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bus from hanoi to sapa

Starting at $8.93
8h 30m

MOST BUSES INCLUDE:

1596 DEPARTURES PER DAY:

Earliest: 00:00|Latest: 23:10

AVAILABLE CLASSES:

SleepingLocal sleepingVIP CabinVIP SleepingLuxuryDay Tour2 Days TourVIP

Travelling by bus, especially sleeper bus, is a unique way to get from Hanoi to Sapa. As you go north on this journey, make sure to bring warm clothes during the winter as Vietnam’s climate changes. The bus has great amenities, like WiFi and food, but the time might extend due to traffic.

 Advantages
  • Inexpensive
  • Lots of amenities
  • Incredible views
  • Replaces night accommodation
  • Partially refundable
 Disadvantages
  • Bumpy ride
  • Shared cabin: possibly noisy
  • Cramped quarters
  • Popular route, high demand: possible overbooking

car from hanoi to sapa

Starting at $170
5h

MOST CARS INCLUDE:

DEPARTURES:

Departure time is up to you

AVAILABLE CLASSES:

SUVStandard

Cars taken from Hanoi to Sapa are considered to be private cars, with private drivers. Some of the private cars have extra amenities like blankets, but all of them have English speaking service providers. Of course, you will still be able to experience Vietnam through the music on the radio and people watching from the window.

 Advantages
  • Quick
  • Pick up any time
  • Pick up from any hotel
  • Free cancellations
  • Very comfortable
 Disadvantages
  • Driver lottery
  • Possible delays
  • Price per car
  • Bumpy road
  • Expensive

minivan from hanoi to sapa

Starting at $15.5
5h 30m

MOST MINIVANS INCLUDE:

112 DEPARTURES PER DAY:

Earliest: 00:00|Latest: 16:00
*Also, you can book a private ride and leave whenever you want

AVAILABLE CLASSES:

LuxuryStandardVanLimo

Minivans from Hanoi to Sapa provide travellers with two options: shared and private. Just like a private car, paying extra for a van will you give extra space and privacy. But if you just want a more flexible bus-like option, take a standard van for about the same quality.

 Advantages
  • Consistent prices
  • Possible to cancel
  • Flexible pick up
  • Efficient service
  • Soft seats
 Disadvantages
  • Mountaneous road
  • Shared van: possibly cramped
  • A/C on high
  • Driver lottery
  • Speedy driving

train from hanoi to sapa

Starting at $10
8h

MOST TRAINS INCLUDE:

13 DEPARTURES PER DAY:

Earliest: 00:00|Latest: 22:00
*Also, you can book a private ride and leave whenever you want

AVAILABLE CLASSES:

LuxuryEconomyTouristVIPDeluxeVIP CabinExpressSleepingSecond Class

Trains from Hanoi to Sapa depart from the central train station. The train leaves in the evening and can fill in as an lodging option, instead of a hotel. Make sure to understand how your destination is called in Vietnamese ahead of time, in order to avoid confusion at the station.

 Advantages
  • Great Vietnamese experience
  • Clean accommodations
  • Modern train experience
  • English speaking services
  • Toilet on board
 Disadvantages
  • Sapa center far from train
  • Long journey
  • Makes no stops
  • Shared bathroom
  • Noisy

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Clean and very comfortable Minivan. The driver drove us back quickly and safely - highly recommend.
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The trip was good but the company did not come pick us up at airport at time we were told to meet. We had to call the company and it was 30 minutes late to pick us up and then we waited another 30 minutes before we left. Also the bus did not provide headphones that worked with the TV. Other than that the experience was great.
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About the ride from Hanoi to Sapa 

Hanoi is a charming city to visit but after some time here, you are likely to be craving some nature. There is no better place to cure this craving than by visiting Sapa from Hanoi. Sapa is the perfect destination to go to for a weekend away in nature, where you will find expansive rice terraces, local tribes, cute cozy bars and much more. 

When travelling the 319 kilometer (198 mile) distance from Hanoi to Sapa, you have four options: You can take a sleeper bus or VIP bus, which takes about 9.5 hours. You can take a train to Lao Cai, 38 kilometers (24 miles) from Sapa, which takes about 8 hours, or you can take a car or minivan, each with private drivers, on your own or as shared rides, which take about 5.5 hours.

Given the long journey to Sapa from Hanoi, we recommend one of the sleeper options. You’re sure to catch some shut-eye in a bus-bed, which you will want to get in order to be prepared for your time away. Comfort is key. An added bonus: If you’re taking the bus or train at night, you’re also saving on accommodation!

The Lao Cai Province in which Sapa sits is mountainous, green, culturally unique, and worth the trek for a wide range of reasons.

What to see when traveling from Hanoi to Sapa

What you are able to see out your window between Hanoi and Sapa depends entirely on what time of day your ride leaves. Of course, if you take a sleeper train or sleeper bus, is will be nighttime for the majority of your ride and you’ll be able to catch up on sleep. However, you will arrive to a striking sunrise in the Vietnamese countryside; an orange glow that almost acts as an umbrella over the green rice terraces. It’s a sight like no other, and one you certainly want to make sure you are awake for.

If you’re leaving earlier in the day, you will inevitably experience the traffic (AKA hustle and bustle) of Hanoi. Once you’ve left busy Hanoi, the road to Sapa is full of long, unending, lush stretches of land, which mountain views as far as the eye can see.

What is the fastest way to get from Hanoi to Sapa?

