Hanoi to Lao Cai @ train, bus Feb 25, 2017

24 trips (THB 359 — 3,902)

From Hanoi to Lao Cai by train

#LC3
Vietnam Railways
06:10
Hanoi
15:46
Lao Cai
9h 36m
food WC aircon steward
฿ 359
× 2 = ฿ 718
  available
#SP1
Orient Express
21:30
Hanoi
05:25
Lao Cai
7h 55m
food WC aircon steward
฿ 1,283
× 2 = ฿ 2,566
29 seats available
#SP1
Livitrans Express
21:30
Hanoi
05:25
Lao Cai
7h 55m
food WC aircon steward
฿ 1,283
× 2 = ฿ 2,566
20 seats available
#SP1
Fanxipan
21:30
Hanoi
04:35
Lao Cai
7h 5m
food WC aircon steward
฿ 2,934
× 2 = ฿ 5,868
10 seats available
#SP1
Vietnam Railways
21:30
Hanoi
05:25
Lao Cai
7h 55m
food WC aircon steward
฿ 714
× 2 = ฿ 1,428
  available
#SP1
Fanxipan
21:40
Hanoi
05:35
Lao Cai
7h 55m
food WC aircon steward
฿ 1,352
× 2 = ฿ 2,704
30 seats available
#SP1
Orient Express
21:40
Hanoi
05:35
Lao Cai
7h 55m
food WC aircon steward
฿ 2,542
× 2 = ฿ 5,084
10 seats available
#SP3
Chapa Express
22:00
Hanoi
06:20
Lao Cai
8h 20m
food WC aircon steward
฿ 1,336
× 2 = ฿ 2,672
30 seats available
#SP3
Chapa Express
22:00
Hanoi
06:20
Lao Cai
8h 20m
food WC aircon steward
฿ 3,318
× 2 = ฿ 6,636
30 seats available
#SP3
King Express
22:00
Hanoi
06:20
Lao Cai
8h 20m
food WC aircon steward
฿ 2,742
× 2 = ฿ 5,484
10 seats available
#SP3
Violette Express Train
22:00
Hanoi
06:20
Lao Cai
8h 20m
food WC aircon steward
฿ 1,582
× 2 = ฿ 3,164
10 seats available
#SP3
Vietnam Railways
22:00
Hanoi
06:20
Lao Cai
8h 20m
food WC aircon steward
฿ 714
× 2 = ฿ 1,428
  available
#SP3
King Express
22:00
Hanoi
06:20
Lao Cai
8h 20m
food WC aircon steward
฿ 1,283
× 2 = ฿ 2,566
10 seats available
#SP3
Sapaly Express
22:00
Hanoi
06:20
Lao Cai
8h 20m
food WC aircon steward
฿ 2,934
× 2 = ฿ 5,868
30 seats available
#SP3
Sapaly Express
22:00
Hanoi
06:20
Lao Cai
8h 20m
food WC aircon steward
฿ 1,352
× 2 = ฿ 2,704
30 seats available

From Hanoi to Lao Cai by train+bus joint ticket

Orient Express + Sapa Shuttle Bus
#SP1
Orient Express
21:30
Hanoi
05:25
Lao Cai
7h 55m
food WC aircon steward
29 seats available
Change stations. Walk - 3 min, 200 m (Next departure after 1 hour 5 mins)
Grouptour
06:30
Lao Cai SSB
07:45
Sapa SSB, Lao Cai
1h 15m
snack food WC aircon TV steward
Only 9 seats left!
Total
10h 15m
฿ 1,421
× 2 = ฿ 2,842
Fanxipan Express + Sapa Shuttle Bus
#SP1
Fanxipan
21:40
Hanoi
05:35
Lao Cai
7h 55m
food WC aircon steward
30 seats available
Change stations. Walk - 3 min, 200 m (Next departure after 55 mins)
Grouptour
06:30
Lao Cai SSB
07:45
Sapa SSB, Lao Cai
1h 15m
snack food WC aircon TV steward
Only 9 seats left!
Total
10h 5m
฿ 1,490
× 2 = ฿ 2,980

