From Hanoi SapaExpress to Sapa by Buses

Bus by Sapa Express
06:30
Hanoi SapaExpress
5h 30m bus ride in VIP 20
4.9
12:00
Sa Pa SapaExpress
Bus by Sapa Express
07:00
Hanoi SapaExpress
6h bus ride in Semi Sleeper
4.3
13:00
Sa Pa SapaExpress2, Lao Cai
Bus by Sapa Express
15:00
Hanoi SapaExpress
6h bus ride in VIP-Class
4.2
21:00
Sa Pa SapaExpress
Bus by Sapa Express
22:00
Hanoi SapaExpress
6h bus ride in Semi Sleeper
4.3
04:00
+1
Sa Pa SapaExpress2, Lao Cai

From Hanoi GreenLion to Sapa by Vans

Van by GreenLion Bus
07:00
Hanoi GreenLion
5h 30m van ride in VIP
4
12:30
Sapa GreenLion, Lao Cai

From Hanoi to Sapa by Trains

Train #SP1 by Livitrans Express
21:35
HNO Hanoi
7h 55m ride in train #SP1, VIP Sleeper 4x
4
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 Sapaly Express
22:00
HNO Hanoi
8h 5m train ride
3.4+
06:05
+1
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
Train #SP3 by Chapa Express
22:00
HNO Hanoi
8h 5m train ride
4
06:05
+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 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 Violette Express Train
22:00
HNO Hanoi
8h 5m ride in train #SP3, VIP Sleeper 4x
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 Sapa by Trains+Taxis

Train+Taxi by Orient Express & Tiim Charter
21:35
HNO Hanoi
3h 25m. All connections guaranteed.
3.4
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+1
Sapa
Train+Taxi by Fanxipan & Tiim Charter
21:35
HNO Hanoi
3h 25m. All connections guaranteed.
3.9
--:--
+1
Sapa
Train+Taxi by Sapaly Express & Tiim Charter
22:00
HNO Hanoi
3h. All connections guaranteed.
3.4
--:--
+1
Sapa

From 21 Hang Thung to Sapa by Buses

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

From Cua Dong Station to Sapa by Vans

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

From Gia Lam to Sapa 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 Sinh to Sapa 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 SSB to Sapa 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 Sapa 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

From Hanoi Airport to Sapa 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 Sapa 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

From Hanoi to Sapa by Taxis

Taxi by DichungTaxi
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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

Passenger reviews out of total 22,573 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.

