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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 SapaExpress to Sapa by bus

06:30
Hanoi SapaExpress
12:00
Sa Pa SapaExpress
5h 30m
07:00
Hanoi SapaExpress
13:00
Sa Pa SapaExpress
6h
22:00
Hanoi SapaExpress
04:00
Sa Pa SapaExpress
6h

From Hanoi to Sapa by train

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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#SP1
21:35
HNO Hanoi
05:30
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
7h 55m
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#SP1
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
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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22:00
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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22:00
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 Hanoi to Sapa by train+taxi joint ticket

21:35
HNO Hanoi
05:30
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
7h 55m
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This connection is managed by the operating company. You will be transfered between the trips.
Any
Lao Cai, Sapa
Time
Sapa
1h
Refund
Total duration
8h 55m
#SP1
21:35
HNO Hanoi
05:30
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
7h 55m
Refund
This connection is managed by the operating company. You will be transfered between the trips.
Any
Lao Cai, Sapa
Time
Sapa
1h
Refund
Total duration
8h 55m
22:00
HNO Hanoi
06:05
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
8h 5m
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This connection is managed by the operating company. You will be transfered between the trips.
Any
Lao Cai, Sapa
Time
Sapa
1h
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Total duration
9h 5m

From Hanoi SSB to Sapa by bus

06:30
Hanoi SSB
13:00
Sapa SSB
6h 30m
07:00
Hanoi SSB
13:30
Sapa SSB
6h 30m
07:00
Hanoi SSB
13:00
Sapa SSB
6h
13:15
Hanoi SSB
19:45
Sapa SSB
6h 30m
14:00
Hanoi SSB
20:30
Sapa SSB
6h 30m
21:00
Hanoi SSB
03:30
Sapa SSB
6h 30m
21:45
Hanoi SSB
04:15
Sapa SSB
6h 30m

From Hanoi SSB to Sapa by van

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

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 to Sapa by taxi

Any
Hanoi
Time
Sapa
4h 30m
Instant
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Hanoi
Time
Sapa
4h 30m
Instant
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Hanoi
Time
Sapa
4h 10m
Instant
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Hanoi
Time
Sapa
5h
  vehicle, all incl

From Gia Lam to Sapa by train

21:53
GLA Gia Lam, Hanoi
05:30
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
7h 37m
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22:18
GLA Gia Lam, Hanoi
06:05
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
7h 47m
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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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How to get to Sapa from Hanoi

Why Go to Sapa

Sapa is the favorite destination in Vietnam for those interested in trekking, homestays and the culture of Vietnam’s ethnic minorities. Established as a French hill station in the 1920’s, Sapa boasts incredible views of steep valleys lined with terraced rice paddies and on a clear day one can see the country’s highest peak - Fansipan. There are numerous trekking tours based out of Sapa with many including homestays at the local ethnic groups. Travelers can also visit the colorful Bac Ha market and browse the beautiful embroidered goods of the tribes from the surrounding hills that converge here on the weekends. Don’t forget to bring a good jacket as during the winter months this is one of the coldest places in Vietnam and recently has even been known to experience snowfall.

From Hanoi to Sapa

There is currently no airport in the region so travelers make the journey from Hanoi to Sapa via train or bus. It has long been one of the most popular overnight trains in the country with a number of more luxurious private train cars offering travelers varying degrees of comfort and relaxation on the night train. The train comes to a stop at Lao Cai station, about 35km from Sapa Town and there is no shortage of transportation options to transfer between the two.

From Hanoi to Sapa by Train

Hanoi to Sapa is the most popular and unique train route in Vietnam as it is serviced not only by Vietnam National Railways but also by more than a half dozen private train operators of varying degrees of comfort. Some are simply a cleaner, calmer and more relaxing way to spend the night traveling from Hanoi to Sapa while others are surprisingly luxurious and offer amenities you would not expect to find in a developing country. The level of comfort is reflected in their prices and most travelers say that the cost is certainly worth arriving in Sapa relaxed, well-rested and ready to explore the countryside. Vietnam railways has soft berths with 4 beds per cabin for USD$19. Prices on the private railways vary from $33.75 for VIP Sleeper cabins with 4 berths to $86.85 for VIP Sleeper cabins with 2 berths. All private trains will provide you snacks, drinks and a much softer bed to sleep in. They will also have wine, beer and meals available for purchase which are of a higher quality than the standard Vietnam Railways fare. The most luxurious for traveling from Hanoi to Sapa is Victoria Express which has a private lounge at the Hanoi railway station and their train cars include a bar, dinning room and library.