From Hanoi to Lao Cai by train+taxi joint ticket

#SP1
Fanxipan
21:40
Hanoi
05:35
Lao Cai
7h 55m
food WC aircon steward
30 seats available
This connection is managed by the operating company. You will be transfered between the trips.
DTW Charter
Any
Lao Cai
Time
Sapa
1h
aircon steward
  vehicle, all incl
Total
3h 20m
฿ 2,320
#SP1
Orient Express
21:40
Hanoi
05:35
Lao Cai
7h 55m
food WC aircon steward
10 seats available
This connection is managed by the operating company. You will be transfered between the trips.
DTW Charter
Any
Lao Cai
Time
Sapa
1h
aircon steward
  vehicle, all incl
Total
3h 20m
฿ 3,510
#SP3
Sapaly Express
22:00
Hanoi
06:20
Lao Cai
8h 20m
food WC aircon steward
30 seats available
This connection is managed by the operating company. You will be transfered between the trips.
DTW Charter
Any
Lao Cai
Time
Sapa
1h
aircon steward
  vehicle, all incl
Total
3h
฿ 3,902

From Hanoi Sinh to Lao Cai by bus

The SinhTourist
07:30
Hanoi Sinh
13:00
Sapa Sinh, Lao Cai
5h 30m
snack food WC aircon TV steward
฿ 490
× 2 = ฿ 980
10 seats available
The SinhTourist
22:00
Hanoi Sinh
03:30
Sapa Sinh, Lao Cai
5h 30m
snack food WC aircon TV steward
฿ 490
× 2 = ฿ 980
10 seats available

From Hanoi SSB to Lao Cai by bus

Grouptour
06:30
Hanoi SSB
12:00
Sapa SSB, Lao Cai
5h 30m
aircon
฿ 676
× 2 = ฿ 1,352
Only 8 seats left!

From Hanoi SapaExpress to Lao Cai by bus

Sapa Express
06:45
Hanoi SapaExpress
12:15
Sa Pa SapaExpress, Lao Cai
5h 30m
snack food WC aircon TV steward
฿ 576
× 2 = ฿ 1,152
10 seats available

Passenger reviews out of total 1,333 passengers traveled with us on this route

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 though we are closely monitoring services, we are still an agency marketplace - meaning we focus on ticketing service and route availability / coverage rather than on factual seat recline angle you got today ^_^

★★☆☆☆ Feb 20, 2017 (train #SP3 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
I purchased a 2 bed VIP on sp4 and got put on car #13 last one. the train very old the door would not shut properly and it had 4 beds.I would not recommend Go Asia to book with.
12Go response:

Dear Catherine Fraser We apologize for any misunderstanding but 2 bed VIP berths do not exist and we make this clear with pictures of the cabin and the following note which is shown during the booking process and on the receipt you receive: IMPORTANT: On Vietnam Railways 1st Class Sleepers are 'soft' beds with four (4) berths per cabin. VIP Sleepers with 2 berths per cabin are ONLY on the privately run railway cars. Best regards, Spencer Tiesse, 12Go Business Development Team [Support case #108510](https://12go.asia/en/support-case?token=QmNIUkRrQWdGQURRWDFMTTV0RkRhOWZHUnNwNG85cEs0b1V1Zis4Yyt6VTc3SmR2eDdyb1JvYmcwUzhDU29oSHB1bnJERmZubGc5cGppcjAzQ1hEaVZzbmZHWmEzWENTUlFSQUhVd21wb0lvQ2E5bEdsdXFvcFVkL2c9PQ,,)

