Refundable Recommended
20:55
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
7h 35m ride in train #SP2
2.8+
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
Pumpkin Express
Refundable Recommended
20:55
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
7h 35m ride in train #SP2
3+
04:30
+1
HNO Hanoi

From Sapa Lao Cai to Hanoi by Trains

Refundable Recommended
20:55
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
7h 35m ride in train #SP2
2.8+
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
Pumpkin Express
Refundable Recommended
20:55
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
7h 35m ride in train #SP2
3+
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
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
05:30
+1
HNO Hanoi
Refundable
21:40
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
7h 50m ride in train #SP4, 1st Class Sleeper
4.0
05:30
+1
HNO Hanoi
Violette Express Train
Refundable
21:40
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
7h 50m ride in train #SP4, VIP Sleeper 4x
2.8
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
4.0
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 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 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 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
3.5
12:40
Hanoi SSB
Grouptour
07:50
Sapa SSB
5h van ride in VIP
3.5
12:50
Hanoi SSB
Grouptour
08:00
Sapa SSB
5h van ride in VIP
3.5
13:00
Hanoi SSB
Grouptour
14:30
Sapa SSB
5h van ride in VIP
3.5
19:30
Hanoi SSB
Grouptour
14:40
Sapa SSB
5h van ride in VIP
3.5
19:40
Hanoi SSB
Grouptour
14:50
Sapa SSB
5h van ride in VIP
3.5
19:50
Hanoi SSB
Grouptour
15:00
Sapa SSB
5h van ride in VIP
3.5
20:00
Hanoi SSB
Grouptour
15:10
Sapa SSB
5h van ride in VIP
3.5
20:10
Hanoi SSB
Grouptour
15:20
Sapa SSB
5h van ride in VIP
3.5
20:20
Hanoi SSB
Grouptour
15:30
Sapa SSB
5h van ride in VIP
3.5
20:30
Hanoi SSB

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 GreenLion to Hanoi by Vans

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

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 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 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
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Sapa
3h 55m taxi ride in Comfort
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Hanoi Airport, Noi Bai Airport
Grouptour
--:--
Sapa
5h taxi ride in Van 9pax
4
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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

Sapa to Hanoi Schedule

Sapa 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 276k
Sapa Express VIP 20 15:30 - 21:00VND 368k
Orient Express VIP Sleeper 4x 20:55 - 04:30VND 835k
Vietnam Railways 1st Class Sleeper 20:55 - 04:32VND 486k
Sapaly Express VIP Sleeper 4x 21:40 - 05:30VND 880k
Victoria Express 1st Class Sleeper 21:40 - 05:30VND 3,816k
Violette Express Train VIP Sleeper 4x 21:40 - 05:30VND 920k
The SinhTourist Express 22:00 - 03:30VND 299k

How to get to Hanoi from Sapa

Why go to Hanoi

Hanoi is the bustling capital city of Vietnam full of lakes, temples and pagodas. The ancient city is also the cultural capital of Vietnam and is managing to retain much of its charm despite rapidly modernizing. Visitors can wander through the streets of the Old Quarter and around Hoan Kiem Lake or take in the grand Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Presidential Palace which dates back to colonial times. Hanoi often seems to be the polar opposite of Saigon in the south but both cities share the same energetic pace.

From Sapa to Hanoi

The only way to get to Hanoi from Sapa is overland as there is no airport nowhere in the vicinity. Travelling this route by train is a classic Vietnamese experience, but buses do a good job, too, and the choice of the means of transport depends entirely on your own preferences. The distance between Sapa and Hanoi is about 300 km but be ready that your journey will take from eight hours to 10 hours.

There is currently no airport near Sapa so travelers make the journey from Sapa to Hanoi by train or bus. The overnight train from Sapa to Hanoi has long been one of the most popular overnight trains in the country with a number of more luxurious private train cars offering travelers varying degrees of comfort and relaxation on the night train.

From Sapa to Hanoi by train

The train stations which serves Sapa is located in the town of Lao Cai, some 35 km from Sapa proper. It takes about one hour to get from Sapa to Lao Cai by taxi or 1¼ hour if going by local bus, as the road is extremely curvy, though beautiful. Take your medicine in advance if you are prone to motion sickness. Note also, that trains are often late – do not be surprised over a couple of hours delay. Expect to pay between USD20 and USD30 for a lift. Tip: share with your fellow travellers.

Note the hottest time to get back from Sapa to Hanoi is Sunday night. Expect your train be full house. Do not be surprised to find ‘extra’ people on board: if no seats/berths available, some conductors accept tips for letting them in. It is unfortunately useless to complain.

Currently there are two express trains daily from Sapa (Lao Cai) to Hanoi. Both are operated by the Vietnam Railways and both are night trains. SP2 leaves Lao Cai at 8.35pm and arrives to Hanoi at 4.45am; SP4 departs half an hour later at 9.10pm and arrives at 5.25am. Both trains feature private cars which provide a much more comfortable experience than ordinary Vietnam Railways cars – though naturally at a higher price. VIP sleepers for four passengers with Livitrans Express, King Express, Fanxipan, Chapa Express or **Sapalay Express provide more or less the same level of service and cost between USD36 and USD40 (VND800,000-VND880,000). While a berth in a first class sleeping car with Victoria Express sets you back USD170 (VND3.8mio).

