Lao Cai to Hanoi

Lao Cai to Hanoi

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22:30
Sapa SSB
5h 30m bus ride in VIP 20
3.5
04:00
+1
Hanoi SSB
13:30
Sapa SSB
5h 30m bus ride in VIP 20
3.5
19:00
Hanoi SSB
21:40
Sapa Lao Cai
7h 50m ride in train #SP4
3.9+
05:30
+1
Hanoi

From Sapa Lao Cai to Hanoi by train

21:40
Sapa Lao Cai
7h 50m ride in train #SP4
3.9+
05:30
+1
Hanoi

From Sapa SSB to Hanoi by bus

13:30
Sapa SSB
5h 30m bus ride in VIP 20
3.5
19:00
Hanoi SSB
22:30
Sapa SSB
5h 30m bus ride in VIP 20
3.5
04:00
+1
Hanoi SSB

Lao Cai to Hanoi Schedule

Lao Cai to Hanoi Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Grouptour Van 9pax Any timeVND 3,750k
Sao Viet Sleeper 21 03:30 - 08:10VND 293k
Sao Viet Sleeper 05:30 - 11:15VND 233k
Sapa Express VIP-Class 07:00 - 13:00VND 400k
Sao Viet Sleeper 21 08:00 - 11:45VND 294k
Sao Viet Sleeper 21 10:00 - 13:45VND 294k
Grouptour VIP 20 13:30 - 19:00VND 510k
Grouptour VIP 27 15:15 - 21:15VND 275k
Cuong Lan Sapa VIP Sleeper 41 16:00 - 21:30VND 273k
Grouptour Semi Sleeper 19:30 - 02:00VND 238k
Fanxipan 1st Class Sleeper 21:40 - 05:15VND 1,760k
Grouptour VIP 20 22:30 - 04:00VND 510k

Transportation from Lao Cai to Hanoi

Lao Cai to Hanoi destination reviews

CP
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.
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 (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.
OC
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
Bus Semi Sleeper, Sapa Express, Jun 10, 2019
On time, good spot, airco working properly and helpful staff!
HS
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.
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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 Bus. However, if you’d rather take your time with a slower, more affordable travel option, you can book a Bus 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 305,808,556. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a bus as a bus ticket costs as low as VND 169,950.

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 Sapa Express: travelling by bus expect to pay as low as VND 169,950 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 305,808,556.

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

  • Bus tickets - VND 169,891 to VND 520,013;
  • Train tickets - VND 509,672 to VND 1,857,719;
  • Van price : VND 330,002 - VND 414,007;

You can order a taxi, too - an estimated cost of the ride is from VND 2,799,504 to VND 5,598,270.

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 03:30 - 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?

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 2,799,504.

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:

  • 41% decided to go for a bus.
  • 25% opted for a van.
  • 19% decided to catch a taxi.
  • 15% users enjoyed a train ride.