★★★★★ Feb 11, 2017 (bus VIP, Sapa Express) :
Goede bus met lekkere brede stoelen. Een verademing tov andere bussen.
★★★★★ Feb 10, 2017 (train #SP3 VIP Sleeper 4x, King Express)
★★☆☆☆ Feb 9, 2017 (train #SP1 VIP Sleeper, Orient Express) :
The train ride itself was not too bad. Would recommend paying extra and getting a private sleeper cabin if you are two people. The four sleeper cabins looked very cramped. Trying to find the place to collect tickets was a pain as there is more than one train station although only one train line. Most taxi drivers will take you to the wrong train station so make sure to show them the address.
★★★☆☆ Feb 5, 2017 (train #SP1 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
Very easy to book. Beds are quite hard and loud music was played randomly throughout the entire journey. Night trains are always an interesting experience! However it was an easy and reasonably comfortable way to travel.
★★★★★ Feb 3, 2017 (bus VIP, Sapa Express) :
Comfortable busses, good price, two stops between Hanoi and Sapa. Free pick up in the Old Quarter.
★★★★★ Jan 31, 2017 (bus VIP, Sapa Express) :
Most comfortable bus ever! And I have seen many of those. It's almost like Business class seats. Good service as well. Great trip especially in Asia.
★★★★★ Jan 27, 2017 (train #SP1 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
It was a good, on time service. The train, bedding, toilet and wash area were all clean. Lighting is good. We were in a compartment for 4 people but one of the other beds was not used at all, and someone came on the 3rd bed for just a few hours, so mostly we had the compartment to ourselves which was nice. The beds are not quite long enough for moderately tall westerners, but we are in Asia so that is understandable. If someone is very tall then I think they might want to be aware of this.
★☆☆☆☆ Jan 24, 2017 (bus VIP, Sapa Express) :
Drop off on the road!Not the station!
★★★★★ Jan 24, 2017 (van VIP, Grouptour)
★★★★★ Jan 21, 2017 (bus VIP, Sapa Express)
★★★★★ Jan 20, 2017 (bus VIP, Sapa Express) :
Really good, great seats, got a snack and it was quick :)
★★★★★ Jan 15, 2017 (train #SP1 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
Quite apart from the fact that buying train tickets was 10x easier through this site than if I had had to do it myself (I don't speak Vietnamese), the information provided with the ticket was so helpful with directions to the station etc.
★★☆☆☆ Jan 15, 2017 (train #SP3 VIP Sleeper 4x, King Express) :
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.
★★★★☆ Jan 15, 2017 (bus VIP Sleeper 41, Grouptour)
★★★★☆ Jan 8, 2017 (train #SP1 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways)
★★★★☆ Jan 3, 2017 (train #SP3 VIP Sleeper 4x, Sapaly Express)
★☆☆☆☆ Jan 3, 2017 (bus VIP Sleeper 41, Grouptour) :
We waited 1,5 hour on the street for our pick-up. The departure should have been 6:30, the bus left Hanoi 7:30. The bus was dirty and the driver forgot 2 passangers at the stop in the middle of the trip. The bus type was different from what they promised on the homepage.
★★★★★ Jan 2, 2017 (train #SP1 VIP Sleeper, Orient Express) :
Was prima te doen ????
★★★★★ Jan 1, 2017 (bus VIP, Sapa Express) :
On time. Clean. Friendly and a lot of space. This is how travelling should be!
★★★★☆ Dec 30, 2016 (train #SP3 VIP Sleeper 4x, King Express)
★★★☆☆ Dec 26, 2016 (train #SP1 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
Booking process smooth and easy. Train was fine. Slept well. Bathroom was bad.
★★☆☆☆ Dec 24, 2016 (bus VIP Sleeper 41, Grouptour) :
Ticket office turned into a bar/restaurant so was unsure that we were even catching a bus. We were then collected an hour before stated ticket exchange time so lucky we were early. A man on a scooter then took us to three locations before we were in the right spot and caught bus. Bus facilities and ride was good but arrived at 4am and remained at the bus stop until 6am with no instructions. Only 'toilet' stop on the way was the side of a main road.
★☆☆☆☆ Dec 24, 2016 (train #SP1 VIP Sleeper, Orient Express) :
High end pricing for dirty toilets, noisy neighbors and cold cabin.
★★★★★ Dec 23, 2016 (train #SP1 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
Beds not soft (average in Vietnam) Cabin, toilets, beds and blankets CLEAN.
