How To Get To Sapa From Hanoi

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Are you looking for a chance to escape? Don’t worry! Let’s start planning your truly wonderful trip to the Vietnam highland, especially the suggestion of how to get Sapa from Hanoi – the city on clouds and chills that will save you from the heat.

Sapa is a famous place that attracts a large number of tourists every year. Mother Nature has given this land various stunning landscapes that make anyone who once came to visit feel like they have “set foot on the mountain, touch a hand to the clouds and see firsthand the gate of heaven”.

But, before preparing luggage for the tour, you may want to know how you will get to Sapa from Hanoi.

This list below will give you an overview of the transportation option so that you can make a choice easily.    

1. Train to Sapa from Hanoi

Train is one of the most popular form of travel

Currently, trains are one of the most popular means many people choose to experience a trip to get to Sapa from Hanoi. The time when the train runs from Hanoi station to Lao Cai station will take about 10 hours.

    Soft seats on the train

    Ticket Price

    Train ticket prices fall around VND 650.000/bed for  4-passenger cabin with air-conditioners, about VND 500.000 /bed for 6-passenger cabin, and there are other types of sitting tickets beginning at VND 150.000 depending on hard seats or soft seats.

    Travel Tips

    • Book tickets early to help save some of the cost.

    • Because you will have to travel a relatively long distance from the entrance to the train station, you should pack neatly, movable luggage as much as possible.

    2. Coach from Hanoi to Sapa

    Sapa trip from Hanoi would be comfortable with the coach

    One of the most convenient ways to get to Sapa from Hanoi is the coach. The sleeper bus Hanoi to Sapa will take you to the center of Sapa town so you don’t need to think too much, nor take much time to move more.

    COACH SERVICE: Sao Viet, Hai Van, Ha Son,..

    If you are finding the luxury bus which helps your transfer between Hanoi and Sapa to be more comfortable and convenient, book now on to have the best price:

    Ticket Price

    The average fare is about VND 230,000 – 280,000 (Prices may increase on holidays and weekends.).

    Travel Tips

    • Do not bring sharp objects or fragile items such as glass. These items carry a high risk of damage to you if you don’t pay attention.
    • Selecting a quality vehicle to move, passengers will keep the spirit of comfort and alertness to continue the work after the journey.
    • You can buy the ticket directly at the bus station or book online here.

    2.1) List of local bus companies:

    If you are finding the luxury bus which helps your transfer between Hanoi and Sapa to be more comfortable and convenient, book now on to have the best price:

    2.2) List of shuttle bus companies:

    Average ticket price: $5-23 depending on the type of bus

    Travel tips:

    • Read previous travelers’ reviews and look at the satisfaction ratings for each bus company.

    • Most shuttle buses leave at 8:00 AM

    • Shuttle buses are a more luxurious version of local buses with more amenities and English speaker drivers. That is why you will need to pay more for a better service.

    3. Motorbike from Hanoi to Sapa

    If you’ve ever gone a lot and are confident behind the steering wheel, you can choose to ride a motorbike to Sapa. You will be riding a long journey through many destinations from Hanoi, Vinh Phuc – Viet Tri – Phong Chau – Doan Hung – Yen Bai – Lao Cai (360km in total length) or the route Hanoi – Hoa Lac – Son Tay – Trung Ha Bridge – Phong Chau Bridge – Phong Chau – Doan Hung – Route 70 – Lao Cai – Sapa (370km in total length).

    Enjoy the best views from the motorbike ride while getting to Sapa from Hanoi


    You’ll need at least VND 100.000 to refuel the motorbike

    Travel Tips

    • You shouldn’t go to Sapa on motorbike alone and drivers should be careful and go slow to ensure safety

    • Remember to bring yourself a map to avoid getting lost

    • Notice: for safety reason & region policy, you should consult a guide to accompany along the route 

    Though there are 3 options for getting to Sapa from Hanoi, we highly recommend you to take a train or bus for safety reason. The price of these 2 kinds of transportation is quite good and convenient, get you to Sapa in the morning if you take a night train or overnight bus. 

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