Sapa to Halong Bay

Sapa to Halong Bay

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Transportation from Sapa to Halong Bay

How to get from Sapa to Halong Bay

When you want to get from Sapa to Halong Bay, you have a few options to consider. Traveling between these destinations is possible by different means of transport:

  • Bus
  • 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+taxi ticket.

The cost of travel will depend on the means of transport you choose for your trip. A Bus+taxi ticket is the most expensive option - it will cost you about VND 4,710,000. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a bus as a bus ticket costs as low as VND 373,000.

How far is Sapa from Halong Bay?

If you’re traveling by land, it’s important to know the distance from Sapa to Halong Bay. Your trip will be a total of 298 miles (479 km). The flying distance is 229 miles (368 km).

How long does it take to get from Sapa to Halong Bay?

The travel time from Sapa to Halong Bay can vary depending on the mode of transportation you choose. All things considered, the whole journey should take from 7 to 11 hours.

How much does it cost to get from Sapa to Halong Bay?

The cost of the trip from Sapa to Halong Bay varies according to what means of transport you choose for your journey. The most affordable operator is Cuong Lan Sapa (Cuờng Lan SaPa): travelling by bus expect to pay as low as VND 373,000 for your ticket.

However, if you’re after more upscale travel . The most expensive variant is to opt for a Bus+taxi - a one-way Bus+taxi ticket can cost as much as VND 4,710,000.

Here is a chart of the average ticket prices and transportation options available from Sapa to Halong Bay:

  • Bus tickets - VND 373,000 to VND 373,000;
  • Bus+taxi price: VND 4,710,000 - VND 4,710,000. From Sapa to Halong Bay starting from 16:00 Hanoi Fansipanbus until 16:00 Hanoi Fansipanbus

You can order a taxi, too - an estimated cost of the ride is from VND 5,500,000 to VND 5,500,000.

How many trips per day are there between Sapa and Halong Bay?

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

  • 2 by Bus+taxi from Sapa to Halong Bay starting from 16:00 Hanoi Fansipanbus until 16:00 Hanoi Fansipanbus
  • Buses start plying the route from 15:45 - you can also take a bus as late as 17:30. There are 1 available bus trips every day.

Taxis are a good option to consider for this route, too. Book a cab to take you from Sapa to Halong Bay any time of the day.

Which means of transport is the best for the route?


Taking a bus from Sapa to Halong Bay 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 Sapa to Halong Bay. 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 5,500,000.

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

The most popular transport from Sapa to Halong Bay

How to choose the most convenient way of travel from Sapa to Halong Bay? 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:

  • 100% decided to go for a bus.