Hanoi to Sapa Lao Cai

Hanoi to Sapa Lao Cai

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Refundable
22:00
Hanoi
8h 5m ride in train #SP3
3.6+
06:05
+1
Sapa Lao Cai
Refundable
21:35
Hanoi
7h 55m ride in train #SP1
3.8+
05:30
+1
Sapa Lao Cai
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15:00
Giai Phong Sao Viet, Hanoi
5h 50m bus ride in Sleeper
2.0
20:50
Lao Cai Sao Viet

From Hanoi to Sapa Lao Cai by train

Refundable
21:35
Hanoi
7h 55m ride in train #SP1
3.8+
05:30
+1
Sapa Lao Cai
Refundable
22:00
Hanoi
8h 5m ride in train #SP3
3.6+
06:05
+1
Sapa Lao Cai

From Giai Phong Sao Viet to Sapa Lao Cai by bus

Instant Fastest
15:00
Giai Phong Sao Viet, Hanoi
5h 50m bus ride in Sleeper
2.0
20:50
Lao Cai Sao Viet

Hanoi to Sapa Lao Cai Schedule

Hanoi to Sapa Lao Cai Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Sao Viet Sleeper 21 00:00 - 04:00VND 261k
Sao Viet Sleeper 04:00 - 09:30VND 223k
Sao Viet Sleeper 21 07:00 - 11:00VND 261k
Sao Viet Sleeper 21 08:00 - 12:00VND 261k
Sao Viet Sleeper 21 10:00 - 14:00VND 261k
Sao Viet Sleeper 21 13:00 - 17:00VND 261k
Sao Viet Sleeper 21 14:00 - 18:00VND 261k
Sao Viet Sleeper 21 16:00 - 20:00VND 261k
Sao Viet Sleeper 21 18:00 - 22:00VND 261k
Fanxipan 1st Class Sleeper 21:35 - 05:30VND 1,760k
King Express 1st Class Sleeper 22:00 - 06:05VND 1,400k
Victoria Express VIP Sleeper 4x 22:00 - 06:05VND 2,605k

