Refundable Recommended
21:35
HNO Hanoi
7h 55m train ride
3+
05:30
+1
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
Refundable
Refundable Recommended
21:35
HNO Hanoi
7h 55m train ride
3.9+
05:30
+1
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
Refundable
Refundable Recommended
22:00
HNO Hanoi
8h 5m train ride
3.4+
06:05
+1
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
Refundable

From Hanoi SapaExpress to Sapa by Buses

06:30
Hanoi SapaExpress
5h 30m bus ride in VIP 20
4.7
12:00
Sa Pa SapaExpress
07:00
Hanoi SapaExpress
6h bus ride in Semi Sleeper
3.9
13:00
Sa Pa SapaExpress2, Lao Cai
15:00
Hanoi SapaExpress
6h bus ride in VIP-Class
4.5
21:00
Sa Pa SapaExpress
22:00
Hanoi SapaExpress
6h bus ride in Semi Sleeper
3.9
04:00
+1
Sa Pa SapaExpress2, Lao Cai

From Hanoi GreenLion to Sapa by Vans

07:00
Hanoi GreenLion
5h 30m van ride in VIP
4.1
12:30
Sapa GreenLion, Lao Cai

From Hanoi to Sapa by Trains

Refundable Recommended
21:35
HNO Hanoi
7h 55m train ride
3+
05:30
+1
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
Refundable
Refundable Recommended
21:35
HNO Hanoi
7h 55m train ride
3.9+
05:30
+1
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
Refundable
Refundable
21:35
HNO Hanoi
7h 55m ride in train #SP1, VIP Sleeper 4x
3.8
05:30
+1
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
Refundable
Refundable
21:35
HNO Hanoi
7h 55m ride in train #SP1, 1st Class Sleeper
3.9
05:30
+1
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
Refundable
Refundable
21:35
HNO Hanoi
7h 55m train ride
3+
05:30
+1
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
Refundable
Refundable Recommended
22:00
HNO Hanoi
8h 5m train ride
3.4+
06:05
+1
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
Refundable
Refundable
22:00
HNO Hanoi
8h 5m train ride
3.7
06:05
+1
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
Refundable
Refundable
22:00
HNO Hanoi
8h 5m train ride
2+
06:05
+1
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
Refundable
Refundable
22:00
HNO Hanoi
8h 5m train ride
06:05
+1
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
Refundable
Refundable
22:00
HNO Hanoi
8h 5m ride in train #SP3, 1st Class Sleeper
3.6
06:05
+1
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
Refundable
Refundable
22:00
HNO Hanoi
8h 5m ride in train #SP3, VIP Sleeper 4x
3.5
06:05
+1
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
Refundable
Refundable
22:30
HNO Hanoi
8h 3m ride in train #SP7, 1st Class Sleeper
5
06:33
+1
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
Refundable

From Hanoi to Sapa by Trains+Taxis

+
Refundable
21:35
HNO Hanoi
3h 25m. All connections guaranteed.
3.3
--:--
+1
Sapa
Refundable
+
Refundable
21:35
HNO Hanoi
3h 25m. All connections guaranteed.
3.9
--:--
+1
Sapa
Refundable
+
Refundable Fastest
22:00
HNO Hanoi
3h. All connections guaranteed.
3.4
--:--
+1
Sapa
Refundable

From 21 Hang Thung to Sapa by Buses

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

From Cua Dong Station to Sapa by Vans

Instant
07:00
Cua Dong Station, Hanoi
5h van ride in VIP
12:00
Sapa Union 17
Instant

From Hanoi SapaDragon to Sapa by Buses

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

From Gia Lam to Sapa by Trains

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

From Hanoi Sinh to Sapa by Buses

Refundable
07:00
Hanoi Sinh
5h 30m bus ride in Express
12:30
Sapa Sinh
Refundable
Refundable
22:00
Hanoi Sinh
5h 30m bus ride in Express
03:30
+1
Sapa Sinh
Refundable

From Hanoi SSB to Sapa by Buses

06:30
Hanoi SSB
6h 30m bus ride in Semi Sleeper
3.8
13:00
Sapa SSB
07:00
Hanoi SSB
6h bus ride in AC Seater
4.6
13:00
Sapa SSB
13:15
Hanoi SSB
6h 30m bus ride in Semi Sleeper
3.8
19:45
Sapa SSB

