There are 4 ways to get from Hanoi to Sapa by bus, train, car or shuttle
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Bus • 6h
Train • 9h 7m
2 alternative options
Drive • 3h 30m
Shuttle • 3h 35m
Hanoi to Sapa by bus
The bus journey time between Hanoi and Sapa is around 5h 40m and covers a distance of around 327 km. The fastest bus normally takes 5h 30m. Operated by Sao Viet, Sapa Express and Green Lion Bus, the Hanoi to Sapa bus service departs from Hanoi Hoan Kiem and arrives in Sapa. Typically 24 buses run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Vietnam
There is widespread community transmission globally.
Some travel restrictions are being lifted in Vietnam. For the latest travel status, please check the official page for Vietnam.
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Some border closures are in place for Vietnam due to Coronavirus (COVID-19). Most travel to this country is restricted.Official Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for Vietnam
Some domestic travel restrictions began to ease in Vietnam from May 11.Official Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for Vietnam
International flights leaving Vietnam are suspended as part of the response to Coronavirus (COVID-19). Restrictions may also be in place for other modes of transport.Official Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for Vietnam
Questions & Answers
The most affordable way to get from Hanoi to Sapa is to train, which costs $9 - $25 and takes 9h 7m.
The quickest way to get from Hanoi to Sapa is to drive which costs $23 - $35 and takes 3h 30m.
Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Hanoi Hoan Kiem and arriving at Sapa. Services depart three times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 6h.
The distance between Hanoi and Sapa is 253 km. The road distance is 309.4 km.
The best way to get from Hanoi to Sapa without a car is to bus which takes 6h and costs $15 - $18.
The bus from Hanoi Hoan Kiem to Sapa takes 6h including transfers and departs three times a day.
Hanoi to Sapa bus services, operated by Sao Viet, depart from Hanoi Hoan Kiem station.
The best way to get from Hanoi to Sapa is to bus which takes 6h and costs $15 - $18. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $9 - $25 and takes 9h 7m.
Hanoi to Sapa bus services, operated by Sao Viet, arrive at Sapa station.
Yes, the driving distance between Hanoi to Sapa is 309 km. It takes approximately 3h 30m to drive from Hanoi to Sapa.
What companies run services between Hanoi, Vietnam and Sapa, Vietnam?
Sao Viet operates a bus from Hanoi Hoan Kiem to Sapa every 3 hours. Tickets cost $16 and the journey takes 6h. Two other operators also service this route. Alternatively, Vietnam Railways operates a train from Gia Lam to Sapa Lao Cai twice a week. Tickets cost $7 - $23 and the journey takes 7h 37m.
Train from Gia Lam to Sapa Lao Cai
- Ave. Duration
- 7h 37m
- Twice a week
- Estimated price
- $7 - $23
- Book at
- Hard seat, air-conditioned
- $7 - $11
- Soft seat, air-conditioned
- $9 - $13
- Bed, air-conditioned
- $16 - $23
Bus from Hanoi to Sapa
Shuttle from Hanoi to Sapa
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