Transportation from Hanoi to Sapa Lao Cai

Hanoi to Sapa Lao Cai destination reviews

KJ
train #SP3 1st Class Sleeper, Sapaly Express, Oct 13, 2020
Train is beautiful and good experience. Easy to sleep and not tried in 7hr riding time. I feel ticket counter is little difficult to find, but it's not serious.
DF
train #SP1 1st Class Sleeper, Pumpkin Express, Sep 3, 2020
The price for what is provided is pretty high, so the value for this train trip is very low. The ticket guy for Pumpkin Express was easy to find and even at the station earlier than expected. He was also very helpful in getting me the drinks and snacks for my cabin and providing clear guidance on when and where to wait and board. Overall, it was an okay experience, but I couldn't sleep at all on the train despite having the entire VIP cabin to myself and there were only a few snacks and a couple drinks provided. I was impressed with the fact that I could actually charge my phone and they had a few different working lights in the room. The trains are very old, but they were cleaner than I expected. However, I also traveled only one month after the pandemic lockdown was lifted in Vietnam, so there were very few tourists traveling in general; that's probably why things were in decent condition (even the bathroom was pretty clean for a train). I was disappointed that there was no onboard wifi; luckily I had my own SIM with mobile data plan which worked on some parts of the trip. I took a private, 8-pax bus back from Sapa to Hanoi instead of the train, for which I paid only $25. It was much more comfortable, scenic, and quicker than the train. I likely would not take the train ever again unless the conditions were MUCH better (i.e., they need a complete overhaul).
CP
train #SP3 VIP Sleeper 4x, Laman Express, Mar 23, 2020
It was nice. I was actually warn on the first level. People downstairs were a bit cold. But quite comfortable. Nicely organised and clean. Just don't follow people straight out of the train... They didn't leave us a chance, and we didn't do what we wanted to. Also prices were as usual.... Pricier. Don't get the coffee outside as well, its 3 times the price.
MT
train #SP3 VIP Sleeper 4x, Laman Express, Mar 21, 2020
too much cold with the air conditioning too much noise! impossible to sleep on this train!
JH
Bus VIP 20, Sapa Express, Mar 19, 2020
I can’t tell anything because we didn’t go because everything was closed in Sapa because of Corona . We payed for a trip and had nothing.
JS
Bus VIP 27, Sapa Dragon Express, Mar 14, 2020
Well, the driver was on eine in the morning. He offers a small snack after collecting all 5 passengers. On the ride we had 2 short tests for bathroom, etc.
IL
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Pumpkin Express, Mar 13, 2020
Very dirty, cockroaches in cabin. Bathroom filthy. Staff not very friendly. Beds hard and air conditioning doesn't work properly. Room was very hot, no air. Left half an hour late.
PV
Bus Semi Sleeper, Grouptour, Mar 12, 2020
Arrived two hours later, traveled with multiple buses, unclear communication.
HS
train 1st Class Sleeper, Laman Express, Mar 12, 2020
Wonderful check-in with welcome drink and very friendly staff, spacious room for a train with fairly comfortable beds that looked and smelled clean. Nice amenities (2 beers, 2 water, 2 sodas, 2 bananas and 2 danish). Really nothing to complain about!
JH
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Orient Express, Mar 12, 2020
Train was easy to access and on time. Snacks and water were left for us in our 4 person cabin. There were no interruptions we were able to get in and go to sleep. Woke up in Sapa!
SM
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Orient Express, Mar 10, 2020
Our train was cancelled and we were moved to a later train but this was not communicated to us in advance. Otherwise the cabin itself was clean, the beds firm but completely fine to sleep for 6-7 hours on the way to Sapa.
JK
Bus VIP 20, Grouptour, Feb 29, 2020
Best bus ever. Great driver too!
IK
Bus VIP 27, Sapa Dragon Express, Feb 28, 2020
Fast, reliable and friendly staff
BF
train VIP Sleeper 4x, Laman Express, Feb 25, 2020
Mostly good. Our cabin had some garbage in when we arrived. Slamming doors next to our room woke us up a couple times.
KR
Bus Sleeper, Sapa Dragon Express, Feb 24, 2020