Trains from Hanoi to Sapa depart from the Tran Quy Cap street entrance to the Hanoi railway station, it should be noted that this is not the main entrance on Le Duan street. Passengers with the private railways to Sapa will need to exchange their vouchers for actual tickets at the respective company offices which open 1-2 hours before departure. Your voucher will give directions to the office which will be either in the Hanoi train station or across the street nearby. The majority of your fellow passengers will also be exchanging tickets and staff members at the station or other ticket booths should be able to point you in the right direction. English language skills may be very basic so remember to speak slowly, smile often and you will find the proper counter.

Departure times for the night train from Hanoi to Sapa are 9:40 and 10:00pm. All private train cars are attached to normal Vietnam National Railways trains and run on the same schedule which gives them arrival times of 5:35 and 6:20am respectively. There is a third train from Hanoi to Sapa that departs at 6:10am and arrives at 3:45pm. This train offers only a few dozen soft seats and the rest are hard wooden bench style seats which are quite uncomfortable for journeys of any length.

The train station is in the town of Lao Cai, about one hour outside of Sapa. Options for this transfer to Sapa include taxi, public shuttle and private charter. Shortly before arrival a woman will walk through the train offering to sell you tickets for the public shuttle to Sapa. Prices will vary widely from under $5 to more than $15. We can never advise to buy a ticket before actually seeing the vehicle for this sort of thing but there have not been many reports of scams at Lao Cai station. Should you choose this mode of transport be prepared for the shuttle to be overcrowded and driving to be a little too fast for the very winding roads. Another option is the regular taxi, be ready to share this with as many passengers as can fit for between $20-$30. The easiest way is to hire a private charter van or car to Sapa which can be arranged for at around $35-$50 depending on the number of passengers

From Hanoi to Sapa by Bus

A number of bus companies operate bus services from Hanoi to Sapa. Most will either depart or offer to pick you up from the Old Quarter and around Hoan Kiem Lake and will drop you off in Sapa Town but exact locations will vary. The trip should last about 6 hours, departing in either early morning or late night. There are no bathrooms on the busses but most will make one quick rest stop during the trip from Hanoi to Sapa.

From Dien Bien Phu to Sapa by Bus

Going from Dien Bien Phu to Sapa there are several small companies offering minivan and bus services. The journey to Sapa on the winding and less than perfect road lasts about 10 hours and should cost under $10. Enquire at your hotel for booking.

Where to Stay in Sapa

Your choices for lodging in Sapa can generally be split into two categories - hotels and homestays. Hotels range between cheap affairs aimed at budget local tourists for around $5 per night to luxury hotel and spas that can cost hundreds of dollars. Sapa itself is quite small with only a few main roads so there is really no ‘good’ or ‘bad’ area to stay. New hotels are popping up every year and these are usually the ones which can be counted on to have fully functioning amenities.

Homestays in Sapa and the surrounding communities are popular among travelers looking for a more unique experience. Some feel like real family homes while many more closely resemble a youth hostel in which you sleep on a thin mat on the floor and go without luxuries such as heat and running water. Usually locally cooked meals are included with the homestay but you should ask ahead if you want truly authentic food otherwise you will end up with toast and eggs for breakfast.

Things to Do in Sapa

Trekking around the trails around Sapa can be a great way to experience both the scenery and culture. You should hire a guide through your hotel and many trekking tours in Sapa include a one night homestay. Most guides are local women and don’t be surprised when you struggle to keep up as you traverse the slippery paths. Your guide may be sporting homemade flip flops, but sturdy footwear is recommended. More serious hikers may want to try to climb up to the peak of Fansipan - Vietnam’s tallest mountain. A guide is required for this and authorities control entrance to the route.

Independent travellers may want to rent a bike and explore the towns and trails near Sapa on their own. Motorcycles can be rented from your hotel and the tourist information center in the middle of Sapa has good maps. Many towns have pay stations where you can park your bike and head off on the local trails. During the high season you certainly won’t be alone and there will be plenty of people around to guide you should you need directions.

