travel from Hanoi to Lao Cai by train

How To Travel From Hanoi To Lao Cai

Located in the Northern border of Vietnam, Lao Cai is well-known for its pristine beauty of the Northern mountains. In addition to the stunning landscapes, this place is also home to many historical attractions and unique cuisine with the cultural characteristics of many ethnic groups.

Lao Cai is 296 km from Hanoi by rail and 265 km by road, and visitors usually travel to Lao Cai by train and bus.

This article is a complete transportation guide from Hanoi to Lao Cai by train and bus, including departure schedule, ticket fee, and guides to buying online bus tickets.

travel from Hanoi to Lao Cai by train


Hanoi to Lao Cai Train

Duration: 8 hours

Cost: starts at $7

The train to get from Hanoi to Lao Cai is similar to train from Hanoi to Sapa because Lao Cai station is the final destination.

Vietnam Railways offers daily trains to Lao Cai from the capital, and the journey takes approximately 8 hours.

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Seat selection for Vietnam Railways

  • Soft seat: 155,000 VND
  • Sleeper 4-berth: 415,000 VND

-> Read more about trains in Vietnam

Private trains

If you’re looking for a more comfortable journey, you can choose the private cabins, which are offered by Livitrans, Violette, King Express, Fanxipan Express, Sapaly Express, and Victoria Express.

For the private trains, the ticket price starts at 740,000 VND, which is around $32. Each cabin has four beds, and you can select your bed while booking a ticket online.

train from Hanoi to Lao Cai Vietnam

Train stations:

  • Hanoi Railway station: 120 Le Duan, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
  • Lao Cai Railway station: Khanh Lien, Pho Moi, Lao Cai


Hanoi to Lao Cai Bus

Duration: 4 hours

Cost: $10

If you’d like to visit Lao Cai, you can take a direct bus from Hanoi to Lao Cai with Hason Haivan. Several buses are running for this route.

The journey takes 4 hours, and it costs $10 for a sleeper bus and $15 for a particular cabin sleeper bus.

-> Book bus ticket from Hanoi to Lao Cai

Bus stations:

  • Hanoi – My Dinh bus stop: 270 Nguyen Hoang, My Dinh, Nam Tu Liem, Hanoi.
  • Lao Cai – Lao Cai central station

bus from Hanoi to Lao Cai Vietnam


How to buy bus and train tickets to Lao Cai from Hanoi

You can easily search and book online tickets to Lao Cai with Baolau, a recommended travel company connecting transport providers with users.

By choosing the date, you can see the available options including the departure schedule and travel time, along with ticket fee.

When you finish your booking, you will receive a confirmation by email. Please read the ticket notice below for more information.


Ticket notice

  • For bookings with Vietnam Railways and private railway companies New Livitrans Express and Violette Train, you will receive your e-ticket by email, ready to print and present when boarding the train.
  • For bookings with private railway companies such as Victoria Express, Fanxipan Express, King Express, Orient Express, Sapaly Express, and Chapa Express, you will receive a voucher by email to collect the physical ticket at the station before boarding the train.

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