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There are 4 ways to get from Hanoi to Lào Cai by bus, train or car

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Bus Inter Bus Lines  •  6 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from Ha Noi to SaPa Lao Cai

$11

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Train  •  7 h 55 min

  1. Take the train from Ha Noi to Sapa Lao Cai Ha Noi

$6 - $15

2 alternative options

Bus Xe Sao Việt Bus  •  7 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from Ha Noi to SaPa Lao Cai

$12

Drive  •  3 h 4 min

  1. Drive from Hanoi to Lào Cai 177.4 miles

$21 - $35

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The cheapest way to get from Hanoi to Lào Cai is to train which costs $6 - $15 and takes 7 h 55 min.

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The quickest way to get from Hanoi to Lào Cai is to drive which costs $21 - $35 and takes 3 h 4 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Ha Noi and arriving at SaPa Lao Cai. Services depart five times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 6 h 30 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Ha Noi and arriving at Sapa Lao Cai. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 7 h 55 min.

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The distance between Hanoi and Lào Cai is 252 km. The road distance is 283.9 km.

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The best way to get from Hanoi to Lào Cai without a car is to bus which takes 6 h 30 min and costs $11.

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The bus from Ha Noi to SaPa Lao Cai takes 6 h 30 min including transfers and departs five times a day.

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Hanoi to Lào Cai bus services, operated by Inter Bus Lines, depart from Ha Noi station.

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Hanoi to Lào Cai train services, operated by Vietnam Railways, depart from Ha Noi station.

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The best way to get from Hanoi to Lào Cai is to bus which takes 6 h 30 min and costs $11. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $6 - $15 and takes 7 h 55 min.

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Map of how to get from Hanoi to Lào Cai.
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  • Distance: 157.8 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 30 min

What companies run services between Hanoi, Vietnam and Lào Cai, Vietnam?

Inter Bus Lines operates a bus from Hanoi to Lào Cai 5 times a day. Tickets cost $11 and the journey takes 6 h 30 min. Alternatively, Vietnam Railways operates a train from Hanoi to Lào Cai twice daily. Tickets cost $6 - $15 and the journey takes 7 h 55 min.

Train operators
Vietnam Railways
Phone
19006469
Email
support1@dsvn.vn
Website
dsvn.vn
Train from Ha Noi to Sapa Lao Cai
Ave. Duration
7 h 55 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$6 - $15
Schedules at
dsvn.vn
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Soft Seat With Air Conditioners
$6 - $8
Hard Bed With Air Conditioners
$9 - $12
Soft Bed With Air Conditioners
$10 - $15
Bus operators
Inter Bus Lines
Website
interbuslinesapa.com
Bus from Ha Noi to SaPa Lao Cai
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$11
Schedules at
interbuslinesapa.com
Xe Sao Việt Bus
Phone
0243 9922 555
Email
xekhachsaoviet@gmail.com
Website
xekhachsaoviet.com
Bus from Ha Noi to SaPa Lao Cai
Ave. Duration
6 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$11
Schedules at
xekhachsaoviet.com
Book at
vexere.com

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Hanoi to Lào Cai bus services, operated by Inter Bus Lines, arrive at SaPa Lao Cai station.

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Hanoi to Lào Cai train services, operated by Vietnam Railways, arrive at Sapa Lao Cai station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Hanoi to Lào Cai is 284 km. It takes approximately 3 h 4 min to drive from Hanoi to Lào Cai.

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There are 385+ hotels available in Lào Cai. Prices start at $9 USD per night.

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