On Sundays, the nearby Bac Ha market has a great selection of local arts and crafts as ethnic groups from the surrounding area converge for the day. The most colorful group is known as the Flower H’moung who get their name from the many layers of colorful clothing they wear. The market is best known for traditional embroidery which makes for a great souvenir.

Other activities include cooking classes to learn local H’moung dishes, tours to the nearby waterfall known as Heaven’s Gate and paddle boating around Sapa lake. Tourism is the main focus of Sapa so you will have no problem arranging any activity from even the most basic guesthouse or cafe and you may even be surprised by the level of English spoken by most people as it is much higher than average for the country.

Onward Travel from Sapa

Trains from Sapa to Hanoi depart from Lao Cai station at 8:35 and 9:10pm and will cost the same. For those wishing to travel to Laos you may arrange for a minivan or bus to first take you to Dien Bien Phu (10 hours) and then onward to Laos. We would recommend taking the morning bus from Sapa to Dien Bien Phu, enjoying an evening in there and then continuing on in the morning. This may be preferable to taking an overnight bus from Sapa as the road is not very good and you will not get much sleep. Tickets for the entire journey should be purchased jointly at your guesthouse and please remember to get a receipt.

Passenger reviews out of total 13,733 passengers who traveled with us on this route.

At 12Go our operators offer three types of service:

Cheap, Fast, Good - but you can usually pick only two of them!
Cheap & Fast won’t be Good. (e.g. buses from/to Khao San Road, local buses or 3rd class trains)
Cheap & Good won’t be Fast. (e.g. VIP trains in Thailand)
Fast & Good won’t be Cheap. (e.g. private limousine services, or VIP24 buses vs Express buses)

Make your choice! Please remember that while we are closely monitoring the services, we are still an agency marketplace. That means we focus on ticketing services and route availability & coverage rather than on the factual seat reclining angle you will get on the bus today.

