Pumpkin Express
Refundable Recommended
20:55
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
7h 35m ride in train #SP2
3+
04:30
+1
HNO Hanoi
Violette Express Train
Refundable Recommended
21:40
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
7h 50m ride in train #SP4, VIP Sleeper 4x
2.8
05:30
+1
HNO Hanoi
Refundable Recommended
20:55
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
7h 35m ride in train #SP2
3.5+
04:30
+1
HNO Hanoi

From Sapa Lao Cai to Hanoi by Trains

Pumpkin Express
Refundable Recommended
20:55
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
7h 35m ride in train #SP2
3+
04:30
+1
HNO Hanoi
Refundable Recommended
20:55
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
7h 35m ride in train #SP2
3.5+
04:30
+1
HNO Hanoi
Refundable
20:55
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
7h 35m ride in train #SP2
2.8+
04:30
+1
HNO Hanoi
Refundable
20:55
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
7h 37m ride in train #SP2, VIP Sleeper 4x
2
04:32
+1
HNO Hanoi
Refundable
20:55
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
7h 37m ride in train #SP2
3.5+
04:32
+1
HNO Hanoi
Refundable
20:55
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
7h 22m ride in train #SP2
5
04:17
+1
GLA Gia Lam
Violette Express Train
Refundable Recommended
21:40
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
7h 50m ride in train #SP4, VIP Sleeper 4x
2.8
05:30
+1
HNO Hanoi
Sapaly Express
Refundable
21:40
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
7h 50m ride in train #SP4
4.1+
05:30
+1
HNO Hanoi
Refundable
21:40
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
7h 50m ride in train #SP4
3+
05:30
+1
HNO Hanoi
Refundable
21:40
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
7h 50m ride in train #SP4, 1st Class Sleeper
4
05:30
+1
HNO Hanoi
Refundable
21:40
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
7h 50m ride in train #SP4
4.3
05:30
+1
HNO Hanoi
Refundable
21:40
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
7h 35m ride in train #SP4, 1st Class Sleeper
3
05:15
+1
GLA Gia Lam
Refundable
21:40
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
7h 20m ride in train #SP4, 1st Class Sleeper
4
05:00
+1
YVI Yen Vien, Hanoi
Laman Express
21:40
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
7h 50m ride in train, VIP Sleeper 4x
05:30
+1
HNO Hanoi
Laman Express
21:40
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
7h 50m ride in train, 1st Class Sleeper
05:30
+1
HNO Hanoi

From Luong Dinh Cua Sapa to Hanoi by Buses

Truly Hagiang
Instant
16:00
Luong Dinh Cua Sapa, Lao Cai
5h 50m bus ride in VIP-Class
3
21:50
194 Tran Quang Khai, Hanoi

From Sa Pa SapaExpress2 to Hanoi by Buses

13:30
Sa Pa SapaExpress2, Lao Cai
6h bus ride in Semi Sleeper
4.3
19:30
Hanoi SapaExpress
15:30
Sa Pa SapaExpress2, Lao Cai
6h bus ride in Semi Sleeper
4.3
21:30
Hanoi SapaExpress

From Sapa SapaDragon to Hanoi by Buses

Instant
15:30
Sapa SapaDragon
6h bus ride in Sleeper
3.3
21:30
Hanoi SapaDragon
Instant
15:30
Sapa SapaDragon
6h bus ride in VIP 27
4.3
21:30
Hanoi SapaDragon

From Sapa to Hanoi by Taxis

Grouptour
--:--
Sapa
5h taxi ride in Van 9pax
5
--:--
Hanoi
OUROS Travel
Instant
--:--
Sapa
5h taxi ride in Comfort
5
--:--
Hanoi
OUROS Travel
Instant
--:--
Sapa
5h taxi ride in SUV 4pax
--:--
Hanoi
OUROS Travel
Instant
--:--
Sapa
5h taxi ride in Van 9pax
--:--
Hanoi
OUROS Travel
Instant
--:--
Sapa
5h taxi ride in VIP Van 9pax
--:--
Hanoi
Instant Fastest
--:--
Sapa
3h 55m taxi ride in Comfort
--:--
Hanoi Airport, Noi Bai Airport
Grouptour
--:--
Sapa
5h taxi ride in Van 9pax
4
--:--
Hanoi Airport, Noi Bai Airport
OUROS Travel
Instant
--:--
Sapa
4h 30m taxi ride in Van 9pax
--:--
Hanoi Airport, Noi Bai Airport
OUROS Travel
Instant
--:--
Sapa
4h 30m taxi ride in Comfort
--:--
Hanoi Airport, Noi Bai Airport
OUROS Travel
Instant
--:--
Sapa
4h 30m taxi ride in SUV 4pax
--:--
Hanoi Airport, Noi Bai Airport
OUROS Travel
Instant
--:--
Sapa
4h 30m taxi ride in VIP Van 9pax
--:--
Hanoi Airport, Noi Bai Airport

