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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

06:30
Hanoi SapaExpress
12:00
Sa Pa SapaExpress
5h 30m
15:00
Hanoi SapaExpress
21:00
Sa Pa SapaExpress
6h

From Hanoi SapaExpress to Lao Cai by bus

07:00
Hanoi SapaExpress
13:00
Sa Pa SapaExpress2, Lao Cai
6h
22:00
Hanoi SapaExpress
04:00
Sa Pa SapaExpress2, Lao Cai
6h

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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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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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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22:00
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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22:00
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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From Hanoi to Sapa by train+taxi joint ticket

21:35
HNO Hanoi
05:30
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
7h 55m
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This connection is managed by the operating company. You will be transfered between the trips.
Any
Lao Cai, Sapa
Time
Sapa
1h
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Total duration
8h 55m
#SP1
21:35
HNO Hanoi
05:30
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
7h 55m
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This connection is managed by the operating company. You will be transfered between the trips.
Any
Lao Cai, Sapa
Time
Sapa
1h
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Total duration
8h 55m
22:00
HNO Hanoi
06:05
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
8h 5m
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This connection is managed by the operating company. You will be transfered between the trips.
Any
Lao Cai, Sapa
Time
Sapa
1h
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Total duration
9h 5m

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 Cua Dong Station to Sapa by van

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

07:00
Hanoi SapaDragon
12:30
Sapa SapaDragon
5h 30m
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22:00
Hanoi SapaDragon
03:30
Sapa SapaDragon
5h 30m
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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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22:00
Hanoi Sinh
03:30
Sapa Sinh
5h 30m
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From Hanoi Airport to Sapa by taxi

Any
Hanoi Airport, Noi Bai Airport
Time
Lao Cai, Sapa
3h 55m
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Hanoi Airport, Noi Bai Airport
Time
Lao Cai, Sapa
3h 55m
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Hanoi Airport, Noi Bai Airport
Time
Sapa
4h 30m
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Hanoi Airport, Noi Bai Airport
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Sapa
4h 30m
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  vehicle, all incl
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Hanoi Airport, Noi Bai Airport
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Sapa
4h 30m
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Hanoi Airport, Noi Bai Airport
Time
Sapa
4h 30m
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  vehicle, all incl
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Hanoi Airport, Noi Bai Airport
Time
Sapa
4h 30m
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  vehicle, all incl
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Hanoi Airport, Noi Bai Airport
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Sapa
4h 30m
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Hanoi Airport, Noi Bai Airport
Time
Sapa
4h 30m
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  vehicle, all incl
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Hanoi Airport, Noi Bai Airport
Time
Sapa
5h
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Hanoi Airport, Noi Bai Airport
Time
Sapa
4h 30m
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  vehicle, all incl
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Hanoi Airport, Noi Bai Airport
Time
Sapa
4h 30m
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Hanoi Airport, Noi Bai Airport
Time
Sapa
4h 30m
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From Hanoi SSB to Sapa by bus

06:30
Hanoi SSB
13:00
Sapa SSB
6h 30m
07:00
Hanoi SSB
13:30
Sapa SSB
6h 30m
07:00
Hanoi SSB
13:00
Sapa SSB
6h
13:15
Hanoi SSB
19:45
Sapa SSB
6h 30m
14:00
Hanoi SSB
20:30
Sapa SSB
6h 30m
21:00
Hanoi SSB
03:30
Sapa SSB
6h 30m
21:45
Hanoi SSB
04:15
Sapa SSB
6h 30m

From Hanoi SSB to Sapa by van

06:45
Hanoi SSB
12:15
Sapa SSB
5h 30m
07:00
Hanoi SSB
12:30
Sapa SSB
5h 30m
07:30
Hanoi SSB
13:00
Sapa SSB
5h 30m
14:30
Hanoi SSB
20:00
Sapa SSB
5h 30m
15:00
Hanoi SSB
20:30
Sapa SSB
5h 30m

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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22:31
YVI Yen Vien, Hanoi
06:05
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
7h 34m
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From Hanoi to Sapa by taxi

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Hanoi
Time
Sapa
5h
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  vehicle, all incl
Any
Hanoi
Time
Sapa
4h 30m
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Any
Hanoi
Time
Sapa
4h 30m
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Any
Hanoi
Time
Sapa
4h 10m
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Hanoi
Time
Sapa
5h
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Hanoi
Time
Sapa
5h
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Hanoi
Time
Sapa
5h
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Hanoi
Time
Sapa
5h
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Hanoi
Time
Sapa
5h
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Hanoi to Sapa Schedule

