Refundable Recommended
21:35
HNO Hanoi
7h 55m ride in train #SP1
2.8+
05:30
+1
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
Pumpkin Express
Refundable Recommended
21:35
HNO Hanoi
7h 55m ride in train #SP1
2.3+
05:30
+1
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
Violette Express Train
Refundable Recommended
22:00
HNO Hanoi
8h 5m ride in train #SP3, VIP Sleeper 4x
3.5
06:05
+1
LCA Sapa Lao Cai

From Hanoi to Lao Cai by Trains

Refundable Recommended
21:35
HNO Hanoi
7h 55m ride in train #SP1
2.8+
05:30
+1
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
Pumpkin Express
Refundable Recommended
21:35
HNO Hanoi
7h 55m ride in train #SP1
2.3+
05:30
+1
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
Refundable
21:35
HNO Hanoi
7h 55m ride in train #SP1, VIP Sleeper 4x
3.8
05:30
+1
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
Refundable
21:35
HNO Hanoi
7h 55m ride in train #SP1
4.0+
05:30
+1
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
Refundable
21:35
HNO Hanoi
7h 55m ride in train #SP1, 1st Class Sleeper
3.8
05:30
+1
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
Violette Express Train
Refundable Recommended
22:00
HNO Hanoi
8h 5m ride in train #SP3, VIP Sleeper 4x
3.5
06:05
+1
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
Sapaly Express
Refundable
22:00
HNO Hanoi
8h 5m ride in train #SP3
3.6+
06:05
+1
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
Refundable
22:00
HNO Hanoi
8h 5m ride in train #SP3
2+
06:05
+1
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
Refundable
22:00
HNO Hanoi
8h 5m ride in train #SP3, 1st Class Sleeper
3.5
06:05
+1
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
Refundable
22:00
HNO Hanoi
8h 5m ride in train #SP3
3.7
06:05
+1
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
Refundable
22:30
HNO Hanoi
8h 3m ride in train #SP7, 1st Class Sleeper
5
06:33
+1
LCA Sapa Lao Cai

From 21 Hang Thung to Lao Cai by Buses

Truly Hagiang
Instant
07:00
21 Hang Thung, Hanoi
5h 50m bus ride in VIP Sleeper 41
12:50
Luong Dinh Cua Sapa, Lao Cai

From Cua Dong Station to Lao Cai by Vans

Truly Hagiang
Instant
07:00
Cua Dong Station, Hanoi
5h van ride in VIP
12:00
Sapa Union 17

From Hanoi SapaDragon to Lao Cai by Buses

Instant
07:00
Hanoi SapaDragon
6h bus ride in VIP 27
4
13:00
Sapa SapaDragon
Instant
22:00
Hanoi SapaDragon
6h bus ride in Sleeper
4
04:00
+1
Sapa SapaDragon

From Gia Lam to Lao Cai by Trains

Refundable
21:53
GLA Gia Lam
7h 37m ride in train #SP1, 1st Class Sleeper
05:30
+1
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
Refundable
22:18
GLA Gia Lam
7h 47m ride in train #SP3, 1st Class Sleeper
06:05
+1
LCA Sapa Lao Cai

From Hanoi SapaExpress to Lao Cai by Buses

07:00
Hanoi SapaExpress
5h 30m bus ride in VIP 20
4.7
12:30
Sa Pa SapaExpress
07:15
Hanoi SapaExpress
6h bus ride in Semi Sleeper
3.9
13:15
Sa Pa SapaExpress2, Lao Cai
15:00
Hanoi SapaExpress
6h bus ride in VIP-Class
4.6
21:00
Sa Pa SapaExpress
22:00
Hanoi SapaExpress
6h bus ride in Semi Sleeper
3.9
04:00
+1
Sa Pa SapaExpress2, Lao Cai

From Hanoi Sinh to Lao Cai by Buses

Refundable
07:00
Hanoi Sinh
5h 30m bus ride in Express
12:30
Sapa Sinh
Refundable
22:00
Hanoi Sinh
5h 30m bus ride in Express
03:30
+1
Sapa Sinh

From Hanoi GreenLion to Lao Cai by Vans

07:00
Hanoi GreenLion
5h 30m van ride in VIP
4.1
12:30
Sapa GreenLion, Lao Cai

From Hanoi SSB to Lao Cai by Buses

Grouptour
06:30
Hanoi SSB
6h 30m bus ride in Semi Sleeper
3.9
13:00
Sapa SSB
Grouptour
07:00
Hanoi SSB
6h 30m bus ride in Semi Sleeper
3.9
13:30
Sapa SSB
Grouptour
07:00
Hanoi SSB
6h bus ride in AC Seater
4.6
13:00
Sapa SSB
Grouptour
13:15
Hanoi SSB
6h 30m bus ride in Semi Sleeper
3.9
19:45
Sapa SSB
Grouptour
14:00
Hanoi SSB
6h 30m bus ride in Semi Sleeper
3.9
20:30
Sapa SSB
Grouptour
21:00
Hanoi SSB
6h 30m bus ride in Semi Sleeper
3.9
03:30
+1
Sapa SSB
Grouptour
21:45
Hanoi SSB
6h 30m bus ride in Semi Sleeper
3.9
04:15
+1
Sapa SSB

