Trains from Hanoi to Sapa

Trains from Hanoi to Sapa

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Hanoi to Sapa Schedule

Hanoi to Sapa Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Grouptour Limousine 8pax Any time$ 178.51
Grouptour VIP Sleeper 41 06:20 - 12:20$ 14.90
Sao Viet VIP Cabin 09:30 - 15:00VND 418k
Sao Viet VIP Cabin 10:30 - 16:00VND 403k
Sao Viet VIP Cabin 13:30 - 19:00VND 418k
Sao Viet VIP Cabin 14:30 - 20:00VND 418k
Sao Viet VIP Cabin 16:00 - 21:30VND 418k
Sao Viet VIP Cabin 19:30 - 01:00VND 403k
Vietnam Railways VIP Sleeper 22:18 - 06:05$ 16.64

Transportation from Hanoi to Sapa

Hanoi to Sapa Destination Reviews

Very nice VIP bus. Bit too short for a male of 185cm, but nice to have your own space. Keep in mind to take your shoes off before boarding the bus. Bit surprising was the fact that we had to change from the VIP bus to a minivan for the last leg from Lao Cai to Sapa (probably because not too many people needed to go all the way up)
Bus VIP Cabin, Sao Viet (Sao Việt), Jun 28, 2022
Confortable. But start at 10:30 and arrive at 18h30.... not 4h10 like you said on the site...
Bus VIP 22, Grouptour (Công ty du lịch quốc tế Grouptour), Jun 28, 2022
The pick up point in Hanoi specified in the website and the voucher was not correct, and some friendly locals helped us figure out where it was,
Bus VIP Sleeper 41, Grouptour (Công ty du lịch quốc tế Grouptour), Jun 28, 2022
good comfy and clean
Bus VIP Sleeper 41, Grouptour (Công ty du lịch quốc tế Grouptour), Jun 27, 2022
The trip took 8 hours instead of 5h as planned. The driver was waiting several times tens of minutes I don't know why. We spent the first 2 hours just in Hanoi. I got seat in front of toilet which was not prepared, remote controls didn't work. I switched to other seat which was not occupied but then had to argue with driver several times, I showed him First come first serve text on the ticket, but he insisted on printed seating plan. Better to double check it in advance. The seat itself was quite comfy and private, which was good. Not ok for really tall persons, they would suffer.
Bus VIP 22, Grouptour (Công ty du lịch quốc tế Grouptour), Jun 19, 2022
Privacy + comfort and cleanliness, way better than what I expected .8718474524798E+53;
Bus VIP Cabin, Sao Viet (Sao Việt), Jun 16, 2022
it was cold on the bus, part of the air conditioning didn't go off. Noi Bai boarding station is not at the airport, but 2 km from the airport. There is not enough information. The place is not marked on the maps (google.maps).
Bus VIP Cabin, Sao Viet (Sao Việt), Jun 16, 2022
1. The bus was 2 hours late. And it wasn’t our bus, it was a van that would take us to our bus. 2. While waiting for the late bus, I tried to contact 12go and the Sao Viet people but no one answered or was of any help. 3. When we arrived at the bus, the spots we had selected prior were taken so they just made us take other spots. 4. I tried to bring my backpack in to my sleeper unit because it had my water and phone charger, but one of the workers started grunting and ripped it off my back. When I asked why, he didn’t say much and just threw it in the compartment below the bus. I said that’s fine, but can I at least get my water? He just shook his head and shooed me away. 5. When we arrived in Lao Cai (not my stop), one of the workers kicked my shin hard to wake me. When I tried to get up to see what was happening, he just shooed me back into my sleeper unit. 6. Side note, the license plate number provided by the bus company before the ride weren’t the actual ones on the bus nor the van - so that wasn’t helpful. The bus itself was fine, what you’d expect for a sleeper bus. But the service was pretty sad. I did not feel welcome or safe around the workers. I would not use Sao Viet again.
Bus VIP Cabin, Sao Viet (Sao Việt), Jun 15, 2022
Well organized, provided with clear instructions on where to be and when, good communication, very comfortable bus, and arrived on time.
Bus VIP 20, Sapa Express, Jun 2, 2022
The bus was new, with WiFi and air con. It has no toilet on but they made 3 stops along the way. The driver used their horn ALOT and it is very noisy so would recommend sitting near the back and on the lower level.
Bus VIP Sleeper 41, Grouptour (Công ty du lịch quốc tế Grouptour), May 31, 2022
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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 206 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 34m. 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.