Sep 21, 2018
bus Semi Sleeper, Grouptour
★★★☆☆
Decent seats and WiFi. One hour late
Sep 21, 2018
bus Semi Sleeper, Grouptour
★★☆☆☆
Extremely unorganised. Arrived at the office 45 minutes before, as instructed by the email to find the office closed. Did not open until 9 (when we were scheduled to leave). We were then put on a shuttle bus and made to get out by the side of the road, to have the guide put us back in a taxi to where we’d just come from?! We got on the correct bus 45 minutes late, were shunned to the back where one of our seats had a nail sticking out of it and the bus was so over subscribed people were having to sleep in the aisle. The toilet was broken and we made no bathroom break in 6 and a half hours. The bus stopped at 4:30am but we didn’t get off until an hour later. We were made to sit stationary unaware of what was going on but unable to move for the aisle being littered with backpacks/people. It is unreasonable to make people pay to be transported like cattle.
Sep 20, 2018
van VIP, Grouptour
★★★★★
Perfect, an big thanks
Sep 19, 2018
van VIP, Grouptour
★★★☆☆
Van is comfortable, we arrive at 7am at hanoi office but we couldnt choose seats as other People were in the van al ready. Trip took 2 more hours than what they said. Driver is extremely aggresive driving, but so are the others in the road...
Sep 19, 2018
train #SP3 VIP Sleeper, Sapaly Express
★★★★☆
A bumpy ride. Everthing is clean.
Sep 18, 2018
bus Semi Sleeper, Grouptour
★★★☆☆
Bus was clean and guite comfortable, we arrived on time, only staff was not nice, didn’t speak English and the toilet was a bit broken. I would use this company probably again.
Sep 18, 2018
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways
★★★★★
Affordable price, Nice Bed, Plenty toilets, Great experience.
Sep 16, 2018
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper, Fanxipan
★★★★☆
Considering that this railway is from 1900... and average speed is 40kph, you can sleep. One thing, sometimes the air conditioning is really too cold. We used paper to limit the air flow.
Sep 13, 2018
train #SP3 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways
★★★★☆
We booked the 1st class sleeper train and as far as I can see, apart from the carriage itself, everything looked like we booked a tourist cabin. We even had complimentary water, snacks and tissues. It seemed like pillow cases and sheets were fresh but not sure about the duvet though. It was a very pleasant ride and slept well. Toilets were clean enough. There was hot water and toilet paper. So overall worth 4 stars! Will do this again soon!
Sep 12, 2018
train #SP3 VIP Sleeper, Sapaly Express
★★☆☆☆
The cabin vip is nice and clean and the train was in time . but the air conditioning was too cold. There was too much noise in the train so we cannot sleep. There is a coffee in the morning but with milk. I can’t drink milk. It will be better to offer also black coffee. The toilet was dirty. It’s too expensive for this level of service.
Sep 11, 2018
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways
★★★★☆
Old sleeper cabin but was still comfy enough. Simple. A bit loud. Bring plugs
Sep 10, 2018
bus Semi Sleeper, Sapa Express
★★★★★
Very good service! Fast and comfortable. We arrived at 4:30am in Sapa and the allowed us to sleep until 6am in the bus.
Sep 7, 2018
bus VIP Sleeper 41, Grouptour
★★★★☆
The bus itself was totally fine. The blankets came in very handy, but they were really dirty. Sadly, I had some garbage from the person sitting in my seat before me (but I believe that's just bad behaviour from that person and not the direct fault of the bus company. We were told to come at 21:20, whereas the bus left at 22:30 and others arrived just a couple of minutes earlier than that... Other than that the staff was really friendly, bus driver did a good job and we arrived on time (4:30) despite the later departure. It was great to be offered the possibility to stay in the bus until 6:00. The Wi-Fi worked well. Generally I can recommend this company :) maybe next time I'll be luckier concerning the waiting and seat.
Sep 6, 2018
train #SP3 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways
★★★☆☆
All in all, the ride was okay. The train station was easy to find and my friend and me had a cabin for ourselves. However the beds were uncomfortable and the train was shaking during the whole drive. In the middle of the ride a lady came to us and offered us a shuttle from Lao Cai to Sapa for 50 k each. She said we had to pay immediately and we trusted her because she was wearing a uniform of the train company. She only gave us a business card of a shuttle company but no tickets. When we arrived at Lao Cai, the driver from that company said we had to pay again because he couldn't find the lady. So we paid again which was not fair because we had already paid in the train!
Sep 5, 2018
train #SP3 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways
★★★★☆
It was puntual, se were able to sleep during all night. The only bad experience was the toilet, wich was very dirty.
