Hanoi to Sapa

Hanoi to Sapa

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Hanoi to Sapa Schedule

Hanoi to Sapa Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
OUROS Travel Comfort Any time$ 156.20
Techbus VN JSC VIP 22 05:50 - 11:50VND 401k
Sapa Dragon Express Executive 06:55 - 12:55VND 420k
Techbus VN JSC VIP 22 08:30 - 14:30VND 426k
Sao Viet VIP Cabin 10:30 - 16:00VND 418k
Grouptour VIP 22 13:15 - 21:15VND 529k
Grouptour VIP 22 14:15 - 19:45VND 449k
Grouptour VIP 22 17:15 - 22:15VND 403k
Full Moon Party Tour VIP Cabin 18:20 - 00:40VND 447k
Grouptour VIP 22 21:00 - 02:00VND 403k
Sao Viet VIP Cabin 23:58 - 04:53VND 440k

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

Bus matched the photos, but that’s all. TV screens didn't work for anyone, it could only be switched 'on'. The blanket was comfortable, but was folded when the guests had already left. Large comfortable bed, but no 'massage' as the description said. Organization at the office was chaotic, none of the staff (desk and bus) spoke English. Also, the beds should be cleaned better tomorrow, lots of hair
Bus VIP 24, Daiichi Travel (Daiichi Travel), Mar 29, 2023
I took the night bus to Sapa and it was a pretty comfortable ride. The bus was on time and the seats were nice. Difficult to sleep with the people snoring but overall a good ride. Departed on time, made one stop, arrived around one hour late, but that was maybe better since it was supposed to be 4am
Bus Sleeper, Sapa Dragon Express (Sapa Dragon Express), Mar 27, 2023
Meeting point was wrong, picked up for bus 35 mins after departure. Bus was good after that
Bus VIP 22, Grouptour (Công ty du lịch quốc tế Grouptour), Mar 26, 2023
All was good. Clean, comfortable, on time.
Bus VIP Cabin upper berth, Sapa Express, Mar 11, 2023
Wow, clean and comfortable. On time.
Bus VIP 22, Grouptour (Công ty du lịch quốc tế Grouptour), Mar 10, 2023
Good. Early pick up. Friendly. Arrived on time. Very small Cabin. I suggest to not be taller than 1,70 otherwise you will have trouble fitting.
Bus VIP 22, Grouptour (Công ty du lịch quốc tế Grouptour), Mar 4, 2023
Very fast response via whatsaap. That makes me feel supported at all times. Vehicle quality is acceptable - reasonable for the price.
Bus Sleeper 40, Daiichi Travel (Daiichi Travel), Mar 2, 2023
Super comfortable. I can travel for hours like that!
Bus VIP 22, Cua Ong Limousine (Cửa Ông Limousine), Mar 1, 2023
Everything has worked as planned. The Beds are not comfortable for person taller than 170.
Bus VIP Sleeper 41, Full Moon Party Tour (Full Moon Party Tour), Feb 19, 2023
Comfortable bus with those always reclined seats. No toilet- but driver stopped regularly at service stations where you could go (for 2-3000dong). Clean. No issues. Left and got us there on time.
Bus Sleeper, Sapa Dragon Express (Sapa Dragon Express), Feb 12, 2023
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