Hanoi to Sapa

Hanoi to Sapa

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Hanoi to Sapa Destination Reviews

Train #SP3 1st Class Sleeper, Sapaly Express, Oct 13, 2020
Train is beautiful and good experience. Easy to sleep and not tried in 7hr riding time. I feel ticket counter is little difficult to find, but it's not serious.
Train #SP1 1st Class Sleeper, Pumpkin Express, Sep 3, 2020
The price for what is provided is pretty high, so the value for this train trip is very low. The ticket guy for Pumpkin Express was easy to find and even at the station earlier than expected. He was also very helpful in getting me the drinks and snacks for my cabin and providing clear guidance on when and where to wait and board. Overall, it was an okay experience, but I couldn't sleep at all on the train despite having the entire VIP cabin to myself and there were only a few snacks and a couple drinks provided. I was impressed with the fact that I could actually charge my phone and they had a few different working lights in the room. The trains are very old, but they were cleaner than I expected. However, I also traveled only one month after the pandemic lockdown was lifted in Vietnam, so there were very few tourists traveling in general; that's probably why things were in decent condition (even the bathroom was pretty clean for a train). I was disappointed that there was no onboard wifi; luckily I had my own SIM with mobile data plan which worked on some parts of the trip. I took a private, 8-pax bus back from Sapa to Hanoi instead of the train, for which I paid only $25. It was much more comfortable, scenic, and quicker than the train. I likely would not take the train ever again unless the conditions were MUCH better (i.e., they need a complete overhaul).
Train #SP3 VIP Sleeper 4x, Laman Express, Mar 23, 2020
It was nice. I was actually warn on the first level. People downstairs were a bit cold. But quite comfortable. Nicely organised and clean. Just don't follow people straight out of the train... They didn't leave us a chance, and we didn't do what we wanted to. Also prices were as usual.... Pricier. Don't get the coffee outside as well, its 3 times the price.
Train #SP3 VIP Sleeper 4x, Laman Express, Mar 21, 2020
too much cold with the air conditioning too much noise! impossible to sleep on this train!
Bus VIP 20, Sapa Express, Mar 19, 2020
I can’t tell anything because we didn’t go because everything was closed in Sapa because of Corona . We payed for a trip and had nothing.
Bus VIP 27, Sapa Dragon Express (Sapa Dragon Express), Mar 14, 2020
Well, the driver was on eine in the morning. He offers a small snack after collecting all 5 passengers. On the ride we had 2 short tests for bathroom, etc.
Train #SP1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Pumpkin Express, Mar 13, 2020
Very dirty, cockroaches in cabin. Bathroom filthy. Staff not very friendly. Beds hard and air conditioning doesn't work properly. Room was very hot, no air. Left half an hour late.
Bus Semi Sleeper, Grouptour (Công ty du lịch quốc tế Grouptour), Mar 12, 2020
Arrived two hours later, traveled with multiple buses, unclear communication.
Train 1st Class Sleeper, Laman Express, Mar 12, 2020
Wonderful check-in with welcome drink and very friendly staff, spacious room for a train with fairly comfortable beds that looked and smelled clean. Nice amenities (2 beers, 2 water, 2 sodas, 2 bananas and 2 danish). Really nothing to complain about!
Train #SP1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Orient Express (Orient Express Train Sapa), Mar 12, 2020
Train was easy to access and on time. Snacks and water were left for us in our 4 person cabin. There were no interruptions we were able to get in and go to sleep. Woke up in Sapa!
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How to get from Hanoi to Sapa

Travelling between Hanoi and Sapa 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 EUR 284.50 if you go by taxi; to keep it budget-friendly, opt for a bus which will set you back mere EUR 9.07.

How long does it take to get from Hanoi to Sapa?

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

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

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

Travelling between Hanoi and Sapa can be as cheap as EUR 9.07 if you opt for a Sao Viet (Sao Việt) bus and as expensive as EUR 284.50 if you buy a Grouptour (Công ty du lịch quốc tế Grouptour) 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 Sapa ?

  • 25 from Hanoi to Sapa starting from 05:30 Pham Van Dong Sao Viet until 23:46 Pham Van Dong Sao Viet
  • 2 from Hanoi to Sapa starting from 22:00 Hanoi until 22:00 Hanoi
  • 0 by taxi+Train from Hanoi to Sapa starting from 21:35 Hanoi until 22:00 Hanoi
  • 0 by Train+taxi from Hanoi to Sapa starting from 21:35 Hanoi until 22:00 Hanoi
  • 0 from Hanoi to Sapa starting from 06:30 Hanoi SSB until 15:00 Hanoi Noi Bai Airport

25 from Hanoi to Sapa starting from 00:00 Hanoi Airport until 00:00 Hanoi Airport

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

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


Travelling from Hanoi to Sapa 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 Sapa

Fansipan Express Bus, Grouptour (Công ty du lịch quốc tế Grouptour), Sao Viet (Sao Việt), Sapa Express


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 Sapa

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


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.


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 Sapa, 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 Sapa

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 Sapa?

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

  • 33% took a train
  • 26% opted for a bus
  • 19% chosen taxi+Train
  • 19% chosen Train+taxi
  • 2% took a van
  • 1% bought a taxi ride