Sep 5, 2018
bus Semi Sleeper, Grouptour
★★★★★
Great service
Sep 4, 2018
bus Standard AC, Sapa Express
★★★★★
Fantastic trip. The seats are incredibly confortable. The guide is very kind. 100% recommended.
Aug 31, 2018
bus VIP, Sapa Express
★★★★☆
Great sevice, friendly staff. At times the last part was quite scary, overtaking vehicles on bendy mountain roads.
Aug 30, 2018
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways
★★★★☆
12goasia perfect service as always. The sleeper train from Hanoi to Sapa was bumpy and the “soft beds” are rock hard. Otherwise we really enjoyed the journey, cos we got lucky and were alone in the comparťent, it was actually quite romantic :-)
Aug 30, 2018
bus VIP Sleeper 41, Sapa Express
★★★☆☆
Fast and very good option for coming to Sapa from Hanoi. Anyway in our case, it was warm inside of the bus when it stop and we didn't can to sleep till 6 a.m.
Aug 27, 2018
bus VIP Sleeper 41, Grouptour
★★★★☆
It was good, the only problem is that we left Hanoi 40 minutes late of what was promised.
Aug 25, 2018
bus VIP Sleeper 41, Sapa Express
★★★★★
Increible servicio de Sapa express y de 12go.asia. Puntuales, amables y la empresa on line super seria. Muy recomendable!
Aug 21, 2018
bus VIP Sleeper 41, Sapa Express
★★★★★
Clean. Comfortable.
Aug 20, 2018
bus VIP Sleeper 41, Sapa Express
★★★★★
We really enjoyed the Sapa express service. It was very comfortable. I will recommend ...
Aug 19, 2018
van VIP, Grouptour
★★★★☆
The van are really comfortable and clean. We got to sapa at the time we were told. The driver is a little bit crazy but we guess it’s something common in Vietnam. However He knew what he was doing
Aug 18, 2018
bus VIP, Sapa Express
★★★★★
Excellent service. Very professional company. Picked up from hotel to bus on time. Whould highly recommend.
Aug 18, 2018
train #SP3 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways
★★★★★
soft bed
Aug 17, 2018
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Livitrans Express
★★★☆☆
Overall the trip was fine, however we found several cockroaches in the room that we had to kill. We suggest to keep warm clothes since the air conditioning is pretty strong and an anti-bug!
Aug 17, 2018
bus VIP Sleeper 41, Sapa Express
★★★★★
Perfect, very comfortable and they also give us water and peanuts and let us to sleep on the bus until 6am!
Aug 17, 2018
bus VIP Sleeper 41, Sapa Express
★★★★★
Rapido, puntual!
Aug 14, 2018
van VIP, Grouptour
★★★★☆
Great trip
Aug 14, 2018
charter Comfort, DichungTaxi
★★★★★
great!
Aug 14, 2018
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper, Orient Express
★★★★☆
Is not a compliment, but I think they simply can’t do it better. The train is very old, as the cabin aswell.. we reserved the “private” cabin (if you are 2 you pay for 4), the bunk was rock hard. They include a basquet with water, bananas and some biscuits, and a hitting jar, but no instant coffee or tea (wich you’ll appriciate so much at 5:30 in the morning, but also you’ll have to pay for it). The toilet was disgusting. I think it’s expensive for what you receive, but at this time is the best option to get to Sa Pa.
Aug 14, 2018
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper, Orient Express
★★★☆☆
Quite expensive and no coffe/tea included
Aug 12, 2018
train #SP3 VIP Sleeper 4x, King Express
★★★★☆
Good, but without wifi and the bath so dirty
Aug 11, 2018
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways
★★★★☆
Lowest cost but good enough. However it’s not easy tp sleep on the train.
Aug 9, 2018
bus VIP Sleeper 41, Sapa Express
★★★☆☆
Wifi, safety belt are not working.
Aug 8, 2018
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Fanxipan
★★★★☆
It was decent trip. Not noisy and good sleep. But toilets were quite dirty...
Aug 6, 2018
bus VIP Sleeper 41, Grouptour
★★★★★
Great experience. On time, clean vehicle. Please do ask your drivers to quit talking and texting while driving though.
Aug 6, 2018
train #SP3 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways
★★★★☆
Nice train! Worth it and affordable price!
Aug 4, 2018
train #SP3 VIP Sleeper, Sapaly Express
★★★★☆
Probably the best way of commuting from Hanoi to Sapa at night. We managed to fall asleep only after having to argue with one of the staff members to stop talking so loud on the phone in the middle of the night. Overall, the cabin was clean and equipped with some necessary items to freshen up and feel comfy. The train left and arrived on time. We were offered the option of having coffee in the morning. We did not take it because the only option was with sugar. The experience can be very much improved in the train station in Hanoï. In the train, an option to turn off the air conditioning would be very good. Also, one or two USB plugs to charge the phones would be great with minimal investment.
Aug 3, 2018
van VIP, Grouptour
★★★★★
Good driver, easy to reach Sapa
Aug 3, 2018
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways
★★★☆☆