May 20, 2019
bus VIP 20, Sapa Express
★★★★☆
Our guide was very nice and helpful. She quickly changed our return tickets for more convenient ones and listened to our requests. The bus was quite comfortable, soft and lots of space for the legs. I slept most of the way. I was a bit worried beforehand about the travelling between Lao Cai and Sapa due to reviews talking about dangerous driving but was put to ease by the experienced driver's calm advancing in the mountains. The only negative side was the disorderness before leaving Hanoi. It took the staff a while to check our tickets were valide (our names weren't on the list) and we had to change bus just before leaving. Overall I'm very satisfied with Sapa Express.
May 20, 2019
bus VIP-Class, Sapa Express
★★★★☆
Would be nice to have something to put your feet on, especially in the last row, aswell as armrests in the last row Other than that it was very good!
May 19, 2019
bus VIP-Class, Sapa Express
★★★★☆
Safe drive, good driver and pilot but the second stop is not necessary or should be done at another place.
May 18, 2019
bus VIP 20, Sapa Express
★★★★★
Best way to get to Sapa! Bus was clean, driver & attendant were very nice, & they provide pick up service to the old quarter! Bus was running a bit late, but still arrived on time. For the comfort and service, definitely worth the prices stay away from the sleeper buses!
May 17, 2019
bus Semi Sleeper, Sapa Express
★★★★★
Everything was fine. Bus was in time, snacks and water in bus, good service
May 16, 2019
van VIP, GreenLion Bus
★★☆☆☆
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.
May 16, 2019
bus VIP 20, Sapa Express
★★★★★
The bus is comfortable and clean, staff speaks good English. The only downside is the departure time. On the day of our trip the bus departed 45 mins later.
May 15, 2019
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways
★★★☆☆
Value for money :)
May 15, 2019
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways
★★★★☆
A great way to travel! Comfortable beds, friendly service (once we figured out where to check in!). Toilet not particularly clean.
May 13, 2019
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Fanxipan
★★★★☆
We appreciated the fact, you can have a rest, shower and meal in the Fanxipan Express office, that was a big plus. The staff gave us tickets and took us directly to the train. The train was fine, beds are longer than in Livitrans and air condition was fine. We got hot tea or coffee in the morning for free - another advantage. Without no doubt, I recommend Fanxipan Express.
May 11, 2019
bus VIP 20, Sapa Express
★★★★☆
Comfortable bus and staff speaking very good English during the trip. The only downside is punctuality, the ticket says to be at least 30 minutes prior departure. Got there 45 minutes before and thought I was in the wrong place, not a single person until 6:20. Bus left 07:00 instead of 6:30. Disrespectful for who is committed to be on time.
May 9, 2019
train #SP3 VIP Sleeper 4x, Sapaly Express
★★★★☆
Once you are in the train, the experience is amazing but before boarding, the lack of information at the station is very stressful.
May 8, 2019
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper, Pumpkin Express
★★★★★
The pumpkin express from Hanoi to Sapa was great. We got a private sleeper cabin and slept pretty much the whole way on very comfortable beds with air con. We even had snacks, WiFi and plug sockets which we weren’t expecting! Would definitely use again.. plus saved money and time. Make sure you organise a pick up from the station when you arrive in Sapa, as it can be a bit hectic with a lot of people trying to over charge.
May 7, 2019
train #SP3 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways
★★★☆☆
WC kan schoner In coupe waren kakkelakken
May 5, 2019
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways
★★★★☆
It was good condition train. Toilets are okay but need to be rebuilt.
May 4, 2019
bus VIP 20, Sapa Express
★★★★★
Perfect Ride, super comfy seats (they have Single seats), nice Service Guide, No scam at the the break stops. Totally recommended
May 4, 2019
train #SP3 VIP Sleeper 4x, Sapaly Express
★★★☆☆
Train shakes a lot so it is difficult to sleep. The beds are clean although a bit small. Bathroom is acceptable but nothing to write home about.
May 4, 2019
bus Semi Sleeper, Grouptour
★★★★☆
Nice, better than what we expected
May 2, 2019
van VIP, Grouptour
