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Transportation from Hanoi to Sapa


How to get from Hanoi to SaPa?

There are many options to choose for traveling from Hanoi to Sapa. You can choose between train, bus, luxury van or private car. The train takes about 8 hrs to Lao Cai and from there you hop on a van that will bring you in 45 min to SaPa. Although a bus ride of 6 hours sounds faster, the train is more comfortable from Hanoi to Sapa.

Besides the advantage of traveling by night, the sleeper train is also a great experience for your Vietnam trip!

Keep in mind that SaPa doesn’t have its own train station. The closest railway station to SaPa is in Lao Cai. From Lao Cai, you can take a van or public bus to SaPa. The sleeper train from Hanoi leaves between 21:00-22:00 and you will arrive in the early morning in Lao Cai.

Buses are faster and a better option if you want to travel during the day. However, taking the bus may result in delays during peak hours and possible to have traffic jams on the way from Lao Cai to Sapa. If you want to travel fast and more comfortable, you can consider to take the VIP sleeper bus (during the night) and Limousine Bus (during the day)

Sleeper bus

PriceFrom $10/person/way
Hanoi - Sapa7.00 - 13.00 - 21.00
Sapa - Hanoi8.00 - 11.00 - 13.00 - 16.00 - 22.00
Duration6 hours
NoteSleeper bus is the cheapest and variable option but you need to consider about it's comfort when you decide to choose this type of transportation

Sleeper train

PriceFrom $25/person/way
Hanoi - Sapa21.30 or 22.00
Sapa - Hanoi21.10 or 21.40
Duration8 hours
NoteSleeping train is one of the most comfortable options for traveling to Sapa. Also it's nice experience for the trip in Vietnam but it's quite long. The price is also not included the transfer from Lao Cai train station to Sapa town.

Limousine bus

PriceFrom $20/person/way
Hanoi - Sapa7.00 - 13.00
Sapa - Hanoi14.30 - 15.30
Duration5.5 hours
NoteOne of the fastest option for traveling in Sapa and good option for traveling during the day and enjoy the scenery along the way. The seat in the middle will normally be more expensive compared to the back and the seats beside the driver.

VIP sleeper bus

PriceFrom $18/person/way
Hanoi - Sapa7.00 - 21.00
Sapa - Hanoi13.30 - 15,30
Duration6 hours
NoteThe upgraded version of sleeper bus. The sleeping cabin is the combination of privacy from the train and quickness from the bus. Spacious even for big-sized European.

Sleeper bus

$10 /PAX
  • 6 hours travel
  • Direct to Sapa town
  • Cheapest option
  • Variable time
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Sleeper train

$25 /PAX
  • 8 hours travel
  • Not direct to Sapa town
  • The most expensive option
  • Only at night time
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Limousine bus

$20 /PAX
  • 5 hours travel
  • Direct to Sapa town
  • Fastest option
  • Travel during the day
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VIP sleeper bus

$18 /PAX
  • 6 hours travel
  • Direct to Sapa town
  • Fast and comfortable
  • Good replacement for train
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