How to get from Hanoi to Sapa

From Hanoi to Sapa is nearly 350km with the mountainous landscapes, which will give tourists the great experience when traveling on this route and spending holidays in Sapa.

If you want to travel from Hanoi Capital of Vietnam to Sapa, you have few options: Travel by train; travel by car or travel by bus.
We won’t talk about the traveling by plane because there are no flights to Sapa from Hanoi at the moment. Which is the best way to get from Hanoi to Sapa now? We will try to clear that one for you.

Sapa Vietnam
Sapa, Vietnam – photo Duc Loi

Go from Hanoi to Sapa by train

There are many trains departuring from Hanoi train station to Sapa. Travel by train to Sapa from Hanoi takes 8 hours to run. You should book train tickets in advance. Many local travel agents in Vietnam will help you to book the tickets with some extra fee. Night trains to transfer from Hanoi are good conditions to use. Train by day is very local standard.

You need a car or taxi to transfer you from Hanoi city center to the train station. You should note that a train from Ha Noi to Sapa is actually to Lao Cai train station. From this place, you will get a taxi or book a private car to transfer you to the city center of Sapa. If you need any transfer for your holidays in this area, please contact Vietnamdrive.

Vietnam car rental

How to get from Hanoi City to Sapa by car

Now let’s talk about traveling by car. If you chose to travel by a private car, you will pass the trip faster. The price for traveling by car from Hanoi for this distance is high. However, you will enjoy sightseeing along the way. If you use a private car rental with the driver, you will be picked up from the hotel in Hanoi, and drop you of at the hotel in Sapa City. When traveling by a private car, you do not need to share your waiting time with other guests as using a bus, or need more time to wait and use other transfers when using the train.

Travel to Sapa City from Hanoi by buses and Limousine Vans

There are some high quality vehicles traveling daily to Sapa from Hanoi. They start in the morning and in the evening. You will join with other people in the buses, vans. Many different types of buses including sitting seats or beds, typically it’s Limousine Vans, are available to choose.

Vietnamdrive introduces you to the suggested tour from Hanoi City to Sapa with Limousine Vans. That luxury vans have 9 seats running from Hanoi to Sapa and back.

You will feel comfortable with luxury limousine van while sitting around 5 hours to enjoy the beautiful mountainous scenery on the way. At the moment, Limousine vans are considered the best luxury transfer services between Sapa and Hanoi. The vans have comfortable seats, spacious space and high-class interior decoration.

With the Sapa tour of Vietnamdrive, you will be taken care of any steps and get the real experience of the local life in Sapa.

Here are details of the tour from Hanoi to Sapa with Limousine van transfer.
Hanoi to Sapa Tour - Cat Cat Village

Day 1: Hanoi to Sapa in the morning

Our representative will pick you up at the hotel in Hanoi at 7:00 am to start the . We continue to drive with a Limousine Van from Hanoi to Sapa through the mountainous landscape.

12:00 at noon, we come to Sapa and move to the hotel. Check in the hotel and relax before taking a walking tour to visit Cat Cat village, just 2 km from Sapa town. Cat Cat village is the home of the Black H’mong minority. You will explore the village and take pictures of the landscapes and the life of the local people.

We come back to the hotel to relax at the hotel.

The tour includes transfer by limousine from Hanoi to Sapa, a walking tour to Cat Cat Village, English speaking guide at Sapa, accommodation at 3 hotels (or as your requests) and dinner.
You can book all of these services or just parts of these. Please tell Vietnamdrive when booking!

Limousine Van from Hanoi to Sapa

Day 2: Sapa back Hanoi City in the late afternoon

In the morning, the guide with a modern car and driver will pick you up at your hotel to Lao Chai Village. Then, you have 6 km walking; visit the local life and the villages of different minorities.

On the way of traveling from Sapa, you will enjoy the spectacular views of the beautiful valley towards Fansipan. The amazing of terraced rice fields are great spots for taking pictures.

We will have a small picnic lunch. Then, we come back to the hotel to relax and prepare to get on Limousine van to drive back Hanoi. We come to Hanoi around 9:00 pm.

Today tour includes English speaking guide, car transfer, small picnic lunch and limousine transfer from Sapa to Hanoi.
You can choose to book all the services above or just some of them, such as a drive from Hanoi , or only the tour in Sapa. Please tell us!

  • Note for the tour from Hanoi to Sapa:
    Vietnamdrive can organize with longer exploration at Sapa and other destinations from Sapa City.
    This tour can organize private or join a group tour.
    Please tell Vietnamdrive your requests, and we will make them true.

Contact Vietnamdrive to get a reasonable price for the tour to Sapa from Hanoi.

Above are some suggestions for traveling to Hanoi city from Sapa. Vietnamdrive hopes that with those advises, you can know the best way to go from Ha Noi to Sapa easily for your holidays in Vietnam. If you need a private car, please tell us now!

Top 3 interesting destinations to explore in Sapa:

1. Muong Hoa Valley

Muong Hoa Valley in Sapa Vietnam
The beauty of Muong Hoa valley. Photo by Tran Hieu

About 10km to the southeast of Sapa town, Muong Hoa valley attracts visitors with the natural beauty of the land of heaven. Especially, Muong Hoa valley is the best place to see the best terraced fields in Sapa, if you come in the time of ripe rice (from September to October), you will watch the great yellow terraced fields.

Suoi Muong Hoa in Sapa
Muong Hoa stream flows through villages. Photo by Quang Vinh

In addition, the Muong Hoa valley also contains mysterious ancient rocks. This place is the famous cultural site to explore. The big stones are carved with many old letters and photos which are still mysterious.

In Muong Hoa valley, there are many small streams flowing through many villages in Sapa that create a beautiful picture.

2. Stone Church in Sapa

Stone Church in Sapa
An ancient point of Sapa Stone Church. Photo by Tnhien80

Situated in the heart of Sapa town, the Stone Church in Sapa is one of the indispensable images of the hazy town. Built in 1985, Sapa Stone Church is a place where remains of the most complete French architecture.

The church was built in the shape of a Roman Gotic. Roofs, bell tower, and arches are the pyramid which makes this construction is unique. The whole church is built of hewing stone.

When visiting Sapa Stone Church, visitors can walk around and take pictures to remember your time in Sapa.

3. Fansipan peak

Fansipan peak
The beauty of the Fansipan peak. Photo by Dinhduyhungvud

If you are an adventurous people, you should not ignore the height of Fansipan peak in Sapa.

This is the highest mountain in Hoang Lien Son mountain range. It has the height of 3,143m, Fansipan attracts visitors to explore and adventure by its wild beauty. What better way to climb each step and look at the beauty from its peak.

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