Hanoi to Sapa

Hanoi to Sapa

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Hanoi to Sapa Schedule

Hanoi to Sapa Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
VTS Minibus 15pax Any timeVND 4,950k
Grouptour Upper Single Cabin 05:55 - 11:55VND 411k
Daiichi Travel VIP 24 06:30 - 12:50VND 440k
Grouptour VIP 22 09:45 - 15:45VND 460k
Techbus VN JSC VIP 22 10:00 - 15:30VND 436k
Techbus VN JSC VIP 22 13:30 - 19:30VND 455k
Grouptour Van 9pax 14:45 - 20:15VND 357k
Grouptour VIP 22 17:00 - 23:00VND 449k
Grouptour VIP 22 18:00 - 23:10VND 483k
Grouptour VIP 22 21:20 - 02:30VND 428k
Grouptour VIP 20 23:30 - 04:40VND 428k

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

Hanoi to Sapa Destination Reviews

Everything was amazing. Staff friendly, itinerary on time, comfortable and new bus. I highly recommend you this company for your trip along Vietnam.
Bus Executive, Sapa Dragon Express (Sapa Dragon Express), May 31, 2023
Toilet wasnt working, i have problems with bladder, so i was in pain
Bus Sleeper 40, Daiichi Travel (Daiichi Travel), May 29, 2023
Everything was great until an hour before arriving in Sapa we have the speaker in our berth start singing SUPER loud and making announcements. When we told one of the staff members she pointed at the switch on the wall to turn it off. They could have told us while boarding it could have been useful, we had to endure 20 minutes of very loud singing. Otherwise, the trip was great, on time and the train is comfortable enough we slept almost the whole journey.
Train #SP3 1st Class Sleeper, Laman Express, May 29, 2023
Bus departed on time, seats/beds very comfortable although the electronics to move the seats into up-right position only worked after 2 hours. Wifi was available and was decent. Massage function didn‘t work for me. Brought a banh mi into the bus and the driver took it from me violently. Bus was late by almost one hour
Bus VIP 22, Grouptour (Công ty du lịch quốc tế Grouptour), May 23, 2023
Picked us up from Noi Bai airport, after we booked tickets last minute, surprised that they had our names printed already! Helpful over whatsapp. Journey was comfortable, even for my husband who is 6ft4, was ok with the size! our USB cables did work. Stopped once for lunch which was needed. Also provided a bottle of water. Honest review from a first timer in Vietnam! Will hope to book again for further journeys
Bus VIP 24, Daiichi Travel (Daiichi Travel), May 22, 2023
Good and confortable ride. USB point to charge your phone. A small bottle of water is provided. No food provided. We had 1 toilet break. The bus arrived 30min late in Sapa.
Bus VIP Cabin, Full Moon Party Tour (Full Moon Party Tour), May 19, 2023
The bud operator was there on time taking names and ensuring everyone who booked was there. We got a free water when we first boarded. He informed us when a stop was upcoming and for how long we would be stopped for and overall good experience.
Bus Sleeper, Sapa Dragon Express (Sapa Dragon Express), May 17, 2023
Good seats with a lot of legroom. The staff was very informative, and helped us with the transport from saps to our hotel. We also got a bottle of water on the bus. We had to stops were we could buy food, and go to the toilet.
Bus VIP 28, Sapa Express, May 17, 2023
The train is an effective way of transportation if you need to get from point A to point B on time. The room is comfortable and spacious, with enough for two large suitcases and a smaller one beneath the bed. The travel itself was unpleasant; it seemed as if someone was shaking you in bed all night.
Train #SP3 VIP Sleeper 4x, Laman Express, May 14, 2023
Very friendly driver, slept well, super comfortable:)
Bus Sleeper 40, Daiichi Travel (Daiichi Travel), May 12, 2023
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