★★★★★
Driver was extremely polite. Drived safe and smoothly. Pick up was at hotel which was a huge PLUS!! Highly recommend using!
May 1, 2019
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways
★★★★★
Excellent train, not to say its super clean but enough to spend over night journey
May 1, 2019
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Fanxipan
★★★★★
Nice ride, clean
Apr 28, 2019
van VIP, GreenLion Bus
★★★★★
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!
Apr 28, 2019
train #SP3 VIP Sleeper 4x, King Express
★★★☆☆
I booked 2 lower berths however when we got on the train our bed numbers were 1 lower berth and 1 top berth.
Apr 27, 2019
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways
★★☆☆☆
very old and dirty train
Apr 27, 2019
train #SP3 VIP Sleeper, Sapaly Express
★★★☆☆
The cabin provided by Sapaly was amazing, with lots of little touches like free drinks and plush bedding that made it lovely. However the train itself was quite old and extremely loud. My partner and I didn’t sleep a wink which meant that when we got to Sapa we were very exhausted and had to catch up on a few hours of sleep in the afternoon. Great experience but we probably wouldn’t do it again!
Apr 25, 2019
bus VIP 20, Sapa Express
★★★★★
Very smooth and comfortable ride. Got 2 breaks to use the bathroom.
Apr 23, 2019
van VIP, Grouptour
★★★★☆
One day before the departure we went to the Sapa Shuttle Bus station in Hanoi to verify everything was okay. They told us the driver would come to our Hotel at 6:45am. He arrived without warning at 7:10am. Apart from that the van is confortable, there is room enough for everyone and the seats are cosy. The air cond wasn't working so great and was a bit too strong but the driver turned it off when we asked. It's a bumpy bumpy ride!!! Not because of the driver but mostly because the road is not so even. However we arrived safely around 1:30 in our hotel which was great. I'll definitely recommend for such an affordable price!
Apr 22, 2019
van VIP, Grouptour
★★★★★
Great comfortable way of travelling to Sapa. Got a lot of legroom, comfy seats, enough space for our backpacks (but don’t bring your large suitcase, that won’t fit!) and got to Sapa in time. Pickup and drop off at hotels was a big plus. Oh and great views along the way too!
Apr 22, 2019
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper, Pumpkin Express
★★★☆☆
Bed sheets dirty, covered in blood! Slept with a towel as a blanket. Plus side, you get X2 bottles of water, cola and beer (1st class) very noisy and difficult to sleep but noise and movement settled down around 1am.
Apr 19, 2019
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper, Orient Express
★★★☆☆
Nice but not realy comfortable
Apr 17, 2019
train #SP3 VIP Sleeper 4x, Sapaly Express
★★★★☆
I requested a bottom bunk but I guess due to high demand I was placed on the top bunk. There was initial concern both about how I was going to get up and how I was going to not drop out during the ride. I could see getting up being tricky if you’re smaller or don’t have any arm strength, it was a little difficult in the middle of the night half asleep. Although my shorter (5’5) roommate managed to get up to her bunk with little effort - so maybe I’m wrong. I was presently surprised with the comfort of the beds. Despite there being minimal precautions to keep you in the bunk whilst the train is moving there was little risk of falling out. You can feel the train moving obviously but it wasn’t particularly jerky. If you’re over 180cm you’re probably the size of the bed or bigger, as I was. Honestly though it wasn’t a real issue, I was able to curl slightly and get a good nights sleep. The staff were incredibly helpful and even gave us a wake up call in the morning and brought round free tea and coffee. As far as overnight transport goes this was probably the best nights sleep I have had on a bus/train/plane. I saw some comments about the toilet state, they weren’t the prettiest by about half way through the night, but no different to any other long haul journey. Toilets always get gross in these situations.
Apr 16, 2019
bus VIP-Class, Sapa Express
★★★★★
Very staff. Good at English. They gave us free water and snacks in the tour. Good seats. Felt safe
Apr 15, 2019
train #SP3 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways
★★★☆☆
Toilets not clean Floor not clean
Apr 14, 2019
