Sapa is one of the most famous tourist spots in Vietnam thanks to its breathtaking scenery. Trekking through beautiful valleys, visiting cultural villages and staying at homestay are great things to do in Sapa.
The journey takes approximately 8 hours and you will arrive around 5:30 or 6 am depending on your departure time.
Passengers can choose to travel with Vietnam Railways or with a luxury private railway company to enjoy better service and experience.
Upon arrival, you can transit by bus or private car from Lao Cai to Sapa. It’s 30km from Lao Cai to Sapa, and it takes around 1 hour 20 minutes if you go by bus.
-> Book train ticket from Hanoi to Sapa with Baolau
-> Book bus tickets from Lao Cai to Sapa with Baolau
Private trains to Sapa
Taking a private train or a tourist train from Hanoi to Sapa is one of the recommended experiences. Each car is decorated nicely and the service has better quality.
Private train companies include Violette Trains, Fanxipan Express, King Express, Orient Express, Sapaly Express, Chapa Express, New Livitrans Express, with Victoria Express is the most luxurious one.
Passengers can select 2 or 4 beds per cabin.
Price per person can start at 740 000 VND or $32
A cabin on Victoria Express. Photo Courtesy: Baolau
Choose seats or berths on Baolau
You can select your seat or berths when booking online with Baolau. A berth is a better and more comfortable option comparing to a seat.
Select and reserve berth in Sleeper 4-berth to make your trip to Sapa easier
Tips for booking trains to Sapa
Passengers can book 60 – 90 days in advance for a train to Sapa from Hanoi. The ticket sale opens until 2 days before departure.
The sleeping beds are quite comfortable with a pillow and blanket fully provided on board.
Food and drinks can be purchased on board.
For the ticket, you should print out. Please read carefully the note for ticket below
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.
Seat reservation for children
Children under 6 years old are exempted from buying the ticket and share the seat with their accompanying adult.
From 6 to 10 years old, children get discounted 50% of the ticket fare.
Children under 10 years old pay as an adult and must be accompanied by the adult at the departure time.