and stops at train stations are rather short, train is almost always one of the quickest and safest ways to get from Hanoi and Sapa.

The most important thing that may affect train travel time is the type of train. Ordinary trains travel at a speed of about 40 mph or 65 km/h to 65 mph or 105 km/h. Some intercity trains with shorter distances between stations run slower than 40 mph. Even with these low speeds, it can still be faster than commuting by car, bus or taxi.

The speed of express trains can reach up to 100 mph or 160 km/h. Modern high-speed trains can run at speeds exceeding 250 mph or 400 km/h.

These speeds of travel together with relatively short stops between stations can greatly shorten the duration of your trip.

How much does it cost to get from Hanoi to Sapa by Train?

The train ticket price from Hanoi to Sapa varies depending on the types of trains or carriages available.

Some trains feature different types of carriages, seats and berths offering various amenities and level of comfort.

Basic passenger trains which are often non-air-conditioned and have wooden, hard or old seats are normally cheap. Premium or luxury trains and coaches have a higher ticket price but are equipped with air-conditioning, toilets, and large soft seats with sufficient legroom to make train rides comfortable.

Considering the distance travelled, train is the most affordable means of transport. Also, ticket prices include 2 or 3 bags – sometimes even more – per passenger.

Hanoi to Sapa timetable

Trains are great for long-distance travel. Double-check your travel itinerary and use the Hanoi to Sapa timetable above with train departure times and arrival times to find the best train for your route.

Best-Rated Companies for this Route

Unlike buses or taxis which have numerous companies offering their services, train service is usually offered by just one major company in each country. As railway service requires a large amount of infrastructure, most railway companies are government-owned and are a part of the national transport system.

One of the best advantages of travelling by train is that railway stations are often conveniently located within or very near major cities and urban areas. Immediately on arrival to their destination, travellers find themselves in close proximity to important facilities like hotels, supermarkets, and hospitals.

If you travel with a lot of bags and luggage, trains are your best option. Luggage weight limits on trains are rather flexible and allow you to carry multiple bags with you.

Special or luxury trains feature sufficient legroom which allows you to stretch your legs and relax. In comfort and space these train seats can be compared to business class airplane seats.

Similar to buses, trains can provide a variety of amenities to make your travel more comfortable and enjoyable. Modern trains have WIFI service, a snack counter and a drinking bar. Onboard toilets can be a life saver for travellers with queasy stomachs.

Lastly, unlike buses and other overland means of transport, trains are very rarely involved in accidents.