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From Sapa Lao Cai to Hanoi by train

20:35
Sapa Lao Cai
04:25
Hanoi
7h 50m
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21:40
Sapa Lao Cai
04:58
Yen Vien, Hanoi
7h 18m
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21:40
Sapa Lao Cai
05:30
Hanoi
7h 50m
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21:40
Sapa Lao Cai
05:30
Hanoi
7h 50m
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21:40
Sapa Lao Cai
04:58
Yen Vien, Hanoi
7h 18m
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21:40
Sapa Lao Cai
05:30
Hanoi
7h 50m
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21:40
Sapa Lao Cai
05:30
Hanoi
7h 50m
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From Sapa Lao Cai to Gia Lam by train

21:40
Sapa Lao Cai
05:12
Gia Lam
7h 32m
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21:40
Sapa Lao Cai
05:12
Gia Lam
7h 32m
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From Nguyen Hue to Hanoi by bus

17:30
Nguyen Hue, Lao Cai
21:30
Noi Bai Crossroad, Hanoi
4h
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From Sa Pa SapaExpress to Hanoi by bus

07:00
Sa Pa SapaExpress
13:00
Hanoi SapaExpress
6h
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15:30
Sa Pa SapaExpress
21:00
Hanoi SapaExpress
5h 30m
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From Sa Pa SapaExpress2 to Hanoi by bus

13:30
Sa Pa SapaExpress2, Lao Cai
19:30
Hanoi SapaExpress
6h
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15:30
Sa Pa SapaExpress2, Lao Cai
21:30
Hanoi SapaExpress
6h
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From Sapa GreenLion to Hanoi by van

15:00
Sapa GreenLion, Lao Cai
20:00
Hanoi GreenLion
5h

From Sapa SSB to Hanoi by van

07:40
Sapa SSB
12:40
Noi Bai International Airport, Hanoi
5h
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07:40
Sapa SSB
12:40
Hanoi SSB
5h
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08:00
Sapa SSB
13:00
Hanoi SSB
5h
Refund 
08:00
Sapa SSB
13:00
Noi Bai International Airport, Hanoi
5h
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14:30
Sapa SSB
19:30
Noi Bai International Airport, Hanoi
5h
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14:30
Sapa SSB
19:30
Hanoi SSB
5h
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15:00
Sapa SSB
20:00
Hanoi SSB
5h
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15:30
Sapa SSB
20:30
Noi Bai International Airport, Hanoi
5h
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From Sapa SSB to Hanoi by bus

13:30
Sapa SSB
19:00
Hanoi SSB
5h 30m
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14:00
Sapa SSB
20:30
Hanoi SB
6h 30m
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15:00
Sapa SSB
21:30
Hanoi SB
6h 30m
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15:15
Sapa SSB
21:15
Hanoi SSB
6h
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19:30
Sapa SSB
02:00
Hanoi SB
6h 30m
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22:00
Sapa SSB
04:30
Hanoi SB
6h 30m
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22:30
Sapa SSB
04:00
Hanoi SSB
5h 30m
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From Sapa Sao Viet Office to Hanoi by bus

16:00
Sapa Sao Viet Office
21:30
Noi Bai Crossroad, Hanoi
5h 30m
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From Sapa SapaDragon to Hanoi by bus

15:30
Sapa SapaDragon
21:30
Hanoi SapaDragon
6h
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15:30
Sapa SapaDragon
21:30
Hanoi SapaDragon
6h
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From Sapa to Hanoi by taxi

Any
Sapa
Time
Hanoi
5h
Instant  Refund 
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Sapa
Time
Hanoi
5h
Instant  Refund 
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Sapa
Time
Hanoi
5h
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  vehicle, all incl
Any
Sapa
Time
Hanoi
5h
Instant  Refund 
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Sapa
Time
Hanoi City Center Transfer
4h 10m
  vehicle, all incl

From Sapa to Noi Bai Airport by taxi

Any
Sapa
Time
Hanoi Airport, Noi Bai Airport
5h 30m
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  vehicle, all incl
Any
Sapa
Time
Noi Bai Airport
4h 10m
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Sapa
Time
Hanoi Airport, Noi Bai Airport
5h 30m
Refund 
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Sapa
Time
Hanoi Airport, Noi Bai Airport
4h 30m
Instant  Refund 
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Sapa
Time
Hanoi Airport, Noi Bai Airport
4h 30m
Instant  Refund 
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Sapa
Time
Hanoi Airport, Noi Bai Airport
4h 30m
Instant  Refund 
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Sapa
Time
Hanoi Airport, Noi Bai Airport
4h 30m
Instant  Refund 
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Sapa
Time
Hanoi Airport, Noi Bai Airport
5h
Refund 
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Sapa
Time
Hanoi Airport, Noi Bai Airport
3h 55m
Instant 
  vehicle, all incl

Lao Cai to Hanoi Schedule

Lao Cai to Hanoi Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
OUROS Travel Van 9pax Any timeVND 5,864k
Sapa Express VIP-Class 07:00 – 13:00VND 414k
Grouptour VIP 08:00 – 13:00VND 350k
Sapa Express Semi Sleeper 13:30 – 19:30VND 275k
Sapa Express VIP 20 15:30 – 21:00VND 368k
GreenLion Bus VIP 15:00 – 20:00VND 410k
Grouptour Semi Sleeper 14:00 – 20:30VND 209k
Sapa Dragon Express Sleeper 15:30 – 21:30VND 250k
Grouptour Semi Sleeper 19:30 – 02:00VND 209k
King Express VIP Sleeper 4x 20:35 – 04:25VND 835k
Grouptour Semi Sleeper 22:00 – 04:30VND 209k

Lao Cai to Hanoi destination reviews

CP
van VIP, GreenLion Bus, 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.
DY
Bus Semi Sleeper, Sapa Express, Mar 1, 2020
Bathrooms were gross, the cabin smelled and the cleanliness of the seats was questionable
JP
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.
DS
Bus VIP-Class, Truly Hagiang, 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.
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Popular Routes in Vietnam

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 taxi ticket is the most expensive option - it will cost you about VND 6,720,004. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a bus as a bus ticket costs as low as VND 209,010.

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 244 miles (392 km). The flying distance is 161 miles (258 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 Grouptour (Công ty du lịch quốc tế Grouptour): travelling by bus expect to pay as low as VND 209,010 for your ticket.

However, if you’re after more upscale travel . The most expensive variant is to opt for a taxi - a one-way taxi ticket can cost as much as VND 6,720,004.

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

  • Bus tickets - VND 209,010 to VND 509,997;
  • Train tickets - VND 311,001 to VND 2,605,010;
  • Van price : VND 330,004 - VND 414,001;

You can order a taxi, too - an estimated cost of the ride is from VND 3,299,999 to VND 6,720,004.

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

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

  • Trains always run on a set schedule - there are 21 trains per day.
  • Buses start plying the route from 07:00 - you can also take a bus as late as 22:30. There are 13 available bus trips every day.
  • Vans from Lao Cai to Hanoi depart during the day - there are approximately 7 departures a 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?

Buses

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.

Taxi

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 3,299,999.

Things to remember: It's a good idea to follow the route on Google Maps or any other GPS navigator.

Trains

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.

Vans

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:

  • 83% decided to go for a bus.
  • 17% opted for a van.