Hanoi to Lao Cai

Hanoi to Lao Cai

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Hanoi to Lao Cai Schedule

Hanoi to Lao Cai Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
VTS SUV 4pax Any timeVND 4,070k
Sapa Dragon Express Sleeper 06:30 - 12:30VND 252k
Sao Viet VIP Cabin 08:30 - 14:00$ 18.02
Grouptour VIP 22 10:16 - 15:46VND 483k
Grouptour VIP 22 Any time$ 23.31
Sao Viet VIP Cabin 14:30 - 20:00VND 418k
Grouptour VIP 22 16:17 - 21:47VND 483k
Grouptour VIP 22 18:00 - 00:00VND 529k
Grouptour Sleeper 41 21:40 - 04:10VND 366k
Sao Viet VIP Cabin 23:46 - 04:16$ 15.78

Transportation from Hanoi to Lao Cai

Hanoi to Lao Cai Destination Reviews

The staff is supportive and everything is well organized. On short notice we asked for picking us up from the hotel in Hanoi and bringing us to the hotel in Sapa. The bus driver did his job very well and we had 3 stops in total. I would book here again.
Van Middle seats, GreenLion Bus (Du lịch Sư tử Xanh), Oct 26, 2022
The bed is just 1,80, so for tall people you can not be completely laid down. A lot of bumps in the road, so it is very difficult to sleep. The staff woke me up by kicking hard my knee. Staff very rude.
Bus VIP Cabin, Sao Viet (Sao Việt), Aug 29, 2022
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.
Bus Sleeper, Sao Viet (Sao Việt), Oct 20, 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!
Van VIP, GreenLion Bus (Du lịch Sư tử Xanh), Oct 13, 2020
Comfortable. Just need to add something to charge phone. The rest is gooood
Bus Semi Sleeper, Sapa Express, Feb 14, 2020
Very nice
Bus Semi Sleeper, Sapa Express, Feb 14, 2020
The minivan was comfortable and clean and the pick up worked perfectly. Good driver and god english. We would definitively go again!
Van VIP, GreenLion Bus (Du lịch Sư tử Xanh), Feb 5, 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.
Bus Semi Sleeper, Sapa Express, Jan 22, 2020
Good one.Bus is clean and neat.Left from Hanoi at 8.00and reached sapa by 3.30 am.I can recomend this Bus.
Bus Semi Sleeper, Sapa Express, Dec 30, 2019
On time, even arrived a little bit early. They let you sleep in the bus until 6AM which is great. Great value.
Bus Semi Sleeper, Sapa Express, Dec 23, 2019
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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 Train ticket.

The cost of travel will depend on the means of transport you choose for your trip. A taxi ticket is the most expensive option - it will cost you about USD 308.00. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a bus as a bus ticket costs as low as USD 11.83.

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 130 miles (209 km). The flying distance is 130 miles (209 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 5 to 8 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 Grouptour (Công ty du lịch quốc tế Grouptour): travelling by bus expect to pay as low as USD 11.83 for your ticket.

However, if you’re after more upscale travel . The most expensive variant is to opt for a taxi - a one-way taxi ticket can cost as much as USD 308.00.

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

  • Bus tickets - USD 11.83 to USD 34.81;
  • Train tickets - USD 12.75 to USD 71.43;
  • Van price : USD 13.40 - USD 17.23;
  • taxi+Train price: USD 64.53 - USD 101.12. From Hanoi to Lao Cai starting from 21:35 Hanoi until 22:00 Hanoi
  • Train+taxi price: USD 64.53 - USD 101.12. 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 USD 173.80 to USD 308.00.

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

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

  • Buses start plying the route from 06:15 - you can also take a bus as late as 23:00. There are 115 available bus trips every day.
  • Trains always run on a set schedule - there are 20 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?


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.


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 USD 173.80.

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


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.


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:

  • 38% decided to go for a bus.
  • 29% users enjoyed a train ride.
  • 16% opted for a van.
  • 8% chosen taxi+Train
  • 8% chosen Train+taxi
  • 1% Other