Refundable Recommended
20:55
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
7h 35m train ride
2+
04:30
+1
HNO Hanoi
Refundable
Refundable Recommended
21:40
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
7h 50m ride in train #SP4, VIP Sleeper 4x
2.8
05:30
+1
HNO Hanoi
Refundable
Refundable Recommended
21:40
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
7h 35m ride in train #SP4, 1st Class Sleeper
05:15
+1
GLA Gia Lam
Refundable

From Sapa Lao Cai to Hanoi by Trains

Refundable Recommended
20:55
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
7h 35m train ride
2+
04:30
+1
HNO Hanoi
Refundable
Refundable
20:55
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
7h 35m train ride
3+
04:30
+1
HNO Hanoi
Refundable
Refundable
20:55
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
7h 37m ride in train #SP2, VIP Sleeper 4x
2
04:32
+1
HNO Hanoi
Refundable
Refundable
20:55
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
7h 35m train ride
2+
04:30
+1
HNO Hanoi
Refundable
Refundable
20:55
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
7h 37m train ride
3.7+
04:32
+1
HNO Hanoi
Refundable
Refundable
20:55
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
7h 22m train ride
5
04:17
+1
GLA Gia Lam
Refundable
Refundable Recommended
21:40
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
7h 50m ride in train #SP4, VIP Sleeper 4x
2.8
05:30
+1
HNO Hanoi
Refundable
Refundable Recommended
21:40
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
7h 35m ride in train #SP4, 1st Class Sleeper
05:15
+1
GLA Gia Lam
Refundable
Refundable
21:40
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
7h 50m train ride
3.8+
05:30
+1
HNO Hanoi
Refundable
Refundable
21:40
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
7h 50m train ride
4+
05:30
+1
HNO Hanoi
Refundable
Refundable
21:40
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
7h 50m train ride
05:30
+1
HNO Hanoi
Refundable
Refundable
21:40
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
7h 50m ride in train #SP4, 1st Class Sleeper
4.1
05:30
+1
HNO Hanoi
Refundable
Refundable
21:40
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
7h 50m train ride
4.3
05:30
+1
HNO Hanoi
Refundable
Refundable
21:40
LCA Sapa Lao Cai
7h 20m ride in train #SP4, 1st Class Sleeper
4.1
05:00
+1
YVI Yen Vien, Hanoi
Refundable

From Luong Dinh Cua Sapa to Hanoi by Buses

Instant
16:00
Luong Dinh Cua Sapa, Lao Cai
5h 50m bus ride in VIP-Class
21:50
194 Tran Quang Khai, Hanoi
Instant

From Sa Pa SapaExpress2 to Hanoi by Buses

13:15
Sa Pa SapaExpress2, Lao Cai
6h bus ride in Semi Sleeper
4.4
19:15
Hanoi SapaExpress
15:15
Sa Pa SapaExpress2, Lao Cai
6h bus ride in Semi Sleeper
4.4
21:15
Hanoi SapaExpress

From Sapa SapaDragon to Hanoi by Buses

Instant
15:30
Sapa SapaDragon
5h 30m bus ride in Sleeper
3
21:00
Hanoi SapaDragon
Instant
Instant
15:30
Sapa SapaDragon
5h 30m bus ride in VIP 27
4
21:00
Hanoi SapaDragon
Instant

From Lao Cai to Hanoi by Taxis

Instant Fastest
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Lao Cai, Sapa
3h 55m taxi ride in Minivan 4pax
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Hanoi Airport, Noi Bai Airport
Instant
Instant Fastest
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Lao Cai, Sapa
3h 55m taxi ride in Van 8pax
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Hanoi Airport, Noi Bai Airport
Instant

From Sapa to Hanoi by Taxis

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

From Sa Pa SapaExpress to Hanoi by Buses

07:00
Sa Pa SapaExpress
6h bus ride in VIP-Class
4.7
13:00
Hanoi SapaExpress
15:30
Sa Pa SapaExpress
5h 30m bus ride in VIP 20
4.4
21:00
Hanoi SapaExpress

