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From Hanoi GreenLion to Lao Cai by van

07:00
Hanoi GreenLion
12:30
Sapa GreenLion, Lao Cai
5h 30m

From Hanoi SapaExpress to Sapa by bus

07:00
Hanoi SapaExpress
12:30
Sa Pa SapaExpress
5h 30m
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15:00
Hanoi SapaExpress
21:00
Sa Pa SapaExpress
6h
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From Hanoi SapaExpress to Lao Cai by bus

07:15
Hanoi SapaExpress
13:15
Sa Pa SapaExpress2, Lao Cai
6h
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22:00
Hanoi SapaExpress
04:00
Sa Pa SapaExpress2, Lao Cai
6h
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From Hanoi to Sapa by train

21:35
HNO Hanoi
05:30
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
7h 55m
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21:35
HNO Hanoi
05:30
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
7h 55m
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21:35
HNO Hanoi
05:30
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
7h 55m
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21:35
HNO Hanoi
05:30
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
7h 55m
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VND 557k
2 Adults: VND 1,114k
 
21:35
HNO Hanoi
05:30
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
7h 55m
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#SP1
21:35
HNO Hanoi
05:30
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
7h 55m
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#SP1
21:35
HNO Hanoi
05:30
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
7h 55m
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21:35
HNO Hanoi
05:30
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
7h 55m
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21:35
HNO Hanoi
05:30
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
7h 55m
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#SP1
21:35
HNO Hanoi
05:30
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
7h 55m
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22:00
HNO Hanoi
06:05
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
8h 5m
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22:00
HNO Hanoi
06:05
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
8h 5m
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22:00
HNO Hanoi
06:05
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
8h 5m
22:00
HNO Hanoi
06:05
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
8h 5m
22:00
HNO Hanoi
06:05
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
8h 5m
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22:00
HNO Hanoi
06:05
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
8h 5m
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22:00
HNO Hanoi
06:05
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
8h 5m
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VND 516k
2 Adults: VND 1,032k
 
22:00
HNO Hanoi
06:05
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
8h 5m
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22:00
HNO Hanoi
06:05
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
8h 5m
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22:00
HNO Hanoi
06:05
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
8h 5m
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22:00
HNO Hanoi
06:05
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
8h 5m
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22:30
HNO Hanoi
06:33
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
8h 3m
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VND 480k
2 Adults: VND 960k
 

From 21 Hang Thung to Lao Cai by bus

07:00
21 Hang Thung, Hanoi
12:50
Luong Dinh Cua Sapa, Lao Cai
5h 50m
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From 57 Cua Dong Street to Sapa by van

07:00
57 Cua Dong Street, Hanoi
12:00
Sapa Union 17
5h
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From Hanoi SapaDragon to Sapa by bus

07:00
Hanoi SapaDragon
13:00
Sapa SapaDragon
6h
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22:00
Hanoi SapaDragon
04:00
Sapa SapaDragon
6h
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From Gia Lam to Sapa by train

21:53
GLA Gia Lam
05:30
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
7h 37m
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22:18
GLA Gia Lam
06:05
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
7h 47m
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From Hanoi Sinh to Sapa by bus

07:00
Hanoi Sinh
12:30
Sapa Sinh
5h 30m
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VND 292k
2 Adults: VND 584k
22:00
Hanoi Sinh
03:30
Sapa Sinh
5h 30m
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VND 292k
2 Adults: VND 584k

From Hanoi SSB to Sapa by van

06:30
Hanoi SSB
12:00
Sapa SSB
5h 30m
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06:40
Hanoi SSB
12:10
Sapa SSB
5h 30m
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06:50
Hanoi SSB
12:20
Sapa SSB
5h 30m
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07:00
Hanoi SSB
12:30
Sapa SSB
5h 30m
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07:10
Hanoi SSB
12:40
Sapa SSB
5h 30m
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07:20
Hanoi SSB
12:50
Sapa SSB
5h 30m
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07:30
Hanoi SSB
13:00
Sapa SSB
5h 30m
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14:30
Hanoi SSB
20:00
Sapa SSB
5h 30m
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14:45
Hanoi SSB
20:15
Sapa SSB
5h 30m
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15:00
Hanoi SSB
20:30
Sapa SSB
5h 30m
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From Hanoi SSB to Sapa by bus

