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There are 4 ways to get from Hanoi to Sapa by bus, train, car or shuttle

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Bus  •  6h

  1. Take the bus from Hanoi Hoan Kiem to Sapa

Cheapest option

Train  •  9h 7m

  1. Take the train from Gia Lam to Sapa Lao Cai

2 alternative options

Drive  •  3h 30m

  1. Drive from Hanoi My Dinh to Sapa 309.4 km

Shuttle  •  3h 35m

  1. Take a shuttle bus from Hanoi to Sapa

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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Bus route information

Average bus time:
5h 40m
Fastest bus time:
5h 30m
Bus distance:
327 km
Buses per week:
24
Cheapest price:
$12
Carbon emissions:
40 kg CO2

First and last buses

First bus departs at:
07:00
Last bus departs at:
22:00

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Hanoi to Sapa bus schedules

Bus services typically run at the following times each day These schedules are estimated
Estimated schedules: These schedules are estimated and based on typical services on an average day. Please check times and availability with the operator before travelling.

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.

For travel planning advice, please refer to our Rome2rio Coronavirus information page .
For the latest travel status, we recommend checking the official page for Vietnam.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Travel Advice

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

Last updated: September 22 | Data sourced from: ACAPS, OXFORD

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The most affordable way to get from Hanoi to Sapa is to train, which costs $9 - $25 and takes 9h 7m.

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The quickest way to get from Hanoi to Sapa is to drive which costs $23 - $35 and takes 3h 30m.

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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.

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The distance between Hanoi and Sapa is 253 km. The road distance is 309.4 km.

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The best way to get from Hanoi to Sapa without a car is to bus which takes 6h and costs $15 - $18.

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The bus from Hanoi Hoan Kiem to Sapa takes 6h including transfers and departs three times a day.

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Hanoi to Sapa bus services, operated by Sao Viet, depart from Hanoi Hoan Kiem station.

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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.

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Hanoi to Sapa bus services, operated by Sao Viet, arrive at Sapa station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Hanoi to Sapa is 309 km. It takes approximately 3h 30m to drive from Hanoi to Sapa.

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  • Distance: 252.8 km
  • Duration: 6h

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 operators
Vietnam Railways
Phone
19006469
Email
support1@dsvn.vn
Website
dsvn.vn
Train from Gia Lam to Sapa Lao Cai
Ave. Duration
7h 37m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$7 - $23
Website
http://dsvn.vn
Book at
https://12go.asia/
Hard seat, air-conditioned
$7 - $11
Soft seat, air-conditioned
$9 - $13
Bed, air-conditioned
$16 - $23
Bus operators
Sao Viet
Phone
0243 9922 555
Email
xekhachsaoviet@gmail.com
Website
xesaoviet.com.vn
Bus from Hanoi Hoan Kiem to Sapa
Ave. Duration
6h
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$16
Schedules at
xesaoviet.com.vn
Book at
baolau.com
Sapa Express
Phone
+84 2466821555
Email
sales@sapaexpress.com
Website
sapaexpress.com
Bus from Hanoi to Sapa
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$12 - $18
Schedules at
sapaexpress.com
Book at
12go.asia
Green Lion Bus
Phone
+84 098 470 9669
Email
Info@greenlionbus.com
Website
greenlionbus.com
Bus from Hanoi to Sapa
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$18
Schedules at
greenlionbus.com
Book at
12go.asia
Eco Sapa Travels
Phone
+84 167 555 6666
Email
ecosapabus@gmail.com
Website
ecosapabus.com
Shuttle from Hanoi to Sapa
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$25
Schedules at
ecosapabus.com
Book at
baolau.com

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