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There are 3 ways to get from Sapa to Lin’an by train, bus or car

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Train  •  4h 8m

  1. Take the train from Hekou North to Jianshui Hekou North

Cheapest option

Bus, train  •  5h 52m

  1. Take the bus from Sapa Notre Dame Cathedral to Lao Cai
  2. Take the train from Hekou North to Jianshui Hekou North

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Drive  •  3h 8m

  1. Drive from Sapa to Lin’an 269.1 km

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Domestic travel is restricted within China due to Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Official Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for China

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.

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Last updated: September 16 | Data sourced from: ACAPS, OXFORD

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Sapa to Lin’an is to bus and train which costs $10 - $22 and takes 5h 52m.

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The quickest way to get from Sapa to Lin’an is to drive which costs $20 - $30 and takes 3h 8m.

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The distance between Sapa and Lin’an is 176 km. The road distance is 269.1 km.

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It takes approximately 4h 8m to get from Sapa to Lin’an, including transfers.

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Lin’an is 1h ahead of Sapa. It is currently 12:04 PM in Sapa and 1:04 PM in Lin’an.

Yes, the driving distance between Sapa to Lin’an is 269 km. It takes approximately 3h 8m to drive from Sapa to Lin’an.

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There are two+ hotels available in Lin’an. Prices start at ¥750 per night.

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  • Distance: 176.4 km
  • Duration: 4h 8m

What companies run services between Sapa, Vietnam and Lin’an, Yunnan Sheng, China?

China Railways K-Class operates a train from Hekou North to Jianshui once daily. Tickets cost ¥30 - ¥95 and the journey takes 3h 22m.

Train operators
China Railways K-Class
Train from Hekou North to Jianshui
Ave. Duration
3h 22m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
¥30 - ¥95
Website
Trip.com
Hard Seat
¥30 - ¥45
Hard sleeper
¥75 - ¥95
Soft sleeper
¥120 - ¥140
Bus operators
Lao Cai Public Bus
Bus from Sapa Notre Dame Cathedral to Lao Cai
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
¥9
Schedules at
baolau.com
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