★★★★☆ Dec 21, 2016 (train #SP1 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways)
★★★☆☆ Dec 15, 2016 (train #SP1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Fanxipan) :
As expected, not luxe, cabin was ok, but the toilet was terrible.
★★★☆☆ Dec 11, 2016 (train #SP1 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
Good, reliable service. Cabin clean, bed not too comfortable. Difficult to sleep because of jolting of train.
★★★☆☆ Dec 1, 2016 (train #SP1 VIP Sleeper, Orient Express) :
Cabin was the old wooden style, but was a 4 berth used for 2 people rather than a dedicated 2 berth. Toilets could be cleaned more often! Station location not clearly described on the booking. Good quality but somewhat overpriced.
★★★★★ Nov 20, 2016 (van VIP, Grouptour) :
Vers nice trip good driver and on time.
★★★★★ Nov 7, 2016 (train #SP1 VIP Sleeper, Orient Express) :
12goasia were great. I was a little worried but had no need to be. Train from Hanoi to Lao Cai was very comfortable. Had a pretty good sleep. Take ear plugs and you should be OK. Even the toilet was acceptable.
★★★★★ Nov 4, 2016 (train #SP1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Orient Express) :
Everything went perfect. Comfortable clean bed, easy to sleep. Complementary cookies and water offered.
★★★★☆ Oct 24, 2016 (train #SP3 VIP Sleeper, King Express)
★★★★★ Oct 21, 2016 (train #SP1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Orient Express) :
Comfortable, clean. No delays. Lovely experience!
★★★★☆ Oct 20, 2016 (train #SP3 VIP Sleeper 4x, Sapaly Express) :
We found this trip comfortable and quite well-appointed, but the food service was rather perfunctory. The single gripe we have would be difficult for Sapaly to eliminate: an elephantine snoring performance from a co-traveller! Whadyado at midnight, after nearly 2 hours of that? Well, I let him have it, banged the wall near his head to scare the s*** out of him, then verbally balled him out, Another co-traveller thought me heavy-handed, but - in a shared space - I reckon it's entirely up to the snorer to change his ways - go for a walk, get advice re his problem, whatever. Anyway, it fixed the problem (for 3 hours; then I was getting ready to start chucking light missiles... but the journey ended...)
★★★★☆ Oct 5, 2016 (train #SP1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Fanxipan) :
The Restop may not be that easy to find to change the tickets, but otherwise an overall very good trip!
★★★★☆ Oct 3, 2016 (train #SP1 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
Everything ok, but beds wasn't as soft as they supposed to be.
★★★★☆ Sep 2, 2016 (train #SP3 VIP Sleeper 4x, King Express) :
Clean and soft bed. Good bed! Trains shakes a lot.
★★★☆☆ Aug 18, 2016 (train #SP3 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways)
★★★☆☆ Aug 15, 2016 (train #SP1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Livitrans Express) :
I put 3 stars because in our cabin we haven't welcome pack ( water, bananas and cookies ). The rest was ok
★★★★☆ Aug 15, 2016 (train #SP3 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
Train was a little old, but nothing you couldn't handle. Beds were provided with linen and pillow, and the seemed clean. The only issue is that the train moves so much on that line, much more than the line Hue-Hanoi, for example. However, the AC was on all night long, so the temperature was OK and I could sleep almost al the trip.
★★★★☆ Aug 10, 2016 (train #SP3 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways)
★★★★☆ Aug 6, 2016 (train #SP3 VIP Sleeper 4x, King Express) :
Clean and soft matrasses. Coffee or tea. Clean toilet. Bad sleep because train was shaking too much and making a lot of noise
★★★★★ Aug 5, 2016 (train #SP3 VIP Sleeper 4x, Sapaly Express) :
Very nice trip! Comfortable and clean. 5 stars!
★★★★★ Aug 4, 2016 (train #SP1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Livitrans Express)
★★★★☆ Jul 25, 2016 (train #SP1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Livitrans Express)
★★★☆☆ Jul 16, 2016 (train #SP1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Orient Express) :
Small but clean beds!
★★★★★ Jun 9, 2016 (train #SP1 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
It was very comfortable!
12Go response:

