Hanoi to Lao Cai

Hanoi to Lao Cai

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Refundable Fastest
12:00
Hanoi SSB
5h 30m bus ride in VIP 20
4.2
17:30
Sapa SSB
Refundable Fastest
06:45
Hanoi SSB
5h 30m bus ride in VIP 20
4.2
12:15
Sapa SSB
Refundable
22:00
Hanoi
8h 5m ride in train #SP3
3.6+
06:05
+1
Sapa Lao Cai

From Hanoi to Lao Cai by train

Refundable
22:00
Hanoi
8h 5m ride in train #SP3
3.6+
06:05
+1
Sapa Lao Cai

From Hanoi SSB to Lao Cai by bus

Refundable Fastest
06:45
Hanoi SSB
5h 30m bus ride in VIP 20
4.2
12:15
Sapa SSB
Refundable Fastest
12:00
Hanoi SSB
5h 30m bus ride in VIP 20
4.2
17:30
Sapa SSB

Hanoi to Lao Cai Schedule

Hanoi to Lao Cai Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Grouptour Van 9pax Any timeVND 3,035k
Grouptour VIP 20 06:45 - 12:15VND 505k
Grouptour Semi Sleeper 09:50 - 16:20VND 225k
Sao Viet Sleeper 21 10:00 - 14:00VND 272k
Grouptour VIP 20 12:00 - 17:30VND 505k
Grouptour Semi Sleeper 15:45 - 22:15VND 225k
Sao Viet Sleeper 21 17:00 - 21:50VND 272k
Sao Viet Sleeper 21 18:00 - 22:00VND 272k
Fanxipan 1st Class Sleeper 21:35 - 05:30VND 1,760k
Sapaly Express 1st Class Sleeper 22:00 - 06:05VND 1,760k
Chapa Express 1st Class Sleeper 22:00 - 06:05VND 2,360k
Laman Express 1st Class Sleeper 22:00 - 06:05VND 1,760k

Transportation from Hanoi to Lao Cai

Hanoi to Lao Cai destination reviews

GC
Bus Sleeper, Sao Viet, Oct 20, 2020
The bus was an hour late, leaving at 5am not 4am, meaning I missed my tour I had booked. I had to move to three different busses. The bus staff were also rather impolite.
HT
van VIP, GreenLion Bus, Oct 13, 2020
The driver came 30 minutes late. Seat at the door to the back 2 rows is broken, so you have to squeeze hard to get in and out. Trash was left from previous passengers - did not get a cleaning service. Driver was very impolite, he drove past my hotel -didn’t bother to turn around, just simply asked us a couple of senior citizens to get off since it’s only 100 meters of uphill walking with our suitcases!
JA
Bus Semi Sleeper, Sapa Express, Feb 14, 2020
Comfortable. Just need to add something to charge phone. The rest is gooood
JG
Bus Semi Sleeper, Sapa Express, Feb 14, 2020
Very nice
JK
van VIP, GreenLion Bus, Feb 5, 2020
The minivan was comfortable and clean and the pick up worked perfectly. Good driver and god english. We would definitively go again!
AA
Bus Semi Sleeper, Sapa Express, Jan 22, 2020
Great experience! If there was some space for our bags on board and sockets for charging our devices, this would definitely get 5 stars.
HP
Bus Semi Sleeper, Sapa Express, Dec 30, 2019
Good one.Bus is clean and neat.Left from Hanoi at 8.00and reached sapa by 3.30 am.I can recomend this Bus.
EP
Bus Semi Sleeper, Sapa Express, Dec 23, 2019
On time, even arrived a little bit early. They let you sleep in the bus until 6AM which is great. Great value.
AS
Bus Semi Sleeper, Sapa Express, Dec 17, 2019
The ride was great. Will use it again in future travel.
CE
Bus Semi Sleeper, Sapa Express, Dec 16, 2019
A bit too squeezy but it was still comfy
4.0
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How to get from Hanoi to Lao Cai

Travelling between Hanoi and Lao Cai is possible by Bus, train, van and taxi. Taxi guarantees the fastest travel on this route. Taxi+train is the slowest option.

The most expensive ticket will cost you VND 5,600,000 if you go by taxi; to keep it budget-friendly, opt for a train which will set you back mere VND 141,000.