The bus journey was good and reliable, seemed to be quicker than I thought it would be. Is wasnt as uncomfortable as others made out, just cold, but they do give you a blanket. I managed to sleep in patches along the way. The only reason I reduced the stars is that I arranged for pick up at the hostel, which I thought meant the bus would actually pick us up, but it meant some guy comes to collect you and walks you to a different meeting point, where you get on a bus for a short ride out to the main bus. There is a toilet on the bus, but when we got on it was full, so nobody could use it.
RG
Bus Semi Sleeper, Grouptour, Feb 18, 2020
First off, we had no problem with the booking platform. This worked smoothly. Secondly, this is the cheapest way to travel in Vietnam is by the long haul sleeper buses. We booked through Grouptour on the platform but it was a Sao Viet office/bus we brought to when arriving at Grouptour; which was a bit confusing for us at first. We wished the booking platform noted this information as it is misleading. About the trip: While this trip was not great, it was what we needed to get to one place to another. We were transferred in 4 different buses which was a bit frustrating. The bus makes A LOT of stops along the way and picks up people on the route. The time length of trip noted is not accurate, therefore I would not recommend using this bus service if you have restricted time or made plans. The bus did not have a bathroom on it and the bus driver/assistant didn't really speak English which wasn't a huge issue, but still some language barrier when asking about the next stops. We didn't have an issue with overcrowding as others have noted. If you want an inexpensive way to travel, this is it but know what you are getting into.
MR
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Orient Express, Feb 16, 2020
"Luxury" is another thing but we sleeped well.
ST
train #SP1 1st Class Sleeper, Vietnam Railways, Feb 15, 2020
Comfortable
KS
Bus Semi Sleeper, Grouptour, Feb 12, 2020
Super zážitek i jizda
SB
Bus VIP 20, Sapa Express, Feb 11, 2020
Excellent trip. The staff member on our bus was very regimented and the bus itself is very comfortable with reclining seats and plenty of leg room. Wish all long haul busses were like this!
NW
Bus Sleeper, Sapa Dragon Express, Feb 11, 2020
It has ok
GP
Bus VIP-Class, Sapa Express, Feb 5, 2020
Very comfortable seats and smooth driving. The bus arrived earlier than expected in Sapa while making 2 stops on the road.
DM
Bus VIP 27, Sapa Dragon Express, Feb 3, 2020
Comfortable and quick trip to Sapa, two stops along the way too.
HM
Bus VIP 20, Sapa Express, Feb 3, 2020
Comfy bus for a 5 1/2 hour bus ride. We took the 7:00 am so we could see the countryside along the way, nice scenery. The bus host, Aurora was helpful and very friendly. Take your TP and hand sanitizer, the first bathroom stop didn't provide toilet paper, or soap to wash hands, even though they charge you to use the facilities....
AF
train VIP Sleeper 4x, Laman Express, Feb 1, 2020
Maybe a bit cold but pretty comfortable. One important thing though, if you need to charge, there are sockets next to the lower beds. In my way to sapa I slept in upper bed and didn’t notice.
F
Bus Sleeper, Sapa Dragon Express, Jan 21, 2020
Disfrute del viaje
PP
train VIP Sleeper 4x, Laman Express, Jan 20, 2020
Good support all trip in train thank you
MH
Bus VIP 27, Sapa Dragon Express, Jan 16, 2020
Only drops at the outskirts of town, a taxi ride or hike to the centre and most of the hotels.
MJ
train VIP Sleeper 4x, Laman Express, Jan 15, 2020
I thoroughly recommend Laman Express. The train we originally booked was full & we got bumped onto a later train with this superior provider. We appreciated the welcome drink & being guided into the correct compartment, it made us feel 'special'. The beds were comfortable (they looked small but were actually perfectly adequate) & Laman provided a little pastry & banana for breakfast. Teabag & coffee sachet per person too, with a kettle available in the 'wash' area for everyone's use. Toilet & wash area very clean. We slept well, rocked to sleep by the train. All in all a pleasant experience, thank you!
SI
van VIP, Grouptour, Jan 1, 2020
Very good. Comfortable & clean, driver drive at reasonable safe speed.
JK
train 1st Class Sleeper, Laman Express, Dec 31, 2019
Excellent. Thank you
ES
train VIP Sleeper 4x, Laman Express, Dec 31, 2019
Great. Prefer lower bunk though. During booking unsure where to write down. Otherwise it was great.
MA
Bus VIP 20, Grouptour, Dec 30, 2019
Bus arrive late an hour
PK
