From Hanoi to Lao Cai by Trains
From Hanoi to Lao Cai by Trains+Taxis
From 21 Hang Thung to Lao Cai by Buses
From Cua Dong Station to Lao Cai by Vans
From Gia Lam to Lao Cai by Trains
From Hanoi SapaExpress to Lao Cai by Buses
From Hanoi Sinh to Lao Cai by Buses
From Hanoi GreenLion to Lao Cai by Vans
From Hanoi SSB to Lao Cai by Buses
From Hanoi SSB to Lao Cai by Vans
From Hanoi to Lao Cai by Taxis
From Hanoi Airport to Lao Cai by Taxis
From Yen Vien to Lao Cai by Trains
Passenger reviews out of total 22,380 passengers who traveled with us on this route.
At 12Go our operators offer three types of service:
Cheap, Fast, Good - but you can usually pick only two of them!
Cheap & Fast won’t be Good. (e.g. buses from/to Khao San Road, local buses or 3rd class trains)
Cheap & Good won’t be Fast. (e.g. VIP trains in Thailand)
Fast & Good won’t be Cheap. (e.g. private limousine services, or VIP24 buses vs Express buses)
Make your choice! Please remember that while we are closely monitoring the services, we are still an agency marketplace. That means we focus on ticketing services and route availability & coverage rather than on the factual seat reclining angle you will get on the bus today.
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 6,706,814 if you go by taxi; to keep it budget-friendly, opt for a bus which will set you back mere VND 249,511.
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 249,511 if you opt for a Grouptour (Công ty du lịch quốc tế Grouptour) bus and as expensive as VND 6,706,814 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
- 12 from Hanoi to Lao Cai starting from 06:30 Hanoi SapaExpress until 22:00 Hanoi SapaExpress
- 6 by train+charter from Hanoi to Lao Cai starting from 21:35 Hanoi until 22:00 Hanoi
- 5 from Hanoi to Lao Cai starting from 06:45 Hanoi SSB until 14:30 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?
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 Express, Truly Hagiang (Du lich Á châu)
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 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 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 remaining the most popular option due to their reasonable pricing and comfort.
Out of 1000 travellers who bought tickets for this route
- 614 took a train
- 332 opted for a bus
- 49 took a van
- 3 bought a taxi ride
- 2 chosen train+charter