There is a third train from Sapa to Hanoi (LC2) that departs at 10.05am and arrives at 7.35pm. This train offers only a few dozen soft seats and the rest are hard wooden bench style seats which are quite uncomfortable for journeys of any length.

Tip Normally there is a dining car in each train where quite decent and reasonably priced fare is served. Give it a try, anyway.

In Hanoi, trains from Sapa arrive at the Tran Quy Cap street side of the Hanoi railway station. It is located west of the main entrance Le Duan street and is known as the Tran Quy Cap train station or simply ‘entrance B’. Do not be mislead: it is one and the same train station.

From Sapa to Hanoi by bus

There are sleeper buses and express buses serving the route from Sapa to Hanoi. In Sapa they normally pick up passengers at the bus station in the centre of town close to the Cathedral or directly from your guesthouse and will drop you off in Hanoi in Old Quarter or around Hoan Kiem Lake but exact locations vary depending on the company. Travellers report that Sapa Express is arguably the best way to travel from Sapa to Hanoi with new and clean buses but no toilets on board. The trip takes from six to 8 hours. There are both morning and late night departures. Expect to pay from USD15/VND300,000 per person.

Getting around in Hanoi

Many attractions will be within walking distance for those staying in the Old Quarter but some may opt for the iconic cyclo bicycle taxi, be wary of the cost and ask your hotel about reasonable prices. The same can be said of the motorcycle taxis. To avoid confusion and conflict agree on a price beforehand and write the number (including all zeroes) on a piece of paper.

Unlike Saigon, Hanoi is not known for having a reliable or trustworthy taxi service but there are a small number of green Mai Linh taxi’s which can be counted on to give you an honest metered fare and proper route. All taxis should have a working meter but be generally aware how to get to your destination to avoid being taken on an unrequested tour of Hanoi at your expense.

The ride sharing apps Uber and Grab Taxi are both operating in Hanoi and if you are accustomed to using them or one of their partners at home, you can continue using in Vietnam without having to change anything. However, you may want to grab a cheap local SIM card(~USD5) as many drivers like to call before picking you up. Don’t worry if neither of you speak each other’s language well, the call is common courtesy in Vietnam and the driver will still pick you up.

Where to stay in Hanoi

Hanoi’s Old Quarter and the area surrounding the nearby Hoan Kiem lake are popular for travelers and tourists of all types. The area gives one an easy access to many popular attractions and has one of the more lively nightlife scenes in a city that tends to get quiet rather early. The adjacent French Quarter offers more upscale accommodations without the frenzied activity of the old quarter and is better suited for those looking to get a good night’s sleep.

Things to do in Hanoi

As the country’s cultural capital, Hanoi has too many notable temples to list them all but a popular one is the Temple of the Jade Mountain which sits in the Middle of Hoan Kiem lake and is connected to the shore by the bright red The Huc bridge. Taking a stroll around the lake is also popular with both tourists and locals alike and can take on a festive atmosphere due to the various vendors and entertainers scattered about.

Travelers can checkout the Temple of Literature, where the great scholars of the past studied and whose names are still engraved on monuments in the courtyard. During certain times of the year visitors can also witness the beauty of calligraphers practicing their craft and take home a unique souvenir. A short walk away is the Fine Arts Museum of Vietnam, which boasts an impressive collection spanning the country’s entire history from the ancient civilizations to contemporary artists.

Those interested in recent history may want to tour the Hoa Lo Prison Museum, better known as the Hanoi Hilton where POW’s were held during the American War (as the conflict is referred to locally). For a more upbeat experience, one can check out the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and the colonial architecture of the Presidential Palace. Nearby is Ho Tay (West Lake) which hosts several watersport activities depending on the season and has many intriguing temples of its own.

Onward travel from Hanoi

Hanoi often serves as the beginning or the end of one’s travels in Vietnam. Those who have already explored the central and southern regions and come from Sapa to Hanoi will enjoy heading to the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Halong Bay for a cruise among the limestone islands that rise dramatically out of the bay. Cruises for Halong Bay depart from the port city of Haiphong which is a few hours by bus or train to the east of Hanoi.

Travelers just beginning their time in Vietnam will want to head south from Hanoi to Hue, the ancient capital and then onwards to the costal cities of Danang and Nha Trang. Flights are available from Noi Bai Airport, situated one hour outside of the city. Always arrange for a set price taxi to the airport or better yet, book a private charter van to ensure comfort and timely arrival. Of course many bus companies can take you from Hanoi to Hue as well as the Vietnam National Railways and the private train companies Livitrans and Violette Express who operate routes daily. Livitrans and Violette offer 4 berth VIP Sleeper cabins costing around USD75-USD85 for the 14 hour overnight journey. Passengers can expect the same experiences as provided on the Sapa to Hanoi journey with snacks, drinks and a much softer bed to sleep in. They will also have wine, beer and meals available for purchase which are of a higher quality than the standard Vietnam Railways fare. The much longer journey of Hanoi to Hue makes having a comfortable berth all the more important for your wellbeing.

