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From Sapa GreenLion to Hanoi by van

Sapa GreenLion, Lao Cai
Hanoi GreenLion

Passenger reviews out of total 148 passengers who traveled with us on this route.

At 12Go our operators offer three types of service:

Cheap, Fast, Good - but you can usually pick only two of them!
Cheap & Fast won’t be Good. (e.g. buses from/to Khao San Road, local buses or 3rd class trains)
Cheap & Good won’t be Fast. (e.g. VIP trains in Thailand)
Fast & Good won’t be Cheap. (e.g. private limousine services, or VIP24 buses vs Express buses)

Make your choice! Please remember that while we are closely monitoring the services, we are still an agency marketplace. That means we focus on ticketing services and route availability & coverage rather than on the factual seat reclining angle you will get on the bus today.

May 2, 2019
van VIP, GreenLion Bus
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!
May 2, 2019
van VIP, GreenLion Bus
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.
Apr 14, 2019
bus Semi Sleeper, Sapa Express
This is my first experience travelling with sleeper bus and it was awesome!
Apr 5, 2019
bus Semi Sleeper, Sapa Express
Bus was in good condition. Left on time and arrived early with one stop.
Mar 4, 2019
bus Semi Sleeper, Truly Hagiang
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.
Feb 20, 2019
bus Semi Sleeper, Truly Hagiang
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.
Nov 13, 2018
van VIP, GreenLion Bus
Muy muy buen servicio. Muy recomendable
Sep 24, 2018
van VIP, GreenLion Bus
There was no snack. En the wifi was nog working. En not for every body was there water. The driver had een bad driving skill. You don't pass a other car in a blind corner.
Aug 9, 2018
van VIP, GreenLion Bus
Very comfort and spacious bus. The drivers are sometimes reckles, but maybe thats normal for asia. And they where both times a half hour late, but i think thats aswell asian standard
Aug 3, 2018
van VIP, GreenLion Bus
great driver: didn't honk 1 time the whole trip from sapa to hanoi!! picked us up at hotel exactly on time, avoided the dog on the highway & all other dangers along the winding roads just outside sapa. very save driver, made good time & put us right in front of the hotel in hanoi!
Jul 27, 2018
van VIP, GreenLion Bus
Good and comfortable trip. Only driver thinks he is lewis hamilton

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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 taxi ticket is the most expensive option - it will cost you about VND 6,720,002. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a train as a train ticket costs as low as VND 235,999.

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 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 235,999 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 6,720,002.

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

  • Train tickets - VND 235,999 to VND 3,816,004;
  • Bus tickets - VND 250,004 to VND 414,006;
  • Van price : VND 380,002 - VND 460,000;

You can order a taxi, too - an estimated cost of the ride is from VND 3,700,003 to VND 6,720,002.

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 23 trains per day.
  • Buses start plying the route from 07:00 - you can also take a bus as late as 21:45. There are 11 available bus trips every day.
  • Vans from Lao Cai to Hanoi depart during the day - there are approximately 6 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?


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 3,700,003.

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 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:

  • 528 users enjoyed a train ride.
  • 354 decided to go for a bus.
  • 116 opted for a van.
  • 2 decided to catch a taxi.