Hanoi to Sapa Lao Cai

Hanoi to Sapa Lao Cai

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Hanoi to Sapa Lao Cai Schedule

Hanoi to Sapa Lao Cai Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Sao Viet VIP Cabin 07:00 - 11:15VND 366k
Vietnam Railways VIP Sleeper 21:35 - 05:15VND 501k
Sapaly Express VIP Sleeper 4x 22:00 - 05:55VND 890k

Transportation from Hanoi to Sapa Lao Cai

Hanoi to Sapa Lao Cai Destination Reviews

Everything was amazing. Staff friendly, itinerary on time, comfortable and new bus. I highly recommend you this company for your trip along Vietnam.
Bus Executive, Sapa Dragon Express (Sapa Dragon Express), May 31, 2023
Toilet wasnt working, i have problems with bladder, so i was in pain
Bus Sleeper 40, Daiichi Travel (Daiichi Travel), May 29, 2023
Everything was great until an hour before arriving in Sapa we have the speaker in our berth start singing SUPER loud and making announcements. When we told one of the staff members she pointed at the switch on the wall to turn it off. They could have told us while boarding it could have been useful, we had to endure 20 minutes of very loud singing. Otherwise, the trip was great, on time and the train is comfortable enough we slept almost the whole journey.
Train #SP3 1st Class Sleeper, Laman Express, May 29, 2023
Bus departed on time, seats/beds very comfortable although the electronics to move the seats into up-right position only worked after 2 hours. Wifi was available and was decent. Massage function didn‘t work for me. Brought a banh mi into the bus and the driver took it from me violently. Bus was late by almost one hour
Bus VIP 22, Grouptour (Công ty du lịch quốc tế Grouptour), May 23, 2023
Picked us up from Noi Bai airport, after we booked tickets last minute, surprised that they had our names printed already! Helpful over whatsapp. Journey was comfortable, even for my husband who is 6ft4, was ok with the size! our USB cables did work. Stopped once for lunch which was needed. Also provided a bottle of water. Honest review from a first timer in Vietnam! Will hope to book again for further journeys
Bus VIP 24, Daiichi Travel (Daiichi Travel), May 22, 2023
Good and confortable ride. USB point to charge your phone. A small bottle of water is provided. No food provided. We had 1 toilet break. The bus arrived 30min late in Sapa.
Bus VIP Cabin, Full Moon Party Tour (Full Moon Party Tour), May 19, 2023
The bud operator was there on time taking names and ensuring everyone who booked was there. We got a free water when we first boarded. He informed us when a stop was upcoming and for how long we would be stopped for and overall good experience.
Bus Sleeper, Sapa Dragon Express (Sapa Dragon Express), May 17, 2023
Good seats with a lot of legroom. The staff was very informative, and helped us with the transport from saps to our hotel. We also got a bottle of water on the bus. We had to stops were we could buy food, and go to the toilet.
Bus VIP 28, Sapa Express, May 17, 2023
The train is an effective way of transportation if you need to get from point A to point B on time. The room is comfortable and spacious, with enough for two large suitcases and a smaller one beneath the bed. The travel itself was unpleasant; it seemed as if someone was shaking you in bed all night.
Train #SP3 VIP Sleeper 4x, Laman Express, May 14, 2023
Very friendly driver, slept well, super comfortable:)
Bus Sleeper 40, Daiichi Travel (Daiichi Travel), May 12, 2023
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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 Train ticket is the most expensive option - it will cost you about USD 109.85. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a train as a train ticket costs as low as USD 31.93.

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 122 miles (196 km). The flying distance is 122 miles (196 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 NewLivitrans Express (SONG HONG RAILWAY TOURIST SERVICES COMPANY LIMITED): travelling by train expect to pay as low as USD 31.93 for your ticket.

However, if you’re after more upscale travel . The most expensive variant is to opt for a Train - a one-way Train ticket can cost as much as USD 109.85.

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

  • Van price : USD 14.14 - USD 18.18;
  • Bus tickets - USD 15.57 to USD 15.57;
  • Train tickets - USD 31.93 to USD 109.85;
  • Train+taxi price: USD 67.68 - USD 106.07. 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 USD 220.21 to USD 256.58.

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 14 trains per day.

Which means of transport is the best for the route?


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.


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 USD 220.21.

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


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.


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:

  • 44% opted for a van.
  • 39% users enjoyed a train ride.
  • 12% chosen Train+taxi
  • 5% decided to go for a bus.