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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
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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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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 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 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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Hanoi to Sapa Lao Cai Schedule

Hanoi to Sapa Lao Cai Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Livitrans Express VIP Sleeper 4x 21:35 – 05:30VND 835k
Pumpkin Express VIP Sleeper 21:35 – 05:30VND 1,655k
Vietnam Railways VIP Sleeper 21:35 – 05:30VND 516k
Orient Express VIP Sleeper 21:35 – 05:30VND 1,655k
Fanxipan VIP Sleeper 4x 21:35 – 05:30VND 880k
Violette Express Train VIP Sleeper 4x 22:00 – 06:05VND 920k
Vietnam Railways VIP Sleeper 22:00 – 06:05VND 516k
Victoria Express VIP Sleeper 4x 22:00 – 06:05VND 2,605k
King Express VIP Sleeper 4x 22:00 – 06:05VND 835k
Sapaly Express VIP Sleeper 4x 22:00 – 06:05VND 880k
Chapa Express VIP Sleeper 4x 22:00 – 06:05VND 1,070k

Hanoi to Sapa Lao Cai destination reviews

3.8
1230 customer reviews
5
38%
4
31%
3
15%
2
7%
1
8%
84% of 1230 travelers were happy with this destination
SS
5
train #SP3 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways, Sep 18, 2019
Nice ride ????
SM
5
train #SP3 VIP Sleeper 4x, Sapaly Express, Sep 18, 2019
Enjoyed the trip...i love their morning coffee. Do not expect very clean/odour free washroom but its as good as it can be. The washroom comes with water host. Overall experience was great
SC
4
train #SP3 VIP Sleeper 4x, Sapaly Express, Sep 17, 2019
Very helpful personnel, clean compartment. Didn’t get a free beer that was promised on the VIP ticket.
FB
4
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Fanxipan, Sep 13, 2019
The bed is comfortable and the cabin is clean but the toilet is smelly ????. It's difficult to communicate with the train staff because they don't even understand the simple english. Overall our experience just okey.
RO
4
bus Sleeper, Sapa Dragon Express, Sep 13, 2019
The bus was quiet confortable. Arrived on time to Sa Pa. One stop one hour and half after star the trip.
JT
3
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways, Sep 8, 2019
Airco fell out, but got restored quickly. Dirty toilets and a cockroach in bed, but managed to sleep anyway. Low class, but staff did everything they could.
JM
5
bus VIP 20, Sapa Express, Sep 7, 2019
Had a wonderful experience going from Hanoi to Sa Pa. Bus was super comfortable and staff was nice and professional.
RV
5
bus VIP 20, Sapa Express, Sep 3, 2019
The bus was very comfortable and there was an extremely rude passenger who was quickly disposed of by the very competent and friendly staff after being drunk/completely crazy! 10/10 trip
CC
2
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways, Aug 30, 2019
Old rickety loud train, was lucky to get 2hrs sleep. Bathrooms horrendous. Get the bus.
LM
3
train #SP3 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways, Aug 29, 2019
We had the luck we slept alone in the 4 person cabin. Wouldn't think about 2 people extra because it's small and too cozy for that. With 2 persons it was fine. Although the beds were very hard. My friend slept fine, i didn't. I woke up a lot when the train stopped, but it was ok. We are taking the nighttrain back also, so good enough for the money.
VS
4
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Fanxipan, Aug 27, 2019
Good. It was what we were looking for. A train to sleep while going to Sapa.
IB
4
bus VIP 27, Sapa Dragon Express, Aug 24, 2019
Almost perfect, very comfortable. Just 2 remarks: it d idn't depart on time; and please don't make breaks on places where you have to pay for toilette.
LM
2
van VIP, Grouptour, Aug 24, 2019
The bus was one hour late and the bus driver drove like a maniac through the mountains. If you get car sick easily (like me), don't take the minivan, but rather the bigger bus.
BL
4
bus Sleeper, Sapa Dragon Express, Aug 23, 2019
I hadn't checked the date of departure properly. The bus was departuring on 22:00, but I got to the station 15 minutes late. During that time I texted the staff to wait for me. They answered the bus just departured, and it is refueling up at a petrol station. The staff sent me an adress, and I got there by taxi. Despite our late, they let me in. The bus was quite comfortable. But I strongly recomend to avoid seats near an engine. It gets hot during the trip. The bus arrived 1 and a half hour late, but it was still 5:00, so the bus was waiting untill 6 AM. If you take some stopwatches and an eye band, you will sleep well. I think, it is resonable choice for the price.
MP
5
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Fanxipan, Aug 20, 2019
perfect travel, on time, the coach was comfortable and clean, we were offered a beer when we arrived, and coffee before leaving. Everything perfect
ME
3
bus VIP 20, Sapa Express, Aug 14, 2019
The bus and the travel was good. But they say you have to be there 30 minutes before the bus leaves but there was nobody there when we got there. 20 minutes later they arrived. So i dont understand why they want you to be there when they are not on time themselves. We also left 30 minutes to late.
AK
3
train #SP3 VIP Sleeper, Sapaly Express, Aug 12, 2019
I was looking for a ticket booth but couldn't find any. Finally I found the train but the guy at the train made me wait about 30 mins before let me in to the train. I was up set and disappoint for the service I received as a VIP customer.
PV
5
bus VIP-Class, Sapa Express, Aug 11, 2019
Beautiful bus, very nice and kind staff. Very good road!
LG
3
bus VIP 20, Sapa Express, Aug 9, 2019
Bus was nice and quick. But there was miscommunication and I never got picked up from my hotel as agreed. Also got booked on a full bus and then had to change to a time I didn't really want.
IH
4
train #SP3 VIP Sleeper, Sapaly Express, Aug 4, 2019
We've had a 2p cabin which was great, also because of a double matress. Clean cabin and beds. When we entered the cabin, the floor was still a little wet from cleaning. We didn't used the toilets.

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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 Train+taxi 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 6,719,998. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a bus as a bus ticket costs as low as VND 249,998.

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 283 miles (454 km). The flying distance is 161 miles (258 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 Sapa Dragon Express (Sapa Dragon Express): travelling by bus expect to pay as low as VND 249,998 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 6,719,998.

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

  • Bus tickets - VND 249,998 to VND 414,006;
  • Van price : VND 420,000 - VND 460,002;
  • Train tickets - VND 480,006 to VND 3,815,999;
  • train+charter price: VND 1,540,005 - VND 2,570,003. 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 3,700,003 to VND 6,719,998.

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.

  • Trains always run on a set schedule - there are 23 trains per day.
  • Buses start plying the route from 06:30 - you can also take a bus as late as 22:00. There are 14 available bus trips every day.
  • 6 by train+charter from Hanoi to Sapa starting from 21:35 Hanoi until 22:00 Hanoi
  • Vans from Hanoi to Sapa depart during the day - there are approximately 6 departures a 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 3,700,003.

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 travelling 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 travelling 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:

  • 998 chosen train+charter
  • 1 users enjoyed a train ride.
  • 1 opted for a van.
  • decided to go for a bus.
  • decided to catch a taxi.