From Hanoi SSB to Lao Cai by Vans

Grouptour
06:45
Hanoi SSB
5h 30m van ride in VIP
4.0
12:15
Sapa SSB
Grouptour
07:00
Hanoi SSB
5h 30m van ride in VIP
4.0
12:30
Sapa SSB
Grouptour
07:30
Hanoi SSB
5h 30m van ride in VIP
4.0
13:00
Sapa SSB
Grouptour
14:30
Hanoi SSB
5h 30m van ride in VIP
4.0
20:00
Sapa SSB
Grouptour
15:00
Hanoi SSB
5h 30m van ride in VIP
4.0
20:30
Sapa SSB

From Hanoi to Lao Cai by Taxis

Instant
--:--
Hanoi
4h 30m taxi ride in Economy
--:--
Sapa
Instant Fastest
--:--
Hanoi
4h 10m taxi ride in Van 9pax
--:--
Sapa
Grouptour
--:--
Hanoi
5h taxi ride in Van 9pax
5
--:--
Sapa
OUROS Travel
Instant
--:--
Hanoi
5h taxi ride in SUV 4pax
--:--
Sapa
OUROS Travel
Instant
--:--
Hanoi
5h taxi ride in Van 9pax
--:--
Sapa
OUROS Travel
Instant
--:--
Hanoi
5h taxi ride in VIP Van 9pax
5
--:--
Sapa
OUROS Travel
Instant
--:--
Hanoi
5h taxi ride in Comfort
--:--
Sapa

From Hanoi Airport to Lao Cai by Taxis

Instant
--:--
Hanoi Airport, Noi Bai Airport
4h 30m taxi ride in Comfort
--:--
Sapa
Instant
--:--
Hanoi Airport, Noi Bai Airport
4h 30m taxi ride in Van 9pax
--:--
Sapa
Grouptour
--:--
Hanoi Airport, Noi Bai Airport
5h taxi ride in Van 9pax
5
--:--
Sapa
OUROS Travel
Instant
--:--
Hanoi Airport, Noi Bai Airport
4h 30m taxi ride in Van 9pax
--:--
Sapa
OUROS Travel
Instant
--:--
Hanoi Airport, Noi Bai Airport
4h 30m taxi ride in Comfort
--:--
Sapa
OUROS Travel
Instant
--:--
Hanoi Airport, Noi Bai Airport
4h 30m taxi ride in SUV 4pax
--:--
Sapa
OUROS Travel
Instant
--:--
Hanoi Airport, Noi Bai Airport
4h 30m taxi ride in VIP Van 9pax
--:--
Sapa

From Yen Vien to Lao Cai by Trains

Refundable
22:06
YVI Yen Vien, Hanoi
7h 24m ride in train #SP1, 1st Class Sleeper
3.8
05:30
+1
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
Refundable
22:31
YVI Yen Vien, Hanoi
7h 34m ride in train #SP3, 1st Class Sleeper
3.5
06:05
+1
LCA Sapa Lao Cai

Hanoi to Lao Cai Schedule

Hanoi to Lao Cai Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
DichungTaxi Economy 00:00 - 04:30VND 4,217k
GreenLion Bus VIP 07:00 - 12:30VND 460k
Grouptour Semi Sleeper 13:15 - 19:45VND 250k
Sapa Express VIP-Class 15:00 - 21:00VND 414k
Orient Express VIP Sleeper 4x 21:35 - 05:30VND 835k
King Express VIP Sleeper 4x 22:00 - 06:05VND 835k
Vietnam Railways 1st Class Sleeper 22:00 - 06:05VND 516k
Violette Express Train VIP Sleeper 4x 22:00 - 06:05VND 920k
Chapa Express VIP Sleeper 4x 22:00 - 06:05VND 1,070k
Sapa Express Semi Sleeper 22:00 - 04:00VND 276k
Sapa Dragon Express Sleeper 22:00 - 04:00VND 250k
The SinhTourist Express 22:00 - 03:30VND 292k

How to get to Sapa from Hanoi

How to get from Hanoi to Sapa
There are two major ways to travel from Hanoi to Sapa, namely by train or by bus.

There is no airport in the region, so your choice is limited to overland means of transportation.

