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There are 8 ways to get from Sapa to Chiang Mai by car, plane, bus, train or night bus

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Drive to Wenshan, fly  •  11 h 12 min

  1. Drive from Sapa to Wenshan
  2. Fly from Wenshan (WNH) to Chiang Mai (CNX) WNH - CNX

$161 - $595

Cheapest option

Drive to Dienbienphu, fly  •  8 h 18 min

  1. Drive from Sapa to Dienbienphu
  2. Fly from Dienbienphu (DIN) to Chiang Mai (CNX) DIN - CNX

$72 - $171

6 alternative options

Bus to Noi Bai International, fly  •  10 h 11 min

  1. Take the bus from SaPa to Ha Noi
  2. Fly from Noi Bai International (HAN) to Chiang Mai (CNX) HAN - CNX

$98 - $379

Train, bus, night bus  •  37 h 11 min

  1. Take the train from Hekou Bei to Kunming South
  2. Take the bus from Kunming South to Laos Vientiane
  3. Take the night bus from Nong Khai to Chiang Mai

$121 - $137

Bus  •  2 days 1 h

  1. Take the bus from SaPa Lao Cai to Ha Noi
  2. Take the bus from Ha Noi Nuoc Ngam Bus Station to Vientiane - Southern Bus Station
  3. Take the bus from Vientiane to Chiang Mai Terminal 2

$81 - $82

Bus via Luang Prabang Laos  •  2 days 4 h

  1. Take the bus from Sapa - Good Morning Sapa Sapa Bus Stop to Hanoi - Good Morning Sapa Hanoi Bus Stop
  2. Take the bus from Ha Noi to Luang Prabang Laos
  3. Take the bus from Luang Prabang Laos to Chiang Mai Arcade Bus Terminal

$109 - $111

Bus via Luang Prabang - Naluang Station  •  2 days 9 h

  1. Take the bus from SaPa Lao Cai to Ha Noi
  2. Take the bus from Ha Noi Nuoc Ngam Bus Station to Luang Prabang - Naluang Station
  3. Take the bus from Luang Prabang Naluang Terminal to Chiang Mai Terminal 3

$85 - $116

Drive  •  17 h 28 min

  1. Drive from Sapa to Chiang Mai 695.3 miles

$95 - $150

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Sapa to Chiang Mai is to bus which costs $81 - $83 and takes 2 days 1 h.

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The quickest way to get from Sapa to Chiang Mai is to drive and fly which costs $70 - $180 and takes 8 h 18 min.

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The distance between Sapa and Chiang Mai is 642 km. The road distance is 1112.6 km.

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The best way to get from Sapa to Chiang Mai without a car is to bus which takes 2 days 1 h and costs $81 - $83.

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It takes approximately 11 h 12 min to get from Sapa to Chiang Mai, including transfers.

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There is no direct flight from Wenshan Airport to Chiang Mai Airport. The quickest flight takes 6 h 45 min and has one stopover.

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Yes, the driving distance between Sapa to Chiang Mai is 1113 km. It takes approximately 17 h 28 min to drive from Sapa to Chiang Mai.

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China Eastern Airlines offers flights from Wenshan Airport to Chiang Mai Airport.

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There are 2135+ hotels available in Chiang Mai. Prices start at $17 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Sapa to Chiang Mai.
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  • Distance: 401 miles
  • Duration: 11 h 12 min

What companies run services between Sapa, Vietnam and Chiang Mai, Thailand?

You can take a bus from Sapa to Chiang Mai via Ha Noi, Ha Noi Nuoc Ngam Bus Station, and Vientiane in around 2 days 1 h.

Airlines
China Eastern Airlines
Website
en.ceair.com
Flights from Wenshan to Chiang Mai via Kunming
Ave. Duration
7 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Vietnam Airlines
Website
vietnamairlines.com
Flights from Dienbienphu to Chiang Mai via Noi Bai International, Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
8 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $490
Flights from Noi Bai International to Chiang Mai
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $550
Thai AirAsia
Website
airasia.com
Flights from Dienbienphu to Chiang Mai via Noi Bai International
Ave. Duration
4 h
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$50 - $140
Flights from Noi Bai International to Chiang Mai
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$45 - $150
Bangkok Airways
Website
bangkokair.com
Flights from Noi Bai International to Chiang Mai
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $550
Lao Airlines
Website
laoairlines.com
Flights from Noi Bai International to Chiang Mai via Luang Prabang
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$240 - $700
Thai Airways International
Website
thaiairways.com
Flights from Noi Bai International to Chiang Mai via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,000
Train operators
China Railways K-Class
Website
chinahighlights.com
Train from Hekou Bei to Kunming South
Ave. Duration
5 h 22 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$1 - $15
Schedules at
trip.com
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trip.com
Hard Seat
$10 - $15
Hard Sleeper
$20 - $28
Soft Sleeper
$30 - $45
Bus operators
Sapa Express
Phone
+84 2466821555
Email
sales@sapaexpress.com
Website
sapaexpress.com
Bus from SaPa to Ha Noi
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$16
Schedules at
sapaexpress.com
Book at
12go.asia
Baidu
Website
zhidao.baidu.com
Bus from Kunming South to Laos Vientiane
Ave. Duration
14 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$81
Schedules at
zhidao.baidu.com
Sueksa Tour
Phone
(053-248537).
Website
12go.asia
Night bus from Nong Khai to Chiang Mai
Ave. Duration
12 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$28
Schedules at
12go.asia
Book at
12go.asia
Xe Sao Việt Bus
Phone
0243 9922 555
Email
xekhachsaoviet@gmail.com
Website
xekhachsaoviet.com
Bus from SaPa Lao Cai to Ha Noi
Ave. Duration
6 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$11
Schedules at
xekhachsaoviet.com
Book at
vexere.com
27-7
Website
baolau.com
Bus from Ha Noi Nuoc Ngam Bus Station to Vientiane - Southern Bus Station
Ave. Duration
24 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$29
Schedules at
12go.asia
Thai-Lao International Bus
Bus from Vientiane to Chiang Mai Terminal 2
Ave. Duration
17 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$40
Schedules at
baolau.com
Good Morning Sapa
Phone
+84 912536382
Email
info@goodmorningsapa.com
Website
goodmorningsapa.com
Bus from Sapa - Good Morning Sapa Sapa Bus Stop to Hanoi - Good Morning Sapa Hanoi Bus Stop
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$16
Schedules at
goodmorningsapa.com
Book at
goodmorningsapa.com
The Sinh Tourist
Naga travel
Website
nagatravel.com
Bus from Luang Prabang Laos to Chiang Mai Arcade Bus Terminal
Ave. Duration
20 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$46
Schedules at
nagatravel.com
Book at
12go.asia
bus
Bus from Ha Noi Nuoc Ngam Bus Station to Luang Prabang - Naluang Station
Ave. Duration
28 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$58
Schedules at
baolau.com
Naluang
Website
12go.asia
Bus from Luang Prabang Naluang Terminal to Chiang Mai Terminal 3
Ave. Duration
21 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$43
Schedules at
12go.asia
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