Hanoi to Sapa

Hanoi to Sapa

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Hanoi to Sapa Schedule

Hanoi to Sapa Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
OUROS Travel SUV 4pax Any timeVND 2,694k
Sao Viet VIP Cabin 05:00 - 11:50VND 426k
To Vietnam Travel Cabin 22 06:15 - 12:15VND 438k
Techbus VN JSC VIP 22 08:10 - 14:10VND 450k
Techbus VN JSC VIP 20 10:15 - 16:15VND 468k
VietNam Travel Bus Sleeper 22 13:00 - 20:00VND 825k
Sao Viet Sleeper 15:30 - 22:15VND 341k
Duc Duong Bus VIP Luxury 22 17:30 - 23:30VND 464k
Duc Duong Bus VIP Luxury 22 18:00 - 00:00VND 464k
Sapa Discovery Travel VIP 20 21:00 - 02:00VND 480k
Sapa Ethnic Travel VIP 22 23:50 - 04:50VND 429k

How to get to Sapa from Hanoi

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.

Transportation from Hanoi to Sapa

Facts about the transport from Hanoi to Sapa

Cheapest Transport$7
Fastest Transport4h 10m
Earliest Departure12:00 AM
Latest Departure11:59 PM
Departures per day11
Distance209 kilometers
Transport CompaniesArirang Travel, 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, Saigon DMC, Sao Vang, Sao Viet, Sao Viet, Sapa Discovery Travel, Sapa Dragon Express, Sapa Ethnic Travel, Sapa Express, Sapa Group Bus, 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, VietNam Travel Bus, Violette Express Train

Hanoi to Sapa Destination Reviews

Workers were rude, like i did something bad for them. They were late 40minutes and acted like it’s normal thing.
Bus VIP Luxury 22, Sapa Ethnic Travel (Công Ty TNHH Một Thành Viên Du Lịch Thiểu Số), Jul 5, 2024
Bus was on time, everything went well. There are covers on the bus in case you find the AC too strong. We had two bathroom breaks, one 30 minutes (to eat) and another 10 to 15 minutes break. Just expect some locals to get on board sometimes and be quite loud talking with the driver.
Bus VIP 18 Express, Sapa Express, Jun 30, 2024
The drivers shoukd drive slower and more safe. This one was compared to othera okay, but still something like a near dead experience.
Bus VIP 20, Grouptour (Công ty du lịch quốc tế Grouptour), Jun 24, 2024
Though the updated schedule confused me, the HK Sapa Open Tour Bus pick me up and take me to catch up the bus with shuttle. The bus and the equipment is excellent good for sleep, and the bed with massage chair is a big plus. Really a good choice for sleeper bus from Hanoi to Sapa.
Bus Upper Single Cabin, HK Sapa Open Tour (HK Sapa Open Tour), Jun 20, 2024
Best busride ever: very spacious bed with USB charger, TV, water, toilet onboard. Driver cleans the bed after every passenger leaves, very clean bus. Only minor point is that we left & arrived with 1 hour delay but it was compensated by the very comfortable ride. Would 100% recommend!
Bus VIP 22, Grouptour (Công ty du lịch quốc tế Grouptour), Jun 8, 2024
Seats very comfortable, they give you a bottle of water and the driver was so kind. Th wonky problem is the ac that was too much for me. But overall it was good
Bus Sleeper 44, Inter Bus Lines (Công Ty Cổ Phần Inter Bus Lines), Jun 8, 2024
not enough restroom-breaks
Bus Sleeper 44, Inter Bus Lines (Công Ty Cổ Phần Inter Bus Lines), Jun 7, 2024
The staff was wonderful and the trip was good. Thanks to you !!
Bus VIP Cabin 20, Sapa Discovery Travel, Jun 5, 2024
All in all we had a good experience. Our bus just wasn't on time, which is okay but a bit annoying if you're told to arrive at least 30 Minutes before departure. No toilets on the bus, one stop on the way where we had to pay for the toilet. Bus was very clean and the cabins were comfortable.
Bus VIP Cabin, Tien Dat Trans, Jun 4, 2024
I got E-mail from 12 go that the bus will late about hour and a half but actually the bus was late about 3 hours. They texted me by whatsapp but not clearly I had to keep waiting. When 2.3 hours passed there was a car took you from the airport to bus station (very bad location) and I had to wait for the bus around half and hour The window shade full of dust. The electric bed was broken so it could’t adjust the level you and only lay down
Bus VIP Luxury 22, Sapa Ethnic Travel (Công Ty TNHH Một Thành Viên Du Lịch Thiểu Số), Jun 2, 2024
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