From Hanoi to Lao Cai by Trains

Train #SP1 by Fanxipan
21:35
HNO Hanoi
7h 55m train ride
4.0+
05:30
+1
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
Train #SP1 by Livitrans Express
21:35
HNO Hanoi
7h 55m ride in train #SP1, VIP Sleeper 4x
3.7
05:30
+1
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
Train #SP1 by Vietnam Railways
21:35
HNO Hanoi
7h 55m ride in train #SP1, 1st Class Sleeper
3.9
05:30
+1
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
Train #SP3 by King Express
22:00
HNO Hanoi
8h 5m train ride
2+
06:05
+1
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
Train #SP3 by Sapaly Express
22:00
HNO Hanoi
8h 5m train ride
3.7+
06:05
+1
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
Train #SP3 by Victoria Express
22:00
HNO Hanoi
8h 5m train ride
06:05
+1
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
Train #SP3 by Vietnam Railways
22:00
HNO Hanoi
8h 5m ride in train #SP3, 1st Class Sleeper
3.6
06:05
+1
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
Train #SP3 by Chapa Express
22:00
HNO Hanoi
8h 5m train ride
3.8
06:05
+1
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
Train #SP7 by Vietnam Railways
22:30
HNO Hanoi
8h 3m ride in train #SP7, 1st Class Sleeper
5
06:33
+1
LCA Sapa Lao Cai

From Hanoi to Lao Cai by Trains+Taxis

Train+Taxi by Orient Express & Tiim Charter
21:35
HNO Hanoi
3h 25m. All connections guaranteed.
3.4
--:--
+1
Sapa
Train+Taxi by Fanxipan & Tiim Charter
21:35
HNO Hanoi
3h 25m. All connections guaranteed.
4.0
--:--
+1
Sapa
Train+Taxi by Sapaly Express & Tiim Charter
22:00
HNO Hanoi
3h. All connections guaranteed.
3.7
--:--
+1
Sapa

From 21 Hang Thung to Lao Cai by Buses

Bus by Truly Hagiang
07:00
21 Hang Thung, Hanoi
5h 50m bus ride in VIP Sleeper 41
12:50
Luong Dinh Cua Sapa, Lao Cai

From Cua Dong Station to Lao Cai by Vans

Van by Truly Hagiang
07:00
Cua Dong Station, Hanoi
5h van ride in VIP
12:00
Sapa Union 17

From Hanoi SapaDragon to Lao Cai by Buses

Bus by Sapa Dragon Express
07:00
Hanoi SapaDragon
5h 30m bus ride in VIP 27
5
12:30
Sapa SapaDragon
Bus by Sapa Dragon Express
22:00
Hanoi SapaDragon
5h 30m bus ride in Sleeper
03:30
+1
Sapa SapaDragon

From Gia Lam to Lao Cai by Trains

Train #SP1 by Vietnam Railways
21:53
GLA Gia Lam
7h 37m ride in train #SP1, 1st Class Sleeper
05:30
+1
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
Train #SP3 by Vietnam Railways
22:18
GLA Gia Lam
7h 47m ride in train #SP3, 1st Class Sleeper
06:05
+1
LCA Sapa Lao Cai

From Hanoi SapaExpress to Lao Cai by Buses

Bus by Sapa Express
06:30
Hanoi SapaExpress
5h 30m bus ride in VIP 20
4.8
12:00
Sa Pa SapaExpress
Bus by Sapa Express
07:00
Hanoi SapaExpress
6h bus ride in Semi Sleeper
4.2
13:00
Sa Pa SapaExpress2, Lao Cai
Bus by Sapa Express
15:00
Hanoi SapaExpress
6h bus ride in VIP-Class
4.4
21:00
Sa Pa SapaExpress
Bus by Sapa Express
22:00
Hanoi SapaExpress
6h bus ride in Semi Sleeper
4.2
04:00
+1
Sa Pa SapaExpress2, Lao Cai

From Hanoi Sinh to Lao Cai by Buses

Bus by The SinhTourist
07:00
Hanoi Sinh
5h 30m bus ride in Express
12:30
Sapa Sinh
Bus by The SinhTourist
22:00
Hanoi Sinh
5h 30m bus ride in Express
03:30
+1
Sapa Sinh

From Hanoi GreenLion to Lao Cai by Vans

Van by GreenLion Bus
07:00
Hanoi GreenLion
5h 30m van ride in VIP
4.2
12:30
Sapa GreenLion, Lao Cai