From Hanoi SSB to Sapa by Vans

07:30
Hanoi SSB
5h 30m van ride in VIP
4.0
13:00
Sapa SSB
15:00
Hanoi SSB
5h 30m van ride in VIP
4.0
20:30
Sapa SSB

From Hanoi Airport to Sapa by Taxis

Instant
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Hanoi Airport, Noi Bai Airport
3h 55m taxi ride in Minivan 4pax
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Lao Cai, Sapa
Instant
Instant
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Hanoi Airport, Noi Bai Airport
3h 55m taxi ride in Van 8pax
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Lao Cai, Sapa
Instant
Instant
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Hanoi Airport, Noi Bai Airport
4h 30m taxi ride in Comfort
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Sapa
Instant
Instant
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Hanoi Airport, Noi Bai Airport
4h 30m taxi ride in Minivan 4pax
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Sapa
Instant
Instant
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Hanoi Airport, Noi Bai Airport
4h 30m taxi ride in Van 9pax
--:--
Sapa
Instant
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Hanoi Airport, Noi Bai Airport
5h taxi ride in Van 9pax
5
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Sapa
Instant
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Hanoi Airport, Noi Bai Airport
4h 30m taxi ride in Minivan 4pax
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Sapa
Instant
Instant
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Hanoi Airport, Noi Bai Airport
4h 30m taxi ride in Van 8pax
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Sapa
Instant
Instant
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Hanoi Airport, Noi Bai Airport
4h 30m taxi ride in Van 9pax
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Sapa
Instant
Instant
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Hanoi Airport, Noi Bai Airport
4h 30m taxi ride in Comfort
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Sapa
Instant
Instant
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Hanoi Airport, Noi Bai Airport
4h 30m taxi ride in Minivan 4pax
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Sapa
Instant
Instant
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Hanoi Airport, Noi Bai Airport
4h 30m taxi ride in SUV 4pax
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Sapa
Instant
Instant
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Hanoi Airport, Noi Bai Airport
4h 30m taxi ride in VIP Van 9pax
--:--
Sapa
Instant

From Yen Vien to Sapa by Trains

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

From Hanoi to Sapa by Taxis

Instant
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Hanoi
4h 30m taxi ride in Economy
--:--
Sapa
Instant
Instant
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Hanoi
4h 30m taxi ride in Minivan 4pax
--:--
Sapa
Instant
Instant
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Hanoi
4h 10m taxi ride in Van 9pax
--:--
Sapa
Instant
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Hanoi
5h taxi ride in Van 9pax
5
--:--
Sapa
Instant
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Hanoi
5h taxi ride in Minivan 4pax
--:--
Sapa
Instant
Instant
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Hanoi
5h taxi ride in SUV 4pax
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Sapa
Instant
Instant
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Hanoi
5h taxi ride in Van 9pax
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Sapa
Instant
Instant
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Hanoi
5h taxi ride in VIP Van 9pax
5
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Sapa
Instant
Instant
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Hanoi
5h taxi ride in Comfort
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Sapa
Instant

Hanoi to Sapa Schedule

Hanoi to Sapa 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
King Express VIP Sleeper 4x 22:00 - 06:05VND 835k
Victoria Express 1st Class Sleeper 22:00 - 06:05VND 3,816k
Violette Express Train VIP Sleeper 4x 22:00 - 06:05VND 920k
Chapa Express VIP Sleeper 4x 22:00 - 06:05VND 1,070k
Sapa Express Semi Sleeper 22:00 - 04:00VND 276k
The SinhTourist Express 22:00 - 03:30VND 292k

