Hanoi to Lao Cai by bus, train, van, taxi

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From Hanoi to Sapa by train

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21:35
HNO Hanoi
05:30
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
7h 55m
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21:35
HNO Hanoi
05:30
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
7h 55m
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21:35
HNO Hanoi
05:30
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
7h 55m
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21:35
HNO Hanoi
05:30
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
7h 55m
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21:35
HNO Hanoi
05:30
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
7h 55m
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21:35
HNO Hanoi
05:30
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
7h 55m
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21:35
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05:30
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
7h 55m
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21:35
HNO Hanoi
05:30
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
7h 55m
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21:35
HNO Hanoi
05:30
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
7h 55m
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21:35
HNO Hanoi
05:30
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
7h 55m
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22:00
HNO Hanoi
06:05
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
8h 5m
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22:00
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06:05
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
8h 5m
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22:00
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06:05
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
8h 5m
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22:00
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06:05
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
8h 5m
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22:00
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06:05
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
8h 5m
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22:00
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06:05
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
8h 5m
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22:00
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06:05
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
8h 5m
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22:00
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06:05
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
8h 5m
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22:00
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06:05
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
8h 5m
22:00
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06:05
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8h 5m
22:00
HNO Hanoi
06:05
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
8h 5m
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22:00
HNO Hanoi
06:05
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
8h 5m
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22:00
HNO Hanoi
06:05
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
8h 5m
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22:30
HNO Hanoi
06:33
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
8h 3m
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From 21 Hang Thung to Lao Cai by bus

07:00
21 Hang Thung, Hanoi
12:50
Luong Dinh Cua Sapa, Lao Cai
5h 50m
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From Cua Dong Station to Sapa by van

07:00
Cua Dong Station, Hanoi
12:00
Sapa Union 17
5h
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From Hanoi SapaDragon to Sapa by bus

07:00
Hanoi SapaDragon
13:00
Sapa SapaDragon
6h
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22:00
Hanoi SapaDragon
04:00
Sapa SapaDragon
6h
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From Gia Lam to Sapa by train

21:53
GLA Gia Lam
05:30
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
7h 37m
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22:18
GLA Gia Lam
06:05
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
7h 47m
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From Hanoi SapaExpress to Sapa by bus

07:00
Hanoi SapaExpress
12:30
Sa Pa SapaExpress
5h 30m
15:00
Hanoi SapaExpress
21:00
Sa Pa SapaExpress
6h

From Hanoi SapaExpress to Lao Cai by bus

07:15
Hanoi SapaExpress
13:15
Sa Pa SapaExpress2, Lao Cai
6h
22:00
Hanoi SapaExpress
04:00
Sa Pa SapaExpress2, Lao Cai
6h

From Hanoi Sinh to Sapa by bus

07:00
Hanoi Sinh
12:30
Sapa Sinh
5h 30m
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22:00
Hanoi Sinh
03:30
Sapa Sinh
5h 30m
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From Hanoi GreenLion to Lao Cai by van

07:00
Hanoi GreenLion
12:30
Sapa GreenLion, Lao Cai
5h 30m

From Hanoi SSB to Sapa by bus

06:30
Hanoi SSB
12:00
Sapa SSB
5h 30m
06:45
Hanoi SSB
12:45
Sapa SSB
6h
07:00
Hanoi SSB
13:00
Sapa SSB
6h
07:15
Hanoi SSB
13:15
Sapa SSB
6h
12:00
Hanoi SSB
17:30
Sapa SSB
5h 30m
21:40
Hanoi SSB
03:10
Sapa SSB
5h 30m
22:20
Hanoi SSB
03:50
Sapa SSB
5h 30m

From Hanoi SSB to Sapa by van

06:30
Hanoi SSB
12:00
Sapa SSB
5h 30m
06:50
Hanoi SSB
12:20
Sapa SSB
5h 30m
07:10
Hanoi SSB
12:40
Sapa SSB
5h 30m
07:20
Hanoi SSB
12:50
Sapa SSB
5h 30m
07:30
Hanoi SSB
13:00
Sapa SSB
5h 30m
14:45
Hanoi SSB
20:15
Sapa SSB
5h 30m

From Hanoi to Sapa by taxi

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Hanoi
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Sapa
4h 30m
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Hanoi
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Sapa
5h
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Hanoi
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Sapa
4h 10m
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Hanoi
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Sapa
5h
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Hanoi
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Sapa
5h
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Hanoi
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Sapa
5h
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Hanoi
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Sapa
5h
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From Hanoi Airport to Sapa by taxi

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Hanoi Airport, Noi Bai Airport
Time
Sapa
4h 30m
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Hanoi Airport, Noi Bai Airport
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Sapa
4h 30m
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Hanoi Airport, Noi Bai Airport
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Sapa
4h 30m
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Hanoi Airport, Noi Bai Airport
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Sapa
4h 30m
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Hanoi Airport, Noi Bai Airport
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Sapa
4h 30m
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Hanoi Airport, Noi Bai Airport
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Sapa
4h 30m
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Hanoi Airport, Noi Bai Airport
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Sapa
5h
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From Yen Vien to Sapa by train

