Transportation And Ticket Information From Hanoi To Sapa

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Transportation And Ticket Information From Hanoi To Sapa

Transportation And Ticket Information From Hanoi To Sapa

Transportation And Ticket Information From Hanoi To Sapa.





Sapa is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Vietnam thanks to its breathtaking scenery. Trekking through beautiful valleys, visiting cultural villages and staying at homestays are great things to do in Sapa. The easiest way to get to Sapa is from Hanoi or Lao Cai.

How to go from Hanoi to Sapa? Is it better to go to Sapa by train or bus? This article is a detailed travel guide from Hanoi to Sapa by train, bus and other means.


Overview of Hanoi to Sapa


If you have not traveled to Sapa, here is some brief information for you. Sapa is a small town located at an altitude of 1500 - 1650 meters, 38km from Lao Cai city. The distance from Hanoi to Sapa is about 320 km, and you can travel between the two cities easily by train and bus.


Terraced fields in Sapa

Sapa from fly-cam.


  • Method 1: Take the bus straight to Sapa.
  • Method 2: Take the train stopping at Lao Cai station, then take the bus from Lao Cai to Sapa.


Travel options from Hanoi to Sapa.


Bus Hanoi to Sapa


  • Duration: 6 hours.

  • Cost: starting at $8.


Traveling from Hanoi to Sapa by bus is the fastest option. The journey takes about 6 hours on the Noi Bai - Lao Cai highway. You can book bus tickets online from a number of bus companies connecting Hanoi to Sapa such as Sapa Express, Group Tour, and Sao Viet.



The local Bus from Hanoi to Sapa - Source: Sapa global bus.


When you board the plane, you will receive a bottle of water and access to wifi. Please arrive at least 30 minutes before departure to check-in.


Hanoi to Sapa Train + Bus


  • Duration: 8 hours (Train) + 1 hour (Bus)

  • Cost: starting at $30


The night train from Hanoi to Sapa is one of the most convenient and affordable options to travel from Hanoi to Sapa. Vietnam Railways operates daily trains from Hanoi to Lao Cai station. Ticket prices start at $30.

The journey takes about 8 hours. If you take the night train, you will arrive around 5:30 or 6:00 a.m. depending on your departure time.




Upon arrival, you can travel by bus or private car from Lao Cai to Sapa. From Lao Cai to Sa Pa is about 30km, if traveling by bus it takes about 1 hour.

Read more: All things you need to know about trains in Vietnam


Private train to Sapa

Taking a private train or cruise ship from Hanoi to Sapa is one of the recommended experiences. Each car is beautifully decorated, and the service is of better quality.

Private train companies include Violette Trains, Fanxipan Express, King Express, Orient Express, Sapaly Express, Chapa Express and New Livitrans Express, of which Victoria Express is the most luxurious.

Passengers can choose 2 or 4 beds per cabin. Prices per person can start from 750,000 VND or 30 USD.

Choose a seat or berth.

You can choose your seat or berth when booking online. A bed is a better and more comfortable option than a chair.


Things to note when booking a train to Sapa

Passengers can book 60 - 90 days in advance for the train to Sapa from Hanoi. Ticket sales open up to 2 days before departure. The bed is quite comfortable, with pillows and blankets provided on board.




Food and drinks can be purchased on board. As for the ticket, you should print it out. Please read the notes below carefully.


Ticket announcement

For bookings with Vietnam Railways and private railway companies New Livitrans Express and Violette Train, you will receive an electronic ticket via email, ready to print and present when boarding the train.

For bookings with private railway companies such as Victoria Express, Fanxipan Express, King Express, Orient Express, Sapaly Express and Chapa Express, you will receive a voucher via email to collect your physical ticket at the station before boarding the train.


Reservations for children

Children under 6 years old are exempt from purchasing tickets and sharing seats with accompanying adults.

From 6 to 10 years old, children receive a 50% discount on ticket prices.

Children under 10 years old buy tickets as adults and must be accompanied by an adult when departing.


Hanoi to Sapa by car


For more flexibility, you can also book a taxi to go from Hanoi to Sapa. Due to the distance, you will have to pay about 159 USD to get there.

Read more: Taxi Hanoi airport to Sapa.



Minivan Hanoi to Sapa - source: internet.


Hanoi to Sapa by bicycle


If you plan to travel by bicycle, you can choose the following routes:


  • Route 1 (Direction of Lao Cai): Hanoi – Vinh Phuc – Viet Tri – Phong Chau – Doan Hung – Yen Bai – Lao Cai – Sapa. Total distance is about 360km.
  • Route 2 (Lai Chau direction): Hanoi - Hoa Lac - Son Tay - Thanh Son - Follow Highway 32 - Sapa. The total distance is about 420 km.


Due to the distance and heavy traffic, you should be careful when driving along these routes.



The bikes tour around Cat cat village in Sapa - source: internet 


Because motorbikes cannot cross the national highway, you will have to choose a longer detour via National Highway 7 or National Highway 32.

With an average distance of about 400km, it takes 10 to 12 hours to reach Sapa. In addition, the road to Sapa goes through many mountains, passes, rivers and streams, so travel time may be longer.

Read more: Private Car From Hanoi To Sapa


The best things to do in Sa Pa


Located in the northwest of Vietnam, Sapa is a town in the Hoang Lien Son mountain range. Sapa is a famous trekking destination in Vietnam with beautiful terraced rice fields in Muong Hoa Valley.

From Sapa, you can also visit the 3,143 m high Fanxipan peak by cable car.




I recommend spending three or more days enjoying the beauty of this area and experiencing unique cultural activities. You should join a trekking trip to Sapa.

Read More: Top 10 best things to do in sapa


Where to stay when coming to Sa Pa?


If you are looking for a perfect vacation, Topas Ecolodge is one of the best places to stay in Sapa.

In addition, you can find lovely homestays in Sapa such as Hmong House - Sapa Home and The Little Hmong House.

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