From Hanoi SSB to Lao Cai by Buses

Bus by Grouptour
06:30
Hanoi SSB
6h 30m bus ride in Semi Sleeper
3.7
13:00
Sapa SSB
Bus by Grouptour
07:00
Hanoi SSB
6h 30m bus ride in Semi Sleeper
3.7
13:30
Sapa SSB
Bus by Grouptour
07:00
Hanoi SSB
6h bus ride in AC Seater
4.6
13:00
Sapa SSB
Bus by Grouptour
13:15
Hanoi SSB
6h 30m bus ride in Semi Sleeper
3.7
19:45
Sapa SSB
Bus by Grouptour
14:00
Hanoi SSB
6h 30m bus ride in Semi Sleeper
3.7
20:30
Sapa SSB
Bus by Grouptour
21:00
Hanoi SSB
6h 30m bus ride in Semi Sleeper
3.7
03:30
+1
Sapa SSB
Bus by Grouptour
21:45
Hanoi SSB
6h 30m bus ride in Semi Sleeper
3.7
04:15
+1
Sapa SSB

From Hanoi SSB to Lao Cai by Vans

Van by Grouptour
06:45
Hanoi SSB
5h 30m van ride in VIP
4.1
12:15
Sapa SSB
Van by Grouptour
07:00
Hanoi SSB
5h 30m van ride in VIP
4.1
12:30
Sapa SSB
Van by Grouptour
07:30
Hanoi SSB
5h 30m van ride in VIP
4.1
13:00
Sapa SSB
Van by Grouptour
14:30
Hanoi SSB
5h 30m van ride in VIP
4.1
20:00
Sapa SSB
Van by Grouptour
15:00
Hanoi SSB
5h 30m van ride in VIP
4.1
20:30
Sapa SSB

From Hanoi to Lao Cai by Taxis

Taxi by DichungTaxi
--:--
Hanoi
4h 30m taxi ride in Economy
--:--
Sapa
Taxi by DichungTaxi
--:--
Hanoi
4h 30m taxi ride in Minivan 4pax
--:--
Sapa
Taxi by DichungTaxi
--:--
Hanoi
4h 10m taxi ride in Van 9pax
--:--
Sapa
Taxi by Grouptour
--:--
Hanoi
5h taxi ride in Van 9pax
5
--:--
Sapa
Taxi by OUROS Travel
--:--
Hanoi
5h taxi ride in Minivan 4pax
--:--
Sapa
Taxi by OUROS Travel
--:--
Hanoi
5h taxi ride in SUV 4pax
--:--
Sapa
Taxi by OUROS Travel
--:--
Hanoi
5h taxi ride in Van 9pax
--:--
Sapa
Taxi by OUROS Travel
--:--
Hanoi
5h taxi ride in VIP Van 9pax
--:--
Sapa
Taxi by OUROS Travel
--:--
Hanoi
5h taxi ride in Comfort
--:--
Sapa

From Hanoi Airport to Lao Cai by Taxis

Taxi by Hai Van Transport
--:--
Hanoi Airport, Noi Bai Airport
3h 55m taxi ride in Minivan 4pax
--:--
Lao Cai, Sapa
Taxi by Hai Van Transport
--:--
Hanoi Airport, Noi Bai Airport
3h 55m taxi ride in Van 8pax
--:--
Lao Cai, Sapa
Taxi by DichungTaxi
--:--
Hanoi Airport, Noi Bai Airport
4h 30m taxi ride in Comfort
--:--
Sapa
Taxi by DichungTaxi
--:--
Hanoi Airport, Noi Bai Airport
4h 30m taxi ride in Minivan 4pax
--:--
Sapa
Taxi by DichungTaxi
--:--
Hanoi Airport, Noi Bai Airport
4h 30m taxi ride in Van 9pax
--:--
Sapa
Taxi by Grouptour
--:--
Hanoi Airport, Noi Bai Airport
5h taxi ride in Van 9pax
5
--:--
Sapa
Taxi by Hai Van Transport
--:--
Hanoi Airport, Noi Bai Airport
4h 30m taxi ride in Minivan 4pax
--:--
Sapa
Taxi by Hai Van Transport
--:--
Hanoi Airport, Noi Bai Airport
4h 30m taxi ride in Van 8pax
--:--
Sapa
Taxi by OUROS Travel
--:--
Hanoi Airport, Noi Bai Airport
4h 30m taxi ride in Van 9pax
--:--
Sapa
Taxi by OUROS Travel
--:--
Hanoi Airport, Noi Bai Airport
4h 30m taxi ride in Comfort
--:--
Sapa
Taxi by OUROS Travel
--:--
Hanoi Airport, Noi Bai Airport
4h 30m taxi ride in Minivan 4pax
--:--
Sapa
Taxi by OUROS Travel
--:--
Hanoi Airport, Noi Bai Airport
4h 30m taxi ride in SUV 4pax
--:--
Sapa
Taxi by OUROS Travel
--:--
Hanoi Airport, Noi Bai Airport
4h 30m taxi ride in VIP Van 9pax
--:--
Sapa

