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)