Hanoi To Sapa Vietnam: Transport & Ticket Guide

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 homestays are great things to do in Sapa.

The easiest way to get to Sapa is from Hanoi or Lao Cai.

How to travel from Hanoi to Sapa? Is it better to go to Sapa by train or bus?

This article is an ultimate transportation guide to get from Hanoi to Sapa by train, bus, and other vehicles. 

Lao Chai Ta Van Sapa Vietnam

Route overview from Hanoi to Sapa

The travel distance from Hanoi to Sapa is approximately 320 km. Currently, there are two most common options to get to Sapa from the capital.

Below are more details on the two options.

Hanoi to Sapa Bus

  • Duration: 6 hours.
  • Cost: starts at $10.

Traveling from Hanoi to Sapa by bus is a good option for travelers. The journey now only takes 6 hours, thanks to the opening of Noi Bai – Lao Cai Express.

Passengers can travel directly to Sapa town and don’t need to switch to a different vehicle when you travel by bus to Sapa.

You can book online bus tickets from several bus companies connecting Hanoi to Sapa, such as Eco Sapa, Good Morning Sapa, Hung Thanh, Hason Haivan, and Inter Bus Line.

  • All bus companies have sleeper bus options, and the price starts at $10
  • With Hason Haivan Royal, you can get a cabin sleeper for your own.
  • A luxury van from Eco Sapa is a 9-seat limousine transport.

Hanoi to Sapa Train + Bus

Duration: 8 hours (Train) + 1 hour 20 mins (Bus)

Cost: starts at $7

The night train from Hanoi to Sapa is one of the most convenient and affordable options to get from Hanoi to Sapa.

train from Hanoi to Sapa

Vietnam Railways operates daily trains from Hanoi to Lao Cai Railway station.

Ticket prices start at $7 with Vietnam Railways.

The journey takes approximately 8 hours, and you will arrive around 5:30 or 6 am, depending on your departure time.

Vietnam train

Passengers can travel with Vietnam Railways or 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.

Booking tips:

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 being the most luxurious.

Passengers can select 2 or 4 beds per cabin. The price per person can start at 740 000 VND or $32.

hanoi to sapa train

A cabin on Victoria Express. Photo Courtesy: Baolau

Choose seats or berths.

You can select your seat or berths when booking online. A berth is a better and more comfortable option compared to a seat.

Select and reserve berths 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 it out. Please read carefully the note below.

Tickets 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.

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 adults and must be accompanied by the adult at the departure time.

Read more: Check my Vietnam train travel guide for more tips.

How to book train tickets from Hanoi to Sapa?

You can buy online train tickets easily with 12go.

After entering your desired day of departure, you can find a fully detailed schedule with different trains.

Hanoi to Sapa by other vehicles

Besides going from Hanoi to Sapa by train or bus, you can also travel to Sapa by private car. However, this option is expensive and only recommended for group travel.

If you travel solo or in a small group, we recommend going by train or bus.

Ta Van Sapa Vietnam

What are the best things to do in Sapa?

Located in Northwestern Vietnam, Sapa is a town on the Hoang Lien Son Mountains. Sapa is a popular trekking base in Vietnam with beautiful terraced rice fields of the Muong Hoa Valley.

From Sapa, you can also visit the 3,143 m-tall Fansipan Peak with a cable car.

Travelers are recommended to spend three days or more to enjoy the beauty of this area and experience unique cultural activities. Taking a Sapa trekking tour is recommended. 

Where to stay in Sapa?

If you are looking for a perfect vacation, Topas Ecolodge is one of the best places to stay in Sapa.

Alternatively, you can find lovely homestays in Sapa, such as Hmong House – Sapa Homestay and The Little Hmong House.

best places to stay in Sapa - Topas Ecolodge

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