How to get to Sapa from Hanoi

How to get to Sapa from Hanoi

Travelling to Hanoi, you should spend time visiting Sapa for its exceptional landscapes but by which effective ways you can get there : railway or roadway.Let's consider and your suitable ways for your unforgetable Sapa trips

How to get to Sapa from Hanoi to explore its beautiful landscapes

Sapa is a remote but the most impressive mountaious area in the Northwest of Vietnam.It was developed by the French as hill station for summer escape from the lowland’s heat. The French did build the railway to easily reach Sapa from Hanoi, but not yet any airway nearby  till now.Thanks to its average height of 1600 mettres compared to the sea level, the climate in Sapa is pleasant around the year, with four seasons in a day.Being bestowed with natural beauty of mountains, valleys, waterfalls, together with beautifully cultural aspects of local ethnic groups living here,Sapa have recently attracted an increasing number of local & international visitors. Very popular questions on how to get to Sapa from Hanoi that we usually get from our customers. In this article, we would like share your different options you can choose to reach Sapa from Hanoi capital.

Sapa is a bout 380km far from Hanoi which is time consuming trip whichever route you take by train or car transfer.There are two ways to get to Sapa from Hanoi : the railway & roadway.Basing on your travel schedules & travel budgets, so you can choose your proper way from Hanoi to Sapa.

Travel Hanoi-Sapa by an overnight train

In the past ( before October 2014), most of visitors choose overnight trains to get to Sapa.It is more comfortable, safer than buses and much cheaper than renting a private car. At Hanoi main railway station, there are some Hanoi-Sapa trains leaving between 8h00p.m and 10h00 p.m and arrive in Lao Cai station – the last stop in the journey at between 4h30 a.m and 6h00 a.m.  At Lao Cai station, you need to travel 35km up hills by public buses ( 60.000 vnd/person) or by  private taxi ( 350.000 vnd/4 seater car) to reach Sapa destination. The return train journey Lao Cai- Hanoi departs between 19h30 p.m and 21h30 p.m in even number trains ( SP2, SP4, SP8..).For a cheap budget with local interesting experience, you can choose hard seats or soft seats like locals.

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Night train cabin to Sapa

For a comfortable sleeping on a soft-sleeper berth in a  private, clean and fully-equiped 4 bed cabin with air-conditioning, you can select private carriage operators such as Sapaly, Hoa Phuong, Tulico, King Express, Fansipan…..etc.Those train tickets are mainly distributed through travel agents so you need to book with travel agents in advance to make sure of the availability.Please, take a notice that overnight train could be a nice experience, saving travel time as well as your hotel nights, but many people find it hard to get proper sleep due to the train noise, its regular stops between the journey as well as its early drop-off in the morning.Then you will feel tired & hard to enjoy beautiful Sapa trekking tours during the day.

Get to Sapa from Hanoi by public buses or express buses or private car

If you can't book a train ticket or you like a cheaper way, so you can choose sleeper buses or express Hanoi-Sapa-Hanoi buses. Firstly, you can take  sleeper buses named Hung Thanh & Hai Van at My Dinh, Gia Lam bus station, and in 8-9 hours you will get to Sapa from Hanoi directly.Secondly, you can reach Sapa directly by Hanoi- Sapa express buses, departing at 7h00 a.m from Hanoi old quarter with the cost form 250.000 vnd-300.000 vnd/ one way and you arrive in Sapa after 6 hour drive via a new-built Noibai-Lao Cai highway.

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Private van to Sapa

However, thanks to a new-operated Noibai –Lao Cai highway in 2014,many of tourists have chosen private car transfer with driver to get to Sapa from Hanoi.It is more flexible and professional. You can order your time to start, relax between your family, enjoy beautiful scenery of mountains , valleys & rural villages along the driving journey and of couse you will reach Sapa just in 5 hours from Hanoi.The car can stay with you throughout your trip and take you around Sapa's attractions such as Silver Water Fall, Heaven Gate, surrounding villages or markets.

The map of Sapa-Hanoi location

If you are in Hanoi, don’t miss your chance to discover Sapa’s beautiful landscapes. You can join us Sapa Tours from Hanoi with all service of transfer, entrance fees, tourguide, meals,hotels included in competitive prices. If you would like to do Sapa tours by yourselves, you are in need of train tickets, express bus ticket Hanoi-Lao Cai-Hanoi, of renting a private car with driver from Hanoi to Sapa, feel free to contact us at for useful consultancy and good deal prices. You can get reference at our travel site : We wish you an enjoyable trip in Sapa, Vietnam.

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