How long does it take to get from Hanoi to Lao Cai?

It can take you anywhere between 4 and 10 hours to travel between Hanoi and Lao Cai depending on the means of transport you choose.

Taxi is the fastest way to travel between Hanoi and Lao Cai. Taxi will bring you to your destination in 3h 55m. Taxi+train does a much slower job and take about 9h 5m to reach Lao Cai.

How much does it cost to get from Hanoi to Lao Cai?

Travelling between Hanoi and Lao Cai can be as cheap as VND 141,000 if you opt for a Vietnam Railways (Đường sắt Việt Nam) train and as expensive as VND 5,600,000 if you buy a Hai Van Transport (Hai Van) taxi ticket.

Here is the list of how much you can expect to pay travelling by each means of transport available for this route.

How many trips per day are there between Hanoi and Lao Cai ?

  • 8 from Hanoi to Lao Cai starting from 06:30 Hanoi SSB until 15:00 Hanoi Noi Bai International Airport
  • 6 by train+taxi from Hanoi to Lao Cai starting from 21:35 Hanoi until 22:00 Hanoi
  • 2 by taxi+train from Hanoi to Lao Cai starting from 21:35 Hanoi until 22:00 Hanoi
  • 1 from Hanoi to Lao Cai starting from 00:00 Lao Cai Sao Viet until 23:00 Lao Cai Sao Viet
  • 1 from Hanoi to Lao Cai starting from 21:35 Sapa Lao Cai until 22:31 Sapa Lao Cai

1 from Hanoi to Lao Cai starting from 00:00 Lao Cai until 00:00 Lao Cai

Check above for a bus, train, flight and ferry timetable from Hanoi to Lao Cai.

What mode of transportation is the best one for my route?

Bus

Travelling from Hanoi to Lao Cai overland will inevitably take longer but in many cases it is the cheapest option if you opt for a bus.

Things to remember: For a more comfortable ride opt for a higher-class bus wherever possible. These buses usually have soft reclining seats and are equipped with air-conditioning and on-board toilets.

They often include water, snacks or a light lunch into your ticket price and make bathroom stops en-route.

Companies operating bus routes between Hanoi and Lao Cai

GreenLion Bus (Du lịch Sư tử Xanh), Grouptour (Công ty du lịch quốc tế Grouptour), Sao Viet (Sao Việt)

Taxi

Some travellers consider taxi to be the most convenient form of overland transport thanks to flexible departure times, a possibility to choose the size of the car you need, and a hassle-free door-to-door service.

Things to remember: If you are planning to make detours during your trip, discuss it with your driver or service provider in advance as it may affect the price.

Companies offering charters between Hanoi and Lao Cai

Booking Car (Lang Viet Trading Co.,Ltd), DichungTaxi, Grouptour (Công ty du lịch quốc tế Grouptour), Hai Van Transport (Hai Van), OUROS Travel

Train

Train is a often a great choice for long-haul travel especially if you opt for a night sleeper train with berths which will allow you to sleep all your journey through. To make the most of your train journey, choose the class of your ticket wisely.

Note that there are air-conditioned and fan-only carriages; private compartments for 2 or 4; hard and soft seats.
Though the upper class you get the smoother is your journey, often second class air-conditioned or fan-only sleepers are a good money saving alternative.

Van

Vans are a great alternative - or, in many cases - your only option - if you need to travel overland within one and the same province or neighbouring provinces or states. Vans ply the roads between Hanoi and Lao Cai, too.

Things to remember: When travelling by van with huge luggage buying a separate seat for your suitcase or backpack is a good idea. Do not expect there is a roomy luggage compartment in a van - there is actually none and your fellow passengers are unlikely to appreciate your luggage stuck under their feet, alas.

Companies operating vans between Hanoi and Lao Cai

GreenLion Bus (Du lịch Sư tử Xanh), Grouptour (Công ty du lịch quốc tế Grouptour)

What is the most popular transport to get from Hanoi to Lao Cai?

There is a choice of transportation means any time of the day with train remaining the most popular option due to their reasonable pricing and comfort.

Out of 1000 travellers who bought tickets for this route

  • 43% took a train
  • 16% opted for a bus
  • 15% took a van
  • 14% bought a taxi ride
  • 6% chosen taxi+train
  • 6% chosen train+taxi