Hanoi to Sapa

Hanoi to Sapa

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Hanoi to Sapa Schedule

Hanoi to Sapa Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Viet Technology Travel Minibus 15pax Any timeVND 4,950k
Sapa Group Bus VIP 22 06:45 - 12:35$ 18.10
Sao Viet VIP Cabin 09:30 - 15:00VND 403k
Sao Viet VIP Cabin 10:30 - 16:00VND 403k
Sao Viet VIP Cabin 13:30 - 19:00VND 403k
Grouptour VIP 14:30 - 20:00VND 375k
Sao Viet VIP Cabin 17:45 - 23:15VND 403k
Sao Viet VIP Cabin 19:30 - 01:00VND 403k
Sao Viet VIP Cabin 21:30 - 03:00VND 373k
Sao Viet VIP Cabin 23:59 - 05:29VND 403k

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.


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.


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 Sapa Destination Reviews

The journey itself was fine. However, we had real problems
Van VIP, Grouptour (Công ty du lịch quốc tế Grouptour), May 19, 2022
A new experience for me, the bus was comfortable and clean. Locals were also riding the bus so we can follow their etiquette
Bus VIP Cabin, Sao Viet (Sao Việt), May 13, 2022
The bus was very comfortable and the driver was was very careful when driving up to Sapa- no speeding or reckless driving- I would give him 5 stars. BUT the rest of the service was terrible- I booked an early bus, 6am departure. The day before I got a phone call from the office to be at the office address at 5.30- fair enough. I had paid for the ticket online, true, but it's a usual practice to be at the pick up point 15-30 min early. On the departure day I arrived at the office on time, not many people there, the bus picked us up and at 5.45 we took off to another meeting point to pick up the rest of the people, still in Hanoi. I dozed off since it was quite early only to be woken up by a screeching bus driver #1. It was at the pick up point #2. He shaken me awake (literary shaking my leg) and with another passenger who was translating for him, he demanded to see my ticket. Then he wanted to know if the backpack that was next to me was my only luggage and why I keep it on the seat- it was my only luggage, small 20l backpack with camera, money and all the other things inside so I didn't want to put it in the baggage compartment. He begrudgingly agreed and he let left the bus. And closed the door. It was around 6am. And we stayed there form 2 h! I could see the people waiting but not allowed to enter the bus. Only around 8.30 they started coming in and we took off. Obviously, we arrived in Sapa at 3 pm, not 12.30 as scheduled or confirmed that morning at the office. No explanation, no appologies- nothing. As I said bus driver #2 was great driver and he brought us to Sapa. Very pleasant and smiley man. Bus driver #1 was a proper asshole, shouting at us in Vietnamese whenever possible and he was about to actually shake my again in Sapa, when I was taking my backpack to leave the bus, as he keep screaching- Sapa, Sapa in my face. Very disappointed with this service and general organisation.
Bus VIP Cabin, Sao Viet (Sao Việt), Apr 27, 2022
the bus was comfortable and i felt safe, the staff was also nice.. we had a half hour brake in lao cai.
Bus VIP Cabin, Sao Viet (Sao Việt), Apr 26, 2022
Train is beautiful and good experience. Easy to sleep and not tried in 7hr riding time. I feel ticket counter is little difficult to find, but it's not serious.
Train #SP3 1st Class Sleeper, Sapaly Express, Oct 13, 2020
The price for what is provided is pretty high, so the value for this train trip is very low. The ticket guy for Pumpkin Express was easy to find and even at the station earlier than expected. He was also very helpful in getting me the drinks and snacks for my cabin and providing clear guidance on when and where to wait and board. Overall, it was an okay experience, but I couldn't sleep at all on the train despite having the entire VIP cabin to myself and there were only a few snacks and a couple drinks provided. I was impressed with the fact that I could actually charge my phone and they had a few different working lights in the room. The trains are very old, but they were cleaner than I expected. However, I also traveled only one month after the pandemic lockdown was lifted in Vietnam, so there were very few tourists traveling in general; that's probably why things were in decent condition (even the bathroom was pretty clean for a train). I was disappointed that there was no onboard wifi; luckily I had my own SIM with mobile data plan which worked on some parts of the trip. I took a private, 8-pax bus back from Sapa to Hanoi instead of the train, for which I paid only $25. It was much more comfortable, scenic, and quicker than the train. I likely would not take the train ever again unless the conditions were MUCH better (i.e., they need a complete overhaul).
Train #SP1 1st Class Sleeper, Pumpkin Express, Sep 3, 2020
It was nice. I was actually warn on the first level. People downstairs were a bit cold. But quite comfortable. Nicely organised and clean. Just don't follow people straight out of the train... They didn't leave us a chance, and we didn't do what we wanted to. Also prices were as usual.... Pricier. Don't get the coffee outside as well, its 3 times the price.
Train #SP3 VIP Sleeper 4x, Laman Express, Mar 23, 2020
too much cold with the air conditioning too much noise! impossible to sleep on this train!
Train #SP3 VIP Sleeper 4x, Laman Express, Mar 21, 2020
I can’t tell anything because we didn’t go because everything was closed in Sapa because of Corona . We payed for a trip and had nothing.
Bus VIP 20, Sapa Express, Mar 19, 2020
Well, the driver was on eine in the morning. He offers a small snack after collecting all 5 passengers. On the ride we had 2 short tests for bathroom, etc.
Bus VIP 27, Sapa Dragon Express (Sapa Dragon Express), Mar 14, 2020
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