Hanoi to Sapa destination reviews

3.9
1157 customer reviews
5
39%
4
31%
3
15%
2
7%
1
8%
85% of 1157 travelers were presumably happy with this destination
ME
3
bus VIP 20, Sapa Express, Aug 14, 2019
The bus and the travel was good. But they say you have to be there 30 minutes before the bus leaves but there was nobody there when we got there. 20 minutes later they arrived. So i dont understand why they want you to be there when they are not on time themselves. We also left 30 minutes to late.
AK
3
train #SP3 VIP Sleeper, Sapaly Express, Aug 12, 2019
I was looking for a ticket booth but couldn't find any. Finally I found the train but the guy at the train made me wait about 30 mins before let me in to the train. I was up set and disappoint for the service I received as a VIP customer.
PV
5
bus VIP-Class, Sapa Express, Aug 11, 2019
Beautiful bus, very nice and kind staff. Very good road!
LG
3
bus VIP 20, Sapa Express, Aug 9, 2019
Bus was nice and quick. But there was miscommunication and I never got picked up from my hotel as agreed. Also got booked on a full bus and then had to change to a time I didn't really want.
IH
4
train #SP3 VIP Sleeper, Sapaly Express, Aug 4, 2019
We've had a 2p cabin which was great, also because of a double matress. Clean cabin and beds. When we entered the cabin, the floor was still a little wet from cleaning. We didn't used the toilets.
SV
2
train #SP3 VIP Sleeper 4x, Sapaly Express, Aug 2, 2019
Dirty toilet, old train noisy, AC was not adjustable and in general was warm. Funny experience but i raccomend other means of transport to reach Sapa.
AS
5
bus VIP 20, Sapa Express, Jul 30, 2019
Left a little bit early and was a smooth ride all the way through. I did get a little bit sick at the first rest stop (probably from food the night before) and luckily my partner had them wait for me!
NK
4
train #SP3 VIP Sleeper, Sapaly Express, Jul 28, 2019
Comfortable and clean beds which is the main thing we needed. However, the bathroom was disgusting.
DL
3
train #SP3 VIP Sleeper 4x, Chapa Express, Jul 27, 2019
We booked two bottom bunks but still ended with one top. Very difficult to get up there for older people.
KM
5
bus VIP-Class, Sapa Express, Jul 25, 2019
Sehr komfortabel, es würde sich toll um uns gekümmert.
GE
3
train #SP3 VIP Sleeper 4x, King Express, Jul 23, 2019
The ventilation was non excistend. Because of that everthing hot very humid. Everthing was very clean, even the toilet..
PV
3
train #SP3 VIP Sleeper 4x, Sapaly Express, Jul 23, 2019
Clean bed, friendly People on the train. Bathroom not very clean.
DL
4
train #SP3 VIP Sleeper 4x, Sapaly Express, Jul 22, 2019
Beds are ok! Very cosy! It would be better if the toilets are cleaner.
TH
3
train #SP3 VIP Sleeper 4x, Violette Express Train, Jul 22, 2019
Our VIP sleeper was very comfortable and clean. We used it with 2 adults and 3 kids (6-9). The toilet is far from clean, that is a pity.
DM
3
train #SP3 VIP Sleeper 4x, Sapaly Express, Jul 21, 2019
Airco stopped working, they continuously tried to fix it, but it didn’t work properly until 2 AM
JM
4
van VIP, Grouptour, Jul 20, 2019
Very comfortable van with beautiful views along the way. If it weren't for the maniac driver I would have given 5 stars. He did not adapt the speed to the heavy rain and hit the brakes very hard during aquaplanning. I thought he was getting us all killed. He also had no idea how to drive in the mountains in lower gear.
AW
5
bus Semi Sleeper, Grouptour, Jul 17, 2019
Very comfortable bus and nice pilot. Highly recommend.
ME
5
bus VIP-Class, Sapa Express, Jul 17, 2019
Super luxe, snel, heerlijke stoelen en uitstekende voorzichtig rijdende chauffeur.
GA
2
train #SP1 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways, Jul 17, 2019
El tren es muy ruidoso y hace mucho traqueteo... tanto que no se puede ni dormir. Recomiendo cojer un bus de hanoi a Sa Pa
HC
5
bus VIP-Class, Sapa Express, Jul 16, 2019
Very nice, clean and comfortable bus. The guide was very kind and helpful

Popular Routes in Vietnam

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 6,720,004 if you go by taxi; to keep it budget-friendly, opt for a bus which will set you back mere VND 249,999.

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 249,999 if you opt for a Sapa Dragon Express (Sapa Dragon Express) bus and as expensive as VND 6,720,004 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
  • 10 from Hanoi to Sapa starting from 06:30 Hanoi SapaExpress until 22:00 Hanoi SapaDragon
  • 6 by train+charter from Hanoi to Sapa starting from 21:35 Hanoi until 22:00 Hanoi
  • 3 from Hanoi to Sapa starting from 07:00 Hanoi GreenLion until 15:00 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 Dragon Express (Sapa Dragon Express), Sapa Express, Truly Hagiang (Du lich Á châu)

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+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