From Yen Vien to Lao Cai by Trains

Train #SP1 by Vietnam Railways
22:06
YVI Yen Vien, Hanoi
7h 24m ride in train #SP1, 1st Class Sleeper
3.9
05:30
+1
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
Train #SP3 by Vietnam Railways
22:31
YVI Yen Vien, Hanoi
7h 34m ride in train #SP3, 1st Class Sleeper
3.6
06:05
+1
LCA Sapa Lao Cai

Hanoi to Lao Cai Schedule

Hanoi to Lao Cai Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
DichungTaxi Economy 00:00 - 04:30VND 4,217k
GreenLion Bus VIP 07:00 - 12:30VND 460k
Grouptour Semi Sleeper 13:15 - 19:45VND 250k
Sapa Express VIP-Class 15:00 - 21:00VND 414k
Orient Express VIP Sleeper 4x 21:35 - 05:30VND 835k
Sapaly Express VIP Sleeper 4x 22:00 - 06:05VND 880k
Victoria Express 1st Class Sleeper 22:00 - 06:05VND 3,816k
Vietnam Railways 1st Class Sleeper 22:00 - 06:05VND 516k
Violette Express Train VIP Sleeper 4x 22:00 - 06:05VND 920k
Chapa Express VIP Sleeper 4x 22:00 - 06:05VND 1,070k
Sapa Dragon Express Sleeper 22:00 - 03:30VND 250k
The SinhTourist Express 22:00 - 03:30VND 292k

Hanoi to Lao Cai destination reviews

3.9
153 customer reviews
5
44%
4
27%
3
14%
2
8%
1
7%
44% of 153 travelers were presumably happy with this destination
MW
4
van VIP, GreenLion Bus, Jul 15, 2019
The Information told us to check in on location 30 min before depart, we can’t find any check in. Bus trip was good!
VK
4
bus Semi Sleeper, Sapa Express, Jun 3, 2019
Was good. Nothing bad happened. Reached Sapa at 4.30 A.M and the bus operators allowed passengers to sleep until 6.00 A.M at the bus itself. Recommended.
IH
5
van VIP, GreenLion Bus, May 28, 2019
Great trip, good driver (although texting during driving is normal ;)) and lovely bus!
RC
2
van VIP, GreenLion Bus, May 16, 2019
Not an english speaking driver. Wifi not working. USB ports for loading telephone not working. Get no time for our breakfast in the Hotel. We where 6:30 a.m. for a breakfast but driver was already at the hotel and want to go directly. Appointment was as 7 a.m.
DK
5
van VIP, GreenLion Bus, Apr 28, 2019
Everything went smoothly, the drive was good. Only thing was we were supposed to get picked up at 7:15am and we got a call that he arrived at 6:20am!
RB
3
bus Semi Sleeper, Sapa Express, Mar 31, 2019
The personnel were very efficient and friendly. Bus was an older model but very clean and run well.
AB
5
bus Semi Sleeper, Truly Hagiang, Mar 27, 2019
Thanks, best sleeper bus in Vietnam, I've had
MC
5
bus Semi Sleeper, Truly Hagiang, Feb 20, 2019
Great!!!!

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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. Train+taxi is the slowest option.

The most expensive ticket will cost you VND 6,720,005 if you go by taxi; to keep it budget-friendly, opt for a bus which will set you back mere VND 250,003.

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. Train+taxi 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 250,003 if you opt for a Grouptour (Công ty du lịch quốc tế Grouptour) bus and as expensive as VND 6,720,005 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 ?

  • 23 from Hanoi to Lao Cai starting from 21:35 Hanoi until 22:31 Yen Vien
  • 9 from Hanoi to Lao Cai starting from 06:30 Hanoi SapaExpress until 22:00 Hanoi SapaDragon
  • 6 by train+charter from Hanoi to Lao Cai starting from 21:35 Hanoi until 22:00 Hanoi
  • 3 from Hanoi to Lao Cai starting from 07:00 Hanoi GreenLion until 15:00 Hanoi SSB

22 from Hanoi to Lao Cai starting from 00:00 Hanoi Airport until 00:00 Hanoi Airport

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

Grouptour (Công ty du lịch quốc tế Grouptour), Sapa Dragon Express (Sapa Dragon Express), Sapa Express

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

DichungTaxi (DichungTaxi), Grouptour (Công ty du lịch quốc tế Grouptour), Hai Van Transport (Hai Van), OUROS Travel (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+charter remaining the most popular option due to their reasonable pricing and comfort.

Out of 1000 travellers who bought tickets for this route

  • 999 chosen train+charter
  • 1 took a train
  • opted for a bus
  • bought a taxi ride
  • took a van