Train

The overnight railway route to Sapa is one of the most popular routes in the country. It is operated both by ordinary Vietnamese Railway carriages and more luxurious private trains which offer both a more expensive and more comfortable alternative.

Trains operate between Hanoi and Lao Cai station, about 35 km from Sapa. If travelling by train, you will then need to hire a taxi or jump onto a bus to cover this final leg.

Train tickets sell out quickly, so it is a good idea to book your ticket online as early as possible if you have travel dates fixed.

Bus

Hanoi to Sapa bus companies often offer pickup from the Old Quarter and around Hoan Kiem Lake. Buses of some companies depart from the Old Quarter. In Sapa, they bring passengers to different location around town.

Buses make multiple trips per day between Hanoi and Sapa. They take the fastest time to get from Hanoi to Sapa and are very budget-friendly but not always that comfortable.

Buses offer the widest choice of departure time throughout the day, too.

How far is from Hanoi to Sapa?

The overland distance from Hanoi to Sapa is 315 km. Sapa is located northwest of the capital in the mountainous area of Lao Cai province.

How long does it take to get from Hanoi to Sapa?

Hanoi to Sapa travel time normally lies within five and a half and 9 hours range. Buses travel faster, while trains are slower, require a taxi or a shuttle bus ride to cover the final leg of the journey but offer more comfort.

Trains normally need from seven and a half to eight and a half hours to reach Lao Cai. From Lao Cai train station, it is another hour–90 minutes to Sapa by taxi or public shuttle bus.

If travelling from Hanoi to Sapa by bus, duration of your trip is likely to be between five and a half and seven and a half hours.

How much does it cost to get from Hanoi to Sapa?

Ticket prices from Hanoi to Sapa differ greatly depending on the means of transport and the class of your travel.

Ordinary or semi-sleeper buses cost USD12-USD14. They feature three rows of soft berth instead of seats where you can only lie but not sit.

VIP buses offer soft reclining seats and enough legroom. These ones are more expensive: be ready to pay between USD16 and USD20 per seat.

First class sleepers in Vietnam Railways trains start at USD20-25 for a berth in a closed compartment for four passengers.

Luxury private trains that are essentially separate carriages attached to the same Vietnam Railways train, offer private compartments for two (first class sleeper) or four passengers (VIP sleeper).

For a first class sleeper, you’ll need to shell out about USD35-USD40. A VIP sleeper will set you back about USD70 and USD80 in media, though some companies, e.g. Victoria Express, charge twice as much for both options.

Hanoi to Sapa Timetable

Check Hanoi to Sapa timetable for buses and trains to choose the most convenient trip. Bus schedule is for reference only and can be changed without prior notice.

Trains Hanoi–Lao Cai
Hanoi–Lao Cai daily 9.35 pm 8 hours USD22-85

Hanoi–Lao Cai daily 10 pm 8 hours USD22-165

Buses Hanoi–Sapa
Sapa Express 7 am, 10 pm 5.30–6 hours USD13-16

Green Bus 7 am, 1.30 pm, 9.30 pm 6 hours USD11-12

Green Lion Bus 7 am 5.30 hours USD20

Good Morning Sapa 7 am 6 hours USD13

Fansipan Express 7.30 am, 10 pm 5.30 hours USD11-12

Best Rated Companies for this Route

All luxury trains enjoy great reviews. You can choose Pumpkin Express, Orient Express, Finxipan, Livitrans Express, Chapa Express, Violette Express, Sapaly Express and will not be disappointed.

Victoria Express is the most expensive and most luxurious of them all.

Yet ordinary carriages of Vietnam Railways trains are a decent budget-friendly option.

Reputed Hanoi to Sapa bus operators include Sapa Express, Green Bus, Inter Bus Lines, Queen Café VIP Open Bus, Good Morning Sapa Bus, and others.

Hanoi to Sapa Travel Tips

  • Use online booking for buying your Hanoi to Sapa tickets as it is one of the most popular routes in the country and tickets sell out quickly, especially cheap tickets.
  • While trains do not guarantee the fastest time for your trip, they are the most comfortable way to get from Hanoi to Sapa.
  • There are two Hanoi to Sapa trains a day and both are night trains.
  • Luxurious Victoria Express carriages are available in 10 pm train.
  • There are no toilets on buses in Vietnam, but they make one quick rest stop during their trip from Hanoi to Sapa.
  • The majority of buses to Sapa depart either in the early morning or late in the evening.
  • The road to Sapa is winding and far from perfect in parts so if you are prone to movement sickness opt for a train.

Hanoi to Lao Cai destination reviews

3.9
175 customer reviews
5
42%
4
27%
3
13%
2
10%
1
7%
82% of 175 travelers were happy with this destination
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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