Distance from Hanoi to Sapa is difference if followed different routes:
-About 320 km: if go along highway Ha Noi – Lao Cai opened late 2014.
-About 390 km: follow National route 70 – is the main route connecting the provinces of northwestern Vietnam, used before the highway came into operation.
-About 340 km: if traveling by train.
Now I will show you the different options to get to Sapa from Hanoi.
1, Bus from Hanoi to Sapa is the easiest option and the cheapest.
All buses run on highway Hanoi – Lao Cai, instead of before you take 10 – 11 hours, now only need about 5-6 hours that you have to Sapa.
Pros: time to go is shorter, there are many different buses, so you can take the initiative in time, can choose to go on many different time frames.
Currently has 10 bus companies from Hanoi to Sapa. And divided into 2 types: seat, and sleeper. All buses are good quality, clean to serve tourists. Here we will only introduce the buses caters mainly to foreign tourists, and most convenient for you.
Sapa Express Bus:
Address: 12 Ly Thai To Street.
Tel: (+84) 46.682.1555
Limousine bus, 29 seats high quality. Tickets: $ 17.5 /pax /way. Free pickup in the Hanoi old quarter. Depart from Hanoi at 7:00 am, leaving Sapa at 4:00 pm.
E Bus Line:
Address: 50 Hang Be Street, and 22 Nguyen Huu Huan Street.
Tel: (+84) 43.826.7356
Also Luxury bus, Ticket prices $ 15 /pax /way. Free pickup in the Hanoi old town area. There are 2 buses depart from Hanoi at 7:00 am and 22:00 pm. 2 buses from Sapa at 9:30 am and 16:00 pm.
The Bus companies have the same fare is 250000 VND ($ 12) /pax /way for the route Hanoi – Sapa, 200000 VND ($ 10) /pax /way for Hanoi – Lao Cai.
Hung Thanh bus:
Address: 162B Tran Quang Khai Street.
Tel: (+84) 43.633.7575
Have more buses on the day. WC on the bus, AC. Departure time from Hanoi – Sapa and Sapa – Hanoi at the same time: 7:00 am, 17:00 pm, 19:00 pm, 22:00 pm
Address: 459 Tran Khat Chan Street.
Tel: (+84) 43.625.0739
WC on the bus, AC. Depart from Hanoi at: 7:00 am, 22:00 pm. Leaving Sapa at: 7:00 am, 16:00 pm, 22:00 pm.
Queen Cafe Vip Bus:
Address: : 56 Tran Nhat Duat Street,
Tel: (+84) 43.928.3666
WC on the bus, AC. Depart from Hanoi at: 7:00 am, 22:00 pm. Leaving Sapa at: 8:00 am, 16:00 pm, 22:00 pm.
Tips: You can book a bus ticket to Sapa at the hotel you stay in Hanoi, because they are agents of the bus companies. Should choose the bus company is located close to you, or they can run through to pick you up. If there is difficulty in get the bus tickets you can contact us.
Trains are the main means to go to Sapa in the previous period. Currently, large number of passengers transferred to buses and vehicles drive themselves. According to our survey the number of passengers fell to about 60% compared to before.
Trains from Hanoi to Lao Cai will take about 8-9 hours, then you have to catch other transport to reach Sapa.
Pros: Take the train is still the best choice if you’re not too worried about money. If you take the wooden cabin train with soft 4 berths, air-conditioned, very convenient. You can sleep a good night’s sleep before heading to Lao Cai.
Where to buy train tickets?
Access this website www.dsvn.vn – Vietnam Railway Corporation, you should buy a train ticket with soft 4 berths, with fares around 400000 VND. Or you can buy directly at the Tran Quy Cap train station, but should arrive 1 hour before the train run.
Departure time of trains as follows:
Hanoi – Lao Cai: SP1 (21:40), SP3 (22:00)
Lao Cai – Hanoi: SP2 (20:35), SP4 (21:10)
You should arrive 30 minutes before.
From Lao Cai to Sapa:
From Lao Cai to Sapa with a distance of about 40 km, can be reached by the following means:
- Public City Bus: Fares VND 30000 VND / pax, starting from 5:30 am to 17:30 pm, one bus per hour, the bus stop point at the front of Lao Cai train station. Last point is the Stone Church at Sapa. You’ll have to move to the hotel.
- Hotel Bus: 3 $ / pax, the bus waiting at the front of Lao Cai train station and take you to hotel in Sapa. You must make a bus reservation with them.
- Taxi Lao Cai – Sapa: Price of about 450000 VND / 4 seater, you should pay the price in advance.
- Private car Lao Cai – Sapa: cost about 500,000 VND / 4 seater, 600000 VND / 16 seater. You can contact to reservation with the hotel or travel company.
- Xe Ôm: about 200000VNd / pax
3, Motorcycle from Hanoi to Sapa
This option is for those who like to explore. Highways Hanoi – Lao Cai banned motorcycles, so you will follow National route 70, about 370 km, which can take 10-12 hours.
Currently this road has deteriorated. We were not encouraged to go by this means.
4, Cars or taxis from Hanoi
Cars or 4-seater taxi, cost approximately 2000000 VND. Type 7 seats, cost about 2500000 VND. They followed the highway Hanoi – Lao Cai. The cost is too high and we do not recommend this transport.
And if you have your own automobile, let to test your driving skills on this poetic route to Sapa.
Additional information: the main way to go to Sapa is from Hanoi, and here the article about How to get to Hanoi, maybe give you enough information.