Hanoi to Lao Cai

Hanoi to Lao Cai

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From Hanoi to Lao Cai by train

22:00
Hanoi
7h 55m ride in train #SP3 with Orient Express
05:55
+1
Sapa Lao Cai
From VND 740 k per adult
22:00
Hanoi
7h 55m ride in train #SP3 with Livitrans Express in VIP Sleeper 4x
05:55
+1
Sapa Lao Cai
VND 740 k per adult
22:00
Hanoi
7h 55m ride in train #SP3 with Pumpkin Express
05:55
+1
Sapa Lao Cai
From VND 740 k per adult
22:00
Hanoi
7h 55m ride in train #SP3 with Fanxipan
05:55
+1
Sapa Lao Cai
From VND 880 k per adult
22:00
Hanoi
8h 5m ride in train #SP3 with Chapa Express
3.8+
06:05
+1
Sapa Lao Cai
From VND 880 k per adult

From Pham Van Dong Sao Viet to Lao Cai by bus

05:30
Pham Van Dong Sao Viet, Hanoi
5h 15m bus ride with Sao Viet in Sleeper
2.0
10:45
Lao Cai Sao Viet
VND 233 k per adult
08:15
Pham Van Dong Sao Viet, Hanoi
5h 15m bus ride with Sao Viet in Sleeper
2.0
13:30
Lao Cai Sao Viet
VND 233 k per adult
08:30
Pham Van Dong Sao Viet, Hanoi
5h 30m bus ride with Sao Viet in Sleeper 21
14:00
Sapa Sao Viet Office
VND 373 k per adult
09:00
Pham Van Dong Sao Viet, Hanoi
5h 15m bus ride with Sao Viet in Sleeper
2.0
14:15
Lao Cai Sao Viet
VND 233 k per adult
09:45
Pham Van Dong Sao Viet, Hanoi
5h 15m bus ride with Sao Viet in Sleeper
2.0
15:00
Lao Cai Sao Viet
VND 233 k per adult
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Hanoi to Lao Cai Schedule

Hanoi to Lao Cai Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
DichungTaxi Comfort Any timeVND 3,960k
Sao Viet Sleeper 05:30 - 10:45VND 233k
Fansipan Express Bus VIP 07:00 - 13:00VND 640k
Sao Viet Sleeper 21 08:30 - 14:00VND 373k
Sao Viet Sleeper 21 13:30 - 19:00VND 373k
Sao Viet Sleeper 14:15 - 19:30VND 233k
Sao Viet Sleeper 17:15 - 22:30VND 233k
Sao Viet Sleeper 18:00 - 23:15VND 233k
Sao Viet Sleeper 21:30 - 02:45VND 233k
Fanxipan 1st Class Sleeper 22:00 - 05:55VND 1,760k
Chapa Express 1st Class Sleeper 22:00 - 06:05VND 2,360k
Sao Viet Sleeper 21 23:45 - 05:15VND 373k

Transportation from Hanoi to Lao Cai

Hanoi to Lao Cai destination reviews

GC
Bus Sleeper, Sao Viet (Sao Việt), Oct 20, 2020
The bus was an hour late, leaving at 5am not 4am, meaning I missed my tour I had booked. I had to move to three different busses. The bus staff were also rather impolite.
HT
van VIP, GreenLion Bus (Du lịch Sư tử Xanh), Oct 13, 2020
The driver came 30 minutes late. Seat at the door to the back 2 rows is broken, so you have to squeeze hard to get in and out. Trash was left from previous passengers - did not get a cleaning service. Driver was very impolite, he drove past my hotel -didn’t bother to turn around, just simply asked us a couple of senior citizens to get off since it’s only 100 meters of uphill walking with our suitcases!
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
JK
van VIP, GreenLion Bus (Du lịch Sư tử Xanh), Feb 5, 2020
The minivan was comfortable and clean and the pick up worked perfectly. Good driver and god english. We would definitively go again!
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.
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.
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.
AS
Bus Semi Sleeper, Sapa Express, Dec 17, 2019
The ride was great. Will use it again in future travel.
CE
Bus Semi Sleeper, Sapa Express, Dec 16, 2019
A bit too squeezy but it was still comfy
EI
Bus Semi Sleeper, Sapa Express, Dec 6, 2019
Very comfortable and efficient service
LA
Bus Semi Sleeper, Sapa Express, Nov 5, 2019
This was more than I expected quite good facilities and very safe driving.
TK
Bus Semi Sleeper, Sapa Express, Oct 24, 2019
We left exactly on time. After a bit more than an hour there was a 30 minutes stop. We arrived in Sapa at 3am. In Sapa we could stay in the bus for a few more hours (no toilet available).
DH
Bus Semi Sleeper, Sapa Express, Oct 17, 2019
Nice ride. Remember you are on your own at 6:00am in Sapa so make sure you have arranged a place to go. Also us the boarding address in the confirmation as Grab does not have that location under "sapa express station"
TG
van VIP, GreenLion Bus (Du lịch Sư tử Xanh), Aug 14, 2019
Iwe preferred ghe big bus today more confortable than the minibus of yesterday Perfect
PG
Bus Semi Sleeper, Sapa Express, Jul 31, 2019
Luggage got dirty and wet due to a water leak. If you are taller than 190cm the seat/bed is not long enough.
MP
van VIP, GreenLion Bus (Du lịch Sư tử Xanh), Jul 30, 2019
The bus was on time but it was not cleaned up from previous passengers. The driver didn’t speak English and drop us in the middle of Sa Pa far from the station. No WiFi
LK
van VIP, GreenLion Bus (Du lịch Sư tử Xanh), Jul 30, 2019
A little bit wild driver who talked on the phone a lot, bit the van was really comfortable and the service great. Recommend.
IM
van VIP, GreenLion Bus (Du lịch Sư tử Xanh), Jul 29, 2019
Very puntual and confortable. The only flaw was a little bit agressive driving
HG
Bus Semi Sleeper, Sapa Express, Jul 26, 2019
Great trip and very good driver!
MW
van VIP, GreenLion Bus (Du lịch Sư tử Xanh), Jul 15, 2019
The Information told us to check in on location 30 min before depart, we can’t find any check in. Bus trip was good!
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How to get from Hanoi to Lao Cai