train #SP1 1st Class Sleeper, Vietnam Railways, Dec 28, 2019
Toilet is not clean
FL
train VIP Sleeper 4x, Laman Express, Dec 28, 2019
The place is wonderful and clean. Train is noisy as expected but the trip is wonderful. Service is wonderful.
IB
Bus VIP 20, Grouptour, Dec 27, 2019
We booked for 630am bus but the bus was late for an hour. Bus is comfy but the cleanliness could be better thou.
MB
van VIP, Grouptour, Dec 27, 2019
Transport was good but they were 1 hour late
AB
train 1st Class Sleeper, Laman Express, Dec 27, 2019
Slight mix up last minute on tickets as I missed an email with our vouchers but a rep of Laman express met us at the station and saw us on to the train - surprisingly comfortable and easy journey - I contacted 12go by email regarding my return trip and they were quick to respond and sent my vouchers immediately- even tho it was Xmas day - good service overall although emails let me down - this has happened before with JetStar so I don’t think 12go are at fault here
SS
Bus VIP 20, Sapa Express, Dec 26, 2019
Limo bus was really good and comfortable journey. However the stops the bus made was horrible. Food was disgusting and toilets were not at all clean and they were paid toilets !
RL
Bus VIP 20, Grouptour, Dec 24, 2019
I had traveled from that day and fully satisfied with your bus. But fully disappointed with your staff. I told them at least 10 times that my booking is for sa pa but i didn't go sa pa and you must drop me at lao cai but they don't call me when the bus arrive at lao cai and finally they drop me at sa pa. And advised that you should book a taxi and go back to lao cai. So that I book a taxi to lao cai and it costs 500000vnd. My time wasted and money also. Secondly- i was carrying two bags one of clothes and one another bag of approximate 8 kilograms of peanuts alone with me and i had handover both bag to your staff to keep it in baggage compartment in Hanoi. And when the bus arrive at sa pa i ask them but they give only my clothes bag and refused for another. I had checked all the bus but didn't find it. The boy whom i handover the bag in Hanoi has misbehave with me and blame me that I didn't gave them any another bag even I remind him that i had gave two bags at the same time in hanoi. So finally I go without my bag of peanuts which I was carrying from India. Fully satisfied with your bus because it was a very comfortable journey and fully disappointed with your careless and high attitude staff.
SP
train VIP Sleeper 4x, Laman Express, Dec 23, 2019
The train overall experience good. Got 1 free beer at the waiting lobby, which is mango restaurant and bar. Bed is fine, train is not so shaky nor noisy. But sometimes was annoyed by stuffs that sell snack and drinks there. Anyway, no biggie. Great experience with Laman express.
ML
Bus VIP 20, Grouptour, Dec 23, 2019
Bus was late by an hour and took 3 hours longer than expected to arrive in Sapa. Other than that it was acomfortable trip. the facilities on the VIP 20 bus are great. We stopped for lunch and the selection of food was decent and tasty. Delays seemed because of lack of organisation in the office. We had a frantic admin lady in Hanoi sorting out multiple issues with multiple customers. She did her best and was as helpful and polite as one could expect. It is stated on 12goasia website that you should expect delays with this bus company, so we are not overly disappointed.
AD
train VIP Sleeper 4x, Laman Express, Dec 22, 2019
Very clean and organized
LV
Bus VIP 20, Sapa Express, Dec 22, 2019
Comfortable seats, friendly bus guide
VK
Bus VIP 20, Grouptour, Dec 20, 2019
Good service and good driver, I like it ,
MA
Bus VIP 20, Grouptour, Dec 20, 2019
Very comfortable. It's not a flatbed as we thought it would be. But a reclining chair that goes all the way down. If you're taller than 5.8" you might find it hard to fully stretch yourself.
EN
train 1st Class Sleeper, Laman Express, Dec 18, 2019
Very well organised, very clean cabin and toilet. Slept well and the drinks and snacks were perfect!! A great memorable experience and would definitely recommend!!!
SL
Bus Sleeper, Sapa Dragon Express, Dec 17, 2019
Great travel made convinient by the bus.
PW
Bus VIP 20, Sapa Express, Dec 17, 2019
Very nice staff and great comfortable bus
CR
train VIP Sleeper 4x, Laman Express, Dec 13, 2019
Good coach with good sleeper.... Just a little bit shaking!
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How to get from Hanoi to Sapa Lao Cai