From Sa Pa SapaExpress to Hanoi by Buses

07:00
Sa Pa SapaExpress
6h bus ride in VIP-Class
4.8
13:00
Hanoi SapaExpress
15:30
Sa Pa SapaExpress
5h 30m bus ride in VIP 20
4.5
21:00
Hanoi SapaExpress

From Sapa GreenLion to Hanoi by Vans

15:00
Sapa GreenLion, Lao Cai
5h van ride in VIP
4
20:00
Hanoi GreenLion

From Sapa Sinh to Hanoi by Buses

Refundable
08:30
Sapa Sinh
5h 30m bus ride in Express
14:00
Hanoi Sinh
Refundable
15:30
Sapa Sinh
5h 30m bus ride in Express
21:00
Hanoi Sinh
Refundable
22:00
Sapa Sinh
5h 30m bus ride in Express
03:30
+1
Hanoi Sinh

From Sapa SSB to Hanoi by Buses

Grouptour
07:00
Sapa SSB
6h 30m bus ride in Semi Sleeper
3.6
13:30
Hanoi SB
Grouptour
07:30
Sapa SSB
6h 30m bus ride in Semi Sleeper
3.6
14:00
Hanoi SB
Grouptour
08:00
Sapa SSB
6h 30m bus ride in Semi Sleeper
3.6
14:30
Hanoi SB
Grouptour
12:00
Sapa SSB
6h 30m bus ride in Semi Sleeper
3.6
18:30
Hanoi SB
Grouptour
12:15
Sapa SSB
6h 30m bus ride in Semi Sleeper
3.6
18:45
Hanoi SB
Grouptour
13:30
Sapa SSB
6h 30m bus ride in Semi Sleeper
3.6
20:00
Hanoi SB
Grouptour
14:30
Sapa SSB
6h 30m bus ride in Semi Sleeper
3.6
21:00
Hanoi SB
Grouptour
15:15
Sapa SSB
6h bus ride in AC Seater
3.7
21:15
Hanoi SSB
Grouptour
15:15
Sapa SSB
6h bus ride in VIP 27
3
21:15
Hanoi SSB
Grouptour
15:45
Sapa SSB
6h bus ride in VIP 27
3
21:45
Hanoi SSB
Grouptour
16:15
Sapa SSB
6h 30m bus ride in Semi Sleeper
3.6
22:45
Hanoi SB
Grouptour
21:10
Sapa SSB
6h 30m bus ride in Semi Sleeper
3.6
03:40
+1
Hanoi SB
Grouptour
21:20
Sapa SSB
6h 30m bus ride in Semi Sleeper
3.6
03:50
+1
Hanoi SB

From Sapa SSB to Hanoi by Vans

Grouptour
07:40
Sapa SSB
5h van ride in VIP
3.6
12:40
Hanoi SSB
Grouptour
07:50
Sapa SSB
5h van ride in VIP
3.6
12:50
Hanoi SSB
Grouptour
08:00
Sapa SSB
5h van ride in VIP
3.6
13:00
Hanoi SSB
Grouptour
14:30
Sapa SSB
5h van ride in VIP
3.6
19:30
Hanoi SSB
Grouptour
14:40
Sapa SSB
5h van ride in VIP
3.6
19:40
Hanoi SSB
Grouptour
14:50
Sapa SSB
5h van ride in VIP
3.6
19:50
Hanoi SSB
Grouptour
15:00
Sapa SSB
5h van ride in VIP
3.6
20:00
Hanoi SSB
Grouptour
15:10
Sapa SSB
5h van ride in VIP
3.6
20:10
Hanoi SSB
Grouptour
15:20
Sapa SSB
5h van ride in VIP
3.6
20:20
Hanoi SSB
Grouptour
15:30
Sapa SSB
5h van ride in VIP
3.6
20:30
Hanoi SSB

