Hanoi to Sapa

Hanoi to Sapa

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Refundable Fastest
22:00
Hanoi SSB
5h 30m bus ride in VIP 20
4.2
03:30
+1
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
3.9
06:05
+1
Sapa Lao Cai

From Hanoi to Sapa by train

Refundable
22:00
Hanoi
8h 5m ride in train #SP3
3.9
06:05
+1
Sapa Lao Cai

From Hanoi SSB to Sapa by bus

Refundable Fastest
06:45
Hanoi SSB
5h 30m bus ride in VIP 20
4.2
12:15
Sapa SSB
Refundable Fastest
22:00
Hanoi SSB
5h 30m bus ride in VIP 20
4.2
03:30
+1
Sapa SSB

Hanoi to Sapa Schedule

Hanoi to Sapa Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Grouptour Van 9pax Any timeVND 3,035k
Sao Viet Sleeper 04:00 - 09:30VND 234k
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 16:00 - 20:00VND 272k
Sao Viet Sleeper 21 18:00 - 22:00VND 272k
Vietnam Railways 1st Class Sleeper 21:53 - 05:30VND 382k
Vietnam Railways 1st Class Sleeper 22:18 - 06:05VND 157k

Transportation from Hanoi to Sapa

Hanoi to Sapa destination reviews

KJ
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.
DF
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).
CP
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.
MT
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!
JH
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.
JS
Bus VIP 27, 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.
IL
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.
PV
Bus Semi Sleeper, Grouptour, Mar 12, 2020
Arrived two hours later, traveled with multiple buses, unclear communication.
HS
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!
JH
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Orient Express, 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!
SM
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Orient Express, Mar 10, 2020
Our train was cancelled and we were moved to a later train but this was not communicated to us in advance. Otherwise the cabin itself was clean, the beds firm but completely fine to sleep for 6-7 hours on the way to Sapa.
JK
Bus VIP 20, Grouptour, Feb 29, 2020
Best bus ever. Great driver too!
IK
Bus VIP 27, Sapa Dragon Express, Feb 28, 2020
Fast, reliable and friendly staff
BF
train VIP Sleeper 4x, Laman Express, Feb 25, 2020
Mostly good. Our cabin had some garbage in when we arrived. Slamming doors next to our room woke us up a couple times.
KR
Bus Sleeper, Sapa Dragon Express, Feb 24, 2020
The bus journey was good and reliable, seemed to be quicker than I thought it would be. Is wasnt as uncomfortable as others made out, just cold, but they do give you a blanket. I managed to sleep in patches along the way. The only reason I reduced the stars is that I arranged for pick up at the hostel, which I thought meant the bus would actually pick us up, but it meant some guy comes to collect you and walks you to a different meeting point, where you get on a bus for a short ride out to the main bus. There is a toilet on the bus, but when we got on it was full, so nobody could use it.
RG
Bus Semi Sleeper, Grouptour, Feb 18, 2020
First off, we had no problem with the booking platform. This worked smoothly. Secondly, this is the cheapest way to travel in Vietnam is by the long haul sleeper buses. We booked through Grouptour on the platform but it was a Sao Viet office/bus we brought to when arriving at Grouptour; which was a bit confusing for us at first. We wished the booking platform noted this information as it is misleading. About the trip: While this trip was not great, it was what we needed to get to one place to another. We were transferred in 4 different buses which was a bit frustrating. The bus makes A LOT of stops along the way and picks up people on the route. The time length of trip noted is not accurate, therefore I would not recommend using this bus service if you have restricted time or made plans. The bus did not have a bathroom on it and the bus driver/assistant didn't really speak English which wasn't a huge issue, but still some language barrier when asking about the next stops. We didn't have an issue with overcrowding as others have noted. If you want an inexpensive way to travel, this is it but know what you are getting into.
MR
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Orient Express, Feb 16, 2020
"Luxury" is another thing but we sleeped well.
ST
train #SP1 1st Class Sleeper, Vietnam Railways, Feb 15, 2020
Comfortable
KS
Bus Semi Sleeper, Grouptour, Feb 12, 2020
Super zážitek i jizda
SB
Bus VIP 20, Sapa Express, Feb 11, 2020
Excellent trip. The staff member on our bus was very regimented and the bus itself is very comfortable with reclining seats and plenty of leg room. Wish all long haul busses were like this!
NW
Bus Sleeper, Sapa Dragon Express, Feb 11, 2020
It has ok
GP
Bus VIP-Class, Sapa Express, Feb 5, 2020
Very comfortable seats and smooth driving. The bus arrived earlier than expected in Sapa while making 2 stops on the road.
DM
Bus VIP 27, Sapa Dragon Express, Feb 3, 2020
Comfortable and quick trip to Sapa, two stops along the way too.
HM
Bus VIP 20, Sapa Express, Feb 3, 2020
Comfy bus for a 5 1/2 hour bus ride. We took the 7:00 am so we could see the countryside along the way, nice scenery. The bus host, Aurora was helpful and very friendly. Take your TP and hand sanitizer, the first bathroom stop didn't provide toilet paper, or soap to wash hands, even though they charge you to use the facilities....
AF
train VIP Sleeper 4x, Laman Express, Feb 1, 2020
Maybe a bit cold but pretty comfortable. One important thing though, if you need to charge, there are sockets next to the lower beds. In my way to sapa I slept in upper bed and didn’t notice.
F
Bus Sleeper, Sapa Dragon Express, Jan 21, 2020
Disfrute del viaje
PP
train VIP Sleeper 4x, Laman Express, Jan 20, 2020
Good support all trip in train thank you
MH
Bus VIP 27, Sapa Dragon Express, Jan 16, 2020
Only drops at the outskirts of town, a taxi ride or hike to the centre and most of the hotels.
MJ
train VIP Sleeper 4x, Laman Express, Jan 15, 2020