06:45
Hanoi SSB
12:45
Sapa SSB
6h
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06:45
Hanoi SSB
12:15
Sapa SSB
5h 30m
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07:00
Hanoi SSB
13:00
Sapa SSB
6h
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07:15
Hanoi SSB
13:15
Sapa SSB
6h
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08:15
Hanoi SSB
13:45
Sapa SSB
5h 30m
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09:45
Hanoi SSB
15:15
Sapa SSB
5h 30m
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12:45
Hanoi SSB
18:15
Sapa SSB
5h 30m
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14:15
Hanoi SSB
19:45
Sapa SSB
5h 30m
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17:45
Hanoi SSB
23:15
Sapa SSB
5h 30m
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21:10
Hanoi SSB
02:40
Sapa SSB
5h 30m
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21:40
Hanoi SSB
03:10
Sapa SSB
5h 30m
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From Hanoi Airport to Sapa by taxi

Any
Hanoi Airport, Noi Bai Airport
Time
Sapa
4h 30m
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  vehicle, all incl
Any
Hanoi Airport, Noi Bai Airport
Time
Sapa
4h 30m
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  vehicle, all incl
Any
Hanoi Airport, Noi Bai Airport
Time
Sapa
4h 30m
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  vehicle, all incl
Any
Hanoi Airport, Noi Bai Airport
Time
Sapa
4h 30m
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  vehicle, all incl
Any
Hanoi Airport, Noi Bai Airport
Time
Sapa
5h
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  vehicle, all incl
Any
Hanoi Airport, Noi Bai Airport
Time
Sapa
4h 30m
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  vehicle, all incl
Any
Hanoi Airport, Noi Bai Airport
Time
Sapa
4h 30m
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  vehicle, all incl

From Yen Vien to Sapa by train

22:06
YVI Yen Vien, Hanoi
05:30
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
7h 24m
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VND 541k
2 Adults: VND 1,082k
 
22:31
YVI Yen Vien, Hanoi
06:05
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
7h 34m
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VND 501k
2 Adults: VND 1,002k
 

From Hanoi to Sapa by taxi

Any
Hanoi
Time
Sapa
4h 30m
Instant 
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Hanoi
Time
Sapa
5h
Instant  Refund 
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Hanoi
Time
Sapa
5h
Instant  Refund 
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Hanoi
Time
Sapa
5h
Instant  Refund 
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Hanoi
Time
Sapa
5h
Refund 
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Hanoi
Time
Sapa
4h 10m
Instant 
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Hanoi
Time
Sapa
5h
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  vehicle, all incl