Hanoi to Sapa Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Hai Van Transport Minivan 4pax 00:00 – 03:55VND 5,040k
GreenLion Bus VIP 07:00 – 12:30VND 460k
Grouptour Semi Sleeper 13:15 – 19:45VND 250k
Sapa Express VIP-Class 15:00 – 21:00VND 414k
Orient Express VIP Sleeper 4x 21:35 – 05:30VND 835k
Sapa Express Semi Sleeper 22:00 – 04:00VND 276k
Vietnam Railways VIP Sleeper 22:00 – 06:05VND 516k
Sapaly Express VIP Sleeper 22:00 – 06:05VND 1,910k
Violette Express Train VIP Sleeper 4x 22:00 – 06:05VND 920k
Victoria Express VIP Sleeper 22:00 – 06:05VND 3,816k
Sapa Dragon Express Sleeper 22:00 – 03:30VND 250k
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

3.9
1055 customer reviews
5
40%
4
31%
3
15%
2
7%
1
7%
40% of 1055 travelers were presumably happy with this destination
AW
5
bus Semi Sleeper, Grouptour, Jul 17, 2019
Very comfortable bus and nice pilot. Highly recommend.
ME
5
bus VIP-Class, Sapa Express, Jul 17, 2019
Super luxe, snel, heerlijke stoelen en uitstekende voorzichtig rijdende chauffeur.
GA
2
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways, Jul 17, 2019
El tren es muy ruidoso y hace mucho traqueteo... tanto que no se puede ni dormir. Recomiendo cojer un bus de hanoi a Sa Pa
HC
5
bus VIP-Class, Sapa Express, Jul 16, 2019
Very nice, clean and comfortable bus. The guide was very kind and helpful
GD
4
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Fanxipan, Jul 13, 2019
The train itself was good, but the organisation was terrible! We booked two bottom beds, but we had one up and one down.
TN
2
train #SP3 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways, Jul 12, 2019
The train was very dirty and the staff smoked outside
CW
5
bus VIP 20, Sapa Express, Jun 29, 2019
Great service. Big thanks to Ton for being a great guide! Appreciate you rescuing my keyboard :)
CS
5
bus VIP 20, Sapa Express, Jun 28, 2019
Comfortable seats with lots of legspace. Two stops. Greta way to travel.
JB
3
bus Semi Sleeper, Sapa Express, Jun 23, 2019
Jammer genoeg 3 uur vertraging door een niet uitgelegde reden. Bedjes voor europeanen te klein. Water genoeg aanwezig in de bus.
JD
4
bus VIP 20, Sapa Express, Jun 22, 2019
Terrible traffic. Trip took 10hrs instead of 5.5. the staff were great though, the seats were comfy, and the wifi was pretty good for most of the trip as well :)
AM
5
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Fanxipan, Jun 22, 2019
Me and my husband really enjoyed our experience on the over night train. Bed was clean, tea was nice. Left on time areived on time. Definitely would go again.
PW
5
bus VIP 20, Sapa Express, Jun 16, 2019
Great clean bus. Friendly service. Would recommend 100% to get to sapa.
WA
2
train #SP3 VIP Sleeper 4x, Sapaly Express, Jun 15, 2019
the cabin was not what booked and thought i had paid for two months in advance. It wasn't until the day before the trip we confirmed my booking and then i didn't get the cabin we expected. so a follow up email may have prevented the confusion,
NC
4
train #SP3 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways, Jun 11, 2019
The coach was fine, but it would be better if the staffs can speak basic English since there are lots of foreigners who traveled by train as well. The coach could be cleaner, I struggle to fight with a cockroach and asking help from staffs that understand zero English, so I need to speak Vietnamese to them (google translate). Overall, it was a great experience.
AB
3
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways, Jun 9, 2019
Very efficient and on time even if the mattress is not so comfortable. We enjoyed it
JF
5
bus VIP-Class, Sapa Express, Jun 8, 2019
They were right on time, to pick you up! The bus tour itself was more than fine. Overall a good experience!
TM
5
bus VIP 20, Sapa Express, Jun 7, 2019
I am really satisfied with SapaExpress services! Our guide (girl with glasses but I do not remember her name) provide us all information which we had to know. A small snack was included. I recommend you!
MH
2
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Livitrans Express, Jun 6, 2019
Het was niet duidelijk dat ik een man moest zoeken die mij het trein kaartje zou geven. Zeer onduidelijk!! De man was ook niet te herkennen, gewoon paars T-shirt. Met toeval op het laatste moment gevonden. Zeer stressvol
LL
5
bus VIP 20, Sapa Express, May 31, 2019
Very comfortable ride. Arrived on time. Two stops were well spaced out. Would ride again.
BF
4
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper, Orient Express, May 29, 2019
Great experience for what it is. We had the VIP sleeper; it was clean, there was complimentary drinks and snacks (water, 1 can of beer and coke, 2 bananas and some biscuits). The beds are quite hard and not a lot of space in the cabin, but rocked off to sleep quite easily. One thing to note is the address on the ticket voucher; it says to go to the train station at one address, however on arrival to there from the taxi, we were then directed to walk around the block (about 800m) to the other side of the station to exchange our tickets and board the train from there. (It is in the small print I found out after). But overalll pleasant and fun experience

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