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There are 7 ways to get from Shanghai to Sapa by plane, car, train or bus

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Fly Shanghai Hongqiao to Wenshan, drive  •  11h 13m

  1. Fly from Shanghai Hongqiao (SHA) to Wenshan (WNH) SHA - WNH
  2. Drive from Wenshan to Sapa

$188 - $1,028

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Train China Railways  •  46h 18m

  1. Take the train from Shanghai Hongqiao to Wuchang
  2. Take the train from Wuchang to Hanoi Gia Lam Station
  3. Take the train from Gia Lam to Sapa Lao Cai

$68 - $103

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Fly Shanghai Hongqiao to Kunming, train  •  13h 22m

  1. Fly from Shanghai Hongqiao (SHA) to Kunming (KMG) SHA - KMG
  2. Take the train from Kunming South to Hekou Bei

$100 - $187

Fly Shanghai Pudong to Kunming, train  •  13h 47m

  1. Fly from Shanghai Pudong (PVG) to Kunming (KMG) PVG - KMG
  2. Take the train from Kunming South to Hekou Bei

$113 - $265

Fly Shanghai Pudong to Noi Bai International, bus  •  14h 2m

  1. Fly from Shanghai Pudong (PVG) to Noi Bai International (HAN) PVG - HAN
  2. Take the bus from Ha Noi to SaPa

$195 - $467

Train China Railways G-Class  •  19h 2m

  1. Take the train from Shanghai Hongqiao to Kunming South Shanghai-Kunming
  2. Take the train from Kunming South to Hekou Bei

$125 - $191

Drive  •  26h 55m

  1. Drive from Shanghai to Sapa 1609.8 miles

$230 - $340

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The cheapest way to get from Shanghai to Sapa is to train which costs ¥460 - ¥750 and takes 46h 18m.

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The quickest way to get from Shanghai to Sapa is to fly and drive which costs ¥1300 - ¥7500 and takes 11h 13m.

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The distance between Shanghai and Sapa is 2004 km. The road distance is 2575.7 km.

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The best way to get from Shanghai to Sapa without a car is to train which takes 46h 18m and costs ¥460 - ¥750.

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It takes approximately 11h 13m to get from Shanghai to Sapa, including transfers.

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There is no direct flight from Shanghai Hongqiao Airport to Wenshan Airport. The quickest flight takes 6h 25m and has one stopover.

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Sapa is 1h behind Shanghai. It is currently 6:26 AM in Shanghai and 5:26 AM in Sapa.

Yes, the driving distance between Shanghai to Sapa is 2576 km. It takes approximately 26h 55m to drive from Shanghai to Sapa.

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Sichuan Airlines, Juneyao Airlines, China Southern Airlines and three other airlines offer flights from Shanghai Hongqiao Airport to Wenshan Airport.

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There are 372+ hotels available in Sapa. Prices start at $9 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Shanghai to Sapa.
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  • Distance: 1252.6 miles
  • Duration: 11h 13m

What companies run services between Shanghai, China and Sapa, Vietnam?

You can take a train from Shanghai to Sapa via Shanghai Hongqiao, Shanghai Hongqiao, Kunming South, and Hekou Bei in around 19h 2m.