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Fanxipan
★★★★★
It was totally a new experience for me and my friends travelling 8 hours by sleeper train. Perhaps the train operator can improve the cleanliness of the toilet
Apr 14, 2019
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways
★★★☆☆
Train was good but AC was very low, very hot all night.
Apr 14, 2019
train #SP3 VIP Sleeper 4x, King Express
★★☆☆☆
There was no seat number on the ticket issued by 12goasia which caused confusion at boarding. My name was also incorrect on the passenger list - boarding was not guaranteed because of this and took 45 minutes as a result.
Apr 14, 2019
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways
★★★★☆
It is very tiny bed and difficult to climb to upper bed
Apr 11, 2019
train #SP3 VIP Sleeper 4x, Sapaly Express
★★☆☆☆
Very hard beds and not at all like the SP4. Toilets were very smelly We were disappointed.
Apr 5, 2019
bus VIP 20, Sapa Express
★★★★★
The driver ky was professional & the guide max was friendly and funny.
Apr 3, 2019
van VIP, Grouptour
★★★★★
Very comfortable, spacious, clean, wifi, tv.
Apr 3, 2019
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Orient Express
★★★☆☆
The train was on time. We weren't able to sleep because the air was really bad, the train was super loud and totally shaky. We felt a little a seasick from time to time. If you're taller than 1,60m you'll be struggeling with the size of the bed. They are short, tightly and not really comfortable. It was a funny adventure but not relaxing or something.
Apr 2, 2019
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Livitrans Express
★★★☆☆
Difícil encontrar la persona para cambiar el Voucher por los tickets El tren viejo pero prolijo , puntual partida y llegada Te dejan agua y otras cositas en el camarote
Apr 1, 2019
train #SP3 VIP Sleeper 4x, Sapaly Express
★★★☆☆
We read reviews on the best ways to travel to Sapa from Hanoi and most suggested taking the night train. If you are looking for comfort, we highly recommend other options. However, if you are looking for an experience to later laugh about, try the night train. We booked our tickets with Sapaly Express while we were still in the states. Luckily we had a printed copy of our confirmation because there is no ticket counter. We had a hard time finding the location to pick up our boarding pass. We asked a random guy sitting next to a snack vendor for help and it turned out he was Sapaly person holding our boarding pass. If you thought wasn’t hard enough, we were then directed to walk around the train station to board our train. It was a good 10 minute walk thru a dimly light street. As an FYI, we discovered there is an over-path in the station after we returned. We booked the full birth(2 bottom and 2 top bulks). The mattress is thin and the rail on the top bulks didn’t provide a lot comfort. I was terrified of falling in the middle of the night. The birth comes with crackers, water and toothbrush. We were offered coffee in the morning without additional charge. We didn’t mind the noise from the train ride, but it felt like we were being shucked like toys. At one point in the middle of the night, the train came to a sudden stop with all the doors sliding open. Overall, the ride wasn’t good nor was it bad. It’s now checked off our bucket list and we won’t have the need to try this again.
Mar 31, 2019
bus Semi Sleeper, Sapa Express
★★★☆☆
The personnel were very efficient and friendly. Bus was an older model but very clean and run well.
Mar 27, 2019
bus Semi Sleeper, Truly Hagiang
★★★★★
Thanks, best sleeper bus in Vietnam, I've had
Mar 26, 2019
bus VIP 20, Sapa Express
★★★★★
Very professional driver. The helper was a nice touch...and the snack...you should tell people that there is a breakfast stop. I felt very safe, even on the tricky curves.
Mar 26, 2019
bus VIP 20, Sapa Express
★★★★★
Great
Mar 25, 2019
bus VIP 20, Sapa Express
★★★★★
Booking was confirmed within minutes. The bus was on time, clean, comfortable and as expected. I have no complain.
Mar 22, 2019
charter Van 9pax, Grouptour
★★★★★
Reliable. Honest. The driver arrived on time, and drove us safely going to the Sapa. My phone left in the car, the driver sent back to me.
Mar 21, 2019
bus Semi Sleeper, Grouptour
★★☆☆☆
Jour company have a crazy driver! the service it's really dangerous. All people was hangry for the dangerous trip. Tell your drivers that they carry people not animals