I thoroughly recommend Laman Express. The train we originally booked was full & we got bumped onto a later train with this superior provider. We appreciated the welcome drink & being guided into the correct compartment, it made us feel 'special'. The beds were comfortable (they looked small but were actually perfectly adequate) & Laman provided a little pastry & banana for breakfast. Teabag & coffee sachet per person too, with a kettle available in the 'wash' area for everyone's use. Toilet & wash area very clean. We slept well, rocked to sleep by the train. All in all a pleasant experience, thank you!
SI
van VIP, Grouptour, Jan 1, 2020
Very good. Comfortable & clean, driver drive at reasonable safe speed.
JK
train 1st Class Sleeper, Laman Express, Dec 31, 2019
Excellent. Thank you
ES
train VIP Sleeper 4x, Laman Express, Dec 31, 2019
Great. Prefer lower bunk though. During booking unsure where to write down. Otherwise it was great.
MA
Bus VIP 20, Grouptour, Dec 30, 2019
Bus arrive late an hour
PK
train #SP1 1st Class Sleeper, Vietnam Railways, Dec 28, 2019
Toilet is not clean
FL
train VIP Sleeper 4x, Laman Express, Dec 28, 2019
The place is wonderful and clean. Train is noisy as expected but the trip is wonderful. Service is wonderful.
IB
Bus VIP 20, Grouptour, Dec 27, 2019
We booked for 630am bus but the bus was late for an hour. Bus is comfy but the cleanliness could be better thou.
MB
van VIP, Grouptour, Dec 27, 2019
Transport was good but they were 1 hour late
AB
train 1st Class Sleeper, Laman Express, Dec 27, 2019
Slight mix up last minute on tickets as I missed an email with our vouchers but a rep of Laman express met us at the station and saw us on to the train - surprisingly comfortable and easy journey - I contacted 12go by email regarding my return trip and they were quick to respond and sent my vouchers immediately- even tho it was Xmas day - good service overall although emails let me down - this has happened before with JetStar so I don’t think 12go are at fault here
SS
Bus VIP 20, Sapa Express, Dec 26, 2019
Limo bus was really good and comfortable journey. However the stops the bus made was horrible. Food was disgusting and toilets were not at all clean and they were paid toilets !
RL
Bus VIP 20, Grouptour, Dec 24, 2019
I had traveled from that day and fully satisfied with your bus. But fully disappointed with your staff. I told them at least 10 times that my booking is for sa pa but i didn't go sa pa and you must drop me at lao cai but they don't call me when the bus arrive at lao cai and finally they drop me at sa pa. And advised that you should book a taxi and go back to lao cai. So that I book a taxi to lao cai and it costs 500000vnd. My time wasted and money also. Secondly- i was carrying two bags one of clothes and one another bag of approximate 8 kilograms of peanuts alone with me and i had handover both bag to your staff to keep it in baggage compartment in Hanoi. And when the bus arrive at sa pa i ask them but they give only my clothes bag and refused for another. I had checked all the bus but didn't find it. The boy whom i handover the bag in Hanoi has misbehave with me and blame me that I didn't gave them any another bag even I remind him that i had gave two bags at the same time in hanoi. So finally I go without my bag of peanuts which I was carrying from India. Fully satisfied with your bus because it was a very comfortable journey and fully disappointed with your careless and high attitude staff.
SP
train VIP Sleeper 4x, Laman Express, Dec 23, 2019
The train overall experience good. Got 1 free beer at the waiting lobby, which is mango restaurant and bar. Bed is fine, train is not so shaky nor noisy. But sometimes was annoyed by stuffs that sell snack and drinks there. Anyway, no biggie. Great experience with Laman express.
ML
Bus VIP 20, Grouptour, Dec 23, 2019
Bus was late by an hour and took 3 hours longer than expected to arrive in Sapa. Other than that it was acomfortable trip. the facilities on the VIP 20 bus are great. We stopped for lunch and the selection of food was decent and tasty. Delays seemed because of lack of organisation in the office. We had a frantic admin lady in Hanoi sorting out multiple issues with multiple customers. She did her best and was as helpful and polite as one could expect. It is stated on 12goasia website that you should expect delays with this bus company, so we are not overly disappointed.
AD
train VIP Sleeper 4x, Laman Express, Dec 22, 2019
Very clean and organized
LV
Bus VIP 20, Sapa Express, Dec 22, 2019
Comfortable seats, friendly bus guide
VK
Bus VIP 20, Grouptour, Dec 20, 2019
Good service and good driver, I like it ,
MA
Bus VIP 20, Grouptour, Dec 20, 2019
Very comfortable. It's not a flatbed as we thought it would be. But a reclining chair that goes all the way down. If you're taller than 5.8" you might find it hard to fully stretch yourself.
EN
train 1st Class Sleeper, Laman Express, Dec 18, 2019
Very well organised, very clean cabin and toilet. Slept well and the drinks and snacks were perfect!! A great memorable experience and would definitely recommend!!!
SL
Bus Sleeper, Sapa Dragon Express, Dec 17, 2019
Great travel made convinient by the bus.
PW
Bus VIP 20, Sapa Express, Dec 17, 2019
Very nice staff and great comfortable bus
CR
train VIP Sleeper 4x, Laman Express, Dec 13, 2019
Good coach with good sleeper.... Just a little bit shaking!
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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 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 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 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 Sapa ?

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

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

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?

Bus

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

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 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

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 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

  • 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