Hanoi to Sapa Schedule

Hanoi to Sapa Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
OUROS Travel Van 9pax 00:00 – 04:30VND 5,064k
GreenLion Bus VIP 07:00 – 12:30VND 460k
Grouptour VIP 20 08:15 – 13:45VND 510k
Grouptour VIP 20 12:45 – 18:15VND 510k
Sapa Express VIP-Class 15:00 – 21:00VND 414k
Grouptour VIP 20 17:45 – 23:15VND 510k
Orient Express VIP Sleeper 4x 21:35 – 05:30VND 740k
Sapaly Express VIP Sleeper 4x 22:00 – 06:05VND 880k
Vietnam Railways VIP Sleeper 22:00 – 06:05VND 516k
Violette Express Train VIP Sleeper 4x 22:00 – 06:05VND 740k
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
1469 customer reviews
5
38%
4
32%
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4
train #SP3 VIP Sleeper 4x, Sapaly Express, Dec 9, 2019
The bus left me at the wrong terminal even if they knew my flight. Also, it arrived 1.5 bours early, which is not great because it means 1.5 hours less sleeping. On the bright side, I slept the entire time on the bus, which means that the ride was smooth and leather seat was comfortable (even if a little too short for me).
TS
4
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Fanxipan, Dec 8, 2019
It is clean, toilets are actually OK too, they just smelled bad. You get a snack and water bottle for free. The train is a bit shakey sometimes but there is not too much noise. So that's good. Overal good experience! ????
WS
1
train VIP Sleeper 4x, Laman Express, Dec 6, 2019
Fuck taxi
AC
5
train VIP Sleeper 4x, Laman Express, Dec 4, 2019
We took the Laman Express from Hanoi to Lao Cai. The trip was absolutely wonderful from check-in in Hanoi station to arrival at the Lao Cai station. We booked 2 beds in the 4 berth cabins and I’m not sure if we got lucky or what but we got the whole cabin for ourselves. Slept pretty much the entire ride. The bathroom was also very clean. Thank you for the wonderful trip; we were not expecting it to be so nice.
DC
5
Bus VIP 27, Sapa Dragon Express, Dec 2, 2019
Just perfect, they use whatsapp to send me exact location
LN
5
train 1st Class Sleeper, Laman Express, Dec 1, 2019
The service was great, friendly staff and the cabins were nice.
SM
4
Bus Sleeper, Sapa Dragon Express, Nov 29, 2019
possibility to sleep in bus when arrived, but if you want to leave better be quick, bus driver just vanished into the dark.
KJ
5
train VIP Sleeper 4x, Laman Express, Nov 27, 2019
Exceeded our expectations. Only thing to be improved is a matress that aren't as hard.
KL
5
Bus VIP 27, Sapa Dragon Express, Nov 26, 2019
SapaDragon ran on time, the bus was extremely clean (no shoes, hot drinks or smelly food allowed!) and very comfortable. A great service.
MA
4
train #SP3 1st Class Sleeper, Vietnam Railways, Nov 24, 2019
Ondo, ez da munduko lekurik erosoena eta komuna ez da oso garbia, baina daukan preziorako ondo dago.
AG
5
Bus VIP 20, Grouptour, Nov 22, 2019
Very nice and clean sleeper bus! Clean toilet on the bus as well. Everything was good! Can’t find myself in the negative comments that others wrote.
LN
5
Bus VIP 20, Sapa Express, Nov 22, 2019
Спасибо за отличный сервис. Организованно все на высоте. Отличные автобусы, профессиональные гиды и водители.
DM
5
Bus VIP 27, Sapa Dragon Express, Nov 22, 2019
Bus was spotless. You have to take off shoes on bus so recommend to wear socks. Seats recline and there is raised leg rest. Very comfortable. WiFi is good. There was 2 stops. 1 for 15 minutes and 1 for 20 minutes.
SM
4
train #SP1 1st Class Sleeper, Vietnam Railways, Nov 21, 2019
All communications happened efficiently and plenty of sleep on the train journey....so all good...
JJ
2
Bus Semi Sleeper, Grouptour, Nov 18, 2019
Retard d'une heure sans explication. Peu de dialogue entre l'opérateur et nous. Pas d'excuse non plus . Conducteur ne parle pas du tout à ses passagers. Lors des arrêts sur le chemin on ne sait même pas combien de temps on a... Ce n était pas une belle expérience. Je mets deux étoile uniquement car nous étions à l'heure prévue à Sa Pa
NG
2
Bus Sleeper, Sapa Dragon Express, Nov 18, 2019
Very uncomfortable, many stops, bumpy, the wc doesn’t work
AE
5
Bus Sleeper, Sapa Dragon Express, Nov 18, 2019
I had no problem sleeping although the beds are a bit short (I’m 1,82 m). The bus arrived at 3:15 but we could sleep until 6:35 when the taxis arrived.
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.
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.

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