The fastest way to get to Sapa from Hanoi is with a Standard Car. You can organize hotel pickup and drop-off, and the ride takes around 4.5 hours.

Standard Car By Vietnam Transport Service (vts), Hanoi To Sapa

Interior Of Standard Car By Vietnam Transport Service (vts), Hanoi To Sapa

What is the cheapest way to get from Hanoi to Sapa?

The cheapest way to get to Sapa from Hanoi is with a Local sleeping bus which costs $10 and takes around 6 hours to arrive.

Local Sleeping Bus By Interbuslines From Hanoi To Sapa

Interior Of Local Sleeping Bus By Interbuslines From Hanoi To Sapa

What is the most popular way to get from Hanoi to Sapa?

The most popular way to get to Sapa from Hanoi is with the VIP Cabin Bus. It takes about 6 hours to arrive and costs $20.

Vip Cabin Bus By Sao Viet From Hanoi To Sapa

 

How to get from Hanoi to Sapa
Taking a bus to Sapa from Hanoi

If you’re looking for a unique yet luxurious way to get to Sapa from Hanoi, you’ll want to travel by sleeper bus. You travel through the night, so you’re saving on accommodation, while simultaneously having the unique experience of riding a sleeper bus. On top of that, the buses have fantastic amenities. WiFi and food are available, but the most exciting aspect of the ride to Sapa from Hanoi with a sleeper bus is the massage seats! Yes, you read that correctly. Some sleeper buses actually have massage seats.

Keep in mind that it’s typically first come, first served, so if you want to be one of the lucky ones to get a back rub while on the go, you’ll want to arrive early since not every seat is equipped with this feature.

Bus stations that take you from Hanoi to Sapa: 

Departing from:

  • Noi Bai International Airport
  • Various bus stations around Hanoi city center
  • Hotel pickup can be arranged, depending on the operator you book with

Arriving at:

  • Various bus stations around Sapa city center

Taking a train to Sapa from Hanoi

 Taking a train from Hanoi to Sapa is as simple as can be. You leave from the Hanoi's central train station in the evening; giving you another opportunity to save on accommodation for the night. Taking a train will offer you a unique experience as well as the option to stay in a VIP or luxury bunk, second class, or in standard economy. Although the ride is long, it’s a direct train to Sapa (Lao Cai) from Hanoi.

 You will arrive to a stunning sunrise at Lao Cai station, about a 20-minute drive from the Sapa city center. Sapa itself does not have a train station, so Lao Cai is the closest you can get by train. You will find a long line of minivans at the station waiting to take you straight to Sapa. 

Train stations that take you from Hanoi to Sapa: 

Departing from:

  • Tran Quy Cap Train Station
  • Hanoi Train Station

Arriving at:

  • Lao Cai Railway Station

Taking a minivan to Sapa from Hanoi

You have the option of taking either a shared minivan or a private minivan from Hanoi to Sapa, whether you go with the standard minivan, a limo minivan, a luxury or VIP minivan, or even a standard van minivan. If you’re willing to make the extra expense, you will get extra space and, of course, privacy and peace and quiet. Taking a shared minivan is basically like taking a bus, but with more flexible pickup and drop-off options.

Minivan pickups in Hanoi:

  • Noi Bai International Airport
  • Various bus stations around Hanoi city center
  • Arrange hotel pickup, depending on the operator you book with

Minivan drop-offs in Sapa

  • Mountain View Sapa Hotel
  • Various bus stations and hotels around Sapa city center
  • Arrange hotel drop-off, depending on the operator you book with

Driving to Sapa from Hanoi with a private car

Did you know that you can only drive a car in Vietnam if you are a citizen of the country? Well, now you know! If you decide to rent a car in Vietnam, it will “come with” a private driver, all of whom know at least some English. Driving through Vietnam in your own car will give you the unique ability to experience the country through the music on the radio, to speak with your private driver about life in Vietnam, and will also give you the chance to stop and go as you please. Remember those beautiful mountain views we mentioned earlier? You’ll want to stop and post that on your Instagram story.

Which operators can I book with for a ride from Hanoi to Sapa?

Hanoi to Sapa bus operators

  • Good Morning Sapa
  • Green Sapa Bus
  • Sapa Express
  • Group Tour Company
  • Interbuslines
  • Fansipan Express
  • Vietnam Tourist
  • Sao Viet

Hanoi to Sapa minivan operators

  • AB Vietnam Travel
  • Green Lion Bus
  • Azura
  • King Express
  • Et-Pumpkin
  • Group Tour Company
  • Vietnam Tourist
  • Vietnam Transport Service (VTS)
  • Thao Anh Limousine
  • Truong Thanh Limousine
  • Dream Transport Limousine
  • Eco Sapa Limousine
  • Hanoi VIP Transfer
  • Duc Minh
  • Hoang Phu Limousine

Hanoi to Sapa train operators

  • Violette Trains
  • New Livitrans
  • Et-Pumpkin
  • Orient Express
  • Victoria Express Train
  • Chapa Express Train
  • Sapaly Express Train
  • King Express
  • Tiim Travel

Hanoi to Sapa car companies

  • AB Vietnam Travel
  • Vietnam Transport Service (VTS)
  • Hanoi VIP Transfer

How many departures from Hanoi to Sapa are there each day?

There are around 108 total buses, minivans and trains leaving from Hanoi to Sapa each day, in addition to private transfers.