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Sapa at a glance

High season

Sep - Nov
Current weather
17.82°
Place you can't miss
Fan Si Pan mountain
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Situated in northern Vietnam by the Chinese border lies Sapa (Sa Pa) and is considered Vietnam’s top destinations. Sapa is roughly a six hour trip from Hanoi but believe me, it’s worth it. The scenery is truly amazing with the surrounding mountains and colors of nature. What’s great about Sapa is that you can visit during any time of the year - the weather is very comfortable year round. If trekking floats your boat, you’ve hit the jackpot. You can walk through mountains so high into the clouds and take in the breathtaking landscapes. Along with the views, Sapa is known for it’s ethnic tribes which you’ll probably run into at the markets. Most travelers connect their trip to Sapa with a visit to Hanoi, you can easily book a private van or tourist bus to Hanoi.
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Bookaway team are so great to deal with. Easy and prompt updates. Had to cancel 2 rides and they made it so fuss free. Fully recommended. Will book with them again 100%.
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Great way to travel to Sapa
Overall a bumpy ride, but this is due to the railroad itself rather than the supplier. You will experience the same with every supplier. Cabin was basic but clean and being a 2 pax cabin private. Overall we enjoyed this experience and would happily use it again.
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Everything was good, expect the bad roads to Sapa. Take something again travel sickness with you.
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Smooth and efficient journey
Used the service from Sapa to Hanoi airport, the driver was very courteous and drove safely. The limousine was very comfortable and the journey was hassle free.
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Température in the bus, too cold !

About the ride from Hanoi to Sapa 

     Hanoi is a charming city to visit, but after some time you are likely to crave some nature. There is no better place to cure this craving than by visiting Sapa from Hanoi. In Sapa, 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. Comfort is your best bet for this ride, and you’re sure to catch some shut-eye in a bus-bed. 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, the majority of your ride will be dark and you’ll be able to catch up on sleep during the ride. However, you will arrive to a striking sunrise in the Vietnamese countryside; an orange glow slowly overtaking 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). Once you’ve left the hustle and bustle of busy Hanoi, the road to Sapa from Hanoi 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 bus; especially a sleeper bus. Travel time is through the night, so you’re essentially saving on accommodation, which is a huge plus. On top of that, the buses have amenities fit for royalty. 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!

     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 depart from the central train station in Hanoi and leave 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 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 with smiles 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 is a bit more flexible.

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 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, while also giving you the ability to stop and go as your 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.