Hanoi to Sapa

Hanoi to Sapa

Hanoi to Sapa Schedule

Hanoi to Sapa Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
OUROS Travel SUV 4pax Any time$ 198.95

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 had bed 3 and 4, upper berth. Absolutely no room for luggage what so ever. We were told everything was fully booked and couldnt switch. After a broken night we saw that at least 6 beds were not used. Thanks for that :(
Train #SP3 1st Class Sleeper, Vietnam Railways (Đường sắt Việt Nam), Oct 2, 2022
Der Bus war komfortbel und pünktlich.Wir kamen mit nur 30 min Verspätung in Sapa an.Da es erst 4:30 Uhr war und noch dunkel, durften wir sogar noch nach Ankunft im Bus weiter schlafen.Nue das W-Lan funktionierte leider nicht. Es ist sehr zu empfehlen und war auch recht günstig im Vergleich zu den einfachen Sleeper Bussen.Wenn möglich entscheide ich mich wieder für die ,,Luxusvariante".
Bus VIP Cabin upper berth, Sapa Express, Oct 2, 2022
On time and the bus stop is where it said it would be. The guide helped people get a taxi at the destination.
Bus VIP Cabin lower berth, Sapa Express, Sep 30, 2022
Netjes gereden. 2 stops onderweg.
Bus VIP 28, Sapa Express, Sep 29, 2022
One of the staff took me by motorbike to the actual bus stop. The whole process was quite hectic but worked in the end. Departed one hour late. Picked some other passengers up along the way. Two floor seat (can climb up to take the seat above). 2 stops for toilet. Good enough overall just expect it to be a little hectic and confusing.
Bus Semi Sleeper, Grouptour (Công ty du lịch quốc tế Grouptour), Sep 29, 2022
Good experience despite late pickup. Sleeper bus was comfortable. Guide friendly.
Bus Semi Sleeper, Grouptour (Công ty du lịch quốc tế Grouptour), Sep 26, 2022
The trip was comfortable and we had a tour guide who spoke very good English. The pick-up at the hotel worked very well and we felt sufficiently informed. There were two stops on the trip where you could go to the toilet or buy something to eat and drink. The journey took about 6 hours.
Bus VIP 28, Sapa Express, Sep 26, 2022
On-time. Business class alike seats. Very comfy ride from Hanoi to Sapa!
Bus VIP 22, Grouptour (Công ty du lịch quốc tế Grouptour), Sep 22, 2022
Hello, we arrived 1 hour late because the driver was stopping in the middle of the road and taking people into the bus with no ticket. The driver did multiple non planned stops and took people and packages. People had no ticket and they were 3 or 4 in one seat (the seats are big). They were shouting all the time and annoying other passagers. The driving was insane and my wife almost throws up. Bad experience overall.
Bus VIP 22, Grouptour (Công ty du lịch quốc tế Grouptour), Sep 19, 2022
Easy booking service, easy to find the train with the information panels and great timw in the train.
Train #SP3 1st Class Sleeper, Vietnam Railways (Đường sắt Việt Nam), Sep 18, 2022
1748 customer reviews