Lao Cai to Hanoi

Lao Cai to Hanoi

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Sapa Lao Cai
7h 50m ride in train #SP4 with Sapaly Express
From VND 1.76 m per adult
Lao Cai Sao Viet
6h bus ride with Sao Viet in Sleeper
Pham Van Dong Sao Viet, Hanoi
VND 233 k per adult

From Sapa Lao Cai to Hanoi by train

Sapa Lao Cai
7h 50m ride in train #SP4 with Sapaly Express
From VND 1.76 m per adult

From Lao Cai Sao Viet to Hanoi by bus

Lao Cai Sao Viet
6h bus ride with Sao Viet in Sleeper
Pham Van Dong Sao Viet, Hanoi
VND 233 k per adult

Lao Cai to Hanoi Schedule

Lao Cai to Hanoi Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
DichungTaxi Comfort Any timeVND 4,653k
Sao Viet Sleeper 05:30 - 11:30VND 233k
Sao Viet Sleeper 06:30 - 12:30VND 233k
Sao Viet Sleeper 08:15 - 14:15VND 233k
Sao Viet Sleeper 11:30 - 17:30VND 233k
Sao Viet Sleeper 12:30 - 18:30VND 233k
Sao Viet Sleeper 21 15:00 - 20:00VND 293k
Sao Viet Sleeper 16:00 - 22:00VND 233k
Sao Viet Sleeper 18:15 - 00:15VND 233k
Livitrans Express VIP Sleeper 4x 21:40 - 05:17VND 740k
Pumpkin Express 1st Class Sleeper 21:40 - 05:15VND 1,400k
Sao Viet Sleeper 21 23:58 - 04:58VND 293k

Transportation from Lao Cai to Hanoi

Lao Cai to Hanoi destination reviews

van VIP, GreenLion Bus (Du lịch Sư tử Xanh), Mar 24, 2020
Nothing happened according to the contract and what's been told prior to the trip. We book the ENTIRE van. When we got in, the driver announced that 2 people were joining us. So 2 of us had to spend the 6.5 hours (not 5) next to the driver with no space to our legs. Not at all the vip experience we booked. They booked these people the night before to get extra money, however they indeed paid for 4 seats to have room for their luggage. The organizer said that the driver will make it up by getting us coffee (never happened), when we already actually shared coffee and treats with him from the beginning. Not refund was ever made to the 2 extra people of for us. And a coffee worth 20cts would have not compensate the 2 VIP seats and a PRIVATE van we booked 1 month earlier. When booking with them... Ask the right questions as their standards and contracts definitely don't work as they're supposed to. So make sure you ask before, and my advise would be to just book through WhatsApp and pay on the spot to avoid not getting the money back. Very disappointed. The organizer just stopped answering when I asked for a partial refund of the 2 seats.
Bus Semi Sleeper, Sapa Express, Mar 1, 2020
Bathrooms were gross, the cabin smelled and the cleanliness of the seats was questionable
Bus Semi Sleeper, Sapa Express, Feb 28, 2020
Highly reccomended. Wifi onboard and also in their officies. Safe driving, professional staff. Nice sleeper buses. The only notice for persons of tall or bigger figure - sleeper seats are probabLy designed for local people of predominately thiner figure (compared to european measures) so you may feel a bit uncomfortable.
Bus VIP-Class, Truly Hagiang (Du lich Á châu), Sep 12, 2019
The journey was generally smooth however the bus air con smelt of petrol fumes and the driver and his companions were very noisy and shouting at us trying to rush us off the bus when arriving at Hanoi.
Bus Semi Sleeper, Sapa Express, Jul 8, 2019
The sleeper bus was great. It stopped two times throughout the journey, 1 for 30 minutes for having meals (breakfast/dinner , depend on your bus time )and another 1 for 10 minutes for toilet break. There is free wifi , a toilet at the back of the bus and you can put your luggage at the bottom storage. The seat is kinda short and narrow, so tall and big sized people might get a bit uncomfortable. I am 172 cm and my legs doesn't fit well in it. However, I do think that it is a great deal if compared to the price !
131 customer reviews

How to get from Lao Cai to Hanoi

When you want to get from Lao Cai to Hanoi, 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 ticket.

The cost of travel will depend on the means of transport you choose for your trip. A van ticket is the most expensive option - it will cost you about VND 302,506,127. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a bus as a bus ticket costs as low as VND 232,999.

How far is Lao Cai from Hanoi?

If you’re traveling by land, it’s important to know the distance from Lao Cai to Hanoi. Your trip will be a total of 206 miles (330 km). The flying distance is 158 miles (254 km).

How long does it take to get from Lao Cai to Hanoi?

The travel time from Lao Cai to Hanoi can vary depending on the mode of transportation you choose. All things considered, the whole journey should take from 4 to 8 hours.

How much does it cost to get from Lao Cai to Hanoi?

The cost of the trip from Lao Cai to Hanoi varies according to what means of transport you choose for your journey. The most affordable operator is Sao Viet (Sao Việt): travelling by bus expect to pay as low as VND 232,999 for your ticket.

However, if you’re after more upscale travel . The most expensive variant is to opt for a van - a one-way van ticket can cost as much as VND 302,506,127.

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

  • Bus tickets - VND 233,087 to VND 640,075;
  • Train tickets - VND 740,178 to VND 2,360,092;
  • Van price : VND 330,002 - VND 414,007;

You can order a taxi, too - an estimated cost of the ride is from VND 3,079,811 to VND 6,720,053.

How many trips per day are there between Lao Cai and Hanoi?

Depending on your choice of transportation, the number of daily trips varies.

  • Vans from Lao Cai to Hanoi depart during the day - there are approximately 7 departures a day.
  • Buses start plying the route from 05:30 - you can also take a bus as late as 23:59. There are 1 available bus trips every day.
  • Trains always run on a set schedule - there are 1 trains per day.

Taxis are a good option to consider for this route, too. Book a cab to take you from Lao Cai to Hanoi any time of the day.

Which means of transport is the best for the route?


Taking a bus from Lao Cai to Hanoi 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 Lao Cai to Hanoi. 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 VND 3,079,811.

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 Lao Cai to Hanoi. 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 Lao Cai to Hanoi.

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 Lao Cai to Hanoi

How to choose the most convenient way of travel from Lao Cai to Hanoi? 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.
  • 31% users enjoyed a train ride.
  • 25% decided to go for a bus.