Hanoi to Sapa is one of the most bustling road in the north of Vietnam, it does not only use for tourists but also for economic development of the northwest provinces in Vietnam. Today, we launched new highway from Hanoi to Sapa with international standard (maximum speed is 100 km/h). Therefore, transfer by road with 2 ways is reduced to 4 hours instead of 10 hours before. For tourists, they still use train because travel by train is different style to compare with en route.
Hanoi to Sapa by train
The main mean of transport for Hanoi to Sapa is train before Hanoi – Lao Cai highway has been launched. From Hanoi, train starts in Hanoi train station and takes about 10 hours to arrive in Lao Cai train station. From Lao Cai, you need to transfer by bus or private car to Sapa with 45 minutes. Train from Hanoi to Lao Cai usually spends overnight from transfer, depart at late evening and arrive in early morning. Therefore, if you use train for this route you will spend one night on train and save one night room for hotel. Because this is a long way train so tourists commonly book soft bed cabin to keep healthy feeling to sleep during the route by sleeping after starting of train and wake up before arrival.
For booking train tickets for Hanoi to Sapa or vice versa, travelers frequently book through travel agents because there are various train suppliers in this route. Ticket price varies from low to high standard with added value such as private cabin, soft sleeper bed, mineral water and snack or even dinner during train. There are several good suppliers you should consider to booking including King Express, Livitrans, Victoria Express, TSC…
Other way to book tickets is through website of Vietnam Railway Corporation with address vetau.com.vn. But you must book early to reserve seats because train suppliers usually set their service on train mostly.
Booking train Hanoi to Sapa, you should book return ticket because it hardly reserve tickets for Sapa to Hanoi if you book it after the trip Hanoi to Sapa.
Hanoi to Sapa by train in Hanoi
Hanoi to Sapa by road
Bus from Hanoi to Sapa
Currently, there are many choices for you to use sharing bus to Sapa. Bus to Sapa usually depart in Hanoi in the late evening or early morning, stop en route for short relax. It takes around 5 hours to arrive in Sapa.
Ticket for Hanoi to Sapa bus or vice versa is around 10 US$ per way.
There are several bus providers you can consider to serve for international visitors including Good Morning Sapa, King Express… These buses will stop 1 or 2 points in the road for short relax.
Private vehicle from Hanoi to Sapa
If you want a private air and condition, you could choose private vehicles. This kind of transport is suitable with small group to be transferred by 7 seats SUV or 16 sears minibus, group varies from 2 to 10 persons.
With private vehicle, you have your own arrange to depart, stop and arrival time. You can spend the whole day for transfer or combine with another sight seeings en route such as Hanoi, Yen Bai, Phu Tho, Vinh Phuc, Lao Cai.
This mean of transport also serve you overnight to save the time according to visitors’ interest.
Hanoi to Sapa by road
Hanoi to Sapa by helicopter
Other expensive and high standard mean of transport for this route is helicopter. This transport is suitable with business trip or luxury travelers because it is very expensive and need to apply permission from government for transfer.
Transfer by helicopter is so good for sight seeing and photograph because the flight is not too high from land and take the route over rice fields, mountainous area, people life…
At this time, there is only Vietnam Helicopter Corporation provides this service. Flights is operated by professional pilots and EC 130 helicopter version, fee for this service varies from US$8,000 – 10,000 per way.
Helicopter service for the road from Hanoi to Sapa
Vietnam Great Tours provide booking service for almost of transport above with reasonable price. If you need more detail please contact us to receive advice from our experts. Or you could refer here for more advice of other normal routes in Vietnam:
Please refer to our packages with the road Hanoi to Sapa as below:
- Vietnam Experience Tour
- Best Vietnam Tour
- Incredible Vietnam Tour
- Colour Vietnam Tour
- The hidden charm of Vietnam Tour
- Best of Northern Vietnam Tour