From Sapa GreenLion to Hanoi by Vans

15:00
Sapa GreenLion, Lao Cai
5h van ride in VIP
3.8
20:00
Hanoi GreenLion

From Sapa Sinh to Hanoi by Buses

Refundable
08:30
Sapa Sinh
5h 30m bus ride in Express
14:00
Hanoi Sinh
Refundable
Refundable
15:30
Sapa Sinh
5h 30m bus ride in Express
21:00
Hanoi Sinh
Refundable
Refundable
22:00
Sapa Sinh
5h 30m bus ride in Express
03:30
+1
Hanoi Sinh
Refundable

From Sapa SSB to Hanoi by Vans

07:45
Sapa SSB
5h van ride in VIP
3.6
12:45
Hanoi SSB
14:30
Sapa SSB
5h van ride in VIP
3.6
19:30
Hanoi SSB
15:00
Sapa SSB
5h van ride in VIP
3.6
20:00
Hanoi SSB
15:30
Sapa SSB
5h van ride in VIP
3.6
20:30
Hanoi SSB

From Sapa SSB to Hanoi by Buses

07:45
Sapa SSB
6h 30m bus ride in Semi Sleeper
3.5
14:15
Hanoi SB
13:15
Sapa SSB
6h 30m bus ride in Semi Sleeper
3.5
19:45
Hanoi SB
15:00
Sapa SSB
6h 30m bus ride in Semi Sleeper
3.5
21:30
Hanoi SB
15:15
Sapa SSB
6h bus ride in AC Seater
4
21:15
Hanoi SSB
15:45
Sapa SSB
6h 30m bus ride in Semi Sleeper
3.5
22:15
Hanoi SB
21:45
Sapa SSB
6h 30m bus ride in Semi Sleeper
3.5
04:15
+1
Hanoi SB

Lao Cai to Hanoi Schedule

Lao Cai to Hanoi Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Hai Van Transport Minivan 4pax 00:00 - 03:55VND 5,040k
Sapa Express VIP-Class 07:00 - 13:00VND 414k
The SinhTourist Express 08:30 - 14:00VND 299k
Sapa Express Semi Sleeper 13:15 - 19:15VND 276k
Sapa Express VIP 20 15:30 - 21:00VND 368k
Truly Hagiang VIP-Class 16:00 - 21:50VND 275k
Livitrans Express VIP Sleeper 4x 20:55 - 04:32VND 835k
Fanxipan VIP Sleeper 4x 20:55 - 04:30VND 880k
King Express VIP Sleeper 4x 21:40 - 05:30VND 835k
Victoria Express 1st Class Sleeper 21:40 - 05:30VND 3,816k
Violette Express Train VIP Sleeper 4x 21:40 - 05:30VND 920k
The SinhTourist Express 22:00 - 03:30VND 299k