Lao Cai to Hanoi Schedule

Lao Cai to Hanoi Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Grouptour Van 9pax 00:00 - 05:00VND 3,700k
Sapa Express VIP-Class 07:00 - 13:00VND 414k
Grouptour VIP 08:00 - 13:00VND 420k
Sapa Express Semi Sleeper 13:30 - 19:30VND 200k
Sapa Express VIP 20 15:30 - 21:00VND 368k
Livitrans Express VIP Sleeper 4x 20:55 - 04:32VND 740k
Vietnam Railways 1st Class Sleeper 20:55 - 04:32VND 486k
Pumpkin Express VIP Sleeper 4x 20:55 - 04:30VND 740k
Chapa Express VIP Sleeper 4x 21:40 - 05:30VND 880k
Laman Express VIP Sleeper 4x 21:40 - 05:30VND 880k
The SinhTourist Express 22:00 - 03:30VND 299k

Lao Cai to Hanoi destination reviews

3.7
114 customer reviews
5
37%
4
27%
3
16%
2
7%
1
13%
DS
3
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.
OC
5
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 !
EV
5
Bus Semi Sleeper, Sapa Express, Jun 10, 2019
On time, good spot, airco working properly and helpful staff!
HS
4
Bus Semi Sleeper, Sapa Express, May 31, 2019
The semi-sleeper bus is quite comfortable if you are short enough (I'd say less than 175cm) to straighten your legs. The driver took us carefully down the mountains but accelerated a bit too much for my taste on the highway. Overall, I enjoyed the trip.
DK
5
van VIP, GreenLion Bus, May 2, 2019
great driver: didn't honk 1 time the whole trip from sapa to hanoi!! picked us up at hotel exactly on time, very save driver, made good time & put us right in front of the hotel in hanoi! The only question I have is why my fellow passengers paid half of what we were charged? Not sure if making booking from Canada makes all the services more expensive. But overall I will highly recommend that service!
KC
3
van VIP, GreenLion Bus, May 2, 2019
We thought we would get a seat with large chair as shown in picture. But once the van arrived, all seats are occupied so we need to sit at the back seats which we cannot adjust the seat. Its seem like the van went to pick up somewhere else before came to the pick-up point. But in the paper, it shows that no pick-up under any circumstance. So it really makes us confuse and not convenience.
NA
5
Bus Semi Sleeper, Sapa Express, Apr 14, 2019
This is my first experience travelling with sleeper bus and it was awesome!
RB
4
Bus Semi Sleeper, Sapa Express, Apr 5, 2019
Bus was in good condition. Left on time and arrived early with one stop.
JD
3
Bus Semi Sleeper, Truly Hagiang, Mar 4, 2019
The bus was 45 minutes late to leave. Wasn’t allowed to eat or drink on the bus and they advertised it as a 4 hour journey but it was actually 6 hours.
MV
4
Bus Semi Sleeper, Truly Hagiang, Feb 20, 2019
Could be better, but quite good trip from Sa Pa to Hanoi. Just 1 longer stop, what I appreciate. The staff control, where we have our own cabin baggage. I can not leave it in the aisle.

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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 train ticket is the most expensive option - it will cost you about VND 22,956,556. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a train as a train ticket costs as low as VND 236,001.

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 Vietnam Railways (Đường Sắt Việt Nam): travelling by train expect to pay as low as VND 236,001 for your ticket.

However, if you’re after more upscale travel . The most expensive variant is to opt for a train - a one-way train ticket can cost as much as VND 22,956,556.

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

  • Train tickets - VND 236,001 to VND 22,956,556;
  • Bus tickets - VND 250,007 to VND 530,006;
  • Van price : VND 420,007 - VND 460,006;

You can order a taxi, too - an estimated cost of the ride is from VND 3,699,998 to VND 6,719,998.

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

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

  • Buses start plying the route from 07:00 - you can also take a bus as late as 23:00. There are 23 available bus trips every day.
  • Trains always run on a set schedule - there are 23 trains per day.
  • Vans from Lao Cai to Hanoi depart during the day - there are approximately 11 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 3,699,998.

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 travelling 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 travelling 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:

  • 510 users enjoyed a train ride.
  • 386 decided to go for a bus.
  • 101 opted for a van.
  • 3 decided to catch a taxi.