When you want to get from Hanoi to Lao Cai, you have a few options to consider. Traveling between these destinations is possible by different means of transport:

  • Bus
  • Train
  • Van
  • Taxi

If you’re looking for a quick trip, it’s recommended that you use Taxi. However, if you’d rather take your time with a slower, more affordable travel option, you can book a Taxi+train ticket.

The cost of travel will depend on the means of transport you choose for your trip. A taxi+Train ticket is the most expensive option - it will cost you about VND 1,767,861,272. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a bus as a bus ticket costs as low as VND 232,948.

How far is Hanoi from Lao Cai?

If you’re traveling by land, it’s important to know the distance from Hanoi to Lao Cai. Your trip will be a total of 206 miles (330 km). The flying distance is 158 miles (254 km).

How long does it take to get from Hanoi to Lao Cai?

The travel time from Hanoi to Lao Cai can vary depending on the mode of transportation you choose. All things considered, the whole journey should take from 4 to 10 hours.

How much does it cost to get from Hanoi to Lao Cai?

The cost of the trip from Hanoi to Lao Cai varies according to what means of transport you choose for your journey. The most affordable operator is Sao Viet (Sao Việt): travelling by bus expect to pay as low as VND 232,948 for your ticket.

However, if you’re after more upscale travel . The most expensive variant is to opt for a taxi+Train - a one-way taxi+Train ticket can cost as much as VND 1,767,861,272.

Here is a chart of the average ticket prices and transportation options available from Hanoi to Lao Cai:

  • Bus tickets - VND 233,035 to VND 639,934;
  • Train tickets - VND 740,015 to VND 2,359,574;
  • Van price : VND 330,002 - VND 414,007;
  • Train+taxi price: VND 1,540,010 - VND 2,420,010. From Hanoi to Lao Cai starting from 21:35 Hanoi until 22:00 Hanoi
  • taxi+Train price: VND 1,540,012 - VND 2,420,009. From Hanoi to Lao Cai starting from 21:35 Hanoi until 22:00 Hanoi

You can order a taxi, too - an estimated cost of the ride is from VND 3,079,134 to VND 6,718,576.

How many trips per day are there between Hanoi and Lao Cai?

Depending on your choice of transportation, the number of daily trips varies.

  • Vans from Hanoi to Lao Cai depart during the day - there are approximately 8 departures a day.
  • 6 by Train+taxi from Hanoi to Lao Cai starting from 21:35 Hanoi until 22:00 Hanoi
  • 2 by taxi+Train from Hanoi to Lao Cai starting from 21:35 Hanoi until 22:00 Hanoi
  • Buses start plying the route from 05:30 - you can also take a bus as late as 23:59. There are 1 available bus trips every day.
  • Trains always run on a set schedule - there are 1 trains per day.

Taxis are a good option to consider for this route, too. Book a cab to take you from Hanoi to Lao Cai any time of the day.

Which means of transport is the best for the route?

Buses

Taking a bus from Hanoi to Lao Cai is cheaper than flying. Quite often, a long-distance bus is the cheapest transportation option. Buses normally make bathroom and/or lunch stops along the way.

Things to remember before opting for a bus ride:

  • If possible, make sure to choose higher-class buses for a more comfortable travel experience. Such buses often have an air conditioning system, soft reclining seats, Wi-Fi, bathrooms, etc.
  • As with plane tickets, buses are better booked in advance so that you can secure a good seat.
  • While booking a bus, keep in mind that delays are possible. Yet it still pays to get to the bus station at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled departure.

Taxi

Catching a cab is the easiest way to get from Hanoi to Lao Cai. It allows you to tailor-make your trip, plan all the detours and see all the places you want. You can choose the type and the size of your car as well to be as comfortable as you'd like to.

Depending on the route, it might cost as much as VND 3,079,134.

Things to remember: It's a good idea to follow the route on Google Maps or any other GPS navigator.

Trains

Things to remember while choosing a train ticket:
Consider everything carefully while choosing the class of your train travel. In most cases, the second class is comfortable enough – it features 2 or 4 berths in each compartment and is often air-conditioned.

If you’re in for a premium experience, consider getting a first class ticket. The price of first class tickets may include Wifi, and a choice of snacks and drinks.

Vans

A shared van is another means of transport for traveling from Hanoi to Lao Cai. As far as travel time is concerned, it’s basically equal to a taxi ride, while price-wise it’s way more affordable. The majority of tourists book a van online in advance.

Sometimes, when trains or buses aren’t available, a van is your only way to get from Hanoi to Lao Cai.

Things to remember: while traveling by van, you might not have as much space for luggage as you would on a train or a plane. It’s a good idea to pack only the most useful things for a van trip and put them in a backpack that will be easy to carry around.

The most popular transport from Hanoi to Lao Cai

How to choose the most convenient way of travel from Hanoi to Lao Cai? In order to make your choice of transportation easier, we asked 1000 users to range their preferences for this route. Here are the results of the poll:

  • 46% users enjoyed a train ride.
  • 17% decided to go for a bus.
  • 15% chosen taxi+Train
  • 15% chosen Train+taxi
  • 5% opted for a van.
  • 2% decided to catch a taxi.