Thank you very much to make a booking ticket with us. Hope you will be back to use our website again in the future trip. Have a nice trip

★★★★★ Jun 5, 2016 (train #SP3 VIP Sleeper 4x, Chapa Express) :
Helpful staff, clean cabins and bathroom. No issues with either the booking service or the journey - can not ask for anything better!
★★★★★ Jun 5, 2016 (train #SP3 VIP Sleeper, Victoria Express) :
My wife and I enjoyed the journey very much and the service was impeccable. I’d recommend going to pick up your tickets early in Hanoi and enjoy a cocktail in the Victoria Lounge – great views.
★★★★★ Jun 2, 2016 (train #SP3 VIP Sleeper 4x, Violette Express Train) :
Clean, comfortable train. I am happy that we can get taxi with 12go, made morning arrival no stress.
★★★★★ Jun 1, 2016 (train #SP1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Orient Express) :
We booked with 12go.asia after falling to get tickets with other sites and I think we made the right choice! Easy to exchange voucher for tickets at station, took no time at all. We were in a 4 berth cabin with another couple, very nice travellers and the trip was enjoyable. Book your taxi to sapa in advance if you can as the touts in lao cai station can be pushy.
★★★★☆ Jun 1, 2016 (train #SP3 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways)
★★★★★ May 31, 2016 (train #SP1 VIP Sleeper, Fanxipan) :
I was put off at first because the outside of the car looked like all the others but inside was a whole different world, well worth the few extra dollars to travel in style and get some solid sleep. Booking and getting the tickets in Hanoi was fast and easy, thanks!
★★★★★ May 31, 2016 (train #SP3 VIP Sleeper 4x, Victoria Express) :
I was hesitant because of the price but it really is a top notch hotel and train service, best part of our trip to Vietnam
★★★★★ May 30, 2016 (train #SP1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Fanxipan) :
Nice journey, 12go was most helpful in arranging both the train and the transfer to Sapa from the station.
★★★★☆ May 30, 2016 (train #SP1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Livitrans Express) :
Train on time but not a smooth ride. Mattress and sheets are clean, staff very active.
★★★★★ May 29, 2016 (train #SP3 VIP Sleeper, King Express) :
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!
★★★★★ May 26, 2016 (train #SP3 VIP Sleeper, Chapa Express) :
It departed and arrived on time, we slept for most of it and cannot comment on the staff but everything seemed to be fine. Would highly recommend to others.), (
★★★★☆ May 23, 2016 (train #SP3 VIP Sleeper 4x, King Express) :
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!
★★★★★ May 19, 2016 (train #SP1 VIP Sleeper, Orient Express) :
Perfect trip, the refreshments were a nice touch and easy to buy more on the train.

Book Tickets from Hanoi to Lao Cai Online

Where do you book tickets Hanoi - Lao Cai? How long is the Hanoi - Lao Cai route? It takes on average 7h 17m by train, Bus, taxi, van, depending on operator and vehicle. The route is going over a distance of 263 km. Having 24 departures to Lao Cai, 12go gives a choice of 12 operators for Hanoi - Lao Cai route. Earliest departure goes at 06:10, while the latest is 22:00 local Vietnam time.

Operators serving the route Hanoi - Lao Cai are Vietnam Railways, Orient Express, Livitrans Express, Fanxipan, Grouptour, DTW Charter, Chapa Express, Sapaly Express, King Express, Violette Express Train, The SinhTourist, Sapa Express. Cheap ticket for Hanoi - Lao Cai by train is ฿ 359 (US $ 10.25) by Vietnam Railways (9h 36m), while most expensive fare and presumably best would be ฿ 3,902 (US $ 111.39) by Sapaly Express, DTW Charter which takes 3h on schedule. Some operators provide snacks, others stop at a foodcourt on the road (some also include it in the ticket price).

To have a safe and a comfortable trip Hanoi - Lao Cai you may want to choose highest rated trips, and leave your own review.

News @ Lao Cai

12 October 2016

Tourist authorities in Hanoi have launched a second information office in the city’s historic Hoan Kiem District. The new centre is located at 28 Hang Dau Street and offers a full collection of information, services and even free guided tours on certain days of the week.

06 October 2016

12GO ASIA recently added lots of new destinations in Vietnam to its travel ticketing portfolio. The expansion enables tourists to pre-book their tickets for travel to Sapa and the world-renowned rice field terraces in the Muong Hoa Valley.

21 January 2016

The Vietnamese government has given the green light for local authorities in six more locations to launch electric tramcar services.  The six places are Hue, Danang, Haiphong, Vung Tau, Lao Cai and Khanh Hoa.