Hanoi to Lao Cai

Hanoi to Lao Cai

Hanoi
Lao Cai
Fri, Jul 19
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Hanoi to Lao Cai Schedule

Hanoi to Lao Cai Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Dichung Economy 3pax Any timeVND 4,508k
Grouptour VIP 20 05:55 - 10:55VND 403k
HK Sapa Open Tour Upper Single Cabin 06:45 - 12:00VND 390k
Techbus VN JSC VIP 20 09:15 - 15:15VND 468k
G8 Sapa Open Tour Upper Single Cabin 11:30 - 16:15VND 342k
Grouptour VIP 22 12:30 - 18:45VND 828k
Grouptour Regional 14:30 - 20:20VND 384k
Daiichi Travel VIP 24 17:30 - 23:00VND 468k
Techbus VN JSC VIP 20 19:30 - 01:30VND 468k
King Express Bus Sleeper 21:30 - 04:00VND 220k
Sapa Dragon Express Executive 22:15 - 04:15VND 396k

Transportation from Hanoi to Lao Cai

Facts about the transport from Hanoi to Lao Cai

Cheapest Transport$7
Fastest Transport3h
Earliest Departure12:00 凌晨
Latest Departure11:59 晚上
Departures per day1925
Distance150 kilometers
Transport CompaniesArirang Travel, Booking Car, Cat Ba Panorama, Chapa Express, Cuong Phat Limousine, Daiichi Travel, Damitrans, Damitrans, Dichung, Duc Duong Bus, Eco Sapa Limousine, Fanxipan, Full Moon Party Tour, G8 Sapa Open Tour, Green Sapa Bus, GreenLion Bus, Grouptour, Ha Son Hai Van, HK Sapa Open Tour, Inter Bus Lines, KadBus, Ket Doan Travel, King Express Bus, King Sapa Train, Laman Express, Luxury Van Limousine, NewLivitrans Express, OUROS Travel, PacknGo, Phuc Lam Limousine, Saigon DMC, Sao Vang, Sao Viet, Sao Viet, Sapa Discovery Travel, Sapa Dragon Express, Sapa Ethnic Travel, Sapa Express, Sapa Group Bus, Sapaking Limousine, Sapaly Express, Techbus VN JSC, Thang Long Ha Noi Limousine, Tien Dat Trans, Tiim Group, To Vietnam Travel, VicSapa Train, Viet Nam Travel Bus, Vietnam Luxury Travel, Violette Express Train, VTS

Hanoi to Lao Cai Destination Reviews

LH
Good and safe ride. Dirty bus
Van VIP 9, Eco Sapa Limousine (Eco Sapa Limousine), Jun 27, 2024
JJ
The office girl, driver and the helper. All 3 were rude and behaving as if we are traveling for free. The bed and pod is ok. But the initial experience by these people made us feel like we are not welcomed. I booked the 10:30 pm bus and since i arrived 30 mins early, they transferred us into a bus which was about to leave. Not sure if this is a good practise.
Bus VIP 20, Techbus VN JSC (Techbus Vietnam Joint stock company), Apr 19, 2024
RS
Better than I expected for my first bus
Bus Sleeper 40, Techbus VN JSC (Techbus Vietnam Joint stock company), Dec 2, 2023
AP
45 minutes late and almost no update from the staff... The bus was old and not so clean. I'm 1m78 and couldn't stretch my legs entirely but it was no big deal. Otherwise we arrived at the right destination.
Bus Sleeper 40, Techbus VN JSC (Techbus Vietnam Joint stock company), Nov 7, 2023
IP
Staff not friendly, no meal. Seat comfortable.
Bus VIP 22, Techbus VN JSC (Techbus Vietnam Joint stock company), Nov 5, 2023
L
Driver was checking his phone while driving and changing lanes constantly. He almost had an accident because he braked too late. Also he was really tired. He dropped us at a wrong hotel. We waited 40 minutes at the pick up point.
Bus VIP 9 Express, Techbus VN JSC (Techbus Vietnam Joint stock company), Oct 6, 2023
JD
it was really late and we also ended up sitting on the bus much longer than we should have as it was further delayed
Bus VIP 22, Techbus VN JSC (Techbus Vietnam Joint stock company), Sep 23, 2023
PB
We got told to give them our food so that we wouldn’t eat during the drive because apparently that’s not aloud and we where supposed to get them back when we got to our destination but instead of getting them back they ate the food during the drive even though we where supposed to get them back since it was ours! They could have at least asked because we could share with them. The seats weren’t that great either because we couldn’t put them up so we had to lie down the whole drive and there was no button to turn off the air conditioning because the driver controls that so it was on for the whole drive and it became very cold.
Bus VIP 22, Techbus VN JSC (Techbus Vietnam Joint stock company), Sep 16, 2023
HJ
For a Dutch person of 1.80 sharing the small cabin with his girlfriend, it was definitely an experience. However, we managed and was actually comfortable. Put your backs in de back of the truck because you won't have space otherwise. We had 2 stops for food/toilet in our 6 hour drive. ( it took longer then expected). Would do it again, but if you can, reserve 2 cabins just in case.
Bus Sleeper 40, Techbus VN JSC (Techbus Vietnam Joint stock company), Sep 7, 2023
AB
We bought Two tickets and we only have one cabin for two people, we Don’t know why yet
Bus Sleeper 41 Express, Techbus VN JSC (Techbus Vietnam Joint stock company), Aug 13, 2023
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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 Bus. 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 ticket is the most expensive option - it will cost you about USD 330.38. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a bus as a bus ticket costs as low as USD 6.13.

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 94 miles (150 km). The flying distance is 94 miles (150 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 3 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 Inter Bus Lines (Công Ty Cổ Phần Inter Bus Lines): travelling by bus expect to pay as low as USD 6.13 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 330.38.

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

  • Bus tickets - USD 6.13 to USD 174.20;
  • Bus+taxi price: USD 10.33. From Hanoi to Lao Cai starting from 07:00 Hanoi Opera House until 07:00 Hanoi Opera House
  • Van price : USD 13.07 - USD 16.80;
  • Train tickets - USD 29.50 to USD 87.84;
  • taxi+Train price: USD 62.91 - USD 98.59. From Hanoi to Lao Cai starting from 21:35 Hanoi until 22:00 Hanoi
  • Train+taxi price: USD 62.91 - USD 98.59. 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 17.90 to USD 330.38.

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 00:00 - you can also take a bus as late as 23:59. There are 1853 available bus trips every day.
  • Trains always run on a set schedule - there are 17 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 USD 17.90.

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:

  • 63% decided to go for a bus.
  • 18% opted for a van.
  • 14% users enjoyed a train ride.
  • 2% chosen taxi+Train
  • 1% Other