Airlines
China Eastern Airlines
Website
en.ceair.com
Flights from Shanghai Hongqiao to Wenshan via Kunming
Ave. Duration
6h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $1,300
Flights from Shanghai Hongqiao to Wenshan via Xi An, Kunming
Ave. Duration
8h 10m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $1,100
Flights from Shanghai Hongqiao to Wenshan via Guangzhou Baiyun, Kunming
Ave. Duration
8h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,500
Flights from Shanghai Hongqiao to Wenshan via Lijiang, Kunming
Ave. Duration
11h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,600
Flights from Shanghai Hongqiao to Wenshan via Zhengzhou, Kunming
Ave. Duration
12h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,500
Flights from Shanghai Hongqiao to Kunming
Ave. Duration
3h 36m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $300
Flights from Shanghai Hongqiao to Kunming via Wuhan
Ave. Duration
5h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $240
Flights from Shanghai Pudong to Kunming
Ave. Duration
3h 52m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $500
Flights from Shanghai Pudong to Kunming via Xingyi
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $360
Flights from Shanghai Pudong to Kunming via Liping
Ave. Duration
5h 10m
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $360
Flights from Shanghai Pudong to Kunming via Nanchang
Ave. Duration
5h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $360
Flights from Shanghai Pudong to Kunming via Wuhan
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $360
Flights from Shanghai Pudong to Kunming via Yongzhou
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $360
Flights from Shanghai Pudong to Noi Bai International
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $650
Flights from Shanghai Pudong to Noi Bai International via Kunming
Ave. Duration
7h 30m
When
Friday
Estimated price
$210 - $900
Flights from Shanghai Pudong to Noi Bai International via Nanning
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$290 - $600
China Southern Airlines
Website
csair.com
Flights from Shanghai Hongqiao to Kunming via Wuhan
Ave. Duration
5h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $240
Flights from Shanghai Pudong to Kunming
Ave. Duration
3h 56m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $480
Flights from Shanghai Pudong to Noi Bai International via Guangzhou Baiyun
Ave. Duration
5h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $600
Juneyao Airlines
Website
juneyaoair.com
Flights from Shanghai Hongqiao to Kunming
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $370
Flights from Shanghai Hongqiao to Kunming via Bijie Feixiong
Ave. Duration
5h 45m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$150 - $440
Flights from Shanghai Pudong to Kunming
Ave. Duration
3h 57m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $750
Shenzhen Airlines
Website
shenzhenair.com
Flights from Shanghai Hongqiao to Kunming
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $440
Flights from Shanghai Pudong to Kunming
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $700
Flights from Shanghai Pudong to Noi Bai International via Shenzhen
Ave. Duration
8h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $550
Air China
Website
airchina.com
Flights from Shanghai Hongqiao to Kunming
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $440
Flights from Shanghai Pudong to Kunming
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $700
Flights from Shanghai Pudong to Noi Bai International via Shenzhen
Ave. Duration
8h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $550
Vietnam Airlines
Website
vietnamairlines.com
Flights from Shanghai Pudong to Noi Bai International
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $650
Flights from Shanghai Pudong to Noi Bai International via Tan Son Nhat
Ave. Duration
7h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $650
Flights from Shanghai Pudong to Noi Bai International via Cam Ranh
Ave. Duration
8h 25m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$310 - $650
Sichuan Airlines
Website
ch.com
Flights from Shanghai Hongqiao to Wenshan via Chengdu
Ave. Duration
8h 30m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,500
Flights from Shanghai Pudong to Kunming
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $700
China West Air
Website
westair.cn
Flights from Shanghai Hongqiao to Wenshan via Chongqing
Ave. Duration
6h
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$170 - $1,000
Flights from Shanghai Pudong to Kunming via Chongqing
Ave. Duration
5h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $240
Shanghai Airlines
Website
ceair.com
Flights from Shanghai Hongqiao to Kunming
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $370
Lucky Air Co. Ltd.
Website
luckyair.net
Flights from Shanghai Hongqiao to Kunming via Yichun
Ave. Duration
5h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $310
Flights from Shanghai Pudong to Kunming
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Kunming Airlines
Website
airkunming.com
Flights from Shanghai Pudong to Kunming
Ave. Duration
4h 2m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $500
Spring Airlines
Website
springairlines.com
Flights from Shanghai Hongqiao to Kunming
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $410
Air Macau
Website
airmacau.com.mo
Flights from Shanghai Pudong to Noi Bai International via Macau
Ave. Duration
5h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $750
China Airlines
Website
china-airlines.com
Flights from Shanghai Pudong to Noi Bai International via Taiwan Taoyuan
Ave. Duration
6h 35m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$430 - $1,600
Cathay Dragon
Website
cathaypacific.com
Flights from Shanghai Pudong to Noi Bai International via Hong Kong
Ave. Duration
7h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$600 - $950
Korean Air
Website
koreanair.com
Flights from Shanghai Pudong to Noi Bai International via Incheon
Ave. Duration
8h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$490 - $1,100
Train operators
China Railways K-Class
Website
chinahighlights.com
Train from Kunming South to Hekou Bei
Ave. Duration
5h 22m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$1 - $15
Schedules at
trip.com
Book at
trip.com
Hard Seat
$10 - $15
Hard Sleeper
$20 - $28
Soft Sleeper
$30 - $45
China Railways G-Class
Train from Shanghai Hongqiao to Kunming South
Ave. Duration
10h 39m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$120 - $170
Schedules at
trip.com
2nd Class Seat
$140 - $170
1st Class Seat
$230 - $270
Business Class Seat
$430 - $550
China Railways D-Class
Website
chinahighlights.com
Train from Shanghai Hongqiao to Wuchang
Ave. Duration
5h 59m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Schedules at
trip.com
Book at
trip.com
2nd Class Seat
$35 - $50
1st Class Seat
$50 - $75
China Railways
Website
china-railway.com.cn
Train from Wuchang to Hanoi Gia Lam Station
Ave. Duration
27h 50m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$24 - $35
Schedules at
chinahighlights.com
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 daily
Estimated price
$6 - $15
Schedules at
dsvn.vn
Book at
12go.asia
Soft Seat With Air Conditioners
$6 - $8
Hard Bed With Air Conditioners
$8 - $12
Soft Bed With Air Conditioners
$10 - $15
Bus operators
Sapa Express
Phone
+84 2466821555
Email
sales@sapaexpress.com
Website
sapaexpress.com
Bus from Ha Noi to SaPa
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$16
Schedules at
sapaexpress.com
Book at
12go.asia

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The best way to get from Shanghai to Shanghai Hongqiao Airport is to line 10 subway which takes 18m and costs ¥3 - ¥4.

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