When you want to get from Hanoi to Sapa Lao Cai, you have a few options to consider. Traveling between these destinations is possible by different means of transport:

  • Bus
  • Train
  • Van
  • Taxi

If you’re looking for a quick trip, it’s recommended that you use Taxi. However, if you’d rather take your time with a slower, more affordable travel option, you can book a Taxi+train ticket.

The cost of travel will depend on the means of transport you choose for your trip. A taxi ticket is the most expensive option - it will cost you about VND 6,720,005. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a train as a train ticket costs as low as VND 141,000.

How far is Hanoi from Sapa Lao Cai?

If you’re traveling by land, it’s important to know the distance from Hanoi to Sapa Lao Cai. Your trip will be a total of 206 miles (331 km). The flying distance is 159 miles (255 km).

How long does it take to get from Hanoi to Sapa Lao Cai?

The travel time from Hanoi to Sapa Lao Cai can vary depending on the mode of transportation you choose. All things considered, the whole journey should take from 4 to 10 hours.

How much does it cost to get from Hanoi to Sapa Lao Cai?

The cost of the trip from Hanoi to Sapa Lao Cai varies according to what means of transport you choose for your journey. The most affordable operator is Vietnam Railways (Đường sắt Việt Nam): travelling by train expect to pay as low as VND 141,000 for your ticket.

However, if you’re after more upscale travel . The most expensive variant is to opt for a taxi - a one-way taxi ticket can cost as much as VND 6,720,005.

Here is a chart of the average ticket prices and transportation options available from Hanoi to Sapa Lao Cai:

  • Train tickets - VND 141,000 to VND 166,000;
  • Bus tickets - VND 222,095 to VND 222,095;
  • Van price : VND 330,002 - VND 414,007;
  • train+taxi price: VND 1,540,010 - VND 2,420,010. From Hanoi to Sapa starting from 21:35 Hanoi until 22:00 Hanoi

You can order a taxi, too - an estimated cost of the ride is from VND 3,300,002 to VND 6,720,005.

How many trips per day are there between Hanoi and Sapa Lao Cai?

Depending on your choice of transportation, the number of daily trips varies.

  • Buses start plying the route from 04:00 - you can also take a bus as late as 23:59. There are 87 available bus trips every day.
  • Vans from Hanoi to Sapa depart during the day - there are approximately 8 departures a day.
  • 6 by train+taxi from Hanoi to Sapa starting from 21:35 Hanoi until 22:00 Hanoi
  • Trains always run on a set schedule - there are 1 trains per day.

Taxis are a good option to consider for this route, too. Book a cab to take you from Hanoi to Sapa any time of the day.

Which means of transport is the best for the route?

Buses

Taking a bus from Hanoi to Sapa is cheaper than flying. Quite often, a long-distance bus is the cheapest transportation option. Buses normally make bathroom and/or lunch stops along the way.

Things to remember before opting for a bus ride:

  • If possible, make sure to choose higher-class buses for a more comfortable travel experience. Such buses often have an air conditioning system, soft reclining seats, Wi-Fi, bathrooms, etc.
  • As with plane tickets, buses are better booked in advance so that you can secure a good seat.
  • While booking a bus, keep in mind that delays are possible. Yet it still pays to get to the bus station at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled departure.

Taxi

Catching a cab is the easiest way to get from Hanoi to Sapa. It allows you to tailor-make your trip, plan all the detours and see all the places you want. You can choose the type and the size of your car as well to be as comfortable as you'd like to.

Depending on the route, it might cost as much as VND 3,300,002.

Things to remember: It's a good idea to follow the route on Google Maps or any other GPS navigator.

Trains

Things to remember while choosing a train ticket:
Consider everything carefully while choosing the class of your train travel. In most cases, the second class is comfortable enough – it features 2 or 4 berths in each compartment and is often air-conditioned.

If you’re in for a premium experience, consider getting a first class ticket. The price of first class tickets may include Wifi, and a choice of snacks and drinks.

Vans

A shared van is another means of transport for traveling from Hanoi to Sapa. As far as travel time is concerned, it’s basically equal to a taxi ride, while price-wise it’s way more affordable. The majority of tourists book a van online in advance.

Sometimes, when trains or buses aren’t available, a van is your only way to get from Hanoi to Sapa.

Things to remember: while traveling by van, you might not have as much space for luggage as you would on a train or a plane. It’s a good idea to pack only the most useful things for a van trip and put them in a backpack that will be easy to carry around.

The most popular transport from Hanoi to Sapa Lao Cai

How to choose the most convenient way of travel from Hanoi to Sapa Lao Cai? In order to make your choice of transportation easier, we asked 1000 users to range their preferences for this route. Here are the results of the poll:

  • 35% opted for a van.
  • 34% decided to catch a taxi.
  • 17% users enjoyed a train ride.
  • 13% chosen train+taxi
  • 1% decided to go for a bus.