An old couch with lights that couldn't be switched off and hard beds. You dont pay that much but you also dont get that much.
Aug 3, 2018
train #SP3 VIP Sleeper 4x, Sapaly Express
★★★★☆
Train was fine. Noisy but met expectations. Have a close look on the adress to go to on your voucher. You probably have to pick up your tickets and board the train on the back side of the Hanoi station. That will take you a 10 to 15 min if you are on the frontside!!!
Jul 30, 2018
van VIP, Grouptour
★★★★★
good journey
Jul 30, 2018
train #SP3 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways
★★★☆☆
Train station was easy to navigate. And we didn’t have to worry about collecting tickets from any tellers because of the e-tickets they sent us. We simply showed up, scanned through the gate and went to our platform. The train ride itself...everything was to schedule and we had no issues finding our cabin and bunks. I wasn’t particularly fond of the bed though. That sleeper train was by far the worst sleep I’ve ever had. The bed was very hard and the cabin was extremely shakey. Didn’t get a single ounce of sleep for the whole ride. But I guess this differs a lot from person to person because my friend said that she slept fine and had zero issues. A few things to note....I’ve read other reviews online about this particular train ride and only one mentioned bringing your own toilet paper. I brought some just in case and boy was I ever happy I did! The toilet on the train isn’t the greatest and it was completely soaking wet so the roll of toilet paper they had was absolutely soaked as well. On top of that there isn’t much toilet paper to begin with. So if you’re going to take one piece of advice from this let it be this one. BRING YOUR OWN TOILET PAPER. Another thing to note (wasn’t an issue for me but noticed this with other passengers) the hallways are very narrow so if you’re travelling with a wide bag (wider than your average 60L bag) it may be a bit difficult to get your things through the doorways. Like I said, this wasn’t an issue for me because I managed to squeeze through with little difficulty but it was a very tight squeeze and I saw people with large rolling bags having issues.
Jul 29, 2018
van VIP, Grouptour
★★★☆☆
The car is in noce condition but the driver drive too fast and dangerous. He is aggressive as well.
Jul 28, 2018
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper, Orient Express
★★★★☆
Il treno era pulito, personale gentile
Jul 28, 2018
bus VIP Sleeper 41, Grouptour
★★★★★
It was amazing sleeping bus with excellent staffs . Comfortable :)
Jul 26, 2018
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways
★★★★★
We paid $16 a person for a one-way 8 hour (21:40-05:30) journey. You’ll get everything you would expect for that price (mainly a bumby ride). Make sure to stock up on food, beverages, ect; especially breakfast, since none is served in the morning. Except for coffee (25.000 dong). Regarding transport to Sapa. We booked in advance but this was not necessary. Plentyfull busses, vans and taxi drivers stand ready at your disposal. If you would like to take a van ( +- 40.000 dong a person) make sure you get to front of the train station fast after the train arrives. Most of them will only leave to Sapa when full and if you come late to the party you could end up waiting untill a next train with new potential passengers comes in. Have a wonderful life!
Jul 26, 2018
bus VIP Sleeper 41, Grouptour
★★★★☆
The bus is great, the only thing is that we start with a little delay
Jul 25, 2018
bus VIP, Sapa Express
★★★★★
We werden bij het hotel opgehaald en hadden n hele luxe bus met heerlijke stoelen. De chauffeur Fenix reed heel goed. En Max de begeleider deed het top.
Jul 25, 2018
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways
★★★★☆
Bed described as soft but quite hard on my bones. Overall great though
Jul 24, 2018
van VIP, GreenLion Bus
★★★★☆
Most of the trip went well, the driver didn't speak much English but was genuinely polite. We were hosted outside of the old quarter so we met the driver in the location provided when we made the reservation without any issues. We stopped twice in the way to rest and have some amazing natural fruit juices from the vendors in the rest stops. The only reason we don't give a 5 star review is due to the aggressive driving from Lao Cai to Sapa which is a dangerous looking mountain road. The driver would make some dangerous take overs with no visibility at all and sometimes even did turns completely on the opposite side of the road.
Jul 23, 2018
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Pumpkin Express
★★★☆☆
The cabines were ok, but the toilet was really very dirty.
Jul 22, 2018
train #SP3 VIP Sleeper 4x, Chapa Express
★★★★☆
El tren muy pintoresco y cómodo. El baño sucio. El viaje tranquilo y en hora. El personal de la estación no fue muy competente pero el del tren muy amable. En general fue una experiencia divertida.
Jul 17, 2018
bus VIP, Sapa Express
★★★☆☆
