12 Jan 2021

The best ways of getting from Hanoi to Sapa consists of sleeping bus, limousine, overnight train, motorbike or taxi. The most convenient way is going by limousine or sleeping bus, while traveling by train is much more comfortable but longer travel time.

Table Contents
  • I - Traveling from Hanoi to Sapa by train
  • 1 - Train schedule
  • 2 - How to book tickets
  • 3 - From  Hanoi to sapa train ticket price
  • 4 - Review 
  • II - Traveling from Hanoi to Sapa by bus
  • III - Hanoi to Sapa Tours
  • 1 - Travel companies in Hanoi
  • 2 - Review
  • V - From Hanoi to Sapa by motorbike
  • 1 - Hanoi to Sapa motorbike route
  • 2 - Preparations
  • 3 - Review
  • VI - Travelling from Hanoi to Sapa by taxi
  • 1 - Taxi Wego
  • 2 - Taxi Go
Source: Quan Le

Sapa is a small town in Lao Cai, this town is located on a ground at an altitude of 1500 - 1650m, on the slopes of Lo Su Tong Tong, 38 km from the city. Standing in the center of the town, looking down you will see Ngoi Dum valley in the east and Muong Hoa valley in the southwest. The distance from Hanoi to Sapa is about 320km.

hanoi to sapa distance

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There are many ways for you to travel such as by train, bus, coach, motorbike and taxi.

I - Traveling from Hanoi to Sapa by train

1 - Train schedule

There are three types of train by which  you can refer Hanoi to Sapa train time and schedule: 
- Train SP1: departing from HN at 9:35pm – stopping at Lao Cai Station at 5:30 (the next morning). 8-hour duration.  
- Train SP3: departing from HN at 10:00 pm– stopping at Lao Cai Station at 6:05 (the next morning). 8-hour duration.
- Train LC3: departing from HN at 6:10 am – stopping at Lao Cai Station at 3:40 pm (the same day). 9-hour-40-minute duration.

2 - How to book tickets

There are two ways, direct booking and online booking.
- For direct booking, go to Hanoi Station, at Gate B on Tran Quy Cap Street and buy the ticket. (this is the ticket sales point for routes from Hanoi to northern provinces)
- For online booking, you should carefully ask for the train number, seat number, departure time, etc.
Websites that support booking tickets online you can refer to:

3 - From  Hanoi to sapa train ticket price

- Hard seat: 125.000VND/ticket
- Soft seat (with air condition - coach 1A): 155.000VND/ticket. For 8 seats (from 29-36 in the middle of the coach) the price is: 165.000VND/ticket
- Bed (with air condition): Bunk bed 1: 415,000 VND / ticket. Bunk bed 2: 385,000 VND / ticket. Middle Cabin 4: 435,000 VND / ticket (bunk bed 1) and 405,000 VND / ticket (bunk bed 2)
- Bed (with air condition): Bunk bed 1: 415.000VND/ticket. Bunk bed 2: 385.000VND/ticket. Middle Cabin 4: 435.000VND/ticket (bunk bed 1) và 405.000VND/ticket (bunk bed 2)
- VIP coach: 420.000 - 470.000VND/bed
After arriving at Lao Cai Station, you will travel by coach from the station to places in Sapa (a 2km radius from the Stone Church). Service charge : 46.000VND/person.

4 - Review 

Taking a train is safer than other vehicles, but the duration will be longer and the train only arrives at Lao Cai Station then stops, and you will have to travel by car or motorbike. You should buy a bed ticket (with options of soft sleeper and hard sleeper) because it is more comfortable. If you choose a seat ticket, you might get tired, because you can not straighten your legs (if you want a blanket, you will have to pay extra)

II - Traveling from Hanoi to Sapa by bus

hanoi to sapa by bus

Source: Internet

If you transfer via Hanoi-Lao Cai Expressway, it will take you just 4 hours. You can refer to some bus companies:

Sao Viet

Itinerary: Hanoi – Yen Bai – Bao Ha - Lao Cai - Sapa
Pick up at No. 7 Pham Van Dong, 789 Giai Phong, My Dinh Station. Drop off passengers at No. 333 Pho Moi, Lao Cai
Contact: +84 (0)90 222 7070
Hanoi to Sapa bus ticket price:
- Sleeper 20 berth VIP cabin bus, WC: 250.000 - 350.000VND/ticket
- Sleeper 40 berth cabin bus, WC (to Sapa): 210.000 - 240.000VND/ticke
Green Bus
Itinerary: Hanoi - Lao Cai - Sapa
Pick up at at 30 Hang Muoi, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi và 618 Dien Bien Phu, Sapa
Contact: +84 (0)243 9900 333 - +84 (0)90 225 2200
Ticket price: 
- The first 3 bottom berths : 320.000VND/ticket
- The last berth : 200.000VND/ticket
- The other berths: 250.000 VND/ticket
When you go by night bus to Sapa, you will shorten the traveling duration, but choosing a berth instead of a seat will reduce pain and fatigue. Moreover, you can choose an interbus line for travelling. 

