Sapa to Hanoi

Sapa → Hanoi

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Sapa to Hanoi Schedule

Sapa to Hanoi Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Grouptour Limousine 8pax Any time$ 178.51
Grouptour VIP Sleeper 41 06:20 - 12:20$ 14.90
Sao Viet VIP Cabin 09:30 - 15:00VND 418k
Sao Viet VIP Cabin 10:30 - 16:00VND 403k
Sao Viet VIP Cabin 13:30 - 19:00VND 418k
Sao Viet VIP Cabin 14:30 - 20:00VND 418k
Sao Viet VIP Cabin 16:00 - 21:30VND 418k
Sao Viet VIP Cabin 19:30 - 01:00VND 403k
Vietnam Railways VIP Sleeper 22:18 - 06:05$ 16.64

Transportation from Sapa to Hanoi

Sapa to Hanoi Destination Reviews

i was not on the same company i initially booked with (I had sao viet instead of Sapa Express). the bus was not clean at all, the toilets smelled so bad in the whole bus and were so gross you couldn’t even used them… 3 hours and 30mn late too
Bus VIP Sleeper 41, Grouptour (Công ty du lịch quốc tế Grouptour), Jun 27, 2022
The staff at the Sapa office were nice. The seats were ok but not as nice as the sleeping bus versions. The worst part was the driver - he thought he was playing a game of grand theft auto. We felt like we were going to crash at any moment. He also did multiple pickups on the side of the road on the way to Hanoi
Bus VIP 28, Sapa Express, Jun 23, 2022
We didn’t knew exactly were to take the bus, as the location on our ticket wasn’t the busstop and there was no sign. In the end we found it but it was tight and only possible with help of some friendly stranger. Also were the bus would stop in Hanoi was so confusing.
Bus VIP 22, Grouptour (Công ty du lịch quốc tế Grouptour), Jun 15, 2022
Great trip, comfortable and well organized, on-time arrival
Bus VIP-Class, Sapa Express, Jun 6, 2022
Everything was nice, from the service to the vehicle. A bottle of water and a Croissant was provided, rest stops are spaced out nicely. The vehicle was clean and comfortable. The driver even stopped outside of the hotel for us. However, the biggest gripe that I have was that during the entire trip from Sapa to Hanoi (5hrs~), there were 5-6 mosquitoes in the vehicle. It was so annoying during the entire trip getting bitten everywhere. Unfortunately the mosquito issue really killed the experience for me, other than that, actually pretty good!
Bus VIP-Class, Sapa Express, May 14, 2022
Great service! Comfy drive and everything on time!
Bus VIP 22, Sapa Group Bus, May 14, 2022
Was a very peaceful ride and because we were the only people on the bus the driver dropped us off at our hotel. Definitely recommend!
Bus VIP 20, Sapa Express, May 11, 2022
I didn’t go, the train was cancelled due to Covid - still waiting on refund
Train #SP4 VIP Sleeper 4x, Laman Express, Sep 8, 2020
Our bus’s quite clean and comfortable, our trip was on time as the its schedule.But,driver and bus hostess (i guess!?) were unfriendly.
Bus VIP 20, Grouptour (Công ty du lịch quốc tế Grouptour), Mar 27, 2020
Having a waiting room was nice, although not something we felt the need to use. The bathroom was very nice, specifically for a train. Everything was clean. The beds are quite hard and the air conditioner made a really odd inconsist noise that woke me up throughout the night. I can sleep through a steady noise, but this was more of a stop creak. On the trip to Lao Cai we were woken up by "sunrise" music about 20 minutes before disembarking. That didn't happen on the return though. Only about 10 minutes before the arrival did someone come by to wake us.
Train #SP4 1st Class Sleeper, Laman Express, Mar 26, 2020
1353 customer reviews

How to get from Sapa to Hanoi

When you want to get from Sapa 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 Taxi+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 6,690,125. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a van as a van ticket costs as low as VND 325,780.

How far is Sapa from Hanoi?

If you’re traveling by land, it’s important to know the distance from Sapa 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 Sapa to Hanoi?

The travel time from Sapa to Hanoi can vary depending on the mode of transportation you choose. All things considered, the whole journey should take from 5 to 10 hours.

How much does it cost to get from Sapa to Hanoi?

The cost of the trip from Sapa to Hanoi varies according to what means of transport you choose for your journey. The most affordable operator is Grouptour (Công ty du lịch quốc tế Grouptour): travelling by van expect to pay as low as VND 325,780 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 6,690,125.

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

  • Van price : VND 325,780 - VND 418,860;
  • Bus tickets - VND 372,320 to VND 628,290;
  • Train tickets - VND 395,590 to VND 651,560;
  • taxi+Train price: VND 1,559,090 - VND 2,443,350. From Hanoi to Sapa starting from 21:35 Hanoi until 22:00 Hanoi
  • Train+taxi price: VND 1,559,090 - VND 2,443,350. From Hanoi to Sapa starting from 21:35 Hanoi until 22:00 Hanoi

You can order a taxi, too - an estimated cost of the ride is from VND 4,816,890 to VND 6,701,760.

How many trips per day are there between Sapa and Hanoi?

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

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

Which means of transport is the best for the route?


Taking a bus from Hanoi to Sapa 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 Hanoi to Sapa. 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 4,816,890.

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 traveling from Hanoi to Sapa. 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 Hanoi to Sapa.

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 Sapa to Hanoi

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

  • 42% decided to go for a bus.
  • 20% opted for a van.
  • 15% chosen taxi+Train
  • 15% chosen Train+taxi
  • 7% users enjoyed a train ride.
  • 1% Other