Sapa to Hanoi destination reviews

3.6
1094 customer reviews
5
34%
4
27%
3
15%
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11%
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MR
3
train #SP2 VIP Sleeper 4x, Orient Express, Nov 11, 2019
Pumpkin train was better
SV
3
train #SP4 VIP Sleeper 4x, Sapaly Express, Nov 10, 2019
Because of our Trekking during the day i was able to sleep just fine on the way back. Sapaly is also one of the better company’s to book with, you get water, slippers, etc. I would recomend if you need to go to the toilet go in the beginning of the trainride. Because it starts to smell.
SR
5
train #SP4 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways, Nov 9, 2019
Amazingly comfortable train ride. The cabin I got was super clean. I was the only one in the cabin. So it’s like a private train ride. Definitely would recommend this.
AS
5
charter Comfort, OUROS Travel, Nov 4, 2019
Driver was on time. Clean and comfortable car. Made a couple of brief stops on the way to stretch legs and use rest rooms.
JS
4
train #SP4 VIP Sleeper 4x, Sapaly Express, Nov 1, 2019
Bit noisy, but clean, friendly staff & on time
MA
4
bus Sleeper, Sapa Dragon Express, Oct 31, 2019
They could let people in earlier and not just having them wait outside. Some parts of the bus were “destroyed” by usage. An idea to help with the feet smell?
CJ
3
train #SP4 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways, Oct 30, 2019
Quite noisy, staff were rude (shouting and banging on your door repeatedly to tell us to get off the train rather than having ‘wake up’ music over a tannoy system as we had experienced on previous train), but beds are good enough. Our cabin was smelly but were next to the toilet which didn’t help our experience.
SP
5
bus VIP-Class, Sapa Express, Oct 28, 2019
The staff were friendly and provided us some snack in the beginning. The driver drove safely enough for fast & convenient trip back to Hanoi.
LS
2
train #SP2 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways, Oct 27, 2019
Train was on time, beds comfortable but the conductor was creepy. I was traveling alone had almost the train car to myself and my berth (with 4 beds) was only me. The conductor opened my locked berth in the middle of the night and I started shouting to get out. Very creepy. I did see bugs on this trip. Bathroom horrendous.
BP
4
train #SP4 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways, Oct 27, 2019
Very Comfortable Good deaparture and arrival time Restroom was not clean Electricity plug was not work
LB
5
bus VIP-Class, Sapa Express, Oct 26, 2019
Great trip, great service. Check in was smooth (no need to be there 30 min before), trip was punctual at 7am from Sa Pa and our guide on the bus was helpful and spoke excellent English. Bus was clean and comfy - two rows of 1 seat. Water, blankets and a small snack provided. Driver was safe and trip ran on time - half hour stop mid way through in a rest area with basic toilets and food stalls. Based on this trip, I’d happily use the service again. Beautiful scenery and better value for money than the overnight train.
JE
5
bus VIP-Class, Sapa Express, Oct 26, 2019
Service is super. Everyone is very vriendly and helpful. The driver drives safe. The bus goes on time and is very comfortabel. We would certainly book with this company again.
MK
2
bus Semi Sleeper, Grouptour, Oct 24, 2019
Bus was dirty with bugs inside, there was no light and flush in toilet. Also there was no information about stops arrival time in fact we arrived over 1h earlier what makes a difference for sleeping bus because we had to wait for next bus.
JT
4
train #SP4 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways, Oct 21, 2019
Everything go smooth. Is just the room wasn't clean, the cleaner left the used wet tissue in the display lamp...
HM
3
van VIP, Grouptour, Oct 21, 2019
A/C was good and trip was safe but the bus was an hour late and by the time we got on the bus we were stuck at the back where seats don't recline and ride quite bumpy
AC
4
train #SP4 VIP Sleeper, Sapaly Express, Oct 17, 2019
I travelled before on this train in a 4 berth cabin, very uncomfortable mattress and only a sheet and blanket so in comparison the 1st class sleeper is very comfortable. Good mattress and very comfy duvet. Friendly and helpful rep. Train is obviously very noisy when moving at speed so it is difficult to sleep. Toilet ok in 1st class due to fewer people using it.
JS
4
train #SP4 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways, Oct 11, 2019
People at the Lao cai station were not so much friendly. At that station is no sign which tells the direction or track. There is only the loudspeaker. So we asked personnel amd they didnt want to respond in english. The ride was just fine when we found where to go
AL
3
bus VIP 20, Sapa Express, Oct 8, 2019
Comfortable ride but two stops was unnecessary - wished we would have just gotten there sooner and eaten a better dinner in Hanoi. Also - WiFi didn’t work and no chargers for devices.
DM
5
bus VIP 20, Sapa Express, Oct 8, 2019
Comfortable and on time. The bus attendant took good care of us to stay hydrated and with snacks to eat.
LM
4
train #SP4 VIP Sleeper 4x, Sapaly Express, Oct 6, 2019
Room was clean and it has free amenities and a bottle of water. The toilet was very dirty.

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