Hanoi to Sapa

Hanoi to Sapa

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Hanoi to Sapa Schedule

Hanoi to Sapa Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Tiim Group SUV 3pax Any time$ 198.34
Sapa Express VIP 28 07:00 - 12:30VND 390k
Sao Viet VIP Cabin 08:30 - 14:00VND 418k
Sao Viet VIP Cabin 10:30 - 16:00VND 418k
Grouptour VIP 22 13:15 - 21:15VND 529k
Grouptour VIP 9 Express 15:01 - 23:01VND 633k
Grouptour VIP 22 16:17 - 00:17VND 529k
Grouptour VIP Sleeper 41 21:49 - 05:49VND 366k
Laman Express VIP Sleeper 4x 22:00 - 06:05$ 28.03

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.

Transportation from Hanoi to Sapa

Hanoi to Sapa Destination Reviews

We were supposed to leave at 2:36 pm, and we leave at 3. Then, the bus made a lot of breaks to pick up other people in the city, so it delayed the arrival. We could have taken the bus at another stop in the city, at 4 pm instead of going to the agency at 2:36.
Bus VIP 9 Express, Grouptour (Công ty du lịch quốc tế Grouptour), Aug 6, 2022
The bus is truly comfortable, but travelling during day time with 4 children and not being allowed any snack for 7 hours is not ideal. Our bag of snacks was not allowed and taken from us when we entered. I can understand they want to keep the bus clean but keep travelling comfortable ánd realistic. If the busdriver stops (multiple times) for a leak, a smoke or to buy himself a pack of smokes, why not have 10 min break somewhere just for the passengers to have some kind of snack.
Bus VIP 22, Grouptour (Công ty du lịch quốc tế Grouptour), Aug 6, 2022
The cabins were great but the service wasn't very kind. We arrived to Sapa at 3"30 am, and they threw us out of the bus. Other companies allowed passengers stay sleeping until 6 am in the cabus, until hotels receptions were open. .
Bus VIP Cabin, Sao Viet (Sao Việt), Aug 5, 2022
Our Driver was very kind (altho hardly spoke/understood English), but the whole organization from the operator was bad. We had been told we’d be picked up at our hotel but the night before they said we had to go to a pickup point and be there at least 30 mins prior to departure - which we did and ended up waiting more than an hour to be picked up (because the driver went to everyone else’s hotels o pick them up…). The seats in the car left a lot to wish for in terms of comfort (my seat didn’t even have a functioning seat belt). Giving 3 stars only so the driver doesn’t get a bad review (otherwise I would give 1 star to 12Go and the organization).
Van VIP, Grouptour (Công ty du lịch quốc tế Grouptour), Aug 3, 2022
On time. Comfy.
Bus VIP 28, Sapa Express, Aug 2, 2022
The bus was dirty and full of garbage. The stops were too long…
Bus VIP Sleeper 41, Grouptour (Công ty du lịch quốc tế Grouptour), Jul 29, 2022
Bus is clean an comfortable. The team is very friendly. And everything was very punctual. We can recommend that bus. The only point: it would be nice if you could tell all the guests in the beginning to wear masks. One lady next to us seemed sick and was coughing all the time. Hopefully we are not sick now because we both feel a scratching in the throat wince today.
Bus VIP 28, Sapa Express, Jul 26, 2022
The Sao Viet bus was like travelling business class on a aeroplane. The cabins were spacious, modern and clean.
Bus VIP Cabin, Sao Viet (Sao Việt), Jul 26, 2022
Departed Hanoi 1+ hour later than scheduled and one of our seats recliner did not work. Ok experience overall getting to Sapa as everyone worked hard to make it happen for all Travellers.
Bus VIP 22, Grouptour (Công ty du lịch quốc tế Grouptour), Jul 24, 2022
Our first save Bus drive in Vietnam. Highly recommended
Bus VIP 28, Sapa Express, Jul 21, 2022
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