Refundable Recommended
21:35
HNO Hanoi
7h 55m ride in train #SP1
3.2+
05:30
+1
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
Refundable Recommended
21:35
HNO Hanoi
7h 55m ride in train #SP1
4+
05:30
+1
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
Sapaly Express
Refundable Recommended
22:00
HNO Hanoi
8h 5m ride in train #SP3
3.8+
06:05
+1
LCA Sapa Lao Cai

From Hanoi SapaExpress to Sapa 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
4.2
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
4.2
04:00
+1
Sa Pa SapaExpress2, Lao Cai

From Hanoi GreenLion to Sapa by Vans

07:00
Hanoi GreenLion
5h 30m van ride in VIP
4.2
12:30
Sapa GreenLion, Lao Cai

From Hanoi to Sapa by Trains

Refundable Recommended
21:35
HNO Hanoi
7h 55m ride in train #SP1
3.2+
05:30
+1
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
Refundable Recommended
21:35
HNO Hanoi
7h 55m ride in train #SP1
4+
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, 1st Class Sleeper
3.8
05:30
+1
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
Pumpkin Express
Refundable
21:35
HNO Hanoi
7h 55m ride in train #SP1
3+
05:30
+1
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
Sapaly Express
Refundable Recommended
22:00
HNO Hanoi
8h 5m ride in train #SP3
3.8+
06:05
+1
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
Refundable
22:00
HNO Hanoi
8h 5m ride in train #SP3
3.8
06:05
+1
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
Refundable
22:00
HNO Hanoi
8h 5m ride in train #SP3
2.5+
06:05
+1
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
Refundable
22:00
HNO Hanoi
8h 5m ride in train #SP3
06:05
+1
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
Refundable
22:00
HNO Hanoi
8h 5m ride in train #SP3, 1st Class Sleeper
3.7
06:05
+1
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
Violette Express Train
Refundable
22:00
HNO Hanoi
8h 5m ride in train #SP3, VIP Sleeper 4x
3.5
06:05
+1
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
Laman Express
22:00
HNO Hanoi
8h 5m ride in train, VIP Sleeper 4x
06:05
+1
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
Laman Express
22:00
HNO Hanoi
8h 5m ride in train, 1st Class Sleeper
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 Sapa 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 Sapa 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 Sapa by Buses

Instant
07:00
Hanoi SapaDragon
6h bus ride in VIP 27
4.4
13:00
Sapa SapaDragon
Instant
22:00
Hanoi SapaDragon
6h bus ride in Sleeper
4.1
04:00
+1
Sapa SapaDragon

From Gia Lam to Sapa 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 Sinh to Sapa 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 SSB to Sapa by Vans

Grouptour
06:30
Hanoi SSB
5h 30m van ride in VIP
4.2
12:00
Sapa SSB
Grouptour
06:50
Hanoi SSB
5h 30m van ride in VIP
4.2
12:20
Sapa SSB
Grouptour
07:10
Hanoi SSB
5h 30m van ride in VIP
4.2
12:40
Sapa SSB
Grouptour
07:20
Hanoi SSB
5h 30m van ride in VIP
4.2
12:50
Sapa SSB
Grouptour
07:30
Hanoi SSB
5h 30m van ride in VIP
4.2
13:00
Sapa SSB
Grouptour
14:45
Hanoi SSB
5h 30m van ride in VIP
4.2
20:15
Sapa SSB

From Hanoi SSB to Sapa by Buses

Grouptour
06:30
Hanoi SSB
5h 30m bus ride in VIP 20
4
12:00
Sapa SSB
Grouptour
06:45
Hanoi SSB
6h bus ride in VIP 27
12:45
Sapa SSB
Grouptour
07:00
Hanoi SSB
6h bus ride in AC Seater
4.6
13:00
Sapa SSB
Grouptour
07:15
Hanoi SSB
6h bus ride in VIP 27
13:15
Sapa SSB
Grouptour
12:00
Hanoi SSB
5h 30m bus ride in VIP 20
4
17:30
Sapa SSB
Grouptour
21:40
Hanoi SSB
5h 30m bus ride in VIP 20
4
03:10
+1
Sapa SSB
Grouptour
22:20
Hanoi SSB
5h 30m bus ride in VIP 20
4
03:50
+1
Sapa SSB

From Hanoi Airport to Sapa by Taxis

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

From Yen Vien to Sapa 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
3.7
06:05
+1
LCA Sapa Lao Cai

From Hanoi to Sapa 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
--:--
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

Hanoi to Sapa Schedule

Hanoi to Sapa Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
DichungTaxi Economy 00:00 - 04:30VND 3,960k
GreenLion Bus VIP 07:00 - 12:30VND 460k
Grouptour VIP 20 12:00 - 17:30VND 530k
Sapa Express VIP-Class 15:00 - 21:00VND 414k
Orient Express VIP Sleeper 4x 21:35 - 05:30VND 835k
Sapaly Express VIP Sleeper 4x 22:00 - 06:05VND 880k
King Express VIP Sleeper 4x 22:00 - 06:05VND 835k
Vietnam Railways 1st Class Sleeper 22:00 - 06:05VND 531k
Chapa Express VIP Sleeper 4x 22:00 - 06:05VND 1,070k
Sapa Dragon Express Sleeper 22:00 - 04:00VND 250k
Laman Express VIP Sleeper 4x 22:00 - 06:05VND 880k
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 Sapa destination reviews