Mar 19, 2019
bus Semi Sleeper, Grouptour
★★★☆☆
The bus was ok. They let us stay until 6am in the bus (very useful). The personnel wasn't very kind and was hard to communicate
Mar 18, 2019
bus VIP 20, Sapa Express
★★★★★
Very happy w/ the bus operator and bus guide! Comfortable, clean, BR stops adequate!
Mar 18, 2019
train #SP3 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways
★★★☆☆
There were bugs inside the cabin and the bathroom was a mess
Mar 16, 2019
train #SP3 VIP Sleeper 4x, King Express
★★★★☆
We were very happy with the trip. We had 2 beds in a 4 bed cabin. It was clean. Sure it’s small but we didn’t bring a lot of luggage. We fell asleep quickly and got lots of sleep. It was a bit noisy and rocky but didn’t bother us. People trying to sell stuff were a bit annoying. We didn’t use the toilets so can’t report on those.
Mar 15, 2019
bus AC Seater, Grouptour
★★★★★
Fast and pleasure.
Mar 14, 2019
train #SP3 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways
★★★★☆
Train left and arrived bang on time. Beds pretty comfy, about 180cm long. However our part of the carriage was absolutely boiling, woke up sweating so many time
Mar 14, 2019
van VIP, Grouptour
★★★★☆
The car was great and comfortable. The only issue was the driver was driving way too fast specially in the curves going to sa pa which made it scary
Mar 13, 2019
bus Semi Sleeper, Grouptour
★★★☆☆
We went from Hanoi to Sapa. Bus supposed to leave at 6:30 a.m. We were there at 6 o'clock (because you should come 30 mins earlier). At 6:45 came some guy and opened the shuttle bus shop. At 7 o'clock he called taxi (he paid for it) to take us to another place where our bus was waiting. We had to wait for more people. The departure was before 8 o'clock. Bus was full and more people got on the bus during the journey - they were locals and stayed in the aisle and got out on the way. There was a blanket. Seats were old, not very clean and not comfortable for taller people. We stopped for a break for almost one hour. The bus arrived one and half hour later then it should have. It was unfortunate because we had plans for the day and had to cancel them.
Mar 13, 2019
train #SP3 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways
★★★★★
We really enjoyed our journey to Sa Pa. Our compartment was clean and comfortable - the beds were on the firm side, but we like that. The train departed and arrived on time. There was some clunking and banging on the journey, but otherwise we had a good sleep. I’ve seen lots of negative reports about the toilets. They were clean before we left Hanoi but there was a lot of ‘splashing’ from the westerners who had obviously had a few drinks before boarding. This is not the fault of Vietnamese railways! Top marks from us; we’re looking forward to our next journey.
Mar 10, 2019
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Orient Express
★★☆☆☆
The train car was pretty old. The toilet was dirty and covered in either urine or water. The cabin itself was ok, but we killed at least a dozen cockroaches and a couple other insects during our 8 hour ride. We slept maybe an hour of the entire trip because of the insect problem. Overall not a great experience.
Mar 9, 2019
bus Semi Sleeper, Grouptour
★★★★☆
В автобусе чисто, доехал аккуратно, единственное, что не понравилось - автобус остановился в Сапе не у офиса, а на большой стоянке для автобусов (была ночь и туман), пришлось ехать на такси. А так все хорошо!
Mar 8, 2019
bus Semi Sleeper, Sapa Express
★★★★☆
Good
Mar 6, 2019
bus Semi Sleeper, Sapa Express
★★★★☆
Comfortable but no space for small belongings like bag. Very kind tour guide. We've got water and snack what was nice, and arrived in Sa Pa even before the scheduled time.
Mar 2, 2019
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper, Pumpkin Express
★★★★☆
We booked a double room. The rooms was clean and cute. It’s not exactly easy to sleep. It’s pretty loud and the train rocks quite a bit. Navigating the train station in Hanoi was a bit difficult. Several attendants at the train station directed us to different tracks and trains. We made it on the train about 10 minutes before it left. The train left exactly at 2135 and we arrived on time at the station before Sapa. There is a snack cart and coffee and tea offered in the morning. We experienced the same lack of toilet paper as everyone else. So bring your own just in case.
