Refundable Recommended
21:35
HNO Hanoi
7h 55m ride in train #SP1
3+
05:30
+1
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
Refundable Recommended
21:35
HNO Hanoi
7h 55m ride in train #SP1
4.0+
05:30
+1
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
Sapaly Express
Refundable Recommended
22:00
HNO Hanoi
8h 5m ride in train #SP3
3.6+
06:05
+1
LCA Sapa Lao Cai

From Hanoi SapaExpress to Sapa by Buses

07:00
Hanoi SapaExpress
5h 30m bus ride in VIP 20
4.7
12:30
Sa Pa SapaExpress
07:15
Hanoi SapaExpress
6h bus ride in Semi Sleeper
3.9
13:15
Sa Pa SapaExpress2, Lao Cai
15:00
Hanoi SapaExpress
6h bus ride in VIP-Class
4.6
21:00
Sa Pa SapaExpress
22:00
Hanoi SapaExpress
6h bus ride in Semi Sleeper
3.9
04:00
+1
Sa Pa SapaExpress2, Lao Cai

From Hanoi GreenLion to Sapa by Vans

07:00
Hanoi GreenLion
5h 30m van ride in VIP
4.1
12:30
Sapa GreenLion, Lao Cai

From Hanoi to Sapa by Trains

Refundable Recommended
21:35
HNO Hanoi
7h 55m ride in train #SP1
3+
05:30
+1
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
Refundable Recommended
21:35
HNO Hanoi
7h 55m ride in train #SP1
4.0+
05:30
+1
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
Refundable
21:35
HNO Hanoi
7h 55m ride in train #SP1, VIP Sleeper 4x
3.8
05:30
+1
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
Refundable
21:35
HNO Hanoi
7h 55m ride in train #SP1, 1st Class Sleeper
3.8
05:30
+1
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
Pumpkin Express
Refundable
21:35
HNO Hanoi
7h 55m ride in train #SP1
2.3+
05:30
+1
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
Sapaly Express
Refundable Recommended
22:00
HNO Hanoi
8h 5m ride in train #SP3
3.6+
06:05
+1
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
Refundable
22:00
HNO Hanoi
8h 5m ride in train #SP3
3.7
06:05
+1
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
Refundable
22:00
HNO Hanoi
8h 5m ride in train #SP3
2+
06:05
+1
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
Refundable
22:00
HNO Hanoi
8h 5m ride in train #SP3
06:05
+1
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
Refundable
22:00
HNO Hanoi
8h 5m ride in train #SP3, 1st Class Sleeper
3.5
06:05
+1
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
Violette Express Train
Refundable
22:00
HNO Hanoi
8h 5m ride in train #SP3, VIP Sleeper 4x
3.5
06:05
+1
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
Refundable
22:30
HNO Hanoi
8h 3m ride in train #SP7, 1st Class Sleeper
5
06:33
+1
LCA Sapa Lao Cai

From 21 Hang Thung to Sapa by Buses

Truly Hagiang
Instant
07:00
21 Hang Thung, Hanoi
5h 50m bus ride in VIP Sleeper 41
12:50
Luong Dinh Cua Sapa, Lao Cai

From Cua Dong Station to Sapa by Vans

Truly Hagiang
Instant
07:00
Cua Dong Station, Hanoi
5h van ride in VIP
12:00
Sapa Union 17

From Hanoi SapaDragon to Sapa by Buses

Instant
07:00
Hanoi SapaDragon
6h bus ride in VIP 27
4
13:00
Sapa SapaDragon
Instant
22:00
Hanoi SapaDragon
6h bus ride in Sleeper
4
04:00
+1
Sapa SapaDragon

From Gia Lam to Sapa by Trains

Refundable
21:53
GLA Gia Lam
7h 37m ride in train #SP1, 1st Class Sleeper
05:30
+1
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
Refundable
22:18
GLA Gia Lam
7h 47m ride in train #SP3, 1st Class Sleeper
06:05
+1
LCA Sapa Lao Cai

From Hanoi Sinh to Sapa by Buses

Refundable
07:00
Hanoi Sinh
5h 30m bus ride in Express
12:30
Sapa Sinh
Refundable
22:00
Hanoi Sinh
5h 30m bus ride in Express
03:30
+1
Sapa Sinh