3.8
1412 customer reviews
5
38%
4
32%
3
14%
2
8%
1
8%
TP
5
Bus VIP 20, Sapa Express, Nov 15, 2019
Very comfortable bus and safe driver. Pick up service at the hotel in Hanoi old quarter is really healpful.
GH
4
van VIP, Grouptour, Nov 15, 2019
The Van was comfy and nice, plus the seat belt worked. Though the USB port on my side didn't worked I used another one to charge my phone.
RM
5
Bus VIP 27, Sapa Dragon Express, Nov 14, 2019
SapaDragon is the best
BH
5
Bus VIP 20, Sapa Express, Nov 12, 2019
Very comfortable bus, left on time, tour guide to help you along the way. Booking easy with 12go Asia.
AA
5
train #SP3 VIP Sleeper 4x, King Express, Nov 11, 2019
Good experience. If you come with your friend (4 people), It is really good.
CV
4
Bus VIP 20, Sapa Express, Nov 11, 2019
Good trip, comfortable seats. Break on time, arrived as scheduled. Satisfied.
DK
2
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Orient Express, Nov 10, 2019
Disgustingly dirty bed. The only good part was that the train was on time.
MS
4
train #SP1 1st Class Sleeper, Vietnam Railways, Nov 9, 2019
Train was clean, but the journey was shaky. Got two bites from something (not mosquitos).
MW
5
Bus VIP 20, Sapa Express, Nov 9, 2019
Excellent service the only downfall was the very windy road to sapa ( unavoidable) and tourists who were 50 minutes late when we were departing from Sapa . Out of the control of the company . Mr. Flowers and Aurora very good hosts and driver !
CS
5
Bus VIP 20, Sapa Express, Nov 8, 2019
Great comfortable seats and service! Slept whole trip!
SV
2
train #SP1 1st Class Sleeper, Vietnam Railways, Nov 8, 2019
Train was very noisy, didnt sleep at all! We were lucky the 2 other people from the same cabin didnt came so we were alone. Its not clear where the top or bottom numbers are because on the outside of the cabin they display it differently then inside. Aircondiditioning was working so we were lucky i gues. Toilets were discusting and nasty
AS
5
train #SP1 1st Class Sleeper, Pumpkin Express, Nov 2, 2019
Carriage was comfortable with free refreshments. Staff were friendly and helpful.
EB
2
train #SP1 1st Class Sleeper, Vietnam Railways, Nov 1, 2019
No one else booked the cabin, but I was asked to pay first 300,000 Dong, then 200,000, then 150.000 to be alone when actually no one booked. After I disagreed the guy working in the train came back trying to sell a transfer from the train station to sapa town. Very uncomfortable as a woman solo traveler!! The train is not comfortable either, stops very strong
JH
5
Bus Semi Sleeper, Sapa Express, Oct 31, 2019
The semi sleeper coach was a first for us - my wife and I both really enjoyed the experience. It’s a great way to travel.
CJ
4
train #SP3 1st Class Sleeper, Vietnam Railways, Oct 30, 2019
Beds are comfy enough - after all you’re only there to sleep- and the train ran on time. Staff not so helpful and poor level of English. Don’t use the toilet unless you’re desperate.
SJ
4
Bus VIP 20, Sapa Express, Oct 29, 2019
Really nice bus, good tour guide but could have spoken louder for those at the back of the bus. Outside of windows could be cleaned for nicer view to appreciate the journey more. The roads are very bendy at the end and the driver could have gone a little slower and not overtaken on the bends.
LM
4
train #SP1 1st Class Sleeper, Vietnam Railways, Oct 28, 2019
Booking process and support from 12go Asia was great. No complications whatsoever and even had the 4 berth cabin to ourselves. The train itself is fine, beds are pretty hard but it’s a given you aren’t going to get a great nights sleep anyway. Bedding and cabin was clean and didn’t see any cockroaches or rats as others have said. The toilet wasn’t great, pretty smelly and not overly clean but fine. Would recommend for the price!
TN
4
train #SP1 1st Class Sleeper, Vietnam Railways, Oct 28, 2019
The train is good and well lit. As it's meter gauge, there's lot of swaying. But the train is fast enough it travels at about 50-60kph.
MV
5
Bus VIP 20, Sapa Express, Oct 27, 2019
Excepcional service! We went to Sapa from Hanoi in the 7am bus, VIP 20 service. Clean bus, comfy seats, and friendly staff.
JS
2
van VIP, Grouptour, Oct 27, 2019
Driving dangerous. Drivers are rude. On our way back they menace to throw our luggage and not get us back to hanoi because we refused to change seats (on the ticket puts first come first seat we came the first and they shouted at us and threat us saying we won’t travel unless we chaged seats). Rude and agressive people.

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