22:06
YVI Yen Vien, Hanoi
05:30
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
7h 24m
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22:31
YVI Yen Vien, Hanoi
06:05
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
7h 34m
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Hanoi to Lao Cai Schedule

Hanoi to Lao Cai Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
DichungTaxi Economy 00:00 – 04:30VND 3,960k
Grouptour VIP 20 12:00 – 17:30VND 530k
Sapa Express VIP-Class 15:00 – 21:00VND 414k
Fanxipan VIP Sleeper 4x 21:35 – 05:30VND 880k
Vietnam Railways VIP Sleeper 22:00 – 06:05VND 531k
Violette Express Train VIP Sleeper 4x 22:00 – 06:05VND 920k
Sapaly Express VIP Sleeper 22:00 – 06:05VND 1,910k
Chapa Express VIP Sleeper 4x 22:00 – 06:05VND 1,070k
Laman Express VIP Sleeper 4x 22:00 – 06:05VND 880k
Sapa Express Semi Sleeper 22:00 – 04:00VND 276k
Grouptour VIP 20 22:20 – 03:50VND 530k

Hanoi to Lao Cai destination reviews

3.9
190 customer reviews
5
43%
4
28%
3
13%
2
9%
1
7%
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5
Bus Semi Sleeper, Sapa Express, Nov 5, 2019
This was more than I expected quite good facilities and very safe driving.
TK
4
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
4
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
5
van VIP, GreenLion Bus, Aug 14, 2019
Iwe preferred ghe big bus today more confortable than the minibus of yesterday Perfect
PG
2
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
2
van VIP, GreenLion Bus, 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
5
van VIP, GreenLion Bus, 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
4
van VIP, GreenLion Bus, Jul 29, 2019
Very puntual and confortable. The only flaw was a little bit agressive driving
MW
4
van VIP, GreenLion Bus, 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!
VK
4
Bus Semi Sleeper, Sapa Express, Jun 3, 2019
Was good. Nothing bad happened. Reached Sapa at 4.30 A.M and the bus operators allowed passengers to sleep until 6.00 A.M at the bus itself. Recommended.
IH
5
van VIP, GreenLion Bus, May 28, 2019
Great trip, good driver (although texting during driving is normal ;)) and lovely bus!
RC
2
van VIP, GreenLion Bus, May 16, 2019
Not an english speaking driver. Wifi not working. USB ports for loading telephone not working. Get no time for our breakfast in the Hotel. We where 6:30 a.m. for a breakfast but driver was already at the hotel and want to go directly. Appointment was as 7 a.m.
DK
5
van VIP, GreenLion Bus, Apr 28, 2019
Everything went smoothly, the drive was good. Only thing was we were supposed to get picked up at 7:15am and we got a call that he arrived at 6:20am!
RB
3
Bus Semi Sleeper, Sapa Express, Mar 31, 2019
The personnel were very efficient and friendly. Bus was an older model but very clean and run well.
HG
4
Bus Semi Sleeper, Sapa Express, Jul 26, 2019
Great trip and very good driver!
AB
5
Bus Semi Sleeper, Truly Hagiang, Mar 27, 2019
Thanks, best sleeper bus in Vietnam, I've had
MC
5
Bus Semi Sleeper, Truly Hagiang, Feb 20, 2019
Great!!!!

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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+taxi 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 VND 6,719,998. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a bus as a bus ticket costs as low as VND 250,007.

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 283 miles (454 km). The flying distance is 161 miles (258 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 Grouptour (Công ty du lịch quốc tế Grouptour): travelling by bus expect to pay as low as VND 250,007 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 VND 6,719,998.

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

  • Bus tickets - VND 250,007 to VND 530,006;
  • Van price : VND 420,007 - VND 460,006;
  • Train tickets - VND 480,006 to VND 2,360,009;
  • train+charter price: VND 1,540,011 - VND 2,570,009. 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 3,699,998 to VND 6,719,998.

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

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

  • Trains always run on a set schedule - there are 23 trains per day.
  • Buses start plying the route from 06:30 - you can also take a bus as late as 23:00. There are 22 available bus trips every day.
  • Vans from Hanoi to Lao Cai depart during the day - there are approximately 11 departures a day.
  • 6 by train+charter from Hanoi to Lao Cai starting from 21:35 Hanoi until 22:00 Hanoi

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 3,699,998.

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 travelling 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 travelling 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:

  • 565 users enjoyed a train ride.
  • 361 decided to go for a bus.
  • 68 opted for a van.
  • 3 decided to catch a taxi.
  • 3 chosen train+charter