How to get from Hanoi to Sapa

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

To travel from Hanoi, the Capital of Vietnam, to Sapa, you have a few options:

We won’t talk about traveling by plane because there are no flights to Sapa from Hanoi at the moment.

Now, please check what will be suitable for you. Besides, we added a suggested tour to explore around Sapa for you to check.

sapa rice field
Sapa Rice Field | ©phongnguyenhuy/pixabay

1. Go from Hanoi to Sapa by train

There are many trains departing from Hanoi train station to Sapa, which takes 8 hours to run overnight.

You should book train tickets in advance. Many local travel agents in Vietnam will help you to reserve the tickets for some extra fee. Night trains are good conditions to use, but train by day is very local standard.

You need a car or taxi to transfer you from your hotel somewhere in Hanoi 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 move to the city center of Sapa. If you need any transfer for your holidays in this area, please contact Vietnamdrive!

2. How to get from Hanoi City to Sapa by car

Now let’s talk about traveling by car. You will do this trip faster, but its price for this distance is high. The rate on average costs from 220 USD, depending on where you start, the date, and how many people in your group there are.

Vietnam car rental

However, you can find a lot of benefits from traveling by car:

  • Start on your own time
  •  Can pick you up from the ancient area
  •  Get door-to-door service
  •  Do not share your waiting time with other guests by using a shuttle bus, or need more time to wait at a train station when using a train.

3. 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 late afternoon. You will join with other people in the buses or vans.

  • Many different types of buses including sitting seats or beds. Its price costs from 20 USD.
  • Besides, luxury Limousine Vans are comfortable with 9 seats running up and down for this distance. Its price costs from 25 – 35 USD.
Limousine Van from Hanoi to Sapa

Both buses and vans take around 5 hours to go while you can enjoy the beautiful mountainous scenery on the way.

4. A short and easy tour to check

Here are details of the suggested tour from Hanoi to Sapa with Limousine van transfer.

Day 1: Hanoi to Sapa in the morning

Our representative will pick you up at the hotel in Hanoi at 7:00 a.m. to start the trip, driving through beautiful mountainous landscapes.

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

We will come back to the hotel to relax. At night, you may want to visit Sapa Stone Church for beautiful photos for your own option.

The tour includes a transfer by limousine from Hanoi to Sapa, a walking tour to Cat Cat Village, English speaking guide at Sapa, accommodation at 4 hotels (or as you request), and dinner.

 You can book all of these services or just parts of them. Please tell Vietnamdrive when booking!

Day 2: Sapa is back in Hanoi City in the late afternoon

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

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

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

Today, the tour includes English speaking guide, car transfer, small picnic lunch, and limousine transfer from Sapa to Hanoi.


Above are some suggestions for traveling to Sapa from Hanoi City. Vietnamdrive hopes that with that advice, you can know the best way to plan your trip to this mountainous city.

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