Mar 1, 2019
bus AC Seater, Grouptour
★★★★★
Was all great until having to hike 5 km to sapa, but this was in no way the companys fault. Very comfy bus and polite host on bus
Mar 1, 2019
bus Semi Sleeper, Grouptour
★★★☆☆
Comfortable but arrived two hours late.
Feb 27, 2019
train #SP3 VIP Sleeper 4x, Sapaly Express
★★★★☆
The room was really lovely, very comfortable beds and thoughtful touches with the water and snacks, as well as the wood detailing giving it a Old-world feel. Only downside was the toilet, which wasn’t very clean by the end of the trip and had started to smell quite bad. The sapaly ticket office is also located on the opposite side of the train station as the main entrance, so this made collecting our tickets a little confusing.
Feb 24, 2019
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Orient Express
★★★★☆
Easy to travel on train but beds are very very hard.
Feb 24, 2019
train #SP3 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways
★★☆☆☆
Very old train, cold, not confortable to sleap
Feb 22, 2019
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Orient Express
★★☆☆☆
Bad beds and no aircondition. Nasty toilet. But cheapest one thats why it was "good"
Feb 22, 2019
bus AC Seater, Grouptour
★★★★★
Prima op tijd en superluxe bus met enorm ruime stoelen. Heel relaxte rit met 2 tussenstops. Had ik echt niet verwacht maar blij dat we dit hebben gekozen!
Feb 22, 2019
bus Semi Sleeper, Grouptour
★★★☆☆
the driver was driving too fast.
Feb 21, 2019
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways
★★★★☆
The compartment is small and it’s noisy and shaky. But it’s a train so don’t expect anything else!! The beds were hard but actually quite comfortable and we both slept through most of the night. Would definitely recommend
Feb 21, 2019
bus Semi Sleeper, Grouptour
★★★★☆
Good
Feb 20, 2019
bus Semi Sleeper, Truly Hagiang
★★★★★
Great!!!!
Feb 14, 2019
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper, Pumpkin Express
★★★☆☆
I think this is very over sold. The carriages were very poor, not clean, the staff were not very interested. We were told in the evening that a coffee in the morning would be free, when it arrived we asked for 20, 000 Dong each, the cup wasn't even half full and it was terrible. The toilets we a shambles. It was very very poor!
Feb 14, 2019
train #SP3 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways
★★★☆☆
I think for Vietnamese standards the train is okay but for someone from Holland the ride was very bumpy. I slept reasonably well. The door could be locked from the inside and all the lights could be turned off. It was quite hot and there were some mosquitos. The toilet started fine but it was dirty and full of urine splashes at the end (I think because of the bumpy and shaky ride).
Feb 12, 2019
bus Semi Sleeper, Sapa Express
★★★★★
Very comfortable,arrived on time, everything ok
Feb 2, 2019
train #SP3 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways
★★★☆☆
Some other passengers occupied our seats and we have to keep the upper one. When they get off in the middle of the night, it was really noisy in the train.
Feb 1, 2019
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways
★★★★★
Comfortable bed to sleep in for the trip even had storage for my bag on the top bunk
Jan 31, 2019
bus Semi Sleeper, Sapa Express
★★★★★
Seat was comfortable and staff was very friendly. Also they gave to us bottle of water and some snakes. Good job!
Jan 31, 2019
bus Semi Sleeper, Sapa Express
★★★★★
Bus was clean and even though we have arrived 3am to Sapa, they let us sleep till 6am before we had to leave the bus.
Jan 29, 2019
bus VIP 20, Sapa Express
★★★★★
Great bus, far more comfortable than our flight over and a friendly/efficient staff!
Jan 29, 2019
bus Semi Sleeper, Sapa Express
★★★★★
The trip was great - bus is very convenient, clean. They give you water and a small snack on the way. Would suggest bus over train!
Jan 29, 2019
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Orient Express
★★★★☆
Orient Express Vietnam style. Beds were OK we slept great. Clean sheets that no one else had slept in, duvet with clean cover and pillow case. Water, biscuits and banana given for free. The train had suspension. The top bunk was for lying down only no head space to sit up. clean toilet with tissue! Clean cabins.
Jan 27, 2019
bus Semi Sleeper, Sapa Express
★★★★☆