Lao Cai to Hanoi destination reviews

3.6
105 customer reviews
5
35%
4
29%
3
15%
2
8%
1
13%
79% of 105 travelers were presumably happy with this destination
OC
5
bus Semi Sleeper, Sapa Express, Jul 8, 2019
The sleeper bus was great. It stopped two times throughout the journey, 1 for 30 minutes for having meals (breakfast/dinner , depend on your bus time )and another 1 for 10 minutes for toilet break. There is free wifi , a toilet at the back of the bus and you can put your luggage at the bottom storage. The seat is kinda short and narrow, so tall and big sized people might get a bit uncomfortable. I am 172 cm and my legs doesn't fit well in it. However, I do think that it is a great deal if compared to the price !
EV
5
bus Semi Sleeper, Sapa Express, Jun 10, 2019
On time, good spot, airco working properly and helpful staff!
HS
4
bus Semi Sleeper, Sapa Express, May 31, 2019
The semi-sleeper bus is quite comfortable if you are short enough (I'd say less than 175cm) to straighten your legs. The driver took us carefully down the mountains but accelerated a bit too much for my taste on the highway. Overall, I enjoyed the trip.
DK
5
van VIP, GreenLion Bus, May 2, 2019
great driver: didn't honk 1 time the whole trip from sapa to hanoi!! picked us up at hotel exactly on time, very save driver, made good time & put us right in front of the hotel in hanoi! The only question I have is why my fellow passengers paid half of what we were charged? Not sure if making booking from Canada makes all the services more expensive. But overall I will highly recommend that service!
KC
3
van VIP, GreenLion Bus, May 2, 2019
We thought we would get a seat with large chair as shown in picture. But once the van arrived, all seats are occupied so we need to sit at the back seats which we cannot adjust the seat. Its seem like the van went to pick up somewhere else before came to the pick-up point. But in the paper, it shows that no pick-up under any circumstance. So it really makes us confuse and not convenience.
NA
5
bus Semi Sleeper, Sapa Express, Apr 14, 2019
This is my first experience travelling with sleeper bus and it was awesome!
RB
4
bus Semi Sleeper, Sapa Express, Apr 5, 2019
Bus was in good condition. Left on time and arrived early with one stop.
JD
3
bus Semi Sleeper, Truly Hagiang, Mar 4, 2019
The bus was 45 minutes late to leave. Wasn’t allowed to eat or drink on the bus and they advertised it as a 4 hour journey but it was actually 6 hours.
MV
4
bus Semi Sleeper, Truly Hagiang, Feb 20, 2019
Could be better, but quite good trip from Sa Pa to Hanoi. Just 1 longer stop, what I appreciate. The staff control, where we have our own cabin baggage. I can not leave it in the aisle.
AK
2
van VIP, GreenLion Bus, Sep 24, 2018
There was no snack. En the wifi was nog working. En not for every body was there water. The driver had een bad driving skill. You don't pass a other car in a blind corner.
CS
5
van VIP, GreenLion Bus, Nov 13, 2018
Muy muy buen servicio. Muy recomendable

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How to get from Lao Cai to Hanoi

Travelling between Lao Cai and Hanoi is possible by Bus, train, van and taxi. Taxi guarantees the fastest travel on this route. Train 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 train which will set you back mere VND 236,008.

How long does it take to get from Lao Cai to Hanoi?

It can take you anywhere between 4 and 8 hours to travel between Lao Cai and Hanoi depending on the means of transport you choose.

Taxi is the fastest way to travel between Lao Cai and Hanoi. Taxi will bring you to your destination in 3h 55m. Train does a much slower job and take about 7h 50m to reach Hanoi.

How much does it cost to get from Lao Cai to Hanoi?

Travelling between Lao Cai and Hanoi can be as cheap as VND 236,008 if you opt for a Vietnam Railways (Đường Sắt Việt Nam) train 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 Lao Cai and Hanoi ?

  • 23 from Lao Cai to Hanoi starting from 20:55 Sapa Lao Cai until 21:40 Sapa Lao Cai
  • 13 from Lao Cai to Hanoi starting from 07:00 Sa Pa SapaExpress until 21:45 Sapa SSB
  • 5 from Lao Cai to Hanoi starting from 07:45 Sapa SSB until 15:30 Sapa SSB

17 from Lao Cai to Hanoi starting from 00:00 Lao Cai until 00:00 Lao Cai

Check above for a bus, train, flight and ferry timetable from Lao Cai to Hanoi.

What mode of transportation is the best one for my route?

Bus

Travelling from Lao Cai to Hanoi 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 Lao Cai and Hanoi

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 Lao Cai and Hanoi

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 Lao Cai and Hanoi, 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 Lao Cai and Hanoi

GreenLion Bus (Du lịch Sư tử Xanh), Grouptour (Công ty du lịch quốc tế Grouptour)

What is the most popular transport to get from Lao Cai to Hanoi?

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

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