Hanoi to Sapa

Hanoi to Sapa

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Hanoi to Sapa Schedule

Hanoi to Sapa Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Tiim Group Van 9pax Any timeVND 6,463k
Grouptour VIP 22 05:55 - 10:55VND 403k
Luxury Van Limousine Limousine 13 06:45 - 12:15VND 438k
Techbus VN JSC VIP 22 08:10 - 14:10VND 450k
Sapa Ethnic Travel VIP Luxury 22 10:00 - 15:00VND 429k
VietNam Travel Bus Sleeper 22 13:00 - 20:00VND 900k
Luxury Van Limousine Limousine 9 14:45 - 20:15VND 438k
Grouptour VIP 20 17:15 - 23:25VND 528k
Techbus VN JSC VIP 22 18:15 - 23:45VND 436k
Grouptour Sleeper 41 21:46 - 03:36VND 232k
Sapa Discovery Travel VIP Cabin 20 22:00 - 04:00VND 480k

How to get to Sapa from Hanoi

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.


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.


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.

Transportation from Hanoi to Sapa

Facts about the transport from Hanoi to Sapa

Cheapest Transport$7
Fastest Transport4h 10m
Earliest Departure12:00 AM
Latest Departure11:59 PM
Departures per day11
Distance209 kilometers
Transport CompaniesArirang Travel, Cat Ba Panorama, Chapa Express, Daiichi Travel, Damitrans, Damitrans, Dichung, Duc Duong Bus, Duy Khanh Transport, Eco Sapa Limousine, Fanxipan, Full Moon Party Tour, Green Sapa Bus, GreenLion Bus, Grouptour, Ha Son Hai Van, HK Open Tour, Inter Bus Lines, KadBus, Ket Doan Travel, King Express Bus, Laman Express, Luxury Van Limousine, NewLivitrans Express, OUROS Travel, Saigon DMC, Sao Viet, Sao Viet, Sapa Discovery Travel, Sapa Dragon Express, Sapa Ethnic Travel, Sapa Express, Sapaly Express, Techbus VN JSC, Thang Long Ha Noi Limousine, Tien Dat Trans, Tiim Group, To Vietnam Travel, VicSapa Train, Viet Nam Travel Bus, VietNam Travel Bus, Violette Express Train

Hanoi to Sapa Destination Reviews

Random seating in the bus despite enough free seats and booking of 2 seats in one booking.
Bus VIP Luxury 22, Sapa Ethnic Travel (Công Ty TNHH Một Thành Viên Du Lịch Thiểu Số), May 19, 2024
We strongly recommend this bus company, the travel went smooth with 3 stop of 30 minutes each.
Bus Sleeper 44, Inter Bus Lines (Công Ty Cổ Phần Inter Bus Lines), May 17, 2024
We booked the Laman because they said the have wifi and we really needed to be able to connect to some meetings. Wifi did not work, we asked the workers, they said they will check it but never did and never gave us feedback about it.
Train #SP3 1st Class Sleeper, Laman Express, May 16, 2024
Overall experience was ok. Just find the drivers were rather rude.
Bus Upper Single Cabin, Grouptour (Công ty du lịch quốc tế Grouptour), May 8, 2024
The Saoviet travel bus was pretty nice and clean. The driver and the others helping facilitate the ride not so much. Grumpy and rude. Except for the ticket lady, she was nice. Would recommend a different bus company.
Bus VIP Luxury 22, Sapa Ethnic Travel (Công Ty TNHH Một Thành Viên Du Lịch Thiểu Số), May 6, 2024
Our trip was fantastic! Even if we got late because of the delay of the airplane, the driver was waiting for us. Very comfortable trip, the bus was clean, great experience!
Bus VIP Luxury 22, Sapa Ethnic Travel (Công Ty TNHH Một Thành Viên Du Lịch Thiểu Số), May 5, 2024
If you’re looking for an excuse to upgrade your sleeper, this is is. The trip gets an overall 2 stars because it was clean and it left and arrived on time. But that’s sadly where the good times ended for us. Our seats had been changed and that wasn’t communicated well enough to the guys onboarding us, so we walked from section to section hoping for help. By the times we got to our bed we were questioned a few times, but thankfully not kicked off. We had someone either leave or arrive at every stop which was very disruptive. My least favourite was the drunk who literally stumbled in and collapsed on his bed. Then the door wouldn’t stay closed, so we unfortunately had it open all night. Really wishing I’d just paid the extra for a private 2 bed room to avoid all the disruptions.
Train #SP1 1st Class Sleeper, Vietnam Railways (Đường sắt Việt Nam), May 2, 2024
No issues with this bus, very clean and on time to leave.
Bus VIP 24, Daiichi Travel (Daiichi Travel), May 1, 2024
Despite the bus arrived with almost one hour late, everything was great. We have bottles of water, comfortable sleeper. I recommend.
Bus VIP Cabin, Full Moon Party Tour (Full Moon Party Tour), Apr 26, 2024
There was no toilet on the bus and it didn’t stop until 4hrs into the journey. My cabin was okay but my husbands light didn’t work along with a couple of other issues. We took a different company back to Hanoi that was better.
Bus Lower Single Cabin, Grouptour (Công ty du lịch quốc tế Grouptour), Apr 24, 2024
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