Hanoi to Sapa

Hanoi to Sapa

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Hanoi to Sapa Destination Reviews

KJ
Train #SP3 1st Class Sleeper, Sapaly Express, Oct 13, 2020
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.
DF
Train #SP1 1st Class Sleeper, Pumpkin Express, Sep 3, 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).
CP
Train #SP3 VIP Sleeper 4x, Laman Express, Mar 23, 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.
MT
Train #SP3 VIP Sleeper 4x, Laman Express, Mar 21, 2020
too much cold with the air conditioning too much noise! impossible to sleep on this train!
JH
Bus VIP 20, Sapa Express, Mar 19, 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.
JS
Bus VIP 27, Sapa Dragon Express (Sapa Dragon Express), Mar 14, 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.
IL
Train #SP1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Pumpkin Express, Mar 13, 2020
Very dirty, cockroaches in cabin. Bathroom filthy. Staff not very friendly. Beds hard and air conditioning doesn't work properly. Room was very hot, no air. Left half an hour late.
PV
Bus Semi Sleeper, Grouptour (Công ty du lịch quốc tế Grouptour), Mar 12, 2020
Arrived two hours later, traveled with multiple buses, unclear communication.
HS
Train 1st Class Sleeper, Laman Express, Mar 12, 2020
Wonderful check-in with welcome drink and very friendly staff, spacious room for a train with fairly comfortable beds that looked and smelled clean. Nice amenities (2 beers, 2 water, 2 sodas, 2 bananas and 2 danish). Really nothing to complain about!
JH
Train #SP1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Orient Express (Orient Express Train Sapa), Mar 12, 2020
Train was easy to access and on time. Snacks and water were left for us in our 4 person cabin. There were no interruptions we were able to get in and go to sleep. Woke up in Sapa!
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How to get from Hanoi to Sapa

When you want to get from Hanoi to Sapa, you have a few options to consider. Traveling between these destinations is possible by different means of transport:

  • Bus
  • Train
  • Van
  • Taxi

If you’re looking for a quick trip, it’s recommended that you use Taxi. However, if you’d rather take your time with a slower, more affordable travel option, you can book a Taxi+train ticket.

The cost of travel will depend on the means of transport you choose for your trip. A taxi ticket is the most expensive option - it will cost you about RON 1,281. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a bus as a bus ticket costs as low as RON 52.

How far is Hanoi from Sapa?

If you’re traveling by land, it’s important to know the distance from Hanoi to Sapa. Your trip will be a total of 205 miles (329 km). The flying distance is 158 miles (253 km).

How long does it take to get from Hanoi to Sapa?

The travel time from Hanoi to Sapa can vary depending on the mode of transportation you choose. All things considered, the whole journey should take from 4 to 10 hours.

How much does it cost to get from Hanoi to Sapa?

The cost of the trip from Hanoi to Sapa varies according to what means of transport you choose for your journey. The most affordable operator is Grouptour (Công ty du lịch quốc tế Grouptour): travelling by bus expect to pay as low as RON 52 for your ticket.

However, if you’re after more upscale travel . The most expensive variant is to opt for a taxi - a one-way taxi ticket can cost as much as RON 1,281.

Here is a chart of the average ticket prices and transportation options available from Hanoi to Sapa:

  • Bus tickets - RON 52 to RON 122;
  • Van price : RON 63 - RON 79;
  • Train tickets - RON 141 to RON 450;
  • Train+taxi price: RON 293 - RON 461. From Hanoi to Sapa starting from 21:35 Hanoi until 22:00 Hanoi
  • taxi+Train price: RON 293 - RON 461. From Hanoi to Sapa starting from 21:35 Hanoi until 22:00 Hanoi

You can order a taxi, too - an estimated cost of the ride is from RON 715 to RON 1,281.

How many trips per day are there between Hanoi and Sapa?

Depending on your choice of transportation, the number of daily trips varies.

  • Buses start plying the route from 06:30 - you can also take a bus as late as 23:45. There are 29 available bus trips every day.
  • Trains always run on a set schedule - there are 12 trains per day.
  • Vans from Hanoi to Sapa depart during the day - there are approximately 8 departures a day.
  • 6 by Train+taxi from Hanoi to Sapa starting from 21:35 Hanoi until 22:00 Hanoi
  • 2 by taxi+Train from Hanoi to Sapa starting from 21:35 Hanoi until 22:00 Hanoi

Taxis are a good option to consider for this route, too. Book a cab to take you from Hanoi to Sapa any time of the day.

Which means of transport is the best for the route?

Buses

Taking a bus from Hanoi to Sapa is cheaper than flying. Quite often, a long-distance bus is the cheapest transportation option. Buses normally make bathroom and/or lunch stops along the way.

Things to remember before opting for a bus ride:

  • If possible, make sure to choose higher-class buses for a more comfortable travel experience. Such buses often have an air conditioning system, soft reclining seats, Wi-Fi, bathrooms, etc.
  • As with plane tickets, buses are better booked in advance so that you can secure a good seat.
  • While booking a bus, keep in mind that delays are possible. Yet it still pays to get to the bus station at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled departure.

Taxi

Catching a cab is the easiest way to get from Hanoi to Sapa. It allows you to tailor-make your trip, plan all the detours and see all the places you want. You can choose the type and the size of your car as well to be as comfortable as you'd like to.

Depending on the route, it might cost as much as RON 715.

Things to remember: It's a good idea to follow the route on Google Maps or any other GPS navigator.

Trains

Things to remember while choosing a train ticket:
Consider everything carefully while choosing the class of your train travel. In most cases, the second class is comfortable enough – it features 2 or 4 berths in each compartment and is often air-conditioned.

If you’re in for a premium experience, consider getting a first class ticket. The price of first class tickets may include Wifi, and a choice of snacks and drinks.

Vans

A shared van is another means of transport for traveling from Hanoi to Sapa. As far as travel time is concerned, it’s basically equal to a taxi ride, while price-wise it’s way more affordable. The majority of tourists book a van online in advance.

Sometimes, when trains or buses aren’t available, a van is your only way to get from Hanoi to Sapa.

Things to remember: while traveling by van, you might not have as much space for luggage as you would on a train or a plane. It’s a good idea to pack only the most useful things for a van trip and put them in a backpack that will be easy to carry around.

The most popular transport from Hanoi to Sapa

How to choose the most convenient way of travel from Hanoi to Sapa? In order to make your choice of transportation easier, we asked 1000 users to range their preferences for this route. Here are the results of the poll:

  • 33% users enjoyed a train ride.
  • 27% decided to go for a bus.
  • 19% chosen taxi+Train
  • 19% chosen Train+taxi
  • 1% decided to catch a taxi.
  • 1% opted for a van.