From Hanoi SSB to Sapa by Buses

Grouptour
06:30
Hanoi SSB
6h 30m bus ride in Semi Sleeper
3.9
13:00
Sapa SSB
Grouptour
07:00
Hanoi SSB
6h bus ride in AC Seater
4.6
13:00
Sapa SSB
Grouptour
13:15
Hanoi SSB
6h 30m bus ride in Semi Sleeper
3.9
19:45
Sapa SSB

From Hanoi SSB to Sapa by Vans

Grouptour
07:30
Hanoi SSB
5h 30m van ride in VIP
4.0
13:00
Sapa SSB
Grouptour
15:00
Hanoi SSB
5h 30m van ride in VIP
4.0
20:30
Sapa SSB

From Hanoi Airport to Sapa by Taxis

Instant
--:--
Hanoi Airport, Noi Bai Airport
4h 30m taxi ride in Comfort
--:--
Sapa
Instant
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Hanoi Airport, Noi Bai Airport
4h 30m taxi ride in Van 9pax
--:--
Sapa
Grouptour
--:--
Hanoi Airport, Noi Bai Airport
5h taxi ride in Van 9pax
5
--:--
Sapa
OUROS Travel
Instant
--:--
Hanoi Airport, Noi Bai Airport
4h 30m taxi ride in Van 9pax
--:--
Sapa
OUROS Travel
Instant
--:--
Hanoi Airport, Noi Bai Airport
4h 30m taxi ride in Comfort
--:--
Sapa
OUROS Travel
Instant
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Hanoi Airport, Noi Bai Airport
4h 30m taxi ride in SUV 4pax
--:--
Sapa
OUROS Travel
Instant
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Hanoi Airport, Noi Bai Airport
4h 30m taxi ride in VIP Van 9pax
--:--
Sapa

From Yen Vien to Sapa by Trains

Refundable
22:06
YVI Yen Vien, Hanoi
7h 24m ride in train #SP1, 1st Class Sleeper
3.8
05:30
+1
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
Refundable
22:31
YVI Yen Vien, Hanoi
7h 34m ride in train #SP3, 1st Class Sleeper
3.5
06:05
+1
LCA Sapa Lao Cai

From Hanoi to Sapa by Taxis

Instant
--:--
Hanoi
4h 30m taxi ride in Economy
--:--
Sapa
Instant Fastest
--:--
Hanoi
4h 10m taxi ride in Van 9pax
--:--
Sapa
Grouptour
--:--
Hanoi
5h taxi ride in Van 9pax
5
--:--
Sapa
OUROS Travel
Instant
--:--
Hanoi
5h taxi ride in SUV 4pax
--:--
Sapa
OUROS Travel
Instant
--:--
Hanoi
5h taxi ride in Van 9pax
--:--
Sapa
OUROS Travel
Instant
--:--
Hanoi
5h taxi ride in VIP Van 9pax
5
--:--
Sapa
OUROS Travel
Instant
--:--
Hanoi
5h taxi ride in Comfort
--:--
Sapa

Hanoi to Sapa Schedule

Hanoi to Sapa Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
DichungTaxi Economy 00:00 - 04:30VND 4,217k
GreenLion Bus VIP 07:00 - 12:30VND 460k
Grouptour Semi Sleeper 13:15 - 19:45VND 250k
Sapa Express VIP-Class 15:00 - 21:00VND 414k
Orient Express VIP Sleeper 4x 21:35 - 05:30VND 835k
King Express VIP Sleeper 4x 22:00 - 06:05VND 835k
Victoria Express 1st Class Sleeper 22:00 - 06:05VND 3,816k
Vietnam Railways 1st Class Sleeper 22:00 - 06:05VND 531k
Violette Express Train VIP Sleeper 4x 22:00 - 06:05VND 920k
Chapa Express VIP Sleeper 4x 22:00 - 06:05VND 1,070k
Sapa Express Semi Sleeper 22:00 - 04:00VND 276k
The SinhTourist Express 22:00 - 03:30VND 292k

How to get to Sapa from Hanoi

How to get from Hanoi to Sapa
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.

Train

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.

Bus

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.

Hanoi to Sapa destination reviews

3.8
1238 customer reviews
5
39%
4
31%
3
15%
2
7%
1
8%
85% of 1238 travelers were happy with this destination
LT
2
train #SP3 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways, Sep 22, 2019
Could not sleep because of the hard bed (VIP soft sleeper), the noise and the shocking riding
OB
5
bus Semi Sleeper, Grouptour, Sep 20, 2019
I could lay fully stretched with this bus :)
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.

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