The staff was very kind. My comment is that the last part of the trip to Sapa, the driver took sometimes too much risk in overtaking slow moving vehicles, especially just before curves/ bends in the route.
Jul 16, 2018
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Pumpkin Express
★★☆☆☆
They gave us the wrong tickets . First they don’t want to help us and asked us to step in the wrong cabin. It’s because we keep ask for the wright tickets that they helped us . We had to take the train later .
Jul 16, 2018
train #SP3 VIP Sleeper 4x, Sapaly Express
★★★★★
Very Nice coupe, clean and good beds!
Jul 14, 2018
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper, Orient Express
★★★★★
That was a great experience and very comfortable night on the sleeper train to Cao Lau from Hanoi. Good job all staff involved :)
Jul 12, 2018
train #SP3 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways
★★★☆☆
The bed was harder than we expected in a 4 persons room. With a sleeping pil it was possible to sleep a couple of jours.
Jul 12, 2018
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Pumpkin Express
★★★☆☆
Family of 4, boys at 12 and 19 years. Thanks to details on tripadvisor we found the right building. The guy at the ticketoffice was late so that caused a little stress to all of us wantint to exchange our voucher to tickets. The sleeper was better than excpected, water, bananas and biscuits was included. Noisy, bring earplugs,bunks where ok. Take it as an adventure.
Jul 9, 2018
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways
★★☆☆☆
Bad hygiëne on toilet/sanitary. Matrasses are too hard, its like sleeping on the floor.
Jul 6, 2018
train #SP3 VIP Sleeper 4x, King Express
★★★★★
Very good. Cleen.
Jul 6, 2018
van VIP, Grouptour
★★★★★
Very comfy
Jul 6, 2018
bus VIP Sleeper 41, Sapa Express
★★★☆☆
Good trip.
Jul 4, 2018
bus VIP, Sapa Express
★★★★★
Great friendly service. Excellent communication.
Jul 2, 2018
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways
★★☆☆☆
We were waiting in the indicated point till 06:25. No bus appeared. Then a van parked in front of us and a guy told us to come with them after asking for our voucher. We told him that we had booked a bus but he said no matter. When I asked if we had to pay some more the told me to pay to the driver. Only after we said we won't be paying anything else as we had already purchased tickets the driver agreed. We travelled in the last seats, almost no space for the legs, no room for our luggage. Contacted to the phone number in the voucher when we already were in the van and a man told us to wait for someone to pick us....so I don't really know who the man of the van was, but pretty sure organization was terrible.
Jul 2, 2018
bus VIP Sleeper 41, Sapa Express
★★★★★
The seats are clean and comfy. Totally worth the money. One thing though, make sure you bring ear plugs if you are sensitive to noises.
Jul 1, 2018
train #SP3 VIP Sleeper 4x, Sapaly Express
★★★★☆
Overall good. Basic accommodations. Beds comfy for a train.
Jun 30, 2018
bus VIP Sleeper 41, Grouptour
★★★☆☆
1. Departure delayed more than 20 minutes. The reason seemed to be some people who got on late. 2. The bus stopped on the way from Lao Kai to Sapa. Although it was nothing serious and arrived in Sapa in safe. However I worried if we had to walk from there to Sapa. Besides above 2 tour was normal. Thank you.
Jun 30, 2018
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper, Orient Express
★★★★☆
The train was on time, clean and the bedding was clean comfortable. The bunk was rock hard but it’s not a hotel so you can’t expect super comfort. We slept pretty well. Ticket exchange and boarding was pretty smooth once we asked a couple of officials for directions. The interior of the railway car was quite old but we were provided with complementary water, biscuits, fruit and soft drinks. We booked the private compartment for 2 and although expensive it was worth it for the privacy and space for our luggage
Jun 28, 2018
bus VIP Sleeper 41, Sapa Express
★★★☆☆
The trip was ok but the seats are not as comfy as the ones in South American long distance buses. They are slippery beacause they are made of artificial leather and much more narrow. Service was ok, bus safly drove us to Sapa
Jun 26, 2018
bus VIP Sleeper 41, Sapa Express
★★★★★
Staff were great. We arrived early and were allowed to sleep on the bus till gone 6am. These buses are not great for anyone tall - leg space is limited. I am 5’10 and would not recommend for anyone taller!
Jun 25, 2018
bus VIP Sleeper 41, Grouptour
★★★★☆
Good service !
Jun 23, 2018
bus VIP Sleeper 41, Sapa Express
★★★★★
Tutto perfetto, puntuali anzi arrivo in anticipo. Bel viaggio notturno.Bus pulito
Jun 19, 2018
bus VIP, Sapa Express
★★★★★
We had a great ride to Sapa. Max was a good host. We had plenty of space.
Jun 17, 2018
bus VIP Sleeper 41, Sapa Express
★★★★☆
The bus ride was great but our guide was a little...odd.
Jun 15, 2018
train #SP3 VIP Sleeper 4x, Sapaly Express
★★★★☆