Comfortable sleeper bus, no space for bags though, all need to go in the under compartment of the bus. Reason for 4* and not 5* is the space on the bus is not brilliant and when I called the office they told me that they couldn’t pick me up, even though I was staying in the old quarter. I had to walk to the office and they then changed their mind and agreed to pick us up. Bus arrived at SaPa early.
Jan 27, 2019
bus Semi Sleeper, Grouptour
★★★★☆
The bus ride was nice and arrived on time. They also offer a free hotel pick up from Hanoi. However, we were asked to take of out shoes when we inter the bus since it is a Sleeper bus. I am fine with the idea until I enter the bus and the overwhelming smell of feet hit me nose. You will get use to it after a while. Other than that it was good.
Jan 22, 2019
bus Semi Sleeper, Sapa Express
★★★★☆
It was alright. Not super comfortable as the bed was a bit too short for me (I'm 181cm) and the bus felt quite cramped overall - i.e. there was no space for the hand luggage. But I guess that comes with the affordable price and the drive was smooth & on time.
Jan 21, 2019
train #SP3 VIP Sleeper 4x, Sapaly Express
★★★★★
very nice!
Jan 21, 2019
bus AC Seater, Grouptour
★★★★☆
Fine trip good service
Jan 14, 2019
bus Semi Sleeper, Grouptour
★★★★★
On time!
Jan 14, 2019
train #SP3 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways
★★☆☆☆
Cost efficient but very uncomfortable. Very hard couchettes, no clean bedding offered
Jan 13, 2019
bus Semi Sleeper, Grouptour
★★★★☆
nice trip
Jan 11, 2019
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways
★★★★★
Very clean. Good value for money. Nice and helpful staff
Jan 11, 2019
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Livitrans Express
★★★★★
Everything went well. The airline staff were very friendly and we had a smooth flight. Perfect!
Jan 10, 2019
bus Semi Sleeper, Grouptour
★★★★★
Easy and smooth travel. Hotel pick-up was such a help!
Jan 10, 2019
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways
★★★★☆
Basic compartment. Everyone went to sleep right away. I was satisfied.
Jan 9, 2019
van VIP, Grouptour
★★★★☆
Good trip, polite and quiet driver.
Jan 9, 2019
train #SP3 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways
★★★☆☆
The cabins were comfortable and clean. But please do not expect too much, it's an old train that doesn't move too fast and makes a lot of noise when it does. Not for fussy sleepers but we had a great overall experience.
Jan 8, 2019
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Livitrans Express
★★★★★
Vse probehlo v poradku, ciste pokoje, povleceni i zachody. Po zaplaceni vam prijde na mail voucher, ktery musite vymenit na nadrazi za listky na vlak. Ty vymenite v druhe nadrazni budove na ulici Tran Quy Cap. Staci ukazat voucher a oni vas nasmeruji k panovi, ktery vam preda listky. Nechodte do hlavni budovy nadrazi na ulici Le Duan, stejne vas poslou na vyse zminene nastupiste. Everything was clean and OK. You can exchange your ticket voucher into train tickets at “Tran Quy Cap” street. Do not waste your time to go to the main train station hall at Le Duan street ;)

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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. Train+taxi is the slowest option.

The most expensive ticket will cost you VND 6,720,000 if you go by taxi; to keep it budget-friendly, opt for a bus which will set you back mere VND 249,998.

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. Train+taxi 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 249,998 if you opt for a Grouptour (Công ty du lịch quốc tế Grouptour) bus and as expensive as VND 6,720,000 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 ?

  • 23 from Hanoi to Sapa starting from 21:35 Hanoi until 22:31 Yen Vien
  • 11 from Hanoi to Sapa starting from 06:30 Hanoi SapaExpress until 22:00 Hanoi SapaExpress
  • 6 by train+charter from Hanoi to Sapa starting from 21:35 Hanoi until 22:00 Hanoi
  • 5 from Hanoi to Sapa starting from 06:45 Hanoi SSB until 14:30 Hanoi SSB

22 from Hanoi to Sapa starting from 00:00 Hanoi Airport until 00:00 Hanoi Airport

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

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

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 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

  • 618 took a train
  • 327 opted for a bus
  • 50 took a van
  • 3 bought a taxi ride
  • 2 chosen train+charter