Hanoi to Sapa Lao Cai

Hanoi to Sapa Lao Cai

Sapa Lao Cai
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Hanoi to Sapa Lao Cai Schedule

Hanoi to Sapa Lao Cai Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Vietnam Railways Cabin 2x 21:35 - 05:15VND 625k
Chapa Express VIP Sleeper 4x 22:00 - 05:55VND 915k

Transportation from Hanoi to Sapa Lao Cai

Facts about the transport from Hanoi to Sapa Lao Cai

Cheapest Transport$14
Fastest Transport4h 15m
Earliest Departure6:30 AM
Latest Departure11:00 PM
Departures per day13
Distance213 kilometers
Transport CompaniesChapa Express, Damitrans, Fanxipan, GreenLion Bus, Grouptour, Laman Express, NewLivitrans Express, Sao Viet, Sapaly Express, Tiim Group, VicSapa Train

Hanoi to Sapa Lao Cai Destination Reviews

While the train service from Hanoi to Sapa had some drawbacks, such as pushy attempts to upgrade tickets, the train itself was impressive. The cabins were new, with exceptionally clean bed sheets, free snacks, and water. However, the noise level made it challenging to sleep well—consider bringing earplugs. On the return journey, the limousine was more comfortable and faster.
Train #SP3 VIP Sleeper 4x, VicSapa Train, Jul 22, 2024
Perfectly fine. Really comfortable reclining seats. Great way to get to Sapa. Staff were very helpful and friendly, ensuring everyone found the bus easily.
Bus VIP 28, Sapa Express, Jul 22, 2024
Picked us up at the hotel which was nice. Beds were fine, a bit short for long people haha. Same at another bus. They were on time.
Bus Upper Single Cabin, G8 Sapa Open Tour (G8 Sapa Open Tour), Jul 20, 2024
Great cabin, with luxury beds and aircon, charging ports AND A MASSAGE CHAIR?!?! This made the trip highly enjoyable and I highly recommend anyone trying to go to Sapa to use this bus!!
Bus Double cabin, HK Sapa Open Tour (HK Sapa Open Tour), Jul 18, 2024
Bus departed Hanoi half an hour later than booked and arrived in Sapa an hour and a half later than planned. One particularly lengthy stop in Lao Cai for mail unloading.
Bus VIP Luxury 22, Duc Duong Bus, Jul 18, 2024
Workers were rude, like i did something bad for them. They were late 40minutes and acted like it’s normal thing.
Bus VIP Luxury 22, Sapa Ethnic Travel (Công Ty TNHH Một Thành Viên Du Lịch Thiểu Số), Jul 5, 2024
Bus was on time, everything went well. There are covers on the bus in case you find the AC too strong. We had two bathroom breaks, one 30 minutes (to eat) and another 10 to 15 minutes break. Just expect some locals to get on board sometimes and be quite loud talking with the driver.
Bus VIP 18 Express, Sapa Express, Jun 30, 2024
The drivers shoukd drive slower and more safe. This one was compared to othera okay, but still something like a near dead experience.
Bus VIP 20, Grouptour (Công ty du lịch quốc tế Grouptour), Jun 24, 2024
Though the updated schedule confused me, the HK Sapa Open Tour Bus pick me up and take me to catch up the bus with shuttle. The bus and the equipment is excellent good for sleep, and the bed with massage chair is a big plus. Really a good choice for sleeper bus from Hanoi to Sapa.
Bus Upper Single Cabin, HK Sapa Open Tour (HK Sapa Open Tour), Jun 20, 2024
Best busride ever: very spacious bed with USB charger, TV, water, toilet onboard. Driver cleans the bed after every passenger leaves, very clean bus. Only minor point is that we left & arrived with 1 hour delay but it was compensated by the very comfortable ride. Would 100% recommend!
Bus VIP 22, Grouptour (Công ty du lịch quốc tế Grouptour), Jun 8, 2024
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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 Bus. 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 88.02. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a train as a train ticket costs as low as USD 31.26.

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 133 miles (213 km). The flying distance is 133 miles (213 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 5 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 Sapaly Express: travelling by train expect to pay as low as USD 31.26 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 88.02.

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

  • Van price : USD 13.09 - USD 16.84;
  • Bus tickets - USD 14.42 to USD 14.42;
  • Train tickets - USD 31.26 to USD 88.02;
  • Train+taxi price: USD 62.67 - USD 98.21. From Hanoi to Sapa starting from 21:35 Hanoi until 22:00 Hanoi

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 13 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.


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:

  • 53% opted for a van.
  • 37% users enjoyed a train ride.
  • 5% decided to go for a bus.
  • 5% chosen Train+taxi