A little disorganized with very small sign to get tickets in exchange for voucher. For families with small children the train leaves at 10 pm and you have to find the train, a tout helped me and expected at tip which I gave willingly. The train itself was fine noisy yes but this is Vietnam and I didn’t expect any less. Beds comfortable A/C worked fine.
Jun 8, 2018
bus VIP Sleeper 41, Sapa Express
★★★★☆
Smooth ride all the way. Pretty comfortable
Jun 7, 2018
train #SP3 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways
★★★★☆
Not really comfy... but What you may expect from a train trip in asia. Pretty clean and snacks and drinks
Jun 2, 2018
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper, Orient Express
★★☆☆☆
Toilets very dirty. Blankets dirty.
May 29, 2018
train #SP3 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways
★★★★★
Good train, station clean with ticket self printing machine!! Everything worked perfectly well!
May 27, 2018
bus VIP, Sapa Express
★★★★★
Good and quick trip
May 25, 2018
bus VIP, Sapa Express
★★★★☆
Booked bus online, arranged pick up from hotel which was good but had to confirm twice, bus very comfortable (large red leather reclining seats). No toilet on the bus and VIP drink and snacks (very small bottle of water and packet of nuts) not worth the ticket price. Overall good and very safe driving but more expensive than other options.
May 22, 2018
bus VIP Sleeper 41, Sapa Express
★★★★☆
It was a very good experience. The driver's assistant was excellent and very helpful. The only thing that I would suggest is that you let people know that the overnight bus is not designed for people taller than 5' 11". I am 6'2" and my legs did not fit in the seat.
May 21, 2018
bus VIP Sleeper 41, Sapa Express
★★★★☆
Only thing missing:wifi.
May 21, 2018
bus VIP Sleeper 41, Sapa Express
★★★★☆
We left 20 minutes late, but we get on time in sapa! I enjoy the ride ! Thank you
May 20, 2018
train #SP3 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways
★★★★★
Easy, great trip on the overnight train. Had some confusion on making sure we had the lower berths, it is the lower numbers off seats that are the lower seats.
May 19, 2018
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Fanxipan
★★★★☆
The carriage we were in was clean. The staff were friendly and spoke some English. Sure, the train rocks but it’s a narrow gauge so just let it rock you to sleep. Only issue we had was the drinks cart is quite noisy. The mattress was quite hard but still comfortable enough. I would recommend the trip to anyone.
May 18, 2018
bus VIP, Sapa Express
★★★★★
Worried about being scammed but had no issues with this company. Booked stess free. Great service and lovely friendly staff. Seats were comfy and driver drove safely. Would definitely recommend.
May 15, 2018
van VIP, GreenLion Bus
★★★☆☆
Departure time from hotel was 15:00, luckily we arrived early (14:35) as the driver was already waiting for us. No Hello nothing , bag into the van and go in 1 minute ! Already an car realized the driver spoke very little to no English whatsoever. Driving felt, at times, unsafe but I guess that's the way they drive in Vietnam.
May 15, 2018
bus VIP Sleeper 41, Grouptour
★★★★☆
Staff very friendly and helpful, bus left and arrived on time and allowed us to sleep till 6am. Water and blankets and toilet included. Bus was AC and sleeper seats comfortable enough to sleep through the night. ( I am 5ft8 )
May 8, 2018
train #SP3 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways
★★★☆☆
Like they say “you get what you pay for “ ; horseback to Sapa would be worth it.
May 4, 2018
bus VIP Sleeper 41, Sapa Express
★★★★☆
Good and convenient way to get to Sapa, bus was comfortable,guide smiling and explaining along the way where we stop for food etc.,just one negative was that drivers in Vietnam often use horn to prevent motorbike colision,but if you want to sleep along the way,its impossible... at least country side is beautiful so there is a lot to see along the way :)
Apr 28, 2018
van VIP, Grouptour
★★★★★
Comfy trip and helpful driver
Apr 27, 2018
van VIP, Grouptour
★★★★★
Good trip, comfortable and quick :)
Apr 25, 2018
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper, Pumpkin Express
★★★★☆
Comfortable beds and enough space for both of our luggage. Quite noisy people around us which made it hard to fall asleep.
Apr 23, 2018
train #SP3 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways
★★★★★
The coaches on the trains to SAPA are quite similar (and the noise is the same for everybody), so we bought tickets on the Vietnam Railways coaches which can only be purchased outside Vietnam through a travel agency. Booking and payment through 12go.asia went extremely went. No hassle with vouchers, we got straight on to the correct train to Lao Cai. Train ride was a bit bumpy but we managed to get some sleep thanks to the earplugs and tape to cut-off the airco.
Apr 22, 2018
bus VIP, Sapa Express
★★★★★
Great customer service. Comfy busses.it was easy, fast trip and very pleasant trip.