Hanoi to Sapa

Hanoi to Sapa

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Hanoi to Sapa Schedule

Hanoi to Sapa Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
OUROS Travel SUV 4pax Any timeVND 3,051k
Techbus VN JSC VIP 22 05:50 - 11:50VND 401k
Techbus VN JSC VIP 22 06:45 - 12:45VND 401k
Techbus VN JSC VIP 22 08:50 - 14:50VND 420k
Daiichi Travel VIP 24 11:00 - 16:20VND 440k
Full Moon Party Tour VIP Cabin 13:20 - 19:40VND 447k
Cua Ong Limousine VIP 22 15:20 - 21:20VND 431k
Daiichi Travel VIP 24 16:30 - 22:50VND 429k
Sao Viet VIP Cabin 18:00 - 22:55VND 418k
Grouptour Upper Single Cabin 21:30 - 03:00VND 411k
Sapa Dragon Express Executive 22:00 - 04:00VND 504k

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$8
Fastest Transport4h 30m
Earliest Departure12:00 AM
Latest Departure11:59 PM
Departures per day11
Distance225 kilometers
Transport CompaniesChapa Express, Dichung, Fanxipan, Full Moon Party Tour, GreenLion Bus, Grouptour, Inter Bus Lines, Laman Express, NewLivitrans Express, OUROS Travel, Saigon DMC, Sao Viet, Sapa Dragon Express, Sapa Express, Sapaly Express, Techbus VN JSC, Tiim Group, VicSapa Train, Vietnam Railways, Violette Express Train

Hanoi to Sapa Destination Reviews

Not great, overall very OK Bus does not look at all like the pictures. We also got the 'special' seats in the back of the bus even though we paid our tickets like everyone else. Those 3 seats are all together with no separation for strangers, so you definitely are not confortable for the long ride. Not recommend
Bus Sleeper, Sapa Dragon Express (Sapa Dragon Express), Feb 28, 2024
They sell more VIP cabins than they have! We were told on the spot that there's a malfunction in one of the cabins and they had to move us to a different car. We and other 3 families ended up in a car of a different standard that the photos promised. We had our private cabin surrounded by locals that smoked cigarettes all the time, acted very loud till 2AM. The cabin looked like arranged quickly to match the VIP standard. I made it to the destination safe and in clean conditions but the overall experience felt overpriced. I would not recommend Laman.
Train #SP3 1st Class Sleeper, Laman Express, Feb 28, 2024
It's very comfortable bus sleeper.. i am bit confused about the pick up place, the map location was totally different. You should WA the operator, so they can give you the right direction. The driver was so kind n helpful...
Bus VIP Luxury 22, Sapa Ethnic Travel (Công Ty TNHH Một Thành Viên Du Lịch Thiểu Số), Feb 18, 2024
No WiFi, the operator on bus was rude and the connection travel so sinical, I placed in the back of bus while there's some room still empty
Bus VIP Luxury 22, Duc Duong Bus, Feb 11, 2024
We have arrived to Sapa with ~ 2 hours delay compared to expectation. I gues it was because of too many stops along the way. The bus was not very clean, also some old/broken stuff inside. The toilet at Hanoi station was horrible. All in all we have arrived, just I would not call it VIP Bus.
Bus VIP Luxury 22, Duc Duong Bus, Feb 9, 2024
First of all, tks of this services.. we safely arrived Sapa on time.. The only suggestion.. for Vietnamese especially bus, taxi driver, pls be polite in manner.
Bus VIP 22, Sapa Ethnic Travel (Công Ty TNHH Một Thành Viên Du Lịch Thiểu Số), Jan 24, 2024
Everything was great. The bus, the schedule everything was as said, even web arrived a bit earlier than planned. The only to improve IS the information about the pick Up point. You are just informmed that the meeting point is Noi Bai Domestic Airport, nothing else ando only 50 minutes before departure i received a WhatsApp with a picture off where i would be to get on the bus. It wasnt enough information, fortunately some people in the airport help me Up with this and could be there on time
Bus VIP Luxury 22, Sapa Ethnic Travel (Công Ty TNHH Một Thành Viên Du Lịch Thiểu Số), Jan 22, 2024
Other than having to figure out the exact bus meeting point, staff were responsive to messages and we made it to the bus. Ride was good, clean and comfortable.
Bus VIP Luxury 22, Sapa Ethnic Travel (Công Ty TNHH Một Thành Viên Du Lịch Thiểu Số), Jan 13, 2024
AVOID AT ALL COSTS. We booked the 8am online, then we’re immediately called and moved to the 9:30am. The point of departure was different though, which they didn’t verbally tell us about, only through WhatsApp which I missed, which meant we had to scramble to find it and get there on time. The staff were rude and pushy getting us on and took all of our snacks off us immediately. The bus itself was very comfortable but there was something wrong with it as alarms and beeps sounded for the whole 6-hours to Lao Cai, with the driver pulling over several times to unsuccessfully inspect. Without any real explanation we were all abruptly herded off the bus to a small, cramped, smelly mini bus for the remaining hour up to Sapa.
Bus VIP Luxury 22, Duc Duong Bus, Jan 12, 2024
All in all it was ok. The bus was clean and we had enough space to sleep - we got a water bottle for free. We only had one struggle that something happened with the bus and they had to fix it during the trip so we arrived 2 hours later than expected. But that was not the fault of the transfer company. Therefore, we rated the trip as “great”.
Bus Sleeper, Sapa Dragon Express (Sapa Dragon Express), Jan 8, 2024
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