III - Hanoi to Sapa Tours

There are many types of tours for you to choose such as Hanoi to Sapa tour 1 day, 2 days 1 night or 3 days 2 nights with different prices.

1 - Travel companies in Hanoi

Sinhcafe Tourist
Address: No.3 Hang Phen, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
Contact: +84 (0)24.39998282-39998345 
- Bac Ha Market Tour (3 nights 2 days): 2.450.000VND ~ 105USD
- Ha Khau Tour (2 nights 3 days): 1.800.000VND ~ 77.5USD
- Sapa Tour (2 nights 2 days): 2.250.000VND ~ 97USD
- Luxury Sapa Tour (1 night 2 days): 3.300.000VND ~ 142USD
- Fansipan Cable Car Tour (2 nights 3 days): 2.550.000VND ~97USD
Address: Floor 2, 5C Luong Ngoc Quyen, Hang Buom Ward, Hoan Kiem Dist, Hanoi, Vietnam
Price: 1.450.000VND ~ 62.5USD
Contact: +84 (0)988.220.229 / +84 (0)962 203 566

2 - Review

When you go on a tour to Sapa, you should choose large, reliable and long-standing travel companies. Find information about tours and companies through the major websites, find out the company's programs to see the quality of guaranteed service,etc. Once you have searched all of this carefully, traveling to Sapa is also an experience.

V - From Hanoi to Sapa by motorbike

hanoi to sapa by motorbike

Source: Vietnammoontravel

1 - Hanoi to Sapa motorbike route

On the way through Lao Cai province: Hanoi - Vinh Phuc - Viet Tri - Phong Chau - Doan Hung - Yen Bai - Lao Cai - Sapa (360km)
On the way through Lai Chau province: Hanoi - Hoa Lac - Son Tay - Thanh Son - Along NH32 - Sapa (more than 420km)

Depending on the location you are going to, the expected expenditure on petrol is about 300,000 - 400,000 VND, the room cost is about 100,000 - 120,000 VND / night, the rest is for meals and sightseeing in Sapa.

2 - Preparations

Clothes + money: you should bring a high-adhesion coat, sneakers or flip-flops. You need to plan a clear itinerary, destination and accommodation to bring the appropriate spending money.
Documents: ID card for hotel rental, room procedure, driving license + vehicle license.
Motorbike: you should bring repair tools, in case it breaks down along the way.
Others: face masks, sunscreen, sunglasses, protective equipment, tourist maps, etc.

3 - Review

Riding to Sapa from Hanoi will create a refreshing, exciting and experiencing feeling. However, due to the really rugged road so that choosing a motorbike is quite dangerous. 

VI - Travelling from Hanoi to Sapa by taxi

hanoi to sapa by taxi

Source: Internet

Some taxi companies you can consider: 

1 - Taxi Wego

Address: 569 Lac Long Quan, Tay Ho, Hanoi.
Contact: +84 (0)966.311.331
Ticket price:
- 4 seat car: 2.300.000VND/trip (8.000VND/km for incurred fees) ~ 100USD
- 5 seat car: 2.700.000VND/trip (9.000VND/km for incurred fees) ~ 116USD
- 7 seat car: 3.300.000VND/trip (10.000VND/km for incurred fees) ~ 142USD

2 - Taxi Go

Address: 277 Vu Tong Phan, Thanh Xuan, Hanoi.
Contact: 1900 0370 – +84 (0)242 2678 666
Ticket price:
- 4 seat car: 2.300.000VND/trip (8.000VND/km for incurred fees) ~ 100USD
- 5 seat car: 2.700.000VND/trip (9.000VND/km for incurred fees) ~ 116USD
- 7 seat car: 3.300.000VND/trip (10.000VND/km for incurred fees) ~ 142USD
Taking a taxi from Hanoi to Sapa is also a safe option, but the price is much more expensive than traveling by train, bus or motorbike. However, you will not get lost or be unable to reach your destination.
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sapa landscape

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