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After the madness and mayhem of Hanoi, Ha Giang is the perfect antidote. The welcome antithesis to Hanoi’s chaos, Ha Giang is full of misty mountains, local tribes and steep rice terraces. It’s also home to one of the best road trips in the world.
For the approximately 300km (186 mile) journey to Ha Giang from Hanoi, you have two options:
All minivans and buses to Ha Giang from Hanoi leave at pre-designated times. While all minivans trips from Hanoi to Ha Giang are daytime trips, some of the bus journeys occur overnight.
All options are great, but we recommend taking an overnight sleeper bus. The sleeper bus from Hanoi to Ha Giang is very comfortable. You get a blanket and a comfortable bed, so it’s a great way to get some shut-eye on your journey. It also saves you on accommodation costs for the night!
If you travel via overnight bus from Hanoi to Ha Giang, it also means you arrive in Ha Giang very early in the morning, giving you the full day to properly explore the area. You could even start the Ha Giang Loop on this day if you want to get in on the action immediately!
It depends on when you leave. If you’re on a sleeper bus, your whole journey might take place during the night… so you won’t see much except the inside of your own eyelids.
But if you catch some of the daylight hours, the views are incredible. The ascent and approach into Ha Giang province offers misty mountain views, winding roads and limestone karsts. Ha Giang couldn’t be more different to Hanoi - and it couldn’t be more beautiful.
It’s a great precursor to the Ha Giang Loop, and offers a little taste of what’s to come on Vietnam’s very best road trip.
On your way out of Hanoi, you’ll experience the madcap craziness that is Hanoi’s roads. Your bus - or minivan - will intertwine with walkers, cyclists and endless scooters on its way out of the capital’s busy city centre.
But once you begin winding upwards towards the mighty heights of northern Vietnam, you’ve reached one of South East Asia’s true gems.
The fastest way to get to Ha Giang from Hanoi is by Luxury Minivan. The Luxury Minivan to Ha Giang from Hanoi takes 6 hours and prices start from around $17.
The cheapest way to get to Ha Giang from Hanoi is by Sleeper Bus. The Sleeper Bus from Hanoi to Ha Giang starts at a price of $11, and takes between 6 and 7 hours.
Though it’s called a Sleeper Bus, not all journeys are at night. Though every sleeper bus journey offers comfortable beds, some of them take place during the day.
If you take a Sleeper Bus, you’ll get yourself a real bargain - the price is low, and it saves you the cost of one night’s accommodation. You don’t need a hostel if you’re sleeping on a bus!
The most popular way to get to Ha Giang from Hanoi is the VIP Cabin Bus. An overnight journey, this bus leaves once a day. The journey takes 6.5 hours and costs around $17.
Each passenger gets their own comfortable cabin, separated from the other cabins (and the rest of the bus) by a curtain. Each cabin includes a comfortable reclinable bed and a TV. This bus even has free WiFi!
This option is popular with many different types of travellers. Because it’s affordable, budget backpackers often take this bus. But because it’s comfortable and a little private, couples and families do too.
For a cheap, easy way to get to Ha Giang from Hanoi, buses are a great option. But the choices vary widely. While some buses have beds, others offer reclinable seats. Some buses have TV, WiFi and English-speaking staff, while others are more basic.
You should check with each individual listing to see what’s offered by each individual company. But all buses are comfortable, and offer blankets and air conditioning. You might be surprised by just how comfortable the bus beds are!
While some bus journeys are overnight, others take place during daylight hours.
If you take a minivan from Hanoi to Ha Giang, you have more space than you would on a bus. But it’s important to note that the minivan seats aren’t bed-style like those offered by buses to Ha Giang from Hanoi.
The seats are very comfortable, and you get a blanket, WiFi and air conditioning. All journeys take place during the day.
Minivan pickups in Hanoi
Minivan drop-offs in Ha Giang
There are around 32 total buses and minivans leaving from Hanoi to Ha Giang each day.